PRESS RELEASE: The Quiznos Pro Challenge™ officially announced the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 international pro-cycling competition at a press conference today held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Running from August 22-28, the event will be made up of seven stages, traveling through Colorado’s most picturesque landscapes and visiting 11 Colorado host cities. Created to be the most challenging pro-cycling race in American history, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is set to cover nearly 600 miles of the region’s demanding terrain.Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Governor-elect and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper were joined by representatives from the 11 selected host cites including: personal coach to Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael (LOC Chair, Colorado Springs), Scott Damman (City Councilman, Salida), Leah Williams (Mayor, Crested Butte), William Buck (Mayor, Mt. Crested Butte), Jonathan Houck (Mayor Pro-Tem, Gunnison), Mick Ireland (Mayor, Aspen), Dick Cleveland (Mayor, Vail), Ron Wolfe (Mayor, Avon), Scott Myller (City Councilman, Steamboat Springs), John Warner (Mayor, Breckenridge), and Jacob Smith (Mayor, Golden).Denver professional football legend and avid cyclist Shannon Sharpe spoke at the event to help convey the importance of the race and the announcement to the international sports world. Sharpe expressed his respect for international cycling and the endurance it takes to compete at a top level while on stage with professional cyclists Tom Danielson, Tim Duggan and Rory Sutherland, as well as Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling.The 11 official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 race, right after the break…The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages:August 22 – Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado SpringsAugust 23 – Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finishAugust 24 – Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stageAugust 25 – Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stageAugust 26 – Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat SpringsAugust 27 – Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to BreckenridgeAugust 28 – Stage 7, Golden to DenverThe 120 world-class cyclists anticipated to participate in the seven-day race will begin their journey in beautiful Colorado Springs, then crisscross their way over the treacherous Rocky Mountains. The region’s unique topography will provide challenging climbs and extremely fast downhill legs with an awe-inspiring backdrop of several of the United States’ highest mountain peaks leading to the finish in Denver.“We are excited to welcome sports fans and the international cycling community to many of Colorado’s most beautiful regions,” said Governor Ritter. “The Quiznos Pro Challenge will provide a majestic tour of many of the state’s natural treasures while becoming the battleground for one of the world’s most intense competitions.”The initial idea to bring a major stage race back to Colorado is credited to Quiznos Pro Challenge partner Lance Armstrong who expressed interest to Governor Ritter last year. The Quiznos Pro Challenge is now expected to become one of the most significant international pro-cycling events worldwide, created to reinvigorate the legacy of the Colorado-based Coors International Bicycle Classic which took place from 1979 until 1988. The official race routes for the 2011 event are in the process of being charted and will be announced in the near future.“We had so much interest from incredible cities across Colorado that we could hold an event of twice the duration, said Ellen Kramer, Quiznos Chief Communications Officer. “We worked diligently throughout the selection process to incorporate cities that provide terrain that is unique to Colorado and delivers one of the most exciting cycling events in the world. The selected cities will make excellent partners and provide a demanding course for the world’s top cyclists.”To keep in touch with the latest news and updates on the Quiznos Pro Challenge, visit www.quiznosprochallenge.com.Here’s the original press video from Lance Armstrong:Oh, and here’s some Quiznos coupons.
Get ready to cheer on your favorite dance makers! The 4th annual Chita Rivera Awards have set a ceremony date of May 17 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Nominations will be announced on April 24.Carrying the namesake of one of the great dance icons of the American musical theater—two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera—the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence—past, present and future. The awards honor the superb achievement of each nominee while recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer. Additionally, through education and scholarships, the awards are committed to nurturing future generations, as well as preserving notable dance history.Nominators will consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensembles in shows on Broadway and off-Broadway as well as outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2019-2020 season. Nominations will be determined by the designated nominating committees. There are separate nominating committees for Broadway, off-Broadway and film. There is also an awarding committee for Broadway, which determines recipients that are received from the Broadway nominations committee.The beneficiary of the 2020 event will be the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program. Since the inception of the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, three million dollars have been awarded to more than 300 dancers attending 42 of the most prestigious college dance programs in the country.For a look at the 2019 Chita Rivera Award winners, click here. Chita Rivera(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments Chita Rivera Star Files
This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers.Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts:Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two complementary brands in NEC and Sharp. Where Sharp is weak (no projectors and a limited display line nearly completely focused on LCD), NEC Display is strong. Likewise, Sharp brings NEC a decade-long history in interactive and collaboration displays and 8K. This new company should benefit both brands equally and become an even better supplier to the industry. I am not a fan of most of the mergers that have occurred in the display market’s history but, I am in this case!Todd Bouman, CEO of NEC Display Solutions America, contacted us to add, “We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture.”Here is the official release from NEC:NEC and Sharp Announce Joint Venture to Combine Display Solution BusinessesTokyo, March 25, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC, TSE: 6701) and Sharp Corporation (Sharp, TSE: 6753) have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp.NDS and Sharp are two market leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.NDS is widely recognized as a leading global provider of visual technology and digital signage solutions for a variety of markets. With a comprehensive, solution-oriented portfolio and reputation as a provider of high-quality displays, NDS has a strong worldwide presence with a large number of global customers.Like NDS, Sharp is a worldwide developer of innovative business products, including professional and commercial displays, and advanced technologies like next generation 8K-Ultra High Definition monitors.“NEC offers one of the broadest visual solutions portfolios in the industry, and with a consultancy-led sales approach, NEC is recognized as a trusted advisor and total solutions provider,” said Hisatsugu Nakatani, President, NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. “This joint venture between Sharp and NEC Display Solutions will bring even greater value and benefits to customers and partners by extending our state- of-the-art product portfolios together with a range of professional service offerings. Sharp and NEC Display Solutions follow the same strategic approach to the future of visual solutions, focusing on superior customer satisfaction enabled by high quality products, sales leadership excellence and committed relationship building.”“The combination of Sharp’s and NDS’ international strengths is mutually complementary,” said Fujikazu Nakayama, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Sharp Corporation and BU President, Business Solutions BU. “We expect this agreement to result in a wide range of synergies, including economies of scale and business expansion in new categories, including an 8K+5G Ecosystem. Sharp believes that developing NDS as a joint venture with NEC will contribute to our business growth by enforcing our BtoB business and expanding sales.”Under the terms of the transaction, NEC will transfer 66% ownership of NDS to Sharp, and retain a 34% equity stake in the business. The joint venture will continue to provide NEC branded products. NEC will also continue to sell the joint venture’s products and solutions to its customers around the world. The transfer is scheduled to be concluded on July 1st, 2020.NEC Display sent the following letter out to its partners and customers the afternoon following the announcement:See related Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Intros New Collaboration/Interactive DisplayDear valued Partners and Customers,We are pleased to share the news with you that NEC Corporation and Sharp Corporation have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp. The transfer is scheduled to close on July 1st, 2020.NDS and Sharp are two market-leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture. We thank you for your continued business support and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest quality products, solutions and services in the industry. We are fully committed to support your business needs. Between now and when the joint venture is finalized on July 1st 2020, NEC Display Solutions will continue to operate as it does now. The principles we’ve been working under will continue as they have. After July 1st 2020, we will start to look at ways in which we can all benefit from the joint venture between these two companies. Both companies share an ethos in quality and innovation and synergetic plans will be announced in due course over the coming months. In the meantime, we will continue with business as usual albeit in more challenging circumstances within the current climate.Please learn more by visiting www.necdisplay.com or www.sharpusa.com.Sincerely yours,Todd Bouman President & CEO NEC Display Solutions America
by. Nicholas BallasyAs the count of comment letters on the risk-based capital proposal continues to rise, NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said while she encourages everyone to comment, a single comprehensive letter is likely to have as much impact as multiple letters from the same source.As of Friday, the NCUA had counted 2,052 comment letters in response to the proposal, according to public affairs specialist John Fairbanks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A GROUP OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY law students spent spring break going door to door in migrant farm-worker camps in LaBelle to let people know they have rights. The students were given bags of oranges and hands-on experience. Amy Parker, a 3L who serves as executive president of Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights at FSU Law, said spending spring break in Immokalee and LaBelle for 20 law students from March 6 to 9 was very rewarding and will help prepare her for a career in public interest law. Pictured from the left are Diana Aguilar, Parker, Jonathan Martin, Tiliany Parra Fontalvo, and Georgia Santos Evangelista. April 15, 2015 Regular News Spring break in Immokalee
First DCA has two vacancies The First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nomination Commission is now accepting applications to fill two vacancies created by the resignations of Judges Robert T. Benton and Simone Marstiller. Applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least 10 years, registered voters, and residents of the First District prior to taking office. Applications may be downloaded from www.floridabar.org and must include one digital (electronic) copy of the application (either as a PDF or in Microsoft Word), and one digital (electronic) copy of the application with personal information redacted in a format suitable for submission in response to a public records request. A recent photograph should be attached to the original and each copy. The applications for these two vacancies must be received by Christa Calamas, JNC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com before noon on November 18. November 1, 2015 Regular News First DCA has two vacancies
Fleck’s recruiting classes were consistently high during his time at Western Michigan among other Mid-Atlantic Conference teams.Recruiting will have nationwide scope, but the plan is to start in the Twin Cities, and to get attendance numbers up in the process, Fleck said.Those are some of the reasons Athletics Director Mark Coyle brought in Fleck.“We needed to shake the tree. We needed to do something different,” Coyle said. “The thing that jumps out to me [about Fleck] is his authentic energy and his passion.”An elementary education major, Fleck taps into his schooling to teach old lifetime lessons in a current fashion; Michael Jordan and Larry Bird can’t be taught anymore, it’s about Kanye West and Drake, Fleck said.“I’m a teacher of life and I’m a teacher of football,” Fleck said.Fleck gained national recognition for his “Row the Boat” slogan, a battle cry he has used to inspire his team before games.“Row the Boat” will come to Minnesota, Fleck said, but he wants to combine it with Minnesota’s slogan, “Ski-U-Mah.”“Ski-U-Mah is going to be all over the place,” Fleck said. “I am not here to change tradition. What I am here to do is change a culture.” Advertisement P.J. Fleck aims to preserve tradition; change culture of Gophers football teamFleck addressed the media Friday for the first time since assuming the role of head coach.Carter JonesNewly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonJanuary 7, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintP.J. Fleck is well aware of the situation he has gotten into — that’s why he wanted to be the Gophers’ new head football coach.Fleck was granted the position Friday morning, ushering in a new era for the team, which shortly staged and then ended a boycott over the suspension of ten players connected to an alleged sexual assault. The incident, among others, led to former head coach Tracy Claeys’ termination Tuesday.Fleck said in a press conference Friday at TCF Bank Stadium that he wants to bring Big Ten titles, Rose Bowl victories and national championships to Minnesota — feats the program hasn’t mustered since the 1960s.“My entire life has been about running into the fire, not away from the fire,” he said. “I eat difficult conversations for breakfast and that is why I took this job. For every reason not to take a job, that’s why I took it.”Fleck agreed to a five-year contract worth $18 million, at least $2 million more a year than what Claeys’ contract stipulated. He said his assistants would be hired very quickly. The hiring of Fleck is the first head coach hired by Coyle, who started his job in May.The University is also paying $600,000 towards Fleck’s buyout for leaving Western Michigan. Latest StoriesHow reporting COVID-19 violations works at the UDecember 15, 2020Gophers’ Ibrahim named Big Ten Running Back of the YearDecember 15, 2020Gophers women’s basketball struggles against No. 16 NorthwesternDecember 15, 2020New docuseries brings Chickasaw history to Minnesota televisionDecember 15, 2020Student board advocates to stop UMPD involvement in residence hall mental health crisesDecember 15, 2020Dinkytown McDonald’s closes after 57 years of businessDecember 14, 2020Ababiy: Dealing with crime before it gets too oldDecember 14, 2020Letter to the Editor: We can change how police operate to increase accountability for violence and mistreatmentDecember 13, 2020Advertisement Follow Us on Twitter The 36-year-old coach came to Minnesota with one-of-a-kind energy and brought high expectations as well.“We wanted somebody who could bring energy and excitement back,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle.Fleck was the head coach at Western Michigan for four seasons, accumulating a 30-22 record. The team finished 13-1 this year and made an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.He’ll be the youngest head coach in the Power 5 conferences, and has been asked to guide a program through heavy turmoil.Age is just a number, Fleck said, and the 36 year old said being the runt growing up taught him that and instilled him with a crack on his shoulder, rather than a chip.“I’m the king of the toos. Too small, too smart, too young, too inexperienced,” Fleck said. “That’s been my life.”Fleck said he addressed the program’s recent turmoil with the Gophers football team after they asked him about it in a brief team meeting prior to Friday’s press conference. He answered their question by saying he was only focused on the team now, not the past.Along with the boycott, this season, football attendance was at its lowest in over a decade, and the current recruiting class was at the bottom of the Big Ten, according to multiple websites. Advertisement
The Boston Globe:TEACHERS, TAKE NOTE: Consider a more minimalist look for your classroom. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that when kindergarten students were taught in a classroom with decorations on the wall—posters, maps, artwork—typical of many classrooms, they were more distracted and, as a result, performed worse on subsequent tests of the learning material, compared to students taught in an un-decorated classroom.Read the whole story: The Boston Globe
Researchers Alexander Stell and Tom Farsides were interested in how the practice of Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) may reduce racial prejudice; results of their study are published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist concept that focuses on compassion and kindness toward self and others. Previous studies have shown that LKM positively impacts pro-social behavior and increases individual well-being and overall positive affect.Participants in the study included 50 female and 19 male, white undergraduate students; mean age was 23.7 years. Participants responded to an ad “investigating the effect of imagery on categorization.” Email Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Share on Twitter LinkedIn Racial bias, strength of positive emotions during an intervention (in this case, participation if either a LKM or imagery focused group), and exposure to images of different races were part of the measurement process. Random assignment to either a LKM or imagery group was made (34 and 35 participants, respectively).Over the course of 7 minutes, in the LKM group, relaxation was emphasized, and participants were instructed to imagine someone who cares deeply for them. At the 4-minute mark, instructions were provided for participants to open their eyes and direct feelings of health, happiness and well-being toward an image of a gender matched black person. For the imagery group, instructions were virtually the same, but without a focus on directed loving kindness.Stell and Farsides found that participants in the KLM group had a reduction in racial bias toward the targeted racial group, in this case, black people; these results were not present in a non-targeted group, Asian people. “One possible reason for this difference, which should be tested in future research, is that KLM enacts both a specific effect on the target of meditation and their group, as well as a diffuse, but perhaps weaker, effect on other groups.” Additional results indicate that “other regarding positive emotions,” serve to mediate the practice of KLM on racial bias; in other words, positive emotions such as gratitude and love help predict bias reduction.Study limitations include the undergraduate student sample and the brevity of the intervention. However, given the short-term nature of the intervention, reducing racial bias after just 7 minutes holds promise for the role KLM may play as an intervention in reducing prejudice.
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement New ASC employees Rackov and Dyer NORTH CANTON, OH — ASC Industries has announced the addition of two employees to its North Canton, OH, manufacturing and worldwide headquarters. Peter Rackov has joined ASC as its new vice president of finance. In his position, Rackov will be responsible for directing financial activities of the organization, establishing and monitoring company budgets and forecasts, as well as oversight of ASC’s information technology functions. A graduate of John Carroll University with a bachelor of science in business administration and majoring in accounting, he is a licensed certified public accountant for the State of Ohio. Rackov’s previous experience includes serving as vice president and corporate controller for a leading global consumer products manufacturer. Joining the ASC team as human resources manager is Carla Dyer. Dyer brings with her expertise in policy and procedure development, recruiting, benefit plan design and leaves administration, harassment investigations, FMLA and COBRA. She served previously as a human resource specialist and manager with a leading transportation company and a major retail organization. A graduate of Malone College with a bachelor of administration degree, Dyer also holds an associate of applied business degree from The University of Akron and a Senior Professional Human Resource certification from the SHRM Human Resource Certification Institute. She will be responsible for managing the day-to-day administration of human resource-related services for ASC, including staffing, training and development, workers’ compensation, safety and performance management. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.