MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team Penske announced today that BODYARMOR Sports Drink will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7. This marks the first-ever race team partnership for BODYARMOR, which began working with Blaney last season.BODYARMOR Sports Drink will also be an associate sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion for four additional Cup Series races during the 2018 season, beginning with the event at Kansas Speedway on May 12.RELATED: New Glass Case of Emotion podcast“We are excited to have BODYARMOR join Team Penske and bring a new brand with a lot of energy and vision to our organization,” said Roger Penske. “As we have grown our NASCAR Cup Series program to three full-time entries in 2018 we look forward to new opportunities with Ryan and new partners like BODYARMOR.”In addition to its sponsorship with Team Penske, BODYARMOR Sports Drink has also launched its “BODYARMOR Heroes” promotion. Consumers across the country will be able to honor a military hero of their choosing by posting to social media using the #BODYARMORHeroes hashtag with a photo and short description of their hero through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The winner will have his or her hero’s image and likeness featured on Blaney’s No.12 BODYARMOR Ford Fusion for the July 7 race in Daytona. The military hero will also get the opportunity to attend the race and meet Blaney.“BODYARMOR is thrilled to be partnering with Team Penske this year – and extremely proud to be launching the BODYARMOR heroes program which will honor our country’s real-life military heroes by working with them on our race activation,” said Michael Fedele. “BODYARMOR Sports Drink is a go-to option for anyone in need of superior hydration and we are excited to be hydrating Ryan and his team on and off the track again this year.”BODYARMOR Sports Drink, the better-for-you hydration option with natural flavors and sweeteners, and potassium-packed electrolytes, first joined forces with Blaney last year when the brand partnered with the Team Penske driver before the start of the 2017 season.“It’s great to build on the relationship with BODYARMOR and have them as part of the development of the No. 12 Ford team,” said Blaney. “BODYARMOR has partnered with some great athletes in many different sports and we look forward to adding to that legacy and increasing the presence of their brand through our team in NASCAR.”STANDINGS: Blaney ranks secondAt just 24 years old, Blaney is a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement. Last season, he captured his first Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway and his first Cup Series win at Pocono Raceway and earned a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs for the first time in his young career. Already in 2018, Blaney has shined — earning a victory in one of the Duels at Daytona and leading a race-high 118 laps in the season-opening Daytona 500. Blaney currently sits second in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings.BODYARMOR is the fastest growing sports drink in its category. The consumer demand for a better-for-you sports drink has made BODYARMOR the number three sports drink in the U.S. Along with Blaney, BODYARMOR has amassed a superstar roster of professional athletes who are also investors in the company, including James Harden, Mike Trout, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Luck and Dustin Johnson, among others. Kobe Bryant is the number three shareholder in BODYARMOR.The 2018 season continues this weekend with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 4.
The fans have spoken. Justin Allgaier has been named the NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the first time.Allgaier, 33, takes the mantle from former teammate Elliott Sadler, who had won the fan-voted honor for three consecutive years. Sadler retired from full-time racing following the conclusion of the 2018 season, paving the way for Allgaier’s ascension in the voting this year.RELATED: Relive Allgaier’s clutch win at ISM RacewayThe driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet finished fourth in the final Xfinity Series standings after making it to the Championship 4 for the third time in four years. His victory in the penultimate race of the year at ISM Raceway in Phoenix clinched a spot in Miami, where he finished 14th.Allgaier is known for his affable attitude and fan-friendly demeanor. He often is surrounded by wife Ashley and daughter Harper on pit road before strapping in.The veteran finished the year with that one win in Phoenix, 16 top-five finishes and 24 top 10s in 33 races. He’s up to 11 wins all time in the Xfinity Series.The award for Allgaier continues an eight-year run for JR Motorsports drivers. Other former JRM drivers to earn the honor during that time include Sadler (2016-18) Chase Elliott (2014-15), Regan Smith (2013) and Danica Patrick (2012).
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The Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride has offered family-friendly routes for the past 20 years. This photo was taken in 2003. File photo from city of Shawnee photo archivesThe city of Shawnee is celebrating three decades of cycling with the 30th annual Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride.Tonya Lecuru, deputy parks and recreation director for Shawnee, said the tour first started to introduce residents to cycling as an alternative form of transportation to move about the city. City staff had mapped out particular routes to introduce cyclists to various parks and amenities in Shawnee as well.Lecuru said she definitely thinks the city has accomplished its goal of introducing cyclists to on-street bike lanes, Share the Road, off-street trails and other bicycle-friendly options for motorists and cyclists alike.“It’s helped us receive our bicycle-friendly designation,” she said. “We were the first in the state of Kansas to receive that, and it’s because of our commitment to the bicycling community.”The Tour has also engaged residents in the city’s process for developing future bike lanes and bicycle-friendly streets as Shawnee plans for future road infrastructure upgrades, Lecuru added. The city has established 9.23 miles of bike lanes and 72.26 miles of Share the Road streets, and 12.31 miles of trails.Here’s a look at the city’s future plans for bicycle accessibility:“There’s a lot more bicyclists than people are aware of, and we want to make it safe by incorporating it into the design of the roads and the routes, being able to plan that far in advance,” Lecuru said, citing the city’s bicycle master plan. “It’s really made a difference.”As to the Tour itself, the routes have evolved over the years, with the shortest route being 25 miles and the longest at 50. City staff found they wanted to create a more family-friendly experience, so they created a shorter route at 5 miles and made the longest route be 25 miles.“For some folks, 12 miles, 25 miles is intimidating; the 6 miles is a little more doable,” Lecuru said. “However, when we got rid of the 50-mile route, a lot of our hardcore distance riders, we lost those because even for them, 50 miles was a shorter option.The Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride in 2009. File photo from city of Shawnee photo archives“Over the years, we’ve evolved to something that’s more family focused so that all riders of a variety of different abilities can participate,” Lecuru added. “Those riders who do ride a lot, it’s kind of a way for them to be able to share their passion of riding with their families that maybe don’t want to go out and ride. It’s also a way to introduce kids to the sport.”Each intersection is monitored for safety of the cyclists, and there are four rest stops with refreshments to keep cyclists fueled up. Average participation is about 400 cyclists, with as many as 700 participating one year. Since its inception in 1989, total attendance has reached 10,000.This year’s Tour de Shawnee takes place Sunday, Aug. 25. The event is sponsored by the Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department and benefits the JDRF, a nonprofit for type one diabetes research.Riders can choose from three routes: 5-mile, 12-mile or 25 mile route. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the ride will start at 7:30 a.m. The tour will start and end at Power Play Family Entertainment Center at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road.Riders who wish to continue on to the 12-mile route must reach 61st and Rosehill by 8:15 a.m. All riders who wish to continue on to the 25-mile route must reach Midland and Maurer by 8:40 a.m.Registration and additional information is on the city’s website. Helmets are required for participants.
by: Rebecca DrebinComplaint management used to be so simple. Perhaps your institution looks back fondly on the days when complaints were usually over the phone about a billing issue. But in this day and age, customers, members, and even employees have a cornucopia of complaint outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and of course, the CFPB’s complaint database or even your institution’s own website. In this era of prolific information sharing, consumers are complaining in more ways than ever before. That’s why every institution needs an effective response system. Here are five key points to assist financial institutions in accomplishing this task.1. Perform a Risk AssessmentEvery institution needs to—as we like to put it—know who they are. It’s important to know where your institution already stands relative to complaint management. This includes understanding your overall risk profile based on assessments of both your magnitude of risk exposure and your quality of risk management (see Figure 1). The gap between the two is your residual risk. It’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of a risk assessment. If, after evaluating these factors, you discover that your institution’s residual risk is high, you will need to focus on developing strong complaint management procedures. If your residual risk for this area is low, either your program is already working well, or you have a lot of happy customers or members. If the latter is true, it’s still a good idea to work on developing a sound complaint management policy, because in this day and age, it doesn’t take much to send a customer or member on the warpath.2. Discover ExpectationsSecondly, before you can really start to improve your policy, it’s important to know what’s expected from both examiners and consumers. This means you need solid, up-to-date knowledge of regulations, and a knowledge of which parts of these regulations examiners focus on. For example, when you’re creating your Complaint Management Policy, it can be a good idea to take a look at the CFPB’s examination guide, so it incorporates preferred practices that your institution would ideally have in place. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Bar on alert for improper Gulf oil spill solicitations In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Florida Bar is warning the public to watch out for unethical lawyers and nonlawyers offering legal representation.The Bar also reminds its members about the rules regarding solicitations.“In the event of a disaster, such as the current oil spill, The Florida Bar is on high alert for violations of its rules, especially with regard to solicitation,” said John Berry, director of the Bar’s Legal Division. “The Florida Bar will be vigilant in investigating all complaints filed against individual lawyers who may be in violation of the solicitation rules.”Solicitation, whether by a lawyer personally or by someone else on his or her behalf, is prohibited, according to Bar Rule. Solicitation includes any direct face-to-face contact, by telephone, fax, or telegraph. It includes passing out business cards or other law firm information, according to Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert.“Lawyers cannot mail solicitations within 30 days of a disaster causing personal injury, property, or economic damage directly related to the disaster, such as medical bills or lost wages for a person injured or killed by the oil rig explosion or spill, or for physical damage to property directly caused by the explosion or spill. However, the 30-day rule does not apply if the potential claim is indirectly related to the disaster, such as when tourism or commercial fishing is affected, or when the only damage is to property value because of proximity to the spill,” Tarbert said. “Direct mail solicitations must comply with the Bar’s lawyer advertising rules and be filed with The Florida Bar for review. Fees from solicitation are subject to forfeiture in cases involving violations of the advertising rules.”Tarbert said volunteer lawyers who are offering their services to victims at no charge do not violate the anti-solicitation rule.Anyone with information that a lawyer is engaging in solicitation should report the lawyer to The Florida Bar. Questions or complaints about a lawyer’s conduct can be reported to The Florida Bar’s Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP) by calling toll-free 1-866-352-0707.To assist disaster victims who may need legal representation, there are several guides in the “Public Information” section of the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org, including “ Mass Disaster – A Victim’s Guide, ” “ A Consumer Guide to Client’s Rights, ” “ How to Find a Lawyer in Florida, ” and “ Who Should I Hire to Help Me with My Legal Problem? ”Floridians looking for a lawyer should make sure the person they are considering is eligible to practice in the state. This can be done by going to and using the “ Find a Lawyer ” feature in the blue bar at the top of the page.“Although there are limited circumstances when lawyers who are not licensed to practice in Florida may be authorized to appear in court, out-of-state lawyers may not be able to represent Florida citizens,” said Lori Holcomb, the Bar’s UPL counsel. “Consumers must also be cautious about nonlawyers or organizations that offer to provide legal representation.”If you believe a person offering legal representation is not a lawyer or is not eligible to practice law in Florida, call The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Department at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5840. Bar on alert for improper Gulf oil spill solicitations June 1, 2010 Regular News Public warned about nonlawyers offering legal representation
Last season against Iowa, Maroney ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, but an anemic passing game doomed the Gophers to a 29-27 loss.Maroney ran for 145 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, against Michigan last year. A final drive breakdown by the Minnesota defense spelled a 27-24 loss that Saturday.Two years ago, Maroney ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolverines at the Metrodome, but a monumental fourth quarter collapse by the defense meant another Minnesota loss to Michigan.In total, that’s four career-defining games for Maroney, and four crushing Gophers defeats.He will likely leave Minnesota for the riches and stardom of the NFL after this, his junior season.And what will the Gophers have to show as a program after three years with one of the best Big Ten running backs of the past decade? Only three second-tier bowl games and plenty of wasted opportunities.Maroney could well be the best running back in school history. It’s just a shame for Maroney that the program couldn’t emerge from its own shadow of failure during his tenure.– Matt Anderson welcomes comments at [email protected] Maroney’s talent doesn’t add up to winsLaurence Maroney’s presence hasn’t yielded a program breakthrough.October 18, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA little juke past a Wisconsin linebacker and he was gone. Laurence Maroney’s speed took him past the Badgers’ secondary into the end zone for a 93-yard touchdown run.It seemed that would be the key play for both Maroney and the Minnesota football team in what looked like it would be a huge home win Saturday.The end of Minnesota’s stunning 38-34 loss changed what the game will be remembered for, but Saturday also proved the perfect microcosm for the Maroney era in the Twin Cities.For all that Maroney has done for the team in his time at the University, the Gophers haven’t reciprocated much to the star back.He will leave campus as the best player in Minnesota’s recent history, which is precisely why this season and the past two have been such a pitiful waste for the football program.Maroney has provided excitement, talent and a reason to watch the Gophers through his time at Minnesota. But despite that, the program hasn’t done anything special.His first two years finished with disappointing records of 10-3 and 7-5. Though the team tallied 10 wins in 2003, the way it happened was disappointing. The Gophers beat four nonconference cupcakes and beat just two Big Ten teams that went to a bowl game.Whatever the final record this year, it will be at least as inadequate a season as the past two.That Minnesota let another superlative Maroney performance on Saturday go to waste – 258 yards and two touchdowns – should be a surprise to no one. It’s happened too many times before.
Guard Nate Mason is a returning starter from last season. Mason said this team has more talent than last year.“Deeper, longer at every position,” Mason said. “And just our mindset is completely different from the first two years I’ve been here. You can tell everyone on the team wants to win and wants to do everything they can do to make us win.” Mason averaged 13.8 points per game last season, which was the most on the team. He was also named a captain for 2016.Mason was a big player in the team’s opening win with 15 points, two rebounds and seven assists.“I told Nate, ‘I don’t know why, and not that you’re disrespected, but in my opinion you should believe you’re one of the best point guards in the conference,’” Pitino said. “’You are a junior, you’re experienced, you were playing really well at the end of last year. You went at Michigan, had 20 something points.’ I remember him playing really, really good.” Forward Jordan Murphy was tied for second on the team in scoring last season and tallied six points in Minnesota’s first game. “I think [Murphy] is a matchup issue,” Pitino said. “I think he produces, obviously with all the double-doubles he had last year. He was an All-Freshman player.”Minnesota started last season with a 5-5 record through the first ten games. Springs said a bad year can either break a team or make it better.“I think everybody feels that we need to win now,” Springs said. Gophers look to build on winning start with new and veteran playersNate Mason played the most minutes in Friday’s win, while transfer Akeem Springs and freshman Amir Coffey also spent a great deal of time on the court. Daily File PhotoGopher forward Jordan Murphy handles the ball Saturday, Jan. 23 at Williams Arena where the Gophers were defeated 71-76 in overtime. Jack WhiteNovember 14, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers will be looking for a fresh start from last season.Minnesota began on the right foot with an 84-76 win against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, and several new transfer students made their debuts and showed what they can do. Center Reggie Lynch is eligible after sitting out a year due to transfer rules, and Lynch contributed 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Akeem Springs transferred this year and played immediately. Springs was named a captain after playing for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee last season and had 11 points and three three-pointers.“[Springs] will play a lot at whatever role it may be,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “He’s a really good leader … [Springs] has come in and made his imprint from a leadership standpoint.”Springs averaged 13.2 points per game last season for UW Milwaukee. He also scored 15 points in the Panthers’ victory over the Gophers last season.Springs said he understands the mindset of a mid-major team because he played for one.“I’ll definitely be in these guy’s ears, just let them know ‘no, they’re coming out, they’re coming with everything they’ve got,’ cause if they can beat Minnesota from the Big Ten I mean it could be a big thing for them,” Springs said.Freshman Amir Coffey committed to Minnesota in the offseason. Coffey was a four-star recruit out of high school via ESPN. Pitino said Coffey will earn big minutes during his first year.“He’s as good as advertised in my opinion,” Pitino said. “Obviously a terrific passer, I think we all knew that. A really good competitor. I think he’s one of the better freshman in the league in my opinion.”Coffey already impressed in his first game with 13 points and 27 minutes of playing time.
CARICOM Heads of Government, the Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and other CARICOM Representatives are participating in a number of engagements on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.See photos of some engagements: Secretary-General with Ibrahim Thiaw, Exec Sec of UNCCD CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson updating CARICOM SG on situation in The Bahamas, at CGI private Round-table CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson talks with former US President Bill Clinton at the CGI private Round-table SG in conversation with PM of Aruba Evelyn Wever-CroesShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Greater visibility for CARICOM’s interests as strategic position strengthensThis strategic position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the globe is strengthening as the international community seeks opportunities for engagement, providing platforms for greater attention to CARICOM’s interests and concerns. This was underlined during CARICOM’s participation in the recently-concluded 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and…October 22, 2018In “CARICOM”Caribbean Energy Security Initiative to get US funding(CMC) – The United States says it will provide two million US dollars to the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) to identify projects aimed at strengthening and promoting mutual interests to pursue “a shared vision of a secure, prosperous and democratic Western Hemisphere together.” A US Department of State statement,…October 3, 2018In “CARICOM”First CARICOM-India Summit to be held WednesdayCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque anticipates that diplomatic political cooperation between the Community and India will deepen when the two sides meet on September 25th in New York. Heads of Government of CARICOM will have discussions with Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in the first CARICOM-India…September 24, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp