FORTUNE 500 increases investment in NASCAR

first_imgEight percent increase in FORTUNE 500 companies involved in NASCAR since 2008 Nearly one-in-four (117) FORTUNE 500 companies use NASCAR as part of their marketing mix, according to an analysis of sponsors currently in the sport when compared to the magazine’s annual list released this month. For the second consecutive year, the number of FORTUNE 500 companies involved in NASCAR increased; and is an eight percent improvement over 2008. The analysis encompassed companies currently involved as a sponsor of NASCAR’s sanctioning body, teams, tracks and/or as media partners.“There’s a reason the number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officer. “Our fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports. Some of the world’s biggest, most recognizable and profitable brands utilize NASCAR as a critical and powerful part of their marketing mix because it works for their business.”Findings from a study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna prior to the start of the 2013 season show that approximately one out of four NASCAR fans strongly agree that they support NASCAR sponsors more than sponsors of other sports.“The current sponsorship landscape is as competitive as it has ever been,” said Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. “Our partners continue to choose to use our team to drive their brands because we have had success demonstrating value in their investment, proven by our recent partnership renewals with NAPA AUTO PARTS and other major corporations.”“Regardless of a company’s entry point into the sport, the demand for a quantifiable return on investment expands across all levels of sponsorship,” said Joie Chitwood III, president of Daytona International Speedway. “We take pride in delivering a best-in-class experience and valuable branding opportunities to a number of powerful companies on an annual basis.”To be eligible for the FORTUNE 500, a company must be based in the U.S. and publicly traded. Though many companies on the FORTUNE 500 utilize NASCAR as part of their business-building strategy to develop their customer base, strengthen market share, and increase value for their shareholders, only industry partners, media partners, and licensees involved in the sport were counted in the analysis. Companies invested in the sport solely as advertisers were not counted.Although being a FORTUNE 500 company is the gold standard of success for publicly-traded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations currently involved in NASCAR that were not included in the analysis because they do not meet FORTUNE’s criteria. A number of those blue-chip brands not qualifying, but are involved significantly in the sport, include MillerCoors, Mars, Toyota and McLaren. “There’s a reason the number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport. Our fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports.”—Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officerlast_img read more

Street Artist Joe Miller Honors Charles Bradley With Mural In New York City

first_imgThe music world took a major hit when inspirational soul singer Charles Bradley succumbed to a long battle with cancer this past September. The Daptone Records singer found fame late in life, but was always a shining light of positivity throughout his life. In honor of Bradley, street artist Joe Miller (IG: @thejoemiller) recently debuted a painting of the singer for Gallery Cafe Chicago’s Free Throw Series. Miller has now followed that up with a full street mural of The Screaming Eagle of Soul down in NYC’s Lower East Side at 122 Allen Street. The Legendary Soul Singer, Charles Bradley, Dies At 68Bradley was no stranger to New York City, as the Gainesville, Florida-born singer had been a resident of the city for two decades. In related news, Living on Soul filmmakers Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey released a touching video on his Facebook page in early October of Bradley being filmed while on the road in Vienna, Austria back in July 2014. In the opening moments of the video, the artist states, “Right now, I’m just trying to get through life in a humble way. And I try to forget about a lot of the hardships, but it’s hard to get rid of it. Because a lot of things in the hardships, there’s some sweetness in them. You got to analyze it very finely, and try to see what I can let go and keep.” New Video Of Charles Bradley Shows Humility And Appreciation For LifeAccording to the BrooklynVegan, Bradley and fellow late Daptone singer Sharon Jones will be featured in the documentary Living on Soul, which has a screening at Nitehawk Cinema on November 15th. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Cory Bailey and Jeff Broadway, along with Daptone Records co-founder Neal Sugarman.[Photo: @daptonerecords; H/T Brooklyn Vegan]last_img read more

Gokhan Hotamisligil receives honor for the Study of Obesity

first_imgGökhan Hotamisligil, the J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), will receive the prestigious Wertheimer Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) in July in Stockholm. There, he will deliver the opening award lecture.To read the full release, visit the Harvard School of Public Health Web site.last_img

$1.47 million in VHCB funding to assist households affected by Hurricane Irene

first_imgAt a meeting on December 6, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board presented funding awards to the Addison County Community Trust and the Central Vermont Community Land Trust to create affordable rental housing in the towns of Hancock and Barre. The Windham and Windsor Housing Trust will rehabilitate two properties with 12 apartments in Chester and Gageville. Grants to the network of HomeOwnership Centers and non-profit housing organizations will provide financial counseling and homebuyer education to households who lost their homes in Hurricane Irene and assist communities in rebuilding after Irene. The Upper Valley Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, the Stowe Land Trust, and the Vermont River Conservancy will use VHCB funding to conserve 413 acres of agricultural land, recreational land and wildlife habitat.Christine Hart, Chair of the Board, said, ‘These VHCB grants will be used in communities across the state and will complement flood recovery efforts, provide economic stimulus, support the agricultural economy, and provide public access to recreational land for generations to come.’ In Hancock, a community that was hard hit by Hurricane Irene, the Addison County Community Trust will acquire and rehabilitate five apartments in the village. A $140,000 VHCB grant and $161,320 in federal HOME Program funding will be matched with private funding and federal rental assistance to provide affordable rentals to five households.The Board awarded $50,000 to non-profit housing development groups and HomeOwnership Centers to provide financial counseling and homebuyer education to households who lost their homes in Hurricane Irene and to assist communities in rebuilding after Irene. The VHCB funding will be matched by $150,000 provided by the NeighborWorks Corporation, a national housing organization that supports five Vermont HomeOwnership centers located in Burlington, St. Albans, Lyndonville, Barre, West Rutland, Brattleboro and Springfield. The Vermont Community Foundation has pledged $50,000 towards the effort, and the Enterprise Foundation, a national organization providing development capital and technical assistance for affordable housing, will provide $50,000. The Central Vermont Community Land Trust will use $170,000 in VHCB funding to develop transitional housing on South Main Street in Barre for individuals recovering from substance abuse. CVCLT will lease the property to Phoenix House, an organization operating addiction recovery programs nationwide. A resident manager will facilitate programming that includes individual case management, group and individual counseling, and appropriate social activities. The Department of Corrections considers the Central Vermont location a priority and will provide $200,000 in funding for the project, which they expect will reduce recidivism. Phoenix House will contribute $100,000. In Chester and in the village of Gageville in Westminster, the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust will rehabilitate 12 apartments in two buildings using $436,000 in VHCB funds and $213,336 in federal HOME funds. Improvements will include a comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit, increased affordability, addition of solar hot water and a sprinkler system, update of the apartment interiors and reconfiguration of the apartments. The Upper Valley Land Trust will conserve two farms in Newbury and Thetford, protecting 122 acres of agricultural land in the watershed of the Connecticut River. A VHCB grant of $15,750 will be matched by $35,000 in federal farmland conservation funding provided by NRCS and $48,250 in funding from the Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund to conserve a 62-acre organic dairy farm in Newbury and Ryegate. Located along I-91, this highly visible and scenic property will be sold by retiring dairy farmers Alice and Larry Allen to Walter Morse and Joseph Mahr, organic dairy farmers from Barre.An $85,000 VHCB grant to the Upper Valley Land Trust, matched by $147,500 in NRCS funding, will conserve 60 acres to be sold to Vaughn Farms LLC for addition to their 425 acres of farmland in Thetford. A local trail network passes through the property and conservation will provide a buffer for the Conant Swamp, a wetland in the watershed of the Connecticut River. In Dummerston, the Nature Conservancy will use a VHCB grant of $75,000 to conserve 25 acres on Black Mountain, adding to 583 acres conserved over a twenty-year period and managed as a nature preserve. The land hosts natural communities that are rare and unique in Vermont. A trail on the property provides public access for hunting, walking, hiking, and snowshoeing. The parcel’s frontage on Black Mountain Road will allow for development of a parking area and the addition of a kiosk.With a $350,000 VHCB grant, the Stowe Land Trust will purchase, conserve, and transfer to the town 257 acres of recreation lands located in the village, just west of Route 100 and south of the Mountain Road and abutting the Town forest. Nine miles of well-used mountain bike and walking trails on the property will add to a trail network being developed by the Vermont Ride Center, an economic development initiative focused on the towns of Waterbury and Stowe and spearheaded by the VT Mountain Bike Association. The Town of Stowe will contribute $250,000 towards the acquisition; the Stowe Land Trust has initiated a $1 million private fundraising campaign to complete the project.The Vermont River Conservancy will use $120,285 in VHCB funding to purchase nine acres of land on the Missisquoi River in Enosburgh. The river frontage will be conveyed to the Village of Enosburg Falls for use as a public fishing access and canoe launching site. The site will also be designated as a launching site for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The remainder of the parcel will be donated to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity for development of two affordable houses. The acquisition is leveraged by a $20,000 grant from a private foundation and by private fundraising of $41,965.The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board is an independent state funding agency providing grants and loans for the development of affordable housing and the conservation of agricultural and recreational lands, natural areas and historic properties. Since 1987, VHCB has funded the development of more than 10,000 homes for Vermonters and the conservation of more than 390,000 acres of land. VHCB 12.22.2011last_img read more

DEA Detains Nearly 4,000 Suspected Drug Traffickers in Two Years

first_imgBy Dialogo December 11, 2012 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on December 7 the end of a series of operations against the Mexican cartels of Sinaloa and Juárez, which extended over two years, leaving 3,780 detainees. Operation “Below the Beltway”, unwrapped in May 2010, was carried out in 79 American, Mexican, Central American, and even European cities, as well as other continents, the DEA informed in its statement. Law enforcement authorities from those countries seized over six tons of cocaine, 4.5 tons of methamphetamine, 734 kilos of heroin, 150 tons of marihuana, and over $148 million in cash. “We managed to orchestrate an extensive series of coordinated and aggressive actions in order to weaken these cartels and their partners,” the DEA explained. The operation concluded on December 6. The Sinaloa and Juárez cartels, originating in northern Mexico, are considered two of the most important and bloodiest violent organizations in the country, which is being affected by a wave of violence that has caused 60,000 deaths in the last six years.last_img read more

Pediatric H1N1 deaths already rival seasonal flu total

first_img Cities and regions that last week reported slight dips in H1N1 flu activity are now seeing the curve climb back up, to higher than it was 2 weeks ago. Meanwhile, vaccines against both the novel strain and the seasonal flu are moving out across the country, though officials acknowledged that demand is high and the process is not smooth. As of Thursday, manufacturers had produced 6.8 million doses of vaccine against H1N1 flu, of which states have placed orders for 3.7 million, Schuchat said, adding that both numbers are moving targets that shift from day to day. Oct 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Seventy-six children and teenagers have died of H1N1 flu since the novel strain emerged in April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, representing both an increase of 19 in a week and a total that rivals the child deaths for entire past flu seasons. And with the pandemic strain becoming establishing across the country, widespread in 37 states compared with 27 last week, deaths and case counts are expected to rise. CDC Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, Week 39 ending Oct 3, 2009: Posted Oct. 9 “In the past 3 years, the total pediatric influenza deaths ranged from 46 to 88,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a press briefing. “It is only the beginning of October. Of course, the flu season will often last all the way to May, and so it is very early for us to predict exactly what is going to happen.” “We are at a point where we don’t have enough vaccine for everybody who wants to be vaccinated today, but we will have enough vaccine in the weeks and months ahead for everybody who wants to be vaccinated,” she said. “Where we are right now is that there is probably more demand than supply.” The CDC also said today that: In addition, results from a separate trial indicate that it is safe to give both the H1N1 and seasonal injectable vaccines at the same time, in different arms, Fauci said, citing early data from 50 volunteers within an 800-person trial. However, Schuchat added that the government is still cautioning against giving two forms of the nasal-spray vaccines in the same visit. In addition, manufacturers have produced 77 million doses of vaccine against seasonal flu strains, “more than we have ever had at this time of year,” Schuchat said. The agency has also been informed of spot shortages of seasonal vaccine but expects that pipeline to fill as well. “More people want it than seem to be able to get it,” she said. “It will take several weeks to get the full supply going.” The CDC has only counted pediatric deaths from flu since 2003-04, when an early, harsh flu season killed a number of children in Western states. In the 2008-09 season, which officially ended last weekend, 147 children and teens died from influenza, including the 76 cases attributed to the new flu, according to CDC numbers released Friday. Beginning next week, the CDC will place twice-weekly updates on H1N1 vaccine production and deliveries on its Web site, with one of the updates devoted to a state-by-state breakdown, Schuchat said. Clinical trials of the new vaccine in pregnant women are continuing, and new trials of the vaccine in individuals who have asthma and in those who are infected with HIV will begin shortly, Fauci said. No adverse events have been recorded so far among H1N1 vaccine recipients. The agency has found no evidence in its data for the Canadian contention that seasonal flu vaccine makes recipients more vulnerable to H1N1 infection. See also: Up to 30% of the children who died from H1N1 flu had no underlying conditions that would make them vulnerable, and bacterial co-infections were “a very important problem” in that group, Schuchat said, adding that the CDC is alerting clinicians to use antibiotics when bacterial infections are suspected and encouraging use of pneumococcal vaccines to reduce the chance of illness. CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Situation Update: Oct 9, 2009 Government researchers also confirmed that a single dose of the new H1N1 vaccine will be enough to produce immunity in most recipients. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced in the briefing that follow-up data from a clinical trial show that adults do not gain any increased immune protection from taking a second dose of the vaccine.last_img read more

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P&O Cruises’ New LNG-Fueled Vessel Leaves Shipyard in Germany

first_imgIona, a new LNG-powered cruise ship to be operated by British P&O Cruises, left Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on March 18 to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven in the Netherlands. The 180,000-ton newbuild is planned to arrive in Eemshaven in the evening hours of March 19.Later on, Iona will go through several days of technical and nautical sea trials in the North Sea.The Ems barrier will be helping Iona to pass through the river Ems, a procedure which will be kept as short as possible. Specifically, Iona will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to maneuver the ship, Meyer Werft explained.Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.Able to accommodate 5,200 passengers, Iona has been described as Britain’s biggest cruise vessel. It is also the first ship in the UK cruise market to be powered by LNG.last_img read more

Sarri not afraid of Lazio or Juve future ahead of key clash

first_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very RemarkableWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Loading… – Maiden league title – Sarri led Chelsea to the Europa League title last season before replacing Massimiliano Allegri, who took Juve to five of their current run of eight consecutive Serie A titles but paid for two runners-up finishes in the Champions League. The 61-year-old Sarri is targeting the first league title in his 30-year coaching career and with his team also attempting to overhaul a 1-0 first-leg deficit to French club Lyon in the Champions League last 16, he insists he wants to continue in the Turin hot seat next season. “I have a contract and I want to honour it at all costs,” said Sarri. “At Chelsea there was a different situation, I liked the idea of going to England. Then last summer I wanted to come back to Italy. “But the future is tomorrow and we have to think about every single game. All the rest comes as a result.” Lazio, meanwhile, are chasing a third Scudetto in the club’s history and first since 2000. “I certainly had imagined it differently,” said coach Simone Inzaghi, whose side had been on a 21-match unbeaten league run before the three-month virus break. Read Also: Solskjaer takes blame for team selection in Chelsea defeat “Unfortunately we had problems after the championship was suspended, but we’re going to have a great game without making any excuses and thinking about injury absences. “We still have something to achieve in qualification for the Champions League, a goal that has been there and that has been missing for 13 years.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img “In a single game everything can change, so the difficulty of this game speaks for itself,” warned Sarri. “Lazio have had a great season, they have proven to be a great team even if they are going through a difficult period. “This is a team we have always struggled against.” Maurizio Sarri insisted he had no fear of Lazio nor his future as Juventus coach as he prepared his team for Monday’s crunch Serie A clash against a team his side have lost to twice this season. “Have you ever asked a Formula One driver are you afraid of speed? It’s part of the job,” said Sarri on Sunday. “Everything goes well if you win and bad if you lose, but there’s no need to be afraid, this Juventus is a team which is used to fighting. “I’m happier feeling someone breathing down my neck.” Reigning champions Juventus have seen a dip in form since the coronavirus lockdown, and are on a three-game winless run, picking up just two points and conceding nine goals in matches against AC Milan, Atalanta and Sassuolo. The league leaders hold a six-point cushion on second-placed Inter Milan, who can cut the gap when they play Roma later on Sunday. “We came up against teams in great shape, it is a strange time we’re playing in which is unique in the history of football,” said Sarri. Lazio had been just a point behind Juventus before the lockdown but are now eight points adrift, having lost four of seven games since the league returned to action last month. Lazio beat Juventus 3-1 twice in December – in the reverse Serie A fixture in Rome and the Italian Super Cup final.last_img read more

Rita P. Koors

first_imgRita P. Koors, 76, of Greensburg passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.Rita was born on August 6, 1942 in Hamburg, to William and Catherine (Effing) Harpring.Rita went to school at St. Anne’s in Hamburg and earned her High School diploma from American High School.She enjoyed sewing and worked at Carol Cook Dress Factory in Greensburg and Hillenbrand in Batesville before she was married. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg.Rita married Louis H. Koors on October 13, 1962 and he survives.She is also survived by 3 sons; Kevin (Shirley) Koors, Tennessee, Cletus (Lyuda) Koors, Mulberry, IN, Ryan Koors, Indianapolis, 2 daughters; Karen Koors, Lafayette, Shirley Koors, Lafayette, sister; Betty (Maurice) Brown, Clarksburg, and 9 grandchildren.Rita was preceded in death by 2 daughters; Rose and Brenda Koors, 3 brothers; Len, Richard, and Paul Harpring, and 2 sisters; Joey Schepers, and Mary Veerkamp.Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 2 from 4-8 pm. with a Rosary starting at 3:30 pmA funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 am with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Building Fund or the organization of the donor’s choice.Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more