34 Raceway reschedules 500th Deery for Friday, Sept. 27

first_imgPit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $35. More information about Friday’s race program is available by calling 319 752-3434 and at the 34raceway.com website.  The IMCA Late Model tour feature at West Burlington pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.  The 33rd annual tour concludes Saturday, Sept. 28, headlining the Iowa Governor’s Cup card at Davenport Speedway in another $2,000 to win event.  The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds and Gangbusters 41 portions of the program were not rescheduled.  WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Rain was the winner on Saturday and as a result 34 Raceway will host the 500th Deery Brothers Summer Series event this Friday, Sept. 27. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 412; 2. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 395; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 386; 4. Curt Martin, Independence, 372; 5. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 368; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 357; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 345; 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 314; 9. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 301; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 298; 11. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Gary Webb, Blue Grass, both 267; 13. Brian Harris, Davenport, 243; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo, 227; 15. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 203; 16. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 196; 17. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 187; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, and Eric Pollard, Peosta, both 163; 20. Nick Marolf, Moscow, 159.last_img read more

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2020-09-23

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Giroud strike sends Spurs to defeat

first_img At the Emirates Stadium there was cause for concern for England boss Roy Hodgson, ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, as midfielder Jack Wilshere hobbled off before half-time. But that worry was largely forgotten by the full-time whistle as home boss Arsene Wenger, yet to make a star signing in the transfer window, expressed his delight on the touchline. As the half-hour mark passed, it continued to be one-way traffic. Lloris came rushing out of his area to slide in on Walcott and got his toe to the ball as the Arsenal forward tumbled – with the home fans screaming for what could have been a red card from referee Michael Oliver, whose decision was backed up by television replays. Arsenal were forced into a change just before half-time, when midfielder Wilshere signalled he was unable to continue and hobbled off, to be replaced by Mathieu Flamini, the former Gunner rejoining his old club on a free earlier this week. Spurs made a lively start to the second half, forcing a couple of corners from which they failed to really test the Arsenal defence. Flamini, released by AC Milan at the end of last season, was cautioned for a sliding challenge on Danny Rose. Nacer Chadli’s free-kick, though, flew high into the Clock End. Arsenal were struggling to find fluency, as the tempo was interrupted by a string of niggly fouls from both sides. When Giroud was played in by Cazorla at the edge of the Spurs penalty area, his low shot deflected goalwards and was pushed just wide by Lloris. Spurs boss Villas-Boas looked to liven up his attack with 20 minutes left as Dembele was replaced by Jermain Defoe. Arsenal were the next to threaten though, Lloris racing out quickly to beat Walcott to the loose ball again, this time with his hands. There was a stoppage as Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue – signed from Toulouse in a £9million deal – needed treatment after badly twisting his ankle in a tackle with Cazorla, and had to be carried off on a stretcher. Sandro came on, with Townsend also replaced as Lamela made his debut. Spurs went close to an equaliser when Defoe’s shot at the near post was saved by Wojciech Szczesny and the follow-up from Soldado cannoned into Giroud. At the other end, Walcott’s shot was saved by Lloris with substitute Nacho Monreal just unable to get to the rebound. Spurs continued to push Arsenal back during five minutes of stoppage time, but Wenger’s men remained resilient – and jubilant chants of ‘What a waste of money’ from the home fans followed the final whistle. Olivier Giroud fired Arsenal to a hard-earned 1-0 win as big-spending Tottenham’s summer investment brought no reward in the north London derby. Spurs may have been without Real Madrid-bound Gareth Bale, but their £100million-plus spending spree saw plenty of talent in Andre Villas-Boas’ match-day squad, with £26million man Erik Lamela starting on the bench following his transfer from Roma that was finalised on Friday. Arsenal, having so far brought in only two free transfers, earned the bragging rights after Giroud tucked home his fourth goal in five appearances to settle an entertaining, but also heated, contest. There was a bright start by the hosts, and Santi Cazorla forced a fine early save from Hugo Lloris with a 20-yard curling free-kick. The Spaniard then had another go from a more central position after Theo Walcott was upended by Mousa Dembele, and this time his low effort went under the wall, bobbling just wide. Spurs settled and Roberto Soldado, the £26million striker signed from Valencia, had a close-range shot blocked by Per Mertesacker. Arsenal, though, swept into the lead after 23 minutes, with a swift counter from Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky seeing the ball played out to Theo Walcott down the right. The England forward cut a pass towards the six-yard box – where Giroud arrived ahead of Spurs captain Michael Dawson at the near post to convert a lovely left-footed finish. Arsenal looked to quickly further extend their advantage, with Walcott’s angled drive beaten away by Lloris. Wales midfielder Ramsey then crashed a shot horribly over the bar after being set up just inside the area by Cazorla. Press Associationlast_img read more

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2020-09-21

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Mark Taylor feels it is probably not viable to have WT20 in Oct or Nov

first_imgSYDNEY:Cricket Australia Director and former Australia captain Mark Taylor urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision on the men’s T20 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to be held from October 19 to November 15 in Australia, but is under a cloud of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.”It would probably be good (if a decision is made this week),” Taylor told the Nine Network. “Because then everyone can start planning and we can stop sitting here and saying ‘well ifs, buts or maybes’.” The window of October to November is also a period that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking at as a potential period to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL). But they have made it clear that is only if the ICC decides to postpone the showpiece event. The cash-rich T20 league was scheduled to start on March 29 but was postponed due to the outbreak of the pandemic in India. “My feeling is the World T20 won’t go ahead in Australia in October as planned. Is it going to be viable to have a world tournament in October or November? The answer to that is probably no,” said Taylor. While many of the current and former Australian players have themselves said that they don’t see the likelihood of the World T20 happening in October-November as per initial schedule due to the restrictions that have come in due to the coronavirus pandemic, former Australia skipper Allan Border has made it clear that the Indian Premier League shouldn’t be given priority over the showpiece event. “(I’m) not happy with that, the world game should take precedence over a local competition. So, the World T20, if that can’t go ahead, I don’t think the IPL can go ahead,” Border said on ABC’s Grandstand Cafe radio program. “I would question that decision (to replace it) — it’s just a money grab, isn’t it, that one? The World T20 should take precedence, for sure.” IANSlast_img read more

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2020-09-20

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Caz boys hoops falls to Skaneateles in last seconds

first_imgWith its 11-3 record and no. 27 state Class B ranking, the Cazenovia boys basketball team suddenly found itself the stronger of the two Lakers outlets heading into last Wednesday’s clash with Skaneateles.But that only lasted until the game’s closing seconds, when Cazenovia’s opportunity for a signature win this season got snatched away in a 48-46 defeat.The two Lakers sides went through a closely played first half. Nate Fouts’ 10 points helped Skaneateles inch in front, 24-23, and it extended its margin to 34-26 before Cazenovia went on a 15-2 run to close the third quarter. Fighting back in the final period, Skaneateles set up atense struggle through the final minutes, neither team able to produce much for long stretches.Down by two, 46-44, Skaneateles evened it up with Jack Whirtley’s free throws with 29 seconds to play.Then, after a Cazenovia miss, the home Lakers, not calling a time-out, rushed downcourt, Whirtley passing it to Max Wamp, who put in the go-ahead basket with less than three seconds left. Cazenovia could not answer it, taking a bitter defeat despite 15 points from Alex Moesch and 12 points from A.J. Rothfeld. Ryan Romagnoli and Patrick Linck had seven points apiece.To lead Skaneateles, Fouts gained 16 points, just ahead of Whirtley’s total of 15 points. Wamp and Tyler DelFavero had six points apiece.With a chance to recover on Friday night against Holland Patent, the Lakers could not do so, upended 75-63 by the Golden Knights.Though it only had a 6-7 record going into the game and had lost to Solvay the night before, HP traded baskets with Cazenovia throughout the first half, then outscored them 21-15 in the third quarter.All game long, the Golden Knights’ Dylan Ernst proved tough to contain, ultimately earning 32 points to help his side withstand the Lakers’ late push.Moesch gained 23 points, including five 3-pointers. All of Romagnoli’s 12 points came from four 3-pointers as Keegan Bailey had nine points, Linck and Ty Freyer eight points apiece.Back on Tuesday night, Chittenango went up against state Class B no. 24-ranked Solvay and made a furious late charge, but could not catch the Bearcats in a 53-47 defeat.Ultimately, the Bears paid for a third quarter where it was outscored 14-4. This extended Solvay’s lead to 39-25, which despite its late surge it was unable to overcome.Bryce Bishop did put up a game-high 17 points, while Jacob Dawkins and Alex Lum had eight points apiece. Tyrus Kelly got seven points as, for the Bearcats, Brock Bagozzi and Elijah Wright had 14 points apiece, Will Evans adding 11 points.Still at home this week, Chittenango will take on Mexico and Hannibal, while Cazenovia would go to Marcellus Tuesday and then host Syracuse Academy of Science Friday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: boys basketballCazenoviaChittenangolast_img read more

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2020-09-17

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UW hopes lightning strikes twice

first_imgAs defending national champions, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has been, well, somewhat of an average team this season. A few highs here, a few lows there, but nothing too spectacular along the way.This is especially true in terms of the Badgers’ series in the 2006-07 campaign. Out of 12 two-game sets this year, Wisconsin has won three, lost three, and split six series.What’s more, the Badgers are holding down sixth place in the ten-team WCHA, which has designated them the first team out of the national poll (a handful of votes behind No. 20 Quinnipiac). UW currently sits on the bubble of USCHO.com’s pairwise rankings, just outside the top 16 that will qualify for the NCAA tournament.Whether this is caused by losing too many good players to graduation, a letdown from winning it all last April, or running into too much talent in the early part of this season — 17 out of their 24 games thus far have been against ranked teams — it’s impossible to tell. All the Badgers know is that, after getting last weekend off, they begin a six-week stretch tonight; 12 more games that will go a long way in determining how the postseason will shake out for Mike Eaves’ boys.Wisconsin (10-12-2, 7-8-1 WCHA) has a great chance this weekend to buck the trend of splitting series, as it plays host to ninth-place Minnesota State-Mankato Friday and Saturday nights at the Kohl Center. The Mavericks (8-14-4, 5-10-3) could be just what the doctor ordered for Wisconsin’s downtrodden offense (91 goals allowed in 26 games, second-most in the conference).While senior defenseman Jeff Likens and the Badgers are relieved to be facing some unranked teams at this point in the season — just four of their remaining 12 games involve ranked opponents — they know to be wary against a hard-working Minnesota State team that recently took three out of four series points from No. 4 St. Cloud State.”These guys might not be up there as far as the rankings go, but they work hard,” Likens said. “It’s definitely going to be a hard battle this weekend. They may not have the [No. 1 ranked] skill, but they’re going to have the work ethic of a No. 1 team in the nation.”After sweeping North Dakota on the road in December, senior forward Jake Dowell expressed the importance of winning games on back-to-back nights, considering that’s what is required of teams in the WCHA and national tournaments. With teams like Minnesota and Denver no longer in front of UW, he feels Wisconsin has an opportunity to make a late-season push.”The stretch kind of began playing those real tough teams, Minnesota and Denver, and the fact that we were able to play well against them, we thought we could have come out (of) both those series with sweeps,” Dowell said. “Now, we go in and play a team like this that’s going to give you everything they’ve got every night.”According to head coach Mike Eaves, stopping Minnesota State begins and ends with neutralizing Maverick senior forward Travis Morin, who, with 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists), enters this weekend as the No. 3 point scorer in the conference.”He’s their offensive key, and if he has a good weekend, they’ll be successful,” Eaves said. “If we can limit him, then probably we’ll be successful.”For Wisconsin, playing Minnesota State has certain other significance in reference to its championship series. In a late February series, the Badgers left Mankato after giving up 13 goals and getting swept by the Mavericks 6-4 and 7-3. The disastrous weekend prompted a closed-door, players-only meeting, which apparently worked; Wisconsin went on to win nine of their next ten games, capped by that 2-1 championship victory over Boston College.”The biggest thing was holding ourselves accountable,” Likens said. “We talked about how it’s got to come within — we can’t have Coach coming up and snapping [at us] every couple minutes. As players, we’ve got to have trust in each other — that was a big thing that came out of the meeting.”While the Badgers hope to not relive last season’s drubbing at Mankato this weekend at the Kohl Center, it’s that kind of late-season effort and chemistry that could make what has been largely an unspectacular season a whole lot better.Dowell explained how this weekend, which brings the matchup of a gritty Mankato team, could prove the perfect example of how Wisconsin needs to play the remainder of this conference season.”They’re going to play hard, and we have to match their heart,” Dowell said. “That’s the way we need to play the whole rest of the season, so we’re playing great hockey at the end of the year. That’s exactly how we need to be playing.”last_img read more

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2020-09-17

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Bleach: Badger fans don’t know what they’re missing

first_imgIn a rational world, P.J. Hill would be celebrated for his contributions to the University of Wisconsin. In a sensible world, Badger fans would bemoan the fate of their steadily slipping football program as one of the top running backs in the nation fled for the National Football League.Unfortunately, this is not a rational world, and Badger fans are far from sensible.Hill will leave Madison ranking third on the school’s all-time rushing list, tied for second in total touchdowns and, along with Ron Dayne, the only running back to break the 1,000-yard plateau in each of his first three seasons. The bruising junior also won multiple national freshman of year awards and made an All-Big Ten team in each of his three seasons.“I wish P.J. the best in the future and want to thank him for all his hard work during his time as a Badger,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s a great running back, and I think his numbers speak for themselves.”While the numbers should speak for themselves, many Badger fans — including all three of the other sports editors at the Herald — are happy Hill chose to leave one season early.What a sad lack of appreciation for one of the top three backs in UW history.Addition by subtraction, I am told. While Hill was good, redshirt freshman John Clay will be so much better the theory goes.On the surface, I suppose this makes sense. Clay did post a beastly 5.7 yards per carry average and scored nine touchdowns in his rookie year.Hill wasn’t too far behind, however, churning out 5.1 yards per carry and making it to the end zone 13 times. Furthermore, in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State, Hill carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards, while Clay managed only 39 yards on 11 rushes.Even without factoring in Hill’s value as a pass blocker and receiver, Clay’s statistical advantage over Hill is marginal.To simply compare the two running backs, however, completely misses the point. The Badgers did not lose six games because Hill carried the ball more than Clay. UW lost because the passing attack was beyond dreadful, the defense was average at best and Bielema failed to keep the team playing at a consistent level. I don’t care who is in the backfield; if the quarterbacks fail to improve next season, the Badgers will be lucky to make it back to the very prestigious Champs Sports Bowl.As for Hill, I have also heard griping that he thinks too highly of himself and entering the draft early was a mistake for him personally. While I cannot speak to where Hill believes he will be drafted, it is clear he made the right choice where he and his family are concerned, even if it is not what is best for the Badgers.I also doubt Hill will go in the first three rounds, but failing to be drafted on the first day should hardly be considered a failure. After starting for three straight years, there is little Hill could do to improve his stock for NFL scouts, but he could hurt his draft status plenty. Already prone to minor injuries and sharing carries with Clay, Hill stood to lose even more ground if he completed his senior year.For comparison’s sake, rookie running back Tim Hightower of the Arizona Cardinals made $430,500 this year as a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Even if Hill busts in the pros, a couple years at that salary should help him finish his degree.Hill often received a large portion of the blame for Wisconsin’s struggles the past two years after his stellar freshman season. In fact, Hill played at the same high level, but without Joe Thomas as your left tackle and the likes of Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer dropping back to pass, anyone’s numbers would suffer.Hill should be remembered for what he accomplished at UW, not scorned for the failures of his teammates. Eventually everyone will remember Hill as one of the best backs at a school known for its running game. If only he was remembered for that now.Michael is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers will be better off without P.J. Hill? Michael can be reached at mbleach@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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2020-09-17

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One Irish swimmer in action at the World Championships

first_imgThere’s just one Irish swimmer in action at the World Championships in Hungary today. Current Irish 100 and 200-metres butterfly champion Brendan Hyland is in the pool this morning for the 200-metres butterfly heats. Shane Ryan narrowly missed out in a place in the 100-metres backstroke final last evening. Photo: Pixabaylast_img

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2020-09-09

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Clash at Daytona 2020 start time, TV schedule, live stream, format for Daytona 500 exhibition race

first_imgIn order to be eligible to race in the Clash, a driver must meet at least one of the following criteria:Pole winner from any race last seasonFormer Clash winner who raced full time last seasonFormer Daytona 500 winner who raced full time last seasonFormer Daytona 500 pole winner who raced full time last seasonQualified for last season’s Cup Series playoffsA total of 20 drivers met the above criteria and were eligible for the 2020 Clash at Daytona, but only 18 will compete. Daniel Hemric (pole winner from last year) is back in the Xfinity Series this season, and Daniel Suarez (pole winner from last year), now with a new team, opted not to race in the Clash as the No. 95 crew prepares for the Daytona 500.Below is the complete entry list for the 2020 Clash at Daytona and how each driver became eligible.Car No.DriverQualification1Kurt BuschFormer Clash winner2Brad Keselowski2019 pole winner3Austin Dillon2019 pole winner4Kevin Harvick2019 pole winner6Ryan NewmanFormer Daytona 500 winner9Chase Elliott2019 pole winner10Aric Almirola2019 pole winner11Denny Hamlin2019 pole winner12Ryan Blaney2019 pole winner14Clint Bowyer2019 pole winner18Kyle Busch2019 pole winner19Martin Truex Jr.Former Daytona 500 pole winner20Erik Jones2019 playoff driver22Joey Logano2019 pole winner24William Byron2019 pole winner42Kyle Larson2019 pole winner48Jimmie Johnson2019 pole winner88Alex BowmanFormer Daytona 500 pole winner Yes, the NASCAR Cup Series has a preseason just like other major American sports leagues, but the stock car racing exhibition is a quickie that features just 75 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.The annual Clash at Daytona, this year titled the Busch Clash, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 with a start time of 3 p.m. ET, almost exactly a week before the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. As always, only an exclusive group of drivers are eligible to race in the Clash. MORE: Complete TV schedule for Daytona SpeedweeksJimmie Johnson, who won last year’s rain-shortened Clash at Daytona, is one of those drivers. The 2020 Clash represents the beginning of Daytona Speedweeks for all teams, but for Johnson, it marks the beginning of his last season as a driver before his retirement.”My hope for him is that he is able to enjoy a full season as much as Jeff Gordon did,” Mike Joy, Fox’s lead play-by-play broadcaster, told Sporting News of Johnson. The Clash will mark the first race broadcast in which Joy and Gordon will operate in a two-man booth in the wake of analyst Darrell Waltrip’s retirement. The duo will call all Cup Series practices and qualifying sessions this week, including Thursday’s Duels, leading up to Fox’s Daytona 500 broadcast.First on the schedule, though, is the Clash. Below is all you need to know about this year’s exhibition race at Daytona, including the TV/live stream info, the format for the event and the drivers included on the entry list.Clash at Daytona start time 2020Date: Sunday, Feb. 9Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports GoRadio: MRNSunday’s Clash marks the first race broadcast for Fox’s NASCAR Cup Series broadcast team in 2020, which now features the aforementioned two-man booth of Joy and Gordon. Fox’s broadcast for the Clash (and all Cup races moving forward) will include more injections of analysis from Larry McReynolds and Jamie McMurray from the network’s studio in Charlotte.Vince Welch, Matt Yocum, Jamie Little and Regan Smith are returning in 2020 as pit road reporters for Fox.Clash at Daytona schedule 2020The 18 drivers in this year’s Clash (more on them below) get just one practice session to test their cars before Sunday’s Clash. That session was scheduled for Saturday at 11:35 a.m. ET.Two Daytona 500 practice sessions also were scheduled for Saturday, but teams in the Clash will run different cars than those they brought for the 500.Below is the TV schedule for all Cup Series sessions at Daytona this week.Saturday, Feb. 8TimeEventTV channelRadio station11:35 a.m. ETBusch Clash practiceFS1MRN1:35 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceFS1MRN3 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceFS1MRNSunday, Feb. 9TimeEventTV channelRadio station12:30 p.m. ETDaytona 500 pole qualifyingFoxMRN3 p.m. ETBusch ClashFS1MRNThursday, Feb. 13TimeEventTV channelRadio station7 p.m. ETBluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1FS1MRN8:45 p.m. ETBluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2FS1MRNFriday, Feb. 14TimeEventTV channelRadio station5:05 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceFS1MRNSaturday, Feb. 15TimeEventTV channelRadio station12:30 p.m. ETDaytona 500 final practiceFS1MRNSunday, Feb. 16TimeEventTV channelRadio station2:30 p.m. ETDaytona 500FoxMRNClash at Daytona 2020: Format, lineup, entry listThe 75-lap exhibition race will begin with a 25-lap segment and end with the final 50 laps after a scheduled caution.There is no qualifying for the Clash; just Saturday’s practice session. Instead, the starting lineup will be set by a random draw, which is scheduled to take place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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2020-08-14

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Matthew continues to shine for Neptunes

first_imgSamuel Matthew continues to be the bright light for the Nelson Neptunes on the Kootenay Summer  Swim Association.The Division three swimmer won another gold medal during the latest stop on the KSSA schedule Sunday in Colville, Wash.Matthew won his third gold medal of the season to lead the Neptune medal haul.The Brager kids — Jakob in Division one boys and Kourtney in Division three girls — each won silver medals while Kiandra McLaren also took home a second place finish in Division six girls.Also winning silver was Neptune assistant coach Rebecca Afford, edging sister Melissa in Division seven girls.Sage Cowan completed the medal haul for Nelson, winning bronze in Division four girls.Nelson finished well down the pack in team standings, placing sixth in the eight-team field.Trail Stingrays captured top stop edging host Colville.Castlegar Aquanauts finished third ahead of surging Grand Forks and Kimberley.Matthew and the Neptunes return to the pool Saturday for a meet in Castlegar.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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2020-08-03

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The Konola Bridge Could Tie Up Interior Traffic

first_imgJust last week the new Minister of Public Works, Mr. Gyude Moore, confidently told the Daily Observer that the road projects, especially those of the Red Light to Gbarnga and Gbarnga to Ganta, were on stream and that two reputable Chinese companies were doing the work.But last Friday our Bong County Correspondent Marcus Malayea sent the grim report that a serious crack had been discovered in the crucial Konola Bridge near the border linking Margibi and Bong counties. Correspondent Malayea interviewed the Chinese contractor, CICO, to find out what had happened. They told him that the bridge was 51 years old and that they had recently repaired it; but it had been damaged by heavy trucks that exceeded the prescribed 50 tons. However, the contractors said they would soon repair the bridge again.Being 51 years old, the bridge was clearly not built by the Chinese, who were nowhere around in 1964. In fact, that was during the Tubman era, when Liberia maintained diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan. So CICO is not responsible for the bridge’s current condition, though the company did in fact recently repair it as part of its ongoing contract. We suggest that the Public Works Ministry undertake a complete reassessment of that bridge, to determine whether it needs reinforcement and for how long, or whether to demolish it and build an entirely new, reinforced one, that will be able to withstand the heaviest of trucks. This will undoubtedly call for substantial new financial resources. But the government has no choice but to make an urgent decision on what to do about this bridge, because it lies smack in the middle of the highway from Paynesville Red Light to Gbarnga. This is the only corridor leading to Central and Western Liberia which comprise the nation’s breadbaskets—Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties; and Southeastern Liberia, through which a lot of agricultural produce passes en route to Monrovia. So this highway is indispensable to travel to and from the Liberian hinterland.There is yet another major bridge that must be rebuilt. It is the bridge that is closest to the Margibi-Bong border. A temporary steel bridge was erected there by UNMIL forces to facilitate the free flow of travel after Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) bombed the concrete structure during the civil war. This was the beginning of the notorious Taylor’s destruction of Liberia’s infrastructure that threw the country 50 years backward. But Taylor was not alone in the hateful and vicious destruction of Liberia. Several other warring factions joined in the deliberate, destructive assault on the country they call their motherland. These included Alhaji Kromah’s ULIMO that destroyed almost everything in sight in Lofa County, including the Lutheran-built Currans Memorial Hospital in Zorzor, and the Lutheran Training Institute in Salayea, both in Lofa County.This is a political subdivision which Alhaji Kromah claims is his own county. He claims he hails from Kolahun. Three times ULIMO bombed the hospital and school and three times Dr. Walter Gwenigale, a Lutheran- trained surgeon and medical director of Suakoko’s Phebe Hospital, had to raise funds from European and American Lutheran and other sources to renovate these institutions. Phebe, too, was bombed three times by NPFL and other warring factions and Dr. Gwenigale had to plead with the same sources to help him rebuild it.The foregoing is just a little piece of history to remind these warlords of the grave damage they and their supporters did to their so-called motherland. It is the bombed bridge at the Margibi-Bong border that is being rebuilt. We have reliably learnt that a new bridge is in the CICO contract, because the temporary steel bridge built by UNMIL cannot be relied on for much longer. We trust that what we have said about this aspect of our deliberately destroyed infrastructure will serve as a reminder to those wishing for more trouble in Liberia. More trouble and instability are very COSTLY.By the same token, we make an urgent appeal to all those in or near power in Liberia to realize that honesty and integrity on their part will save us from more trouble, which we most certainly do not need any more of. A hint to the wise is quite sufficient. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2020-01-14

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