IMCA national runners-up, special event drivers will earn awards from AutoMeter

first_imgAutoMeter gives $50 gift certifi­cates to a top five finishing driver at each of 80 designated specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods.  “AutoMeter comes from a long line of racing history and has been driven to provide performance enthusiasts with the information they need to win,” said Director of Motorsports Marc Erickson. “We are proud to support IMCA and its racers.”  SYCAMORE, Ill. – A unique combination of IMCA drivers receive awards from AutoMeter for a third consecutive season.  Second-place drivers in Modified, Late Model, Stock Car and Hobby Stock national standings all re­ceive mechanical 3-gauge panel sets while IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, both SportMod and the Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions receive 2-gauge panel sets. Information about AutoMeter products as well as company dealers is available at www.autometer.com, by calling 866 248-6356 and on Facebook. center_img Those certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received. “Often times it is assumed that only our national champions stand to receive season-ending awards,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “While those drivers do receive great recognition, we have important programs like AutoMeter’s that target drivers who put in just as much time, effort and resources but come up just short of a national championship. It is the goal of AutoMeter to ensure those drivers don’t go unrecognized as well.” The Sycamore, Ill., competition instrument and accessories manufacturer recognizes both national runners-up and special events competitors. last_img read more

Clerk Bradford reminds citizens to consider vote by mail

first_imgVersailles, IN—Ginger J. Bradford, Ripley County Clerk, would like to encourage registered voters to vote by mail during these difficult and uncertain times we are currently experiencing.  It has been confirmed by that State that we will have in-person voting on June 2.  The original scheduled date for the primary election was May 5; however, because of COVID-19, the date was changed to June 2.“The safety and well-being of our voters is first and foremost,” says Clerk Bradford.  “That is why I encourage voters to vote early by mail.  Simply call our office at 812-689-4783 and request an absentee application to be sent to you or go to our county website (click here) to print out an application.”Again, the State has confirmed that Indiana will have a primary election on June 2.  In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of those who work as members of the precinct boards at the polling locations, the State has proclaimed that those working at the polling locations do not need to be residents of the county in which they are working.  They do, however, need to be registered to vote in the State of Indiana. These are paid positions. Anyone interested in more information should contact the election office at 812-689-4783.last_img read more

Fan reactions to Syracuse’s 62-55 win over Miami

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Black Stars remain focused as Zambia continue psychological warfare- Nyantakyi

first_imgGhana Football Association Chair has described as “psychological war fare” the tactics being adopted by the Chipolopolo of Zambia ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi on Friday.Kwasi Nyantakyi told the media shortly before the final training session of the Black Stars that the “talk shop” and tactics by the Zambians have rather instilled in the boys a sense of determination ahead of the game.He says the player remain focus, as management has tried to “insulate the team from the disturbances” from the visitors.“The Zambians are trying to put the horse before the cat. They are trying to make issues out of nothing and then cloud us out of this match; disturb our focus so they can come and take advantage of that.“I describe this as a psychological warfare and we are not at all deterred at all by that.“What we have done is to conveniently insulate team from these disturbances that have the tendency to disturb our focus. “I believe they will not give up until after the match, he stated.Citing some of the tactics being adopted by the away team, Nyantakyi said they are not bothered. We are not interested in the issues they are interested.“It’s a talk show they are trying to put up and we are not interested in that.Our focus is on Friday’s game,” he added.last_img read more

Arunachal Ayush institute hit by staff shortage

first_imgMore than a decade after it was approved, India’s easternmost national institute under the Ministry of AYUSH is struggling to operate with a skeletal staff. The institute is also on a collision course with local residents who donated 40 acres of land for it in the hope of getting jobs.11 institutesThe North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) in Pasighat, the headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district, is one of 11 national institutes under the Ministry that oversees the development of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) systems of healthcare.The others include the National Institute of Siddha in Chennai, the National Institute of Unani Medicine in Bengaluru and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in Delhi.While the Centre had approved the establishment of the NEIFM in 2008, it took almost a decade for the institute to be set up. Separately, the process of filling up 22 sanctioned posts began in 2016, but only four — a medical officer, zoologist, administrative officer and an accounts officer — were appointed two years later.Two posts, including that of the Director, were filled on deputation from State government departments.The absence of the requisite number of specialists has restricted NEIFM to an outpatient section. The institute’s 50-bed hospital has been unable to admit patients, while its seven laboratories — equipped with the latest gadgets — have been lying unused.These include the phytochemical, pharmacology, Ayurveda research, life science, herbarium and new drugs, and folk medicine laboratories. Director on deputationNEIFM Director Pekyom Ringu, an Indian Forest Service officer on deputation, declined to comment on “internal matters” but acknowledged that the institute was under pressure from former landowners.“We were guaranteed third- and fourth-grade jobs for giving up our land,” said a former landowner, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But officials of the institute are now telling us that the Ministry has decided to halve the existing 44-45 contractual workers.”The NEIFM employees too have been awaiting residential quarters that were to have been built before the appointments were made. The Ministry has now reportedly said that the quarters would be provided only when all the posts are filled up.“But the process of interviewing candidates has been postponed,” said a person connected to the institute, declining to be identified. “Moreover, officials of the Ministry are reluctant to come here for the interviews; candidates are required to go to Delhi without the possibility of reimbursement of their expenditure,” the institute insider added.last_img read more

Bill Buckner, Forever Known For October Error, Dies At 69

first_imgBill Buckner was an All-Star and batting champion, a gritty gamer who was welcome on any team.A reliable fielder, too.But a little grounder forever changed his legacy.Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through his legs during the 1986 World Series, died Monday. He was 69.“He deserved better,” former Dodgers teammate Bobby Valentine tweeted .Buckner died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia, his family said in a statement. The disease causes Alzheimer’s-like symptoms along with movement and other problems.Buckner made his major league debut as a teenager, played until he was 40 and amassed 2,715 hits in between. Yet for all he accomplished, it was his error at first base in the 1986 World Series that fans always remembered.Trying for their first crown since 1918, the Boston Red Sox led the New York Mets 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 at Shea Stadium. The Mets tied it with two outs, then Wilson hit a roller up the first base line that got past a gimpy Buckner, a misplay that let Ray Knight rush home from second base with the winning run.FILE – In this Oct. 25, 1986, file photo, Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner misplays the ball during during Game 6 of the World Series against the New York Mets. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via AP, File)The Red Sox lost 8-5 in Game 7, and their World Series drought continued until they won the championship in 2004.In the aftermath of Boston’s near-miss, Buckner became a target of fans in New England and beyond, his mistake shown over and over on highlight reels.“You can look at that Series and point fingers in a whole bunch of different directions,” Buckner said a decade ago. “We did the best we could to win there and it just didn’t happen and I didn’t feel like I deserved” so much blame.A curious thing happened over time, too: He became pals with Wilson.“I was saddened to hear about Bill’s death,” Wilson said in a statement. “We had developed a friendship that lasted well over 30 years. I felt badly for some of the things he went through. Bill was a great, great baseball player whose legacy should not be defined by one play.”But sure enough, several years ago when he made a guest appearance on the TV show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the main gag involved star Larry David tossing a ball autographed by Wilson toward Buckner, who lets it get past him and out the window.A footnote: While Buckner was long criticized for the error, many in baseball contend that even if the ball had been handled cleanly, the speedy Wilson would have beaten it anyway.At Fenway Park on Monday, video clips of Buckner’s 22-year career were shown on the scoreboard before the Red Sox hosted Cleveland. His picture was posted and there was a moment of silence, followed by applause from the crowd.“I think it was a travesty the way he was last remembered,” said 67-year-old Red Sox fan Blaine Macinnis from Wilmington, Massachusetts, in a box seat on the first base side. “It was a great injustice of how he ended it with that last play. It’s a shame. That’s how life is.”“Like when your own father dies, you don’t want to remember all the bad things,” he said.Wearing a Red Sox T-shirt, 76-year-old Jim McDonnell from Littleton agreed.“I think it’s a shame how he was treated,” he said.Buckner was released by the Red Sox in the summer of 1987 and went on to play for the Angels and Royals. He returned to Boston for his final season in 1990, playing 22 games.FILE – In this April 8, 2008, file photo, Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who was a member of the 1986 World Series team that lost to the New York Mets, throws out the ceremonial first pitch for the home Opening Day baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Boston. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)In 2008, Buckner finally accepted an invitation to throw out the first ball for the home opener at Fenway Park as the Red Sox celebrated winning another title.Buckner drew loud cheers as he walked from the Green Monster in left field to the mound, and made his ceremonial toss to former teammate Dwight Evans.Buckner said the moment was “probably about as emotional as it could get.”“I really had to forgive,” he said later that day, “not the fans of Boston per se, but I would have to say, in my heart, I had to forgive the media for what they put me and my family through. So I’ve done that. I’m over that. And I’m just happy that I just try to think of the positive. The happy things.”FILE – In this June 1, 1987, file photo Boston Red Sox’s Bill Buckner, right, hits a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File)Cleveland manager Terry Francona was the Red Sox skipper that afternoon.“I thought it was kind of a healing moment, it seemed, for a lot of people and for him, I hope,” Francona said before Monday’s game. “You have to be up here to understand how people take things that happen. I thought that was a really cool moment.”That moment was played on the videoboard during the fifth inning, drawing cheers.In a statement, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner praised “Billy Buck,” saying he “personified toughness and grit, and his determination to play through pain defines him far more than any single play ever could.”Buckner lived in Boise, Idaho, after he finished playing. He was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ minor league affiliate in Boise in 2012-13 and owned three car dealerships and several commercial properties in Idaho.Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts called Buckner a “great ballplayer and beloved member of the Cubs family.” Cubs Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins praised Buckner for helping his charity foundation.Buckner made his big league debut with the Dodgers at 19 in 1969 and became a batting champ with the Cubs. He had a career .289 average and totaled over 100 RBIs in three seasons, twice with Boston. Buckner finished with 174 home runs and 1,208 RBIs and he was a fast outfielder, once stealing 31 bases.He is survived by his wife, Jodi, two daughters and one son.By: Ben Walker, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma hails clinical India after crushing win over Bangladesh

first_imgRohit Sharma was a happy captain after India’s clinical display at the Dubai International Stadium where they thrashed Bangladesh by seven wickets to win their first Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2018 on Friday.Rohit led from the front as he scored an unbeaten 83 to steer India to a comfortable victory while Shikhar Dhawan was the next best batsman with 40 runs. India made light work of Bangladeshi bowlers and the the latter never looked in competition.The win was, however, set up by another brilliant bowling performance by India with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja absolutely taking the wits out of Bangladeshi batsmen. The only resistance that came from Bangladesh was Mehidy Hasan, who struck a wonderful 42 to get Bangladesh to a decent total.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja thrash BangladeshRohit Sharma praised his team for being clinical and mentioned that they knew it was going to be easy to bat under the lights.”Yeah it was [a good win]. Very clinical from the start, we bowled pretty well and restricted Bangladesh to 170-odd. We knew it was slightly better to bat under the lights. So yes a clinical effort overall,” Rohit Sharma said at the presentation ceremony.India vs Bangladesh – Highlights | As it happenedRohit Sharma was all praise for the bowlers who responded to his calls and chipped in every time they came up to bowl. He revealed that it was India’s plan to rotate the bowlers and make them do shorter spells in order to let the batsmen do the guessing.advertisement”I think it is important on a pitch like this to rotate bowlers and keep the batsmen guessing and not let them settled. We wanted to do that, shorter spells. Also it is not easy to bowl longer spells in these conditions. The bowling unit responded well and here if you keep the length tight, wickets are bound to come and that is what happened.Ravindra Jadeja returns to ODIs after 442 days and picks 4 for 29″They [Kuldeep and Chahal] had an odd day but they have been bowling well. Jadeja has been out for long and to bowl like that was excellent. The whole unit bowled well and according to plan. When everything goes according to plan, it all looks easy and nice and then a very clinical chase as well,” Rohit stated.Another day, another match, another dominating performance. #TeamIndia seal the game against Bangladesh by 7 wickets #AsiaCup2018 #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/Fntb9xt05XBCCI (@BCCI) September 21, 2018Rohit, who stayed till the very end on the crease, and made sure that India went beyond the finish line said it was important for a settled batsman to be out there because it was tough for a new batsman to play on such wickets.Asia Cup 2018: Ravindra Jadeja thrilled after sensational return to ODIs”On this pitch once you are in, you have to make sure you bat as long as possible. We always know for a new batsman, it’s not going to be easy and we wanted to make sure one of the top batsmen stays till the end and finishes the job.”India next face Pakistan once more at the same venue on Sunday in their second Super Four encounter. Pakistan will come into the match at the back of a thrilling three-wicket win over Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.The last time these two met in the Asia Cup 2018, India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets to draw first blood.Rohit Sharma hoped that the team comes back fresh for that match after a day’s break on Saturday and wanted to put up a repeat of their last two dominant performances.”Yes absolutely [will be up against Pakistan]. We have to go back and recover, tomorrow is a day off and we have to come back fresh day after against Pakistan. I hope we can put up a similar performance.”The stars of the show against Bangladesh were Rohit and Jadeja, whose performances left Bangladesh searching for answers.Earlier in the day, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah dented Bangladesh early before Jadeja came to the fore and absolutely ran through the batting line-up. Mehidy played some fearless and extravagant shots to lead some Bangladeshi fightback but it was not enough as they were all out for 173 runs in 49.1 overs.India looked in absolute control of the chase right from the start as Dhawan and Rohit got off to a flying start. It was Dhawan who had the command early on but once he fell, Rohit took the reigns and unleashed his trademark strokes in Dubai.advertisementMS Dhoni also chipped in with 33 runs and smacked four boundaries but it was Dinesh Karthik who gave the match an anti-climatic end with a single off Shakib Al Hasan.last_img read more