Megan Devine New Ellis Paddock Analyst

first_img“I’m so lucky to be working with these horses and trainers,” she said. “I’m very proud I’ve had those opportunities, that I’m not somebody coming from totally the outside. I live and breathe horse racing. I consider myself to be part of it, and I really like working hard for that. I respect everybody in the business and everybody who is a fan. I always try hard and put a smile on my face. I love what I do.”While horse racing has become her passion, Devine grew up grooming, exercising, training and showing hunter-jumpers on her native Long Island. She galloped thorough- breds at Blackwood Stables in Versailles, Ky., to learn up close “what goes into making race horses tick,” calling it “definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”Such knowledge of horses remains a hallmark of her analyst work, blended with tradi- tional handicapping and pouring over horses’ form.“I do a combination of both,” said the former captain of the University of Louisville’s equestrian team. “I certainly pick up on things that happen in the paddock, things that people need to know that I see. But then you back it up with the homework you’ve done.“Being in Louisville, you can’t not be involved in horse racing, with the community around you, Churchill and Keeneland and the sales. I started working for NBC and TVG and got to know the players first-hand.”Devine was voted 2014 Miss University of Louisville in the Miss America qualifying competition, her first in a beauty pageant. “I believe people should constantly challenge themselves and get outside their comfort zone, and that was way outside my comfort zone,” she said with a laugh. “It actually was a fund-raiser for my sorority. I ended up winning and did not know that after that you had to go on to Miss Kentucky, and if you won that you went on to Miss America. I have a lot of respect for the women who do that. I’m glad I retired after my two pageants, but it was a great learning experience.”Follow Devine at, Twitter @MissMeganDevine and facebook.-com/MegHartDevine. Devine also is involved with Fashion at the Races, which pro- motes horse racing and fashion internationally.For more information on Ellis Park’s 2016 race meet, contact Dan Bork at [email protected] or [email protected] HENDERSON, Ky. (June 20, 2016) — Megan Devine, one of racing’s emerging stars as an analyst, will be the paddock commentator for Ellis Park’s 30-date meet that runs July 2-Sept. 5.Devine, a 2014 honors graduate of the Equine Industry Program in the University of Louisville’s College of Business, will provide pre-race selections and conduct post-race interviews to be aired on racetrack monitors and as part of Ellis’ simulcasting signal, in- cluding through online wagering platforms. She also will conduct Saturday morning pub- lic handicapping shows with track announcer Jimmy McNerney.“All the signs are in place for a gangbuster meet, judging from the outstanding response of horsemen and jockeys to our enhanced purses,” said racing secretary Dan Bork. “El- lis Park prides itself of being fan and bettor-friendly, and we wanted to add an analyst who knows not only handicapping but horses. Megan was an obvious choice with her equine and broadcasting experience, as well as her unparalleled enthusiasm. We are as excited as she is to see everything she winds up doing to not only help the handi- cappers but to promote Ellis Park and our Kentucky horses and horsemen.”“It’s going to be more than a paddock-analyst show – not just 20 minutes to post, give my picks and go back in my little hole,” said Devine, who in addition to her bachelor’s degree in business administration has minors in marketing and communications. “I’d like to interact with the track more and the fans, get people excited about racing and the horses that are there. I’m a big proponent of social media, so I’m going to be pushing that. We have so many great horses there, as well as trainers and jockeys, and now with the purse increases, that will just get even better. So I’d like to involve them and do a lot of interviews that way.”Devine also works for NBC Sports assisting the field producers for the network’s racing broadcasts, a position she started in college. She works for the TVG racing network dur- ing Keeneland and was paddock analyst for Turfway Park’s Spiral Day card. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

March and April Madness in Ocean City: Events From Mr. Mature to Doo Dah…

first_imgSaturday, March 22 Mr. Mature America Pageant: From the home of  the Little Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City, Miss Ocean City and Miss New Jersey pageants comes a different sort of “beauty” pageant: Mr. Mature America.“The Pageant honors the accomplishments, talents and relevance of men 60 and over,” says Mark Soifer, event founder as the city’s public relations director. “It is the only event of its kind in the United States.”Dick Sheeran, legendary Philadelphia TV anchor, will join the pageant to assist emcee Maribeth Neal. Sheeran will also present the pageant’s major honor, its Inspiration Award, to Pinky Kravitz, an Atlantic City radio host for more than a half-century.The Bubba Mac Blues Band will entertain from 6:30 p.m. until the pageant start at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk . All band members are over 60. A talented group of mature ladies will entertain during pageant intervals.Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard and Philippine reconstruction efforts. Advance $10 tickets may be purchased by phone or at City Hall. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tuesday, March 25Free Air Force Band Concert: The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Ocean City Music Pier at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In order to attend the concert, you must pick up free tickets in advance.Free tickets are available at the information desk on the second floor of City Hall facing the main entrance. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the adjacent Community Services Office for the Mr. Mature America Pageant. City Hall hours are 9:45 a.m. till 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, call (609)-525-9300.The Air Force Ensemble features 17 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned world- wide acclaim and military distinction. The Band delivers a wide array of jazz and fusion from big band swing to cutting edge contemporary music.Activated in 1941, the Ensemble has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and highlighting all of the U.S. military branches. The band travels throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and in support of Air Force morale and protocol events. Saturday, April 12Doo Dah Parade: The 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade starts at noon and goes from 6th to 12th Sts. on Asbury Ave.  and then to the Boardwalk ending at Music Pier. Following the Parade the Annual PieAsco will be held during which folks sit in grandstands and smush each other with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy Sales used during his syndicated TV shows years go. Trudy Sales, Soupy’s widow, starts the event by plastering Mr. Pie in the Face, Neil Regina.The Parade features a 500 basset hound waddle, humorous brigades and individuals, bands, impersonators of legendary comedians and many costumed characters.Doo Dah offers a weekend of events including the entertaining Basset Hound Olympics at the Tabernacle grounds on Fri., April 11 at noon, free. Dr. Joel Goodman will present a free program on Humor at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.  Grand Marshal of the Parade will be Peter Funt of Candid Camera, who will do a retrospective of the popular TV program at the Music Pier, 7 p.m. Friday.Following the Parade on Saturday, there will be a tribute to Abbott and Costello featuring Abbott and Costello impersonators and a movie. This will be held at the Ocean City Library starting 3-30 p.m., admission free.To register for the Parade or for more information, call (609) 525-9300, after hours (609) 364-4010 or email [email protected]__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts: The event is set for the Ocean City Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  This event features some of the finest artisans on the East Coast exhibiting and selling a variety of one of a kind crafts. The show is produced by Joanne and Norman Schaut who have raised thousands of dollars for local charities with the proceeds. There is free parking at nearby City lots.  A $3 contribution benefits these charities. For information, call 800-822-4112.center_img The annual Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City ends with the pie-smooshing PieAsco.Ocean City’s super-caffeinated schedule of seasonal events typically kicks off each year with the annual Doo Dah Parade (always held in close proximity to the April 15 Tax Day).This year’s Doo Dah madness will follow form on April 12, but a handful of other events will stretch the spring shoulder season a few weeks earlier.Here’s a look at the lineup for March and April: Sunday, March 23Jazz Series: The Somers Point Jazz Society will present “The Art Of Improvisation,” a three-part educational series at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The sessions are set for March 23, March 30 and April 6 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, N110. Admission is free.Part 1 of the series on March 23 will introduce the Concept of Improvisation, which is a form of spontaneous musical composition, created and performed by jazz musicians. During this first of three parts Dr. Michael Pedicin and Chris Simonini, piano, Lee Smith, piano and Vick Stevens on drums will discuss, present, demonstrate and perform how this is accomplished. Musical samples and educational material will be presented to an audience of both non-musicians and musicians in simplistic terms that all can understand. Jazz will be played.last_img read more

Press release: UK aid to stop modern slavery in Nigeria

first_imgInternational Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: It is a necessity that we step up and stamp out modern slavery for good. I am appalled that this shameful stain on our global conscience still exists in the 21st century. I am proud UK support is driving the charge in tackling the root causes of dangerous migration to prevent vulnerable men, women and children from becoming targeted by traffickers or attempting treacherous journeys again. The benefits of this will be far reaching- preventing regional instability and helping us tackle slavery here in the UK. supporting government prevention schemes such as targeted public information, social development and education programmes, and developing new research and data to inform better responses. looking at existing anti-slavery outreach in schools and universities and recommend changes in curriculum, messaging or approach, and fund pilots to test and find what works. a new public information campaign, designed and led by UK government communication specialists to test new approaches to changing the aspirations of potential victims and migrants, in partnership with the Nigerian anti-trafficking police. piloting new prevention interventions, such as using networks of returned victims to counteract false information from traffickers among vulnerable groups, through NGOs that are working in this area. doing high-quality research and evidence gathering to share lessons globally on what works. help reduce vulnerabilities to trafficking and unsafe migration through targeted public information campaigns in Edo State. UK government communication specialists will design and lead this in partnership with the Nigerian anti-trafficking police. boost engagement with young people at schools and universities to change the aspirations of potential victims commission innovative research on what works to prevent dangerous migration attempts support NGOs who use former slavery victims to counter false myths that tempt people towards the traffickers. UK aid will protect thousands of vulnerable men, women and children in Nigeria from modern slavery and unsafe migration through innovative prevention work such as public information campaigns, awareness raising at schools and universities, and new research.Nigeria’s Edo State is a focal point of the human trafficking business, and is also a key source location for trafficking into the UK.This UK aid package will help stamp out the root causes of dangerous migration through enhanced prevention work.British expertise will:center_img Working in partnership with Edo State, a critical trafficking hotspot, this UK aid will shape scalable, cost-effective interventions that tackle the key drivers of modern slavery and unsafe migration attempts. Changing the aspirations of potential victims and migrants in a targeted and tailored way will be essential to achieving this. This is why UK government communication specialists will design and lead a new public information campaign to do just that, in partnership with the Nigerian anti-trafficking police.By making it worthwhile for people to stay in their home states and supporting NGOs who use former slavery victims to counter false myths that tempt people towards the traffickers, this work will help eradicate these crimes for good.The UK is at the forefront of the global fight against modern slavery, leading the global Call to Action to end this crime at the UN General Assembly last year, which over 60 countries have now signed.In 2016 there were over 40 million estimated slavery victims and the UK is committed to eradicating this global scourge, which adds significant costs to the UK economy. Behind these numbers are real people subjected to brutal exploitation every single day.Notes to editors The UK is investing a further £6 million in the ‘Stamping Out Slavery’ in Nigeria (SOSIN) programme, taking its total value to £10 million. The programme will support NGOs and Nigerian government agencies to strengthen their slavery prevention work. Working in partnership with Edo State, UK aid will enhance slavery prevention schemes through targeted public information campaigns, education programmes and innovative research. This will shape scalable, cost-effective interventions by NGOs and the government to tackle the root cause of modern slavery. This announcement forms part of the doubling of UK development spending (Official Development Assistance) on anti-slavery activities to £150m, announced by the Prime Minister at the UN General Assembly last year. The UK is increasing total migration and modern slavery funding in Nigeria to £40.5 million. This prevention programme will complement other Home Office and Foreign Office programmes focused on law enforcement cooperation and tackling the serious organised crime behind people trafficking. Modern day slavery costs the UK £4.3billion a year, in terms of policing at home and abroad, and victim care and rehabilitation. Nigeria is estimated to have over 1.3 million slaves and in 2017 Nigerian nationals were the fifth largest group of victims referred to the UK’s national referral mechanism. The SOSIN project will work by: UK aid will help tackle the root causes of dangerous migration and modern slavery in Edo state, the epicentre of Nigeria’s human trafficking business. World-class British expertise will reduce vulnerabilities to trafficking through targeted public information campaigns and engagement with young people at schools and universities UK support to back use of former slavery victims as myth-busters, to help counter false promises that tempt people to place their lives in the hands of traffickers.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Celebrates 50 Consecutive Sold Out Shows At Red Rocks

first_imgIt’s been a long road for Widespread Panic, but the band has risen to the top time and again. Last night, the band had a true reason to celebrate, as the group played their 50th consecutive sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The truly impressive record started back in 1991, and was celebrated in a fashionable three day run this weekend.The run’s second night brought out all the jams, starting off with a “Holden Oversoul” > “JAM” > “Solid Rock” extended session, and closing the first set with a “Bust It Big” > “Impossible” > “Bowlegged Woman” dropper. Second set brought out a particularly special version of “Pleas” > “Saint Ex” and had the people of the rocks begging for more by the end of the thrillingly long and professionally executed second set. Welcoming Steve Lopez on percussion for “Arleen,” the band closed out with an earth shattering “Chilly Water.” The encore invited a “Dream Song,” “Heart of Gold,” “North” closer, bookending a night to be recorded in the Widespread Panic books. Check out some fan-shot footage from the night below:PleasChilly WaterHeart of Gold Check out the setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/25/16Set 1: Holden Oversoul > JAM > Solid Rock, B of D, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack > Thought Sausage, Bust It Big > Impossible > Bowlegged Woman (62 mins)Set 2: Pleas > Saint Ex*, Henry Parsons Died, Pilgrims > Driving Song > Papa’s Home > Chilly Water > Drumz (Mini) > Cease Fire > JAM > Driving Song, Arleen** > Chilly Water (89 mins)Encore: Dream Song, Heart of Gold, North (20 mins)Notes:* Inverted intro to Saint Ex ** Steve Lopez on percussion ‘The Other One’ jam out of ‘Impossible’; First ‘Dream Song’ at Red Rocks since 6/26/1997 per Everyday CompanionEntire show with Edie Jackson, sign language interpreter (#TeamEdie shirts for charity)[Photo via @widespreadpanichq]last_img read more

Professor and team discover star

first_imgDr. Timothy C. Beers, Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics, and an international team of astronomers have discovered a low-mass star in the Milky Way galaxy that could help explain the origin of elements in the universe. The star exhibits the peculiar chemical abundance ratios associated with the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a first-generation very-massive star, according to a University press release.The group of astronomers published their study, entitled “A chemical signature of first-generation very-massive stars,” in the Aug. 22 issue of the journal “Science.”The star has a unique set of chemical ratios that have never been seen before, Beers said. Using high-resolution spectroscopic instruments on the Subaru Telescope located in Hawaii, Beers and his team, comprised of astronomers from Japan and Korea, observed a star in the halo region of the Milky Way galaxy 300 parsecs (or about 1000 light years) away.“We are essentially reconstructing a stellar history from the chemistry of objects we discovered today,” Beers said.The study of ancient stars and their origins is known as Galactic archaeology, he said.“This was the first example of an ancient star whose elements had to have been produced by another star that was much more massive, maybe several hundred times the mass of the sun,” Beers said.Beers compared the formation of early stars to the pollution of a river.“You have a massive star that was formed out of pure Big-Bang material, pristine, hydrogen, helium, a little bit of lithium [and] nothing else,” he said. “When that star exploded, it created heavier elements, which then polluted pristine gas around it. It’s that polluted gas which carries the fingerprint of the progenitor that the star we discovered formed from.“If you can go back and find the almost-pristine, perfect, unpolluted stars, you know you have to be at the beginning,” Beers said.The star is approximately 12- to 13-billion-years-old, approaching the age of the 14-billion-year-old universe, Beers said.“The chemistry tells us this star was born at least 10-billion-years-ago, because if it were born any later, it would have formed out of gas that was polluted to a higher degree,” Beers said. “When people think ancient, they often think far away. What many people find fascinating is that these are objects in our own galaxy. They’re … right here. It’s just that we can recognize them as markers of this early history. You don’t have to go to the edge of the universe to study the very beginning of it, in the chemical sense they are pristine fossils.”According to a University press release, the star is the first such star identified in the Milky Way. The astronomers hope to discover more stars similar to this one, and refine their analysis in order to confirm the existence of very-massive stars in the first generation. Such stars could have contributed to the development of super-massive black holes like the one at the center of the Milky Way.Beers said he is currently searching the universe for more stars like this one using the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, which is operated by a research consortium.“This discovery is one of many along the way,” Beers said.Tags: astronomy, astrophysics, discovery, starlast_img read more

Date Set for the 2016 Audience Choice Awards

first_imgDarren Criss, Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison & Key Brand Entertainment CEO John Gore at the 2015 Audience Choice Awards(Photo: Bruce Glikas) The 2015-16 Broadway season is in full swing, which means it’s time to talk about Broadway’s biggest night. No, not the Tonys: the 17th annual Audience Choice Awards are just around the corner! will present the awards (picked by you, the fans!) at a private cocktail reception on May 10.Last year’s festivities had Darren Criss mingling with Helen Mirren, Kristin Chenoweth juggling three plaques, Christian Borle explaining his door-to-door canvassing strategy and more. Who’ll be in attendance this year? That’s up to you!The Audience Choice Awards are the only major theatrical prize awarded exclusively by online votes from theatergoers. In addition to the traditional categories you might see at the Tonys, trophies are handed out for Favorite Diva Performance, Favorite Breakthrough Performance, touring companies and more.Additional information, including dates for the nomination process and voting, will be announced shortly. View Commentslast_img read more

VEDA approves $1.8 million in project financing

first_imgVEDA BOARD APPROVES $1.8 MILLIONIN PROJECT FINANCING ASSISTANCE Montpelier, VT – Business real estate purchase and expansion projects totaling$3.34 million will receive $1.8 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Were very pleased to be able to contribute to the growth of these Vermont businesses, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. VEDAs mission is to help eligible businesses create jobs, and these projects stand to produce 35 new job opportunities in the next three years. Thats good news for Vermont. Projects approved for financing assistance by the VEDA Board are:” Black River Produce, Springfield – The Board approved an increase of $438,608 to an existing $648,800 loan made to Black River Produce in June, 2004 to purchase and renovate the former Idlenot Dairy processing facility in Springfield. With the project underway, substantial changes to the renovation plans have been necessitated, resulting in a $1.1 million increase in budget. Total project costs of $2.7 million are expected to provide Black River Produce with three times the space currently available to them at their Cavendish facility, enabling them to add up to 30 new jobs to their current payroll of 143 over the next three years. Black River Produce, established in 1978, is a distributor of wholesale produce, fresh and frozen seafood, and other products to high-end restaurants and specialty food retail stores throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, northwestern Massachusetts, and eastern New York State.” Nick & Morrisey, LLC, Montpelier With VEDA financing assistance totaling $736,000, real estate developers Jeff Nick & Dan Morrisey will purchase the historic Harris Hall on the campus of Union Institute and University in Montpelier. The property will be renovated, expanded, and leased to New England Culinary Institute (NECI) for use as the culinary institutes Administrative Headquarters. The Chittenden Bank is also a partner in the $1.9 million project, which will finance the renovation of the main house and carriage barn, and construction of a new two-story wing to connect the two buildings. Overall, the project will create 11,500 square feet of space for NECI, and is expected to enable NECI to make 5 new hires in the next three years. NECI, founded in 1980, is a fully-accredited and nationally-recognized leader in technical training for the food service industry. Current enrollment at the schools three campuses in Montpelier and Essex, Vermont, and in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, exceeds 500. Agricultural loans totaling $255,000 were also approved by the Board through VEDAs farm financing assistance program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC). VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 31-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1 billion. -30-last_img read more

Colombia Shares Expertise in Drug Analysis

first_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2012 A team of 10 forensic chemists from Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico attended an internship on illicit drug analysis this week in forensic labs in Bogota and Cali. The aim is cooperation in the fight against crime that Colombia provides the isthmus. These practices help to train forensic chemists from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, and El Salvador, to detect drug purity levels and the camouflage used on the substances, as well as how to testify on technical matters in drug trafficking trials. This activity ratifies the “Colombian government’s determination to support Central America in counter drug issues,” said William Garzón, an official at the Colombian Attorney’s Office. In addition, coordination allows better trade detection methods and new drug trafficking techniques, according to expert chemist Franklin Muñoz. “About a year ago, black cocaine became popular in Colombia. It was nothing but common cocaine with a reagent that changed its usual color, so we would think it was something else,” he said. In 2011 they seized 400 hundred tons of drugs in Colombia, of which 145 tons were cocaine, according to the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more

Advantages of a single processing partner

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As a credit union, you are competing for your members’ business every time they visit an ATM, swipe a card or sign on the dotted line. To make sure payment transactions are fast, easy and secure for members, you rely on a complex array of processing technologies.And if you have a proven track record with different vendors for debit, credit and ATM payment processing, you may be reluctant to “mess with success.” However, maintaining this multi-vendor paradigm may be holding you back.According to Lynn Kneebone, director of national sales for CO-OP Financial Services, credit unions don’t typically contract multiple payment processors by design. More often than not, it is a dynamic that occurs over time. continue reading »last_img read more

3 myths about credit unions

first_imgThe TV show MythBusters explores, tests, and ultimately confirms or debunks myths and urban legends. Thanks to the successful comedic duo on the show, myths such as “all men prefer blondes” and “it’s easy to take candy from a baby” have been debunked. While having confirmation that a person’s tongue will stick to a frozen metal pole is important, we thought we would explore a topic more useful to our readers – 3 credit union myths, and determine if they are “confirmed,” “plausible,” or “busted.”MYTH 1: “Membership” is a restrictive term that implies becoming a member is difficult or exclusive.The term “membership” is crucial to credit unions as it sets them apart from other financial institutions that have customers, not members. Having members portrays the idea that a credit union is not a privately held, for-profit business. Rather, a credit union is a cooperative organization in place for the greater good of all its stakeholders.Historically CUs were closed institutions, where certain criteria was required for membership. SEG-based (or Select Employee Group) charters set employment, church affiliation, and career status as factors that determined if you could join a credit union. Some credit unions still operate in this manner, while others have a community charter and are not closed. Field of membership (FOM) rules and regulations are also constantly being updated and changed. This causes confusion with attracting new members, especially if the name of your community-based credit union dates back to when you were a SEG-based CU. However, the pros of using the term membership, along with education on what benefits it has, outweigh the cons. Therefore, we deem this myth BUSTED. continue reading » 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more