May 26, 2018 /Sports News – National Danica Patrick reflects on racing career before final Indy 500 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick is gearing up for her last ride. The 37-year-old race car driver’s time behind the wheel will end after tomorrow’s Indy 500.“It’s been harder to come back to IndyCar than it was to leave and go do something else,” Patrick told Good Morning America.That “something else” was rewriting race car history. Patrick made headlines when she became the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole in 2013. That year, she set the fastest qualifying time for the Daytona 500, and she ultimately finished eighth, the highest finishing position ever for a woman.“You think that you know what you want, but you never know what differences along the way that will happen and lead you to an even better place,” Patrick said of her racing career. “There’s things that I still remember from the first Indy 500 I did that I apply to today.”Patrick’s life on the track has inspired young women around the world. But before she crosses the finish line on her racing career, GMA had Patrick take a trip down memory lane, reflect on her past and serve up some all-star advice.“If there’s a girl out there that wants to be the next Danica Patrick, I would say that your goals are wrong,” she said. “You should want to be the first you and not the next me.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
That’s The Alarm Bell You Are HearingBy CCO Statehouse Editor Gail Riecken John Krull, Publisher of The Statehouse File, clearly was alarmed about poverty in Indiana in his recent article, ‘Shouts Across the Great Divide’.He had just learned that almost half the people in Marion County (Indianapolis) are struggling to make ends meet. They are either below the poverty line ( 19% ) or above and struggling – the working poor (26%).Added together that brings the number of people to 45%, according to the ALICE Report, Asset Limited, Income Constrained – folks that don’t have the buying power in personal income for basic necessities.The numbers are about the same in Vanderburgh Co – 14% below the poverty line and 29% struggling to afford the basic necessities, a total of 43%.It doesn’t take Newton’s apple falling on our heads to understand we all, including policymakers, have a real challenge to do something different than what we are doing. Our communities can’t succeed with nearly half of the population on survival mode.Krull quotes The Indianapolis Business Journal: “the consequences to society of having a portion of the population consistently in poverty [are] – loss of productivity, increased crime rate, higher medical costs, greater rates of incarceration.”It’s time that our legislators move ahead on issues that affect working families, including policies like paid family and medical leave and increasing the minimum wage. We need to improve our education system statewide to help students get the good paying jobs, including model programs for incarcerated youth; we need to help families stay physically and mentally healthy. And yes, we need to protect the most vulnerable and that means solving the problems of the Department of Child Services (DCS).In Indiana, legislators have a chance every summer to address family-support issues. This summer there are two study committees on family issues. One is going to continue work on the criminal justice system, and another is set to begin work on restarting the troubled Department of Child Services.Ask your legislators to do everything they can to advance the issues that can help families exist the ALICE poverty numbers.John Krull is right to be alarmed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Rain and chilly weather did not deter the spirit of volunteerism – nor the volunteers themselves – as the 16th Annual Comcast Cares day brought dozens of community-minded people to our beaches on Saturday.Comcast Executive Producer Eileen Dolente shows the world that Comcast Cares about Ocean City, the environment, and our beaches.“Comcast Cares Day is simply the best day of the year for Comcast NBCUniversal,” said David Cohen, a company executive. “This day has become an annual tradition for tens of thousands of our employees, their friends and families …as we join together to make change happen in our communities and celebrate our company culture of caring year round.”The annual event includes community improvement projects throughout Comcast NBCUniversal’s service area. Ocean City was designated as one of the areas to be helped, and several dozen volunteers showed up at the 9th and Boardwalk Pavilion with gloves and trash bags in hand.Officers Jennifer Elias and Chris Vivarelli of the Ocean City Police Department were on hand to assist at their adopted beach with volunteers from Comcast Cares Day. Pictured: Melissa Downs, Officer Jennifer Elias, Kaileigh Downs, Pat Iuliucci, Michael Downs, and Office Chis Vivarelli.The event was part of what Comcast calls “Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps” in which volunteers fan out on local beaches and help the towns and cities clean up the winter tides’ effect. They scoured the beach and collected trash and debris and enjoyed each others’ company and that of the local Ocean City folks who joined in to help and stopped to chat.Sean Wills, Ethan Wills (2) and Jenna Pennington from Trevose, Pa were part of the Comcast volunteer team.By the time the event was over, Ocean City’s award-winning beach looked even better and the volunteers felt great about reaching out to improve the quality of life in the community they serve.This is just some of the trash that was removed from the beach. Matt Grande and son Jackson William Grande, age 7, were on hand to volunteer their time at the 16th Annual Comcast Cares Day beach sweep. Matt works for the NBC side of Comcast in NYC. He owns a second home in OCNJ, so they were extra excited to help out.
Speech: Charities and the power of place: the Commission’s new strategy and what it means for community foundations.
Beeston was a great place for me to grow up in, it gave me so much. I credit my family and the spirit of my Rylands community with instilling in me the attitudes and determination I’ve relied on to succeed since I left.What saddens me is the lack of wide-spread recognition among highly-qualified policy-makers and power-brokers that sharing and demonstrating those attitudes – regardless of status or qualifications – is the main ingredient for achieving and extending all forms of success.There’s a rich, untapped human-resource in local communities that has the potential to do great things given the power and the opportunity.I’ve now lived in London for many years and I have seen other cases of parallel universes coexisting within small areas – different, divided worlds on one street, or within one small area.I’ve learnt over the years that community, connection and identity do not always arise spontaneously from place, to transcend differences of class, wealth, education, religion, and outlook.That is even truer now, as many of us communicate more with strangers online than with the people who live alongside us, who walk the streets we walk, and breathe the air we breathe.Community of place requires conscious effort, and hard work.And charitable behaviour and endeavour has a crucial potential, and a crucial responsibility here. Charitable endeavour such as that nurtured by you, by community foundations.As you will know first-hand, when charity fulfills its potential, its benefits extend beyond the people in formal receipt of a charity’s services. Profound though the difference is that charities can make in improving, transforming, enriching individual lives.But at its best, charity does much more: it acts as a glue of goodwill that helps us do selfless, difficult things, and that enables us to see the good in others. Including sometimes in individuals or groups we may otherwise have little in common with.Charity helps forge and sustain communities.I have mentioned that a sense of place is profoundly important to many people’s relationship with charity.We know this because of extensive work the Commission undertook over the summer to research and analyse public attitudes to charity, as we developed our new strategy.We wanted to know how people relate to charity – what it is they associate with charity, and what that means for their expectations of charitable organisations.And we found that many people – a large segment of the public – see the value of charity precisely in its ability to enable community. To enhance, organise, maximise the things that they already do and that they value in others: modest acts of personal decency and kindness that make for a good neighbour, a good citizen, a good person.They see charity as being primarily about place, about locality, and about voluntary effort: I am delighted to be here, and I would like to thank UK Community Foundations for inviting me to say a few words.The theme of today’s symposium, as you know, is “the power of place”.I welcome this. My own sense of place means a lot to me personally. It has shaped me, informed my attitude and outlook – including how I feel about the world of charity in which I’m now so closely involved.And, as I will come onto: community, locality, place: these concepts are absolutely central to the way many people relate to charity and charitable endeavour.And it is, I believe, vital that we understand what this means, and why it matters. I want charity – I want your charities – to succeed.Precisely because the divides in our society and our communities that I have spoken about won’t dissolve of their own accord.If charities like yours don’t continue to have the support and the ability to build and sustain strong communities of place in society, it’s not just individuals like Celia whose lives will be affected. Or neighbourhoods like the one I grew up in that will suffer.I believe that the very strength of our society, and indeed of our democracy, depends on people from different walks of life having the opportunity to come together, talk to each other, take each other seriously, and work together towards shared aims.That’s why I will measure my success as Chair of the Charity Commission against the purpose we have set – ensuring charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society.And I hope all of you will support me in this endeavour.Thank you Their perspective on charities as organisations is shaped by that.They expect charity to make a difference they can see, and to be driven in every respect by the altruism, selflessness and kindness that motivates them when they support others.This is what leads them to believe that charities must be held to a higher standard of conduct and attitude than other kinds of organisation.Because charities are supposed to be the expression of the best in us, they are expected to behave as we behave when we’re at our best.Incidentally, this expectation of good behaviour is shared by the public across the board. It’s not limited to those who see charity primarily in terms of local action.But different groups of people arrive at that conclusion for different reasons, with different attitudes and perceptions.And I think it is profoundly important for charities to understand this. To listen to people – the people they exist to support and those on whose support they rely.My worry is that, at the moment, charities collectively are not reaching their potential in our society and our communities, because they are not always meeting shared public expectations. Precisely because they don’t understand where those expectations come from.Too often, charity leaders think of public trust in terms of a PR exercise: if we tell the public enough about how great we are, they’ll trust us, and if they don’t trust us, it’s because the public don’t get us – and so we need to talk more.I believe that those in positions of power – and that absolutely includes you in this room – have a crucial responsibility to listen to people and to act on what you hear.When it comes to charity, we know that public expectations are not complicated, they are not unreasonable.What the public expect is that charity means something, amounts to something more than just a laudable aim.The public do not accept that charitable purposes justify uncharitable behaviour. People expect a charity to behave charitably. They expect charitable behaviour, attitude and ethos to run through everything a charity does and says.And when they see behaviour and attitudes that are at odds with charity, they feel betrayed.I’m not just talking about the big scandals in big charities here. This is not just about exploitation and abuse in aid organisations, or unethical behaviour by those involved in large scale fundraising.All charities, including those operating at the micro level have a responsibility to uphold the concept of charity and demonstrate the behaviour that people associate with charity.Selflessness, probity, and an indefatigable commitment to the purpose you exist to promote.Now, it is not by coincidence that my first significant speaking engagement since launching the Commission’s new strategy a few weeks ago is here with you, with the family of community foundations.Our new strategy sets a clear, positive purpose for the Commission: under my leadership, the Commission will work to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society.We will continue to fulfil our statutory functions. Registering charities, investigating them, providing legal permissions. And so on.But everything we do from now on will be informed by our purpose – to help charity thrive.I know that I am among a group of people here who dedicate their working lives, not just to a charitable cause, but to the very flourishing of charity in the geographical areas you serve.To building and maintaining the sort of environment, the sort of community that I benefited from.And to breaking down the barriers that, even in a place like Beeston, have in the past divided people by background, education and outlook.Community foundations and the Commission already work together on a project designed to maximise the benefit of charity in society.Supported by a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we are working with UKCF to help release and revitalise between £10m and £20m a year in dormant and underused charitable funds over the next two years.We are working to help ensure that funds already available to the charitable sector, already within the charitable pot, are used to best effect around the country.It is not acceptable to me, and I know will feel like sacrilege to you, that there are charities sitting on monies they are unable, for whatever reason, to put to effective use.So this project is about helping encourage trustees of charities that are spending too small a proportion of their income on charitable activities, to work with us, and with you, to pass those funds to community foundations, in whatever way they are comfortable with.The work is not easy, or straightforward. It’s complicated legally, and achieving our aims will require patience, sweat, and persistence.I am confident that it will be worth it in the end. Not least because it will be a real, tangible demonstration of what we can achieve, the Commission and charities together, when we each fulfill our responsibilities for ensuring charity can thrive.As the Commission has made clear in our new strategy document – we believe all charities share in a responsibility to ensure charity inspires trust, and can thrive.And I say that community foundations carry an especially important responsibility, precisely because of your reach into communities, and into the lives of people who so rely on the support and help of others.If places are powerful, as the theme of this symposium suggests, then you are leaders and drivers of that power, of that potential.Your power arises in part from your proximity at once to the most vulnerable in your communities, and to those within them most able to address those needs. Notably because of their financial means.So you can – and I hope in many cases already do – play a role in holding the projects and people you work with to the highest standards.To help ensure that those involved in causes you support behave in ways that prove to the wider community that charity does reflect the best in us.I have taken great joy in looking into the work that your charities do, and at the successes you have had.The facts and figures alone tell of your reach: £77 million in grants made across the network in a year. Over four and a half million people touched by the work of community foundations. And a total distribution across community foundations of a staggering £1 billion.But it’s the individual stories that best illustrate to me the role that community foundations can play in the lives of people and in communities.For example the story of Celia, a mother, whose home was devastated in the floods that affected part of Cumbria in 2016. The community foundation for Cumbria provided emergency relief to those affected by the storms, and that included Celia and her family.You can hear her story in a video published on the UKCF website. In that interview, she reflects on the help she received and what it meant for her at the time. And makes clear just how important it was that decisions about how to spend the monies available, about what to do, were made locally, and with the involvement of local people.She clearly feels that she, and people like her were heard. Their needs were taken seriously, and responded to by those with power. More to the point, all this made her feel that the power to decide what was best for her local area, was shared with people like her.I was struck by this, because it demonstrates that listening to people, learning from them and responding to their needs is not just a nice thing to do. It makes for better, more effective, more impactful charity.So I hope that, when you and the projects you support disburse the funds made available through our joint project, you keep in mind the power of charities to build bridges.To provide much needed power and control to communities to make decisions which affect them directly.That you recognise the power of charities in how they operate can bring about the kind of change and make the difference that is currently lacking and people need to see and feel. Here’s my story:I grew up in a place called Beeston Rylands, near Nottingham. It is small, and literally contained: bordered on one side by a railway line, and on the other by a river.When I was growing up, Beeston Rylands was, in part because of its topography, a tight community.People – people like my parents – took responsibility for our patch of earth. And for each other. There was a sense of civic pride.I probably first recognised this fully – as is often the case – once I had left. As a very young woman, I moved from Beeston to begin my career in London. I came to miss my community and the solidarity and support I had felt growing up.But moving away also granted me a new perspective on the place I thought I knew so well.One episode best demonstrates this: Two years ago, I was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham. I was very proud to receive it, as were my parents who attended the ceremony.It took place in a grand hall at the University campus. That campus is located in Beeston, and has been for many decades – since the early 20th century. And yet my parents and I had never, until that day, passed through its gates. Nor had many of the people I knew growing up in Beeston.The university was there, we knew it was, but we didn’t acknowledge it. Nor it us. It wasn’t part of our world.And when I think back on the people I grew up with – their potential, so often unmet; their intelligence and drive – so often ignored, I feel frustrated. Helping a neighbour who is in need Taking responsibility for improving the area you live in Participating in collective endeavours, in community projects Generally volunteering for the greater good.
Muffin machinery manufacturer Sugden is expanding into new premises with the help of a £600,000 loan from Lancashire Rosebud Finance.Sugden, which creates English muffin-making machines for export markets around the world, will move from its current factory in Barrowford, Lancashire, to a purpose-built 35,000 sq ft unit at the nearby Pendle Court development alongside the M65. The move is expected to create 10 new jobs.Sugden was acquired by Chris Baldwin of Baldwin Technical Services in 2014 with the help of a Rosebud Loan, following the death of its co-founder. The group now employs more than 60 staff at the Sugden factory and at Baldwin’s site in Heywood.The new premises will provide additional space for Sugden and will act as group headquarters.“Without the financial help from Rosebud, the move to the new site for Sugden would be delayed by at least two years, which would have compromised further orders that are in the pipeline from all over the world,” said Chris Baldwin, managing director at Sugden.“We need the space and flexibility that the new site will bring to our company. We would like to thank Rosebud and RBS for their continuing support.”
Over the last 6 years, Connecticut funk-fusion outfit Kung Fu‘s annual Toys For Tots benefit at the storied Toad’s Place in New Haven has become a cherished tradition in the Elm City music scene, collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys for kids at the New Haven Children’s Hospital. This year’s 7th event will officially take place on December 16th, moving back to the Christmas time slot. The annual benefit continues to embody a sense of giving and selflessness around the holidays, as the band pulls out all the stops for the hometown celebration to benefit those less fortunate.This year, Pink Talking Fish will be joining Kung Fu with their fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish. Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of Turkuaz will also be on board and adding vocals throughout the night. The grand finale of the The Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event will be a special set of PINK TALKING FU: PRINCE/BOWIE, featuring all members of both bands performing the music of Prince and David Bowie.“We collect toys to distribute to kids at Yale children’s hospital on Christmas to brighten their spirits with whatever is ailing them,” explained guitarist Tim Palmieri of the event last year, “It’s been getting bigger every year to the point that we rent a trailer just to deliver the [toy] donations. We are happy to spread joy and give back using our music as a catalyst for charity. Although not medicine, it’s still something that can help alleviate and bring cheer to those kids being in a hospital on Christmas Day.”The last time Pink Talking Fu happened at Wanee Music Festival, Shira and Sammi were on board to add their flavor into the mix. Check out this Video of Pink Talking Fu: Prince/Bowie from Wanee Festival featuring Shira and Sammi:Hosted by Kung Fu, the band has brought on many special guests in previous years such as Twiddle, Break Science, and members of Steely Dan for a performance of the famous album, The Royal Scam. Don’t miss out on the 2017 Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event.Tickets go on sale Friday 9/29 here.
Phish Releases Summer ’93 Show At Portland, OR’s “The Schnitz”, Adds Full Concert Videos To LivePhish+
Phish has made a full recording of the band’s August 26, 1993, show at Portland, Oregon’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall available for download via LivePhish.com. The gig, which came toward the end of the Vermont quartet’s summer 1993 tour and featured a sit-in from off-kilter Seattle legend Baby Gramps, marked Phish’s only performance at the beloved venue.A description of the show from LivePhish.com reads:On August 26th, near the end of their celebrated summer 1993 tour, Phish played the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. “The Schnitz” is an historic Italian Renaissance style movie/vaudeville house that originally opened in 1928 with a capacity of 2,808. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the venue is well known for its excellent acoustics and opulent decor. Seattle’s Baby Gramps, “The Salvador Dali of Folk Music”, was the opening act in Portland and the two previous Pacific Northwest shows in Vancouver and Seattle. This was Phish’s only show at The Schnitz and they lit it up.A stacked Set I kicked off the festivities, featuring standout performances of Runaway Jim, Reba, Fee, Split Open And Melt, Esther, and It’s Ice > Harry Hood. Set II continued the onslaught with a blistering 2001 > David Bowie, the second such combination ever played. Other set II highlights included Jesus Just Left Chicago and a Fishman-Baby Gramps duet (on vacuum and guitar respectively) on Gramps’ Nothin’ But A Nothin’. Chalk Dust Torture and 1993’s last Free Bird encore sealed the deal.The recently released show from August 26, 1993, was recorded by famed Phish sound engineer, Paul Languedoc, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, with Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro handling the post-production. The show—and a variety of individual songs—is now available for download here.Phish also released pro-shot videos of two full concerts for fans who subscribe to LivePhish+ via the LivePhish app. The band intends to rotate “a handful of cherry-picked concert videos within the app from time to time”, so it sounds like more full concert videos are coming down the pipeline. The first two releases are the July 31, 2013 show in Stateline, Nevada (which includes the instant-classic “Tahoe Tweezer”) and the July 13, 2014 show at Randall’s Island in New York City (which includes the instant-classic “Randall’s Chalkdust”).Setlist: Phish | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland, OR | 8/26/1993SET 1: Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Reba, Fee, Split Open and Melt, Esther, It’s Ice > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Lifeboy > Rift, Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Lizards, Hold Your Head Up > Nothin’ But A Nothin' > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust TortureENCORE: Free Bird Trey sang verses through megaphone. |  Simpsons signal. |  Baby Gramps on vocals.In the pause during Guelah, Trey said “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Young,” prompting Page to tease After the Gold Rush. Reba included a Dixie tease and It’s Ice included a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Nothin’ But A Nothin’ featured a guest appearance by Baby Gramps, who was also the opening act.
Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Dean David T. Ellwood of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) have announced the appointment of Eric S. Belsky as managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective July 1. Belsky is a nationally recognized scholar with great depth of experience in housing research, teaching, and public policy.“Eric’s expertise in shaping a rigorous research agenda that is widely accessible to policymakers and practitioners will foster the Center’s ability to advance knowledge and inform public dialogue on the importance of housing in the context of 21st century challenges including urbanism, globalism, sustainability, and affordability,” said Mostafavi.Belsky has served as executive director of the Joint Center for 12 years, and has held teaching appointments in urban design and public policy at the GSD and HKS. Belsky’s research and writing has focused on housing markets, finance, and policy. He has published numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals, and has co-edited four books. He received his B.A., master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Clark University.“Eric’s experience working with a broad cross-section of public and private-sector leaders will be a valuable asset to the Center and its constituents, both here at Harvard and externally, where research and policy meet public debate and practice,” said Ellwood.
South Dining Hall was evacuated and the start of dinner delayed Sunday afternoon due to a small fire in the serving area, dining hall staff said. Dining hall manager Dennis Smith said the open flame was not big enough to trip the fire alarms, but it was close enough to an oil spray can to risk a small explosion, so dining hall staff evacuated those who would be in the affected area — the serving area and Reckers. The announcement, made through pager and PA systems, did not reach the Observer office in the basement of the building.The building was closed for about 30 minutes past the start of dinner hours at 4:30 p.m. Notre Dame Fire Department officers at the scene said the cause of the fire was still under investigation. Tags: fire, Notre Dame Fire Department, South Dining Hall
‘Yours Unfaithfully’ Yours Unfaithfully Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, an “un-Romantic Comedy” about the price of free love. Directed by Jonathan Bank, the production will play a limited engagement from December 27 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for January 26 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.The cast will include Max von Essen, who recently finished up a Tony-nominated run in An American in Paris, along with Todd Cerveris, Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray and John Hutton.Yours Unfaithfully was published in 1933 but never produced, making this Mint Theater production a very belated world premiere. The play is an intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 18, 2017