Pocono, dover to host second annual celebrity softball tournament

first_imgAccess to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Tickets for the Senators game start at just $8, and all children ages 16 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear get a free Senators Hat and free passes to the Kids Play Area. For tickets, call 717-231-4444 or visit   DOVER, Del. & LONG POND, Pa. – Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will square off on the diamond for the second straight year as both tracks announced the return of the Second Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 24 at the home of the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, Pa. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 “5-hour ENERGY 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit In addition to Bowyer and Harvick, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests. Gates for the game will open at 4 p.m. with the game beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Bowyer and Harvick will throw out the first pitch for that evening’s 7:05 p.m. baseball game between the Harrisburg Senators and the visiting Reading Fightin’ Phils. The teams are the AA affiliates of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Throughout both the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races which take place on Sunday, June 2 at Dover and Sunday, June 9 at Pocono. As rosters are announced, they will be posted and updated at and, as well as on and, and on Twitter at @MonsterMile and @PoconoRaceway.center_img Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, will captain Team Dover, while Harvick, who pilots the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS, will lead Team Pocono. In the inaugural game last year, Jeff Burton and the team from The Tricky Triangle narrowly defeated Carl Edwards and the Monster Mile after mounting a late comeback. A week later, NASCAR’s premier circuit visits Pocono Raceway for the June 7-9, 2013 “Fan Driven 400” race weekend, including the June 8 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race and the June 9 “Fan Driven 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-722-3929 or visit Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick to lead teams in second annual celebrity softball game between Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway The tracks have also teamed up to offer an all-new ticket package that includes a ticket for each of the tracks’ spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races — June 2 at Dover, June 9 at Pocono — as well as a hot dog, beverage and souvenir program for each race. The package costs $158 as the Monster Mile and The Tricky Triangle are only 158 miles apart.last_img read more

Dave Chappelle Bumps The First Night Of Electric Beethoven’s Two-Night NYC Run

first_imgAfter wrapping up a tremendous performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive, the new and exciting project Electric Beethoven was set to cross the East River and play two nights in Manhattan, NY. As their album focused on the 3rd and 6th Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven, the band was set to perform one symphony per each night of the two-night run, with sets scheduled at The Cutting Room on October 25th and DROM on October 26th.However, it seems some last minute plans forced The Cutting Room to pull the rug out from Mr. Beethoven. The venue booked three performances by comedian Dave Chappelle this week, resulting in a cancelled Electric Beethoven performance. The Chappelle shows sold out within minutes, as fans have been eager to catch the comedian in his return to show business.To make up for the cancellation, Reed Mathis and co. have promised to play for at least four hours on Wednesday, treating those who can attend to a whirlwind spectacle of Beethoven, electrified. Tickets for that DROM performance are still on sale now, and can be found here.If you purchased tickets for this show through The Cutting Room’s website (via Ticketfly), you should have already been notified about a refund. If you purchased tickets for the cancelled show or a two-day pass through Live For Live Music (via Eventbrite), you will be contacted with information regarding the refund as well. If there are any issues, please contact [email protected]last_img read more

Hempton named Divinity School dean

first_imgHarvard University President Drew Faust announced today that David Hempton will become dean of Harvard Divinity School, effective July 1. Hempton, the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at the Divinity School, succeeds William A. Graham, who last September announced his intention to step down from the post at the end of this academic year.“David Hempton is an internationally recognized historian of Christianity with an exceptionally distinguished scholarly record,” said Faust, in announcing the appointment. “His broad-ranging interests in religion, political culture, identity, and ethnic conflict, and the history and theology of Evangelical Protestantism make him particularly well-suited to advance the understanding of religion at Harvard and in this religiously pluralistic world. His incisive intellect and high-level engagement with both the scholarly and administrative issues at the School will serve him well as dean, and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this leadership role.”“I am grateful to President Faust for this opportunity, and I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as the next dean of the Harvard Divinity School,” said Hempton. “I look forward to working with colleagues at the Divinity School to build on the progress made over the last decade in expanding and strengthening the faculty across a range of fields and broadening the scope of the education offered. I also welcome the opportunity to engage with colleagues in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and across the University to improve Harvard’s approach to the study of religion at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to enliven our engagement with religious and ethical questions more broadly.”A prominent scholar focusing on global Christianity, Hempton is a native of Northern Ireland and former director of the School of History in the Queen’s University of Belfast. Hempton arrived at Harvard in 2007 from Boston University, where he was University Professor and professor of the history of Christianity. In 2008, he was named the Divinity’s School “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.”As director of the School of History in the Queen’s University of Belfast, Hempton had broad authority over budget and management, faculty recruitment and curriculum, and preparation for the national university research and teaching assessments. Hempton has also served as an external consultant for the Open University and the British Broadcasting Corp. in the design of multimedia course offerings in the history of Christianity.Hempton is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former chairman of the Wiles Trust, founded in 1951 to promote innovative thinking on the history of civilization, broadly conceived. He has held fellowships from the Wolfson and Nuffield Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a visiting scholar at St. John’s College Oxford, and has delivered various endowed lectures, including the Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham (1994) and the F.D. Maurice Lectures at King’s College London (2000).Hempton is the author of many books and articles, including: “Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750-1850” (Stanford University Press, 1984), winner of the Whitfield prize of the Royal Historical Society; “Methodism in Irish Society 1770-1830,” proxime accessit for the Alexander Medal of the Royal Historical Society (1986); (with Myrtle Hill) “Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society 1740-1890” (Routledge, 1992); “Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the Decline of Empire” (Cambridge University Press, 1996), shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs Memorial prize; “The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion c. 1750-1900” (Routledge, 1996); “Faith and Enlightenment” in the “New Oxford History of the British Isles” (OUP, 2002); “Methodism: Empire of the Spirit” (Yale University Press, 2005), winner of the Jesse Lee Prize; “Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt” (Yale University Press, 2008); and “The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century” (I.B. Tauris, 2011).Having recently completed a study of global Christianity in the early modern period, he is currently engaged on a comparative study of secularization in Europe and America from the 18th century to the present.Hempton is married to Louanne Hempton, and has two grown children, Stephen and Jonney.last_img read more

Temperatures Remain Below Average For The First Full Week Of October

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – As we begin the first full week of October, temperatures will remain below average with a brief warm-up mid-week. Sunday will remain chilly with scattered rain showers possible in the afternoon. Otherwise mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-50’s.A few rain showers will stick around for early Monday before skies clear in the afternoon as high pressure builds in late Monday into Tuesday allowing for a brief warm-up Tuesday. Highs on Monday in the upper-50’s. High pressure will stick around long enough to provide for a dry sunny day on Tuesday. Highs reach around 65.High pressure moves out by late Tuesday allowing for another system Wednesday that will bring a return for a change of rain showers with highs around 60.Cooler air returns for Thursday and Friday with temperatures once again back in the mid-50’s. Some remaining moisture for Thursday will provide a few rain showers. Otherwise both days will see some sunshine.Any remaining moisture with the colder air may provide for the first few wet snow flakes of the season well inland on Thursday night. Don’t expect any accumulation. This will be very light and insignificant.Dryer warmer air looks to return next weekend with highs returning to the mid-60’s.Also a weather announcement, the National Weather Service Buffalo New York Doppler radar will be out of service starting this upcoming Thursday, October 8th for around one week while technicians work on updates. Radars in Cleveland, State College, and Binghamton will help to provide some coverage during the outage.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.last_img read more

Vermont gets $3.75 million in new rural renewable energy grants and loans

first_imgVermont’s Congressional Delegation ‘ Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) ‘ reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).The Vermont projects include nearly $2 million in grants and loans for the installation of agricultural methane production, electrical generation facilities at two farms in Addison County and a loan of $1.5 million to support the Addison Solar Farm now under construction on Route 7 in Vergennes. Ten Vermont maple producers will receive grants of up to $14,000 to improve energy efficiency, reducing the fuel needed to run their evaporators and sharpen the productivity of their sugaring operations. Other projects include additional solar voltaic installations and energy efficiency improvements on dairy and poultry farms. The full list of the 18 Vermont projects is available online at: is external)… .The high-level interest and activity in Vermont on renewable energy and energy efficiency is reflected in the fact that Vermont ranks sixth among the 50 states in the total number of projects funded.Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, ‘Renewable energy is a natural for rural areas like Vermont. This is tangible support that will directly boost the bottom line for many farms and small businesses in Vermont, while cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and generating new construction and manufacturing jobs. These are home-grown Vermont initiatives that hew closely to our state’s economic and energy future.’Sanders said, ‘There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today ‘ with a far greater reliance on energy efficiency and sustainable energy. This federal support will be a major step forward in moving our state toward a greener economy.’Welch, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said, ‘Vermont’s agricultural community has long recognized the importance of investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. These grants and loans will help reduce farmers’ energy costs while supporting their efforts to harvest another key crop: sustainable energy.’U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, ‘These loans and grants will generate and save energy for the nation’s farmers and rural small businesses for decades to come.”Source: Vermont congressional delegation. 11.9.2010last_img read more

3 Perfect “Fusions” You Can Enjoy in Lexington and Rockbridge County, VA

first_img Do you want a small-town pace with big-city plates? The slower pace of small-town America is the perfectrespite from today’s high paced society. However, vacationers often believethey must forego other amenities in lieu of the slower pace – namely variedfood options. Craft beer, specialty cocktails, local wine, made-from-scratchdesserts and regional Southern fare brim from table to table in any flavor youcould imagine. Cozy basement wine sippings around the fireplace at TAPS make for the perfect start or end to your evening. Steaks, seafood and live jazz are the specialties at Haywood’s. Dinner and drinks on the breezy terrace at Rocca Bar + Ristorante overlooking Main Street and Halcyon Days Cider Co. and apple orchard labyrinth with incomparable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few of the come-as-you-are food experiences that should top your list. Looking for deep history and an energizing community? Few places are morealive than a college campus and the surrounding community. But when that youngcollegiate energy radiates alongside deep roots of history, the result ispractically magical. Fusion #3: History + Innovation And before you think finding outdoor adventure means you’ll have to sleep in a tent hidden away in the woods, you may want to take a look at the plentiful lodging options available in the area. From historic hotels, inns and B&Bs, cabin and vacation home rentals to robust campground sites and RV parks, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head. Relive history as you meander the grounds of Wade’s Mill, a 1750s working grist mill, and Cyrus McCormick Farm, then take a state-of-the-art brewery and packaging plant tour at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen, a self-guided tour at Lexington Coffee Roasters (one of the nation’s top 12 coffee roasters) or visit the Sheridan Livery to try the wine-on-tap bar, the first of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. Fusion #1: Small-Town Pace + Foodie Haven Go ahead…find the outdoor adventure you’ve been seeking. And then perhaps you may want to top it off with a stay at the historic and luxurious The Georges hotel in downtown Lexington or Forest Oaks in Natural Bridge. Whether enjoying thenatural outdoor beauty, the deep history or the unique pulse of culture inLexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, the enjoyment of one experienceis heightened, in part, because of the existence of the others. Do you like outdoor adventure and luxury lodging? Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the variety of adventures awaiting them here in Rockbridge County, VA. Bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike lush green mountain ridges of the Appalachian Trail. Paddle along the tranquil Upper James River Water Trail or fish the plentiful streams and rivers throughout the valley. Explore the karst landscape in Natural Bridge State Park and the Caverns of Natural Bridge and Devil’s Marbleyard. Learn more at The fortress-like presence of Virginia Military Institute serves as the sentry of Lexington, amicably giving way just beyond to the red brick sidewalks and quaint shops that speak of days gone by. Fusion #2: Outdoor Adventure + Excellent Lodging Choices But in Lexington, VA and surrounding areas, foodies need not worry. With a storied list of sweet and savory bites, any pallet will be fully satisfied. Chefs take inspiration from what’s local and fresh, filling your plate with produce plucked that morning by local farmers, steak raised down the road at Buffalo Creek Farm and in-house creations you’ll find nowhere else. last_img read more

Emerging currencies under threat from COVID-19 face further declines

first_imgThe nation’s reserves remain near a record high as officials appear reluctant to tap them, while Brazilian and Turkish stockpiles have been sliding.Read also: Rating agencies downgrade Indonesian companies on debt repayment concerns amid COVID-19Capital flightExpectations the pandemic will cause a global recession are keeping the risk of capital flight elevated in the weakest links of emerging markets. Global funds have scaled back stock investments in South Korea, Brazil and Turkey, while selling off bonds in countries such as India and Indonesia.The faster-than-expected erosion in Russian reserves also clouds the picture for the ruble given oil prices remain vulnerable to the market-share war with Saudi Arabia. India’s central bank has already been using its record foreign-currency arsenal to defend the rupee.Topics : Emerging-market currencies beaten down by COVID-19 fallout may face a fresh round of selling ahead of the foreign-exchange reserves data that are expected to show big drawdowns.Mexico’s weekly data is set to come out on Tuesday, along with figures from Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, South Africa and Russia. That comes on the heels of a US$9 billion slump in South Korea last month and a $6 billion decline for India since the end of February.Central banks in emerging economies are tapping reserves to stem a decline in their currencies as the coronavirus pandemic induces a rush into the US dollar as a haven. The sliding stockpiles highlight the quandary they face trying to bring stability amid capital outflows, while ensuring they have ammunition for future actions. Read also: Bank Indonesia in talks with US, China on currency swaps“I expect more weakness ahead for EM currencies as demand for dollars will remain strong,” said Khoon Goh, head of Asia research at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Singapore “We can expect to see reserves decline further as central banks continue to smooth FX moves and provide liquidity to the market.”While most emerging-market central banks have greater reserves than they did during the Asian financial turmoil of 1998 and global financial crisis of 2008, the macro economic outlook remains uncertain. The Federal Reserve’s swap lines and a new facility through which developing nations can secure dollars using Treasury holdings will help ease some pressure.Mexico’s monetary authority planned to auction up to $5 billion in dollar-denominated credit using the Fed’s swap line. Its peso is among the worst emerging-market currency performers this year, having lost more than 20 percent of its value.last_img read more

Arsenal quoted price to sign transfer targets Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal boss Unai Emery is interested in deals for Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been quoted prices to sign Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani as Unai Emery looks to recruit defensive reinforcements before the summer transfer window closes.The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season – more than Newcastle United, Leicester City and Everton – and Emery is keen to bolster his options ahead of the new campaign.Arsenal agreed a £27million move for William Saliba last month but the French defender will not arrive at the Emirates until next summer after being sent back to Saint-Etienne on loan.Emery’s squad has also been strengthened by the signings of Nicolas Pepe from Lille and Daniel Cabellos on loan from Real Madrid, but defence remains an area the Gunners are looking at.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith hopes of signing Celtic ace Kieran Tierney fading, Arsenal have reportedly identified France U21 international Upamecano as their top defensive target ahead of transfer deadline day.Reports on Monday claimed Arsenal had submitted a bid in excess of £55m for the RB Leipzig defender, who has enjoyed two productive seasons in the Bundesliga.That offer is likely to be rejected, however, as The Guardian say Leipzig have informed Arsenal that it will cost £70m to secure a last-minute deal for Upamecano.The north Londoners have also expressed interest in signing Italy defender Rugani from Serie A champions Juventus and were said to be in talks over a deal this week. The Gunners have also looked at signing Rugani from Juventus (Picture: Getty)But Arsenal are now said to be considering a loan move for the 25-year-old, having been quoted a price of £50m to buy him outright this summer.Emery is especially keen to sign a defender before Thursday’s deadline with Laurent Koscielny almost certain to leave the Emirates.The Frenchman refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour and is pushing for a return to Ligue 1 with both Bordeaux and Rennes interested in striking a deal.Emery was asked about his plans for the remainder of the transfer window on Sunday, following Arsenal’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Barcelona.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe Gunners boss said: ‘It has not changed, our idea and our message.‘Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that. If not, then not.‘We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.‘Only, and only, if we can improve.’MORE: ‘Big mistake’ – Manchester United urged to call off Mario Mandzukic transfer Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Aug 2019 9:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kSharescenter_img RB Leipzig value star defender Upamecano at £70m (Picture: Getty) Arsenal quoted price to sign transfer targets Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for the Development of Kris Jones Company Headquarters, Creation of First Regional Startup Accelerator Program in Wilkes-Barre

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding for the Development of Kris Jones Company Headquarters, Creation of First Regional Startup Accelerator Program in Wilkes-Barre Economy,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the development of two vacant buildings in downtown Wilkes-Barre to serve as the headquarters for all Kris Jones companies as well as the home of the region’s first startup accelerator program.“I’m pleased to provide funding to both develop vacant properties and bolster a start-up in the Wilkes-Barre region,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration sees the long-term benefits of supporting projects that provide for expansion, economic development and jobs, and that align with the goals of the many business leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA.”The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund was approved for a $1 million grant to acquire and renovate two vacant buildings located at 16 and 24 S. River St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The renovated buildings will serve as the headquarters of all companies owned by entrepreneur and author Kris Jones, including KBJ Capital and Special Guest App, an entertainment booking service.The project will also house the region’s first startup accelerator program that will give local start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to work directly with Jones to take their company or concept from incubation to a fully-launched, funded, and revenue-generating business. This aligns with the NEPA region’s long-term goal of creating and supporting a strong entrepreneurial community.“First, thank you to Governor Wolf and his administration’s continued support of economic development in the Wilkes-Barre area,” said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. “The creation of the KBJ Startup Community and specifically the region’s first accelerator program will be a boon to startups and help attract innovative new businesses to our community. I look forward to this project getting started and the return on investment I know we’ll see.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. August 14, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Irish sovereign fund increases exposure to alternatives

first_imgIreland’s sovereign development fund returned 3.4% last quarter, as exposure increased towards alternative assets.According to the latest quarterly update, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has seen its cash holdings dip by nearly €90m since the end of 2014.At the same time, its alternatives portfolio grew by €251m, with the increases spread across all five asset classes.While property, infrastructure and absolute return fund portfolios all increased slightly, private equity and commodity holdings rose by €80m and €73m, respectively, accounting for nearly 61% of new assets within alternatives. The ISIF overall saw a 3.4% return from its discretionary portfolio, comprising alternatives, equities, cash and bonds.The fund’s directed portfolio, valued at €13.6bn at the end of March, saw noticeably lower growth, returning 1.2%.The directed portfolio, under the control of the Irish government since it was used to acquire shares of Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland ahead of the country’s bailout, also shrank in size compared with the end of last year, with €1.6bn withdrawn by the Ministry of Finance.The update also revealed ISIF had committed a further €40m to an unnamed venture capital fund that had attracted €35m in third-party capital.The new project, yet to be announced, meant the ISIF had attracted €3.8bn in capital to projects targeting Ireland, ranging from a €300m investment to Irish Water to €18m in funding for a road construction project.With a discretionary portfolio of €7.4bn, the ISIF is meant to act as a development fund, boosting Ireland’s economy.It recently concluded a tender for a peer-to-peer lending fund that it could help finance.last_img read more