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Richmond International Raceway Ticket Purchasing on Mobile Devices Now Even Easier

first_img“We are extremely excited about this new enhancement that brings mobile ticketing directly to our fans fingertips,”—Dennis Bickmeier (RIR President) Fans Can Purchase April 25, 26, & 27 NASCAR Tickets Now on their Smartphones Richmond, VA (April 19, 2013)—Richmond International Raceway, in conjunction with Moovweb, has launched a new, mobile-friendly fan experience that now makes it even easier for race fans to purchase tickets to events directly from their smartphones. The new mobile ticketing site launched on April 10, and gives fans the ability to easily purchase event tickets, pit passes, access to fan zones and much more. To experience the new mobile sites, fans can go to www.rir.com on a mobile device and select the “Tickets” link next to an event.center_img “We are extremely excited about this new enhancement that brings mobile ticketing directly to our fans’ fingertips,” said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier.  “With the way technology is ever-changing, we’re constantly looking for new opportunities to improve the experience and convenience for our fans via mobile devices.”Moovweb was selected to power the mobile experiences at all International Speedway Corporation venues because it is a platform that allows ISC to inherit the complete functionality of its existing desktop site, including the online sales flow, in the mobile experience.“Enhancing the fan experience for our customers while they are at the track is a high priority,” said Tina Martin, ISC’s Chief Information Officer. “With our new mobile-friendly sites, fans can now save time and effort by using the power of their smartphones to purchase tickets from virtually anywhere to gain access to a wide range of world-class events and event day activities.”Tickets are on sale now for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Advance tickets, including seats in Turns 1 and 4, start at $45, and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. Tickets for the ToyotaCare 250 start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday. The weekend begins Thursday, April 25, when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to RIR for the BLUE OX 100 and Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown presented by FedEx, benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Advance tickets are $25, with children 12 and younger admitted free.last_img read more

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The Arctic Monkeys Are Currently Back In Sheffield Working On A New Album

first_imgGet stoked for what’s to come with their timeless debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not: It’s been three years since we’ve heard from the Arctic Monkeys. After touring in support of their fifth studio LP AM in 2013, the band members redirected their focuses to side-projects. But now, the British rockers have shared the news that they are indeed writing a new album. While only in the beginning processes, this news is very exciting as the band returns home to Sheffield, England to write the new album.According to a tweet from BBC’s Shamir Masri, “Alex Turner [said] during an interview for BBC Sheffield [that] they are coming back to Sheffield to pen a new album… It IS happening!” While the process might be slow, it’s definitely in the works — as the tweets below indicate. The boys are back in town!Arctic Monkeys back in Sheffield. Buzzing man gotta get the new album out now @monkeysquote #arcticmonkeys #sheffieldissuper pic.twitter.com/TVvPmEx2Ti— Tom (@1892AnfieldRoad) December 9, 2016last_img read more

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NHL’s Florida Panthers Announce 6th Annual Grateful Dead Night

first_imgProfessional N.H.L. franchise the Florida Panthers recently announced their sixth annual Grateful Dead night, scheduled to take place at the team’s match against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, March 8th at Sunrise, FL’s BB&T Center. Fans who purchase the “Deadhead Fan Pak” will receive a limited-edition event t-shirt and enjoy pre- and post-game concerts from Grateful Dead tribute act Unlimited Devotion, as well as mini-sets between each period.The Panthers join fellow N.H.L. team the Detroit Red Wings, as well the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Cyclones, and more in celebrating the Grateful Dead and their music this year at sporting events.Fans can head here for more info on this year’s Florida Panthers Grateful Dead night.last_img read more

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King’s Harvard connections

first_imgCivil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. may be most associated with his efforts to desegregate the South, but the minister also had a valuable and lasting relationship with New England, and with Harvard.Before his turn as a Boston University graduate student, King attended classes as a special student at Harvard in 1952 and 1953. Throughout the 1960s, King returned to Harvard time and again to lecture, including a memorable talk after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That visit on Jan. 10, 1965, happened mere months before he led the now-famous protest marches through Selma, Ala.Soundbytes: Martin Luther King Jr., 1962Listen to a clip from the speech delivered at Harvard Law School in 1962 by Martin Luther King Jr.King cautioned against hatred and revenge, despite the violent cauldron of political fervor stirred by opponents of the Civil Rights Movement. “The philosophy of an eye for an eye,” he said, “results in everyone being blind.” Months later, King led a procession of thousands from Roxbury to Boston Common, his first march outside the South.In honor of his national day of remembrance, below is a roundup of Gazette stories on King’s history at Harvard, including testimonials from those who knew him.On Jan. 16, Harvard will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre with “Joyful Noise,” a concert featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir.On Jan. 17, the Memorial Church hosts a commemoration of King at 11 a.m. with speaker Lawrence E. Carter, professor of religion and dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College. When King came to HarvardHe returned often during the campaign for Civil Rights, as guest preacher. He attended classes as a special student in 1952 and 1953, taking philosophy courses on Plato and on Alfred North Whitehead, earning a B and an A-, respectively. King also was a guest preacher at Harvard’s Memorial Church during the 1959-1960 school year, the first in a string of visits to the University’s chief pulpit.Professor Harvey Cox (pictured) first met Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1950s. “It turned out that we were born the same year, we were both Baptist ministers, we both had a strong interest in the theologian Paul Tillich,” Cox recalled. “So we formed a kind of a friendship that continued.” In the 1960s, when Cox was a Harvard doctoral student, King asked him to create a Boston branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerMy memories of Dr. KingHarvard Professor Harvey Cox reflects on his friendship with King. Cox was a Harvard doctoral student in the early 1960s when King called and asked him to help create a Boston branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the influential Civil Rights organization that King helped found in 1957. On Aug. 28, 1963, the March on Washington brought more than 200,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial. It was there that Martin Luther King Jr. (front row, second from left) delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Rowland Scherman/U.S. Information AgencyThe dream, 50 years laterThose with Harvard ties reflect on the bittersweet legacy of the March on Washington. On Aug. 28, 2013, thousands joined President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and celebrate a powerful moment in the Civil Rights Movement.“It was a moral imperative. I could do more than hope; I could act. I did not have to await a tidal wave; I could be part of it,” said Faust, pictured here in Birmingham, Ala., in 1964.Remembering, and returning to, SelmaHarvard President Drew Faust delivered Morning Prayers on March 6, 2015, offering those gathered in Appleton Chapel for the solemn service a deeply personal reflection on her experience with the Civil Rights Movement 50 years before.This contact sheet captures Martin Luther King Jr.’s January 1965 visit to the Memorial Church to deliver a speech. Courtesy of Harvard University Archives/UAV 605 V 127‘The weapon of love’The man who literally wrote the book on King’s preaching talked about the Civil Rights leader at Memorial Church on Jan. 19, 2014. Richard Lischer of Duke Divinity School is a professor of preaching and onetime Lutheran pastor.“The popular perception is that these streets are not worthy of King’s name. They’re segregated, they’re poor, there’s vacant property everywhere,” said Harvard’s Daniel D’Oca of the American streets named to honor the slain Civil Rights icon. Courtesy of Daniel D’OcaReturning to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacyA project examined somewhat-forgotten street areas named after King, aiming to help residents boost their neighborhoods.last_img read more

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Professor emeritus conceives foundation

first_img Basu was recently invited to speak at the 8th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology in Beijing in October for the second year in a row. At the conference he will speak on the compounds and possible delivery methods for treatment in breast and colon cancer therapy.  Once he arrives at Innovation Park, Basu said he would apply for a patent for the liposome bullet and continue research. A synthetic liposome “bullet” was developed for the delivery of the drugs into the cells, he said. The bullet attaches to the cancer cells and delivers the medicine, triggering cell death. The foundation will be listed as a non-profit foundation, independent from Notre Dame. However, Basu will continue much of the research he started at Notre Dame, and he will also work with graduate, postdoctoral and undergraduate students. At the conference, Basu will also be working with Dr. Rui Ma, a 2008 graduate whom Basu taught.  But for Dr. Subhash Basu, retirement was an opportunity to do more work. Since 2004, Basu and his research team have isolated five compounds known to be apoptotic agents — compounds that trigger the death of cancer cells. Betulinic acid, one of the compounds, is already used as an herbal treatment in China for cancer. Basu received letters from University President Fr. John Jenkins and President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh wishing him well on his research endeavors. Basu said he and his team have published more than 250 papers on the treatment. “Ordinarily, our normal cells are born and die,” he said. “This is called ‘programmed cell death.’ Cancer cells get immortality.” Many professors might be ready to hang up their lab coats after 40 years of teaching.  “We’re going one drug at a time, to find the dose,” he said. “Then we’ll be testing intravenously to see them work. This phase will be done at the foundation.” “This could be beneficial in a drug,” Basu said. All of this, he said, will be powered through national and international grants. “The whole purpose [of the foundation and published papers] is to tell the world we’ve found different compounds,” he said.  Basu, once a professor in chemistry and biochemistry, is working on establishing the Cancer Drug Delivery Research Foundation, a foundation located in Innovation Park researching methods for drug delivery for compounds to cure cancer and more. “This May I became a Professor Emeritus,” Basu said. “My goal is to do research.” He and his team discovered the cancer cells still have the “machinery” to have programmed cell death, but it is isolated and inactive in the cell. The compounds they have created trigger this cell death, eliminating the cancer cells. “We’re going to make [the lab] bigger, establish patents,” he said. “I’ve been working on this idea for 40 years.”last_img read more

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Gifford Medical receives $40,000 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

first_imgGifford Healthcare,The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 grant for 2011 to Gifford Medical Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.The Avon Breast Health Outreach supports community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country and is part of the Avon Foundation for Women, the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women’s causes globally.This is the 10th consecutive year that Gifford’s Breast Health Program has received funding from the Foundation, resulting in a total of more than $380,000 invested regionally to increase awareness of the life saving benefits of mammograms and clinical breast exams.The only Vermont recipient, Gifford was selected as one of 126 grantees nationwide in 2011, when a total of $5.2 million was awarded. Organizations like Gifford are chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.Through the grant, Gifford Breast Care Coordinator Jane Harrness travels the state speaking to women at events like the upcoming Vermont Farm Show in Barre, many of the state’s county fairs, senior centers, prisons, churches, women’s conferences and more spreading the message of early detection and sharing information on resources like Ladies First.Since Gifford first received the grant in 2002, it has provided more than 4,000 mammograms and more than 3,200 clinical breast exam through the program, and referred countless others to hospitals in their region of the state for care. In 2010 alone, Harrness spoke to nearly 6,500 Vermonters about having annual mammograms after age 40, annual clinical breast exams and doing self-breast exams so women know what is normal for them.Gifford’s program also expanded in 2010 to include a second breast care educator, radiology technologist Cheryl Manns. Additionally, Brittany Ward, also a radiology technologist, coordinates the hospital’s new Patient Care Navigator Program. This program is a resource for women facing breast biopsies following abnormal mammograms. Ward helps schedule appointments, answer questions and is with patients throughout the biopsy process.While most breast biopsies do not result in a cancer diagnosis, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States and in Vermont. It’s also the nation’s leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the Vermont Department of Health, about 473 breast cancer cases are diagnosed among Vermont women each year. About 92 each year die from the disease.Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. According to the Avon Foundation, programs such as Gifford’s help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.Gifford representatives said they appreciate the strides the medical center has made thanks to the Avon Foundation’s fund raising efforts and generosity.‘We are so pleased that the Avon Foundation shares our mission of improving health and has chosen to support our program for a 10th consecutive year. This grant allows us to educate women on their breast cancer risk, help them access the health care system and ‘ perhaps most importantly in today’s busy society ‘ remind them to make their own health care a priority, for themselves and for their families,’ said Harrness.Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants and a total of nearly $60 million to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.***The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer CrusadeThe Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women’s environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. Since the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition to receiving generous support from Avon Products, Inc., and its sale of Avon ‘pink ribbon’ products, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising.The Avon Breast Health Outreach ProgramThe Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected the Breast Health Program at Gifford Medical Center as one of 126 grant recipients nationwide in the 2011 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.Gifford Medical CenterGifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., is a community hospital with family health centers in Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester and Sharon and specialty services throughout the central Vermont. Gifford is a full-service, non-profit hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, a 25-bed inpatient unit and a Transitional Care Unit. Gifford has a day care as well an adult day care and an award-winning 30-bed nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, which opened in 1998 on the main campus. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care.Designated as a Critical Access Hospital, Gifford’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable and high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.last_img read more

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Chilean and U.S. Air Forces Sign Agreements during 10th FIDAE

first_img On that occasion, the commander-in-chief of the Chilean Air Force (FACh), General Jorge Rojas Ávila, accompanied by officers of that service, met with a representative of the U.S. Defense Department, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force Heidi H. Grant, and the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), General Norton A. Schwartz. On March 28, an Annex to the Chile-U.S. Master Information Exchange Agreement was signed, extending the Master Information Exchange Agreement (MIEA) signed on April 8, 2008, in recognition of the Memorandum of Cooperation in Defense and Security Matters between the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Chile dated July 17, 1996. By Dialogo April 17, 2012 Materials science is a growth area within the Aerospace Sciences Research and Development Center (CIDCA), with institutional personnel currently acquiring experience in this area as research staff at the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CASTLE) in the United States. For Air Force Captain Daniel Moraga, who works in the Planning and Doctrine Directorate, “the purpose of the agreement is to empower the Air Force within the scientific community, maintaining an active and leading role in the areas inherent to its aeronautical vocation, contributing to the generation of knowledge for innovation and national development,” he said. This annex is related to materials science for lifecycle management and is of great significance, since it is the first one signed by FACh and USAF authorities. Likewise, for the U.S. Defense Department representative, “this is a great opportunity to reinforce ties between the two institutions and exchange experiences, since the FACh has a high level of professionalism,” she said.last_img read more

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Auto loans: Bread and butter, or hit and miss?

first_imgTo credit unions, auto loans are our bread and butter. We spend a lot of time talking up rates and online loan applications, but if that’s all we’re doing then we’re missing something. We miss the most important part — the member.Where in our messaging do we address the pain points of consumers in the auto buying process? Do we show how we can solve the most pressing problem? It’s not often done. We spend more time talking about the bells and whistles of our product offerings but not nearly enough time, if any, in making the case of how to make car buying as painless as possible. To do this effectively, we must understand the sales process and map the member experience.According to a recent survey from the automotive industry on the typical buying process, consumers first search online and browse dealer inventories on various websites. All inquiries go the dealership and completely bypass the pre-approval process from their primary financial institution. How do we solve this problem for the credit unions we work with? We make our credit unions a part of the buying process. For example, offer an online research tool, such as TrueCar, to help members begin the buying process when they are looking for new transportation. Encourage them, at several points, to investigate what their monthly payment would be. Advise them to get pre-approved for maximum bargaining power even before contacting the dealership. At the credit unions who are doing this, pre-approvals skyrocket ­– as do the loans closing through the credit union instead of through dealership financing.Is it a fluke? No. Is this normal? Yes. Salesforce’s latest “State of Marketing” report surveyed almost 4,000 marketing leaders across various countries. Almost two-thirds of high performing marketers in this survey strongly agree that they have mapped a customer journey strategy as part of their overall business strategy. How does this compare with the underperformers? Only 7% of the underperformers build in the strategy. Likewise, more than 6 in 10 of the top lenders strongly agree that they are actively mapping the customer journey, compared to just 6% of underperformers. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Facilities set ablaze as clashes break out in Jakarta during jobs law protest

first_imgThursday saw the third day of nationwide protests against the controversial Job Creation Law, which was passed on Monday amid mounting opposition from activists who claim that it threatens workers’ rights and the environment.Thousands of workers and university students staged rallies near the State Palace in Central Jakarta and urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the contentious law.The escalating tensions have led to restrictions on transportation services in Jakarta.PT Transjakarta spokesperson Nadia Diposanjoyo said the city-owned bus service had stopped all operations at 4:30 p.m. to ensure the safety of its passengers and employees, as well as to protect its vehicle fleet.“To anticipate any trouble, Transjakarta is stopping its services on all corridors, non-corridor services, health worker services, social assistance services and micro trans at 4:30 p.m.,” Nadia said in a written statement.MRT operator PT MRT Jakarta also stopped its services to Bundaran HI MRT Station and Dukuh Atas Station, with the service only operating from Lebak Bulus Station in South Jakarta to Setiabudi Astra Station in Central Jakarta.Kamaluddin also reported that two mini excavators for the MRT construction project were torched and a project fence was pulled down during the riots.“The fires have been put out by the Jakarta Fire Department. We are waiting to remove the debris,” he said. (aly)Topics : It is not yet clear who set the facilities on fire.As of 7 p.m., the police were still making attempts to disperse the mobs by firing tear gas around the Bundaran HI traffic circle.Clashes between police personnel and protesters reportedly erupted again at the Harmoni intersection and the conditions remained tense as of 7 p.m. There had been trouble previously in the afternoon, with protesters hurling stones at police officers and the police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds. Protests against the controversial Job Creation Law descended into riots in some parts of the capital city on Thursday, as a number of facilities were set ablaze by unidentified mobs and clashes between the police and protesters continued.According to media reports, at least two Transjakarta bus shelters in Central Jakarta, at the Bundaran HI and Tosari stops — located near the location of rallies at the Arjuna Wijaya monument, also known as the Horse Statue — were damaged and burned on Thursday afternoon.The building of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Jl. MH Thamrin was also damaged by stone throwers. At least two police posts, one located near the Horse Statue and another one at the Harmoni intersection near the State Palace, were also set ablaze, kompas.com reported.last_img read more

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Euroseas Sells Its Final Bulker to Focus on Feeders

first_imgGreek shipowner Euroseas handed over its final drybulk vessel, the M/V Monica P, to the ship’s new owner on June 28.The 1998-built ship was put up for sale on March 31, 2018, and was finally sold at a price of USD 6.45 million.With the delivery of the 46,667 dwt ship, Euroseas’ fleet consists of 10 feeder and one intermediate containership with a total carrying capacity of 25,473 TEU making the company the sole US-listed feeder containership company.“We are pleased to announce the delivery of our last drybulk vessel to its buyers. This sale marks the completion of the separation of our containership and drybulk fleets following the spin-off of our other six drybulk vessels in a separate US-listed public company, EuroDry Ltd, on May 30, 2018,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.“We can now pursue growing Euroseas as a pure container company focused on feeder containerships, a sector with very strong fundamentals as the orderbook to fleet ratio is near the lowest levels of the last 20 years and demand growth prospects appear strong,” Pittas added.Furthermore, based on recent filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company informed that its shareholder Friends Investments Inc (FIC) has purchased 275,309 common shares of the company in the open market for a total of 4,033,004 common shares, or approximately 35.8% of Euroseas’ outstanding common shares.last_img read more

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