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Double dose of Morrison opens Mid-America Clash

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (Oct. 9) – Announcer Jerry Jones announced Danny Morrison Jr. as the winner of a race not once, not twice, not even three times, but four times on Friday night as the Mid-Amer­ica Clash 3 opened at Salina Speedway.Two individual clean sweeps were in the works for the Morrison team, starting with the Auto House Mod Lites. Morrison had more of a challenge in the $2,000 to win 1st Class Chassis IMCA Mod­ified feature but was still able to hold off former multi-time national champion David Murray Jr. and Darrick Klima, who returned to an IMCA Modified for the first time in over a year at the speed­way and finishing second.Ryan Gaylord finished third while Jerry Phillips’ bid to win three straight at the speedway came up short in fourth. Morrison’s win put him on the Ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.In a display of true skill, Austin Carter took home the hardware after having to drop to the back early in the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car feature. He worked his way up through the field and to the win, outlasting Angel Munoz, Jason Rogers and Perry Misner.Daniel Gottschalk continued his dominance of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods, working past Nate Ginest and to the opening night win. Ginest finished second, Da­kota Sproul third and Fred Traskowsky fourth.Continuing his resurgence over the second half of the season was Mike Traskowsky in the Bud­weiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Traskowsky made short work of a stout field, holding off re­peated tries by Shay Simoneau to take the lead.Simoneau settled for second with Kelly Pihl third and Jason Cleveland fourth.last_img read more

Groom sexually assaults bridesmaid before wedding; Bride still marries him

first_imgAuthorities in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, are reporting that a groom/now husband, is facing sexual assault charges after he forced himself onto one of his wife’s bridesmaids before the wedding.The incident occurred on August 30th at Shawnee Inn in Smithfield Township.The victim told investigators that the wedding party was celebrating the upcoming wedding near the pool at the Inn when she became blacked out drunk.The victim says she then woke up in the men’s locker room with her bikini bottoms removed and the then groom, Daniel Carney,  fondling her.At some point during the assault, the bride entered the locker room and a physical altercation ensured between the bride and her now husband.Officials also reported that a judge allowed them to listen into a phone call between the accuser and Carney where Carney admitted fault for the incident and apologized multiple times.Security footage from the scene also showed Carney pull the victim who is visibly drunk and “extremely unsteady on her feet,” into the locker room.When investigators spoke to Carney, he confessed that he took advantage of the woman.Despite the charges against him, Carney and his bride still got married.A neighbor told reporters that the couple seems to be happy.last_img read more

Alcohol misuse among older people to be discussed at Donegal event

first_imgLeading experts in the field of ageing research and care will visit Donegal on the 20th of September to talk to professionals and services about the growing impact of harmful alcohol use on older people in Ireland.The event comes in response to the growing numbers of older people using alcohol to cope with stressful life events linked with growing older – redundancy, retirement, bereavement or because of social isolation.While many might associate binge drinking with younger generations, it is believed that harmful alcohol-use among older people remains a hidden problem. “Alcohol misuse often goes undetected among older people until a crisis point is reached, which might be a fall or developing an alcohol-related physical health condition” says Kieran Doherty, CEO of the Donegal-based charity, the Alcohol Forum.“The impact at that point can be catastrophic, with the loss of independence, ill-health or the development of a disability”It is now known that alcohol is broken down more slowly in the body as people age. As a result, adults over the age for 55 become more sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol. This can lead to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, depression and dementia.Psychologist and Neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin, Professor Sabina Brennan will headline the event and present ground-breaking research and advances in dementia prevention. Other speakers include, Dr Grainne O Malley, Consultant Geriatrician from Sligo University Hospital, Dr Helen McMonagle from the Alcohol Forum and the Drink Wise, Age Well programme from Northern Ireland. The Alcohol Forum will also be launching a video highlighting the impact of alcohol on brain health.“Positive Ageing: The Role of Alcohol” will be held in the Centre of Nursing and Midwifery Education in St Conals Hospital Campus Letterkenny on the 20th of September 2019. To book, please call the Alcohol Forum on 074 91 25596.Alcohol misuse among older people to be discussed at Donegal event was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alcohol Forumlast_img read more

Immigration quick links

first_img SAinfo reporter Reviewed: March 2014 Check our link list for application procedures, reception offices, contacts, advice, and support organisations:Immigration Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img Department of Home Affairs: www.dha.gov.zaGeneral information on permanent residency: www.dha.gov.za/permanent-resImmigrations Act, 2002Hotline for enquiries about the Act: 0800 60 11 90SA representatives abroad: www.dfa.gov.za (embassies, liaison officers, etc)Note: Forms are no longer available via the Department of Home Affairs website. Only original application forms are accepted. Contact Home Affairs for more information.Refugees and asylum-seekersDepartment of Home Affairs: www.dha.gov.zaConsortium for Refugees and Migrants in SA: www.cormsa.org.zaLawyers for Human Rights: www.lhr.org.zaParalegal Advice: www.paralegaladvice.org.zaUN Refugee Agency: www.unhcr.orgUNHCR South Africa: Country operations profile – South AfricaSA Human Rights Commission: www.hrc.org.zaUCT Refugee Rights: www.refugeerights.uct.ac.zaCape Town Refugee Centre: www.ctrc.co.zaCentre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation: www.csvr.org.zaSonke Gender Justice Network: www.genderjustice.org.zaThe Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy: www.aresta.org.zalast_img read more

Cyclists tour and train in South Africa’s green oasis

first_imgAustralia’s Orica GreenEDGE cycling team showed they could play as hard as they worked while they were on a training camp in Mpumalanga. South African Daryl Impey served as tour guide, and took his teammates to the Kruger and other awe-inspiring places along the way. Cycling through Mpumalanga’s mountainous terrain helped the Orica GreenEDGE get an added dimension to their training. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)• R600m plan to help SA grow its tourism sector • When on an African safari, lock your doors • Riders support firefighters in Cape Town Cycle Tour solidarity ride • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards Priya PitamberIt is not every day you get to see cyclists show off their dance moves, but that is what Orica GreenEDGE cycling team treated spectators to while having some down time during their training camp in South Africa.The clip was shot at Crystal Springs Mountain Resort, outside Pilgrims Rest, and in Graskop in Mpumalanga, near South Africa’s border with Mozambique.They got everyone involved – from schoolchildren to resort staff and anyone else who was around at the time. Orica GreenEDGE is an Australian professional road race cycling team. Launched in January 2011, it competes on the UCI World Tour. The riders were in Mpumalanga in February.Doing their version of the pop hit Uptown Funk, the teamed donned their colourfully patterned blazers and shirts and showed the lighter side of their personalities off their bicycles. They uploaded the video to YouTube as a “tribute to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with our South African twist”.Cycle trainingSouth African team member Daryl Impey said training in the republic would be an annual event. “The guys are locked in already, they said they love it,” he explained. “And we’re here for a good camp so lots of training and lots of hard work to be done.”Not a bad view to wake up to this am. SA camp starts! pic.twitter.com/etwR8kl8ag — Daryl Impey (@darylimpey) February 11, 2015Teammate Canadian Christian Meier joked: “First day, and Impey already asserted his dominance.” Most of the Orica GreenEDGE team decided that Impey definitely had the home advantage, but they agreed it was a good camp.“It was amazing. It’s really different from a training camp in Europe or Australia or wherever else,” observed Columbian cyclist Esteban Chaves.The Big 5But it wasn’t all hard work. The team also got to explore Kruger National Park, where they spotted the majestic lion. Chavez thought they were really lucky to also see elephant and buffalo – in all, they crossed off three of the Big 5 from their must-see list.While Impey admitted being a tour guide was not his forte, he reckoned the team relished being in the country. “The guys have really been enjoying South Africa, they enjoy the food and culture,” he said. “A lot of them thought we lived in huts so it was good to show them we have houses.”Speaking of God’s Window, a lookout point in the province, Impey said: “You get a view of the world from on top there. Probably the best view you’ll see here in South Africa.”Watch:last_img read more

OSU making strides with water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s been one year since the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University launched its Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water Signature Program, and already the initiative is making strides in working to improve water quality in Ohio.In that time, nearly 6,600 farmers and commercial applicators have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training created and offered by Ohio State University Extension researchers.And 45% of OSU Extension educators have or will have conducted on-farm and field trials throughout 2015 on the best management practices producers can use to reduce runoff of nutrients into Ohio waterways, according to Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator who leads the program.Fertilizer is essential to Ohio crop production when applied using the correct rates, timing and placement, he said. But if nutrient applications are not managed, farm field nitrogen and phosphorus can be lost into water resources and promote harmful algal blooms.Major water quality problems have occurred in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and other Ohio water resources in recent years. Within these aquatic ecosystems, harmful organisms in the form of algal blooms have also been present.The Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water initiative is designed to improve water quality by helping growers lessen the use of nitrogen and phosphorus and keep more of it on the field, while increasing crop yields and boosting farm profits.Already, the initiative has resulted in 82% of OSU Extension clientele using soil testing, Custer said. And 49% are following tri-state fertilizer recommendations for agronomic and other crops and are using organic and inorganic nutrient sources for optimal crop production.“We’ve had a strong impact with producers in Ohio,” he said. “We know agriculture isn’t solely responsible for the phosphorus issue, but we also know agriculture does contribute.“Farmers we know want to be part of the solution, with 80% agreeing that farm field phosphorus is an issue to our water resources. And 50% agreed to change their nutrient management practices as a result of the educational meetings we’ve offered them on the issue.”Other accomplishments achieved during the program’s first year include:Over 130,000 persons had the opportunity to visit and discuss nutrient management at demonstration plots at the 2014 Farm Science Review.Grants have been secured to hire staff to assist in developing voluntary nutrient management plans that include crop recommendations and site environmental risk assessments developed by producers.Fields with high nutrient loss risk are being identified to study cost-effective best management practices to reduce nutrient loss.“We’re also gearing up to do more educational pieces on nutrient management through offering field days, workshops, lectures and hands-on classroom experience,” Custer said. “We will also use OSU Extension and U.S. Department of Agriculture edge-of-field research statewide to determine the best management practices to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen runoff from leaving the field.“And we’ve seen producers across Ohio working to adapt their management styles to keep more nutrients on the field instead of in the state’s water.”The program is done in conjunction with the college’s Field to Faucet water quality program announced in September 2014 and launched in March. Its goal is to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector and $1 million toward the effort.Several agribusinesses and agricultural organizations have been integral partners in the college’s water quality efforts, including:The Ohio Soybean Council. The council is the largest donor to the college during the current campaign with over $10 million contributed, with a significant focus on water quality research and educational programs. Since 2012, the Ohio Soybean Council has contributed $1.34 million to water quality research and educational programs.The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Over the course of the past year, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and Small Grains Marketing Program have supported close to $1 million in water quality research projects at the college.Becks Hybrids has committed just over $1 million to support research related to water quality.Ohio Farm Bureau has been a major contributor to facilitating partnerships and contributing funds for water quality research and education, with approximately $200,000 in the last year.last_img read more

The 3DR Solo Smart Drone: So Easy a Monkey Can Use It

first_imgThe world’s first smart drone is an incredible new tool for GoPro users.It’s been a great year for drone announcements, but by far the most exciting new drone to be announced at NAB 2015 is the new Solo Smart Drone designed by the good people at 3DR. The Solo Smart DroneUnlike other drones on the market, the Solo Smart Drone is equipped with two computers, both designed to help it perform complicated flight and camera movements. 3DR is stating that, due to the complexity of the Solo Smart Drone’s design, it qualifies as the world’s first smart drone — and smart might be an understatement. Before we dive into the details of the Solo Smart Drone, check out the product launch film. It is easily the coolest, most over-the-top product launch film ever created. Seriously,  if you can think of a better launch film, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. The drone has all of the features you’ve come to love in other comparable drones, but the Solo Smart Drone has a few features that make it special:Orbit: Have the drone circle an object in the sky within a radius of your choosing.Selfie: Have the drone pull out from a close up, placing you at the center of a scene.Follow: Have the drone follow you on the move.Cable Cam: Set two virtual points in the air and the drone will move between those two points.The drone comes with a single controller that can be integrated with a smart phone to gain even more functionality. If you want to monitor the drone’s footage on an even bigger monitor, you can output footage from the controller via HDMI cable. For more information regarding the Solo Smart Drone, check out the information in this quick overview video:You can find out even more information about the Solo Smart Drone by visiting 3DR’s website. Pricing and AvailabilityThe Solo Smart Drone is available for pre-order from B&H for $999. It will begin shipping in May. Want to see even more NAB 2015 announcements? Check out a few of these gear announcement posts from NAB 2015: NAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA Mini The Super16 RAW Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Here! The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to Fly Will the Solo Smart Drone be as revolutionary as the video implies? If you buy one, will you let your pet monkey fly it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

TFA INDUCTS THREE NEW HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

first_imgTouch Football Australia announced the induction of three new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame during the 2007 National Touch League.Dean Russell, Stacey Gregory, and Gary Lawless were honored for their record of long and distinguished service to the sport in Australia in a ceremony during the Open and 20 Years NTL Finals day. All three have been outstanding contributors and servants to the sport over an extended period of time and have been appropriately awarded with one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in the game in this country by the parent body.The trio’s induction swells the number of members in the Hall of Fame to nineteen. There are thirteen men and six women, all of whom are regarded as champions of the game.Gary Lawless who has represented Australia at five World Cups across the Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and 35 Years divisions, has 41 World Cup caps to his credit and 6 Test matches, giving him a total of 47 appearances in the green and gold.‘Ginger’Lawless is revered as one of Australia’s best ever players. A master tactician, he was renowned for his toughness, skill level, and intelligence in both attack and defence and played a pivotal role in raising the standard of touch in the Australian Capital Territory during the 1980s and 1990s.He continues to be involved in the sport, coaching and playing in the 2007 Southern Suns Men’s 40s team at this year’s Senior NTL.Stacey Gregory has attended four World Cups across the Mixed Open and Women’s 30s divisions from 1988-2003. She played 38 World Cup games and 9 Test matches, posting 47 games for her country.Many keen observers of the game rate her as the best Mixed player to have ever represented Australia. A hard working and industrious middle, Gregory was also blessed with exceptional ball skills and vision, and fantastic leadership that left many people in awe of her ability to marshal teams and direct them around the park.Dean Russell has attended five World Cups and made 56 appearances for Australia, comprising 43 World Cup games and 13 Test Matches as a player, coach, or assistant coach.Russell has had an exceptional 2007, being granted the honour of being Australia’s joint Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup, alongside four time Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Amanda Judd.He assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open team in Stellenbosch South Africa in January where they reaffirmed their position as Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level by maintaining a 19 year 55 Game winning streak in six pristine World Cup campaigns.Dean Russell and Stacey Gregory have been teammates at club, regional, State, and National Mixed level since 1989 and it is fitting that the two close friends have been inducted into the Hall of Fame together.Dean Russell reflected on the trio’s induction into the TFA Hall of Fame.“It’s a huge honour, a tremendous accolade. Gary Lawless would be in my top three of all time great Open Men’s players in this country – he literally carried ACT on his shoulders for a lot of years. Stacey is the best female Mixed player ever – full stop. To have played with her for so long and to have us both inducted at the same time makes the honour even more special. I’m just humbled by it all. Leading Australia out with the flag in the World Cup was tremendous, and this on a par with that overwhelming sense of pride.” Dean said.The induction of the three luminaries to the Hall of Fame filled Russell with pride.“It’s not a selfish pride, it’s pride that we are recognizing our history and building tradition. Lots of younger players were asking who Gary Lawless was, and this helps us piece together our history and gives young people something to aspire towards – it’s just unbelievable to think of your name being mentioned in the same breath as giants of the game like Karen Smith, Mark Bolland, Terry Jacks, and the rest. You hope some young kid sees that and would one day want to be acknowledged in a similar way” Dean said.The full list of the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Members is:Terry Jacks 1988Karen Smith 1988Lisa Neal   1991Ray Lawrence 1990Kerry Norman 1991Glenys Woolcock 1991Ron Wall 1991Mick Mc Call 2003Mark Boland 2003Scott Notley 2003Craig Pierce 2003Katrina Toohey 2003Bob Brindell 2003Peter Mc Neven 2004Peter Bell 2004Rick Borg 2004Gary Lawless 2007Stacey Gregory 2007Dean Russell 2007 2003 2003 2003 2003 004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2003 2003 2004 2004last_img read more

Richard Branson Openness And Tolerance Are Our Strongest Forces

first_imgSir Richard Branson is saddened by the growing chorus of US governors who say they won’t allow any Syrian refugees to be settled in their states following the news that one of the Paris attackers may have entered Europe via Greece.“I understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens from violence and terror,” blogged Sir Richard. “But to impose collective punishment on tens of thousands in their moment of greatest despair, in false hope it might stop a determined few, may well be counterproductive. And it is profoundly inhumane.“Much of this may be the kind of raucous political posturing you’d expect in an election season. But some of these governors, like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, are themselves children of refugees. He and others should know that welcoming the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, and the despondent with open arms has been one of the most enduring and positive chapters of the American narrative; and it has helped the country move from strength to strength – culturally, politically, and economically. People like Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan know what I mean. When I met him this June, we talked about the enormous positive contributions refugees have made time and again, and he was keen on welcoming more Syrian refugees to the Motor City. I hope Detroit’s doors will remain open, even as Michigan’s governor disagrees.“Personally, I couldn’t think of a more powerful response to ISIS’ threats than to embrace those who have escaped their daily horrors with understanding, kindness and love. Syria may be today’s heart of darkness, but its wonderful people have the same dreams, goals and aspirations as most of us. As Ted Kennedy put it “what divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.” Let’s build on that. Openness and tolerance may prove the strongest force we have.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more