Haas awaits trial, expands team

January 11, 2020

first_imgGene Haas, owner of the two-car Haas CNC Racing team in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, is awaiting his trial on charges of filing false tax returns, witness intimidation and conspiracy. Haas, a California State University, Northridge, graduate who also owns the Oxnard-based Haas Automation Inc., is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 18. He was arrested in June by IRS agents and has been free on $10 million bond since June. In the meantime, Haas has expanded his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series efforts – from one to two cars – and is also preparing for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday. Jeff Green and Johnny Sauter will be his drivers. Both have already qualified for the race. Green’s No. 66 team finished in the top35 in the owner points standings last year, earning a starting spot. Sauter, driver of the No. 70 Chevrolet, earned his starting spot during qualifying Sunday. Sauter was ninth and Green was 26th in qualifying for the Daytona 500. “The car felt good, but we didn’t have our qualifying speed up to where we wanted it,” Green said. “This is a brand new car, and we didn’t even get to test with it.” Green said he plans on taking an aggressive strategy in today’s Gatorade Duels, even though he has a guaranteed spot in the Daytona 500. “Well, you definitely don’t lay back in the early going,” Green said. “You’ve got to put yourself in position to try and get a good starting spot for the 500.” Green and crew chief Harold Holly have been reunited at Haas CNC Racing. They worked together to win a NASCAR Busch Series championship in 2000. “You can’t buy chemistry,” Green said. “You can’t buy what Harold and I have. Our first race back together, (Martinsville, Va., October 2006) we finished eighth. That just shows you how much confidence and chemistry means to the success of a race team.” Sauter drove the Haas CNC Racing entry in the NASCAR Busch Series last year. He was one of three drivers to earn a spot in the Daytona 500 on qualifying time. Four more starting spots are up for grabs in the duels. The top-two drivers in each race will earn starting spots in the Daytona 500. The finishing order of the duels will determine the starting order for the 500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Haas Automation issued a statement that said its founder is “innocent of any and all charges,” and the “IRS issues revolve around the activities of a former Haas Automation employee.” Requests for an interview with Haas were respectfully declined. last_img read more

2018 Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class IX and Young Ag Professionals group spent an educational three days in Washington, D.C. Sept. 11-13. The purpose of the trip was to share their ideas with members of Congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip included a visit with congressional representatives, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy.Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 13 The third and final day of the Leadership Experience was focused on congressional visits. The hallmark of the trip is the opportunity for our members to meet with their representatives, bringing relevancy of the national issues facing agriculture to their farms and businesses in Ohio. Before heading up to the Hill, the group had the fortune to tour the White House. Participants were amazed by the history and tradition of the building, and marveled at the fact that many of the areas are still in active use for receptions, diplomatic meetings and other activities. The security lines and tour were so efficient that it allowed for extra time before heading to the Hill, which gave the group the opportunity to visit Iwo Jima.The group at the Iwo Jima memorial“The best part is getting to meet all the other individuals from the other counties and see the different operations. The diversity of the programs, backgrounds and operations that everybody has come from is very interesting, and I’ve learned so much just from that.” – Jenna Gregorich, Coshocton County Young Ag ProfessionalBetween congressional visits, attendees were able to spend time networking and discussing issues of local interest from their farms. Overall, the participants deemed the meetings a success. The attendees were impressed at how receptive the congressional leaders were to their questions and hearing about the issues presented. Some were pleasantly surprised to see how familiar staffers were with agriculture and how understanding and supportive they were of the industry and its struggles.“Just to know that the lobbyists in Ohio are working with American Farm Bureau and for Ohio farmers, connecting all the messages. One voice is truly is heard here, and we get to be part of that, and that is truly something special.” – Bailey Morrell, Wayne County AgriPOWER participant There were a total of 14 Congressional visits, including Rep. David Joyce,  Rep. Bill Johnson and Rep. Bob Latta.Later in the afternoon, the group had the privilege to hear from key staff from the Senate Ag Committee to learn more about the process of how the farm bill comes to be written. They received reassurance that discussions are continuing and there is earnest interest to complete the work and send the farm bill to the president for his signature.“It’s always great to see farmers and agricultural leaders from across the state coming together to learn about public policy and advocating on behalf of our industry. I’m thankful to work for an organization that has so many passionate people,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director, state and national affairs.Day 2, Wednesday, Sept. 12Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy advisor at USDADay two began with a somber but informative discussion on the opioid epidemic, focusing on the particular struggles in the rural U.S.  The group welcomed Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy adviser at the United States Department of Agriculture and staff lead on Opioids Initiatives. While opioid misuse is primarily a public health and safety concern, USDA Rural Development’s involvement in working on solutions, particularly pertaining to rural communities, is a perfect complement to the other agencies currently involved. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed report challenges with the opioid epidemic, and one segment that is largely affected is employers. Difficulties in staffing a workforce result in companies and farmers either importing employees or leaving a community, which can affect local, rural economies. Bryce’s team is working on increasing dialogue in these communities, identifying treatment challenges and addressing issues that stall progress and change, such as shame and stigma, access to treatment and even disagreement on treatment options by community leaders. Tactics that have been successful include illustrating through personal stories and testimonies of how opioid addiction has touched the lives of many, illustrating how no one and no community is immune, and helping leaders to see that the epidemic has a ripple effect, as communities become no longer worth investing in. Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”After the morning session, the group headed to Capitol Hill for a tour and photo opportunity. The tour guide was prepared for the Farm Bureau and she included details directly pertaining to agriculture from our forefathers and even the architectural features in the Capitol Building. She specifically pointed out the statue of Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”.    U.S. Grain Council’s vice president and chief operating officer, Kimberly AtkinsA strong Ohio FARM economy is a strong OHIO economyThe day’s lunchtime presentation was from the U.S. Grain Council’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Atkins. This nonprofit organization promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles. Its strategic goals include trade diplomacy, securing funding through MAP (Market Access Program) and FMD (Foreign Market Development), demand growth and increased ethanol exports.The day concluded with an informative and entertaining visit to the Embassy of Chile. The group learned a great deal of facts and details about the country, including its major exports and growing environment. Chile stretches a large portion of the west coast of South America and has a diverse geography, climate and production. The country has 16 different climates and sub-climates, and most closely resembles California in its agriculture. Because of its isolation due to the Andes Mountains and coastline, it is free of most disease and pests that can affect trade. The country has free trade agreements with 80 countries. It is the No. 2 producer of salmon, and because its pork industry is growing, the country relies heavily on feed imports. Thank you to Eduardo Santos, Javier Chaud and Felipe Gajardo for being excellent hosts.   Day 1, Tuesday, Sept. 11Day one in Washington, D.C. was filled with excitement and anticipation. The AgriPOWER and Young Ag Professionals groups were eager to meet each other and learn more about the different programs and each other, as well as familiarize themselves with the scope of national issues confronting agriculture. The group’s first day was focused on preparing for productive congressional visits. American Farm Bureau staff, clockwise: Paul Schlegel, director of public policy;  David Salmonsen, senior director of governmental relations; Veronica Nigh, international trade and environmental issue economist; Andrew Walmsley, director, congressional relationsRepresentatives from American Farm Bureau presented details on a variety of issues including trade, immigration and the farm bill. These three topics have a major impact on agriculture through the country, however each individual farmer has varying knowledge and concern about each area. While migrant labor is a great concern for local produce growers, trade and tariffs are more concerning to the commodity farmers. The participants appreciated learning more about their own areas of concern, but also gained a greater understanding of their fellow farmers’ perspective.After the AFBF briefing, Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy, led a discussion on how to take the broader national issues down to a local level. Everyone then broke off into groups to discuss and prepare for the week’s congressional visits.A full first day ended with a delicious BBQ dinner at Hill Country, followed by an entertaining and educational night tour of the national monuments.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Curation Startup Says It Captures 10,000 Links a Day

December 16, 2019

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market French startup Pearltrees offers a very unique interface for organizing and sharing collections of links from around the web. Tomorrow the company will release a new, faster version of its application and announce that it has passed 2 million links curated in 7 months since going live. That means an average of 10,000 links have been bookmarked in Pearltrees every day since launch, and presumably many more now that the site has grown.Last month the company announced that it raised $1.6 million in venture funding. I love what Pearltrees is trying to do, most people I talk to love the idea, and it’s good to hear the service is getting so much traction. I’m waiting until the promised iPad version comes out before getting too excited about it.It’s hard to know what percentage of those thousands of links are pulled in automatically from synced Twitter accounts. Either way, traffic services report that thousands of people each day are visiting the Pearltrees site, probably between two and six thousand people in fact. That’s not a lot, but it’s better than a poke in the eye.What do you think about Pearltrees? The unique interlocking trees-of-pearls interface sure is seductive. It’s part brand-new and part old feeling – it harkens back to many geeks’ fantasies of spinning links and sparkling orbs in their hands, like a contact-juggling, web-nerd, feed-reading version of the David Bowie character in Labyrinth. That’s a pretty high bar to reach!Have you found yourself using the service regularly, though? The people we see who have stuck with it have curated some awesome collections of reading material – see deep-thinking journalist and company advisor Tom Foremski’s collections, for example.The interface still just isn’t quite there for me yet, though. I want to touch it, spin it and use it like a mindmap on my iPad. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Google Translate & Wikipedia: 16 Million Words Later

December 16, 2019

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Google#news#NYT#web center_img Related Posts With its translation efforts now recognizing more than 30 languages, what better partner to work with the user-created encyclopedia Wikipedia than Google? The search engine touted its efforts last week at Wikimania 2010, claiming that its translation tools have been used to translate “more than 100 million words of Wikipedia content into various languages worldwide”.According to a blog post on the Google Translate Blog, Google’s Translator Toolkit has been used over the past two years to bring Wikipedia’s 1.3 billion English words and 2.5 million articles to languages like Swahili and Hindi. During the first three months, the service was used to translate “600,000 words from more than 100 articles in English Wikipedia, growing Hindi Wikipedia by almost 20 percent” and has since translated more than 16 million words. Nonetheless, Google says that it is “off to a good start but, as you can see […] we have a lot more work to do to bring the information in Wikipedia to people worldwide”. The Translator Toolkit, unlike Google Translate, assists in translating content in a number of ways, rather than simply offering a machine translation and leaving it at that. The service, which is designed to pull Wikipedia’s pages directly, not only offers a translation, but offers help with translating difficult phrases and words. It also shows how other translations have occurred across the Web and, in a very Wikipedian fashion, share translations with others to view and edit. The use of Google’s Translator Toolkit shows the company’s continuing efforts in the realm of translation. Google has been busy lately, with automated captioning for YouTube videos, auto-translation for websites in Chrome and software to provide real-time voice translation over mobile phones. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

NSWCHS On Track For Hat-Trick Of Titles

November 7, 2019

first_imgNew South Wales Combined High Schools are on track to make it a hat-trick of X-Blades National Youth Championship girls titles after the tournament favourites completely dominated their rivals on day one of the competition.The Brooke Playford-coached side won all three of their Pool A games, and have an impressive for and against record of 46.NSWCHS started their day with a 14-0 thumping of Touch New Zealand under 15s.They followed it up with an even bigger win against Victoria, 19-0, and defeated Brisbane City Cobras 13-2.But the two-time defending champions aren’t alone on top of the girls Pool A ladder.South West Queensland Swans have also collected maximum points from their opening three matches, albeit in much harder circumstances than NSWCHS.The Swans had an easy 11-2 victory first up against Victoria but followed with two very gutsy and determined wins in their next two matches.They were pushed all the way by their Queensland rivals, the Cobras 4-3 and Sunshine Coast Pineapples 3-2.NSW Combined Independent Schools sit in outright third on 10 points following nail-biting wins over Sunshine Coast and Western Tigers.Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline in their first match against NSWCHS, the New Zealand under 15s enjoyed two wins on the opening day – 7-6 over Western Tigers and 7-3 over Victoria.The New Zealand teams aren’t awarded points because they are an invitational team.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges lead the way in Pool B after the two won all their games.QSST were too good for NSW Touch Association Development (10-2), Central Queensland Bulls (              11-2) and South Australia Heat (10-0).NSWCCC won against Tasmania (14-1), NSWTA Development (5-3) and ACT Pirates (4-0).The Bulls are third and a host of teams are in equal fourth spot on six points.Tomorrow matches at 9.50am.For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page.Related LinksNSWCHS on track for hat-tricklast_img read more

a month ago​Silva tweet provokes questions from FA to Man City

October 28, 2019

first_img​Silva tweet provokes questions from FA to Man Cityby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Football Association has written to Manchester City to ask the club for its response to a tweet sent by midfielder Bernardo Silva, reports BBC Sport.Silva compared City team-mate Benjamin Mendy to the character on the packet of Conguitos – a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.The anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out had earlier called on the FA to act after the governing body confirmed it was investigating.Manchester City declined to comment.”We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva,” said the anti-discrimination body.The post was published at 12:44 BST on Sunday but was deleted at 13:30.Bernardo then tweeted: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”France defender Mendy and Silva are close friends and played together at Monaco before both joined City in 2017. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoLautaro Martinez says Inter Milan need to step up standards after Juventus defeat

October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lautaro Martinez says Inter Milan need to step up standards after Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez says they need to step up standards after defeat to Juventus.Martinez hit his second goal in as many games but it was a second consecutive loss for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine spoke to Inter TV following the match: “The truth is that we played how we prepared for the game in the first half,” he began by saying. “After they took the lead, we worked in the way that we had set. In the second half, something changed. We struggled and unfortunately, they found the goal at the end and we couldn’t get an equaliser.“When we’re all back together after international duty, we’ll talk about this match. If we want to play at the level of these times, we have a lot more work to do. Everyone who plays whether they start or come on must give their best. This is how to grow as a group.” last_img read more

Video: Georgia Tech Fans Rush The Field After Game-Winning Field Goal Block Return

October 27, 2019

first_imgGeorgia Tech fans rushing the field after last second win.georgia tech rushes fieldIt’s party time in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech, after a field goal block returned for a touchdown as time expired, knocked off No. 9 Florida State at home Saturday 22-16 in front of a raucous crowd. Yellow Jackets fans rushed the field in celebration immediately following the crazy play. Check it out:Miracle on North Ave – Part 2. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/2JwgjXEQt3— Lauren Rupert (@lauren_rupert) October 25, 2015Here’s the scene from Georgia Tech pic.twitter.com/ZM4XV9UVoF— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 25, 2015First part of any game I see on our new 55 smart tv is fsu losing to Georgia tech! Great day to be a Gator! pic.twitter.com/DoonW1yDxE— Matthew Carlsen (@mrc8809) October 25, 2015THAT JUST HAPPENED!!! #FSUvsGT pic.twitter.com/5J2qmtO3mk— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 25, 2015Way to swarm, Yellow Jackets! pic.twitter.com/rntVIb7LjP— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) October 25, 2015Georgia Tech is now 3-5 on the season, but this one has to feel good for the team’s fans.last_img read more

SLED DOGS Doc Wins 2 Top Prizes at Whistler Film Fest

October 15, 2019

first_imgSled Dogs, the controversial documentary, directed by Fern Levitt, that goes behind the scenes of commercial sled dog operations, has won two major awards at the Whistler Film Festival where it had its world premiere as part of Whistler’s Documentary Strand program.The film won the World Documentary Award, sponsored by Super Channel, in a tie with The Will To Fly, and it also won the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary which was presented by The Alliance of Women Film JournalistsSled Dogs follows four stories; a rookie Iditarod musher in Alaska sledding 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome; the training of Lydia, a sled dog puppy at six months old; a dog sled operation that was under investigation in 2013 in Snow Mass, Colorado; and the 2010 sled dog cull in Whistler BC after which cries of outrage by the dog-loving public forced the provincial government to enact tougher legislation to protect these animals Facebook #sleddogsfilmFollow us on:Facebook: https://facebook.com/sleddogsfilmInstagram: @sleddogsfilmTwitter: @sleddogsfilmAbout CCI EntertainmentCCI has over 30 years as one of Canada’s leading independent production companies; CCI is a developer, packager and executive producer of quality entertainment — the team is made up of strategic thinkers, award winning creative talent and experienced brand managers. Notable credits include the critically acclaimed film The Ride, award-winning feature/mini-series Iron Road and the TV Movie Anything But Christmas. CCI has just completed the family action comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa, the first film produced from the Telefilm-Corus Family Feature Fund and selected for official screening at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles.  CCI’s feature film pre-production and development slate boasts: 57 Hours – a hostage drama based on a real life event to be directed by Clark Johnson, Takin’ Care of Business — a road-comedy with a record-setting live event, produced with Randy Bachman and Gilles Paquin, The Palm Effect – a feature documentary directed by Fern Levitt that is a co-production with Brazil, and Someone Else’s Wedding — a romantic comedy written and directed by Pat Kiely which shoots December 2016 in Montreal Quebec.About CBC’s documentary ChannelCBC’s documentary Channel is Canada’s only documentary channel, bringing viewers documentary programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These slices of life explore the wild, weird, wacky fascinating stories of the world. At documentary Channel, Bruce Cowley is Senior Director and Jordana Ross is Production Executive. Sled Dogs is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Fern Levitt (Paws for Autism, Little Rock Nine, Gorbachev’s Revolution, 7 Days of Remembrance & Hope) with breathtaking footage captured by award-winning cinematographer Matt Gallagher (Dog’s Life, How to Prepare for Prison, The Motherload), the film provides an exhilarating cinematic experience. The film is produced by Slater-Brody Productions Ltd. in association with the documentary Channel and Canada Media Fund with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: “I am glad the response to viewing the entire film (as opposed to only the trailer) has generated this important critical recognition. I heard many comments from the general public and respected film critics at the festival about how the film is well balanced. I am thrilled the film received these awards and look forward to more people seeing for the entire film as we continue the film festival circuit through 2017,” said Producer Arnie Zipursky. Advertisement Since being announced on November 2nd, Sled Dogs, the documentary has generated at great deal of controversy, with over 34,000 views on the trailers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDALaa3mADE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC0PxBfeas8?)  and over 500 posts, as well as many more posts connected to the news articles written about the film. The reactions are coming from both the pro-dog camp and the pro-musher camp.“Thank you Whistler film festival for premiering our film. You honoured us and our film by including Sled Dogs to be part of your magnificent festival,” said Director Fern Levitt. Twitterlast_img read more

August 9, 2019

Rep Barrett hosts summer reading program for students

first_img State Rep. Tom Barrett today announced a summer reading program for Eaton County students that aims to keep them reading over the summer months.“It’s important to keep our students’ minds sharp over the summer,” said Rep. Barrett, R- Potterville. “Reading is the key to that and this program will give students an incentive to read at least ten books between June and September.”Students first through fifth grade are eligible to participate in the program. To enter, students simply pick up a bookmark from their local library, read ten books, and return their filled in bookmark to specially marked boxes in the library. One young reader will be rewarded with a trip to Lansing as a “Representative for a Day.”Public libraries across Eaton County have pledged to participate in the summer reading program. For more information, contact your local library or Rep. Barrett’s office at 517-373-0853 or via email at [email protected]### 24Jun Rep. Barrett hosts summer reading program for students Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more