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first_imgFlorida Governor Charlie Crist Makes Appearance at UWF Argo Rally Photo by Ron Besser Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – Florida Governor Charlie Crist made an appearance at the 2010 University of West Florida Argo Rally hosted by the UWF Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Fish House in Pensacola on Thursday evening.  Crist briefly addressed the fans, boosters and other supporters in attendance and posed for photos with UWF athletics and coaching staff.The Argo Rally served as a kick-off to the 2010-11 season for the 13 varsity athletic teams at UWF.  The event included three speakers, starting with Pensacola Sports Association Executive Director Ray Palmer.  UWF President Judith Bense followed, and Athletic Director Dave Scott finished the program by introducing all 11 head coaches.  After Crist arrived, he appeared on stage and briefly addressed the crowd, praising the universities in the state of Florida as some of the best in the country.The Argonauts will officially start the fall season on Thursday, September 2, as the UWF men’s soccer team visits Spring Hill for a 5:00 p.m. match.  The West Florida cross country, women’s soccer and volleyball teams will also be in action that first weekend, including home events for women’s soccer and volleyball.Complete schedules and more information about UWF Athletics can be found online at www.GoArgos.com.ARGO RALLY PHOTO GALLERYPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img Sam Graham flies over for a try against Leinster A at Donnybrook (JMP UK). A debut try and assist against Leinster A at Ashton Gate in the British and Irish Cup saw Graham make a blistering start to life in the hoops, and the dynamic back-row forward is now targeting an appearance in the GKIPA Championship before the season is out.“My short-term goal is to play as much as possible,” he said. “I’d love to get a Championship cap before the end of the season. That’s another goal, but it’s the day-by-day improvement I’m after.“The guys you’re training with day in, day out, they are of such a standard that you naturally up your game to try and reach their levels and fit in. The next job is to keep pushing forward.”As someone who has taken the unconventional route into professional rugby, Graham is keen to follow in the footsteps of another, Sam Jeffries, who was picked up from University of Bristol having also impressed in the A League. “Working as a chef is tough, it’s hard labour. I just remember constantly thinking: ‘I really want to be playing rugby’, and that was the turning point.” Sam Graham Earlier this season, Jeffries – now an ever-present in Pat Lam’s side – signed an extension to his Bristol Rugby contract, with Graham citing him as ‘the perfect role model’.“He actually followed a similar path,” said Graham. “He came in while still at university and he’s smashed his opportunity.“He’s taken it so well and he works so hard off the pitch. He’s always in the video room, he’s running the lineout now, and that’s a position that I’d like to be in. It’s a position I’m striving to get to.”The transformation is a remarkable one for the reluctant chef, who knows hard work and commitment on and off the field is the recipe for success at Ashton Gate. “That same coach, who is director of rugby at University of Bristol, knows Mark Irish, so he got in contact with Mark to let him know I was back from New Zealand and to find out if there an opportunity to come in and train. That’s how it initially started.“I came in on a Thursday before the Gloucester A League game – I’d sent in some game footage and my rugby CV beforehand – and ended up getting on to the bench. It just evolved from there.”Graham had been due to fly back to New Zealand’s North Island later this month – instead, he’s preparing for an important run-in at Ashton Gate, which could lead to him featuring in English rugby’s top-flight next season.“It’s quite surreal for me,” said Graham. “I had booked a return flight to New Zealand, which is meant to be going back at the end of this month, but to get this opportunity is something I’m very excited about.“I’ve left a lot of friends over there, people who I won’t necessarily see for a while, but this is such a huge experience and opportunity. There was no turning back.” Graham in action for Chippenham RFC.center_img As a youngster, Graham played for Bath minis, before making the move to Chippenham RFC aged 11. From here, county honours followed, as did an opportunity to train with Bath’s Academy – but when that was stopped in its tracks, Graham found himself contemplating a career away from the sport he had his heart set on.“For one reason or another, that didn’t work out and that was quite devastating,” he said.“I was at a loose end and had to make a decision and start focusing on a career. I was always interested in cooking and remain so to this day, but it’s one thing to love what you’re doing and another to do it every day, so realising that you don’t actually want to do that for the rest of your life, is tough, but also led to making the change.”A successful rugby stint at Massey RFC in Auckland kick-started Graham’s revival, before a conversation with Academy forwards coach, Mark Irish, set the wheels in motion.“I was in New Zealand for nine months, which was sorted out for me through an old coach of mine. After a brief and unsuccessful trial period with Bath’s Academy, previous plans for a career in professional rugby had been traded for life in the kitchen. But while slicing, frying and garnishing at the five-star country house and golf club, Graham knew where he’d rather be.Fast forward two years and the 20-year-old is living that dream – having signed a two-year Academy contract at Bristol Rugby following a highly-impressive trial period – and now has his sights set on cooking up a storm in the blue and white hoops.“Working as a chef is tough, it’s hard labour,” said Graham, reflecting on his past career.“It’s quite anti-social, so when you’re doing it, your mind does wander and you think about all the places you’d rather be. I just remember constantly thinking: ‘I really want to be playing rugby’, and that was the turning point.“When you’re not quite enjoying something, you think about all of the other things you could be doing – that really sticks with you.“I then had to find the confidence and belief in myself that I could make the change. As soon as I realised that I really wanted it and I could make it happen, that was it.” …and on the charge against Leinster A (JMP UK). Sam Graham scrums down against Doncaster Knights at Ashton Gate (JMP UK).last_img read more

first_imgJustin Wilson remains in a coma following an incident during Sunday's IndyCar race at Pocono.Justin Wilson remains in a coma following an incident during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono.And we wait.It figures to be that kind of road ahead for Justin Wilson, the veteran IndyCar Series driver struck in the head by flying debris in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.Wilson, 37, was listed in critical condition Sunday night at an Allentown, Pa., hospital, and IndyCar reported at 1 p.m. today that his condition is unchanged.Notable IndyCar crashes in the 2015 seasonThe debris that struck him apparently was the nose cone of Sage Karam’s crashed car. Karam, who was the race leader at the time, had lost control in Turn 1, and the debris scattered. A slow-motion replay showed the piece hitting Wilson before being launched high in the air. Wilson was unable to control the car from that point forward, and the Andretti Autosport machine veered to the inside wall where it made contact.Wilson is one of IndyCar’s most popular drivers, and the outpouring of concern on social media has been staggering.Wilson was working off a five-race deal to end the season with Andretti Autosport. He and the Indianapolis-based team owned by Michael Andretti have been planning for what could be a full-time ride in 2016.At this point, more significant things hang in the balance, and the path ahead is uncertain.Drivers try to cope with Justin Wilson’s traumaWhat we know is this: Debris hitting Wilson, the driver of the 12th car through the accident scene, was a fluke.Indy cars are designed to break apart in order to dissipate energy in a further bid to protect the driver. Given that, pieces must travel somewhere, and calls for tethering each piece don’t take into account they’re as likely to bounce back and hit the driver of that car.In this case, Wilson, a leading advocate of motor sports safety and a peer-selected driver representative, happened upon the wrong place at the wrong time, a reminder that no matter how many SAFER walls or forgiving catch fences or other safety initiatives are introduced, the sport is dangerous and can’t be wrapped in a nice, tidy bubble.Tony Stewart donated plane to Justin Wilson’s family after accidentJames Hinchcliffe was struck by debris – coincidentally from Wilson’s car – in last year’s road race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He suffered a concussion. Formula One driver Felipe Massa suffered a skull fracture after being struck by a spring in 2009, and he eventually returned to race. Cristiano da Matta suffered a severe head injury in 2006 when his car struck a deer during testing at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis. His battle was long, but he returned to drive sports cars.Maybe a clear canopy covering these drivers would have helped, but it also could have created a different mess.As in life, each head injury has its own characteristics. Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher still hasn’t recovered from hitting his head in a skiing accident two years ago.So, we wait.Follow Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavinShould IndyCars have canopies to shield drivers? Justin Wilson (seen here in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway) has been a leading safety advocate in the sport.Justin Wilson (seen here in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway) has been a leading safety advocate in the sport.last_img read more

first_imgPlease follow and like us: Breaking News into Baltimore, The Orioles have acquired catcher Andrew Susac. The 27-year old catcher comes off a season where he saw few but some plate appearances for the Brewers. Batting .083 in 12 AB is not great but to his point Susac has never truly been given a chance.The second round pick in 2011 by the San Fransisco Giants has spent a total of 104 games at the Big league level. In 250 AB he produced, .232AVG/.299OBP/.396SLG. Noting pops out to me but Suscac will indeed be given his chances in Baltimore. Other then Caleb Joseph most likely being the starting catcher Susac will be competing with the birds young prospect Chance Sisco for the backup job for the birds.last_img read more

first_imgPakenham Mazda celebrated “an incredibly exciting milestone” with a gala opening party last Thursday to kick off a massive three-day…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgThe Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) announced the award of 21 grants totaling $180,000 to help support projects across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee culture, and agricultural traditions. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.“These grant awards will support community projects across Western North Carolina,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of BRNHA. “By spotlighting our cultural traditions and natural wonders, we help sustain these assets, build community pride, draw more visitors, and grow the regional economy.”The 21 grant awards include:Altapass Foundation: $5,500 to develop a Cherokee history exhibit for the Historic Orchard at AltapassAsheville Museum of Science: $7,000 to develop an immersive video exhibit showcasing the region’s geologic and natural historyBlue Ridge Parkway Foundation: $16,000 to develop a vision plan to increase recreation opportunities while protecting natural resources at the recently expanded Waterrock Knob property on the Blue Ridge ParkwayClay County Communities Revitalization Association: $2,850 for a music heritage sculpture in downtown HayesvilleCowee School Arts & Heritage Center: $6,600 for an outdoor stage at the historic Cowee School to expand the capacity to present traditional music concertsFriends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: $5,000 to construct a historic “snake” style fence for the park’s Mountain Farm MuseumGrandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation: $4,000 for interpretive trail signs highlighting forest ecology, resources, and wildlifeJackson County: $10,000 to develop interpretive wayside exhibits along the new Jackson County GreenwayMadison County Arts Council: $5,000 for a portable sound system to support traditional music events around the countyMainspring Conservation Trust: $9,890 to develop interpretive signage and improve trail access for a Cherokee-themed cultural corridor along NC Highway 28 in Macon CountyThe North Carolina Arboretum Society: $8,000 for an outdoor forest heritage exhibit at the North Carolina ArboretumOne Dozen Who Care, Inc.: $5,000 to develop exhibits on the music traditions of African American communities in partnership with Western Carolina UniversityPeacock Performing Arts Center: $2,225 for a new sound system to support music performancesPenland School of Crafts: $7,850 for a new historic timeline exhibit and improved visitor signageSouthern Highland Craft Guild: $16,000 to develop new e-commerce capability to market and sell the work of guild artistsSouthern Highlands Reserve: $16,000 for a project to restore red spruce to endangered spruce-fir forest habitat in the Great Balsam MountainsSurry Arts Council: $8,000 to expand and improve backstage space for musicians performing at the Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount AiryToe River Arts Council: $12,000 for interactive informational kiosks directing visitors to craft galleries, studios, and festivals in Mitchell and Yancey countiesWestern North Carolina Historical Association: $8,085 to support a music heritage exhibit and related educational programs at the Smith-McDowell House MuseumWilkes Heritage Museum: $10,000 to expand the museum’s Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame exhibit and event spaceWill & Deni McIntyre Foundation: $15,000 to support the national broadcast of David Holt’s State of Music series which showcases Western North Carolina’s bluegrass, old-time, and gospel traditionsAll of the grant awards will be matched with state or local funding and donated services.Because the Wilkes Heritage Museum project involves renovations to the old Wilkes Courthouse, the grant is undergoing additional consultation by the State Historic Preservation Office.Since its inception in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded 154 grants totaling over $2.1 million and leveraging another $4.5 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. These grants have funded projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership received a total of 44 applications in this grant cycle.last_img read more

first_imgItaly Under-21 boss Paolo Nicolato admits that while Sandro Tonali’s senior promotion “gives us a lot of pleasure, it also gives us some problems.” Tonalo was drafted into the full Italy squad after Marco Verratti pulled out, leaving Nicolato with mixed feelings as he also had Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli pinched. “It gives us a lot of pleasure, but it also gives us some problems,” he said at a Press conference. The Azzurrini face Iceland and Armenia this international break, yet to concede a goal in four games under the CT and in a strong position to quality for the European U21 Championship if they win both fixtures. “Two tough games are waiting for us, against teams who are doing well, but I’m also confident because we have a whole week ahead of us and we can prepare to the fullest, something that hardly happens for us. “I expect a physical match against Iceland, due to the size of the opponents. However, we will also face a team in good form, given that their domestic season is nearly over.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementIn what could be the biggest managerial coup in the summer transfer window, Pep Guardiola has agreed to exit Manchester City and sign a four-year-deal with Serie A winners Juventus according to various reports.Pep Guardiola on his way out of Manchester City?Juventus sacked their manager Massimiliano Allegri despite winning the Serie A as his side faltered at the UEFA Champions League after a young Ajax side outclassed them tactically in the quarter-finals.Pep Guardiola moving to Juventus will freshen things up at the club which is still haunted by their horrors from the UEFA Champions League exit. However, this decision of Guardiola will hit the Manchester City fans hardly as he mentioned previously that he will stay on the club for at least two more years earlier in the month.The Spaniard won the elite club competition of Europe twice with Barcelona but failed to do so even a single time when he was in-charge of Bayern Munich. Even in his two-year tenure with Manchester City, he couldn’t lift the UEFA Champions League title.Only time will tell whether Guardiola would be able to achieve that with Juventus. But, with world-class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, and Leonardo Bonucci ready to help him out, one can only wonder where the club can go wrong in completing their lofty European ambitions. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWebsite Grader has grown a lot since it launched it 8 months ago, and it recently reached a total of over 100,000 websites graded.  As of this week, Website Grader has over 15,000 inbound links, 1,500 bookmarks on Del.icio.us and an Alexa rank of under 24,000.What are the key takeaways you can use to achieve the same results?  You both need to get a little lucky and also build something remarkable. (OK, so I stole this from Seth Godin. But that doesn’t make it less true.)  Here are some of the reasons why I think people like to talk and blog about Website Grader so much.1) Make the “Time To Enjoyment” (TTE) short.  We use the acronym TTE within HubSpot to talk about the amount of time it takes for someone to get value out of a product.  For buying enterprise software, the TTE is long, usually months or years.  For buying a cup of coffee it is really short, usually a few seconds.  We try our best with all of our products to have the customer get something useful as quickly as possible, and then also have that value increase over time.  But, the faster someone says “oh cool, that’s valuable” the happier your customers will be.  And the more they will tell others.2) Make it free.  We could have charged for Website Grader.  We have had SEO consultants tell us they charge anywhere from $1500 to $5000 for a very similar report that they call an “initial assessment”.  We could have easily charged $99 and sold tons of reports and made a lot of money.  But our goal was to build something remarkable, not make money right away.  So Website Grader is a free SEO Tool, and we plan to keep it free.3) Don’t require registration.  Sure, we could make Website Grader more valuable to HubSpot if we required you to tell us your name, title, company, phone number, annual sales, number of employees, annual marketing budget and a good time of day to call you.  But you wouldn’t like it as much and we probably would never get to the point of having evaluated 100,000 URLs.4) Ask for feedback and listen.  We’re always asking people what they think about it and what they would change.  We actually found about 50 bloggers that seemed like they knew what they were talking about and emailed them asking them to use it and give us feedback to make it better.  A lot of them responded, and some actually wrote a review and linked to Website Grader.  We didn’t ask for it or plan on it.  We really did want their feedback (and we still do), but this shows that people are much more likely to promote something if you are not asking them to promote it in your first conversation with them.  In fact, there have been dozens of enhancements made to Website Grader since it first launched.  This has two effects. First, it makes the product better so more people will like it.  Second, the person who gave us the feedback feels like we listened to them and value their input so now they love Website Grader even more since they feel like it is something they helped create (in fact, it’s true!).If you have other ideas why Website Grader has grown so much, leave a comment so the community can learn from your insight. Originally published Oct 9, 2007 12:11:00 PM, updated October 01 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more