NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has All-Star kickoff

first_imgNASCAR HRCameron JoeDavidson CollegeCharlotte, N.C. “Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization.”—Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development OrganizationIntern NameUniversityHometown NASCAR BroadcastingVictoria GarciaSoutheastern UniversityMiami, Fla. NASCAR R&DBrian Lee*Purdue UniversityTysons Corner, Va. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2013) — With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college.”Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR’s partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year’s class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.The 2013 class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.The 2013 NDIP class includes the following students from universities around the nation: NASCAR MG EngineeringCameron McCarty*North Carolina State UniversityJackson, Miss. NASCAR DiversityAntoinette DiazUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrollton, Ga. OctagonJusan Hamilton*Ithaca CollegeIthaca, N.Y. NASCAR Racing OperationsPaige SanchezEmbry-RiddleHouston, Texas NASCAR Digital MediaMelia SigmonHigh Point UniversityDenver, N.C. NASCAR B&C MarketingMarco SanchezGeorgia State UniversityNorcross, Ga. NASCAR Team PropertiesLorena RoblesFull Sail UniversitySan Juan, P.R. READ MORE: READ: Full coverage from Charlotte WATCH: Danica Patrick Press Pass Taylor StrategyEdgar VelizUniversity of HoustonHouston, Texas NASCAR IMCSunghwan KimSyracuse UniversityLouisville, Ky. NASCAR Industry ServicesRachel AlmarioClayton State UniversityMcDonough, Ga. NASCAR IMCKelsey NelsonUniversity of MarylandGermantown, Md. Program offers professional development opportunities to students nationwide DISEvanna HowellWinston-Salem State UniversityMalden, Mass. Rev RacingPedro Mojica*University of Texas – San AntonioKilleen, Texas READ: Johnson wins Sprint All-Star Race NASCAR FoundationLauren HoustonUniversity of North CarolinaFayetteville, N.C. READ: Faulty transmission KO’s Keselowski ALMS (Georgia)Dontavius AllenGeorgia State UniversityGriffin, Ga. NASCAR Public AffairsRobert Harbour*Florida State UniversityPensacola, Fla. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.last_img read more

The Cast of On Your Feet! Gets the Squigs Treatment

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. “1,2,3!” The bio-musical On Your Feet!, starring Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan and Josh Segarra as Emilio, officially opens on November 5. Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, the production is playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.Since “Words Get in the Way,” to celebrate the Main Stem premiere of the brand new tuner, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait. In addition to the leading duo there’s Andréa Burns as Gloria Fajardo (Gloria’s mother), Alma Cuervo as Consuelo (Gloria’s grandmother), Alexandria Suarez as little Gloria, Eduardo Hernandez as Nayib and Eliseo Roman as José (Gloria’s father) wishes the cast a happy opening—before the night is through may the rhythm get you! On Your Feet! View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Mole Control

first_imgDo you have mysterious tunnels running through your lawn or flowerbeds? If so, a mole has likely invaded your yard, and you are not alone. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents receive several calls this time of year from home owners whose lawns have been taken over by these small, burrowing rodents. The eastern mole, with its pointed snout, small eyes and ears, short tail and rounded front paws, is the species most often found burrowing through Georgians’ grass and flowers. They live underground and rarely leave the safety of their burrows and are most active in the early morning or late evening hours. Despite their reclusive nature, you can recognize their presence by the ridges and tunnels they make in the soil. The number of tunnels in your lawn is no indication of the number of moles you have. One mole can construct many tunnels and runways. The mole builds the majority of these tunnels in search of food and only uses a few on a regular basis. Contrary to popular belief, moles do not feed on the roots of grass or flowers. They prefer to feed on insects, earthworms and grubs. However, their tunnels can cause the plant roots to dry out, which causes the plant to dry out and die. When the weather and soil are dry, tunnels created by moles can cause more damage than when water is plentiful. Generations of gardeners have invented different home remedies to control moles, but the results are inconsistent and generally ineffective. Commonly recommended mole repellants, like pickle juice, bubble gum, red pepper, bleach, mothballs, human hair, windmills, ultrasonic devices and castor oil, will do little to repel moles. There are a few strategies, however, that have been proven to control moles. First, you should get rid of their food source by treating for grubs or mole crickets. You also can try applying a poison gel-worm bait to try to kill the rodents. If that’s not successful, try trapping the moles. The key is to identify the active tunnels before you set the trap or apply the gel worms. Insecticides, poisoned gel worms and traps are available at most home and garden centers. If those tactics fail, you can always turn to your four-legged housemates. Family dogs and cats will be happy to help evict problem moles. For additional information on controlling moles and other wildlife in your landscape, search “wildlife” on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at read more


first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait cautions Georgia peanut producers in the midst of harvesting this year’s crop that it’s never too early to look ahead to 2020, especially with regards to tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV).The virus, which caused widespread devastation to Georgia’s peanuts in the 1990s, had a major impact on this year’s crop. Kemerait attributes rise in TSWV incidences in part to complacency on the part of Georgia farmers.“I think our growers are forgetting about how bad spotted wilt can be. For that reason, rather than considering all of the management tactics in the Peanut Rx tool, they’re sometimes taking easier, maybe cheaper options because of other financial considerations they might have,” Kemerait said. “In 2020, I’m encouraging growers to recognize that we had a significant problem with spotted wilt this past year.”Fortunately for Georgia farmers, TSWV was not as bad this year as in 1997 when the value of the state’s crop was reduced by more than 10%. But the potential is there for the virus to become widespread again if producers don’t consider appropriate management strategies.Kemerait reminds farmers that all of their TSWV management decisions should be made once their 2020 seed has been planted.“For the next 140 days, they’ve got to live with those decisions,” Kemerait said. “When they close the furrow, they’ve already decided the planting date, the variety, the tillage, the seeding rate, what thrips management product to use. They’ve got to live with that for the rest of the season.”Most growers understand that TSWV is vectored by thrips, tiny insects that can spread the virus by feeding on infected plants. Infected thrips transmit the virus when they move to feed on healthy plants. The virus can dwarf plants and cause significant reductions in peanut yields.While there are several products that growers can use to manage thrips, Kemerait notes that Thimet, applied in furrow, is the only insecticide that can both manage thrips and reduce the incidence of TSWV.“Only one product, Thimet, has been shown to control thrips and also minimize the impact of the spotted wilt intensity. It activates the plant’s defenses and the plant is able to fight spotted wilt better than others,” he said.TSWV dates back 40 years to when it was first discovered in peanuts in Texas. It was later found in Louisiana and Alabama and was detected as a major problem in Georgia-grown peanuts, vegetables and tobacco in the 1990s.Resistant cultivars developed by UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch reduced the virus’ impact on peanuts over the next decade, but there has been a change in recent years.“I would say that 2019 has been a wake-up call for tomato spotted wilt. It’s an alarm going off. Because of our new varieties and because of our management, we’ve been able to keep this disease at bay, but 2019 has shown it has not gone anywhere. It is still there and we need to continue to be vigilant and protect ourselves against it,” Kemerait said.For more information about TSWV, see read more

Explainer:What do we know about the health of Japan’s Shinzo Abe?

first_imgTopics : Complications may include an increased risk of colon cancer, clots in blood vessels, and a perforated colon.What is the treatment?Ulcerative colitis is incurable. While moderate to severe cases are treated with corticosteroids, this is not a long-term treatment as side effects can include bone loss, high blood pressure and weight gain.A type of medication called 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is the standard treatment, including Asacol, which Abe has said he started taking in 2009, when it was approved in Japan. It had been available overseas before that.”If this drug Asacol had taken more time to appear on the market in Japan, it’s quite possible that I would not be where I am today,” Abe said in a 2013 speech.”For that very reason, I consider it both my role and my fate to restore and enrich the lives of patients suffering from intractable illnesses.”Side effects from the medicine, also known as mesalamine, can include nausea, headaches or vomiting. Rarely, it can worsen ulcerative colitis symptoms.Other treatments include immunosuppressant drugs that require careful supervision and are usually only used if patients do not respond to other treatments.The most drastic treatment is surgical removal of the colon.How does it affect quality of life?If kept under control, ulcerative colitis has minimal impact on daily activities between flare-ups, which can be caused by stress.Some patients have frequent colonoscopies, such as every six months, to check for cancer. Abe undergoes a comprehensive physical exam twice a year.In 2017, Abe said his treatment was fuelling his appetite, adding, “I now must worry about issues I once thought were completely unrelated to me, including gaining visceral fat, worrying about body fat, and my cholesterol level. I hit the upper limits on tests for each of these issues.” Here are details of the disease:What is it?Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss and fatigue.The cause is unknown, but both heredity and immune system malfunctions, in which the immune system attacks cells in the digestive tract, are believed to play a role. Diet and stress can aggravate the condition.center_img Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, said on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy during which he sought to revive growth and bolster its defenses.Abe has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years and two recent hospital visits within a week had fanned questions on whether he could stay in the job until the end of his term as ruling party leader, and hence, premier, in September 2021.He has spoken of struggling with the disease since junior high school. A flare-up in 2007 forced him to quit as prime minister.last_img read more

Classic Queenslander the ultimate bush hideaway with resort-style pool, zipline

first_imgPlenty of room for the whole family. The luxurious six-bedroom home has been recently renovated to include a swish new kitchen and modern bathrooms, yet it retains a classic feel with iconic weatherboards, lead windows, ornate cornices, timber detailing and the bullnose veranda. The large 0.89 ha block also features a swoon-worthy pool and cabana which was only added three years ago. “Everyone that comes to stay says it’s like living in a resort,” Mr Forbes said. “It’s a great place to entertain and also a great place to get that peace and quiet you need on the weekend.” Owners Chrissie and Richard Forbes have lived at the property with their three children for the past five years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The beauty of living in this magnificent house is hearing the birdlife every morning and nothing else, plus seeing the wallabies hoping around — yet you’re only 10 minutes from Currumbin Beach,” Mr Forbes said. “From the veranda of the Queenslander you can only see one house, the rest of the houses are hidden behind trees.“It’s your own little bush hideaway.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 It’s the ultimate bush hideaway. The classic Queenslander. It’s the quintessential Queenslander which epitomises the Gold Coast’s laid-back, fun-filled lifestyle. With a classic design, the highset Currumbin Waters house features an iron roof, veranda stretching the length of the home and a resort-style pool — it’s the ultimate bush hideaway. And for those with adrenaline junkie kids, there’s an 80m zipline, which will provide hours of entertainment. A new kitchen forms part of the package. The six-bedroom house at 23 Karawatha Drive, Currumbin Waters, has hit the market. MORE NEWS: Former tax evader lists Coast mansion MORE NEWS: Multimillion-dollar house with a golden shoe bath The house has a blend of modern and classic elements. There’s also the added benefit of having a personal wildlife sanctuary in your backyard with koalas, wallabies, rosellas, lorikeets and kookaburras in the surrounding bushland. The family has listed the property and is looking to downsize without leaving the area.Brendan Andrews of Brendan Andrews Real Estate is marketing the property.last_img read more

E. Guinea working to bring in another FLNG unit

first_imgEquatorial Guinea, expected to bring one of the continent’s first Floating LNG units in production, is now working to develop other offshore assets using the same technology.Namely, OneLNG, a company developing Fortuna FLNG project with Ophir Energy offshore Equatorial Guinea, on May 29, entered into a binding memorandum of understanding with the energy ministry of Equatorial Guinea to further explore the liquefaction and commercialisation of natural gas.Under the agreement, the company recently established as a Schlumberger-Golar joint venture will focus its efforts on Blocks O and I offshore Malabo.According to Golar LNG, agreement terms between E. Guinea – a new OPEC member – and OneLNG place obligations on both parties to find a technical and commercial solution to monetize gas that is either stranded or being re-injected in liquids production.That commercial solution is to include the provision of an FLNG vessel, associated infrastructure and the creation of an LNG sales vehicle.Golar LNG further said the parties seek to reach definitive agreements to proceed by December 2017 but no later than December 2018. In addition to this, OneLNG is also working on 3-4 additional projects, each involving one or more FLNG unit, Golar LNG said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Engie fires up second Cygnus platform

first_imgImage courtesy of Engie E&PEngie E&P, a unit of the French energy giant and LNG player, has started first gas exports from the Cygnus Bravo wellhead platform in the UK’s southern North Sea.The unmanned satellite facility, second in the Cygnus development, exported first gas on August 1 to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December 2016, Engie E&P said in a statement.Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk.The overall Cygnus complex comprises four platforms and two subsea structures, serving an estimated field size of 250 square kilometres.It contributes 5% of UK gas production; sufficient to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes, according to the statement.Bravo first gas was delivered from well B5 in one of the platform’s 10 well slots, out of 20 across the whole Cygnus complex. A further three Bravo wells are expected to come online during August with a total of five available in 2018, after drilling of well B1 is completed.Engie E&P holds a 38.75% stake in the Cygnus development and is the operator. Centrica has a 48.75% stake in the development while Bayerngas holds 12.5%.last_img read more

EMGS elects interim boss

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS), a Norwegian geophysical services company, has appointed an interim chief executive officer (CEO).One of EMGS’ vessels; Image by: Trondheim Havn; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseEMGS said on Monday that Bjørn Petter Lindhom was chosen to become the interim CEO of the company.According to the company, Lindhom will assume the position on December 1, 2018.This appointment comes after the former CEO, Christiaan Vermeijden, announced he would resign from his position due to personal reasons on September 28, 2018.Vermeijden will step down as CEO on December 31, 2018. He held the position of CEO since February 2016 but was named back in November 2015.Lindhom started his career at Telenor and joined EMGS in 2003. He held a number of technical and commercial positions within the company’s global business, currently as Business Unit President, NSA Region (North and South America).Eystein Eriksrud, chairman of the board of directors, said: “Bjørn Petter Lindhom has extensive experience working within EMGS and the geophysical industry, and with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.“We are very pleased to have been able to identify and appoint such a strong individual from within the Company, and the Board of Directors looks forward to working together with Mr. Lindhom going forward.”last_img read more

Tobacco regulatory board targets better quality crop by training farmers

first_imgZimbabwe Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board have started training Tobacco farmers on farming practices to improve output and quality of the crop. The move follows poor prices that accompanied the start of the selling season early this yearZimbabwe’s Tobacco regulatory board is keen to avoid a repeat of what happened early this year. Farmers protested over poor prices in March when the tobacco season opened. Drought and floods affected both the quantity and quality of the crop. About 20,000 farmers will now undergo training on agronomic practices which include Land preparation, grading and baling.In 2014, about 17,000 farmers underwent training. The board hopes next season, the gold leaf will fetch a better price. Tobacco is one of Zimbabwe’s country’s top revenue earner and accounts for a tenth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The industry has now 88,000 growers up from 52,000 in 2012.last_img read more