Football toss helps Corey LaJoie connect with fans

first_imgSONOMA, Calif. — Corey LaJoie knows he’s still putting the pieces together and building a foundation at Go Fas Racing before he and his No. 32 team are in the mix for wins on a weekly basis.As such, it’s not the simplest task to work up a strong fan base with an average finish of 25.7. Sometimes a driver has to get creative and take things into his own hands – literally.LaJoie and buddy Bubba Wallace were the darlings of social media and the rain-soaked fans at Michigan International Speedway a few weeks ago, entertaining the crowd during the rain delay by tossing the football around on pit road – and over the catch fence to a delighted group of lucky race attendees.RELATED: Full schedule for Sonoma | Go on a 10-Minute Tour with LaJoie“I don’t quite have the opportunity to win any of these Cup races yet, we just try to do the things that we can control. A little bit behind on up-to-date cars and the motors aren’t quite as good so we’re relegated to somewhere in that 25th to 30th range on speed but anytime we can do better than that is the goal,” LaJoie said Friday at Sonoma Raceway, site of Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).“So any time I can get out there and mix it up with the fans, they were loving it. What was awesome was it just started as a natural thing just throwing the football, then we’d launch it up into the stands and they just loved it. Luckily for LaJoie, there was a two-week break in between pigskin practice sessions to parse over game film, fine-tune their skills and, most importantly, rest up.“My abs and my arms were pretty sore for the next 48 hours, but it was worth it.” “That was huge. I was talking with FOX and the video of me and Bubba throwing the football got almost double the views that Joey Logano winning the race did. That solidified my theory that I got more attention throwing the football than I would have if I’d won the race the next day. Whatever it takes, right?”The dynamic duo was back at it on Friday, tossing the ball around in the garage area with fans during practice.last_img read more

Capita fails to repeat interpreting target success

first_imgThe current monopoly service provider of courtroom interpreting has failed to repeat the success of meeting its key performance target, according to latest figures from the Ministry of Justice.Four years after the controversial outsourcing of courtroom interpreting to a single contractor, Capita Translation and Interpreting finally met its 98% target in the last quarter of 2015.However, statistics published by the ministry yesterday show that it completed 97% of requests for language services between January and March this year.Capita TI’s contract expires on 30 October and will be replaced with new arrangements.International language services company Thebigword, formed in Leeds, has won contracts to provide face-to-face interpretation, and written translation and transcription services.The contract for non-spoken language services has reportedly been offered to Cambridge firm Clarion Interpreting Limited.The contract for independent quality assurance has reportedly been offered to The Language Shop, a business originally set up by the London Borough of Newham.The ministry says contracts were offered to its preferred bidders in May and will be signed ‘in due course’.The statistics show that the most common cause for complaint between January and March was ‘interpreter was late’, which accounted for 160 of the 440 complaints received. The number of total complaints received increased by 10 from the previous quarter.There were 30 ‘proven’ complaints on interpreter quality, compared with 40 complaints between October and December last year.The majority of total complaints came from tribunals. The complaint rate at criminal courts was less than 1%.Interpreter availability accounted for less than 1% (110) of the total number of ineffective trials in the Crown court and magistrates’ court combined.The total number of off-contract service requests fell from 240 in the last quarter of 2015 to 220 between January and March.last_img read more