Razor Chassis banner flies again in IMCA’s South Central Region

first_imgPLATTE CENTER, Neb. – Razor Chassis reaches an IMCA milestone this season, its fifth as title sponsor of the South Central Region.The Platte Center, Neb., chassis builder again provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 Modified drivers in the re­gion, which includes tracks in Texas and southern New Mexico.The regional champion earns $2,500. The runner-up gets $1,250 with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th. All drivers in the region are required to display two Razor decals on their race car to be eligi­ble for point fund shares.Information about Razor-built chassis is available by calling 402 246-2021, at the www.rothrace.com website and on Facebook.Cory Sample repeated as a regional champion aboard a Razor last season, albeit in the Western region.“We are seeing more and more Razor cars throughout the country and I know there are some new cars going to the South Central Region this season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Anthony Roth took his house Razor to Texas last fall and won the Fall Classic at Heart O’ Texas Speedway and proved those cars are competitive in that region.”last_img read more

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Sexton nominated for IRB award

first_img Press Association Players were chosen by an eight-man panel, with nominated candidates selected following their Test match performances this year. Previous winners include England 2003 World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson, ex-Wales wing Shane Williams and current New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, who was the recipient a record three times. McCaw’s All Blacks team-mate Kieran Read won the 2013 award. “All of these nominees have enjoyed stellar years, and the focus on who will claim this accolade will add an extra dimension to the remaining November Tests,” IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said. Sexton, who played an instrumental role when Ireland beat South Africa last weekend, is among five nominations announced by the IRB. The 29-year-old has been joined on the shortlist by South Africa full-back Willie le Roux and Springboks number eight Duane Vermeulen, and New Zealand wing Julian Savea and All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick. center_img Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has been nominated for the 2014 International Rugby Board world player of the year award.last_img read more

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Depleted Golden Eaglets off to Tanzania for U-17 AFCON Glory

first_imgGolden Eaglets Five-time world champions, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets flew out of Abuja Wednesday to Tanzania to take part in the 13th Africa U-17 Cup of Nations taking place in that country between Aptil 14th and 28thActing President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi charged the players and team officials to do the nation proud by lifting the trophy in Dar es SalaamThe Golden Eaglets secured their ticket to Tanzania after winning the WAFU B U-17 Tournament in Niger Republic in September last year, and will be aiming to be one of Africa’s four flag-bearers at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals now scheduled for Brazil later this year. Nigeria, Africa’s U-17 football powerhouse, edged fellow juggernauts Ghana on penalties in Niamey to secure their slot in Tanzania, and are in the same Group A as hosts Tanzania, Uganda and Angola.However, the team has been depleted because of six first team players disqualified for failing the MRI age test last week.Last year, the team’s Captain, Sulaiman Sani Abacha was dropped after he was disqualified at the zonal qualifiers in Niamey. Eaglets and the other teams participating in the tournament are to face another round of age tests to be conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) today in Dar es Salam.Tanzania made their way into the draw automatically as hosts, while Uganda won the Central East zonal finals held in Tanzania in August last year, and Angola triumphed at the COSAFA U-17 Tournament in Mauritius a month earlier.Nigeria is making her ninth appearance in this competition, having won it twice previously (Seychelles 2001 and Togo 2007), while Tanzania is making a second appearance. Angola is making a fourth appearance, but it is a first-ever appearance at this level for Uganda.Cameroon, Guinea, Senegal and Morocco make up Group B. Both Cameroon and Guinea are appearing for the seventh time at the U-17 AFCON, while Morocco and Senegal are both appearing for the second time.The Eaglets will take on their Tanzanian counterparts in Sunday’s tournament opener at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.An interesting variable in Sunday’s equation is the fact that Nigeria legend Emmanuel Amuneke, who is head coach of the Tanzania national team, Taifa Stars also oversees the other national teams and would be involved in their technical preparation.Amuneke last month qualified the Taifa Stars for a first-ever AFCON finals after 39 yearsAmuneke is highly familiar with the Nigeria bench, which has Manu Garba as head coach and Nduka Ugbade as one of the assistants.When Manu Garba led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Amuneke and Ugbade were his assistants.Two years later, in Chile, Amuneke was the head coach as Nigeria won a fifth title at that level.After Sunday’s encounter, the Eaglets will tackle Angola on Wednesday, 17th April and confront Uganda on Saturday, 20th April.Meanwhile, Golden Eaglets’ forward, Divine Nwachukwu has guaranteed Nigerians the team will return with the trophy.Speaking after the Eaglets received former World Cup winner, Kelechi Nwakali, the NFF Zenith U-15 Football Championship top scorer told AOIFootball.com that the boys were ready to defend the colours of the country.“It’s not easy to be here representing the country; we are privileged to be among the thousands that began this process.“It’s not by our power but by the might of God and we want to promise that we are going to Tanzania not to play but to win,” Divine said.The AYG top scorer also promised that the players will play to instructions and ensure they play as a team to achieve success for the nation.“We are going to make our families and the country proud in Tanzania, we will play as a team and also ensure we bring back the trophy,” he concluded.THE 21-MAN SQUADSunday Stephen, Shedrack Tanko, Ogaga Oduko, Samson Okikiola Tijani, Clement Chigozie Ikenna, David Akulo Ishaya, Olakunle Junior Olusegun, Mayowa David Abayomi, Wisdom Ubani, Adrian Akande, Mubaraq Gata Adeshina, Shuaib Abdulrazaq, Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo, Olatomi Alfred Olaniyan, Charles Etim, Suleman Shaibu, Peter Agba, Divine Nwachukwu, Ibraheem Olalekan Jabaar, Fawaz Abdullahi, Ayomide OluwabusolaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Secret’s out on sophomore

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoMeghan Duggan used all the tools you could ask for from afreshman last season as a member of the national championship winning UWwomen’s hockey team. With 26 goals and 26 assists on the year, her 52 pointsestablished her reputation as a player who could make an impact all over theice. This year, she had another full arsenal at her disposal as she took theice again for the two-time defending champions, but one of her greatest assets,the element of surprise, is no longer available to her. “Everybody knows about her,” head coach Mark Johnson said.”She’s not sneaking up on anybody anymore.”Certainly, Duggan’s 52-point freshman season did not gooverlooked, as the forward netted the prestigious honor of being named WCHA Rookieof the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference second team despite itbeing only her first season in the conference.”After you’ve been through a season like we had last year,”Johnson said, “you’re going to have teams saying, ‘What do we have to do tostop Wisconsin and keep them off the board?’ and certainly her name is nowgoing to be one that pops right up off the page.”For the Danvers, Mass., native, the chance to play for adefending national champion last season provided the opportunity for her to getexperience skating with some of the best collegiate hockey players in thecountry. “Coming in, I was just expecting to learn a lot from theseother girls and play for a team that was really great already,” Duggan said.”To be able to play for a big time program like this and have the kind ofsuccess we had last year was just an amazing experience.”Having a freshman player able to step in and influence aprogram is an asset to any team, especially when she can catch opponents bysurprise. It didn’t take long, however, before Duggan was very much on theradars of the rest of the conference, as evidenced by her three consecutiveWCHA Rookie of the Week honors as well as her combined five WCHA weekly honors,the first Badger ever to accomplish such feats. Coming into the 2007-08 season, it is easy to see why thesophomore’s numbers might be a little down. With all the attention being paidto her, the respect her opponents are giving her as a scoring threat isextremely evident. The trick for Duggan is learning how to respond to the addedpressure, but Johnson has confidence the sophomore will be able to adjust hergame.”People are going to be keying in more to her,” Johnsonsaid. “They know her moves, how she plays. The challenge is out there for herto become better, and I think she has risen to it.” Luckily for Duggan, this transition has taken place in verygood company, as she currently shares a line with her best friend sincefreshman year in high school, junior forward Erika Lawler. Duggan and Lawyer,roommates since their days at Cushing Academy, have continued their chemistryin Madison and beyond, as both of them traveled as part of the USA U-22national team this past year to play in tournaments as far away as Sweden.”We’ve always been very comfortable around each other on andoff the ice. But this year, I’ve served as a kind of ‘taste of home’ for her aswell, and I think because of that, she’s become more comfortable with the restof the players on the team,” Lawler said of her friend and teammate.Duggan’s still trying to become comfortable in her new rolethough. Through 16 games the forward has more than twice as many assists (9) asgoals (4), a much different look than last year’s 26 and 26 effort. Lawler,however, believes Duggan’s growth can’t be measured in numbers.”From last year to this year, I think she’s the same greatplayer,” Lawler said. “Just because she isn’t getting quite as many goals andassists doesn’t mean she isn’t influencing the game. She’s an outstandingforward and the kind of player just sticks out whenever she’s out there on theice.”Though sticking out may be what’s gotten her so much moreattention from opponents, Duggan isn’t planning on altering her play.”I’m not going to change my game,” Duggan said. “I’m justgoing to expand it.”last_img read more

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World eSport rebrands to gleetz.gg and exits Beta phase

first_imgIt’s time for change at World eSport. The company has rebranded to gleetz.gg and in the same week has exited its Beta phase after seven months. Marc Berthold, gleetz.ggThe ‘professional social network for gaming and esports’ has made the move in part due to the shifting of the power to the usage of ‘esports’ and the dropping of the capital s.  Founders, Marc “Vazy” Berthold and Alexandra “Maxima” Berthold, explained the decision in detail: “When we founded the company two years ago, the term eSport was perfectly fine to use in the international esports scene. “Written as eSport, it is the common and correct term in German and French speaking countries. However, the more the industry has come to adopt the term “esports”, discussions have followed about which is the correct spelling. Now, “esports” is fast becoming widely adopted by the industry and this is causing confusion between World eSport and other similar named companies.”The choice of the new name gleetz.gg has a specific meaning as it brings together leet, a known gaming term, whilst the g stands for gaming. All World eSport users will still be able to access the platform as before, with all details being transported over. Marc “Vazy” Berthold noted: “In order to avoid the discussions on which spelling is correct, we wanted something unique and original, which is easily remembered. We came up with gleetz.gg. The uniqueness and stickiness are great, and it relates to the gaming and esports industries. Having done a lot of research these past months, including analysis with different individuals from the industries we operate in, as well as from the marketing sector, gleetz.gg had everyone convinced.”The style of the logo has also remained the same though the platform has been rebulit with new features and a redesigned message centre. Now the Beta phase is over, users have been told to expect a number of new functionalities to be added in the coming weeks and months. Esports Insider says: As long time supporters of the lower case s we’re delighted to see this rebrand. Gleetz is a less generic name too meaning it should prove more memorable for new users.last_img read more

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Alpena man charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— This coming Monday, an Alpena man is set to go before Judge Ed Black after being charged with first and third degree criminal sexual conduct. The zoom hearing will stream on Youtube Monday, August 3rd at 1:45pm.Twenty-three year old Jeremiah Leeford  McLean is also accused of kidnapping a minor, assault with the intent to commit sexual penetration and carrying a concealed weapon.McLean was arrested last month and faces life in prison if found guilty. The 23 year old is being lodged at the Alpena County Jail with a bond set at $500,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Voters reminded to return absentee ballots immediately ahead of the August 4 primaryNext Representative Allor to host tele-town hall for parentslast_img read more

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Ronaldo becomes world’s most-followed person on Facebook

first_imgThe Real Madrid star has overtaken Shakira to become the social network’s undisputed king.Cristiano Ronaldo has moved a step closer to world domination by becoming the planet’s most followed person on Facebook.The Real Madrid star has overtaken Shakira, and now has over 107 million likes.Shakira’s partner, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, is pictured on her Facebook page – so it’s first blood to Real ahead of next Sunday’s Clasico at the Bernabeu.Leo Messi is the world’s second most-liked footballer on 78.2 million, with David Beckham on 52.2m and Neymar on 52.0m.last_img read more

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Steel Discipline: Last Training before match with Andorra

first_imgFootball representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina did their last training at the National Stadium in Andorra before tomorrow’s match of the 5th round of qualifications for European Championship 2016 against Andorra, the outsiders in the group B.Around 50 BH fans and journalists from Andorra, Spain, France, and B&H watched the training. After the initial 15 minutes, the coach Mehmed Baždarević closed the training for public. Before that, he did not want to publish the names of the players for the match in Andorra at the official UEFA press conference. All he said more specifically was that is it most expectable that B&H is to play with two forward players.Sejad Salihović, who was slightly injured and spared from playing in this match by the coach Mehmed Baždarević because of the artificial grass-hard and unnatural field in Andorra la Vella, also trained with the Team. On last night’s training as well, the second one since arriving in this small West European country, positive atmosphere ruled among the famous Dragons.Everyone believes in victory in the Pyrenees, which would maintain hope in the final placement to the European Championship, despite the poor start in the qualifications and only two points won in the first four rounds.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/ photo avaz)last_img read more

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Farm Finances Weaken Further Amid Uncertainty

first_imgKANSAS CITY- Farm credit conditions within the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District steadily deteriorated in the third quarter of 2019. The Kansas City Fed Report says in spite of a slight increase in the price of some agricultural goods, as well as additional support from government payments, farm income declined at a modest pace.Loan repayment rates also declined at a modest pace in the third quarter. District bankers say agricultural economic conditions were influenced by uncertainty about crop production, agricultural trade uncertainty, as well as a variety of other factors, all contributed to commodity price fluctuations. Continuing weakness in the ag sector put even more pressure on farm finances. Signs of modest increases in credit stress continued in the third quarter of 2019. Farm borrowers made additional cuts in spending in response to the continued lower-revenue environment.75 percent of bankers reported farmer working capital deteriorated at least modestly in 2019, compared with 90 percent as recently as 2016. However, farmland values continue to be a positive note in the sector. Those values remained stable and continue to provide ongoing support to an otherwise struggling economic sector.last_img read more

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Farms and tourism promising: Minister

first_img“Integrating these two economic activities presents opportunities for stronger collaboration around agribusiness development in niche markets in support of local agrifood sector and small-scale farmers while reducing the import bill of Pacific island economies,” Seruirata said when opening a regional agribusiness forum in Nadi yesterday.The forum was organised to exchange experience on successes demonstrating the potential of agri-tourism markets, particularly in strengthening linkages between national and regional value chain actors with the tourism industry.PNG was represented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation.Seruirata said the rise in population across the Pacific and the influx of tourists into countries like Fiji had put more pressure on locally available food to feed them, which prompted island states to continue to import.He said it was important to bring together the diverse group of actors that are active in the agribusiness sector, which can participate in the value and market chain with the aid of financial institutions. This will mean more local food produced for the tourism sector which in turn will put money in farmers pockets.Seruirata also pointed out that access to finance was a common challenge for many Pacific businesses, especially micro and SMEs, and urged financial institutions to offer some solutions.The three-day forum is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, and the Pacific Private Sector Organizations.last_img read more

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