first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 5) – Oliver Monson won his fifth Mach-1 Sport Compact feature of the season at Kossuth County Speedway to highlight a big night of dirt track racing on Thursday in front of a nice crowd that concluded with the city’s fireworks show.Monson grabbed the lead immediately and led the whole way in a race that went green, white, checkered.Seth Eischeid had his best run of the summer to capture second as Alex Dostal was third.Mike Van Genderen reeled Ryan Ruter in the late stages to win the IMCA Modified feature and Derek Green became the sixth different winner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Matt Looft motored to local win number three in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Brandon Nielsen was the fourth and final different driver to lead the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.The night finished with 16 Modified and Northern SportMod drivers competing for $1,000 in Round 13 of the Dirt Dominator with Tad Reutzel, Kelly Shryock, Mat Hollerich and Ben Schultze reaching the semi-finals.Shryock edged Reutzel in the first semi-final before Hollerich topped Schultze in the second semi-final to set up the finals as Shyrock defeated Hollerich to grab the first place prize winnings.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Nigeria international Victor Moses has been allocated his preferred shirt number 11 at Fenerbahce ahead of the 2019-2020 season.In the second half of last season, the winger wore the number 8 kit following his 18-month loan move from Chelsea.Moses who has switched shirt number from 8 to 11 and wore the number in pre-season games against Boluspor, Bursaspor, Wolfsburg, Hertha BSC and Bayern Munich. Turkey international Mehmet Ekici wore the number 11 on the back of his shirt for Fernabahce last season but he is now in the possession of the number 8 kit worn by the Nigerian last season.Although Moses is predominantly a right-winger, his preferred jersey number is 11 and he played with the number during his time with the Super Eagles, Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic.The 28-year-old played with the number 12 at Liverpool, wore the number 13 and 20 jerseys at Stoke City and West Ham respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAs the world now knows, Yasiel Puig is a quick study. It was true when the Dodgers called him up from Double-A in June and he proceeded to hit .436 the rest of the month, and it’s true in October.Puig had six hits, all singles, in his first 13 at-bats of the playoffs and scored four runs in Games 1 through 3. While his feats at the plate have been overshadowed somewhat by Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford, Puig’s attention to detail has been sharper than at any point in his rookie season.So far he’s been able to avoid the missed cutoff men, and the ill-advised attempts at taking an extra base, that once made observers nervous about his potential impact in postseason situations.“I give a lot of thanks to (my teammates) for helping me concentrate and focus on the details I need to focus on to make sure I’m always giving it my best,” Puig said. Perhaps most importantly with center fielder Andre Ethier limited to pinch-hitting duties, Puig is healthy.After scoring from second base in the third inning of Game 3 on Sunday, Puig slammed his helmet in the Dodgers’ dugout, then disappeared down the tunnel leading to the home clubhouse followed by assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson Flynn. Puig re-emerged in time to take the field for the top of the fourth inning, but not before flexing his left knee and jogging gingerly to his position.After the game, Puig denied that he had been injured and on Monday he declared himself “in perfect condition.”The numbers agree.What’s plaguing Paco?What appeared to be an attempt to build the confidence of Paco Rodriguez in Game 3 may have only worsened the mind state of one of the Dodgers’ most reliable relievers during the regular season.Rodriguez was pulled with one out remaining in a seven-run game, having allowed two runs on three hits to the Braves.After giving up the game-winning hit in Game 2 and allowing opponents to hit .308 off him in September, it’s difficult to believe the rookie left-hander’s role won’t be different moving forward.“It doesn’t kick Paco out of any plans,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It just means he’s in a little stretch right now where he’s had some stuff going on with him as far as not getting outs… Doesn’t mean we lose confidence in him and and know who he is.”Catcher A.J. Ellis told Mattingly that Rodriguez had better stuff Sunday than he had in a little while. In support of that statement, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said it’s nothing physical that has caused the lefty’s recent struggles.“A lot of times it’s maybe selection more than anything,” Honeycutt said, “and making the wrong pitch at the wrong time.”Steve Garvey’s bold predictionSteve Garvey threw out the ceremonial first pitch — with a twist — then added a bold prediction.Rather than throwing the ball from the mound, Garvey participated in a relay down the first-base line with former Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros and catcher Steve Yeager.Later, with a microphone in his hand, he added: “Welcome to the final game of the NLDS.”Coincidentally, the game began with an error at first base charged to Adrian Gonzalez.NotableCarl Crawford’s multi-homer game was the ninth by a Dodger in a playoff game. Seven Dodgers have accomplished the feat, most recently Shawn Green in Game 3 of the 2004 National League Division Series against the Cardinals. … The blue “rally towels” waving around Dodger Stadium during Game 3 on Sunday weren’t distributed for Game 4. … Lakers center Pau Gasol attended the game.Staff writer Clay Fowler contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img He is still challenging opponents with his raw tools. Monday, after a fourth-inning single, he took a wide turn around first base and intently watched Atlanta Braves center fielder Jason Heyward field the baseball before retreating to first. At times in the series, he’s looked runners back to first base on balls hit to right field rather than immediately throwing the ball in.But so far Puig’s bravado hasn’t cost the Dodgers a thing. And he’s picked up on the differences between playoff baseball and regular-season baseball.“I noticed that each pitcher is focusing more on each pitch that he throws,” Puig said. “Everyone’s trying to give their all on every single play. I noticed that the zone has been a little tighter. There is a lot more focus and more intensity on every little detail and that each player is doing their best not to make any errors and making sure that they can complete every play the best they can.”Puig is also swinging earlier counts, reversing the trend of patience that evolved from June to September. In the first three games of the series, Puig looked at 3.07 pitches per plate appearance, down from his already-low 3.58 during the regular season.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon and it’s very important to take the time to complete it. Anthony Bush farms in Mt. Gilead and is on the board of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). He says the number of farmers completing the survey has been declining in recent years and, as he tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, that is bad news for farmers. Find out more about the survey at

first_imgTags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The wildly popular nonprofit fundraising application Causes reportedly emailed users of its MySpace app on Tuesday to tell them that all Causes will be removed from MySpace on Friday morning, in three days. Causes was co-founded by Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, the Comcast-acquired Plaxo and Founding President of Facebook. MySpace users of Causes were encouraged to post links on their MySpace profiles asking cause supporters to join the cause on Facebook instead. In abandoning MySpace, is Causes abandoning nonprofit groups organizing online with poorer users and people of color? Or are neither MySpace or Causes any big loss for social change organizations?The Politics of PoliticsAmy Sample Ward writes today on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog that she’s concerned. “Causes leaving MySpace,” she writes, “means that no users there will be able to continue promoting the causes, organizations or sectors that they care about via a process that’s already been established, adopted, and networked.“[The] Causes’ About statement says, ‘The goal of all this is what we call equal opportunity activism. We’re trying to level the playing field by empowering individuals to change the world.’ The removal of Causes from MySpace where there are active communities of supporters means ‘equal opportunity activism’ is defined by only certain communities – we know that social networking platforms have very different demographic user groups.”So Sample Ward argues that Causes is being hypocritical by allowing equal access to tools for social change to be defined only by the more economically powerful demographic groups on Facebook. Causes told users it was pulling out of MySpace because of a lack of activity, but the MySpace App Gallery says there are almost 190,000 active Causes users right now, making it the third most popular app in the politics and causes category.Housing rights nonprofit exec Justin Massa concurs with Sample Ward and takes the critique a step further: “Causes’ justification sounds an awful lot like what financial institutions and the real estate industry used to say about poor and minority neighborhoods. I’m planning a longer post on this subject early next week, but in the meantime wanted to label this for what it is: social network redlining. ” [Our link added for clarity.]On MySpaceNot everyone thinks that MySpace provides a meaningful opportunity to effect social change, though. In an interview four years ago on the topic of nonprofit promotion on MySpace, Pete Cashmore of social network tracking blog Mashable articulated what’s now a widely-held belief. He said he believed MySpace was really just filled with young, drunken, hyper-sexualized, attention seekers. “You’ve been there…it seems crazy for organizations to invest time and resources there,” he said, “but it’s popular!” Not everyone sees it that way. The Humane Society, for example, posts daily to MySpace about animal welfare issues for its 65k+ friends. Causes co-founder Sean Parker poses sitting with crossed legs in his photo on the company profile page; his mission statement begins with the words “According to the historical Buddha…” It’s hard to imagine a beneficent religious figure that would ditch MySpace for Facebook, isn’t it? Perhaps “the historical Buddha” would choose to pull up stakes from the 11th most popular website in the world if the people were too shallow and go to the hip social network where the money-raising action is.The Loss of CausesPerhaps even more cynical are some of the attitudes around Causes itself. This Spring the Washington Post reported that despite big expectations from many nonprofit organizations, posting a Causes app to a Facebook profile and waiting for the money to roll in is a sure path to disappointment.“Only a tiny fraction of the 179,000 nonprofits that have turned to Causes as an inexpensive and green way to seek donations have brought in even $1,000, according to data available on the Causes developers’ site. The application allows Facebook users to list themselves as supporters of a cause on their profile pages. But fewer than 1 percent of those who have joined a cause have actually donated money through that application.”Widely respected nonprofit technology consultant Beth Kanter says that Causes is like a one-night stand. “Where’s the opportunity to cultivate and get to know those joiners and move them up the ladder to donation?” she asks, “Where’s the relationship building?”So by pulling out of MySpace, is Causes abandoning some of the people who need it most? Or is MySpace a bad place to do political organizing anyway? Or, is Causes just not a great way to organize and fundraise? There’s a lot of negative feelings around this news, but maybe that’s what happens when the struggling nonprofit technology sector puts too much stock in the dalliances of a big-named Silicon Valley baron like Sean Parker.Kanter brings a twinkle of optimism to the conversation: “This sounds like a great opportunity for other fundraising applications,” she says. Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgI’ve seen the phrase bandied about a bit over the past few months. I don’t know who coined it — maybe Kyle Boone at some point in writing terrifically about all the transfers Oklahoma State has gotten of late.Maybe somebody else. Whatever the case, think about all the names on the transfer list this year. Victor Salako, Chris Carson, Michael Hunter and Jordan Burton. Think about how impactful they’re going to [email protected] just said that Star LB Jordan Burton may be the best player on the entire #OKState football team. Better than Ogbah. Wow.— Royal John (@Royal_John_OSU) August 7, 2015Mike Gundy confirmed on Saturday that it has become part of the Oklahoma State DNA, much like Iowa State’s basketball program, to attract and suit up quality transfers.“Obviously Tyler Patmon did a lot of things for us,” said Gundy. “We realized that if you bring in a player, and I wouldn’t know how you would rate it, let’s just say you were rating him from one to 10 and in somebody’s opinion when Tyler came out he was a five. If he comes into our program and he’s successful and he feels good about himself and the attitude is good, we can make him a seven just from that transformation.”Kinda scary when Gundy starts doing math at the podium, I have to admit.“We’re all that way,” continued Gundy. “That’s the way we are about everything we do in life. So he came in and started playing really good, and he was smart and started playing multiple positions, — obviously he’s still in camp with the (Dallas) Cowboys now. He really helped our football team and at that point we realized the importance of experience. We’ve all known that experience is key to a good football team, but now we bring in a young man that’s done two things.”Two things.“One, he’s played a considerable amount of games in his career at another school. Two, he’s already graduated from college. He’s disciplined enough to get to class and graduate and so there’s something to be said about him. So we realized that was important and then we bring (Josh) Furman in, and it was good for us and then we were contacted by (Michael) Hunter and we get contacted by a lot of people now.”You’re essentially letting other schools develop them before you take them on for one or two years. As if the rest of the FBS is a farm system and you’re getting a couple of guys a year. When you become known for stuff like this, it’s self-perpetuating. Not that other schools don’t do it, but it certainly takes some focus and a vision to make it work.Now, you aren’t getting the Emmanuel Ogbahs and Kevin Petersons of the world because guys like that rarely transfer. But you can get pieces. Josh Furman was a piece. Tyler Patmon was a piece. Michael Hunter will hopefully be a piece. And if Mike Gundy has shown anything, it’s that he’s capable of throwing together a bunch of semi-discarded pieces and putting together something brilliant.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) remains viable, despite its participation in the National Debt Exchange (NDX), and is assuring pensioners that their benefits are not in jeopardy. The Minister, who was speaking at a church service on Sunday, April 21, in Montego Bay, to mark the 47th anniversary of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), stated that participation of the Fund in the NDX involved reduction in the interest rate, but allowed “access to longer term maturing securities, which helps to maintain the long term viability and sustainability of the Fund.” “Let me assure all of our pensioners that you can set your minds at ease, as you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The NIF remains strong and vibrant at its current value of approximately $63 billion. Additionally, we continue to maintain sufficient cash flows to satisfy our obligations to our beneficiaries,” the Minister said. Benefits from the NIS are funded by the NIF. The NIS is a compulsory social security scheme for workers, which provide financial protection to its contributors and their families against loss of income arising from injury on the job, incapacity, retirement or death. It also has maternity allowance for domestic workers, a health plan for all contributors, grant for funeral, widow and widower’s pensions, and orphan’s allowance. “For many of the over 100,000 pensioners we serve, the NIS benefit is their main source of income, and the NI Gold Health Plan provides access to affordable, quality health care at no additional premium. On January 10 this year, we implemented increased benefit payments for our NIS beneficiaries, with benefits for our pensioners being increased by 16.67 per cent on the flat rate. These increases will see an additional $1.5 billion being paid out in benefits annually,” the Minister informed. Mr. Kellier said that the NIF Board has, over the years, ensured prudent investment of the Fund’s resources, and that efforts will be redoubled to have great returns on its investments. He also called on employers to remain compliant with the Scheme, especially in paying over the contributions deducted from their employees. “The prevailing global economic crisis and Jamaica’s ageing population are all reasons for us to redouble our efforts to promote the culture of savings in the Jamaican society, and to expand coverage of the NIS. We pledge our continued efforts to streamline our operations and take advantage of improvements in technology and a joined-up Government approach to improve our efficiency and service delivery,” he said. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_img “The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations.Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24).“The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said.The Jamaican team of high-school students – Deneka Pusey, Sophia Morris, Devonte Williams and Noel McDonald – emerged in second place at the 2018 staging of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs at the US-based university. They were awarded for their social venture, ‘Paradise Care’.It was designed to lead efforts in the collection of waste plastic, and its conversion into useable products. The students showcased a functional prototype of their first product, USAVER, a powerbank and lamp built from plastic bottles.The Diamond Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship concept competition for high-school students hosted by the University of Delaware. The young entrepreneurs are trained to conceive, test and pitch ideas for a new social venture.The CAP is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to respond to the number of learners who complete secondary-level education without any formal certification, and have not matriculated to post-secondary-level education or work. Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24). Story Highlightslast_img read more