The EVM X-Clusive conversion for Britannia Coaches has 16 leather seatsBritannia Coaches of Dover has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with X-Clusive conversion, supplied by EVM Direct (0845 520 5160).It has 16 Executive Class seats finished in leather and with three-point belts, and also specified is Tarabus non-slip, wood-effect flooring.An Audio 15 upgrade entertainment system with iPod input socket is fitted, along with a PA system and speakers within the passenger service units.Climate control is via a heater booster and an Eberspächer roof-mounted saloon air-conditioning unit. Panoramic glazing is present all round: Side windows, windscreen and within the roof.
After Phish made headlines by announcing a four-night run in Miami for New Years, artists Dopapod and The New Mastersounds have announced two interlocking Phish afterparties at Grand Central in Miami.No word yet on how these two bands will merge their sound, but we’re expecting big things from two of our favorite artists. The venue is only three blocks from the AmericanAirlines Arena, which will host Phish for their four night run.Tickets for the show are available through the AURA Music Festival website.
Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren is gearing up to release his latest studio album, Embrace, this Thursday, October 29th, on his own Armada Music label. This will be his first studio album since 2013’s Intense which featured the mega-hit ‘This Is What It Feels Like’.In a press release, van Buuren spoke of the album’s title, saying “the idea was to EMBRACE several different instruments and sounds, and incorporate them into my sound.” To that extent, the Dutch producer has loaded this album with a wide variety of featured artists, including pop star Gavin DeGraw, Dutch jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, fellow trance duo Cosmic Gate, Dutch rock band Kensington, and EDM superstar Hardwell, among several others. Mr. Probz, a Dutch hip hop artist, is featured on the lead single, ‘Another You’, which has charted around the world.Armin van Buuren will be in New York City at Pier 94 on October 30, just one day after the album releases, along with Orjan Nilsen, Khoma, and No Mana. Tickets are available here.
RELATED: Kahne’s 2017 season in review | Kahne’s wins | Kahne through the yearsKasey Kahne spent much of his final trip to Las Vegas as a Hendrick Motorsports driver duly celebrating his time with the championship team and eagerly anticipating a big change in his career: A move to the single-car Leavine Family Racing operation for the 2018 season.The week was a festive time of good memories and frequent assurances that more good times are coming.“Truthfully, I was fine if the season kept going a little longer,” Kahne, 37, said with a big smile. “I enjoy a lot of the guys on my team, a lot of the people at (Hendrick) so I was having fun working with those guys.“You always want better performance, but we had that at times. So it was an all-right ending and a lot of good friends there that will carry on as we start something new.”Kahne finished out his six-year, six-win tenure in the Hendrick No. 5 Chevrolet with a playoff run that ended in the Round of 16, but gave a glimpse of why this year’s Brickyard 400 winner has been a contender in NASCAR’s highest levels.The team brought in Darian Grubb to serve as crew chief in the final nine races. While a pair of finishes outside the top 20 in the opening two playoff races put the team in a hole, Kahne did rebound with a pair of top 10s after he was eliminated — ninth place (Charlotte) and eighth place (Talladega) during the playoff stretch.RELATED: See Kahne’s 2017 season race-by raceIt’s all been good preparation for a fresh start next year and Kahne said he’s already been to his new digs to meet his new team and start prepping the car for his LFR debut in the Feb. 18 Daytona 500.“This week I went over there, once we start getting seats and things I’ll be over more and more involved, making sure everything is how I want it,” Kahne said. “I’m already starting to learn the people, learn the names and start making some relationships.”In the meantime, Kahne said he will simultaneously be cherishing the downtime and looking forward to preparing for the 2018 season – changes and all.“I’m going to do Chili Bowl and look forward to the holidays with (son) Tanner, go to the beach and watch him learn the holidays a bit,” Kahne said. “It will be fun. Then it’s about putting the time in. I hope we’ll do the Vegas [preseason] test, so as long as we get that, it will help a lot. I love racing. That’s about all I think about other than Tanner.”
LEXINGTON, OHIO – Justin Allgaier pulled off the NASCAR version of a “spin and win” to take the Xfinity Series victory in Saturday’s Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.The JR Motorsports driver of the No. 7 Brandt Chevrolet rallied from late-race contact and a spin to pass Austin Cindric with three laps remaining, claiming his third win of the season and first at the famed 2.4-mile road course.Cindric’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford won the pole position and led a dominant 59 of the race’s 75 laps but his track position gamble out front on old tires couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Allgaier, who pitted for new rubber in the race’s final caution period with eight laps remaining.RELATED: Full race results from Mid-OhioCindric held on for second place. Richard Childress Racing driver Daniel Hemric finished third, followed by teammate and Ohio native Matt Tifft. Ryan Truex rounded out the top five. Allgaier became the sixth different winner in as many Xfinity races at Mid-Ohio.The race was typically “road course aggressive” with lots of bumping and banging throughout the field, particularly in the waning laps. And the final pass for the lead was the result of dramatic back-and-forth, give-and-take between Cindric and Allgaier, who exchanged the front position three times on a single lap before Allgaier pulled away for the checkered flag by 2.095-seconds.“I thought we gave it away when I went off (course),” Allgaier said of his mid-race collision with Ford’s Cole Custer. “But that pit call (for tires) at the end is what did it. … We’ve been good this year, but to do it (win) at a road course is even better.”And, he added with a smile, “it was a real barn-burner at the end.”WATCH: Chase Briscoe spinsFor his part, Cindric was understandably disappointed to come home runner-up because he had clearly been the class of the field all weekend. The 19 year old came just two seconds away from claiming his first Xfinity Series win, but did lead the most laps and earned a stage win as well.“It was a big points day for me. But too bad we couldn’t capitalize with a dominant car,” Cindric said.Four-time race winner and series points leader Christopher Bell ran as high as second place at one point, but heavy contact between him and veteran Elliott Sadler in the closing laps spun Bell’s No. 20 Toyota around and caused a final laps catch-up session. He ended up 11th and still holds a 17-point advantage over Hemric and Elliott in the standings with four races left to set the playoff field.Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Andy Lally led seven laps and finished 15th – leading the road racing contingent to a good showing on the afternoon.IMSA standout and former IndyCar driver Katherine Legge finished 30th, having to retire her car 10 laps from the end with engine problems. She is scheduled to compete with the Xfinity Series again at Road America in two weeks – as is NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who is coming out of retirement for that race.The Xfinity Series races the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway next Friday at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN).
When Harvey hit, I found out that the small church near me had volunteered to take in 100 people. The church is an official Red Cross center, and the only one for League City, Texas. Initially, they were only able to send three volunteers to staff it. The buses to evacuate people never came, so the church opened up their school and private offices and more people poured in. Every available space was filled to capacity. As it got dark, we began convincing other churches to open their doors up. 14 hours after I walked into the church and asked if they needed help, I was finally able to go home. When I arrived home, I heard water coming down the chimney. I decided to press on, and now I’m at a different facility where the current census is 238. We had 200 cots, so the church agreed to take 200 people. Editor’s Note from A.J. Heightman: We set up clinic areas, towel-off stations, an infant room and a dog room. The church and the small group of volunteers kept everything together. As we began getting more and more evacuees, we were told that the Red Cross was going to turn the small shelter into an evacuation center. That meant we had to remove the cots so that capacity could double to 400. Once this was done, the Red Cross would then begin busing people out. Like the rain, what started in drips turned into a torrent of people: soaking wet, clutching a garbage bag of heirlooms in one hand and a shivering dog in the other. As of this posting, Dr. Ireland has helped staff four separate shelters for League City, Texas and has been able to help with the needs of over 1,400 displaced people. She lost her truck under water, but not her home. I watched a heavily pregnant woman, due in 11 days, waddle down the hall. We both gave a silent prayer that she wouldn’t have to deliver there. I’m told that last night, we registered 780 people in that church, each with a different story of flooding and survival. I’ve never been more proud of that church and the people in it. We all stepped up in the midst of tragedy. When we got ready to take a break, another army vehicle dropped off 40 people and pets. This city has over 100,000 people in it. When people searched for a place to go, this church was the only one listed for the entire city and they poured in. So I decided to offer my services as an emergency physician. Soon enough, we had 780 people with us. They arrived by boat, flatbed truck, and by the busload. Some people had been in chest-deep water for hours. Some were pulled off roofs by the “Cajun navy.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA valley in Bulgaria’s mountains, for decades known for making AK-47 rifles, now has blossomed into a supplier of organic rose oil for beauty products, reviving a centuries’ old industry. Every morning at dawn hundreds of villagers hustle through fields of rose bushes to pick fresh blooms still damp with morning dew. (Reuters News has the story) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
This year, many students starting their freshman year of high school will be the first class to learn about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely as history, not something they lived through. But for those who witnessed the tragic events 15 years ago, the memories of that day are still very real.Saint Mary’s professor of history Bill Svelmoe remembers the day vividly: He was teaching a history course at the College during the attacks. He said he and the students turned the news on during class after another professor told them an attack happened.“We sat glued to the television for a long time,” he said. “Every class the rest of that day were just students staring at me wide-eyed. … We had to talk about it, but we didn’t know much about it at the time.”Svelmoe said students who lived off-campus called him that day asking if it was safe to come to campus.“The story that was out there was that they were trying to hit really well-known landmarks, and the Golden Dome is a pretty well-known landmark.” he said. “It was a terrible, stunning day.”Svelmoe said his job as a professor was to provide students with a place to talk about the attacks.“We had to let students talk about it, and talk about it when we didn’t have a lot of answers for what was going on ourselves,” he said. “A lot of it was just gathering information and then helping [the students] talk through their fears. We tried to give some historical context, but I was no expert on the Middle East or on Islam. You just let students talk and try to help them process it and try to reassure them that we weren’t going to get attacked here in South Bend.”Senior Helen Kovach said she remembers the attack because her family had recently moved to Hungary.“I vividly remember watching the events unfold on TV,” she said. “The strange thing is, had we been living in the States, then I would not have seen the images, as we did not have a TV at home. I probably was not mature enough to see it happen.”Thirteen years after the attacks, Kovach studied abroad in Angers, France, and was there during the Charlie Hebdo shooting.“It was déjà vu watching the TV with my host mom during the hostage situation,” she said. “My host family asked me questions about 9/11 and my experience then. … These are huge tragedies, but our grief is a powerful equalizer.”After experiencing New York as an adult, Kovach said the attacks changed her perspective on war.“Three weeks before the attacks, my family had flown out of [John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York], but I didn’t look out the window,” she said. “No one on that flight could have known that only days later the skyline would change forever.“When I was little, I was naïve and thought that wars and bad things only happened far from home. … I don’t think anyone watching that day could fully know what was happening, but what I remember was that planes crashed and there were tall buildings on fire and people were trying to get out. I was terrified for them.”“When people ask me why I still want to travel after so many recent terror attacks,I tell them while the attacks are horrible, the best way to respect the memories of the victims is to live,” Kovach said. “We can’t let the terrorists win by living in fear.”Saint Mary’s alumna Sarah Sullivan Bigelow, class of 1996, remembers her friend and college roommate Suzanne Kondratenko, also class of 1996, who died in the attacks. Bigelow was late on her way to work in Chicago when the attacks happened.“The gravity of the event wasn’t even apparent at that time, but after the second plane hit, I remembered that Suzanne was in New York,” she said. “I called her right away, hoping maybe she was back in Chicago, or that she, too, would go in late for work that day. Her cell phone voicemail was as close as I could get to her. A few hours later, her sister and office confirmed she was in the second tower when it was hit.”Senior Clare Durant has multiple family members and connections who worked in the World Trade Center and miraculously escaped before the Towers fell.According to Durant, one of her uncles was in the towers and made a quick decision when the people in the office were told to evacuate.“They say don’t use an elevator in emergencies,” Durant said. “When you’re on the 84th floor, you’re not going to get down fast enough. He gets in the elevator and people are shoving in, and they’re being told ‘No, you can’t use the elevator,’ but you can’t walk down those stairs.”Durant said her uncle’s coworker left the elevator to find his laptop despite her uncle begging him to stay.“He basically had to make the decision to go,” she said. “He wasn’t back fast enough. … They go down, and right when they get to the bottom in the elevator, that’s when the second tower was hit.”Durant’s mother and Notre Dame graduate Rosemary Durant said the news of the attacks did not spread rapidly because of the lack of social media. She said even people who lived in parts of New York had no idea what had happened until later in the day.“If you were above 34th Street … nobody knew what was going on,” she said. “You heard a little bit on the news, but we got the feeling they didn’t want us to see it.”Now, after 15 years, people have different perspectives on the events of that day.Svelmoe said teaching the attacks to students who may not remember it or who have not lived through it becomes like teaching any other historical event in which you need to thoroughly explain the climate around the event.“To me it’s about context,” he said. “You’re always looking, when you’re talking about the past, to help students to connect what they’re studying to what is going on today. … That’s easier to do with 9/11 because we’re still living with the involvement, we still have a presence in the Middle East.”Alumna Rosemary Durant said she still finds hope in all of the bad that happened. She and her family visited Ground Zero in July after the attacks and saw tributes surrounding a nearby church in memory of the victims of the attacks.“You could see the rubble; you could smell it,” she said. “It was horrible. … But there’s hope, there’s life. There’s all this beauty surrounding this church. I wasn’t directly affected. It could have been worse. But you think that some people died, some people lived, some people got second chances. I know a lot of good stories that came out of the bad.”Bigelow said her personal connection to the tragedy changed her point of view.“It almost makes it less about foreign policy and more about the personal tragic loss,” she said. “Every time I go through TSA, I think to myself, ‘This is still risky.’ They can’t convince me this is completely safe.”Bigelow said she thinks of her friend on the anniversary every year.“To me, the date signifies a preciousness of life and humility,” she said. “We’re not in charge down here, and we may never understand the crosses we [carry]. We do our best every day and anticipate the eternal reunion.”Kovach said the event was significant in her life, even though she was so young when it happened.“When I was with my host family, it was difficult for me to speak about the attacks, but [it was] important to,” she said. “Until speaking to them, I never realized how much the attacks affected the whole world, not just Americans. At 9/11, the world mourned together.”Tags: 9/11, Saint Mary’s College, September 11
A member of the Notre Dame community has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Friday email from Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications.The email said the individual and six others who came into close contact with them are now in quarantine. A public dashboard will be available next week to provide the Notre Dame community with daily updates regarding campus cases.“Please remember to wear your masks, socially distance, and wash your hands frequently, and complete your daily health check,” Browne said.Tags: COVID-19, covid-19 response unit, fall semester 2020
He was a retired supervisor with the United States Postal Service. Memories are left to his wife, Mary Wright; children,Thomas Jarrad Wright, Chasta T. Martin, Tannetta F. Monroe, April Wright Gallien and Ashley Nicole Wright; siblings, Thomas J. Wright, Jr. (Cindy), Julia W. Benford (Rev. D. N. Benford), Thomasene W. Thomas, Eloise W. McClelland and Ruby W. Jackson; three grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.There will be a wake from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 821 Freeman Ave., Port Arthur, TX.On Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the church there will be a visitation at 9 a.m. followed by the celebration of life service at 11 a.m. under the professional care and direction of the staff of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel.John will be entombed at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel in Beaumont. John Lincoln Wright, 66 of Beaumont TX passed away at Baptist Hospital on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.