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Non-profit athletic training program created for special needs children and adults

An Odessa man is using his athletic training business to fund the new non-profit, “A Special Kind of Game Ready”.

ODESSA, Texas — We know that sports are so much more than just a game. 

That’s why an Odessa man started a non-profit dedicated to sports training a decade ago. 

Today it’s a full fledged business and just like he did 10 years ago, Dominique Brown is using those profits to fund a new non-profit. 

Brown has been working to develop the program over the last year or so that isn’t just for your typical athlete but for anyone who wants to try, even those who may face physical or mental challenges.

Game Ready USA was his original project. It started off as a non-profit kids athletic training summer camp at a park.

His inspiration for everything comes from his family and their past experiences. 

“Showing the kids the importance

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Ashford Trust Sends Letter To Common Shareholders Explaining Why It Recommends Voting In Favor Of The Two Proposals At The October 6th Special Meeting

DALLAS, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) (“Ashford Trust” or the “Company”) today sent a letter to its common shareholders explaining why voting in favor of the two proposals at the Company’s upcoming Special Meeting is in the best interest of Ashford Trust and its common shareholders.  The Company also responded to the uninformed and misleading press release issued by Cygnus Capital. 

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

We are asking for your important vote in support of the two proposals at our upcoming Special Meeting scheduled for October 6, 2020.  The approval of those proposals is necessary to complete the Company’s proposed preferred stock exchange offers.  These strategic steps are crucial to the long-term viability of our business due to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the entire travel industry.  Without your support, there is substantial doubt as to

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51job, Inc. Announces Formation of Special Committee to Evaluate and Consider Non-Binding Proposal or Any Alternative Strategic Option

SHANGHAI, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 51job, Inc. (Nasdaq: JOBS) (“51job” or the “Company”), a leading provider of integrated human resource services in China, announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has formed a special committee (the “Special Committee”) consisting of two independent directors, Mr. Li-Lan Cheng and Mr. Eric He, to evaluate and consider the previously announced preliminary non-binding acquisition proposal letter dated September 17, 2020 (the “Proposal”) as well as other potential strategic alternatives that the Company may pursue. The Special Committee intends to retain advisors, including an independent financial advisor and independent legal counsel, to assist it in its evaluation.

The Board cautions the Company’s shareholders and others considering trading the Company’s securities that no decisions have been made with respect to the Proposal or any alternative strategic option that the Company may pursue. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be

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Special visa provisions prompt TAT inquiries

Pattaya is one of the most favourist destinations for long stayers. (Bangkok Post photo)
Pattaya is one of the most favourist destinations for long stayers. (Bangkok Post photo)

The special tourist visa (STV) scheme is starting to gain momentum as overseas offices under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) report high interest from tour agents.

After the cabinet approved the STV scheme last week, all TAT offices in Europe received a number of calls and emails asking for more details about the visa process and available period, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

For instance, the TAT London office reported 31 inquiries on one day after the news broke. But the scheme still requires an official announcement from the Immigration Bureau, meaning the TAT can clarify little at the moment.

Mr Yuthasak said that although tourists and tour agents from many countries have shown interest in booking long vacations via STV, Thailand may begin with low-risk countries first, such as those in Scandinavia and Central

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Comedy Central to air one-hour ‘South Park’ pandemic special

The boys are back.



Comedy Central will be airing a special hour-long episode of 'South Park' on September 30.


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Comedy Central will be airing a special hour-long episode of ‘South Park’ on September 30.

“South Park” is returning on September 30 for a hour-long special — and in what should come as no surprise in 2020, it will be tackling Covid-19.

The episode, titled “The Pandemic Special,” will see Stan’s father Randy Marsh capitalizing on a growing market for pot for his recreational pot business “Tegridy Farms” as he “comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak,” Comedy Central said in its news release.

Meanwhile, a preview clip of the episode shows the kids back at school with barriers around their desks and face shield-wearing police replacing their teachers.

The animated comedy series, from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, has not shied away from tackling current events. In 2015, for example, the show took on the gun control debate.

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Comedy Central to air one-hour ‘South Park’ pandemic special | US & World News

(CNN) — The boys are back.

“South Park” is returning on September 30 for a hour-long special — and in what should come as no surprise in 2020, it will be tackling COVID-19.

The episode, titled “The Pandemic Special,” will see Stan’s father Randy Marsh capitalizing on a growing market for pot for his recreational pot business “Tegridy Farms” as he “comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak,” Comedy Central said in its news release.

Meanwhile, a preview clip of the episode shows the kids back at school with barriers around their desks and face shield-wearing police replacing their teachers.

The animated comedy series, from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, has not shied away from tackling current events. In 2015, for example, the show took on the gun control debate.

The long-running series, which wrapped up its 23rd season last year, first aired on Comedy Central

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Graf Industrial Corp. Announces Special Meeting Date to Approve Proposed Business Combination with Velodyne and Move to Nasdaq

HOUSTON, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Graf Industrial Corp. (“Graf” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GRAF, GRAF.U, GRAF WS), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that it has scheduled the special meeting of its stockholders (the “Special Meeting”) to approve its proposed business combination (the “Business Combination”) with Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (“Velodyne”) for September 29, 2020.

Graf, whose securities are currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), also announced that it intends to list the shares of common stock and warrants of the post-combination company, to be named Velodyne Lidar, Inc., on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under the ticker symbols “VLDR” and “VLDRW”, respectively, following the closing of the Business Combination. The decision to list on Nasdaq was made in consideration of the Business Combination and enables the post-combination company to be listed alongside the other innovative technology companies that are also listed

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Givex Announces a Special Small Business Gift Card Program with TD Merchant Solutions

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Billionaire Ken Griffin Snaps Up These 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks

As fears of a tech bubble and stretched valuations become the talk of the town, investors are turning to Wall Street titans for guidance, namely Ken Griffin. Founding hedge fund Citadel in 1990, the firm now boasts over $35 billion worth of assets under management.As a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard University, Griffin began trading from his dorm room with a fax machine, computer and phone. Now, the CEO of Citadel, whose net worth stands at $15.5 billion, is known as one of the Wall Street greats. Looking at the fund’s performance during the COVID crisis, it’s even more clear why Griffin has legendary status.Unlike the average hedge fund, which had a negative return of between 3-4% in the first half of 2020, Citadel’s flagship Wellington fund saw its returns land between 13-14% for the same period.Bearing this in mind,

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