U.S. 36 hosts fourth annual Crist Memorial for IMCA Stock Cars

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. – U.S. 36 Raceway hosts the Joe Crist Memorial Stock Car Shootout on Friday, July 24, with $1,562 going to the winner of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car special. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also on the program that evening.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region, Missouri State and track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The feature pays a minimum of $125 to start. Crist drove the number 62 Stock Car and $162 will go to the driver making the longest haul to Osborn and $62 paid to each heat winner and the hard charger in the feature. Another $62 goes to the driver drawing the 62 pill. last_img read more

U14 Selects outlast younger rivals en route to gold medal at Terry Walgren Rep Tournamenet

first_imgDietz concluded the scoring for Nelson.The Reps continued to cruise as the squad shutout Creston Blitz 4-0.Camille Gebhart led the scoring with one goal in each half, with additional markers added by Voisard and Sternloff.In a preview of the final, the U14 Reps dumped their younger Rep cousins from Nelson 4-0.Dawson opened up the scoring midway through the first half before Amelia Martzke and Sutherland and Voisard completed the scoring.The gold medal comes on the heels of a silver medal showing earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene Eisenwinter tournament.The Reps went undefeated before dropping the final.Nelson Select teams have a weekend off before the Zone Qualification tournaments at various sites throughout the Kootenays.The U14 Selects travel to Creston for the zone playdown.The Central Okanagan Youth Association in Kelowna hosts the B.C. Provincial B Girl’s Cup July 5-8.The boy’s tournament is the same weekend in Aldergrove. It was an all-Nelson affair with the older girls taking the top prize in the U14 Division at the Terry Walgren Girl’s Rep Soccer Tournament Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Darian Voisard scored twice and Kyra Burkart added a single to spark the U14 Selects to a hard-fought 3-0 decision over the U13 squad.All the goals came in the first half.“We were very pleased with the team’s performance feeling the players worked well as a unit, with solid play from all positions,” said U14 coach Paul Burkart.While the coaching staff of Burkart and Pat Perkins was pleased with the offensive side of the ball, the pair was equally impressed with the team defence, as Nelson did not allow a goal in four games.“Defenders Merissa Dawson, Maya Mierau, Kali Horner, Emma Gregorich and Kyra Burkart and goalkeeper Haley Cooke were rock solid in the four shut out victories,” Burkart exclaimed.The Reps opened the tourney Saturday pounding Kootenay South 8-0.Voisard, with a pair, Lakpa Dietz and Isobel Morley scored first half goals for the U14s.In the second half Bronwyn Sutherland opened up the scoring before Maddie Sternloff added a pair.last_img read more

Summerland Steam too much for Nelson Leafs

first_imgSummerland out shot the Leafs 26-18 in a game Nelson had only nine shots through 40 minutes of play.Joseph Barton, selected Nelson’s game star, was in goal for the Leafs against the Steam.Saturday, Kelowna built a 4-0 lead after three minutes into the second period before Nelson roared back with three consecutive goals by Nicholas Ketola, Jordan Davie and Tyler Garcia on the power play.However, the Chiefs ended any chance of a comeback with a pair of third-perod goals by Ryan Lawson and Jonathan Lee.Lawson, selected the game star for Kelowna, finished the game with four points on two goals and a pair of assists.Defenceman Austin Anselmo was the game star for Nelson in a game the Chiefs out shot the Leafs 31-30.Nelson, falling to 11-7 on the season, five points behind Murdoch leading  Beaver Valley Nitehawks, opened the three-game road trip with a 4-3 win Friday in Armstrong.The Leafs remain on the road traveling to Spokane Sunday.Nelson then meets the Thunder Cats in Creston, Friday, November 13 before hosting Grand Forks Border Bruins Saturday, November 14. Summerland Steam found just enough offence to edge the Nelson Leafs 2-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in the Central Okanagan City.Wyatt Gale’s goal midway through the third period proved to be the winner as the Steam was able to avenge an earlier loss to the Green and White.Nelson double the Steam 4-2 in the Heritage City October 11.Cody Egilson score the other goal for Summerland, which held period leads of 1-0.Samuel Weber scored the lone goal for Nelson, which lost for the second straight time on the road.Saturday the Leafs saw its six-game winning streak snapped as Kelowna Chief double Nelson 6-3.last_img read more

Yesterday’s Lone Star: In Search of Change

first_imgIt is an incredible truth that Liberian football is in search of a change, and it must be a huge change at that.For starters, with the ravages of Ebola Virus Disease, it has not become necessary for a re-start of the local league that would subsequently benefit the various national teams. The current effort is the assembling together of former football stars that played well abroad and have now retired to lead effective campaign against the virus’ spread and its stigma.At least some of the players who were recently appointed as coaches to handle the various national teams are part, as the accompanying picture, taken by ace cameraman Mozart Dennis, shows being particular of this selected side of the national team.Since membership of national teams is determined on current form, players are brought in together whenever they are requested their coaches from their various clubs abroad to honor their national assignment.As you can see in the above photo, James Debbah and George Weah are not on this team. The line-up of the team standing, from left to right: Goalkeeper Pewou Bestman, James ‘Bodyworks’ Karrow, Alex Theo, Friday Roberts, Barbie Keith Jinlack, Arthur Farh and Solomon Joe.Players kneeling from left are: Thomas Kojo, Ben Saydee (Roberto), Kervin Sebwe, Mass Saar, James Weah and Waka Herron.Out of the number, Thomas Kojo and Kervin Sebwe have reached a level that they can be counted on as leaders or managers to handle and develop players to better Liberian football.This photo is to remind Kojo and Kervin of the challenge before them, since they were once players who were once managed and developed by local coaches, including the Walter Pelham, Manneh Peters and the Wilfred ‘Kiljani’ Lardner, all of glorious memory.Perhaps wherever they may be, Pelham, Peters and Lardner should be congratulating themselves for, they never worked in vain, and so coaches Kojo and Sebwe should remind themselves of what those coaches mentioned imparted into them to be able to impart same into others.That way, and when Kojo and Sebwe are successful, it would indicate that the spirits of the three coaches still live on, and may be in them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Raiders’ circus poised for flat Oakland finale

first_imgWhen Jon Gruden took over as the head coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he said his goal was to build “the best football team we can for the people here in Oakland.”He lied.As we enter the final season of the Raiders’ Oakland run, that much is clear. As soon as Gruden started his second, non-successive term, he began building for a grand debut in Las Vegas rather than a strong finish in the East Bay.Don’t get me wrong; rebuilding the Raiders was and remains a justifiable decision. …last_img

Adult Stem Cells Continue to Offer Hope

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Advances with adult stem cells continue to promise new cures without violating ethical concerns over embryo research.Bone from skin:  A test of using iPSCs from skin cells to manufacture bone has been successful in rhesus monkeys, Science Daily reports.  Also encouraging is that the risk of developing tumors called teratomas appears less than previously thought from experiments on mice.  Bone progenitor cells were generated from skin cells derived from the same individual.  “Those progenitor cells were then seeded onto ceramic scaffolds that are already in use by reconstructive surgeons attempting to fill in or rebuild bone,” the article explains.  “And, it worked; the monkeys grew new bone.Blood from umbilical cord:  Scientists at Mt. Sinai Medical Center have overcome a limitation with cord blood stem cells: small numbers.  They identified a technique that causes these cells to “generate in greater numbers making them more useful in adult transplantation,” Science Daily says.  With this advance, adults may share in the life-saving treatment used commonly for pediatric patients.  With their ability to regenerate blood, these stem cells could be useful to treat leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related disorders.”Poised for greatness:  Dr. Bradley Cairns and a team at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute are finding that sperm progenitor cells are “poised for greatness.”  He means that these “mundane” cells that await signals to mature into sperm could be trained to become totipotent (fully capable of differentiation into any cell type); after all, that’s what happens after fertilization with an egg.  By learning the methylation signals on the cells that switch on totipotency, the researchers see new avenues for understanding fertilization, cancer and applications for cells that have the “incredible flexibility to mature into skin, heart, gut, or any type of cell.”Nuclear transfer good in new context :  The phrase “somatic cell nuclear transfer” used to wave red flags about the tainted practice of putting nuclei from embryonic cells into body cells (somatic cells), thereby initiating a process of human cloning.  But what if the nuclei come from skin cells that have been reprogrammed into “embryonic-like” induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)?  That capability was demonstrated at Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently.  The press release calls this a “Major step toward future therapies for combating life-threatening diseases by cell replacement.”Are embryonic stem cells needed any more?  If nuclear transfer can be achieved with iPSCs, why use embryos?  That’s a question Gretchen Vogel hinted at in Science Magazine when reporting about parallel research:Last week [prior to May 2, 2014] stem cell researchers finally reached a goal that has eluded them through more than a decade of setbacks and scandal. Two teams have independently derived human embryonic stem cells by cloning adult skin cells. The promise of the technique remains tantalizing: replacement tissues for treating diseases from diabetes to Parkinson’s, matched to the patient whose cells gave rise to them. But the practical, ethical, and legal hurdles are as high as ever. The method will also have to prove its worth against a strong competitor: a way to make personalized stem cells that doesn’t involve embryos.Vogel refers to historical episodes: Dolly the sheep, the Hwang scandal (1/22/14), the Mitalipov announcement (6/20/13), and more.  The ethical line she draws seems arbitrary: “Researchers eagerly set out to clone human cells—not to replicate humans, which most scientists strongly oppose, but to generate early human embryos from which stem cells could be harvested.”  This is arbitrary in the sense that it’s only a matter of what point on the timeline to stop progression of embryo to adult.   Ethical concerns also arise in the treatment of women:But spurred by ethical worries about undue pressure on women, many organizations and governments prohibit paying egg donors. That includes the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a major funder of stem cell research, which put these cells off-limits for its many grantees.With ethical concerns driving funding laws, why are some labs so willing to continue work on human embryos for somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), otherwise known as “therapeutic cloning”?Legal issues still constrain SCNT. Many governments forbid or otherwise restrict its use with human cells. In the United States, no federal funding can be used for research that harms or destroys a human embryo, so scientists must set up separate lab space that does not use any National Institutes of Health or other federal grant money. Several U.S. states have banned all human SCNT research.Vogel seems at a loss to justify continued research with SCNT.  Indeed, “The political energy needed to overturn those laws might be hard to generate given that there’s now an embryo-free alternative to producing patient-specific stem cells.”  All she can point to is possible flaws in the use of iPSCs.  Those flaws seem to be rapidly disappearing with each new advance like those reported above.  But until all the differences between embryonic and somatic sources are understood, some scientists want to continue their questionable work.Imagine if Vogel had said, “The political energy needed to overturn anti-slavery laws might be hard to generate now that there’s a free-market alternative to getting work done.”  Good grief; if something is unethical, you don’t do it whether or not there is a benefit.  Embryos are not the slaves of the living.  If human life is sacred, you don’t treat it like a commodity (see 5/15/14).last_img read more

Virgin vision aid a first for Asia-Pacific

first_imgPeople with vision problems will be able to more easily use the inflight entertainment system on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft thanks to new software heralded as a first for the Asia-Pacific.The Australian carrier is only the second in the world to introduce a special user interface to help vision-impaired passengers access inflight entertainment.The interface, designed by CoKinetic Systems,  features big icons that are easier to recognise and use and is already available on Virgin Boeing 777-300ER aircraft used on long-haul routes to Los Angeles. It will also be rolled out on its Airbus A330 aircraft used primarily on domestic trans-continental routes to the West Australian capital of Perth.The airline consulted with an Australian disability advocate, Philip Chalker, to design the interface and a Virgin spokeswoman said cabin crew would help vision impaired people set it up.“The way it’s been designed is the iconography is really large,’’ the spokeswoman said. “So it’s a lot clearer and the basic colours that have been used allow vision-impaired … people to see it a lot easier.”The home screen on the interface gives people access to TV, movies, the flight map as well as music and audiobooks.The feature is the latest move by Virgin to improve accessibility to its entertainment system.This includes closed captions and subtitles for passengers with hearing disabilities  available not just on the airline’s IFE system but on the wireless system that allows people travelling on its single-aisle jets to access entertainment on their own devices.Vision-impaired passengers can also use their own screen reader software with the wireless IFE system.Vision Australia general manager for advocacy and engagement Karen Knight commended the airline for its move to improve IFE accessibility.“Many people who are blind or have low vision enjoy travel and travel widely, and by Virgin Australia continuing to improve the accessibility of its IFE technology guests have the opportunity to enjoy the latest entertainment,” she said.last_img read more

Thank a community volunteer today!

first_img SharePrint RelatedThank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!May 21, 2018In “Community”Celebrate 20 years of geocaching at Community Celebration EventsDecember 3, 2019In “Community” If you’ve been geocaching for a while, you know the game couldn’t exist without the energy and dedication of a bunch of passionate community volunteers.To begin, there are the 400+ reviewers, translators, and moderators who keep the game in motion and make it accessible to communities all over the world!Additionally, there are those who join Mega-Event planning committees, those who rent out entire movie theaters to throw glamorous GIFF events, and those who claim “Cache In, Trash Out” as a life philosophy and organize CITO events month after month.Good fun for everyoneSo many geocachers are giving back to the game every day. Please help us recognize them today, May 22, as we mark the first annual Thank A Volunteer Day! Here are five ways to participate:Send a note to your local reviewer to let them know you appreciate them.Contact your regional geocaching organization to thank them for their work.Get in touch with that cacher who’s a regular CITO host to say “thanks!”.If you live in a non-English speaking country, post a note thanking the volunteer translators on your local geocaching organization’s Facebook page.Visit the Geocaching Forums and give a shout out to the forum moderators.Here’s an overview of the different types of Community Volunteers:Reviewers work with cache owners to make sure every geocache published follows geocaching and local guidelines. Each geocache you find or hide has the digital fingerprints of a community volunteer on it.Translators make geocaching accessible to people all over the world, by translating the website, apps, and other materials into their local languages. If you’re reading this in another language, that’s because of a community volunteer translator (thank you!).Moderators keep a pulse on the Geocaching Forums, making sure the conversations are helpful, positive, and on-topic. How have volunteers elevated your geocaching experience? Post in the comments below!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Power bill waiver extended for industries in Marathwada, Vidarbha

first_imgThe State government on Tuesday extended the electricity bill waiver scheme for industries in Marathwada and Vidarbha by five more years. This decision will put a ₹600-crore burden on the State exchequer. The move is among a set of sops announced ahead of State Assembly elections to be held in four months’ time, and marks a consolidation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent victory in the Lok Sabha elections. “The reason for this scheme is to encourage more businesses come to Vidarbha and Marathwada and for the region’s industrial development,” said Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.The Industrial Policy 2019 had announced a power bill waiver to micro, small and medium industries in C, D, D+ (State rankings based on the need for industrial improvement) and Naxal-affected areas. The Cabinet’s latest proposal applies to industries not mentioned in the policy. Mr. Bawankule said the scheme has till date resulted in an improvement in employment and an increase in the number of industries in Vidarbha and Marathwada in the past five years. “Out of the total ₹2,17,774.1 crore investment in the State’s power sector, Vidarbha-Marathwada has received the investment of ₹1,57,204.1 crore,” said the minister. Both the regions are industrially underdeveloped. “In the era of cut-throat competition in businesses, we think this will give a boost to businesses in Marathwada and Vidarbha,” said Mr Bawankule. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP and Shiv Sena swept the Marathwada region while losing two seats in Vidarbha.last_img read more

Teng favored to win D-League MVP plum

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Bolt rues start, booed Gatlin hails his ‘amazing’ rival FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Averaging 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, Teng has etched his name in the history books becoming the player with the most triple-doubles in league history with three, doing it all as the Thunder swept the elimination round.But his brilliance isn’t limited to his individual numbers alone, as he led Flying V to an unbeaten 10-0 run to become only the fourth team in league history to complete an eliminations sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHot on Teng’s heels for the award is the Cignal HD duo of Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins.Jose, the hardworking bruiser from FEU, netting 11.8 markers, 10.4 boards, and 1.4 dimes, while Perkins, the hefty forward from La Salle, is tallying 15.3 points, 5.89 rebounds, and 1.8 assists a game in the conference.center_img Their stellar play allowed the Hawkeyes to grab the second-seed and earn an outright semifinals berth with an 8-2 card.Flying V forward Gab Banal is also in the MVP race, averaging 13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.Third-seed Tanduay has banked on Lester Alvarez all-conference long and the diminutive guard is norming 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. His teammate Paul Varilla is also in the mix, averaging 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.JK Casiño has been the ace for the four-seed Centro Escolar University as the playmaker is posting averages of 11.5 markers, 2.2 boards, and 2.1 dimes.Julian Sargent rounds out the candidates as his all-around effort of 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game, helped Marinerong Pilipino achieve this late sail to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSetting records and chasing history, Jeron Teng has undoubtedly cemented himself as the top player this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.That’s why it’s no surprise that the 23-year-old star out of La Salle is the favorite to win the Conference Most Valuable Player plum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more