Skills to provide buses for ‘strong man’ charity event

first_imgSkills Coaches will help Derbyshire ‘strong man’ Simon ‘Power’ Plant break a world record at a local charity fundraiser in Sandiacre.Simon will attempt to singlehandedly pull two full-sized Skills double-deckers 100 feet. To add to the difficulty of the attempt, the double-deckers will also be loaded to capacity with passengers, each decker holding 70 people.Simon currently holds 10 world records and his most recent accomplishment was to pull a 13-tonne lorry for 50 feet using one hand.Simon Plant (centre) with Skills staff and vehicles for the record-breaking attemptSays Simon: “All of my records have taken a great deal of training and preparation before each event takes place. To train for this event I’m currently training every day, and to make sure my body maintains its strength, I’m eating a whole chicken, two steaks and eight jacket potatoes each day for dinner.”The world record attempt will take place on Sunday 17 July at the Bridge Inn in Sandiacre. This year’s event will be raising money for the fight against breast cancer.The full world record attempt will be officially adjudicated by an RHR (Record Holders Republic) judge in attendance on the day.last_img read more

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Wake Faulted in Mechanic s Death; Ignoring Safety Rules

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — State safety officials singled out Wake County (N.C.) on Monday for four violations of regulations that contributed to the death of a motor pool mechanic in February. Failure to use wheel chocks to keep the ambulance from moving forward.Failure to properly train employees how to use the pneumatic jack.Failure to use jack stands while working under the ambulance.Failure to inspect the pneumatic jack after it was purchased before using it for repairs. The citation issued by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health says the county must pay the state $22,400 in fines for four violations related to Champion’s death, each of them categorized as “serious.” Until the fatal accident, the Wake County General Services Fleet Management office had not had a serious safety violation for 13 years. Since 1995, the Capital Boulevard location has had only minor violations related to recordkeeping and hand-washing stations. The county has until Thursday to settle the fines. “Wake County has lost a family member, friend and dedicated and talented master mechanic,” Goodwin said in the statement. “The employees of [the county fleet garage] have endured the worst of situations with dignity, and move forward based on respect for the Champion family, each other and a renewed dedication to the safety of their customers and fellow staff members.” “We take these findings seriously, and they will be incorporated into the steps we have already taken to improve our fleet safety program,” David Goodwin, Wake’s General Services director, said in the written statement. David Lee Champion, 33, was working on a county ambulance Feb. 26 when the pneumatic jack that held the vehicle aloft slipped from the chassis and dropped the 14,000-pound ambulance on Champion. There were no jack stands or wheel chocks in place to help secure the ambulance, according to the citation.center_img Wake officials met last week with state safety officials to review the findings of an investigation into the accidental death of Champion, a fleet master mechanic. Champion had worked for Wake County for four years and was an experienced mechanic. Goodwin said the county has begun additional safety training for its workers and provided fleet mechanics with new safety equipment to help prevent a similar accident. The county also has hired a consultant to review its fleet safety program. Upon official receipt of the findings, Wake is required to provide evidence of corrections within three days. The violations were: Each of the four violations carries a fine of $5,600, and all center on proper use of the Gray pneumatic jack. State safety investigators said county workers ignored warnings printed on the jack and contained in the jack’s manual.last_img read more

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Red Cross Program Puts AEDs in Schools

first_imgWhen a heart attack or stroke happens, every minute counts. That’s why the American Red Cross is taking action to put Automated External Defibrillators within reach when an emergency occurs. Schools are one place they are targeting. Rachael and Terri walk through the life saving steps of using and AED with American Red Cross educators.last_img

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National Weather Service details severe storm threats

first_img Cool and dry weather is forecast for this weekend.Tornadoes will be the biggest threat, starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through the evening.Dry and cool weather is on tap for this weekend.A slow warming trend starts next week. Strong to severe storms are expected Thursday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service, which said the impacts are likely to be felt in Port Arthur and Mid-County.last_img

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Broadway Grosses: The Lion King Leads the Pack at the Box Office

first_img Here’s a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending August 18: FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,112,788) 2. Wicked ($1,871,050) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,741,615) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,649,031) 5. Motown The Musical ($1,437,843) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. First Date ($424,227) 4. Rock of Ages ($384, 217) 3. Let It Be ($316,572) 2. Forever Tango ($282,884) 1. Soul Doctor ($200,673)* from $75.00 With Labor Day just around the corner, Broadway fans are squeezing in trips to New York City to catch a show before school starts. The Lion King roared ahead at the box office this week as the only show to hit the $2 million mark. Big earners Matilda and Kinky Boots both broke their box office records, and the new musical Soul Doctor got a bump in sales on its opening week. Meanwhile, The Book of Mormon and Pippin packed in crowds with over 100% capacity. FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Kinky Boots (100.77%) 3. Matilda (100.75%) 4. Pippin (100.01%) 5. Motown The Musical (99.37%)center_img View Comments The Lion King Related Shows UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (78.55%)** 4. Annie (73.00%) 3. Cinderella (72.93%) 2. Forever Tango (64.74%) 1. Let It Be (39.58%) *Number based on four previews and four regular performances. **Number based on seven performances; the eighth was cancelled mid-show after cast member Daniel Curry was injured.  Information provided by the Broadway League.last_img read more

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Dining

first_imgWhether you’re in the mood for a filling entree, soup and salad or just need to grab a quick meal, Family and MWR Hawaii, the exchange and the Inn at Schofield Barracks offer dining options.Family and MWR Hawaii dining facilities are ready to serve you. AAFES operates food courts and fast-food restaurants on USAG-HI installations. For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining or www.shopmyexchange.com.The Inn at Schofield Barracks features a cafe open to all authorized patrons. Kolekole Bar and Grill, a full-service restaurant, offers a variety of menu items, beverages and entertainment with multiple flat screens for your enjoyment. For larger events, Family and MWR Hawaii has a catering and conference center for special events such as hail and farewells, seminars, birthday parties and weddings. The Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center provides you with everything you need for dining, conferences and unwinding at the end of the day. The Nehelani is also an ideal catering or meeting location with banquet and meeting rooms to meet any group size. The facility is open to all ranks. Call the Nehelani at 808-655-4466 and the Kolekole Bar and Grill at 808-655-0660. Nehelani catering can be reached at 808-655-0660.last_img read more

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Blue Competition Cycles Back, New Models Coming for 2015

first_imgThe then-new AC1 aero road bike shown at DealerCamp in 2012.In summer 2012, Blue Competition Cycles was busy revamping its aero road and triathlon bikes leading into a sale to Lake Rudd Capital Partners. That sale completed, followed quickly by a move to sell to Divine Group. With Divine Group’s recent bankruptcy (which led to Mad Fiber going on the auction block), the brand was in limbo.We buzzed CEO Steven Harad to see what was going on. Here’s what he had to say:“Last week, we officially sold the company to The Minds Group. We’re setting up our business in Delaware, but it’s owned by a factory out of Taiwan that will largely remain anonymous. From the consumer end, it’s a U.S. company and will remain that way. It’s literally baby steps right now. We’ve got a million dollars worth of inventory in Asia and the first container leaves today. So we’ll have a lot of bikes here soon.“We’re financially sound, the backing is great. I’ve rehired Daniel Stallings as our sales manager. He was with the company through the the original owners and the mess that happened in the interim. The decisions -sales, marketing, product management- are all made by the two of us, and it’s great to have the history that Daniel brings.“We’ve been working behind the scenes so we wouldn’t lose momentum. We have four new bikes designed and almost ready for 2015. We won’t be at Eurobike, mainly because we won’t be ready, so our debut will at Interbike. We have a couple new cyclocross bikes, and we’ll definitely be in Kona this year for Ironman. We’re looking at road teams for road models, and we’re looking outside those three basic categories for expansion in 2015 and beyond.“The cool thing is it’s a huge challenge, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but if I didn’t believe in the new product and designs we have I would have gotten out of it. There’s room for niche brands in the market, and we’re bringing some cool stuff. We’ve got more engineers on our team now than we’ve ever had. That’s one of the benefits of the new ownership. You’ll see some pretty cool stuff out of us.”last_img read more

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Village Presbyterian’s new childcare center traces its roots to the church’s founding more than 60 years ago

first_imgCenter Director Rosemary Marshall with some of the younger childcare family.Providing childcare has been part of the vision of Village Presbyterian Church since its founding. A new childcare center at the church’s Meneilly Center campus is just the latest evidence of that commitment.“This was part of Dr. Bob’s dream, to get this established,” said Rosemary Marshall, the director of the Village Church Child and Family Development Center. She is talking about Dr. Robert Meneilly, the founding pastor of Village Church and a namesake for the Rev. Robert and Shirley Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which houses the childcare center, food pantry, clothing closet, computer ministry, Boy Scouts and other church mission programs.Marshall traces the origins of the church commitment to childcare back more than 60 years to its founding when Shirley Meneilly started women’s circles and childcare was offered while the mothers got together. The circles grew and childcare along with it. Then the culture changed and childcare was a necessity for working mothers. The Village Church commitment to provide childcare grew along with the changes. “This has gone with the changes in our culture,” said Marshall, who has been part of the program for 34 years.The new childcare center, which opened last week, increases the capacity from 92 children to 132 and it is already full. The childcare center has been in operation at the mission center since 1995. The center, which has eight classrooms, offers care for children from six months to five years. The new center has safe rooms for storms, community meeting rooms and large play area rooms plus a kitchen and eating area for the children.Parents from as far away as Olathe and North Kansas City have brought their children to the center. “They are giving us their prize possession,” Marshall said. The children in care at the center get the same instruction as offered during the shorter pre-school hours offered at the church at 67th and Mission.Any religion is accepted at the center and scholarships are available to families who cannot afford the tuition. “We’re a family,” Marshall said. “Family helps out family,”The new Village Presbyterian center offers plenty of social interaction.Active learning and exploring is part of the day.last_img read more

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Civil Procedure Rules Committee out of cycle amendments

first_img April 15, 2017 Regular News 1.570 26-0-0Adds subdivision (e) in light of legislative changes to sections 56.29, 56.0101 and 56.60, Florida Statutes, regarding proceedings supplementary. The rule amendment reflects the mandatory requirement of serving a notice to appear and that the holder of an unsatisfied judgment or lien is entitled to related discovery. Civil Procedure Rules Committee out of cycle amendments Civil Procedure Rules Committee out of cycle amendments The Civil Procedure Rules Committee invites comment on proposed out-of-cycle amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. The full text of the proposals can be found on The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. Interested persons have until May 15, 2017 to submit comments electronically to the Chair of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Roger Haughey, II, at [email protected] and to the Bar staff liaison, Mikalla Davis, at [email protected]center_img RULE/FORM VOTE EXPLANATION 1.91426-0-0Adds two additional forms. The original form 1.914 is labeled as 1.914(a). Form 1.914(b) is a new form that addresses the mandatory requirement of a notice to appear for proceedings supplementary pursuant to section 56.29, Florida Statutes. Form 1.914(c) is a new form for a response to the notice to appear in proceedings supplementary.last_img read more

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Weekly sports briefs

first_imgWeekly sports briefs Andrew BakerJuly 20, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWrestlingUniversity of Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Joe Russell has accepted a head coaching position at George Mason University, the Patriots announced Thursday.Russell has spent the past 16 years as an assistant under 26th-year head coach J Robinson. For the last four years, Russell has served as the teamâÄôs head assistant coach.During RussellâÄôs tenure, the Gophers have competed in three NCAA championships, won six Big Ten titles and fielded 11 individual national champions.âÄúI have enjoyed my time as an athlete and a coach here at the [University],âÄù Russell said in a statement released by Minnesota. âÄúThe opportunity to become a NCAA Division I head coach is exciting and I am looking forward to building the George Mason program.âÄùBaseballGophers infielder Dan Olinger earned MVP honors at MondayâÄôs 2011 Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., the team announced Tuesday.Olinger started at third base, finishing 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs to help the North to a 6-3 victory over the south.Gophers outfielder Andy Henkemeyer, who plays for the Northwoods LeagueâÄôs St. Cloud River Bats, entered the game in the fifth inning and went 1-for-2. GolfFormer Gophers golfer Donald Constable led the field at the 108th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship heading into the second day of competition Tuesday.Constable shot a 5-under 66 Monday at the par-71 White Bear Yacht Club, giving him a 2-stroke lead over David Smith.Constable was set to tee off at 4 p.m. for the second round Tuesday at Spring Hill Golf Club.The tournament was not complete at print time. Check mndaily.com/sports for updates.FootballUSC head coach Lane Kiffin has suspended Trojans starting running back Marc Tyler for the teamâÄôs Sept. 3 season opener against the Gophers, news sources reported Monday.In a video on TMZ.com, a seemingly intoxicated Tyler is shown outside a Hollywood nightclub saying that USC pays its football players. Tyler also made a lewd comment about Kim Kardashian.âÄúI was very disappointed when I learned of Marc TylerâÄôs inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week,âÄù Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said in a release. âÄúThat is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team.âÄùlast_img read more

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