Inaugural Thome Memorial is July 14 at Boone County Raceway

first_imgALBION, Neb. – Boone County Raceway’s inaugural Shane Thome Memorial pays $2,000 to the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event.The Tuesday, July 14 special will be held during the Boone County Fair, is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and pays a minimum of $100 to start.Additional money has been added to purses for other sanctioned divisions. Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods race for $400 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $350 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $180 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and Allstar Perfor­mance State points, but not local track points, will be awarded. Non-sanctioned late models are also on the program. All divisions will be draw/redraw.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.More information is available on Facebook or by calling 308 940-2972 or 402 615-0226.A long-time IMCA driver and Modified track champion at Albion, Thome died following a motor vehicle accident in September of 2013.last_img read more

Guinness Greatest in the Streets Football Tournament

first_imgSparta Boss squeeze through on penaltiesTWO-TIME defending champions Sparta Boss squeezed through the opening round of the Guinness Greatest in the Streets Georgetown leg on Monday evening at the National Cultural Centre tarmac.The side opened with a tense 3-1 penalty win against Hardina Street after Jermin Scott had his goal cancelled out one minute later by Sheldon Shepherd.In the opening fixture of the evening, Queen Street Tiger Bay overcame Fruit Stand 2-0 thanks to a brace from Deon Alfred in the 4th and 6th minutes.Camp Street All-Stars booted Railway Kitty from the competition, compliments of a 3-1 score line, goals coming from Wendell Austin (15th), Dwayne Christopher (17th) and Steve Bacchus (27th) while Shane Cooper scored his team’s consolation goal.Bent Street were also victors on Monday night as they dispatched Holmes Street Tiger Bay 2-1 with goals from Anthony Abrams (23rd) and Stellon David (28th) while Akeem Saul (4th) was on target early for the losers.Game four saw Leopold Street also move on to the next round after goals from Sheldon Profitt (7th) and Orandel Williams (14th) downed South Ruimveldt 2-0.Game five was laden with goals as Festival City Warriors beat Norton Street Ballers 5-2. Festival City had Eon Alleyne on target from the whistle in the 6th second and 5th minute, while Cecil Williams (15th), Dwayne Lawrence (21st) and Daniel Favourite (24th) each registered wins. Norton Scorers were Joshua Parvatan (20th) and Nigel DeCamp (30th)Tucville needled Island All-Stars-A 1-0, thanks to Delon Williams (24th) while Channel 9 Warriors downed Shopping Plaza 2-1, thanks to Kevin Barrow (2nd) andJoshua Fiffee (26th) while the Plaza had Stephen Dolphin (6th) on target.Matches continue tomorrow with Alexander Village against Up Like Seven while North Ruimveldt take on Jamoon Drive.Albouystown-A play Upsetters on that evening as well, with Back Circle taking on Hope Street Tiger Bay, Broad Street Ballers opposing Howes Street, North East La Penitence facing Island All Star-B, Albouystown-B playing West Back Road and West Front Road clashing with Stevedore Ballers.The first round of the tournament will be straight knockout while the round of 16 will be round-robin. This leg will see the winners cart off $500 000, second-placers $200 000, third-placers $150 000 and fourth-placers $75 000.There are also legs billed for the West Coast Demerara, West and East Coast Berbice, Linden and Bartica.last_img read more

Roach, Chase shine on final day for West Indies

first_imgCHELMSFORD, England (CMC) – Kemar Roach’s impressive five-wicket haul and Roston Chase’s second half-century, highlighted the final day of West Indies’ drawn three-day first class game against English County Essex here yesterday.Right-armer Roach added two wickets to his overnight tally to end with five for 43 as Essex rallied to declare their first innings on 185 for nine at the County Ground.Paul Walter, at number seven, held the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 68 after it tottered at 56 for six in the morning session.Batting a second time, the Windies quickly found themselves in trouble at 30 for three after Walter struck twice with his left-arm seam to leave the innings in strife.But the right-handed Chase carved out his second half-century of the contest with an unbeaten 50 while Shai Hope struck 46, as West Indies ended on 135 for four.Walter (2-14) and 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-20) both finished with two wickets apiece.Resuming the day on 47 for four after the last two sessions of Wednesday’s second day were washed out, West Indies struck in the fifth over of the day when captain and fast bowler Jason Holder removed Taylor for 13 with the score on 52, caught low down at third third slip by Kyle Hope.Three overs later, left-hander Nick Browne followed in similar fashion, nicking Roach to Hope at third slip, after failing to add to his overnight 16 in the 24 additional deliveries faced.However, Walter and Aron Nijjar, who made 30, propped up the innings in a 50-run, seventh-wicket stand. Walter struck nine fours and a six off 139 deliveries while Nijjar counted six fours in a breezy 37-ball innings.Pacer Miguel Cummins, who ended with two for 43, broke the stand when he had Nijjar caught at slip by Kieran Powell and Roach claimed his five-wicket haul when he had Aaron Beard playing on for 10.On 138 for eight at lunch, Essex fared well afterwards as Walter and Matt Dixon put on a defiant 53 for the ninth wicket to hold up the Windies march.Walter returned to haunt the Caribbean side with the ball again, claiming Kraigg Brathwaite caught at the wicket for two in the second over before bowling Kyle Hope first ball without scoring in his next over.When Powell was taken at the wicket off Taylor for 27 off 26 balls, the Windies were slumping badly but Chase and Shai Hope put on an attractive 82 for the fourth wicket to restore order.Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours and a six while Hope’s innings consumed 59 deliveries and included nine fours.West Indies face Kent on Sunday in their second three-day tour match.last_img read more

MAN’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO DONEGAL PUB OWNER: ‘I’LL BURN YOU OUT’

first_imgA man who threatened to burn down a popular Co Donegal bar on St. Stephen’s Day last year, Letterkenny District Court had heard.Johnny McDonagh, 23, with addresses at The Big Isle Letterkenny , and 12a Glendale Manor Letterkenny – threatened the bar owner after he was ejected due to his severe intoxication.The incident took place around 10.40pm on December 26th, 2014 at the Lagan Inn Bar, Manorcunningham. He threatened the proprietor of the public house – and said he would return later and burn down the bar.Garda Emmet JJ Brady was called to the scene and found the defendant in an extremely intoxicated state.He continued his threatening and abusive behaviour outside of the pub towards Gardaí and was arrested.The court also heard two other incidents involving the defendant – on both occasions he was again highly intoxicated.On 20th March 2015, Garda Paul Maguire was called out to a disturbance in Glendale Manor.Upon arrival Garda Maguire found an intoxicated Johnny McDonagh lying on the ground in the estate.Garda Maguire commented that he was talking incessantly and extremely intoxicated and seemed unable to get off the ground.When Garda Maguire tried to help him off the ground, an agitated Mr McDonagh told the Garda to f**k off and kicked out in anger.Garda Maguire was left with no other choice but to arrest Mr McDonagh.Mr McDonagh was again at the centre of a disturbance this time at The Big Isle, Letterkenny, it was alleged.Mrs Kathleen McDonagh contacted Gardaí to attend her home after growing increasingly concerned her son was going to attack her.She informed Gardaí her son was threatening her and she was afraid he was going to cause harm to her and himself.Garda Kevin Hynes attended the disturbance and found a highly intoxicated Mr McDonagh at the scene.The defendant exited the caravan at the halting site and continued his drunken tirade and was arrested.Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian has said his client was a troubled individual who had a serious problem with alcohol.He said that alcohol didn’t agree with him, and that he becomes agitated and aggressive when he consumes too much.However, Mr Dorrian added that his defendant has made good progress in terms of sorting out his life and no longer drinks.He has started playing soccer for his local club and has also returned to boxing – and that lifestyle change has helped the defendant hugely.Mr Dorrian also added that his mother only called the Gardaí during that incident out of fear he would harm himself.She informed Mr Dorrian that he has been much better of late, and had been excluded from the family at one stage due to his behaviour.However, due to the changes he has made he has now been welcomed back into the family and continues to make good progress as he attempts to sort his life out.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 21st.MAN’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO DONEGAL PUB OWNER: ‘I’LL BURN YOU OUT’ was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:arson threatcourtsJohnny McDonaghnewspublast_img read more

St. Bernard’s holds off Ferndale

first_imgAlly Del Grande delivered a complete-game performance, striking out 13 batters — not a bad way to celebrate her team’s senior night — and the St. Bernard’s softball team won its sixth consecutive game, beating visiting Little 4 Conference foe Ferndale 10-8 Friday evening at Washington Field, in Eureka.“It wasn’t our best game by any means, but we hit the ball well and did enough to get the win,” St. Bernard’s head coach Alan Borges said.St. Bernard’s held a sizable lead for the majority of …last_img

Celebrating SA’s Antarctic science

first_img29 May 2006The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (Saasta) have declared June 2006 as Antarctica month, an initiative to make South Africans more aware of the unique and exciting research done by the country’s scientists on this frozen continent and the sub-Antarctic islands. Unlocking Antarctica’s secrets This is just one of four science-themed months for the year, during which Saasta will be promoting the work of local scientists. The theme for August is marine biosciences, September’s is African origins, and October will focus on astronomy.The DST and Saasta have called on the public to submit innovative and creative proposals for organising and implementing projects for the months, to help increase public awareness of the four themes, specifically on new research and career opportunities in each area.Part of the focus of Antarctica Month will be on the work done by the South African Antarctic Programme (Sanap) is to increase our understanding of the natural environment and life on the region through appropriate research, science and technology. Sanap conducts this research in Antarctica itself as well as on Marion Island, Prince Edward Island, Gough Island and in parts of the Southern Ocean.Two government departments manage South Africa’s Antarctic initiative. The DST, through the National Research Foundation, is responsible for science research, while the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism takes care of logistical management.Saasta has produced a range of educational resources to popularise the work being done by South African scientists in Antarctica. There are fact sheets on Antarctic science, the international Antarctic Treaty and the history of the continent.Then there is a series of six colourful and informative posters and four cartoon strips explaining different aspects of South Africa’s scientific involvement in Antarctica.All of these resources can be downloaded from the Saasta Antarctica Month website.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ethanol Plants Cut Costs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Many ethanol companies in the United States have done about all they can do to weather the downturn in the industry, while others have been less fortunate and have idled production.As President Donald Trump’s administration continues to consider some kind of biofuels deal, the economics of ethanol production still remain difficult.Donna Funk, a certified public accountant with K-Coe Isom, based in Lenexa, Kansas, who works with ethanol plants, said producers continue to look for ways to survive an ongoing downturn in profit margins.“What I’m hearing is plants are continuing to evaluate costs and make adjustments when possible, but the options are getting fewer and fewer as they don’t want to sacrifice on repairs and maintenance too much because they know that is not a good solution long-term,” she said. “The cost structure for the plants doesn’t really allow for a lot of cost-cutting in the operations side, so they are looking at the discretionary spending and making adjustments when they can.”That includes cutting costs on attending conferences, sponsorships, travel, and other items.Many publicly traded companies have reported losses in the past few months, and many have idled production. At last count, 18 ethanol plants are known to have idled production.In addition to poor economics that include lower ethanol prices and higher corn prices, the biofuels industry as a whole has seen the EPA grant 85 small-refinery exemptions totaling about 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons not blended in petroleum since 2016. As a result, the prices of renewable identification numbers (RINs) have plummeted in the past year.“Some plants have or are considering not giving pay raises or bonus this year if they stayed the course last year and made upward adjustments,” Funk said. “Plants are continually looking at their run rate and evaluating how much below 100% they can produce before the losses per gallon are higher than if they run at higher rates. The federal policy is certainly taking a toll on the mental state of management and board members, because they are being forced to run their businesses not knowing how federal policy is going to get implemented or waiver after the fact, and they are left with no recourse.”Funk said management at ethanol plants continues to struggle to get a read on where federal biofuels policy may go. The industry has gone from having hope in recent weeks that the Trump administration had decided on a deal that would reallocate biofuels gallons lost to exemptions one week, to no deal following a White House meeting involving lawmakers from oil-producing states who oppose reallocation.“The stings hurts a bit more, given it feels like the ethanol industry is being used as a pawn in a chess game as it relates to political agendas for some,” Funk said.“There are a lot of jobs that were created and investments made that are now being undercut. I totally get that things change and we all have to adjust and adapt our business models to stay relevant, which I think every ethanol plant would agree with, but having to change to anticipate mood swings that go in reverse is a totally different game than anticipating the future and adapting.”ETHANOL MARGINS IMPROVEDTN’s hypothetical Neeley Biofuels 50-million-gallon plant in South Dakota continues to show some easing of market pressures that have been hammering producers in 2019. Plant margins, however, continue to be deep in the red.The plant this week reported a 34-cent loss, which is a significant improvement from our Aug. 1, 2019, update that showed Neeley Biofuels losing 43.9 cents per gallon. This number includes debt service.Most ethanol plants are not paying debt, however. If the hypothetical plant was not paying debt, the loss would be 3 cents per gallon, compared to a 13-cent loss in our previous update.The margin improvement was fueled by a drop in the corn price paid by the plant, from $4 per bushel based on the Chicago Board of Trade futures price in August to $3.74 for this latest update.The plant saw a drop in the ethanol rack price from $1.63 per gallon in August to $1.53 for this update. In addition, the price received for dried distillers grains fell from $131 a ton to $130 for this update.It has been a long year for the ethanol industry.Since July 2018, ethanol margins have taken a severe turn south. Neeley Biofuels reported a 22-cent-per-gallon net profit on July 6, 2018. By Sept. 20, net profits sank to 8 cents per gallon. By Oct. 16, 2018, the plant reported a net loss of 34.5 cents. Margins hit what was then a low in December, as the hypothetical plant reported a net loss of 37.9 cents. The plant has since had losses topping 60 cents at times during the past few months.DTN established Neeley Biofuels in DTN’s ProphetX Ethanol Edition as a way to track ethanol industry profitability. Using the real-time commodity price data that flows into the “corn crush” in ProphetX, and some industry-average figures for interest costs, labor and overhead, DTN is able to track current profits. It also tracks how much Neeley Biofuels would make or lose under an infinite number of “what-if” scenarios.DTN uses industry-average figures from Iowa State University economist David Swenson. Included in the figures are annual labor and management costs, transportation costs, debt-servicing costs, depreciation and maintenance costs. Although Neeley Biofuels is paying debt-service and depreciation costs on its plant, many real plants are not in debt.Also, it should be noted the calculations include all other costs, such as chemicals and yeasts, electricity, denaturant and water. While DTN uses natural gas spot prices for these updates, many ethanol plants lock in prices on the futures market, so they are not as vulnerable to natural gas market volatility.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SMS May Be Fading, But Businesses Are Still Texting Customers

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#SMS#texting#Twilio Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Text messaging is two decades old, and many consumers are ditching texting for messaging applications like Snapchat and WhatsApp. But even as consumer interest wanes, businesses are embracing SMS to communicate with customers.Enterprising 160 CharactersThe signs are pretty plain: last year, text message usagedeclined for the first time, from 696 to 678 messages per user-month. But even in decline, text messaging is often a more effective marketing tool than other social media platforms because it ensures consumers are seeing businesses’ updates immediately, without getting lost in a news feed teeming with posts. Facebook recently updated its algorithms in an attempt to deliver higher-quality page updates, but small businesses with low “like” counts will only see marginal benefit.That’s why services like Twilio, a platform that lets developers add voice and text services to their mobile and web applications, appeal to businesses as a way of staying connected to their fans. Applications that Twilio developers have built have reached 350 million people, about 20 percent of global households.Some argue that SMS is an aging technology, but the success of companies like Twilio are an indication that users still rely on text messaging to stay connected. At a conference on Wednesday, Twilio announced that every 45 seconds, the company sends enough characters to fill an edition of the New York Times.But text messaging isn’t just for marketing and customer acquisition.Silicon Valley is known as a hotbed for cutting-edge companies, but many of the startups that come out of the ecosystem rely on the ancient (by tech standards) SMS technology.Businesses like Uber, the car service that acts as your personal taxi via your mobile device, uses text-message alerts to communicate car arrivals, peak hours and availability. Other companies like Airbnb and Intuit also rely on Twilio’s SMS service to stay in touch with consumers.To further its enterprise services, Twilio launched picture messaging, allowing customers to send images via MMS.“Seeing is believing—pictures can build trust and drive decisions,” said Twilio cofounder and CEO Jeff Lawson. “Picture messaging opens the door to a whole range of new communications opportunities.”Home Depot demonstrated how the new MMS service impacts its customers by showing how its Twilio-powered application connects home improvement seekers with contractors. Contractors can simply update their online Home Depot profiles by sending an image via MMS directly from their phones.   At Wednesday’s conference, Lawson stressed his company’s philosophy, “We can’t wait to see what our community builds next.” Businesses continue to transform the ways they are using SMS, maintaining the relevancy of the decades-old technology.Peer-to-peer SMS might have been usurped by mobile applications with different features and design, but at its heart SMS is about connecting people to things they care about, and businesses continue to use text messaging to maintain the personal connection to their consumers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Motor rally to promote road route between India and Russia

first_imgKolkata, Jul 3 (PTI) A friendship rally covering four countries and spanning more than 20,000 kilometres will be conducted in September in a bid to revive the International North-South Transport Corridor. Supported by the Embassy of Russian Federation and Government of India, the rally will be flagged off in New Delhi and will traverse through Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia. About 80 participants in each of the three phases will criss cross the continents in 22 Mahindra SUVs, Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, president of the Kalinga Motor Sports the organisers of the rally told PTI here. This is being organised to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relationship between India and Russia and the 70th year of Indian Independence and is an outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Russia in June where there was a major push for the much-delayed INSTC and other connectivity channels. “The event will trail the International North South Transport Corridor between India and Russia and will significantly revive the trade opportunities,” Bhanjdeo, the founder of the Kalinga Motor Sports said. A former sports minister of Odisha government and a sitting Biju Janata Dal MLA, Bhanjdeo said present crisis in the wake of Tehran attacks last month had delayed the rally which was originally planned to be flagged off by the Prime Minister on August 15. “But we are almost done with the recce and after its over in a few days we will finalise the dates,” he said. In phase I, the rally will travel till Kandla by road and from there the vehicles will be shipped to Bandar Abbas, Iran by sea. “The participants will fly to Bandar Abbas where they resume the rally and drive till Moscow covering a distance of 6120 kilometres and 980 nautical miles. There will be cultural exchanges along the route,” he said In phase II, the rallyists will return by a shorter route to Kandla port and the final phase will begin from Jamnagar and travel across the length and breadth of the country in its 8159-km journey before being flagged down in New Delhi. “We have in the past conducted rally across the South Asian countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal but this will be an all new challenge and something that will open up opportunities,” he signed off. PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Success a matter of mind says Mikmaq paranormal sleuth

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Halifax, Aboriginal entrepreneurs took part in a unique business seminar this week.A Mi’kmaq motivational speaker was teaching them to use mind power to achieve success.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has this story.last_img