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

New Zealand to reap left-right benefit against India – Taylor

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – New Zealand’s steady supply of left-handed batsmen will come in handy in today’s World Cup match against an Indian team without that variety in their top order, senior Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor said on the eve of the match.Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s injury has not only robbed India of a left-right pair at the top of their order but has also left the two-time champions without a southpaw in the top half of their batting.In contrast, New Zealand have three left-handers in their top six, including opener Colin Munro. “Obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India,” Taylor told reporters at Trent Bridge yesterday.“He and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they’re right- and left-handed.“I think we’ve had a similar balanced side for a long time, and when you do have a right-left hand combination, it does put pressure in different ways on the bowling opposition.” Left-right combination forces bowlers to alter line and length while the fielding captain is also compelled to tinker with field settings every time the batsmen change ends.Taylor said such variety in the batting lineup was necessary to make the most of the World Cup grounds. “A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you’ve got two right-handers or two left-handers, you can’t exploit it as much.“It’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right- and left-handers.”A lot will depend on how New Zealand fare against the wrist-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, but the 35-year-old Taylor reckoned the duo might bowl slightly more defensively at Trent Bridge. “Shorter boundaries can sometimes play in the minds of the spinners, one might spin a little bit more defensive, but with the weather around and so much uncertainty, we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.The 2015 finalists have made a perfect start in their quest for a maiden World Cup title, winning their first three matches before the tournament was hit by poor weather, which has already resulted in three matches being either called off or abandoned.“I said at the start of the tournament that luck is going to play a part,” Taylor said.“England is a beautiful place, but it’s not famous for good weather. In saying that, there’s still a long way to go in this tournament. I’m sure there’s going to be rained out games that could have freaked us along the way.”last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Program Recognized By WBCA For Academic Achievement

first_img 8 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.609 A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA member head coach and a team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated. The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2016-17 season is the 22nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls. Rank Institution Head Coach GPA 10 Belmont University Cameron Newbauer 3.575 ATLANTA – The Drake University women’s basketball program ranked ninth in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2016-17 season with a 3.600 team grade point average, the WBCA announced Wednesday, July 19. 9 Drake University Jennie Baranczyk 3.600 2 Robert Morris University Charlie Buscaglia 3.726 6 Miami University (Ohio) Megan Duffy 3.662 7 Bowling Green State University Jennifer Roos 3.625 This year’s award marks the fourth straight season Drake is ranked in the top 10 for the prestigious WBCA team academic honor. 4 St. Francis College Brooklyn John Thurston 3.689 Below is the top 10 for the 2016-17 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I: 1 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kevin Borseth 3.819 5 Arizona State University Charli Turner Thorne 3.672 Print Friendly Version 3 University of South Dakota Dawn Plitzuweit 3.704last_img read more

Youth Policy To Focus On Preparing Young People For World Of Work

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the revised National Youth Policy, when completed, will sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work in the global village.“We have put in place all the work for revision…the Concept Paper has been written to (produce) the new policy, which will not only see things to take into consideration – how the globe has changed, how Jamaica has changed, and how our young people have changed – but will have with it certain instruments to make sure that it’s implemented,” the Minister said.Ms. Hanna was addressing a youth seminar, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on November 20.The Minister explained that the concept will now form a Green Paper, which will go back for consultations and out of that will emerge a White Paper, which will be tabled in Parliament.She pointed out that the policy will take into account emerging issues that affect young people, and will present commitment and response of the Government to address these issues over time.The Ministry of Youth and Culture has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive data base of the country’s youth population, a review of the 2004 National Youth Policy and the promotion of a symbiotic youth-development partnership with the private sector.These activities will lay the foundation for greater participation of young people in the formulation of appropriate policies, and ensure that limited resources are targeted to the preparation of young people for the increasingly competitive world of work.Miss Hanna underscored that the future of the country resides in the creativity and imagination of young people, “so in order to pull that out of you, we have to get rid of the mindset of ‘a jus so di ting set’.”“If we have a revolution of the mindset of young people resetting their agendas, resetting their approaches, resetting their conversations as to how this country should work, and what their expectations are, then we will go in a particular direction,” she said.Meanwhile, Project Manager, Inter-American Development Bank/Government of Jamaica Youth Development Programme, Margery Newland, said one of the most significant outcomes of the revised policy will be its Monitoring and Evaluation System, which will allow for the tracking of achievements and the status of activities included in the policy.“We have to assess, on a continuing basis, the quality of the relationships that we have established and the progress in the implementation of the policy; and to evaluate the activities and actions that we have taken in the implementation of the policy, so that we are in a position to assess the impact that it has had on our target population,” she said.Scores of young people from across the island turned out to participate in robust discussion sessions regarding topics such as: education, health, anti-crime/restorative justice, entrepreneurship/employment, capacity building of youth sector and youth participation, and equity/special circumstances.Revision of the policy is being informed by the findings of the 2010 Jamaica National Youth Survey, which was commissioned by the Government under the Youth Development Programme loan agreement signed with the IDB.Conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the survey provides a holistic profile of young people age 15 to 24 years, and seeks to aid in the strengthening of existing programmes designed for youth development throughout the island.It focuses on, among other things, unattached youth; young people living and working on the street as well as those in State care; young people with disabilities; entrepreneurial and employment opportunities; and spirituality and values.The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Reset di Ting! The Courage to do Things Differently’, and forms part of the activities to celebrate Youth Month 2013. The Minister explained that the concept will now form a Green Paper. The revised National Youth Policy, when completed, will sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work. The Ministry of Youth and Culture has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive data base of the country’s youth population.last_img read more