Jason Payton topped the Saturday feature for IMCA Modifieds at Tri-State Speedway. (Photo by Fujibayashi Photography)By Rob NugentPOCOLA, OK (May 13) – Roles were reversed in Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature at Tri-State Speedway, as Jason Payton took the checkers for the second time this season.Last week’s winner, Kayden Menasco, finished in the runner-up spot over newcomer Bryce Clark.
SOMERTON, Ariz. – One thousand dollar checks and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational berths go to IMCA Modified feature winners both nights of Cocopah Speedway’s inaugural Mike Corning Memorial Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Corning was champion of IMCA’s Western Region for Modifieds in 1996. The point season-ending event is presented by Kactus Kush. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military and free for kids ages 11 and under. All pit passes are $35. More information is available on Facebook or at www.cocopahspeedway.com. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts race both nights at Somerton while IMCA Sunoco Late Models join the Saturday show. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded both nights.
West Indies captain Jason Holder has labelled the upcoming England Test tour as a “big series.” He is hoping his side can replicate the fight they showed on their fierce rivals’ last tour of the Caribbean four years ago when they drew the three-match series.England touched down I Barbados on January 11 for the three-Test rubber which bowls off at Kensington Oval on January 23. Ironically, the last time the two teams met at the venue in the final Test of the 2015 tour, the Windies pulled off a stunning five-wicket victory inside three days to force a 1-1 series stalemate.Big series in the contest of WI cricket“An England series is a big series in the context of West Indies cricket,” Holder told reporters here Friday. The last time they were here it was a pretty well-fought series. [We] came out with a draw in the end and there were big crowds, massive support both from England and the Caribbean so I expect something similar this year and hopefully we can lift the trophy.”Poor historyHistory won’t be on the Windies side, however. In their last 12 Tests against England at home, they have won just two, while losing four and drawing six. In the last two decades, West Indies have won just two series against England, leaving the odds in the upcoming series stacked firmly in the visitors’ favor.Despite this, Holder believes the series presents the ideal chance for the Windies to match their talents against the world number two Test side. “It’s obviously a wonderful opportunity to play against one of the top teams in the world,” the all-rounder pointed out.“They’re just coming off a really good series win against Sri Lanka. We obviously played Sri Lanka last home series and we had a pretty good tour there. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. England is obviously one of the better teams in Test cricket around the world and it would be really good to beat them on our home tour.”West Indies will need a dramatic turnaround in form if they are to upset England. Last year, they won three of nine Tests while losing five. In their last two away tours, their whitewashed 2-0 by India and Bangladesh respectively.Holder pointed out that while there had been some excellent individual performances over the last year, the time had come for the Windies to play consistently as a team unit.The tour also comprises five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals and runs until March 10.
Carlos Hyde didn’t stay on the free-agent market for long.After visiting the Chiefs on Saturday, the 28-year-old running back will sign with Kansas City. ESPN reports that the two agreed on a one-year, $2.8 million deal with $1.6 million of that guaranteed. NFL free agency news: Safety Eric Weddle signs with Rams Hyde was released Friday by the Jaguars, who had acquired him in mid-October from the Browns for a fifth-round pick. Jacksonville added Hyde when star running back Leonard Fournette missed time because of a hamstring injury.Hyde’s release allowed Jacksonville to save $4.7 million, though they initially tried to trade him, ESPN notes. Related News Selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2014 draft, Hyde rushed for 189 yards in eight games with Jacksonville and has scored 29 touchdowns over his five NFL seasons.
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Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeEvergreen’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center received a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to build the next stage of a planned “indigenous arts campus,” The Evergreen State College announced today.The grant will fund the design and construction of a fiber arts studio, with the goal of preserving traditional forms of indigenous weaving and other fiber arts, and providing space for contemporary artists to collaborate and create. A companion building to the recently built carving studio, the design of the fiber arts studio will pay tribute to the Longhouse’s long-term relationship with the Maori peoples of New Zealand, according to Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, director of the Longhouse.Creative New Zealand, which operates similarly to the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, is sending a noted designer and sculptor, Lyonel Grant, to work in collaboration with architect Johnpaul Jones to design and build the new space. Jones, who also designed the Longhouse, is best known for his design of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.“This project is a testament of our commitment to providing a space for indigenous art and culture within higher education,” said Thomas ‘Les’ Purce, president of The Evergreen State College. “The Longhouse was the first building of its kind on any college campus in the nation, and we’re excited to take this next step.”Peter Boome, a current student at Evergreen and Salish artist, was inspired by an opportunity he had earlier this year to visit a traditional Maori meeting house created by Grant in Auckland, New Zealand.“That building was alive and it told a story. I wanted to be a part of building a structure like that, except Salish in origin,” he said. Boome will be an intern during the creation of the fiber arts studio and will add Salish design and environmental considerations. The building will blend traditional Maori and Salish architecture.The creation of an indigenous arts campus has recently been adopted into the master plan for The Evergreen State College.“It’s vital that we preserve indigenous cultural voices,” said Kuckkahn-Miller. “The fiber arts studio will allow a new generation of native artists to keep these voices and traditions alive.”To date, the Ford Foundation has invested $1 million in the indigenous arts campus and related programming. In 2015, the Longhouse will celebrate its twentieth anniversary.
A bid to add two more teams to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League was rejected by governors during a special meeting Sunday in Castlegar.KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the governors “decided this was not the right time to expand.”“The governors felt that maybe at another time expansion would better fit the league, but right now they did not vote in favour of expansion,” Ohlhausen explained.
Photo by: IAN HITCHCOCK/GETTY IMAGES (Jason Taumalolo signed a 10-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this year worth a reported $10 million). The Warriors have long been keen to lure Taumalolo back to his homeland.In 2015, they offered him a $2 million contract only for the 24-year-old lock to re-sign with North Queensland for less money, that ultimately paid off for Taumalolo as the Cowboys won their maiden premiership that season.Earlier this year, the Warriors again came calling with another hugely tempting offer which, combined with the chance to be around family, almost had Taumalolo packing his bags.But having developed him into the best forward in the NRL, the Cowboys were desperate to retain the 2016 Dally M Medal co-winner and countered with an unprecedented 10-year deal worth a reported $10 million.Taumalolo admitted that the long-term security was too good to refuse but added that the Cowboys’ culture and his desire to finish his career as a one-club man also played a big part in his decision to turn down the Warriors.”They (Warriors) wanted me to come home,” Taumalolo told Australia’s Courier Mail.”A lot of my family is based in New Zealand and I was born there. At the time it was a tough decision to make.”Obviously money came into play. We all know footy players only play for so long in their careers. Money eventually comes into play.”But when it came down to it, I thought I could be better with my footy and play consistently and I saw where the club was heading over here, I realised I definitely enjoy where I was and how I was playing footy.”I didn’t want to change that.”Born in Auckland and with 10 tests for the Kiwis, the idea of returning to his roots appealed to Taumalolo.But he also classifies Townsville as home, having moved to the city with his parents at age 14 when he first linked up with the Cowboys. Ten years on, Taumalolo now finds himself as one of their most important players, particularly with halfback Johnathan Thurston and prop Matt Scott nursing season-ending injuries.The leading metre-eater in the NRL, Taumalolo has averaged more than 200m per game as the Cowboys have shrugged off those losses to sit in sixth place, well in the hunt for the top four.But in an ominous sign for the Warriors, Taumalolo is hoping to go up another gear for the run home to the finals.”I’ve been a bit dusty after having a week off but the body is ready for the last part of the season,” he told the Courier Mail.”I don’t feel too much pressure; it’s more I’ve got to step up a bit. I’ve got guys around me who help me. It’s great to have guys like that play around me and make my job easier.”The Cowboys host the 11th-placed Warriors in Townsville on Saturday night.
semi-finals this afternoonKnockout champions Petrojam secured the fourth and final semi-final spot in division one of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Football Competition on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over lowly placed UWI at Mona.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam advanced at the expense of The Gleaner Company with 20 points, thanks to goals from Leon Strickland, Andrew Christie and Jarron Richards.They joined Grace Kennedy, defending champions Metrodade and Scotiabank in today’s semis. Petrojam will meet Metrodade in one semi-final at Winchester Park, starting a 3:30 p.m., while Scotiabank will take on Grace Kennedy at Barbican, also at 3:30 p.m.In the division two semi-finals, the unbeaten Peak Bottling are up against National Commercial Bank at Winchester Park today at 1:30 p.m., while it will be Sagicor vs ATL in the first match at Barbican, starting at 1:30 p.m.Ken’s Wildflower wins nail-biterKen’s Wildflower enhanced their chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, after a close 250-246 countdown win over Westmeade Rising Stars last Sunday. The win propelled Ken’s Wildflower to 14 points, tying them at fourth place alongside Waterford United, who were idle this round.In other games, leaders Passagefort United (24 points) won their sixth match in a row, as they turned back Cumberland 250-237 and second-place Garveymeade (17 points), and crushed last-place Portsmouth 250-197.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Waterford, Westmeade Rising Stars vs Passagefort United and Ken’s Wildflower vs Cumberland. All games begin at 1 p.m.PE teachers BH football called to meetingThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in association with the Portmore Primary Schools Sports Association, has called a meeting for Tuesday, September 15, at the Kensington Primary School at 11 a.m., to update physical education (PE) teachers and schools for the upcoming INSPORTS Portmore Primary football and netball competitions slated to begin next month. The closing date for both competitions is Wednesday, September 30.Last year, Portsmouth won both titles and the stage is set for another intriguing season. INSPORTS sports officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas, will host the meeting.Classic, Spit Fyah in mid-season battleArch-rivals Caribbean Classic (32 points), the league leaders and Spit Fyah (29 points), will meet in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association domino league on Sunday, September 20. The venue for the match is yet to be announced.Multiple champions Caribbean Classic, the most celebrated team in Portmore, warmed up for the mid-season title as they thumped Feluchi Strikers 300-202, while Spit Fyah, just formed a couple seasons ago by former Classic captain, Javlin James, outlasted Naggo Head 300-283.In other games, third-place Eradication (29 points) defeated Ten to Ten 300-263, fourth-place Waterhouse United (25 points) beat Highlight Strikers 300-241, sixth-place Exceptional International (24 points) whipped Tamarind Tree 300-262, Giants trampled Memory Lane 300-262, Right Stuff defeated Spring Village 300-257, and Small Axe cut down Sour Sop Tree300-289.George Lee Memorial 5KSchools in Portmore are being encouraged to participate in the second staging of the George Lee Memorial 5.8 km Run/Walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 27, starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine.Aneita Lee, chairperson for the George Lee Foundation, is making the call for schools to make use of the opportunity. Lee is the widow of former Portmore mayor, the late George Lee.”Whether the competitor is a track athlete, football, or netball player, this is an event for you for stamina, fitness and wholesome fun,” she said.She also added that there are special prizes for senior citizens who finish atop their categories, noting that “Portmore has joined the rest of Jamaica as being health-conscious and exercise is known to do wonders to the human body when done inmoderation”.Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., and the race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go to a children’s scholarship/grant fund and a senior citizens’ recreational centre. Contributions are as follows: $1,000 per individual entry and $800 each for a group of 10.Lee pointed out that George was instrumental in Portmore becoming a Municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore and the only man to serve as mayor twice.Dover Lawrence, who represented Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School, were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.Top Hill win Jamalco Football LeagueTop Hill defeated Napoli 1-0 to be crowned the 2015 Jamalco Football League champions, at the Wembley Excellence Centre last weekend.Top Hill, who last won the title in 2011, secured the championship when Andrew ‘Joycie’ Issacs netted the lone goal of the game in the 15th minute. The goal developed from a free kick, which the Napoli custodian failed to collect and Isaacs was there to score from the rebound.The youthful Napoli team tried to pull one back. However, solid defending, mixed with counter-attacks from Top Hill, prevented their success.The competition ended with a total of 118 goals being scored at an average of 3.06 goals per game.Savannah’s Huggart ‘Sweetie’ Nugent with seven goals won the Golden Boot Award.Finalists confirmed in Peter Bunting netballBoth finalists in the junior and senior netball leagues sponsored by central Manchester’s Member of Parliament Peter Bunting were confirmed following last weekend’s semi-finals.At the Manchester High courts, Albion United and Newleigh All Stars secured their berth in contrasting fashion.Albion, the runners-up from the preliminary zone, created an upset after outscoring the previously unbeaten Comfort 13-11. The second final proved a predictable victory for the unbeaten Newleigh All Stars, who won 25-5 over Broadleaf Gators.The senior finalists will be Bombay and Williamsfield. Bombay were 27-11 winners over Woodlawn Phoenix while Williamsfield got the better of Mandeville All Stars 21-16.Manchester FA to hold AGMThe incumbent president for the last three terms, Dalton Wint, seeks re-election as the Manchester Football Association hosts its annual general meeting tomorrow at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority office on Caledonia Road in Mandeville.Wint also serves as the South Central Confederation general secretary. Quite noticeably, the top brass of that body was present at the recent 2015 season Manchester awards ceremony, including chairman Michael Ricketts and senior member Peter Reid, president of the St Catherine FA. Wint, in his address at the awards, outlined the introduction of youth competitions spanning Under-13, 15 and 17 as the key components of his tenure.
The Ganta School System is said to have performed poorly in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) exams, with a dismal 133 of 1,588 (8.4 percent) 12th graders passing the exams.District Education Officer (DEO) Lynor Martor put the blame on complacency of teachers who are not committed to their duties “because they lacked enhanced learning.”He said most of the public school teachers whose students failed are in the habit of roaming from school to school in order to make money, instead of putting in more time in their respective school assignments. “The failure cannot be put on one factor; and the Liberian government also shares responsibility. The J. W. Pearson, with the highest number of students, does not have a laboratory; and the Ganta Public School, that has a laboratory, does not have the needed equipment,” he said.Mr. Martor, who took over as DEO of the Ganta School District over a year ago, observed that 60 percent of teachers do not have lesson plans and some have plans that are outdated.He explained that some proprietors build schools for profit, not to educate students, as they employ unqualified teachers.There are 15 senior high schools in Ganta – 12 private and three public.DEO Martor said, “Among the 15 senior high schools, J. W. Pearson (government) sent 412 students and out of the number, only three passed; St. Lawrence (Catholic) sent out 206 students and 60 passed; the Ganta United Methodist School sent out 183 students and 31 passed.”DEO Martor said he has started to reshuffle school administrators by replacing some of the weak principals with those who are qualified.“Every teacher will put in his or her allotted time per day by the Ministry of Education, which is at least 6 hours, totaling 40 hours a week,” he said.He added: “This year I will spend two days in the office and the balance three days will be spent on the field to ensure that this kind of mass failure is not repeated.”There is growing concern among parents amid to the mass failures among 12th graders in Ganta schools. The Ganta School System is reported to have lots of unqualified teachers.Meanwhile, the Vice Principal of Karn High School in Karnplay, Joseph Karn, has praised students of Karnplay for doing well in the WAEC exams.He told the Daily Observer that of the 247 Karn High students, 241 (97.6%) passed; while 97 out of 97 students from the Karnplay Inland Academy successfully passed their exams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)