SIGN UP Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! It was a dramatic day of team competition at the JYSK FEI European Para-Dressage Championships in Herning (DEN), with the Grades Ia, II and III riders being put through their paces.London 2012 triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen (GBR) and compatriot Anne Dunham dominated the Grade Ia competition. Christiansen and Janeiro 6 claimed the honours on a score of 76.391%, while Dunham, who has won 12 gold and countless silver and bronze medals at World, European and Paralympic level, slotted into second with LJT Lucas Normark with 75.435%. Italy’s Sara Morganti gave a strong performance on Royal Delight to finish third with 74.947%, her best score in an international competition.Germany’s Angelika Trabert upset the Grade II form book to take the win on Ariva Avanti with a mark of 71.853%. Great Britain’s double London 2012 gold medallist Natasha Baker, was second with an excitable Cabral to finish on 69.765%, ahead of Britta Napel (GER) on Aquilina 3, scoring 68.971%.The form book was also thrown out in the Grade III contest, when Dutch rider Sanne Voets steered Vedet Pb to victory with 70.947% ahead of Germany’s double London 2012 individual and freestyle gold medallist Hannelore Brenner on Women of the World in second place on 69.684%. The French combination of José Letarte and Warina scored 69.185% for third.The Grade II competition saw plenty of drama, which appeared to stem from the horse of Dutch rider Demi Vermeulen becoming agitated in the warm-up arena and, subsequently, spooking a number of other horses.While Vermeulen managed to calm her horse and score a respectable 68.176%, the excitement distracted Denmark’s Caroline Cecille Nielsen and Leon, sadly resulting in the horse stepping out of the arena for elimination.Natasha Baker explained that the increased tension also affected Cabral: “He started his warm-up really well and then the Dutch horse was spinning and cantered out of the arena and went backwards into the hoardings. That totally set him off and he was on edge and then everything else got on top of him. I got him back in the walk and he was starting to feel good. He took a breath and relaxed a bit and then some people walked into the stands, he spotted them, stuck his head up in the air and that was it.”Baker remained philosophical, however, and added: “It’s not the rider’s fault, nobody can help that. You’ve got to just shrug it off. The good thing is the team have got three amazing scores, so mine was the last one and we have the individual classes to go so I’ve got a chance to pull it back up.”Germany’s Trabert, a 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ gold medallist and London 2012 silver and double bronze medallist, said of her day: “I was very pleased with her. She stayed with me. I don’t know if my scores were a little low. I felt like it was a little better than the percentage I got. I will see my score sheet and have a look at that and hope that in two days we’ll do better. I’d like to do better than today and we’ll see where we end up. I can work to be more precise and accurate and I think we can do a little more.”Speaking after the Grade Ia competition, Sophie Christiansen said: “It wasn’t quite London standard as I was playing it a bit safe in this environment with all the people around. But I’m really pleased with him and it means I can go up a gear at the weekend. I would have liked a bit of a higher score for the team, but you can’t have it all.”The JYSK FEI European Championships represents a return to international competition for Anne Dunham, who became the first British athlete to win gold at four consecutive Paralympic Games when she took individual followed by team gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Hong Kong. She is here to defend her two individual European titles.“It’s lovely to be back competing at international level”, she said. “It feels as fresh as ever every time I qualify and come to one of these. It’s a challenge to get here. It’s a challenge when you’re here and I don’t really want to give it up yet.”The biggest smile of the Grade Ia competition was worn by Italy’s Sara Morganti. “I am very, very happy,” she said. “My horse was cool and calm. I dream of medals, but I am not going to be disappointed if it does not happen.”After her win in the Grade III competition, The Netherlands’ Sanne Voets said: “When I got on my horse he really felt willing to work. Since we arrived on Sunday he has become more and more fit. On the way up to the arena he felt like ‘come on, we can do it’, so I felt really confident and knew we could do it. I didn’t expect to win the class, especially since Hannelore Brenner is so good and has won so many times before.”“I am very satisfied with my horse, because it is not easy to ride here,” Hannelore Brenner said. “There is so much outside of the course and the horses have difficulties concentrating. I was nervous and rode the wrong way, which I also did in London. In London I won anyway, but I don’t think I have enough points for that today. This is my third European Championship and the competition has been wonderful. I love Denmark and the Danish people.”Great Britain end the second day in a strong position in the team competition, but the start of tomorrow’s individual tests could still affect the results.The Grade Ib stars Pepo Puch (AUT), Great Britain’s Ricky Balshaw and Denmark’s popular Stinna Tange Kaastrup return to the arena for the Grade Ib individual test, followed by a re-match for London 2012’s Grade IV gold and silver medallists, Belgium’s Michele George and Great Britain’s Sophie Wells.Follow the action here.Live results here. Tags: JYSK FEI European Para-Dressage Championships, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin’s family, said at a press conference Monday he would be representing the family of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old who was shot at 20 times by police while clutching only a cellphone.Crump made the announcement before a throng of reporters at Sacramento City Hall, where he compared the outcomes seen by suspects in the Austin bombing and Parkland shooting with that of Clark. The attorney was flanked by Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother.Crump discussed the parallels among the deaths of Clark, Martin, Michael Brown, Terrance Crutcher and Eric Garner, as well as the recent events in Texas and in Florida. Martin, 17 at the time, was shot six years ago in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.“People who are committing mass shootings in Florida were not shot once, but a young man holding a cell phone was shot 20 times,” said Crump, who was cheered by many attending the press conference. “A young man who was bombing homes in Austin, Texas, the police followed him for hours and he wasn’t shot once.“But an unarmed man holding a cell phone is shot 20 times.”The attorney also invoked the words of Martin Luther King, whose assassination was 50 years ago, saying: “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”Clark, nicknamed “Zo,” “chose nonviolence,” said Crump, vowing that he will not let Clark be nonexistent in death.Thompson, Clark’s grandmother, poured her heart out, asking why Sacramento officers fired 20 bullets at her grandson as he stood in her backyard on March 18.“Why didn’t you just shoot him in the arm?” she asked, weeping. “Shoot him in the leg? Why did you have to do that?”According to Sacramento Police Department bodycam footage, Clark was unarmed. He had been holding an iPhone.Thompson was home at the time of the shooting and hear the gunshots from her dining room.“All I heard was boom, boom, boom,” she said, as she crawled to reach her 7-year-old granddaughter’s bedroom to call 911. “They never should have killed him like that.”Clark’s older brother, Stevante Clark, spoke to ABC News days after his brother was killed, and he described his grandmother’s reaction.“She yelled at them and called them murderers,” he said.Stevante Clark said he didn’t know why police officers were pursuing his brother in the first place.“The cops didn’t provide us with any information about the alleged break-ins,” he said.It had been initially reported that cops received a 911 phone call from a neighbor. In fact, according to a later-released 911 call, a male neighbor had described a man wearing a hoodie attempting to break a window of his truck before running off.Officers and a chopper hovering above headed toward the 7500 block of 29th Street and spotted Clark in his grandmother’s backyard.Stephon Clark, according to Stevante Clark, regularly entered the home through the backyard because the front doorbell was broken.According to the released bodycam footage, when officers encountered Clark they believed he was holding a “toolbar.” The officers said Clark motioned toward them, as one can be heard yelling, “Show me your hands … gun, gun, gun!”The officers then combined to fire 20 shots.Sgt. Vance Chandler, a police spokesman, told ABC News that the department was still reviewing Monday’s events involving Crump and Stephon Clark’s family before responding publicly.The Sacramento Police Department so far has refused to release to ABC News the names of the two officers who allegedly shot Stephon Clark.The officers were placed on administrative leave and reportedly have each received death threats.“At this point,” Chandler said, “we are evaluating that on a day-by-day basis because of the threats the officers have received.”In terms of the family’s filing a potential wrongful-death lawsuit, the spokesman said that he hasn’t “received any information on that” and that the department “is committed to being transparent with this incident.”The press conference on Monday was interrupted by chants of Stephon Clark’s name, as one of his two brothers repeatedly kissed the cheek of Alice Huffman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.“We need gun control in our community,” Huffman said, “but we also need gun control for police in this nation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTIONUnder direction of the Superintendent/President, performs a widevariety of difficult and highly complex administrative dutiesincluding those of a confidential nature; processes administrativedetails not requiring the immediate attention of the executivestaff member including the coordination of functions, communicationof Division policy, the preparation of reports and otheradministrative tasks; and provides information and assistance toadministration, academic and classified staff, students and thegeneral public.REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES – The followingduties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may notperform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to performadditional or different duties from those set forth below toaddress business needs and changing business practices.Participates and assists in the administration of theSuperintendent/President’s office; assists in meeting reportingrequirements, functional responsibilities and research objectives;provides complex and responsible executive level support andconfidential assistance relating to collective bargaining issues,staff evaluations, personnel matters and legal actions; relievesthe President of a wide variety of clerical, technical andadministrative detail.Coordinates and oversees executive functions and events;coordinates, oversees and evaluates the flow of office work andassures that work is performed in a timely and accurate manner;recommends improvements in work flow, procedures and use ofequipment and forms; reviews, updates and informs the President andothers of essential timelines.Screens office and telephone callers; responds to sensitivequestions, complaints and requests for information fromadministrative, management, academic, and/or classified staff andthe general public; exercises independent judgment and discretionin disseminating information, regulations, policies andprocedures.Serves as liaison between the President and Board of Trusteemembers, other educational administrators, staff, students,representatives of educational and community agencies and thegeneral public by relaying messages, answering questions,clarifying information, responding to requests, resolving problems,explaining District policies and procedures or referring callers tothe administrator or others as necessary.Exercises independent judgment and discretion in schedulingappointments and meetings for the President; maintains anddiscusses a calendar of events on a regular basis to assure timelycoordination of office activities and status of assigned projects;develops schedules related to Division activities andservices.Coordinates and arranges a variety of meetings for thePresident and Board including location, seating and audiovisualequipment; coordinates activities with other divisions anddepartments; provides the President with materials and informationin preparation for appointments and meetings; may make travelarrangements for staff.Works with President to prepare outlines and context forspeeches, presentations and other written publications for bothinternal or external communication. Participates in preparation and administration of programbudget(s); assists in preparing cost estimates for budgetrecommendations; assists in submitting justifications for budgetitems; allocates funds to proper budget codes; monitors and tracksexpenditures in a timely manner.Maintains contact with employee groups, legal counsel andgovernment agencies on the President’s behalf; coordinatescollection and dissemination of information and documentationincluding Conflict of Interest code requirements; may assist thePresident in matters relating to labor negotiations, labor contractgrievances and confidential employee litigation.Serves as official recorder for Board of Trustees and attendsclosed sessions; reviews agenda items with executive staff andBoard of Trustees; assures that Board agenda items and supportingdocuments are developed, prepared and forwarded within Districttimelines and legal requirements and guidelines; assuresadministrator receives timely notification of Board requests forinformation or action; assures that the Board receives informationand notification of action taken as requested.Ensures District compliance with and provides training to staffregarding legal requirement of the Brown Act.Works with shared governance and legal counsel to develop,update, publish and communicate Board policies and administrativeprocedures; interprets and communicates policies and procedures tointernal and external community.Provides staff support to standing and ad hoc committees andother groups as assigned; attends and records proceedings fromofficial and unofficial meetings including confidential meetingssuch as executive performance reviews or legal matters; preparesand distributes agendas, background materials and minutes asappropriate.Composes correspondence independently; prepares preliminaryresponses to letters, general correspondence and personal inquiriesof a sensitive nature for administrator’s approval; formats, types,proofreads, duplicates and distributes correspondence, notices,lists, forms, memoranda and other materials according toestablished procedures, policies and standards.Establishes and maintains a variety of complex, intra- andinter-related filing systems including confidential files relatingto labor negotiations and contract grievances; establishes andmaintains files for information, records, and reports; maintainsrecords related to specific area of assignment.Performs related duties as required.QUALIFICATIONS – The following generallydescribes the knowledge and ability required to enter the joband/or be learned within a short period of time in order tosuccessfully perform the assigned duties.Knowledge of:• Operational characteristics, services and activities of thefunctions, programs and operations of the assigned executiveoffice.• Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes andregulations including applicable sections of the State EducationCode and other legal requirements related to area ofassignment.• Instructional process and college environment.• Office procedures, methods and equipment including computersand applicable software applications such as word processing,spreadsheets and databases.• Work organization and office management principles andpractices.• Processes, procedures and practices of accounting, budgetpreparation and administration.• Principles, practices and procedures of business letterwriting.• Principles and practices used to establish and maintain filesand information retrieval systems.• Principles, practices and procedures of complex fiscal,statistical and administrative research and reportpreparation.• Principles and techniques used in public relations includingmethods and techniques of proper receptionist and telephoneetiquette.• English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation andvocabulary.Ability to:• Understand the organization and operation of the assignedexecutive office as necessary to assume assignedresponsibilities.• Understand, interpret and apply administrative and officepolicies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations andordinances.• Perform responsible and difficult executive assistant dutiesinvolving the use of independent judgment, personal initiative andconfidentiality.• Oversee and participate in the management of theadministrative functions and operations of the assignedoffice.• Establish, review and revise office work priorities.• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, projectconsequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations insupport of goals.• Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, orthe public; effectively present information in person or on thetelephone to students, staff or the public.• Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful jobperformance.• Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation,and vocabulary.• Participate in the preparation and administration of assignedbudgets.• Research, compile, analyze and interpret data.• Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative andfinancial reports, correspondence and memoranda.• Implement and maintain filing systems.• Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changingdeadlines.• Operate office equipment including computers and supportingword processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.• Work independently and effectively in the absence ofsupervision• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and inwriting.• Establish and maintain effective working relationships withthose contacted in the course of work.Education and Experience Guidelines – Anycombination of education, experience and training that provides therequired knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way toobtain the knowledge and abilities would be:Education/Experience:A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university ina related field and four years of experience in an executive officeor six years of increasingly responsible experience as anadministrative assistant or office coordinator, preferably in anadministrative or executive office of a public agency or in aneducational environment.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT -The conditions herein are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enableindividuals with disabilities to perform the essential jobfunctions.Environment: Work is performed primarily in astandard office setting.Physical: Primary functions require sufficientphysical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; tostand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk,stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push,and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate officeequipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordinationincluding use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicateto exchange information.Vision: See in the normal visual range with orwithout correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens andprinted documents; and to operate assigned equipment.Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with orwithout correction.
The Great North Music & Arts Festival in Norridgewock, Maine has just added some awesome additions to an already stacked 2015 lineup. The festival will see sets from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (x2), Reggie Watts, Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz Set), Break Science, Dan Deacon and DYNOHUNTER.These artists will join a previously announced lineup of Lettuce, Papadosio, Twiddle, The New Deal, Tauk and many more. In addition to musical artists the festival boasts a huge roster of visual artists, as well as interactive workshops and speakers.Great North will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 4-6. Check out the full updated lineup below, and get tickets here.
Drummer Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident and EOTO has been slated to play the lead in a movie titled Fear of Missing Out. The film’s Writer/Director/Composer, Aaron Holstein (of VibeSquaD, Zilla), is seeking $100,000 to make it happen, via crowdsourcing site Indiegogo.The plot of the film revolves around Gordon Goodman, an older man who leads a simple, lonely life working at a thrift store. Gordon, portrayed by Travis, finds a magical briefcase that transports him to another dimension. “It’s a lo-tech sci-fi dry-comic adventure about finding lost treasures, conquering fears, and becoming your own inner-hero,” explains Holstein.Holstein is hoping to reach his goal of raising $100,000, which will help cover filming costs including equipment rentals, wardrobe, transportation, and insurance fees.Backers of the project will receive a bunch of cool perks like exclusive production videos with behind-the-scenes content, signed posters, and even a walk-on role in the movie.Check out the trailer for the quirky Fear of Missing Out and head over here if you wish to donate!
Jake Wright celebrated Houston Motorsports Park’s return to NASCAR with the Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck Series championship. The Waxahachie driver had four wins and top fives in all seven races to also win the Texas title.Former national champion Peyton Sellers has five track titles at South Boston Speedway. The Danville driver turned his attention to another Virginia track, winning 10 times and picking up 24 top fives and top 10s in 25 stars at Dominion Speedway for the track and state championships. Brendan Queen won the year’s biggest event at Langley Speedway, the Hampton Heat, and then closed out the Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Car championship with a win, 14 top fives and 15 top 10s in 15 races.Daniel Moore and Tyson Lang split trophies in Washington. Both had a win and six top fives in six races at Evergreen Speedway. Moore won the state title by six points over Lang. Lang, the son of five-time track Naima Lang, won his first Speedway Chevrolet Pro Late Model championship by 16 points over Moore and Dario Retych.Nick Murgic has won plenty over his career, including the Dick Trickle 99 Super Late Model race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway last year. The son of former NASCAR regional series champion Steve Murgic, Nick had three wins, 14 top fives and 17 top 10s in 18 starts at Lacrosse to take the Kwik Trip Late Model championship over multi-time champion Steve Carlson. Nick Murgic also won his first Wisconsin title. Brad May started off the season winning Super Late Model Division of the the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for the first time in his storied career. He finished by taking home his fourth track title at New Smyrna — on a tiebreaker with Michael Atwell — and his fourth Florida crown. The latter mark tied him with the late David Rogers, whose name now adorns the division at New Smyrna.Eric Rhead collected nine wins, 17 top fives and 20 top 10s in 20 starts to win the ICCU Modified Division championship at Idaho’s Magic Valley Speedway. The North Salt Lake, Utah, driver also won his first Idaho title by beating out defending state champion Zach Webster. Brendan Fries won six times and had 17 top fives in 17 starts to earn the PitstopUSA.com Modified championship at Meridian Speedway.Mike Beyer and Jon Reynolds Jr. split the honors in Illinois. Beyer had six top fives and 10 top 10s in 10 races to edge Reynolds by four points for the Machesney Park driver’s first state title. Reynolds picked up his third Late Model championship at Rockford Speedway on the strength of two wins, seven top fives and 10 top 10s.Jesse Dennis had five wins, 11 top fives and 11 top 10s in 12 starts to win the championships for Iowa and the Poet Bio-Refining Modified Division at Adams County Speedway in his home town of Corning for the second straight year.Defending national champion Jacob Goede rolled off five wins, 13 top fives and 17 top 10s in 18 races at Elko Speedway to win his seventh straight Late Model title at Elko. The Carver driver also extended his record with a seventh straight Minnesota crown.Ben Schaller had a win, five top fives and six top 10s in six races at I-80 Speedway in Omaha, Nebraska, to win the Super Late Model championship. The dirt track veteran from Norfolk, also added a state championship to go with the one he won in 2016.Brian Robie rolled in New Hampshire, piling up 10 wins, 29 top fives and 10 top 10s in 31 starts en route to Sportsman Modified titles at Claremont Motorsports Park, Hudson Speedway and Monadnock Speedway. The Sunapee driver also won the state title. Frankie Eldredge claimed the Rodfather Late Model Sportsman title at Lee USA Speedway. The Portsmouth driver had 10 wins and 11 top fives in 11 races.Tom Rogers Jr. won his fifth track title at Riverhead Raceway and finally earned his first New York championship. The Modified driver had three wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s in 12 starts and edged Dylan Slepian by just six points for the state honors. John Cote, who has more than 100 feature wins on the dirt at Bethel Motor Speedway, added three more wins and 13 top fives in 13 starts. The New Milford, Connecticut, driver, has multiple Bethel championships over the years and won his first NASCAR title.Josh Berry won the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national title thanks to his success in North Carolina. He won 19 of his 22 races in the Tar Heel State, adding 27 top fives in 27 starts between Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly and Hickory Motor Speedway. A 2012 track champion at Virginia’s Motor Mile and 2017 champion at Hickory, the Statesville driver added his first NASCAR state title to his resume. Ryan Millington used six wins, 20 top fives and 21 top 10s in 23 starts to win the Late Model Stock Car title at Hickory. The Washington driver also won the Hickory championship in 2017, when he became the youngest champion in track history. Mason Diaz took his second track title at Southern National, with a win and 12 top fives in 12 races. The Manassas driver also won the title at his home track in 2017.Like Illinois, Oklahoma had split champions. Greg Skaggs had four top five finishes and eight top 10s in 13 starts to win the Lakeland Real Estate NE OK Modified champion at Salina Highbanks Speedway. The Broken Arrow driver edged Jared Russell by 18 points. Russell, though, won his first state title with three wins, 10 top fives in 12 starts.Brody Montgomery used two wins and 12 top fives in 12 starts to sweep the America’s Mattress Super Late Model Division at Coos Bay Speedway and the Oregon championships. The Brandon driver also won the state title in 2018.Craig Von Dohren had two wins, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 starts in the TP Trailers Modified Division at Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville, Pennsylvania. It was enough to give Von Dohren his 11th track championship at Grandview and his fifth state title. The Oley driver won the latter by just four points over five-time track champion Duane Howard.Sam Yarborough and Cameron Bolin won track honors, while Will Burns took the big prize in South Carolina. Yarborough had six wins in seven races in winning his sixth title at his home town track, Myrtle Beach Speedway, in the track’s final year. Bolin had three wins, 15 top fives and 17 top 10s in 17 races at Greenville Pickens Speedway as the Sharon, North Carolina, driver added his name to the wall of champions at the historic track. Burns, the 2017 Greenville champion, from Simpsonville, had three wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s in 13 starts between Greenville and Myrtle Beach.Kres Van Dyke had a record-breaking year at Kingsport Speedway. The 40-year-old Abingdon driver closed the year with 15 straight wins. He easily won the Late Model Stock Car championship at Kingsport and his fourth Tennessee title. Eddie Vecchiarelli won his first state title in Colorado, holding off Jonathan Knee, defending track champion Brett Yackey and seven-time state champion Bruce Yackey. Vecchiarelli, from Brighton, had nine wins and 13 top fives in 13 starts to win the Mountain States Fire Protection Super Late Model title at Colorado National Speedway.Keith Rocco finished ninth in the national standings — the 13th time in the last 14 years he has been in the top 10. He had six wins, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s in 14 races, clinching Stafford’s SK Modified championship with a race remaining in the season. The 2010 national champion has won 12 of the last 13 Connecticut championships. He has won a track title every year but one (2012) since 2007. It was a season in which the term “new normal” wore out its welcome, but the 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series crowned 33 Division I track champions, along with 24 U.S. state and Canadian provincial champions.There were plenty of repeat names, like Keith Rocco, Erica Thiering and Craig Von Dohren — whose title collection has ranged into double digits. There were former national champions such as Rocco, Peyton Sellers and Jacob Goede who continue to reign at their home tracks.Rocco etched his name in the NASCAR record book as his fifth SK Modified Division championship at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway gave him 18 NASCAR Division I titles for his career. The Wallingford, Connecticut, driver, who also made his ARCA Menards Series racing debut in the fall, had been tied with another former national champion, Nebraska’s Joe Kosiski, for the most track titles in NASCAR’s modern weekly series era (1982-present).That spot belongs to Rocco alone now.But there were plenty of new names and faces, raising their first NASCAR championships — from teenagers Dean Thompson in California and Cameron Bolin in South Carolina to 63-year-old John Cote in New York.Brian Robie was the only driver win multiple track titles – claiming the Sportsman Modified championships at New Hampshire’s Claremont Motorsports Park, Hudson Speedway and Monadnock Speedway.PHOTO GALLERY: 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Division I ChampionsHere’s a recap of the 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Division I champions, by state/province:Stu Laidlaw had eight top fives in all eight starts to edge former champion Tim Workman by four points for the Alaska championship. Laidlaw, from Anchorage, took home the GCI Late Model title at Alaska Raceway Park.Thiering won her 11th track championship at Edmonton International Raceway, with five wins and nine top fives in nine Super Stock Division races. The Sherwood Park driver also won her 11th provincial crown.Kole Raz, the 2019 Arizona rookie of the year, took both the Super Late Model championship at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway as well as the state title. The Lake Oswego, Oregon, driver, had five wins, nine top fives and nine top 10s in 10 starts. He won the state title on a tiebreaker (more wins) over Paul Banghart.Dean Thompson won five of his first eight starts to the season en route to the LKQ Pick Your Parts Late Model title at California’s Irwindale Speedway. The Anaheim Hills teen also won the state championship on the strength of five wins, 13 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 starts. Another teenager, Cole Moore, earned the Late Model championship at All American Speedway in Roseville. The Granite Bay driver had seven wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 starts.
Police said the victims ranged in age from 16 to 26 and all were listed in stable condition. PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gunfire at a gathering of more than 200 mostly young people in north Philadelphia wounded five people, including a 16-year-old, as police said officers came under fire in one of a number of shootings across the city during another violent weekend. Just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old youth was killed in north Philadelphia and nine other shootings with 10 victims total occurred before dawn. A 20-year-old man was shot shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, south of the center of the city. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said officers already in the area in anticipation of another event nearby saw what appeared to be a muzzle flash just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday and heard a “boom.” Almost simultaneously, she said, they heard gunshots from a different type of weapon. Violent weekend in the city A police spokesperson later said the gunfire began when officers responding to a report of a person with a gun were fired upon by several males. No officers returned fire and none were injured, police said. Ten .40-caliber rounds and 28 rounds from an AR-15 rifle were found at the scene, police said. Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday in west Philadelphia, a man was shot 10 times and died at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, police said. Shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, a 40-year-old man was shot inside a vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. A number of other people were shot and stabbed around the city, police said. Outlaw called another weekend of violence “disturbing” and “disheartening.” All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Potential accuracy issues with a widely used coronavirus test could lead to false results for patients, U.S. health officials warned. The FDA said one possible problem was related to the incorrect use of equipment that rapidly spins samples in preparation for processing. The agency’s letter tells lab workers to follow new instructions developed by the company for this step. A spokeswoman for Thermo Fisher said the company was working with FDA “to make sure that laboratory personnel understand the need for strict adherence to the instructions for use.” She added that company data shows most users “follow our workflow properly and obtain accurate results.” Related The FDA has used its emergency powers to OK more than 200 tests for coronavirus since February. No test is perfect and all are expected to give at least a small percentage of false negatives and false positives. The warning comes nearly a month after Connecticut public health officials first reported that at least 90 people had received false positive results for the coronavirus. Most of those receiving the false results were residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities. ___ The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert Monday to doctors and laboratory technicians using Thermo Fisher’s TaqPath genetic test. Regulators said issues related to laboratory equipment and software used to run the test could lead to inaccuracies. The agency advised technicians to follow updated instructions and software developed by the company to ensure accurate results. A second issue relates to the software used on Thermo Fisher’s testing platform. FDA said labs must upgrade the software to a new version. Dr. Albert Ko of Yale’s School of Public Health said the potential accuracy problems have “pretty serious implications” given that Thermo Fisher’s test is used widely both in the U.S. and around the world to screen for coronavirus. File photo The FDA statement did not provide any details on how many test results may have been affected by the problem. WHO: Herd Immunity Requires Effective VaccineUp to 204,691 Extra Deaths in the U.S. So Far in This Pandemic YearNJ Paramedic Draws Women on the Font Lines Lab tests are the backbone of U.S. screening for coronavirus, accounting for more than half of the roughly 750,000 tests developed daily. The tests look for traces of coronavirus’ genetic material in nasal swabs taken from patients. Thermo Fisher’s test was granted emergency use by the FDA in mid-March. The test runs on a large, automated machine used in hospital, government and commercial labs to look for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and flu. The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
The surprised group cheers onboard as a US Colonel gives a farewell speech in their native language.WATCH the inspiring Making A Difference story below, from MSNBC.com…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHaving endured the tumult of their own revolution, Tunisians have traveled from far and wide to serve food and bring supplies to refugee camps along the Libyan border.Generosity and compassion, they say, are part of the spirit of their revolution.Even the US military is helping out, with a transport plane carrying hundreds of guest workers fleeing Libya back to their home countries.
Students interested in studying abroad gathered in the galleria of the Jordan Hall of Science on Monday night for the University’s 2015 Study Abroad Fair, during which they could meet with international program representatives and learn more about the wide variety of programs that Notre Dame offers.Notre Dame believes studying abroad is a vital element to academic formation, according to the Notre Dame International (NDI) 2015-2016 study abroad brochure, and as such provides eligible students with an array of opportunities to take classes abroad.Sophomore Rebecca Wiley said the variety of classes and experiences outside of the classroom are what draw her to the idea of studying abroad.“The ability to discover a new culture different from what we get here on campus is what draws me to the opportunity to study abroad,” Wiley said.Wiley said after visiting the Ireland booth at the Study Abroad Fair that the unique class offerings in Dublin appealed to her.“Studying abroad gives you a chance to take new classes — for example, in Dublin you have to take an Irish culture class,” Wiley said. “It gives you a chance to meet new people that you never knew here on campus and collaborate on projects and subjects that you’re interested in.”This year’s Study Abroad Fair also provided pizza and door prizes for students that came to learn more about the international programs. Door prizes included two round-trip plane tickets to NDI study abroad locations and three $200 gift cards to Hammes Bookstore.“I was especially excited for the two free round-trip tickets knowing that next year would be the first year that airfare would be considered a personal expense,” Wiley said.Sophomore Erin Callaghan said the fair helped her narrow down her choices for program locations based on her language of study. Callaghan, a German major, said that she hopes to be fluent in German and believes studying abroad will further contribute to sharpening her language acquisition skills.“Learning a new language makes me more appreciative of other people’s cultures because we are often usually only focused on our own,” Callaghan said. “It gives you a broad perspective of other parts of the world that we may not be exposed to.”Sophomore Rosie LoVoi said she was surprised by the large interest in study abroad programs.“I recognized a lot of people in my grade who were preparing to apply, but I also saw more freshmen than I expected,” Lovoi said. “I think it goes to show that the Notre Dame community is really interested in furthering their academic experience outside of what’s familiar.”After attending the fair, LoVoi, a Program of Liberal Studies major, said she was most interested in participating in the Dublin program.“Dublin is a really interesting city that has a lot of literary history and resources to offer,” she said.LoVoi said she thought the fair was a success and gave students and representatives a chance to share their personal opinions on their experiences studying abroad.“It was really awesome to see how many different options there were that can appeal to different kinds of interest and can get people out of their comfort zones,” she said. Tags: NDI, study abroad