NASCAR launches NASCAR TrackPass to expand reach of live racing content

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) — NASCAR TrackPassu2122, the sport’s first digital subscription product developed specifically for the international market, will now offer live racing action to more NASCARu00ae fans than ever before. Fans around the world can watch all 38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesu2122 and 33 NASCAR XFINITY Seriesu2122 events either through NASCAR’s local television partner or by subscribing to NASCAR TrackPass. The product will be available in 120 countries and territories at launch, with plans to continue expanding the NASCAR TrackPass footprint throughout 2017.NASCAR TrackPass will offer full race replays and features like a live leaderboard and highlights to give fans the complete race experience. International NASCAR fans in most territories outside the U.S. and Canada can go to TrackPass.NASCAR.com to subscribe to the product or download the application for Android and iOS through the iTunes and Google Play stores. Subscription costs start at $125 per year and $15 per month and vary by individual country and territory.“Exploring new distribution channels for race content across both broadcast and digital platforms allows NASCAR to continue strengthening its global presence and diversify the sport’s fan base,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Given their experience in the sport and expertise around live streaming, NBC was a natural choice to lead our development of NASCAR TrackPass, providing our international fans more choice than ever before.”NASCAR Track Pass is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service providing end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.International viewers can subscribe now to kick off the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season by watching the DAYTONA 500u00ae at Daytona International Speedway this Sunday, Feb. 26.last_img read more

‘Let’s eradicate this together’: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina and ‘sister survivors’ discuss the 2018 USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, moving forward with The Army of Survivors

first_imgJudge Rosemarie Aquilina emerged as a fierce advocate for victims of all forms of sexual abuse in 2018, when she sentenced convicted serial child molester and former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and Michigan State University osteopathic physician Larry Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of minors.Video from within the courtroom shows Aquilina, a streak of magenta visible in her dark hair, delivering her final statements to Nassar following his sentencing. In the clip, Aquilina reads aloud excerpts from a letter written by Nassar, in which he claims to have been a “good doctor” and that the media had “convinced [the victims] that everything I did was wrong and bad.” Aquilina concludes the reading with a measured stare, then tosses Nassar’s written statement to the bench, eliciting gasps from those watching in the court room.Aquilina, as well as Grace French, Louise Harder and Melissa Hudecz, three “sister survivors” of abuse by Nassar, visited Saint Mary’s Sunday night for a screening of the HBO documentary “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” and a discussion panel.Before the screening, Aquilina, French, Harder and Hudecz sat down with Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) coordinator Liz Coulston, the BAVO Student Advisory Committee and representatives from the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department to discuss sexual violence prevention, intervention and response.In her introduction of the panelists, Coulston said while the Nassar case received a lot of attention in the media, focus should also be turned towards what the sister survivors have done in the year following the trial.“[The sister survivors] have kind of said that the case was only the beginning, and now they’re really working to educate the public and create advocacy around this issue on how to better protect our children and our athletes,” Coulston said. “We can’t change these issues of sexual violence and relationship violence and stalking without talking about them. So we’re creating these safe spaces for us to talk about them and learn about them in a healthy, safe way.”At the start, only six survivors had agreed to use their name when they testified. As the number of those willing to testify on public record grew and more victims came forward, the group grew to 156.Aquilina said she named those who testified in the trial the “sister survivors” because of the close relationships she watched form and flourish within the courtroom, and witnessed the empowerment the women gave to themselves and each other.“When they came in — and you can see them on the screen — they said, ‘Your honor, may I address the defendant?’,” Aquilina said. “And many of them started out the same way: ‘I am not a number. I am a name.’ I watched them grow and become empowered and then I spoke to them and … I could literally feel them drop their pain and then walk to the back of the room and be joined by others — and I knew that they did not all know each other,” she said. “They were hugging and crying together. I was watching a family be formed. I could feel it. I mean, if you were in that courtroom, you felt this energy of these people with this common crime that was so vile against them joining together, empowering each other and coming together in strength and I started calling them sister survivors, an army of sister survivors. And it just stuck because that’s what they were.”The survivors began to lean on each other for support, Aquilina said, finding strength in a group of strangers who would later become as close as biological sisters.“They started supporting each other, one after the other and aligning themselves together,” she said. “It was magnificent. It was almost biblical. I mean, they joined together as a force against this crime. And I couldn’t help but call them sister survivors, because they became sisters in those moments.”In 2018, sister survivor Grace French, a 22-year-old woman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded The Army of Survivors, a nonprofit organization with the mission of bringing “awareness, accountability, [and] transparency to sexual violence against athletes at all levels.”Louise Harder, survivor and board director and strategist for The Army of Survivors, said this sisterhood was born out of a shared understanding and compassion for each other.“There’s some unspoken language between survivors,” she said. “We didn’t have to rehash the story. We didn’t have to say anything at all, yet, the people next to me knew exactly what’s going on and that has continued to be a bond. There are still sister survivors that I am in fairly frequent contact with and still reach out to. They’re lasting bonds, and again, like I said, you don’t have to say anything. It’s just kind of this unspoken, unwritten type of relationship.”Sister survivor Melissa Hudecz, an occupational therapist and the reporting and research chair for The Army of Survivors, said these relationships were built under extreme circumstances, within a short period of time.“The intensity happens so fast,” she said. “People you hardly know, all of a sudden, you realize know all of your deepest secrets, thoughts, and it’s just unspoken support for each other.”Aquilina, who also serves as a board director for The Army of Survivors, said she is traveling the world to discuss the first steps to fixing “a broken legal system” and a “broken medical community,” while giving a voice to those who feel silenced.“We need to go back to basics and that’s really what I’m talking about. Changing the basics, changing the language, doing what we do in the military when there’s a problem: retrain,” Aquilina said. “Making sure that everyone, from the least-ranked soldier to the top, is trained and educated. … And I’m not just saying this about sexual assault. There’s domestic violence, there’s physical violence, there’’s emotional violence, there is child abuse, there is the sex trade industry, sex trafficking, sexual assault, all of these things, and we need to start training people. I’m talking about how you recognize grooming, how you recognize if someone’s being sold, how you converse with people. So I’m trying to use my power to give voice and retrain us.”Athletes are trained to work through the most incredible forms of pain, Aquilina said, fighting through broken bones and torn muscles. The fact that sexual abuse has touched even the strongest of women is a testament to how pervasive the issue has become, she said.“I really think that as much as a tragedy as this has been, it’s also been a gift to the world to say this can happen to even the strongest of us,” she said. “And if this can happen to us, it can happen to you, it can happen to your best friend. Let’s keep the conversation going. Let’s eradicate this together.”When asked about the impact of speaking to students at a women’s college such as Saint Mary’s, Aquilina said she was happy to be connecting with young women seeking change.“There’s no corner in the world where we shouldn’t be having this conversation,” Aquilina said, “And what better place than a university where we have young minds who are eager to learn and to go out in multiple different professions, and talk about change, and teach change and work within a system for change as part of eradicating. I think that’s really the goal of the army of sister survivors and of all of the survivors.”Though Aquilina invited Saint Mary’s students and administrators into an important conversation, she said this discussion should ultimately extend beyond the College campus. The sharing of the sister survivors’ stories not be limited to female audiences, she said.“So [Saint Mary’s] is the perfect place,” Aquilina said. “Every university ought to watch this film, every university ought to listen to these survivors. And it’s not just about women. This is an all-women’s university. This is a conversation for men, women, boys and girls. They all ought to be part of the equation. If we say that this is a women’s issue, then we are doing what men have done to us to shut us up and shut us down. We need to be inclusive, not exclusive, and include them in the equation to eradicate this once and for all.”Tags: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Larry Nassar, Michigan State University, sexual abuse, sister survivors, The Army of Survivors, USA gymnasticslast_img read more

Naylor & Breen gets $1.3 million job for Vermont Adaptive building at Pico

first_imgErin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round organization in the state to offer daily adaptive sports programs to people with disabilities, announced today that Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc of Brandon, Vermont has been selected as the construction manager for the organization’s new $1.3 million building and permanent home at Pico Mountain. Robert Naylor, president and co-founder of Naylor & Breen, will serve as the project manager. The PEAK lodge campaign at Pico Mountain is the first of three-phases of Vermont Adaptive’s Permanent Homes Campaign. “We are thrilled to have Rob and Naylor & Breen on board as our construction manager and to lead us through the entire construction process, from gathering bids and coordinating all the ‘in kind’ support that is being offered, to helping us with the decision-making process throughout the construction of our new home,” said Fernandez. “Having him as a part of the team on this exciting project will allow us to continue to move forward and break ground later this summer. The project is right on track as we had hoped.” Naylor & Breen operates as a diverse general contracting firm with the unique ability to go from “dirt work to finish work.” Veteran team members are knowledgeable in their fields ranging from site work, concrete and general carpentry to drywall and painting. “Being a partner in building a new home for these two organizations will be very rewarding,” said Naylor. “We are honored to be a part of this project and look forward to ensuring that budgets will be delivered and building schedules met so that all can benefit from the state-of-the-art features that this new home will provide athletes, clients, volunteers, and staff. It’s an exciting time for both non-profits, and we’re looking forward to being a part of that excitement.” Last year, Vermont Adaptive partnered with the Pico Ski Education Foundation, a youth skiing non-profit dedicated to providing young athletes with the resources to pursue their dreams, to build a shared facility which includes a permanent home for Vermont Adaptive’s state headquarters and the first year-round adaptive sports center in Vermont. Vermont Adaptive currently uses space provided by Pico Mountain for its programming and state headquarters.   The collaborative partnership between Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation brings opportunities for creating a dynamic, multi-use building. The name PEAK represents the values the two organizations share and plan to bring to life: performance, excellence, ability, and knowledge. The two organizations are more than half way to their $800,000 in cash fundraising goal, with the rest of the funding coming through in-kind donations. Vermont Adaptive will own the first floor of the 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Located between the existing Pico Ski Club building and the Pico Base Lodge, the facility will connect to both buildings via outdoor balconies and decks on the second floor. The building is specifically designed by N∙B∙F Architects of Rutland for participants in Vermont Adaptive’s programs, providing easy accessibility for all, regardless of one’s disability. An elevator will connect the first and second floors.  To donate or inquire about naming opportunities, contact Fernandez at 802.353.8129 or director@vermontadaptive.org(link sends e-mail). To make a donation online, visit www.vermontadaptive.org(link is external).  About Vermont AdaptiveVermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. More than 500 volunteers serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities from all over the world in three locations in Vermont – Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. Summer programs are provided state-wide. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org(link is external).  About the Pico Ski Education FoundationThe Pico Ski Education Foundation is dedicated to giving young athletes opportunities to pursue their dreams by enabling them to learn sound technical skills, good sportsmanship, healthy competitiveness and an appreciation for the spirit of skiing and for the mountains themselves.  In 1977 Harry “Rebel” Ryan rallied several Rutland area business owners to support local athletes competing in elite regional and national events. Since that time, the Foundation has offered annual scholarships to the Junior Olympics, elite regional events and summer ski camp scholarships. In addition, the Foundations provides funding necessary to run safe and well-equipped races at Pico. For more information, visit www.picoskifoundation.org(link is external).   KILLINGTON, Vt. (June 19, 2012) –  Vermont Adaptivelast_img read more

Mount Philo State Park draft plan meeting April 19

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is hosting a meeting to provide an opportunity for public input on the draft long-range management plan for Mt. Philo State Park. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Charlotte Central School on Hinesburg Road in Charlotte.The format for this meeting will be an open house. At 6:00 pm, participants will have the opportunity to review the draft plan, view maps, discuss goals and strategies with staff from the Departments of Forests, Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife, and provide written comments. At 7:00 pm there will be a brief presentation providing a planning overview, highlighting portions of the plan and outlining next steps. Following the presentation, participants can continue to meet with Agency staff and provide comment.Visitors are welcome to arrive and depart at any time during the two-hour meeting.Drafted and reassessed periodically with collaboration among agency experts and public input, long-range management plans for ANR lands represent an important framework for providing responsible stewardship of public land. The Mt. Philo plan sets a long-term outline for management, but also takes into account the nature of this unique state park and incorporates some short-term considerations not typically included in other plans. Careful stewardship of Mt. Philo State Park supports a healthy forest that provides for a range of high-quality recreational activities, especially hiking; supports functioning natural communities; and strives for a careful balance and integration of public uses.Written comments may also be submitted online or through the mail to the following address until close of business on June 1, 2018: ANR.MountPhilo@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail) or Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, 271 North Main Street, Suite 215, Rutland, VT 05701(link is external).The draft long-range management plan can be viewed at http://fpr.vermont.gov/state_lands/management_planning/documents/district_pages/district_2/mt_philo(link is external)Source: ANRlast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgOral argument in Gannon school funding case set for today. Public education leaders and elected officials across the state will this morning will have their attention trained on the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, where attorneys for the state and for the plaintiff school districts will give oral arguments before the Supreme Court. The court ruled last month that it would let the school funding plan approved by the legislature go into effect for the coming year even as it reviews whether it provides a constitutionally adequate level of funding for the state’s K-12 system. The Shawnee Mission School District and teachers union called off a planned compensation negotiating session last week citing a desire to see the oral arguments in the case before moving forward.Mission Hills resident sentenced to federal prison for lying to IRS. Mission Hills resident Verna Cheryl Womack will spend a year and a half in federal prison for lying to IRS officials about offshore accounts she used to hide millions of dollars. [Kansas businesswoman gets prison term in IRS case — Associated Press]Leawood native, SM East graduate clerking for Kansas AG. Leawood native and 2010 SM East graduate Jack Logan is spending the summer working in the Civil Litigation Division of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Logan, a 2014 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, is currently pursuing his law degree from the University of Kansas. Logan is the son of Carol and Fred Logan, his father of the firm Logan Logan and Watson.last_img read more

Kramer Debuts KDS-10 H.264/H.265 Transceiver for Streaming Video Content

first_imgKramer just debuted the KDS-10 H.264/H.265 4K60 (4:4:4) transceiver that includes Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture display for streaming video content. The KDS-10 is equipped with H.265 high-efficiency video coding (HEVC), which uses approximately 50% less bandwidth than H.264. This video compression standard enables AV professionals to deliver 4K streaming over IP more efficiently and reliably. It is also backward-compatible with H.264, if needed.The bi-directional transceiver supports up to 3840×2160 picture resolution at 60Hz frame rate and it can be used as either an encoder or decoder and has two HDMI inputs for encoding and decoding dual 4K30 streams.The KDS-10 can be controlled and managed via API, Kramer Unified Enterprise AV Management platform and the Kramer Control cloud-based control and management solutions. You can see specs on it here. See all of Kramer’s ISE product introductions here.last_img read more

You Can Spot a Future Bully at Age 1, Research Shows

first_imgHuffington Post:Infants don’t really have what it takes to be bullies. They simply lack the physicality — the strength and coordination and mobility — to be aggressive. But are some of these babies already little bullies inside, just waiting to show their dukes?That may sound like a cynical view of human nature, but it’s basically what some new research is suggesting. While only a minority of toddlers are habitual bullies, this aggressive tendency appears to emerge right along with the motor skills that make it possible — by age one. What’s more, such playroom roughness appears linked to the mothers’ own problems with mood and conduct.Psychological scientist Dale Hay of Cardiff University in Wales has been leading a large team of investigators looking for the roots of early childhood aggression. In a recent study, they interviewed more than 300 pregnant women whom they had found through a midwifery clinic serving at-risk mothers. They focused on these mothers because earlier research had pointed to a number of maternal risk factors for childhood and adolescent aggression, ranging from social class and education to smoking, depression and conduct disorders. The scientists interviewed and evaluated the mothers during their final trimester of pregnancy, and then observed both mothers and babies at 6, 12, 21 and 33 months. A number of mothers dropped out of the study for various reasons, leaving a total of 271 babies, both boys and girls.Read the whole story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Dominica reviewing new tourism protocols from CARPHA

first_img He said that meeting will provide for an opportunity to “juxtapose them against what we have in place so that we can have tourist coming in but at the same time protecting the tourist….” Oct 16, 2020 “We received a report from CARPHA advising us on some of the protocols we should put in place and the categories of the CARICOM bubble and what that entails, and who should qualify. Dominica has had no deaths associated with COVID. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have been presented with new protocols to put in place regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as Dominica moves to implement measures allowing for cruise ships to resume calls to the island. He said Tourism Minister Denise Charles, has already held talks with the representatives on the way forward and that his administration is examining the safest way cruise ships could be allowed to return here. Oct 15, 2020 CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”COVID-19: Clear Shifts in Demand for Energy – CCREEEThere have been clear shifts in the demand for energy in the Caribbean as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues. Like other areas, the energy sector in the Caribbean has been impacted by the virus that has caused serious disruptions worldwide. Border closures, country lockdowns and other protocols that have been…May 6, 2020In “Business”CARPHA Now Testing for Novel CoronavirusThe Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) now has the ability to do testing for the Novel Coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation has named Covid-19. The CARPHA Laboratory is accredited to internationally recognised standards and provides testing services for national laboratories, not for individuals. It takes between 24 and 48…February 13, 2020In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… He said another meeting is planned for later this week “to see if we can further the discussion. Oct 16, 2020 Dominica recently reopened its borders to regional and international travel. The island has had 24 cases of the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 925,000 deaths and the infection of 29.1 million others worldwide. You may be interested in… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak “And then you have low risk countries and medium risk countries and high risk and what….should be put in place for each of these categories. And so we will be reviewing the CARPHA recommendations,” Skerrit said, adding that he is hoping to arrange a meeting between the stakeholders in the tourism sector and the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) to further discuss the new recommendations from CARPHA. Oct 15, 2020 Skerrit also announced that the government is in discussion with cruise lines that have expressed interest in resuming calls to the island. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking on his weekly television programme on Sunday night, said the protocols have been recommended by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and were discussed last Friday during the meeting with regional leaders. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “Once we have understanding between ourselves then we will share this with the public so that the public can appreciate what it is we are talking about in allowing cruise ship passengers to come into Dominica,” Skerrit added.last_img read more

It’s About Mutual Respect

first_imgA recent forum hosted by leaders of Latino advocacy groups concerning recent activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents was well attended by those in our community who are worried and afraid, and they should be.Deportation wreaks havoc not only the individual involved, but also the entire family network.If the target is indeed a productive member of the community, the wisdom of this aggressive policy must and should be questioned.There was some misinformation disseminated by the local press. One East End newspaper, for example, reported a “wave of detentions of local residents by officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.”It is true ICE officers arrested 225 individuals during a sweep in its New York region, which includes New York City, parts of the Hudson Valley, and Long Island. But not the East End.ICE officials declined to break them down by zip code, but indicated very little local activity.Some who attended the meeting fear Latino leaders were fostering anti-ICE sentiment within the Latino community; despite the fact ICE agents are dealing with murderous gangs with a palpable presence on Long Island.But Minerva Perez of Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island pointed out that the Latino gangs, more often than not, target — and kill — Latinos. She said while no one objects to ICE agents rounding up dangerous felons, the focus seems to have shifted, and undocumented immigrants who have led productive lives are now being targeted for deportation.Predictably, organizers at the meeting quickly got around to Trump bashing, which has become a closet industry here on the East End. Spreading misinformation and fear-mongering is the kind of behavior that got Trump elected.ICE agents are not in the courtesy business. They don’t take courses to brush up on their bedside manner. Maybe that needs to be addressed.We need to develop a dialogue between our local officials, law enforcement agencies, and ICE; we need to ensure productive members of our community can lead their lives without fear of an early-morning raid. And yes, we need to be aware ICE agents on the front line deserve our respect and our cooperation. Sharelast_img read more

Commercial team strengthened by McPhy

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