NASCAR bolsters international efforts with personnel moves

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – NASCAR today announced key leadership appointments across its growing international business landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of Chief International Officer, reporting into Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. Charged with growing the NASCAR brand of racing internationally, Cassidy will oversee all international competition and commercial operations, building on the success of NASCAR’s three international series with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.“Jim brings nearly two decades of racing operations and industry leadership experience. He has worked tirelessly to grow our existing motorsports properties outside of the U.S and will lead our efforts to identify important growth opportunities internationally for our sport and its growing fanbase,” said O’Donnell.“NASCAR racing is broadcast in over 185 countries and territories, with race fans engaging stock car racing in person at events in Canada, Mexico and across Europe. The demand for NASCAR racing internationally has never been stronger and we look forward to bringing our sport closer to race fans everywhere,” said Cassidy.Joining Cassidy in these efforts will be Chad Seigler in the new position of Vice President, International Business Development. Seigler will draw upon a decade of successful industry sales experience to oversee all international sales and partnership marketing. Celeste Griffin-Churchill in the new position of Senior Director, International, Joe Balash in his current role as Director, International Competition, and Bob Duvall in his position as Senior Director, International & Weekly/Touring Business Development will play key roles in this area.NASCAR additionally announced that Ben Kennedy has been named to the leadership position of General Manager, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kennedy will oversee all aspects of NASCAR’s popular truck series, working closely with Brad Moran, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director, and Jeff Wohlschlaeger, Managing Director, Series Marketing to continue to deliver great racing, fan experience and marketing across this series. Kennedy will report into Elton Sawyer, Vice President, Competition and will work closely with O’Donnell and Steve Phelps, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer.“Ben will draw upon his years of experience across NASCAR’s grassroots and national series to bring valuable commercial and competition insights to our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With promising young drivers and experienced veterans battling it out in close, side-by-side racing, Ben truly understands from experience that every lap matters and we are excited about his future leadership in this important national series,” said Brent Dewar, President, NASCAR.last_img read more

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REV Ambulance Group Unveils Firstar New Ambulance Line

first_img“Themission for Firstar was to leverage the latest in materials and fabricationprocesses to deliver a high-quality vehicle at an economical price point,” saidAnoop Prakash, President of the Ambulance Division at REV Group. “Our designfocus on safety, quality and value comes through in the Firstar line, and weare eager to unveil the two new models at AAA Annual and hear customerfeedback.” FirstarType II RAM® ProMaster Van Additional features include REV Ambulance Group’s exclusive Per4Max seat belt system in every Firstar ambulance, which allows flexibility of movement, while keeping the emergency responder restrained. For maximum storage, there are four large exterior compartments, three of which are diamond plate lined. And for service convenience, the ambulance’s electrical system features individually printed circuit boards with integrated diagnostics. The rear step bumper provides an underride feature to reduce damage to the rear for those minor bumps. TheFirstar Type II has been designed with a focus on ergonomics providing easyaccess to patient care equipment. The primary attendant seat and secondaryseating positions are comfortable and include REV’s exclusive Per4Max seatbelts. For enhanced visibility in the patient compartment, direct lighting hasbeen added to light the floor at night, along with blue LED lighting in thecabinets. In addition, there is easy access to the electrical panel with afold-down cabinet door which allows for quick repairs. Fromthe cab to the rear of the Type III Modular 146″, special attention is given tocreate a comfortable crew environment. In the cab, the forward body wall hasbeen recessed a full 10 inches for increased recline and movement, as well as afront console that has been ergonomically designed. The action area providesample space to securely mount defibrillator/monitors while still providingworkspace for patient care and easy access to vehicle controls. A new featureis an integrated “action tray” that runs alongside the patient at cot heightand is within arm’s reach for the attendant. The ambulance also boasts a highoutput air-conditioning system with dedicated multi-directional vents forattendant and patient comfort. And for ease of taking patients in and out ofthe back of the ambulance, Firstar 146″ has large rear doors with an extra tall60″ clearance. FirstarType III Modular 146″ unit on a Ford E-350 Chassis center_img TheType II Firstar has been created to help solve the issue of increased responsetimes, occupant safety and maintenance ease, just like the industry hasdemanded. Built on a RAM® ProMaster chassis, the only front-wheel driveType II chassis platform available, this vehicle offers better traction in rainand snow conditions. It’s easy to maneuver in congested city environments andnarrow streets, and yet still manages to pack a spacious interior with itsraised-roof design, 72″ in height, and a wider aisle between the cot andsquadbench. Packedwith features, yet purpose built for affordability, durability, and minimalmaintenance, the Firstar Type III Modular 146″ uses modern and hard-wearinggel-coated fiberglass throughout to make up the wall units, cabinetry, workareas, and squadbench. Radius edges and seamless cabinetry is not only easierto clean and disinfect between patients, but the smooth edges reduce the riskof emergency responder injuries during collisions or sudden braking. The all-aluminumvehicle body features a fully welded tubular super structure with aluminumexterior skin, making for a strong and durable ambulance. For moreinformation, visit https://www.revgroup.com/rev-group-best-ambulance-manufacturers. MILWAUKEE, WI–Firstar is a concept line of new ambulances from REV GROUP (REVG), the leading manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles and the nation’s largest producer of ambulances with over 50 years’ experience. Firstar ambulances are engineered and purpose-built for affordability, durability, and low maintenance.last_img read more

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International Year of Astronomy Kicks Off, Bringing the Universe Down to Earth

first_img Related Story:  The Philadelphia Inquirer outlined upcoming developments in the world of big telescopes, 400 years after Galileo’s first observation, called, 2009 will be a big year for titanic telescopes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The National Science Foundation (NSF) has devoted millions of dollars to underwrite IYA 2009 activities and initiatives, such as the Galileoscope Project, an official cornerstone and perhaps the most visible project of IYA 2009, will enable children to experience observation via a sophisticated yet affordable ($10/each) telescope. Working with two of the best optical designers in the world, the Galileoscope creates a true-color corrected view through a high quality eyepiece in a telescope with a baffle design optimized for looking at bright objects like the Moon and planets. “Hands-On Optics” teaching kits are part of a 4-year NSF-sponsored project used by over 20,000 students nationwide, mainly in after-school settings. “400 Years of the Telescope” is an interactive, multimedia project that will enable the public to participate in real and virtual telescope experiences and understand the practical advances that the telescope has made possible. A partnership between PBS, NSF, leading astronomers, and two U.S. planetariums, culminated in a two-hour, high-definition documentary that will air twice on PBS in 2009. And, a full-dome and traditional 30-minute planetarium program will be made available in 12 foreign languages, with free national and international distribution to 750 planetariums throughout the United States. The Great World Wide Star Count, in conjunction with planetariums and scientific societies, will map tens of thousands of observations taken from all seven continents and 60 countries around the world. Watch the IYA 2009 trailer below: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA large cluster of astronomers were sighted in Paris last week at the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy. Planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the heavens with a telescope, the year, also known as IYA 2009, will commence under the theme ‘The Universe, Yours to Discover.’ The celebration is meant to reignite the wonder that the starry skies have always provoked in humankind and promote astronomy’s contribution to society, culture and development. “People have always looked to the sky for answers to the questions ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Why are we here?’” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The gala opening at the agency’s headquarters gathered astronauts, artists, diplomats, industrialists and astronomy undergraduates from over 100 countries. “The sky belongs to everybody,” Mr. Matsuura said. “Astronomy is an instrument to promote peace and understanding among nations.” The two-day launch ceremony featured presentations by Nobel prize winners Bob Wilson and Baruch Blumberg, reports of the latest discoveries, discussions on the role of astronomy in culture and public engagement, real-time astronomical observation and a closing performance by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet. (See the video trailer announcing IYA2009 at the bottom of this article.) Hundreds of events on the global, national and regional levels have also been planned for the first weeks of the Year in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The website www.astronomy2009.org has all the latest news and activities, along with an email newsletter to keep you up to date with the celebration.last_img read more

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VSP: Search continues near Lake Iroquois for suspect in vehicle pursuit

first_imgVermont State Police Following continued investigation, police have determined that Tuesday morning’s motor-vehicle pursuit, which ended with the driver fleeing on foot near Lake Iroquois in Williston, is a separate incident from Monday night’s shooting at the Maple Tree Place shopping plaza.Both investigations remain active and ongoing.Investigators received a description of a vehicle involved in the shooting as a white van. Tuesday morning, the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop a white van for speeding on Interstate 89 in Richmond, and the operator accelerated and led police on a pursuit that ended at Lake Iroquois. The operator fled on foot.The driver is described as a heavyset white man with a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and no shirt.A multi-agency search is under way for the man. Law enforcement agencies involved include the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department, Colchester Police Department, Hinesburg Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Vermont State Police, Williston Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Residents in the area of Lake Iroquois have been advised of the ongoing police activity and have been asked to remain aware of their surroundings. They remain free to come and go as they please. Police will continue to provide regular patrols in the area.The case involving the vehicle pursuit is being led by the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department.The shooting investigation is being led by the Williston Police Department and remains active and ongoing. No one appears to have been injured as a result of the incident.Anyone with information or tips that might be relevant to these cases is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Williston at 802-878-7111.***Initial news release, 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020***Police are searching for a man near Lake Iroquois in Williston who might be connected to a shooting late Monday in at the Maple Tree Place plaza.The incident began at 10:19 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020, when the Williston Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting near Best Buy in Maple Tree Place. The Vermont State Police, Richmond Police Department and Williston Fire Department were dispatched to assist. Witnesses reported several shots fired, possibly an exchange of gunfire between two people, and that the individuals involved had fled before police arrived. (A separate news release from Williston police provides further details.)At 8:14 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020, a deputy with the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department became involved with a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 89 involving a vehicle that might have had a connection to Monday night’s shooting. The pursuit was terminated near Lake Iroquois in Williston, where two of the three occupants of the vehicle were questioned and released. A third man in the vehicle fled on foot.Police are actively searching in the vicinity of the lake for the suspect. There is a heavy police presence in the area. Members of the public are advised to be cautious if they live in or are passing through the area, or to take alternate routes.The Williston Police Department remains the lead investigative agency.Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.Source: WILLISTON, Vermont (Tuesday, July 14, 2020) — Vermont State Policelast_img read more

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Punk Rock From Another Planet

first_imgIndependent/Courtesy East End ArtsEast End Arts in Riverhead is hitting the retro scene with its upcoming exhibit “Frankie Says,” featuring 1970s and 1980s NYC punk rock era club photography by Frankie Neptune and video interviews by Paul Tschinkel. The three-week show will have a grand opening Friday, September 6, from 6 to 9 PM.Neptune was a concrete jungle anthropologist of sorts back in what many would call a definitive era for the streets of Manhattan. He grew up in NYC and was so embedded into the culture that he even drove a taxi from late at night into the morning hours during his college years. That time is what he dubs his “Gotham Esthetic” in his photographs, all shot on 35mm Kodachrome slides. His days driving around, snapping stills, was when punk rock was just emerging in the SoHo art scene during the early 1970s. That’s when Neptune began to pave his way with Tschinkel, a video artist. The two collaborated to produce videos for the “Inner Tube” television series.And it wasn’t long before he Neptune decided to sell his photography on the bustling streets of downtown Manhattan. His photos have since been exhibited worldwide.“I am excited to be part of the East End Arts Council’s artistic renaissance. It has taken an affirmative action identifying artists from the North Fork. Due to her insightful, bold, and innovative leadership, executive director Diane Burke has made me feel comfortable sharing my old and new work in the EEAC venue,” Neptune said.Independent/Courtesy East End Arts“My mentor and co-artist Paul Tschinkel shares his vast and incisive knowledge of the seminal personalities of the exciting and revolutionary SoHo art and punk rock alternative. It is the history he has memorialized since 1970 and continues to do today that will illuminate artistic historical unknown facts,” he added.With a bachelor of arts degree in communication arts and sciences, and a masters in instructional technology, Neptune took the New York Police Department police officer exam for the heck of it. But when the force called upon him for duty, he took it with plans to leave after a year. However, he enjoyed the front lines of his city so much that he stayed long enough to become a sergeant and lieutenant, eventually eschewing his former photographic career. He then retired in the early 2000s and became a full-time North Fork resident. East End Arts Gallery is located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead. Visit www.eastendarts.org for more [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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