Celebration of life planned Sunday for Bill Davis Sr.

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – His family and friends will have a lifetime of memories to share at Bill Davis Sr.’s celebration of life.Davis, 75 years old and a two-time IMCA Modified national champion, died Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Des Moines.The celebration of his very full life will be held Sunday, Jan. 14 from 1-4 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street in Des Moines. Those attending are welcome to wear racing shirts and bring stories and pictures to share.“Bill was another of the drivers who began racing an IMCA Modified in the early days of the divi­sion and really helped us lay the foundation for its success,” said former IMCA president Kathy Root, now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee. “He remains one of our most accom­plished drivers. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”Davis began racing an IMCA Modified in the mid-1980s. He won 27 features in 1989 and again in 1990 to become the first driver in division history to earn national crowns in back-to-back seasons.His total of 151 feature wins is now 11th on the all-time list for IMCA Modifieds. A seven-time track champion, Davis qualified for the main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled on 10 occasions and finished in the top five in five of those events.He won the Race of Champions twice. Davis was elected to the inaugural Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field and last competed at Super Nationals in 2004, driving son Bill Jr.’s car.Davis raced briefly in the early 1960s, returning to the sport to race a stock car, sportsman and late model before moving to the Modified and becoming one of IMCA’s winningest drivers.“Dad always told me ‘Racing is racing. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s got four wheels and a mo­tor,’” Bill Jr. said, recounting some of his father’s success in unconventional as well as traditional dirt track divisions. “He would race anything.”Memorials in his name may be directed to ARDS Global Foundation, Animal Rescue League or American Cancer Society.last_img read more

Outagamie openers go to Whitman, Richards, Engebregtsen, Schulte

first_imgKenny Richards jumped from the pole position to the lead in the opening lap of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature as Jeremy Christians, Luke Lemmens and Eric Mahlik battled for second. Mahlik broke free of that battle midway through the contest but couldn’t find the grip to catch Richards. By Edward Anschutz  Defending IMCA Modified track champion Johnny Whitman drew the pole for the night’s main event and looked strong early on as Benji LaCrosse gave chase. LaCrosse closed in several times but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the lead. Tyler Sobiesczyk placed a strong second, Chris Budzban was third, Cory Kemkes took fourth and Goeff Jeche brought home fifth. Vince Engebregtsen was dominant in his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, leading every lap on his way to a clean sweep in the division. Christians had his race and car go up in a ball flames as the leaders took the white flag. Richards collected the win, the first for him in the division. Mahlik was second, Lemmens placed third, Benji LaCrosse was fourth and Eric Arneson rounded out the top five. Whitman led flag to flag earning the victory over LaCrosse. Lucas Lamberies was third, Jason Ebert took fourth and Andy Kleczka completed the top five. In Mach-1 Sport Sport Compact action, Ben Schulte began his title defense with a feature win after surviving a late race restart. SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 12) – One hundred and fifty-two cars packed the pit area for the first night of the 2020 racing season Friday at Outagamie Speedway powered by EWSC.last_img read more

McIlroy frustrated with second

first_img The Northern Irishman, who had fallen 10 shots behind the lead after three rounds, carded five birdies in his four-under-par round to end one behind winner Kang Sung-hoon. It was a strong finish after what had been a frustrating third day for the world number six at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan. Three other Koreans, Lee Sang-hee, Lee Chang-woo and Joong-kyung, also finished on three-under 281. Kang scooped the title after a strong back nine, including a crucial birdie at the last. Kang was one over for the day after 11, but birdies at the 14th and 15th, as well as the 18th, saw him come home in 32 for a two-under-par round of 69. Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 67 to claim a share of second place at the Kolon Korea Open. The only blemish in the final round for McIlroy, who had been playing his first tournament for a month, was a bogey at the 16th. McIlroy, the star attraction at the OneAsia Tour event, said: “I could have shot anything, absolutely anything. “I only missed two greens and had so many chances, but it was like the story of yesterday – I just didn’t hole enough putts. “I created so many more chances today that it could have been 61, 62. It just wasn’t to be. “I didn’t birdie any of the par fives, which was disappointing. “I felt like it could have been so much lower the last couple of days.” McIlroy was three off the pace when he completed his round but the capitulation of overnight leader Kim Hyung-tae may have exacerbated his sense of frustration. Kim had begun the final round with a four-stroke lead but shot a six-over 77, which included a triple bogey six at the 13th, to finish alongside McIlroy on three under. Press Associationlast_img read more

Remy set for Liverpool medical

first_imgQPR striker Loic Remy has flown to the United States to have a medical ahead of a move to Liverpool. “His future? Now, after the loan, Liverpool have not told me anything. I think he will stay, he is convinced that he will play.” When asked what Borini thought about his chances being limited, De Marchi added: “(Raheem) Sterling, (Daniel) Sturridge, (Rickie) Lambert and now Remy? At Roma he was with (Francesco) Totti, (Dani) Osvaldo, (Erik) Lamela and Bojan (Krkic). “He has no fear of playing alongside anyone and for me he can play a part within any top club.” Rodgers is still trying to conclude a deal to sign a third Southampton player in Dejan Lovren. The suggestion coming from the Croatia international’s camp is that Saints, from whom Liverpool have already bought Lambert and Lallana this summer, are willing to accept the Merseysiders’ £20million offer. However, that has not been officially communicated to Liverpool by Southampton and so negotiations are continuing. Should a deal for Lovren be agreed it would cast further doubt on the future of Daniel Agger, who has been linked with an exit since before the end of last season. “It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things,” the Denmark captain told BT, a newspaper in his homeland. “How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. “Many things can happen in football and I do not want to exclude anything. “I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.” Agger has travelled with Liverpool and trained with the 33-man squad at their base at Harvard University, although Rodgers was absent as he is suffering with a virus. Remy has been brought in to bolster the forward line following the £75million departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona but manager Brendan Rodgers’ spending will not stop there. Belgium striker Divock Origi is expected to make the same trip as Remy for a medical with a deal virtually concluded with Lille but no date has been set for that as yet. While Rodgers is bringing in more strikers it seems he cannot get rid of another as Fabio Borini wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield despite the club accepting a £14million bid from Sunderland where the Italian had a successful loan spell last season. Borini played in Saturday’s friendly win over Preston and has travelled with the squad to America. “He wants to remain on Merseyside,” his agent Marco de Marchi told Tuttomercatoweb.com. “Sunderland have made a large offer of 18 million euro (£14million) to sign him but Fabio wants to stay. “His project with Liverpool started two years ago when he left Roma; he began a journey and it is a major project for him. “He should not be judged on his first year; he was out for six months with various injuries and during the past year he took a step back by going to Sunderland and he has had an extraordinary season. The Reds jetted out to Boston on Sunday to begin their pre-season tour and Press Association Sport understands they will be joined by the 27-year-old Frenchman late on Monday. Remy, who scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle last season during QPR’s year out of the Premier League, will undergo his physical examination by Liverpool’s medical team on Tuesday and is likely to be confirmed as their fifth summer signing – for a fee in the region of £8million – the following day. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Minnesota cutting men’s track, gym, tennis teams

first_img“For a single event where many are gathering, we felt this additional safety measure was beneficial,” Texas spokesman J.B Bird said.___Kentucky will limit seating at Kroger Field this season to 20% of capacity, about 12,200, with physical distancing for its five Southeastern Conference home games.The school’s coronavirus protocols announced Thursday include mobile ticketing and parking passes and face coverings at all times, except while eating or drinking. Tailgating and pregame gatherings in the parking lots have also been eliminated, including RVs.Kroger Field will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitization before and during events and feature hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout. The Wildcats’ home opener is Oct. 3 against Mississippi. ___Boston College has suspended activities for its men’s and women’s swimming and diving program after some team members tested positive for the coronavirus.School spokesman Jason Baum says in an email that the athletes who tested positive are in isolation. He declined to say how many team members had tested positive and whether they were on the men’s or women’s team.As of Thursday, there were 68 undergraduates in isolation, including 28 in isolation housing and 40 recovering at home. Fifteen students have recovered from the virus.___ Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Minnesota is dropping men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics and tennis because of budget concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Washington laid off 16 employees and instituted furloughs or reductions in hours for another 35 employees as part of a second-round of cost-saving measures by the school.Washington said the 16 layoffs are a combination of vacant positions and some currently filled roles.Washington had previously announced salary reductions for some members of the athletic department and instituted furloughs for all athletic staff.“We have remained committed to maintaining all 22 of our programs and to providing a world-class education and athletic experience for our students,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “In order to fulfill this commitment we are having to make some challenging personnel decisions that impact long-standing and dedicated members of our department. The current pandemic continues to have a major impact on our entire country and we are not immune.”The layoffs and furloughs are part of Washington’s efforts to cut $28 million in expenses from its athletic budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school is projecting a revenue shortfall of more than $50 million and that’s if a winter or spring football season is played. ___The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night.Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test on Friday, the school said. The test will be free to students at a cost of about $90 per test to the university.Texas will allow about 18,000 fans to attend the game at a stadium that typically seats close to 100,000. The testing requirement doesn’t apply to the general public attending the game.Texas doesn’t require students to be tested before they attend classes, although most are taking classes online, and gatherings of 10 or more people are generally not allowed. Minnesota President Joan Gabel and athletic director Mark Coyle said Thursday that the athletic department is facing a projected loss of $75 in revenue for this fiscal year following the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports.School officials said the elimination of the sports will be effective at the completion of their 2020-21 competition seasons, which the teams will play if “health and safety precautions allow.”The athletic department is eliminating eight other positions in addition to those that will be cut because of the four programs being discontinued. School officials said that’s part of a personnel cost-reduction that should save $1.3 million this fiscal year.The 10% salary reductions that Coyle, football coach P.J. Fleck, men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko, men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen had accepted already will now be extended through the entire fiscal year. That is expected to save about $1.2 million.___ September 10, 2020 The president of Italian soccer club Napoli has tested positive for the coronavirus.The team says Aurelio De Laurentiis was positive following a test taken Wednesday.De Laurentiis attended a Serie A meeting in Milan on Wednesday that included representatives of each of the Italian league’s 20 clubs. He was also in contact with Napoli’s players and staff recently during the team’s preseason training camp in Castel di Sangro.It wasn’t immediately clear if Napoli’s entire squad would be placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.Napoli’s opening Serie A match is at Parma in 10 days and the team is scheduled to play Pescara and Sporting Lisbon in preseason friendlies on Friday and Sunday. 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Political parties share views on marijuana prop

first_imgProposition 19, or the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, is one ballot initiative that Californians will vote on this November that some students say does not polarize the left or right political sides.If passed, the initiative would make the possession and sale of marijuana to people over the age of 21 legal in the state.“Prop 19 affects all genders, race, classes, professions, political parties, and California citizens are coming together to support Prop 19,” said Elizabeth Tauro, leader of the Yes on 19 campaign on campus. “If nothing else, it’s something that’s going to truly affect so many people, more than the ideology of politicians.”Given the condition of California’s economy, some think the legalization of marijuana would be a good source of revenue for the cash-strapped state.“There is a huge misconception out there that Republicans are automatically against Prop 19,” said Katherine Cook, chairwoman of USC’s College Republicans. “There isn’t any hard-and-fast party line on Prop 19 for Democrats or Republicans. Many high-profile Democrats and Republicans alike oppose Prop 19, including Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown … This is not a Democrat or Republican issue.”Jonathan Brebner, president of USC’s College Democrats, agreed, noting that although many young Democrats support the proposition, Democrats in general are not more likely to be in favor of legalizing marijuana.“I know there are many people on the right who tend to have a less restrictive view on personal liberty and view this as a matter of personal liberty,” Brebner said. “There’s no significant public benefit to making the use of marijuana illegal and a lot of public benefit to legalizing it and regulating it. I think the larger element would probably be based on age.”Brebner said older voters are more likely to be against legalization than younger voters, but even this is not a set distinction.The state of the economy, more than anything, is what will affect the way people vote — and that could mean more support for the ballot initiative, Brebner said.“It could potentially be a good source of revenue at a time when we desperately need new sources of revenue and money for the budget,” Brebner said.The Yes on 19 campaign also stressed the importance of the proposition for economic growth of the state.“The campaign is going to have a huge effect on the economy today,” Tauro said. “Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent enforcing the failed prohibition of cannabis and it’s created a violent crime market led by international drug cartels.”The California State Board of Equalization estimates that the legal sale of marijuana could generate $1.4 billion a year in tax revenue while saving $300 million in enforcement costs. Estimates from the board show that $14 billion in illegal sales occur annually, from which the state receives nothing.Some students on campus agree that the legalization of marijuana is an issue that should be addressed.“I definitely think it should be on the ballot,” said Christopher Rivera, a senior majoring in fine arts, “but at this point, I honestly don’t know how I’m voting.”Regardless, Brebner said, Prop 19 could affect legislation across the country.“A lot of other states will be watching this closely,” Brebner said.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case

first_imgThe NFL released a joint statement Friday, explaining the two have “decided to resolve the pending grievances,” though financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed as the “matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement.””For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” Related News After months of ongoing conversations around Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid’s grievances filed against the NFL, all sides have reached an agreement.  While Kaepernick and Reid’s final hearings were scheduled for this month, Yahoo Sports notes the settlement was reached before final evidence was presented to arbitrator Stephen Burbank.  “Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”In 2016, Kaepernick became the first player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality. He filed his grievance against the NFL in October 2017 as part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. His former San Francisco teammate, Reid, filed a similar grievance in May.Reid signed with the Panthers to start the 2018 season, and recently signed a three-year deal, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. Yahoo Sports, however, reported Kaepernick had withdrawn his collusion complaint against the NFL, noting that the former 49ers quarterback would only withdraw “if a lucrative settlement was secured.”The NFLPA also acknowledged the two sides had settled and said the organization “support(s) the decision by the players and their counsel.” Sports apparel store to close after removing Nike gear because of Colin Kaepernick adlast_img read more

Three Highlands Homes Demolished After One Shifts, Falls While Being Elevated

first_imgHIGHLANDS – Emergency crews were demolishing three homes on Locust Street Friday after a home on the corner, being elevated, slipped off its cribbing and fell, striking the house next door.No injuries were reported.As of 5 p.m. Friday, workers were leveling the homes.An excavator was brought to the scene at about 1 p.m. where the two-story home at 1 Locust St., at the corner of Willow Street, was being elevated. It fell for an undetermined reason, twisting on a 45-degree angle from where it had been located. It hit the brick ranch-style home next doo at 3 Locust St, which was abandoned. Another abandoned one-story frame house next door to it at 5 Locust St. also was demolished.Borough officials said that the homes at 3 and 5 Locust St.already had beenslated for demolition, officials said.According to borough engineer Dale Leubner of T&M Associates, the home at 1 Locust St. is owned by Prince Gilpin and the firm contracted to do the house lifting was Hasenfus Construction Services of Long Branch.The construction company could not be reached for comment Friday evening.The mother of the homeowner is comforted by neighbors.According to Mayor Frank Nolan, Gilpin’s home was only about two years old, had sustained damaged from Super Storm Sandy and had been repaired. The home’s foundation was heavily damaged and officials said it was too dangerous to let anyone inside to removed the owner’s personal belongings. The owner reportedly went on vacation so the building could be elevated.According to Paul Vitale, the Highlands building inspector, more than a dozen houses in the borough had been elevated since Sandy and there have been no issues with those projects.The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.The Highlands fire chief confers with a New Jersey Natural Gas representative at the scene.Emergency crews from the Asbury Park heavy rescue team and Middletown and Highlands fire departments were on the scene along with personnel from the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and Naval Weapons Station Earle. An engineer from T&M Associates, the Highlands building inspector and one of the contractors inspect the damage.last_img read more

Traditional Medicine to Be Used at ‘All’ Health Centers

first_imgThe Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has finally launched a five-year plan on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country.  The program is a part of the country’s new health care system.The Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) developed the plan, called the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy.  The plan will run from 2015-2019.During the formal launch of the five-year policy and strategy on traditional medicine, the Assistant Health Minister for Planning and Policy, Mr. Benedict C. Harris, said the national traditional medicine policy and strategy would complement conventional medical practices in Liberia.During the launch over the weekend in Monrovia, Minister Harris said the process to develop this policy was consultative and participatory at all levels of the stakeholders within the country and it included a detailed situational analysis of traditional medicine in Liberia and a desk review of relevant documents and the regional policy framework on the alignment of the  West African Health Organization (WAHO) countries’ policy harmonization.Assistant Minister Harris, the developer of the Policy, said the Policy’s essential components include leadership and governance, building human resource capacity, financing, botanical research and development, manufacturing and infrastructure.“To achieve Liberia’s vision of becoming a middle-income country, the goal of this policy is . . . to improve, on an equitable basis, the health and social welfare status of the population of Liberia,” Assistant Minister Harris stated. “Sustained leadership, stakeholders’ commitment, resources and efforts are needed to achieve this through strengthened leadership and governance for traditional medicine practices in Liberia; increase mobilization of adequate domestic and external sustainable financial resources to support traditional medicine practices; improve human resource planning, develop  and manage traditional medicine practice in Liberia; ensure the establishment of traditional medicine infrastructure; and strengthen and develop research in the field of traditional medicine.”The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Assistant Minister Saye Dahn Baawo and Dr. Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, Registrar of the LMDC, in separate remarks, said the policy is aimed at reforming and integrating quality, accessible, equitable and sustainable traditional medicine in the healthcare service delivery system for all people in the country.Dr. Baawo said the government will continue to pledge its support to traditional medicines and the first phase of strategy will be the national data registry of all Liberian herbalists across the country.For his part, Dr. Kargbo said the LMDC is pleased to witness the attached/or an annexed unit of traditional medicine at all health centers for patients to choose their kind of treatment.The Director of Complementary Medicine, Dr. Edwin S. Quoibia, expressed his appreciation to organizations and individuals that provided assistance and support in planning, developing and finalizing the Policy. He especially thanked LMDC and their Resource Director, Dr. Moses G. Y. Pewu.“We would like to appeal to all of our partners for their continual cooperation and support to the five-year Policy,” Dr. Quoibia said.The Policy is intended to serve as a guide for Liberians, other partners and traditional medicine workers in implementing and furthering the needed reforms of traditional medicine in Liberia. The policy has been developed to integrate traditional medicine practices with the conventional Western medical practices within Liberia’s health system. It focuses attention on leadership and governance, financing, human resources research and development, including infrastructure and manufacturing.The policy will apply to all institutions, organizations, individuals and other stakeholders involved with traditional medicine in the country. The application of this policy extends but will not be limited to herbalists, homeopath, acupuncturists, ayurvedic, osteopath, therapeutic massagers, drugless therapists, bone setters, traditional midwives, chiropractic, steam bath and food supplements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tipoteh Wants NEC Commissioners Dismissed

first_imgLong time opposition politician, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss, with immediate effect, all of the Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Dr. Tipoteh, in a release said the Commissioners must be dismissed now, “because they operate unfairly.”He said there is great urgency for the NEC Commissioners’ dismissal, “because unfair elections often lead to violence.”Citing, reasons for the dismissal of the commissioners, Dr. Tipoteh said the NEC chair recently publicly gave undue promotion to a political party at the expense of other political parties; the presence of a foreigner as NEC Commissioner; foreigners as candidates in NEC elections; foreigners as voters in NEC elections: and the placement of the wrong surnames of candidates in NEC elections.Dr. Tipoteh insists that with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Peacekeepers all set to depart from Liberia by June 2016 and general and presidential elections scheduled to be held in 2017, NEC must be made a fair Commission before the 2017 elections.“After the Liberian civil crisis, the people of Liberia are united in one loud and clear voice: we want peace, no more war,” Dr. Tipoteh told President Sirleaf the release, concerning the NEC Commissioners.He is therefore urging civil society to present a short list of potential NEC Commissioners to the President so that she can appoint NEC Commissioners only from the civil society lst.“The President,” he said, “must not appoint NEC Commissioners from her own list, because that would result in having the NEC Commissioners becoming unfair, as they are now, doing what they think is pleasing to the President.”Dr. Tipoteh made the call over the weekend when some media personnel approached him on his reaction to the public praising of a political party by the NEC Chairperson, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, while other NEC Commissioners remained silent and therefore supportive of the NEC Chairperson’s “illegal praise-singing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more