first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2011 Approximately 450 members of a Colombian gang working for drug traffickers, made up largely of former paramilitaries, are expected to turn themselves in to the authorities before the end of 2011, Colombian news media said. The daily El Tiempo, citing official sources, reported that the surrender, coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, is expected to take place before the end of the year, and it specified that the Colombian Catholic Church has also played a mediating role in this process. “Everything is all ready for around 450 members of the Anti-subversive Popular Revolutionary Army of Colombia (Erpac) to surrender to law enforcement,” the daily said, attributing its information to high-ranking officials. For its part, Radio Caracol indicated that it had confirmed with “government sources,” which it did not reveal, that the militants are expected to turn themselves in before the end of 2011. In statements to Semana magazine in November, the gang’s leader, Eberto López Montero, alias ‘Caracho,’ had already announced his intention to turn himself in with several hundred men. The former militants are expected to surrender to local law enforcement in a ceremony organized in Meta and Guaviare departments, where it is even expected that 60 gang leaders will turn themselves in. “Eberto López Montero, alias ‘Caracho,’ and Germán Ramírez Devia, ‘Vacafiada,’ are at the head of the group, the two outlaws who assumed command of the group following the death of the previous leader and founder ‘Cuchillo’ [‘Knife’] and who initiated contact with the authorities several months ago, through their lawyers,” El Tiempo specified. In December 2010, Colombian authorities killed “Cuchillo,” for whom the United States was offering a reward of 2.5 million dollars. This would be the first surrender of this magnitude since the large demobilizations of paramilitary militias produced by the negotiations between Álvaro Uribe’s administration (2002-2010) and the extreme right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), between 2003 and 2006. Erpac is characterized by the authorities as a gang made up largely of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers and represents the greatest risk to public order, according to the Colombian police.last_img read more

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 26, 2018 The Belize Defence Force works closely with neighboring nations to dismantle narcotrafficking networks and their transnational connections.Belize, a diverse and multicultural country with English, Belizean Creole, and Spanish as official languages, has strong ties with Central America and the Caribbean. Like its regional neighbors, Belize faces traditional and non-traditional security threats.Brigadier General Steven Ortega, commander of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), is watching these threats very closely and countering them by cooperating with neighboring nations to disrupt the drug trade as well as control and diffuse internal gang violence, and strengthen intelligence gathering.Brig. Gen. Ortega attended the 16th annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), held in Georgetown, Guyana, from December 6-7, 2017, where attendees analyzed regional actions to dismantle transregional and transnational threat networks (T3N). During the conference, Brig. Gen. Ortega spoke with Diálogo about CANSEC, the narcotrafficking businesses that are influencing other criminal activities, and how BDF is working to bring better security for the Belizean population.Diálogo: What is the importance of Belize’s participation in CANSEC?Brigadier General Steven Ortega, commander of Belize Defence Force: As a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), we’re a part of the region that is affected by the transnational threats that are out there. It’s good to attend these conferences in order for us to share our ideas and to come up with plans and strategies to actually move the region forward in an effort to counter these threats.Diálogo: Does Belize face any terrorist threats?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We don’t face terrorist threats that we are aware of currently. I pray to God that it remains that way; however, we are prepared and have kept the Belize Special Assignment Group (BSAG) trained in this area to deter or prevent such activities. It’s our specialized unit ready to deal with counter terrorism and narcotics. BSAG is a Special Forces unit trained by the United States and Canada.Diálogo: What are the most important security concerns in Belize?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We are facing, as with most of the Caribbean, transnational threats, natural disasters, economic—those are the overarching ones, but breaking it down a little further, the major threat is crime and violence—so, transnational crime.Diálogo: What are the specific transnational crimes you are referring to?Brig. Gen. Ortega: It’s really narcotics and weapons trafficking. Drugs come in and there’s an exchange of drugs for weapons or drugs for money. Internally, gangs are fighting for this type of illegal activity to be in charge of moving the drugs through Belize. This situation results in us having gunfights and internal crime and violence.Diálogo: Is narcotrafficking related to gang violence?Brig. Gen. Ortega: The guns [ED1] are local; however, they do have international connections as they are moving drugs south to north or weapons north to south.Diálogo: Are there any youth programs to curtail gang activity?Brig. Gen. Ortega: Yes. The Belize Police Department has many different programs for crime prevention and the BDF partners with the Ministry of Human Development in terms of a citizen protection program under the Youth Challenge Program and Youth Cadet Corps. Both programs focus on youths, be it 11 to about 17 years old, to keep them out of the gangs.The Youth Challenge Program, a two-year program, focuses on youths who are out of school for whatever reason, either their parents couldn’t afford it, they believe they didn’t have the aptitude for the academics, or just decided to stop because of wanting to join a gang. In the first year, it’s in-house, sort of like a school, but they’re confined to the camp.The Youth Cadet Corps targets children who are in school, providing a safe-haven for them, discipline, leadership, and the aspects of being a good citizen to ensure they stay on the right path growing up through school. I believe that is the key to the younger generation learning to be good citizens. If you learn to be a good citizen, you will not venture into the aspect of criminal ideology or anything like that.Diálogo: How does Belize criminalize illegal narcotics?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We have the criminal code, the Misuse of Drugs Act, in addition to terrorism and money laundering legislations that the Police Department, Financial Intelligence Unit, and BSAG utilize whenever they’re doing specific operations.Diálogo: How is BDF working together to counter violence and criminal activities?Brig. Gen. Ortega: Our main activity is to defend the country, and we do this by primarily patrolling the borders, but we also give support to other agencies, mainly the Belize Police Department.Diálogo: How does Belize collaborate with countries in the region to counter transnational threats?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We have a 35-man team in Dominica giving humanitarian assistance and restoration efforts to our sister CARICOM state after the devastating Hurricane Maria damaged most of the country’s infrastructure. Additionally, we have two neighboring countries, Guatemala and Mexico, which we do quite a bit with, especially in terms of border patrols—combined and coordinated border patrols. We do planning, preparation, radar communications, and so on; therefore our combined operations are planned for the final details of patrolling. We also exchange information with Guatemala and Mexico.Diálogo: How does Belize cooperate and work jointly with the United States?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We have a memorandum of understanding that allows us to work with them in terms of training and activities. We actually have an annual marijuana destruction operation, where we use their helicopters, coming from Soto Cano Airfield Base in Honduras. This drug operation is done along with our troops as most of the marijuana fields are in remote areas and it’s not easy to access by foot or vehicle.Diálogo: Do these international efforts with the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala help Belize counter illegal trafficking?Brig. Gen. Ortega: It does because there is a broad aspect of exchanging information and joint patrols. It also shows the population that more countries are out there patrolling on both sides of the border.Diálogo: Does Belize share information in real time?Brig. Gen. Ortega: Yes. We have radio, phone, and internet communications with them at all times, so we can share information in real time.Diálogo: How do BDF and the police work together and collaborate with each other?Brig. Gen. Ortega: The police are the primary law enforcement agency in the country. The military is there to support them in whatever aspects they need in terms of operations and support. If the police requires our assistance, they will reach out and together we plan the operation and maintain our mandate of support to our sister agency. We offer extra manpower, such as to cordon off an area or to help hold people that they have detained. The military doesn’t conduct the law enforcement aspect. We’re just on the outside providing support to the police.Diálogo: How does the BDF partner with military forces in the region to counter international threats?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We do joint training together. We have just finished the Tropical Dagger Joining Military Exercise, a Special Forces exercise between Canadians, Belizeans, Jamaicans, and American Special Forces. This exercise counters the threat, be it drugs or terrorism.Diálogo: What is BDF’s goal for 2018?Brig. Gen. Ortega: We are working on our Security and Defense Review that will be submitted to the National Security Council, which will decide the direction forward for BDF in terms of strength or furthering our capabilities. If they approve it, BDF will be growing. I can see BDF growing in 2018 and improving our capabilities and capacities.Diálogo: What is your message to the chiefs of defense in the region?Brig. Gen. Ortega: Let’s work together with what we have and collaborate in terms of strategizing how we can maximize the use of the limited resources we have. We can do quite a lot more than what we are presently doing with our resources.last_img read more

first_img May 15, 2002 Practice Tips Practice Tips: Do you have the skills to be an effective helper? Dr. Richard Sheehy “Bob,” a well-dressed man in his early 50s, comes to talk to you about representing him in the defense of a suit filed against him and his company by the former co-owner of the company. Bob is visibly upset and spends the first 15 minutes explaining how nothing like this has ever happened to him. He has always treated customers and employees fairly, and does not understand what has motivated his former colleague and best friend to “do this to me.”The more he speaks, the angrier he gets, until he finally instructs you to “fight this to the bitter end — I don’t care how long it takes or how much it costs.”Clients like Bob are not atypical. Faced with the unpleasantness of human nature, which is often exacerbated by unsolicited inclusion in the legal system, many reluctantly seek legal counsel to deal with situations such as these. It is at this point that you, as an attorney and counselor-at-law, can choose several potential strategies. While all of these strategies may ultimately wind up resolving the legal issues involved, I would suggest one that might achieve this goal in a more holistic — and humanistic — manner. Choosing this strategy will allow you to truly be a “helper” — not simply a lawyer — to your client and do justice to the oft-used descriptor “counselor-at-law.”The legal profession qualifies as a “helping profession.” Like doctors, nurses, social workers, and counselors, lawyers are in the business of helping their clients. While this help centers primarily on “legal problems,” the desired outcome should be that the client receives the assistance he or she needs — whatever form that assistance might take. Thus, your goal as a lawyer should be to do whatever you can to best help your client.You do not have to look far in our society to see the signs of diminished confidence and respect for attorneys. Indeed, the role of the lawyer as counselor has diminished in the past two decades. In recent years, the public has often perceived lawyers as uncaring, unethical, and “money-hungry.” Many attorneys view their own profession as ruthless, with a “win at all costs” mentality that drives their everyday interactions. On some levels, these perceptions may be true. Presently, our legal system has created an atmosphere where winning is the goal. While that is inherent in the adversarial nature of our system, most would agree that at certain times and in particular circumstances, it can go too far. The result is decreased confidence by the general public in lawyers and the legal system, and increased stress, psychological distress, and job dissatisfaction for many attorneys. As a profession, attorneys suffer more psychological distress than any other. They are at risk for increased levels of depression, substance abuse, and related anxiety disorders. Thus, the present state of affairs creates an atmosphere of negativity for the public, attorneys themselves, and for the profession as a whole.So what is to be done about the current state of affairs within the legal community? There have been numerous discussions and debate of late centering on improving the work-home balance, less emphasis on billable hours, more personal “perks” for attorneys, and even alternative careers for attorneys. These are all extremely viable and important inroads into the bigger issue. I would suggest, however, that there is another, less obvious way to increase the public’s confidence in lawyers and reduce lawyer distress and dissatisfaction. The answer may be in the attention we pay to the interpersonal aspects of lawyering; for these aspects lie at the heart of the professional relationship between lawyer and client.Let us revisit potential client, Bob. Imagine Bob has just walked into your office and launched into his problems. Assuming Bob meets all of your requirements for a potential client, what would be your initial strategy? Would you interview Bob with an eye toward fact gathering in order to frame the legal issues? Or, would your first reaction be to sit, listen to his story, and then try to understand what it must feel like to be sued by your former best friend? The latter approach is the holistic, humanistic approach that I alluded to earlier. It is this approach that will ultimately allow Bob to feel he was treated like a whole person and was truly “counseled” by you, his attorney. Research has shown that a relationally skilled attorney is preferred to an attorney possessing only legal competence. This approach, in which the attorney’s legal counseling takes into account the client’s potential emotional issues, is at the heart of a current movement in legal philosophy known as therapeutic jurisprudence.Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) is a philosophy of legal thought conceptualized by David Wexler and Bruce Winick in the late 1980s, early 1990s. TJ focuses on law’s distinct impact on emotional life and psychological well being. TJ recognizes that, like it or not, the law itself functions as a therapeutic agent. Research has shown that the way in which various legal actors — lawyers, judges, police officers — apply the law can have important therapeutic effects on the client. The way in which you, as a lawyer, consult with your client can impact that client’s psychological well-being. Thus, “traditional” legal counseling, which emphasizes fact gathering and a primarily analytical approach, may not provide the client with all of the help he or she needs. As a lawyer, you are engaged in the practice of “legal counseling.” Legal counseling starts with identifying a problem and clarifying the client’s objectives. It then moves on to identifying and evaluating the probable positive and negative consequences to each possible solution. In this way, it is somewhat different than “advice giving,” which consists of the lawyer rendering an opinion. One type of legal counseling is known as “client centered counseling.” In this mode of counseling, the client must be seen as a true partner in the problem solving and must be given the opportunity to make decisions.” A lawyer who is psychologically sensitive (i.e., understands the potential psychological impact of the legal process) has a better chance of putting the client at ease and engendering the client’s trust. This, in turn, provides for a better opportunity to elicit the important information that will indicate the client’s real needs, desires, and capacities.The problem is many attorneys simply lack a sufficient knowledge base concerning psychology and concerning emotions, or, choose to minimize the importance and role of such knowledge in the practice of law. The fact remains that, when we are dealing with clients, we are dealing with their psyches. Yet, among the helping professions, lawyers tend to be the most resistant to acknowledging the power of emotions and the unconscious mind and thus, unwittingly reduce their effectiveness with clients. While there are many plausible explanations for this, the teaching emphasis in law school and the inattention to interpersonal skills may be one of the main culprits. If you think back on your law school career, there is little, if any, priority placed on interpersonal skill training. Legal education is first and foremost about facts and analysis of the law applied to these facts. While no one would argue with the importance of such ability, it is a less than holistic approach to practicing law.Lawyers have always described themselves as “counselors and attorneys-at-law.” TJ can provide true structure and substance to this notion of lawyer as counselor by asking the lawyer to be not a therapist, but an educator; i.e. , someone who shares potential psychological and emotional repercussions of certain legal actions with the client.Psycholegal soft spots refer to those social relationships or emotional issues that ought to be considered in order to avoid stress or conflict when contemplating the use of a particular legal instrument or strategy. One such issue that must be considered is that of shame and humiliation. When faced with legal problems, many clients may feel embarrassed or humiliated regarding their role in the situation. In order to avoid adding to the client’s feelings of shame, lawyers should assume that any legal problem brought to their attention could be a shame-inducing event. Thus, information regarding family history and relationships, health, career, values, morals, etc., might all be useful in identifying potentially stressful reactions to the legal process. It is not enough to gather the relevant legal facts. A lawyer must go beyond “just the facts” to identify potential underlying meaning in what the client is saying. Let’s review our potential client, Bob. What do you think underlies his reactions and behaviors? Most likely, Bob is feeling betrayed; that all of this is “unfair” and “shouldn’t be happening.” He’s always done the right thing and has been fair so why would someone want to do this to him? This emotional reaction is very likely what’s driving his anger and need to “fight back.” Now, this is not to suggest that lawyers need to do therapy when consulting with clients. Indeed, lawyers should be very clear in understanding that they are not qualified to do therapy. However, it is important that the lawyer be aware of the possible emotional issues so that she may address them herself or refer the client to the appropriate professional. In addition, awareness of these types of issues would minimize the chances of being “surprised” by the client later on in your representation.Let us return once again to Bob. Adopting the holistic approach, your initial strategy might very well be to sit quietly and listen to Bob’s story. The story of how he started the business, how his friend became involved, how their business relationship and friendship developed over the years, how hard it was on Bob when his friend left, how betrayed and hurt Bob feels by his friend’s current actions. You might put yourself in Bob’s shoes (empathy) and imagine what it would feel like. Your goal would be to gain insight into how Bob’s emotional reaction to the suit is influencing his view of the legal implications and listen to what it is he is expecting from you and wants to do. Perhaps with a little understanding and insight into his emotional state. Bob may decide to approach his friend and settle the case. Certainly it is possible that his friend may have it in for Bob and litigation may end up being the only alternative. Or, perhaps Bob will reflect on his past interactions with others and conclude that he was not always as fair and agreeable as he had initially thought. Regardless of the ultimate action taken, understanding the hidden emotional issues will give you a heads up and allow you to counsel Bob more effectively and approach the defense of Bob’s case more holistically.So now the question you might have is, “this is all great stuff, but I would have no idea how to help Bob get in touch with his emotional reaction. After all, I’m not a psychologist and I’m definitely not good with this ‘touchy-feely’ stuff.” While this may be true, I promise that every one of you has, at a minimum, the ability to recognize the client’s underlying emotions and meaning as well as the potential impact on the course of your representation. In the June 1 News we will review some of the basic counseling skills you can use with clients to help identify their underlying meaning. Dr. Richard Sheehy is the founder and president of SRS Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to providing consulting, executive coaching, and counseling skills workshops for the legal community and other business organizations. Dr. Sheehy, a member of The Florida Bar, also is an assistant professor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where he teaches in the counselor education masters program. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in 2000 and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987. He can be reached at rsheehy@srs-solutions.com . Practice Tips: Do you have the skills to be an effective helper?last_img read more

first_imgThe relationship between boards and senior management is evolving. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) collected benchmarking data on governance trends and practices from over 1,000 corporate directors and governance professionals in its “2015–2016 Public Company Governance Survey”. The report tells how boards are expanding their influence, time commitment and interaction with management, but it also exposes the potential for unhealthy friction between boards and executive teams. It reveals that problems such as overstepping boundaries and ineffective communication can arise and that boards need to address short-term financial pressures. The NACD findings are instructive for all governing boards, whether they represent shareholders or customers.Today’s world of increasing complexity and risk means that the days of passive, response-only boards are ending. Boards must thoroughly address topics of strategy, talent, technology, cybersecurity, reputation and other enterprise risk management matters. As a result, directors now spend more time with management than ever before, and having an effective Lead Director, who is often but not always the Chair, becomes more important. The Lead Director should have the skill to facilitate effective communication, to keep meetings on track and to make sure board agendas address the needed topics.Although boards must observe the dividing line between oversight and managing, there are no one-size-fits-all rules defining the line that cannot be crossed. Often the size of the company makes a difference. For example, CEOs of smaller companies may want the mentorship and advice of an experienced director. In general, however, the norm for smart directors is: “Do not meddle in execution of day-to-day operations and management affairs.” Directors, however, must always be prepared to ask the hard questions and be clear when they do not agree with management ideas or proposals.Management and the board must openly share information. The NACD study confirmed that a breakdown in board/management communication underpinned many company crises. The board must have serious dialogue and debate, and directors must engage C-Suite executives to fully comprehend issues that involve their areas of responsibility. The board’s clearly articulated expectations of management and performance goals are well understood. One NACD respondent aptly said: “Good boards don’t necessarily make their CEOs more comfortable; they make them more successful.”Boards and management have a duty to create long-term value, yet, almost 80% of NACD respondents felt pressure to demonstrate financial results within two years. Short-term pressures can be difficult to handle. Although 75% believe that the strategic time frame should be three years or more, 44% use a shorter time frame due to perceived demands of quarterly reporting, activist shareholders and the 24-hour news cycle. Board members should think like activists, looking for unrealized value and opportunity. Whether a public company or a board, directors must ask the tough questions an activist might ask and management must be prepared with thorough data-driven answers. The best CEOs take a long-term perspective; they view their responsibility as “creating value for the next CEO”. The best boards support them in this effort through vigorous, appropriate and in depth attention. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgLate summer kicks off a flurry of financial services conferences that last through the fall. The first on my radar this year was Perspectives. Touted as Finastra’s largest U.S. customer conference and the first since their formation of Finastra less than 80 days ago, credit unions invaded Orlando to hear the latest on the merger, technology evolution and industry trends at Perspectives.  After an extremely busy few days, I headed off to the airport and left the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort behind while replaying the most memorable portions of the conference. Here are my top 5 moments from Perspectives: Reconnecting with industry peers The number of years spent in the U.S. banking space equates directly to the number of hugs I receive on opening night of a conference. Times 10. In all seriousness though, I cannot pass up the opportunity to visit in person with valued customers, peers, and industry experts from leading financial services organizations. Hanging with celebrity chef Todd EnglishLeave it to Hyland Software to plan the cocktail party of the conference! Held at the award-winning restaurant, Todd English bluezoo, Hyland hosted 80 of its customers for an evening away from the conference hustle. Todd’s special appearance and an exceptional lobster dish he prepared exclusively for the party spoiled attendees and left folks buzzing about the event for days. Talking tech trendsDigital transformation, analytics, lending automation and the elimination of data silos across the financial institution were all hot topics during the conference. It’s clear, financial institutions are exploring more efficient ways to integrate their existing software systems. This gives them the ability to share information and reduce the mounting pressures on IT staff. The best solutions will help financial institutions do more with less by connecting important systems while giving a single place to store and manage information.Scoping out the swagBaseballs, fidget spinners, water bottles and even bunny slippers (yes, slippers!) were the hit of the Partner Expo. I may have even seen the bunny slippers on the feet of some patrons on Disney’s BoardWalk one evening!Hearing Robert Herjavec’s insightsInvestor, entrepreneur, and lead Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec, delivered the keynote and it did not disappoint. Entertaining and informative, Robert shared his wisdom on how customers want to be sold to and marketed to.  What else did I walk away from the conference with? The desire to go back again next year! 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgLast week, I was fortunate enough to participate in Hyland’s annual Summer of Service volunteer event – one day dedicated to giving back to the local communities where we live, work and play. It seems like every year the volunteer day grows bigger and the activities more rewarding, and this year was no different.In one day, more than 400 Hyland volunteers gave their time working at 16 Cleveland nonprofits and donating more than 1,100 volunteer hours.Those hours were dedicated to landscaping, beach and community beautification, painting, repurposing toys for children with disabilities and putting together meals for the homeless, to name a few activities.It’s truly humbling to see the impact one day can make for Cleveland nonprofits in need. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgThe 36-year-old Julius Andres ofBarangay Lo-ong, Concepcion, Iloilo was caught around 8 p.m. on Dec. 21, policesaid. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Ajuy municipal police station. Charges will be filed against him./PN ILOILO City – For alleged illegalfishing, a fisherman was arrested in Barangay Punta Buro, Ajuy,Iloilo. Andres was nabbed after localauthorities chanced upon him fishing in marine protected area without permit.last_img

first_img“I knew I had to keep my momentum up. I was a little hesitant about going to the top,” he said. “There was a lot of moisture on the bottom. I knew if I could just hit it right I could hold the bottom better. I knew where to enter and where to come off.” Braaksma passed veteran Bob Moore on the 18th of 25 laps, then led the defending track champion through lapped traffic and across the finish line. The win paid $1,500 and put Braaksma on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The only caution of the contest came on lap seven; Moore took over second following the restart and caught Stephan two laps later.  Chris Abelson, Stephan and Jason Brees completed the top five. The main event field was represented by drivers from six states and Monday marked the first opening event held outside Iowa in the 11-year history of the tour. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. “I remember when I was younger watching the Dirt Knights and wondering what it would be like to race with them,” Braaksma said after loading up the car, trophy and check. “I definitely didn’t think I’d be where I am now.”  Feature results – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 2. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 4. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, Iowa; 6. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 8. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa; 9. Matt Bonine, Onawa, Iowa; 10. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 11. Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City, Iowa; 12. Sean Barragan, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; 13. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 14. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 15. Jeff Berens, Dakota Dunes; 16. Jason Schneiders, North Sioux City; 17. Darin Roepke, LeMars, Iowa; 18. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; 19. Devon Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls; 20. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa; 21. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wy.; 22. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 23. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa. Braaksma was the fourth different leader in the tour lidlifter. Troy Cordes led the first circuit before Ricky Stephan sped by.  JEFFERSON, S.D. (July 20) – Ethan Braaksma grew up watching the IMCA Modified Dirt Knights and wondering what it would be like to race with them. On Monday night, the young Iowan became a first-time winner when the 2020 Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour opened at Park Jefferson Speedway.  Ethan Braaksma impressed in winning the Monday night Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour opener for IMCA Modifieds at Park Jefferson Speedway. The checkers came in just his career fourth tour start. (Photo by Jim Steffens) Other winners at Park Jefferson were Mike Moore in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Andy Hoffman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Cody Thompson in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Braaksma had started fifth and was up to second before midway. He completed his own pass for the lead and pulled away from the pack the last eight times around the oval. Night two of the tour takes the Dirt Knights to Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, for a $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event on Wednesday, July 22. That race program will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. Braaksma had raced a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod for four years before moving to the Modified last season. He made his first tour start at Park Jeff last July, breaking and pulling off the track after just a couple laps. last_img read more

first_imgGLYNDON, Minn. – Buffalo River Race Park wraps up the 2016 season with its Corn Cob Nationals program this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods vie for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points; BMS North Central Region points will also be awarded to Modified drivers.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Racing is at 6 p.m.Complimentary corn on the cob will be served on both sides of the track. A drawing for an Ice Castle fish house will be held during intermission Saturday night.Admission is $1 for adults and $5 for juniors. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Corn Cob Nationals is available at the www.buffaloriverracing.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more