IMCA to honor 40 tracks with sanction awards at national banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Forty tracks will be honored with sanction awards during the national IMCA banquet on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Lincoln, Neb.Marshalltown Speedway will be recognized with a 30 consecutive year award for Stock Cars.Tracks receiving 25 consecutive year plaques are Arlington Raceway for Modifieds, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars; the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway and Shawano Speedway for Modifieds; and Jackson Speedway for Stock Cars.Awards for sanctioning 20 consecutive seasons go to Abilene Speedway, Beatrice Speedway, Dawson County Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway and Luxemburg Speedway for Stock Cars.Aztec Speedway and Salina Speedway receive plaques for 20 total years of sanctioning their Modifieds with IMCA.Fifteen consecutive year awards will be presented to Rattlesnake Raceway for Modifieds, 281 Speedway for Stock Cars and Beatrice Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Cumulative awards for 15 years of sanctioning go to Hancock County Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars, Hamilton County Speedway and Merced Speedway for Modifieds, Jackson County Speedway for Late Models and Lee County Speedway for Stock Cars.Awards for sanctioning 10 consecutive seasons go to 281 Speedway for Hobby Stocks and Southern SportMods and to Quad City Speedway for Late Models.Ten total year recipients will be Cardinal Speedway and Winnemucca Regional Raceway for Modifieds and Estevan Motor Speedway for Stock Cars.Tracks honored for five consecutive years of sanctioning will include Canyon Speedway Park, Casper Speedway and Davenport Speedway, Modifieds; Osborne Speedway, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Raceway Park, Stock Cars,Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Phillips County Raceway, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; Estevan Motor Speedway and I-35 Speedway LLC, Hobby Stocks; Elmwood Park Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, Lee County Speedway, RPM Speedway and WaKeeney Speedway, Northern SportMods; Desert Thunder Raceway, Southern SportMods; and Buena Vista Raceway and Stuart Speedway, Sport Compacts.Awards for five total years go to Thunderbowl Raceway, Modifieds; Southern Iowa Speedway, Hobby Stocks; and Lubbock Speedway, Southern SportMods.In all, 40 tracks are to receive length of sanction awards for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 consecutive or total years. A total of 56 awards are to be presented.Drivers winning championships and rookie of the year awards will also receive awards during the banquet, at the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown Lincoln. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony to follow.Twenty-six IMCA marketing partners will receive special awards during the evening in recognition of five, 10, 15 or 20 years of sponsorship.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 29 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

Thornton steals the show at Nodak

first_imgModifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa; 2. Tom Berry, Newburg; 3. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 4. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 5. Chris Schroeder, Williston; 6. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 7. Jason Wolla, Ray; 8. Robert Hellebust, Minot; 9. Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.; 10. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 11. Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 12. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 13. Casey Arneson, Fargo; 14. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 15. Travis Hagen, McGregor; 16. Shawn Strand, Mandan; 17. Travis Olheiser, Dickinson; 18. Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; 19. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 20. Drew Christianson, Minot; 21. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 22. Marcus Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; 23. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 24. Roy Spielman, Mills, Wyo.; 25. Tyson Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 26. Dylan Goplen, Fargo; 27. Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; 28. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 29. Brock Beeter, Minot. Feature Results Speckman was able to hold off Thornton as the 20RT tried to make a late race charge at the lead, dipping his nose underneath Speckman’s Sniper Speed chassis. However, Speckman’s consistency held off Thornton and the rest of them, taking the checkers in North Dakota for the first time in his seventh year of running the tour.  Thornton placed second, with Daae ending up third and Dalton Flory in fourth while Zevenbergen fell to fifth. The 2015 tour champion started outside row four alongside the winner of the opener at Jamestown, Tom Berry Jr. Stock Cars – 1. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa; 3. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 4. Dalton Flory, Williston; 5. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 6. Devon Gonas, Midale, Sask.; 7. Keith Mattox, Ray; 8. Scott Gartner, Jamestown; 9. Joren Boyce, Minot; 10. Mike Hagen, Williston; 11. A.J. Zimmerman, Cleveland, Minn.; 12. Michael Swallers, Minot; 13. Chase Davidson, Macoun, Sask.; 14. Aden Clark, Surrey; 15. Joe Schrodt, Coleharbor; 16. Justin Bachmeier, Williston; 17. Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; 18. Gary Goudy Sr., Stoughton, Sask.; 19. Will Scheresky, Max; 20. Jeremy Swanson, Estevan, Sask.; 21. Jace Iverson, Tioga; 22. Hunter Fears, Riverdale; 23. Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Scott Yale, Minot; 25. Joe Flory, Williston. From there on out, it was smooth sailing for Thornton, even with Berry trying to keep pace with the pilot from Adel, Iowa. Schott ended up third with 2006 tour champion and 14th place starter Troy Cordes wrapping up the feature with a fourth place finish. Schroeder stayed ahead of Hunter Marriott and Jason Wolla to hold on to a top five finish.  Racing action was fierce in between the cautions. Lucas Schott challenged O’Brien for second early on. Schott and O’Brien had a handful of cars to fend off, as the likes of Thornton, Berry, Jason Wolla, Hunter Marriott and Robert Hellebust contended for top five positioning. Chris Schroeder and Iowa wheelman Justin O’Brien led the field to green. O’Brien tried to get a jump on Schroeder, but Schroeder took the field by surprise and powered his machine below O’Brien’s back into the top spot.  By Jackson Braun Speckman ran an absolutely perfect race, even with a bunch of pressure from the racers behind him. Zevenbergen and Thornton were trying to make the middle line work while Austin Daae rode the rim right behind Speckman, waiting for a mishap by the 81.  MINOT, N.D. (July 7) – Ricky Thornton Jr. may have had the worst redraw of the IMCA Modified heat race winners at Nodak Speedway, but he maneuvered his 20RT machine through the field and grabbed a cool $2,400 check in Sunday’s second installment of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. A starting spot in the pole position helped Speckman’s cause, but he still had to fight off the starter to his outside, five-time tour champ Elijah Zevenbergen. Sleepy Eye, Minn.’s Matt Speckman has been a faithful runner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division on the Dakota Classic Tour since 2013. Coming into the night, his best finish was second, twice. On a restart after the halfway point in the race, Thornton got a couple good runs in the corners and made his way around Schroeder. last_img read more

Antonio Brown gives ’emotional apology’ to Raiders in team meeting: report

first_imgAntonio Brown is back at the Raiders’ facility in Alameda and he’s sorry for all the trouble.ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that Brown gave an emotional apology to the team Friday morning during a meeting, citing an unnamed source, adding he was flanked by Raiders captains.Source: #Raiders WR Antonio Brown just issued “an emotional apology” at a team meeting this morning, just now, “with team captains … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

Tufa Mounds Formed “Instantaneously,” Geologically Speaking

first_imgTufa towers have been found forming in Big Soda Lake, Nevada, at the rate of 30mm/year.  Now more than 3 meters tall, that means they could have reached their current height in only 100 years.  Rosen et al., who reported this in the May issue of Geology,1 warn that “care should be taken when trying to determine the significance of variations in isotopic or chemical compositions of tufas that may have been caused by mixing with groundwater,” because “The exceptionally fast growth of the tufa mounds indicates that large tufa deposits may form almost instantaneously in geologic time.”  They point out that similar structures “have been used as proxy for paleoclimate throughout the world” such as in Spain.  They conclude,The presence of large, fast-growing tufa mounds in a modern closed-basin lake indicates that care must be taken when evaluating the growth rate of ancient tufa mounds for paleoclimate or signatures and paleohydrologic information.  In particular, if overgrowth and/or recrystallization such as described here occur, there is ample possibility of obtaining a mixed signature from tufa that may not be representative of either groundwater recharge sources or local surface water.  In such cases, caution must be exercised in elucidating the paleoclimate or paleohydrologic signature.1Rosen, Arehart and Lico, “Exceptionally fast growth rate of 100-yr-old tufa, Big Soda Lake, Nevada: Implications for using tufa as a paleoclimate proxy,” Geology Vol. 32, No. 5 (May 2004), pp. 409�412, doi: 10.1130/G20386.1.Large tufa mounds are found around the world.  Some notable examples are at Mono Lake and Searles Dry Lake in California.  Before assuming these structures took long ages to form, or can tell us about past climates, we should take note of these geologists’ surprising findings.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

First corporate bond lists on Yield-X

first_img25 August 2008Housing developer Calgro M3 has become the first South African company to list a bond on Yield-X, the JSE’s interest rate exchange, giving the company the flexibility of having multiple issuances with different debt instruments and different tenures, when and where it suits them.Calgro M3, which is listed on the JSE’s Alt-X alternative exchange, will initially raise R40-million through the issuing of a short-dated zero coupon bond to enable it to undertake further developments in the low-income housing market, which is the company’s primary business.“Three fund managers have already snapped up the bond quickly, which demonstrates the appetite for the issuing of quality bonds,” JSE trading general manager Warren Geers said in a statement this week.“There are another four to five issuers in the pipeline to list bonds, which indicates that current market conditions are not a deterrent to issuers wanting to list a bond as long as the company has a need.”Cheaper financingAccording to the JSE, the listing on the Yield-X has paved the way for residential housing developers to gain access to institutional funding for the first time in South Africa, making it possible for companies to raise cheaper priced debt for financing their integrated and affordable housing developments as well replacing costly debt in their operations.“Funding of a development business requires the combination of a diversified set of funding providers in order to arrive at optimal funding mix in terms of cost of debt and tenure and also creating adequate capacity for a developer,” said Calgro M3 CEO Peter Waweru.Company developments which stand to benefit from the bond issue include the R1.6-billion Fleurhoff project to build 6 000 homes, set to commence in September, and the R2.6-billion Midrand project to built 14 700 homes, set to commence in April 2009. Both projects are located around Johannesburg.“Having listed on the Alt-X only nine months ago, we feel proud and excited to be part of this ground breaking event within the maiden year of the company’s listing, putting us on a trajectory to fund growth expectations,” Waweru said.Appealing investmentFor investors wanting to trade bonds, Yield-X listed bonds are particularly appealing in that Yield-X’s trading fees are the most competitive in the market and that as orders are matched anonymously, a credit wash is provided.“Essentially there is no counter-party risk, because the South African Futures Exchange clearing company does the credit wash for each trading participant and thereby is not exposing the balance sheet to the counter-parties,” explained Geers.Yield-X also provides the flexibility for trading to take place either through the central order book or merely by reporting transactions to the exchange.“Either way, the investor enjoys a high degree of protection, as the JSE has set minimum standards which they have to adhere to with the Financial Services Board,” the JSE says.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What African universities can do to attract academics back from the diaspora

first_imgThe African academic diaspora can contribute positively to the continent – by offering their skills and expertise, or training young academics – especially if they partner up with African universities, writes Osabuohien P. Amienyi. Africans studying abroad, or teaching in academic institutions can help improve Africa. (Image: Flickr)• Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions • Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland• Innovation research needs more investment • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • New technologies stand to benefit poorer countries Osabuohien P. Amienyi, Arkansas State UniversityI moved from Nigeria to the US in the 1970s during the “golden age” of immigration that followed the introduction of America’s Immigration Act in 1965.At this time, it was relatively easy for an ordinary Nigerian with a burning desire to travel abroad to obtain an international visa. I did not believe my prospects of going to university in Nigeria were good. Between 1962 and 1980, there were only 13 universities in Nigeria. Access to these was quite limited.One of the most attractive things about the diaspora was how media studies blended theory with practice. The style of teaching at Nigerian universities then was highly theoretical. I wanted both the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that could later be applied to my working life as a journalist.My field, communication, was not widely available at Nigerian universities. The US, on the other hand, had many reputable and attractive degree programmes in this field.There were other reasons for my move. In the 1970s, a person educated abroad enjoyed high status and prestige upon their return. They were likely to land a senior administrative position – and with this, perks like a nice house, car and stewards to wait on them. I came from a humble background and saw studying abroad as a ticket to success in life.I was also following a trend. Many of my friends and family had studied abroad. But like many before and after me, my aspiration was to come to the US, obtain my education and return to serve Nigeria.When I got back to Nigeria in the early 1980s, though, I experienced a profound culture shock. I had become a foreigner in my own country – so I returned to the US.Reaching out to diaspora talentThere are between 20,000 and 25,000 African-born academics working at America’s colleges and universities. Many of whom I have met and worked with – and I myself – want to contribute to our home continent. We have a great deal to offer in terms of skills and knowledge. We can train young academics. We can help to build our native countries. There are several ways that African universities can get us involved.For starters, each must take stock of its core strengths and weaknesses. This will reveal not only the administrative and instructional structures that need support, but also the nature of the support that’s needed.Next, they must consult available databases to identify universities and individuals in the diaspora that have the capacity to meet their needs. Then they can directly contact these people, departments or institutions. Some universities believe they are already doing this through existing global exchange programmes – but these don’t benefit all African institutions and aren’t available to all diaspora academics.Building more than just relationshipsThere is more to drawing diaspora academics back to their home countries than merely striking up individual relationships. Although the situation varies from country to country, it is fair to say that African universities, like the societies they occupy, generally have poor infrastructure.More often than not, buildings, classrooms, grounds, instructional technology, teaching resources like books, journals and laboratories are decades out of date. This makes it difficult for diaspora academics to collaborate with colleagues at African universities on research and teaching.I am reminded of the difficulties I had teaching a television production course to students at a sub-Saharan Africa university that had no cameras, nor a studio. In another instance, a colleague from an African university couldn’t send me data that he’d collected – because there weren’t enough computers on campus.For African diaspora academics who are accustomed to working in resource-rich environments, these types of difficulties can become a disincentive for exploring ties with African universities.Better institutional managementThe poor state of infrastructure at African universities is directly related to inadequate funding, as shown in a Nigerian study. Often, funds promised to African universities by governments never arrive, arrive late or arrive in much smaller amounts than expected. This makes it difficult for African universities to obtain the resources to operate effectively and efficiently.This is frequently compounded by internal administrative factors like internal politics, inadequate compensation and low morale, competing values and a lack of commitment by staff.African diaspora academics want to contribute their talents to benefit universities in Africa, and some are already doing so. The benefits of these interactions can be maximised if administrators of African universities take appropriate steps to enable an environment where the limitations of distance, space and time are easily transcended.Osabuohien P. Amienyi is Professor of Creative Media Production and Chair, Department of Media at Arkansas State University.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 10, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much happening over Ohio today. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in east and NE Ohio today but generally, most of the state turns out at least partly sunny, with clouds increasing this afternoon. We will see better organized showers break out tonight through tomorrow, bringing rain totals still from .1″-.6″ over 80% of the state. We see the moisture finally come to an end tomorrow afternoon, and the heavier rains will skew east. Much heavier action is possible in western PA.Partly to mostly sunny skies emerge for Friday and Saturday. WE have no change to our Sunday outlook either, still with a chance of scattered showers mostly over the central third of the state. Rain totals will generally be under a quarter of an inch with coverage at 60% from US 30 to about 75 miles south of I-70.  The rest of the state stays partly to mostly sunny. We are making our early week outlook drier, keeping partly to mostly sunny skies on in for both Monday and Tuesday now. However, those drier changes are tied to uncertainty about the tropical event still trying to unfold over the western Gulf. The remains of “Barry” can make life interesting from Wednesday forward. Models still are wildly divergent. The Euro take the remains right up the Mississippi valley and into the corn belt. Others have the system spinning apart farther south, keeping rains well south of the Ohio River. IF the rains stay south, we likely see nothing until a front tries to nose in later in the week. IF the system does make it that far north, the result would be slow moving rain for a large chunk of Ohio for Wednesday through at least Friday. So, a lot rides on the track of that tropical event. Our leanings are for more of a southern track for now…but the Euro has been very persistent in taking moisture into the corn belt. So, we will continue to track.  The map at right shows precipitation through next Tuesday…before the arrival or non-arrival of any tropical remains. Tropical system or not, we do expect showers and thunderstorms next Friday, the 19th into the 20th. But then the rest of the extended window is partly to mostly sunny and dry.last_img read more

How Did Private Companies Become The Guardians Of Our Online Privacy?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Government#privacy Related Posts antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… U.S. government surveillance of email, search and other online activities is on the rise, while laws protecting people’s privacy remain murky. As a result, private Internet and communications service providers – and even apps makers – have become the gatekeepers of our personal data and our first line of defense against government prying.By The NumbersThe unwanted role forced onto private companies was highlighted this week in Google’s latest report on the number of requests for user information it receives from government entities in the U.S. and other countries. The U.S. led the world in asking Google to hand over user data, with 7,969 requests in the first half of this year.That number has been rising steadily since the last half of 2009, which is the period covered in Google’s first Transparency Report. Back then, U.S. law enforcement and other government officials made fewer than half as many requests.The rest of the world is following close behind. Worldwide, Google received 20,938 inquiries from government entities, compared to 12,539 in 2009. “This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” said Dorothy Chou, Google’s senior policy analyst, in the company’s blog.Eroding Privacy ProtectionsWhile U.S. government’s thirst for online information about its citizens is increasing, privacy protections are weakening as a result of Congress’ failure to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), created more than 25 years ago to set standards for law enforcement access to electronic communications and associated data.The digital world is vastly different than it was when the ECPA was passed, so the act has become a “patchwork of confusing standards that have been interpreted inconsistently by the courts,” according to Digital Due Process, a coalition of privacy advocates, think tanks and major companies lobbying for major changes in the ECPA. Member companies include Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.Without clear legal standards, companies like Google and others must rely on their own lawyers to decide whether law enforcement is acting within its authority or in violation of people’s privacy rights.Placing private companies in the role of privacy protector is unfair to the companies involved – which typically want nothing to do with the issue – and to the individuals involved, who find themselves at the whim of how a particular company interprets its legal and practical responsibilites to balance privacy protection with government cooperation.Privacy protection rightly belongs to Congress. “The burden shouldn’t really be on the companies,” said Jim Dempsey, vice president of public policy for the Center For Democracy and Technology, which is also a member of Digital Due Process.Murky Laws = Inconsistent ProtectionsOne area where federal law is particularly fuzzy is in government access to the content of people’s calendars, email and other content stored online – in the news in the wake of the General Petraeus scandal. Federal prosecutors take the position that need only issue a subpoena for law enforcement to access most online content. Google and other large companies routinely fight such attempts, unless prosecutors obtain a court warrant.“To its credit, Google demands a warrant for access to content,” Dempsey noted. “If the government tries to get it without a warrant, Google fights back, and a lot of the other big providers fight back. Where the smaller guys stand, it varies all over the board.”Without explicit checks and balances from lawmakers, online privacy rights in the U.S. start with the resources and the will of the company that happens to hold the online data in question. For law enforcement, it’s an ongoing battle during investigations into what may be serious crimes, such as terrorism, fraud and child pornography.It’s Even Worse OverseasThe U.S. is hardly alone in aggressively seeking customer data from service providers. Five of the top 10 countries requesting data from Google are in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. “The laws in other countries are equally as weak as the laws in the United States, if not weaker,” Dempsey warned.In countries such as China, meanwhile, the New York Times reported Tuesday that authorities are putting increasing pressure on “private” Internet companies not just to share customer data, but to censor Web content as well.What other countries choose to do is hardly an excuse for U.S. lawmakers to stick with the clearly unacceptable status quo. It’s time for Congress to take the lead in protecting the online privacy of American citizens. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

BW Chemicals Sells 13 Tankers to Ace Tankers

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: BW Group Bermuda-based BW Group has sold a fleet of 13 chemical tankers to Ace Tankers Management BV.The deal was closed in December last year, between BW Chemicals Pte. Ltd. and Ace Tankers Management BV, BW Group confirmed to World Maritime News. Based on the data from the group, the company has a total of 15 chemical tankers in its fleet.The sale was rumored back in November 2018, and the price tag for the acquisition was said to be around USD 350 million. Once acquired, the ships were reportedly intended to join the Ace-Quantum Chemical Tankers (AQCT) Pool, a joint venture between Ace Tankers and Eastern Pacific Shipping.The AQCT Pool manages a fleet of over 20 stainless steel 19,900 dwt chemical tankers.BW Group’s spokesperson was unable to confirm the said details of the deal to WMN.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more