Fast Shafts All-Star voting will be in July, August

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The same format will be used to determine 28 of the 30 starters for the Sept. 5 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Ninety-eight IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers are now on the ballot. The final qualifying event will be the July 17 Harris Clash. Using the IMCA website and Facebook page, three drivers from each of the five Modified regions will be elected through electronic polling from July 21 to July 28. Thirteen more will be elected via the IMCA Facebook page from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients between July 29 and Aug. 5. Winners will be notified and their names announced as soon as possible after each round of voting. Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super NationalsAll-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone at Boone Speedway on race night. The event will pay $1,000 to win and $200 to start. Memorial Weekend additions to the All-Star ballot include Eric Center and Brian Schultz from Arizona Speedway’s John Morris Classic, Jason Murray from Stuart Speedway’s Ron Little Memorial and Jake Strayer from the Gary Reinhart Memorial at Quad City Speedway.last_img read more

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Great Victory of BH National Football Team against Estonia! (Video)

first_imgThe national football team of BiH started qualifications for the World Cup, which will be played in Russia in 2018, with a great victory over Estonia (5: 0).Our team dominated throughout the whole match, and the Estonians sent only two balls in the framework of Begovic’s goal.The first serious opportunity for Dragons was in the 6th minute when Visca suddenly got the ball at about 20 meters and shot, but the ball went next to the goal.Network of Estonians shook just a minute later. Pjanic centered from the left at about 40 meters from the free kick, Lulic returned the ball to Ibisevic, but the ball comes to Spahic who hit with his head for 1: 0.Then followed a quieter part of the match in which there were no greater opportunities, but after 23 minutes, judge Zelinka signaled a penalty. Dzeko sent Aksalu in one and the ball in the other corner of the goal for 2: 0.After 27 minutes, Dzeko sent great ball to Ibisevic, who shot next to the goal. Two minutes later, Ibisevic shot at the goal, but Aksalu managed to defend.Dzeko added the ball to Kolasinac on the left in 38th minute, who added to Pjanic, but he shoot directly at Aksalu.Just three minutes after the half time, Dragons came to the next big opportunity. Visca added to Pjanic on the right side, he found Ibisevic, who shot but Aksalu stopped his shot in the phenomenal way.In the 61st minute, Ibisevic hit the stand in a one on one situation against Aksalu.Ten minutes later, the Dragons scored their third goal. Pjanic centered from the corner, while Medunjanin shot and scored another goal against guests.Ibisevic scored the fourth goal for Dragons after 83 minutes. Debutant Milicevic, who entered the match just 8 minutes earlier, centered, and Ibisevic hit with his head for 4: 0.Spahic concluded the match with his second goal. Pjanic centered from the corner and Spahic scored his sixth goal in the jersey of BiH with his head.Team of BiH: Begovic, Vranjes (Bicakcic 62′), Zukanovic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Visca (Milicevic 75′), Pjanic, Medunjanin, Lulic, Ibisevic, Dzeko (Djuric 81′).Team of Estonia: Aksalu, Teniste, Baranov, Klavan, Pikk, Kallaste, Antonov (Sappinen 86′), Mets, Kams (Kruglov 46′), Vassiljev, Zenjov (Anier 71′).Take a look at the goals in the video.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more

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Experience Olympia & Beyond Receives Industry Accreditation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondExperience Olympia & Beyond was awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal along with other destinations at the Destinations International conference. The accreditation program by Destinations International recognizes the organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world.From left: CEO Shauna Stewart, Director of Sales Jeff Bowe and Director of Marketing & Communications Moira Davin with Experience Olympia & Beyond receiving accreditation. Photo courtesy: Experience Olympia & Beyond“By achieving DMAP accreditation, these destination organizations have demonstrated that they have developed strategies for the direction of their destination and the policies and procedures to safeguard the use of public dollars,” said David Holder, CDME, DMAP Chair and Vice President – Tourism of JLL – Hospitality and Tourism Group.“We are pleased to have Experience Olympia & Beyond join our distinguished group of professionals,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “The industry distinction defines quality and performance standards for destination organizations and I look forward to welcoming them to the DMAP community.”The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. Experience Olympia & Beyond joins the ranks of more than 200 destination organizations who have obtained DMAP recognition.“Our industry sets high standards and we are honored to officially be an accredited destination marketing organization. Our team and board have been dedicated to achieving this goal and worked tirelessly to make it happen. We are truly celebrating this accomplishment,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond.Experience Olympia & Beyond recently went through a branding process which was a part of the accreditation and has launched a new brand, website, videos and product trails such as the South Sound Coffee Trail. The organization markets the destination to visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and sports event organizers.last_img read more

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$2.5 M In Grants To Help Weather The Storms

first_imgBy Wilson Conde and John BurtonState administered grants totaling $2.5 million will be used for repairs of a Sandy-damaged marina as well as preparing some coastal communities to better withstand future flooding and storm damage.The state will spend $1.5 million for capital repair work to the Leonardo State Marina in Middletown, which underwent severe damage following Super Storm Sandy in 2012.The storm damaged, and in some parts, destroyed the Marina’s docks, concession building, boat ramp, gas pumps, and entire electrical system, among other things.“Leonardo sustained significant damage due to impacts from Sandy,” said Bob Considine, press director for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.The money will go toward engineering and design plans, and securing the necessary permitting from the DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the bulkhead and rip-rap repair and replacement. About 600 feet of bulkhead and 250 feet of stone rip-rap along the Marina will be repaired. It sustained damage when it was flooded with six feet of water above the bulkhead during Sandy.Considine said the DEP has already dredged the Marina to accommodate boats, and also restored the electrical system and boat ramp during the Spring following Super Storm Sandy; but has decided not to replace the gas pumps or the concession building.The grant package includes approximately $900,000 in funds the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration (NOAA) is making available to the DEP for the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) initiative, which aims to study how to adapt and better protect the infrastructure in communities located between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers against future coastal hazards.NJ FRAMES partners the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR), the Louis Berger Group, the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Borough of Oceanport as the representative of the Two River Council of Mayors.“It is something that will benefit all 15 towns of the Two River Council of Mayors and Highlands,” said Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey.The funds will be used to draft a Regional Adaption Planning Project, which will look how to establish an interrelated plan for the communities to better withstand significant weather events, which are getting more severe, according to Coffey.“Flooding is the number one issues,” for these communities, like Highlands, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright and others, he said. That is is becoming increasingly apparent with each storm, Coffey stressed. “Obviously, things are different now, with each storm, with high tides,” Coffey said.The study, the mayor explained, will also take into consideration public interest, economic implications and actual costs.The project is expected to begin next month and take approximately 36 months.In exchange for the funds, communities are expected to provide in-kind support, with the use of municipal facilities for public outreach and contributions from municipal professionals, such as their engineers.The partnering groups will use a scenario-based approach to help the Two Rivers Council determine and understand the range of costs and benefits of planning resiliency decisions in communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the NJ FRAMES project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.“The expertise of coastal scientists, combined with the input of affected communities and residents will help us identify these important next steps to be taken to protect this region from the effects of devastating floods,” said DEP Commissioner Bob MartinRep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), said that the grants give a major boost for local efforts to recover from Sandy’s impact, as well as protect against future storms like Sandy.“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, we have the unique opportunity to improve our infrastructure in Monmouth County to ensure that we are better prepared for the next storm,” Pallone said. “Grants like these for the Leonardo State Marina and the Two Rivers region will make our community more resilient in the future, while also providing critical funds to continue these ongoing repair efforts.”Jason Reimer, a resident of Middletown, said that Sandy hurt the Marina, and that any repairs and upgrades that could be done there would be a boost to the neighborhood. “The marina is definitely in need of repair and upgrades for sure,” Reimer said. “It will bring a lot more people to the area (once it’s repaired).”Leonardo resident Joseph Giliberto said he’s hoping that the project will address the flooding issues that have frequently battered the neighborhood around the marina during most storms, especially when there’s a high tide.“Anything they can do about it to stop the flooding would be more than welcome,” Giliberto said.Joan Marchetta said she used to greatly enjoy the Marina’s aesthetic elements, such as the vegetation and the glassed in information center that was in front of the harbormaster’s house, until they were both damaged by Sandy and demolished afterward. She is disappointed by how the Marina currently looks compared to before Sandy, particularly the placement of a portable toiled in front of a neighbor’s house. “The Marina is a mess, and has been since Sandy,” she said. “I hope there’s something in the plans to make it beautiful again.”Middletown Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said that although he had no specific knowledge of the Marina repair project’s details because the NJ DEP is running that project, he believes that any work to repair the Marina would be beneficial for Middletown.“It’s an integral part of the (Middletown) economy,” Mercantante said of the Marina. “A lot of residents use it, so seeing it restored would definitely improve the local economy.”last_img read more

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Atlantic Highlands and County Mull Traffic Fixes

first_imgBy John Burton |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — A resident-drafted plan intended to offer some traffic and parking relief for the borough’s First Avenue doesn’t have county officials’ support.“I’d say the plan would not gain county approval at this point,” said borough administrator Adam Hubeny.First Avenue, which is the borough’s main business thoroughfare, is a county roadway and comes under the county purview.Hubeny, Mayor Rhonda “Randi” Le Grice and Police Chief Jerry Vasto joined county engineers and representatives from the county Public Works Department earlier this month to discuss traffic, pedestrian and vehicular safety issues for the borough, particularly those facing the borough’s commercial district. During conversations with county representatives, the “loop proposal,” as it’s become known locally, came up. However, Le Grice acknowledged, county engineers rejected the proposal because the engineers felt it wasn’t in compliance with the county standards. “And the county found many flaws in the plan,” Hubeny acknowledged.Borough resident Mark Fisher undertook looking into the issue that has been increasingly of concern to borough officials: namely tackling traffic and insufficient parking along First Avenue.Fisher drew up a series of plans and accompanying PowerPoint presentations that involved making a portion of First Avenue one way moving east toward the municipal harbor and Seastreak commuter ferry dock. To compensate for that, Fisher’s plan would create a loop, having traffic on a portion of Hennessey Boulevard, a parallel street just north of First Avenue, flow one way in the opposite, westerly direction.In addition to the new traffic pattern, Fisher’s plan called for angling parking spaces on the one-way portions of First and Hennessey to 60 degrees. That, Fisher had said, would allow for additional spaces in the increasingly busy commercial district.The problem for county engineers, though, is that to allow angled parking would require a separate back-out lane, according to county guidelines. “And the street is just not wide enough for that,” Hubeny said.“I just get the feeling there aren’t too many one-way roads that have been approved by them,” Le Grice said, referring to county engineers, who seemed disinclined to allow one-way traffic. When Fisher’s proposal was introduced in May, Le Grice told The Two River Times she was intrigued, especially as it was a relatively easy and inexpensive way to increase parking and address congestion.“It is a big disappointment,” Fisher acknowledged, noting he had asked but wasn’t allowed to participate in the meeting earlier this month.Fisher isn’t a traffic engineer but said he had dedicated approximately 200 hours researching and drafting his plan, saying he wanted to offer some, however marginal, remedy. Like many residents, Fisher had become concerned about traffic safety and the parking spill over into residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial district, Le Grice explained.Le Grice said she and others will continue to consider installing angled parking on Hennessey Boulevard, since the borough does “have control over that.”Borough officials and county representatives discussed other traffic calming initiatives as speed humps, flashing pedestrian crossing lights (such as the one recently installed in the vicinity of Portland Pointe housing complex), additional crosswalks, and signage.“However,” Le Grice noted, “we have to come up with the money” for those measures.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this story.Le Grice said traffic enforcement will be ramped up to deal with speeding along the roadway. According to Fisher, when he had conducted a series of public presentations on his plan, questionnaires filled out by residents overwhelmingly said speeding and pedestrian safety were leading issues.As for parking, some spaces will be added at the eastern end of First Avenue by restriping in the area of the Hesse building, Le Grice said. But with substantial mixed-use residential and commercial developments moving forward in the district, more businesses coming into the community, and the demands for commuter parking for the ferry, Le Grice said parking is something that will have to be handled if progress is to continue.And that could mean talking about building a garage, the mayor added.“We got to have that conversation,” she said. “We got to look ahead.”This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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SCOTIA BANK STEPS TO THE PLATE FOR STUDENT ATHLETES:

first_imgThe Bomber Baseball program is very thankful for the efforts of the Scotia Bank Team helping to keep the cost of playing reasonable for the student athlete.Again the Bomber Baseball program want to thank the Scotia Bank for their support. The Nelson/Trail Scotia bank has been a strong supporter of the L. V. Rogers High School baseball program for the past couple of years.Again this year they stepped up to help the team with their fundraising, seen here are members of the Scotia Bank team giving a cheque to two Bomber players, the cheque matched the amount raised by the team during two fund raisers.last_img

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WIRSPA to engage regional Govts on tax-free rum

first_img…as DDL’s Komal Samaroo re-elected as ChairmanDemerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Group Chairman Komal Samaroo has been re-elected to serve as Chairman for the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA) and plans to engage Caribbean leaDemerara Distillers Limited Chairman, Komal Samarooders on the importation of duty-free rums.He was elected to continue serving in the capacity when rum producers from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Dominican Republic met with members of WIRSPA earlier this month in St Lucia for the biannual Directors’ and Annual General Meetings.Speaking at the event, Samaroo said that the availability of imported duty-free spirits to both visitors and locals alike, whether through legitimate sale or through (tax) controls, is a real threat to regional domestic markets.“We have recently placed this as an active issue before Caricom Ministers of Trade and we will work with Governments to address these challenges which impact so negatively on our international competitiveness,” Samaroo is quoted as saying by the Association in a release to the media.During the two days of meetings, Caribbean rum producers were urged to exploit the potential of the regional tourism industry to build their brands.St Lucia’s Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Dominic Fedee said there was tremendous opportunity for the Region’s two preeminent brands – tourism and rum.The Minister at a tasting of Authentic Caribbean Rums (ACR) shared that some of the best rums are being produced right in the Region and must be promoted. He said, “As a people we need to be prouder of our indigenous world-class brands… many persons aspire to foreign brands, while consumers in those self-same countries crave our products.”Minister Fedee reminded those in attendance that millions of visitors pour into various Caribbean countries each year which presents a unique opportunity for them to sample and purchase the high-grade products, whether on board a ship, in resorts or in their respective touring initiatives.In response to the Minister’s call, the reappointed Chairman informed that, “The potential to improve the visitor package and to increase exposure of our high-quality premium brands through leveraging our 300-plus years of rum history and heritage are well appreciated, and an opportunity our producers are actively addressing.”Meanwhile, St Lucia Distillers Managing Director Margaret Monplaisir, in her remarks, underscored the importance of visitors and shared the country’s plans for tourists.“Visitors are an increasingly important part of our business model. We are currently planning a major investment in a new visitor facility that will expose the best of St Lucia and, of course, the best of our rums,” she revealed.Monplaisir noted that the investment was a substantial one and, once completed, would be among St Lucia’s premier visitor attractions.WIRSPA is one of the oldest Private Sector trade associations in the Caribbean. It represents rum producers in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.ACR, the products produced by the membership of WIRSPA, represent a unique and distinct sector within the drinks industry, supported by common quality standards and rules. The ACR marque was developed as a symbol of authenticity, provenance, and quality for rums, within the WIRSPA family.last_img read more

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Northern Lights College announces new president

first_imgChar of the Board of Governors Karen Simpson says the board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Kulmatycki after receiving endorsement by the search committee.“Following extensive meetings with the search committee, senior executive, and faculty, it was clear that Bryn had the depth of character and leadership vision that will be an excellent fit for Northern Lights College,” Simpson writes. “I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding president for this college because of his track record as an experienced and effective administrator with a history of bringing innovation to education.”Dr. Kulmatycki is currently the Vice President of Academics at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George.- Advertisement -Prior to his role at CNC, he served as a President, Vice-Chancellor and CEO at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton, as well as a Regional Superintendent of Schools and CEO both in Grande Prairie and Whitecourt.“I am truly excited to return to the north and be a part of the excitement and energy that is happening in northeastern British Columbia,” writes Dr. Kulmatycki. “Northern Lights College is the north’s premier training facility and the opportunity to lead this organization into the next phase of northern British Columbia’s strong economic outlook is one to which I look forward.”Dr. Kulmatycki holds a doctorate in Educational Research and Leadership, and Bachelors of Education from the University of Calgary as well as a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Alberta.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Athletics see six-game win streak snapped by Royals

first_imgThe Royals drew when No. 9 hitter Brett Phillips, … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The A’s gave one away Monday night.Their six-game win streak ended when the Kansas City Royals — losers of 95 games this season — scored two runs in the ninth off closer Liam Hendricks for a 6-5 win in front of 12,902 fans at the Coliseum.The A’s, beginning their final homestand of the regular season, took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth.last_img

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10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd win

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: My Alisson wind-up after Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he enjoyed a dig at Alisson after victory over Manchester United.Such is the strength of spirit in the dressing room, Van Dijk felt comfortable jokingly admonishing the Brazil international afterwards.”I said to him “We have no clean sheet because of you!” No, I made a joke out of it. He’s been fantastic for us,” he said.”It happens, everyone makes mistakes. Maybe I didn’t react as well as maybe I could have. It happens sometimes.”It’s how we react and he did brilliantly in the second half. He didn’t get nervous. We had to all bounce back and we did. I said to him, ‘Just keep going, keep your head up and we’ll be fine.'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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