Hard charger Olson holds of Arlington Hobby Stock challengers

first_imgMatt Olson made a quick charge to the front, then held off all challengers to win Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Once in front, Olson had to hold off Jed Trebelhorn and then five-time and defending track cham­pion Cory Probst to stay there.  Tenth starting Zach Davis caught Matt Looft in the final turn for the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory and Bill Johnson led the last five circuits in a caution-free IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car contest.  ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 27) – Passing seven cars and taking the quick lead wasn’t even the most challenging part of Matt Olson’s run to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers Saturday at Arlington Raceway.center_img Probst ended in second while Luke Trebelhorn got around his brother Jed to take third. Brandon Beckendorf also started 10th, and won the IMCA Modified main event. Dan Mackenthun led start to finish in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main and Nate Coopman took the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers.last_img read more

Bantam Cats off to B.C. Winter Games in Vernon as members of Team Kootenay

first_imgOther players include goalie Catalina Hartland of Kaslo, forward Stephanie McAuley of Trail forward Julie Sidoni of Trail and Kira Streliev of Nakusp.Streliev is an affiliate player for the Cats, who plays on a Bantam house team in Nakusp.The Bantam Wildcats were selected to the team following January tryouts  in Invermere.Kootenay opens play Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Fraser Valley before the opening ceremonies in the evening.Kootenay then meets Vancouver Island and Cariboo North East in round robin play before the top four team play for the medals [email protected] The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats will be well represented on Team Kootenay at the coming B.C. Winter Games beginning Thursday in Vernon.No less than seven players will be in uniform when Kootenay drops the puck in action Friday in the U16 Girl’s Hockey Tournament.Three of the players are from Nelson. Those are forwards Jesse Cooper and Emma Hare and defenceman Merissa Dawson.last_img read more

VELVET MESQUITE, SHEER PLEASURE, CHATI’S ON TOP, MY FIONA, QIAONA & SINGING KITTY ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT SATURDAY AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–In what looms as the most competitive race on an action-packed Sunshine Millions Day program Saturday at Santa Anita, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course, has attracted a field of 14 older fillies and mares, with 12 to start.In a tough call, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite, who comes off a close seventh place run in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down the hill on Jan. 3, may rate top billing for trainer Blake Heap. A 6-year-old mare by In Excess, she is 11-5-1-2 over the course, including a win in the Calirornia Distaff Handicap here in October, 2014. Although winless in seven starts last year, she had a pair of seconds and thirds, which included a close second down the hill in the Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes three starts back on Oct. 25.Out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 18-5-4-2 overall with earnings of $343,446.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, a two-time state-bred stakes winner who has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts, would appear to rate a big chance as she tries the hillside turf for the first time. A 4-year-old filly by Birdonthewire, she was most recently sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths as the 9-5 favorite in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. She has three wins from eight starts and has earnings of $307,700.An even 10th, beaten 6 ½ lengths in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, trainer Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top took the one mile turf Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar three starts back on Aug. 16 and was fifth as the 5-2 favorite two back in the Maddy Stakes here Oct. 25.A 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Chati’s On Top, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, is 5-1-2-1 down the hillside turf and is 17-4-6-2 overall with earnings of $296,978.Talented My Fiona, who won three state bred stakes as a juvenile, could well have needed her most recent start, a third place finish in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. A 4-year-old filly by Kentucky-based Ghostzapper, My Fiona was bred in California by Terry Lovingier and is owned by Lovingier, Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro.Originally conditioned by Walther Solis, My Fiona is now trained by Gary Sherlock, who combined with Lovingier and jockey Fernando Perez to win the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes this past Saturday with California-bred Lost Bus. My Fiona, who will be trying turf for the first time, is 8-4-1-3, with earnings of $373,934.Curt and Lila Lanning’s hard hitting Qiaona comes off a facile three length allowance win going  1 1/16 miles over a soft turf at Golden Gate on Jan. 1 and merits respect off an impressive resume that includes an overall mark of 31-7-6-4 and earnings of $585,643. A 6-year-old mare by Wilko, she is trained by Ed Moger and was a winner over the course of the California Distaff Handicap in October, 2013. She also has a second and a third place finish from five lifetime tries down the hill.Trainer Matt Chew’s Singing Kitty, a winner of the downhill Unzip Me Stakes three starts back on Sept. 26, comes off an even ninth, beaten five lengths, in the Grade II Monrovia on Jan. 3 and will be ridden back by Gary Stevens. A storybook $32,000 claim on Dec. 11, 2014, she won three stakes and banked $267,800 last year. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, the 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat is 14-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $333,238.The complete field for the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 119; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 121; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Heavens Stairway, Joe Talamo, 121; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 124; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 124; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Light One, Flavien Prat, 121; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 121, and Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 119. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 119.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. WITH 14 OLDER FILLIES & MARES ENTERED, 12 TO FACE STARTER IN TOUGHEST RACE ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY CARDlast_img read more

LWSC Flexing to Pump 16M Gallons of Water Soon

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is to begin pumping 16 million gallons of water a day to Monrovia within the next 18 months, Managing Director Hun-Bu Tulay has confirmed.Addressing the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Tulay said the corporation is currently providing more than 4 million gallons of water a day to Monrovia, with the prospect of significant increments in the coming months.The corporation is currently operating from a single source at White Plains outside Monrovia, while making additional efforts to identify other sources, Tulay indicated.Within eight months Zwedru, Grand Gedeh, Kakata, Margibi and Buchanan in Grand Bassa County will begin receiving pipe borne water, said MD Tulay.The corporation, he disclosed, is lobbying for funding to conduct feasibility studies for the administrative seats of the remaining 11 counties to receive safe drinking water. If that is achieved, Director Tulay said 70 percent of the population of those cities will have access to safe drinking water. We are also (installing) sanitation facilities (for) the residents to take care of themselves,” he said. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), three cities – Robertsport, Voinjama and Sanniquellie-are benefiting from the initiative, said Tulay, adding that, “This project has been signed and the sites have been turned over to the contractors.”Director Tulay also disclosed that feasibility studies have been completed for Greenville, Harper and Gbarnga, but the corporation continues to lobby with partners to ensure that the project is implemented nationwide. “We are also in negotiations with the African Development Bank to obtain funding to carry out feasibility studies in 11 other rural cities that have great economic potential. We want to change the lives of people, especially those living in cities and using outside bathrooms,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mars and Moons Shed Cocoons

first_imgWith so many spacecraft touring our solar system, there’s almost too much news to process.  Here are a few highlights, starting with Mars, then comets, asteroids, a Titanic puzzle, and what Cassini found mini moons ago.Mars Ice Age:  Mars Express may have found evidence for deep ice deposits on Mars around the equator in the past, reports BBC News.  The article also states that, unlike Earth, Mars is subject to changes to its tilt axis of up to 15° due to the lack of a large moon.No Mars Life from Methane:  “Forget microbes or Martians,” begins an article on Science Now.  According to veteran planetary scientist Sushil Atreya, the methane comes from a natural geological process called serpentinization.Mars Gusev Crater Had Water:  A team analyzing Spirit data believes they have chemical evidence that water moved and deposited some of the rocks, according to a U of Washington press release.Mars Missing Carbonates:  Sky and Telescope proposed a solution to the Martian missing carbonates problem: they never had a chance to form in the first place.  This is one of the “great mysteries” about Mars.  “Thus far, geologists have yet to find more than small amounts of carbonates on the Martian surface,” the article said.Comet Tempel 1, a Gutless Wonder:  “Comet reveals crumbly guts” says [email protected]  The texture appears to resemble “a loose collection of particles, like a weak sponge held together only by its own gravity.”  Investigator Michael A’Hearn thinks you could dig from one side to the other with your bare hands.  Science News made the Deep Impact mission its cover story for Sept. 10, and it also made prominent press in Science last week.  The presence of carbonates and other minerals on the comet, thought to require formation in liquid water, is also puzzling.  More detail on the spectral analysis can be found at Earth Files by Linda Moulton Howe who interviewed Dr. Carely Lisse of the Deep Impact team.    Now that Comet Tempel 1 looks soft and crumbly, the mission planners of Rosetta are worried their spacecraft won’t find a solid surface to land on when it encounters another comet in 2011.  New Scientist is asking why in the last four comet encounters, the scientists’ predictions were all wrong.  In “Comet Tails of the Unexpected,” Stuart Clark begins, “We have now had four close encounters with comets, and every one of them has thrown astronomers onto their back foot.”Cowabunga, Hayabusa:  A little-known Japanese spacecraft named Hayabusa has arrived at an asteroid.  The Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science has its first close-up picture of asteroid Itokawa. If successful, it may become the first sample-return mission of an asteroid.  Find links to more images at Space.com.Cigar Moon:  A planetoid on the outskirts of the solar system is spinning so fast, says Nature Sept. 8, that it is stretched into a cigar shape.  If orbital calculations are correct, its day is under four hours.Spoken For:  Ring scientists have finally detected the elusive spokes in Saturn’s rings, reports the Cassini imaging team.  Their manifestation is apparently a function of solar incidence angle on the rings: the lower the sun angle, the more they appear.  With these facts, scientists are working on new models of spoke formation.New Titan Landscape:  Cassini photographed a new region of Saturn’s moon Titan on Sept. 7.  The JPL press release shows an H-shaped region of contrasting dark and light areas named Fensal and Aztlan.  The dark patches are littered with light-colored “islands” that may be upwellings of water ice surrounded by hydrocarbon precipitates.  Individual images can also be found on the imaging website.Titan Moonsoons:  A suggestion by Dr. Ralph Lorenz that Titan may have rare “monsoons” of liquid methane rain generated a headline on New Scientist.  (For context, see the Planetary Society blog by Emily Lakdawalla, who attended the meetings of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Cambridge last week, and reported what she heard.)  The idea is that Titan has long periods of dryness punctuated by heavy downpours, similar to American southwest deserts.  Govert Schilling wrote a short report for Science Now, called “Your Outdoor Adventure Guide to Titan.”  It’s a world of cryovolcanos, convective clouds, outgassing and condensing methane, and other strange things.Titan Canyonlands Seen in Radar:  The radar data swath from the latest Titan flyby, feared lost due to a commanding error to the solid state recorder, was partly recovered and released Sept. 16 – and what a beauty.  In three stunning panoramas, scientists detected a methane-lake shoreline, a system of channels most likely scoured by methane rain, and a region of deep canyons up to 650 feet deep and 0.6 miles wide.  Some of the canyons can be traced for 120 miles.  As noticed before on other parts of the moon, there is a dearth of impact craters in all three frames.  See the Cassini press release for the full scoop, images and captions.  Space.Com also has a writeup.Splash of the Titans:  Southwest Research Institute thinks that an exotic form of life may inhabit Titan, now that evidence for liquid hydrocarbons has been found.  BBC News reported on Jonathan Lunine’s contention that Titan, like Earth, occupies a “sweet spot” in terms of temperature and mass that drives active geological and atmospheric processes.  Liquid of any sort is all that is needed to get speculations about life flowing (see 07/26/2005 also).Enceladus: Me Too:  Science Daily reported a claim by Robert Brown about the results from Saturn’s little moon Enceladus, that the “building blocks of life” could have formed in subsurface liquid water.Miller Time Hangover  Back at Earth, Washington U scientists are speculating that there actually was a reducing atmosphere on the early earth, just like Miller and Urey supposed back in 1953 when they generated a few amino acids with their famous spark-discharge apparatus.  They deduced this by complex models about minerals in chondrites that they think made up the infant earth.  Geologists dispute the scenario, they admit, and getting a reducing atmosphere is not the only requirement for resurrecting the Miller scenario (see 08/15/2005, 06/16/2005).Brown gets Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for trying to stimulate funding by appeals to the L word:So you’ve got subsurface liquid water, simple organics and water vapor welling up from below.  Over time – and Enceladus has been around 4.5 billion years, just like Earth and the rest of the solar system – heating a cocktail of simple organics, water and nitrogen could form some of the most basic building blocks of life.  Whether that’s happened at Enceladus is not clear, but Enceladus, much like Jupiter’s moon Europa and the planet Mars, now has to be a place where we eventually search for life.”   (Emphasis added.)This is known as the JAWS theory of life (just add water, stupid).  We can enjoy the discoveries in the Golden Age of Planetary Science better without the mythoids and the noise of banging crutches on the funding trough (see Berlinski quote).    Readers who appreciate more substance than the usual newspaper fluff are encouraged to go nugget hunting on the Planetary Society blog, provided one knows how to separate data from opinion.  There are very strange goings on out there (not only at Cambridge, but throughout the solar system).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Triumphant Return of Activity Management

first_imgOutcomes are better than activity. If you can only measure one, make it outcomes. A lot of activity produces nothing in the way of results. But look for activity management to make a comeback, and know that the people who need to have their activity measured and managed are partly to blame, but not solely to blame.Technology has changed how we work, and it has changed where we work. There are now more people than ever working from home. But while they may be at home, and they may be being paid, they aren’t necessarily working. They aren’t producing the results that they need to produce. This is a problem of epidemic proportions.Many lack the discipline to work from home. To work from home takes discipline. It takes discipline to go from your warm, comfortable bed to your office and begin to grind out the most important outcomes of the day. It takes discipline to do the work that needs to be done when you have the freedom to do things that feel like work but produce no real outcomes.Most are too easily distracted. Your children are distractions. Your spouse is a distraction. Even your pets are a distraction when you work from home (My UPS delivery person rings my doorbell everytime he leaves a package, reminding my dogs of their duty to alarm me if someone comes to the door. That’s ten minutes of barking). The Internet is the mother of all distractions. When you go to an office you avoid almost all of these distractions. The interruptions at the office have a reasonable shot of actually being work-related.The work that Covery called Quadrant II work, the non-urgent but critically important work is what suffers. When you work from home it’s easy to be reactive. You take your calls, but you don’t make your calls. You join meetings but you don’t book the meetings that you need to book. You might be “doing stuff” but it isn’t the right stuff.Working from home is for hustlers. It’s for people who have the will–and the desire–to do the work that needs to be done wherever they are. But let’s make sure that employees with poor work habits don’t shoulder all of the blame.The company that allows people to work from home must be prepared to lead the workforce that doesn’t come into an office. Activity isn’t the right answer for all productivity problems, but it is the absolute right prescription when low activity is to blame for poor results.Sales organizations that are serious about producing results are going to have to require more reporting of activity and outcomes if they want their results to improve. The sales manager, a leadership role, is going to have to demand more, and inspect the activity as well as the outcomes if they want to really help the work-from-home sales force that they lead. Otherwise, the company and the manager who allows low activity and poor outcomes is complicit in the work-from-home salesperson’s failure.last_img read more

Neymar Cried When He Found Out He Had to Stay Back at Paris Saint-Germain

first_img FC BarcelonafootballFootball transfer windowlionel messi First Published: September 5, 2019, 12:48 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The closure of transfer window brought an end to a lengthy saga surrounding Neymar’s move from Paris Saint-Germain back to Barcelona, with the world’s most expensive player having to stay at PSG after failing to get the move back.Now, according to Spanish radio station El Chiringuito, and subsequently, a report by Esporte, the 27-year-old could not stop crying when he received the news that he was to stay at PSG. The report further stated that Neymar reacted with frustration and anger that PSG did not get a deal completed with those around him saying they have never seen him so downcast.Apparently, the forward was even ready to pay €20 million of his own money to force through the move.According to a report in Spanish outlet Sport, Neymar had even agreed a contract with his former employers that would see him getting less than the €38m he earns in France.Earlier reports had surfaced which stated that Barca’s attempts at signing PSG winger Neymar broke down after Ousmane Dembele refused to move to Paris, with his representatives quoting ‘ludicrous’ amounts which neither PSG nor Barcelona were prepared to accept. Furthermore, it turned out that Barcelona’s interest in bringing back Neymar to the club came after Lionel Messi set the ball rolling.The two superstars are believed to have remained close friends despite Neymar’s departure in 2017 and according to a report in L’Equipe, Neymar told Messi that he had grown weary of life in Paris, to which the Argentine replied him with a single message, which read, “We need you to win the Champions League again.” last_img read more

ATTENTION NATIONAL TRAINING SQUAD MEMBERS

first_imgIn preparation for the 2007 World Cup, successful letters were recently sent out to the 2006 Open National Training Squad (NTS) members. NTS members are required to return their acceptance form and pay their deposits by Monday May 1st.Any squad member who has not done this will be immediately replaced in the squad.The NTS squads will be announced on the TFA website on Tuesday May 2nd. If you are an NTS squad member and have any questions/problems regarding this please contact Maree Curran on (02) 6285 2703 or [email protected] immediately.For all Senior players who have been selected in a Senior Squad, please note that your deposits are due on Monday May 15th and the squads will be announced on the website in the week of May 22nd.last_img read more

New NAFTA deal unlikely to push dairy aisle prices lower experts say

first_imgCanadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.Prior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.“I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more