A gathering of Mr. Grant’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 1911 Nederland Avenue, Nederland, with his interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. He is survived by his wife, Lacie Grant of Port Neches; daughters, Promise and Serenity Grant; parents, Bryan and Pam Grant; brother, Jeremy Grant and his wife, Kristen, of Nederland; nieces and nephews, Kamden, Kooper, Kynlee, and Kaylee; and sister-in-law, Angie.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Mr. Grant may be made to Grant’s Guardians, 2030 Dylan Drive, Nederland, Texas 77627. David Grant, 37, of Port Neches, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. He was born on October 17, 1978, in Port Arthur, to Pam LeMaire Grant and Bryan Grant.David enjoyed playing golf and coaching girls softball. He was a dedicated employee of Baker Corp and thought of his coworkers and customers as his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, coach, and friend. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
After an expanded experience for athletes and spectators alike in July 2013, the organisers of the iconic 9th EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, taking place in July 2014, have released a series of training programs for all participating athletes.The 2014 EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon will offer up a whole week of races and activities, taking place from 27-31 July 2014.The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was originally founded by Cyrille Neveu – a former elite triathlete and member of the French National Triathlon Team from 1996 to 2008. The training program was created by Cyrille Neuveu and Stéphane Logerot to help all registered athletes meet the challenge of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.>>> Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2014 – 21 week training program – overview>>> Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2014 – week 1 training program – detail >>> Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2014 – weekly program – latest training weekNeveu now works as a consultant with major French TV station Canal+, on all triathlon coverage by the channel. He launched the first edition of the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon in 2006 – and for the last five years he has been developing the event with international sports marketing group and major event organising firm IMG.Duathlon: 5K • 15K • 2.5KSunday 27 July 2014Children’s eventTuesday 29 July 2014Long distance2.2K • 115K • 22KWednesday 30 July 2014Short distance1.2K • 30K • 7KThursday 31 July 2014 The triathlon festival in the Central French Alps aims to offer athletes ‘a rich program with official races, activities for all and an even fuller exhibition village.’ Overseas athletes will also be present in large numbers, as in previous years, in order to experience the unique suite of races designed in the outstanding Oisans Valley in France.www.alpetriathlon.com Related The organisers of the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon note that the event is becoming a real festival of triathlon, attracting more and more event partners – with more than 20 partners present in 2013 at the Exhibition Village.The organisers also point out that the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon has been developed around a real service ethos, not only toward the athlete, but also towards all participants and staff that come to enjoy this friendly and athletic week.
An official media policy was adopted this week by Roeland Park with a vote of 5-4, after Mayor Mike Kelly cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the guidelines. The policy routes media requests for an official city statement to the city administrator and the mayor, while still allowing councilmembers to speak to the media about their personal opinion on an issue. Councilmembers Becky Fast, Tom Madigan, Jim Kelly and Erin Thompson voted against the measure and councilmembers Tim Janssen, Jennifer Hill, Claudia McCormack and Michael Poppa voted in favor.Thompson said she supported being able to contact city officials directly. “I don’t think we should be in the business of regulating speech,” Thompson said.Mayor Kelly said that he did not believe the policy “restricts speech.”The policy states that “City employees and councilmembers (other than the Mayor) shall not make statements on behalf of the City, provide information for distribution, or provide background information unless specifically asked to do so by the City Administrator and/or approved designees.”According to a staff report the guidelines are meant to encourage engagement and protect the accuracy of information “without hindering elected officials ability to communicate with the media to share their perspectives/opinions.” The guidelines were modeled after policies used by Overland Park and Merriam. During the Aug. 6 workshop councilmembers Madigan and Fast noted concerns that the guidelines directed the media first to the mayor. After a brief debate the policy was amended to route initial requests to the office of the city administrator instead of the mayor.
In the summer, dancers are in charge of their own individual workouts, and Gaines said strength and endurance training are priorities. Gaines said there are a couple “boot camp weekends” in which skill and technique are the main focuses.Once daily practices begin in August, choreography and routines are tailor-made for Gophers football games.The dance team choreographs all its routines — a task that Fellows said is daunting at first.“We kind of just take it piece by piece. We’ll take a little 10-second section here, fix it and then move on,” she said. “When you take it in pieces, it becomes a lot more manageable.”The cheer routines the dancers execute on the sidelines are comparable to the pom routine the Gophers compete with at nationals.Gaines said pom is more of a cheer-centric routine, often incorporating a school’s fight song.Sutter said cheering at games helped her get used to high-pressure situations, including competitions.“I remember walking out onto the tunnel and on the field … thinking, ‘I get to represent Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and Minnesota in general,’” she said.Midway through football season, the team’s focus shifts away from sideline routines and toward developing a jazz routine for nationals.Gaines said jazz is more of an artistic routine.“It’s very athletic, but there’s definitely the artistry to it as well,” she said.Once again, the team develops its own routine, and through repetition, it develops syncopation and synchronization.“It’s about perfecting everything — making them look like it’s one dancer on the floor,” Gaines said.In April, competing at the ICU could require new routines or some simple modifications to their championship presentation.“In some cases, you have to add time onto the dances,” senior Grace Gerring said. “I think practices will go exactly as normal.”The Gophers will join the University of Cincinnati in representing the United States against the rest of the world.“We’ll probably go through the same routine we did at nationals,” Gerring said. “We know that works.” Gophers dance dynasty takes the international stageThe decorated team will rep the United States at a global competition in April.Holly PetersonThe University of Minnesota dance team practices Thursday in Bierman Field Athletic Building. Samuel GordonFebruary 5, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThis April, the University of Minnesota dance team will compete in the International Cheer Union — a congregation of the best dance and cheer teams in the world.That’s what a half-decade of dominance will do.The invitation to the ICU is just the latest in a laundry list of accomplishments for the Gophers dancers.In both the pom and jazz divisions, Minnesota is the five-time defending Universal Cheerleading Association and Universal Dance Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team national champion.Year in and year out, Minnesota fields a team of 18 dancers with elite skills and adaptability. That, coupled with the intuitive chemistry the current team has worked to develop since it was assembled last summer, makes for the best dance team in the nation.“The girls on the team are the best of the best,” said former Gophers dancer and head coach Amanda Gaines. “We really look for the people that have the potential to adapt to our style.”While most students just see the dancers on the sidelines at football and basketball games, those events showcase only a fraction of their skills.“Our game day routines are all about … pleasing the crowd,” senior captain Rachel Fellows said. “For our nationals routine, it’s … very technical. The skills we do at games are nothing like what we do on the nationals floor.”At this year’s national championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., the Gophers showcased their turns, pirouettes, leaps and jumps en route to titles in the pom and jazz divisions — their fifth straight title and the culmination of more than six months of practice.Those dancers began their national championship defense when the current team was put together in May.Gaines said tryouts are usually held near the end of the academic year so incoming freshmen who make the team have ample time to make their college decision.When freshman Kelsey Sutter was still in high school, she was well aware of the dance team’s prestige and knew she wanted to be a part of it.Tryouts, however, were a different kind of beast.“I was incredibly intimidated,” Sutter said. “Coming into a team that won four national championships in a row. I saw it as such an honor to be given the opportunity to try out.”Tryouts are a three-day process that spans an entire weekend.Prospective dancers learn a minute-long routine Friday. Throughout the weekend, program alumni judge the tryouts, make cuts and recommend finalists to Gaines, who has the ultimate say.After that, dancers get a couple of weeks off before intensive practices begin.
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBob Hirsch, president of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF), has announced the appointment of Robert Johnson to its board of trustees. “The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation is pleased to have an industry veteran and caring person like Robert as part of our Board,” said Hirsch.Johnson is the executive director, finance at Bridgestone Retail Operations. He has worked in the automotive and retail industry for the past 15 years.Johnson stated, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the board of AACF. I had an opportunity to play in the golf tournament last year and learn about the organization and the incredible support they provide to the members of our industry and I was really impressed.”Johnson went on to say, “My company and the entire automotive aftermarket is dependent on the hard work, skills and dedication of our employees and being a part of a foundation that is solely dedicated to helping them when they need it most is an honor. I’m looking forward to helping the AACF achieve its mission in any way I can.”AdvertisementThe AACF is the only charity that focuses exclusively on persons employed in the automotive aftermarket industry, and their families. To make a donation or to learn more about the foundation and its cause, visit aacfi.org, or contact Executive Director Joel Ayers at 916-628-0271.
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Two sizes of MacGregor’s offshore cranes have each been specified for Marine Assets Corporation’s new series of four accommodation support vessels being built at Fujian Mawei shipyard in China.MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract that will see eight cranes fitted on board a new series of four compact semi-submersible (CSS) offshore accommodation vessels for Marine Assets Corporation (MAC). Each vessel, under construction at Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd. in China, will feature a 60-tonne and a 12-tonne offshore MacGregor crane. Crane deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2014 and finish by the end of February 2015.“MAC’s new CSS accommodation vessels have been specifically designed to respond to the market’s need for cost-effective and flexible accommodation and offshore support vessels,” explains Frode Grøvan, Sales and Marketing Director for MacGregor Advanced Load Handling. “The proven capabilities of MacGregor’s offshore cranes add to this flexibility.”MAC is a private shareholding company with offices in Dubai and Singapore. It specialises in newbuild offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industries and currently has over 20 new build vessels under its management and control.Press Release, June 24, 2013
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State by issuing its formal findings statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.“High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC’s mission to conserve, improve and protect our state’s natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state,” Martens added.The Findings Statement concludes that there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.
MeteoGroup Singapore will initially focus on providing weather products and services to the Southeast Asian shipping and offshore markets.The company says it has provided market-leading marine weather services to this market for many years and that the opening of an office in Singapore will enable it to provide an enhanced level of service to existing customers and to expand its business in the territory.MeteoGroup Singapore will offer a full portfolio of marine services for ship routing optimisation, ship performance analysis, fleet management and offshore operations.Peter Stoter, director of Marine Services at MeteoGroup commented: “Singapore is the ideal hub for servicing customers in Southeast Asia and, with strong growth in the Singaporean shipping industry, it’s an opportune time for MeteoGroup’s expansion into this market. MeteoGroup believes a local presence is essential for providing the best possible service so we’re excited to be opening an office in this key maritime location.”www.meteogroup.com
Confirming the sale, Emma Wahlberg, group communication officer for Clipper, also advised that the multipurpose ships that have been sold remain in Clipper’s technical management, whilst the 12 bulk carriers remain under Clipper’s commercial and technical control.HLPFI readers will recall that the Clipper Group, which operates a fleet of handysize and supramax vessels, transporting a range of cargo from dry bulk to breakbulk, merged its Clipper Projects multipurpose division with Thorco Shipping in 2013, and that it now trades under the Thorco Shipping brand name. www.clipper-group.com www.thorcoproject.com