JEFFERSON, S.D. – Championship Night has arrived at Park Jefferson Speedway, as this Saturday, Aug. 19 the track will crown its six IMCA champions.In addition, drivers in the IMCA RaveSaver Sprint Car division will compete for their Road to the Iron Cup event with a draw/redraw format paying $500 to win along with $25 drawings for positions 2-5 and 6-24.Point battles have been very close all season in all divisions but no more so than in the J & J Fitting IMCA Stock Car class, which has seen a myriad of competitors hold the top spot with Greg Taylor leading by just two points.The SignMasters IMCA Mods see Bob Moore 15 points over Ricky Stephan, Todd Boulware 10 points over Rusty Montagne, and David Bates eight points over Luk Jackson.Craig Clift clings to a five point advantage over David Miller and six over Aaron Shearn in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks while Colin Smith has assured himself the first-ever IMCA RACESaver Sprint title at Park Jefferson with a 73-point lead.Gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. with hot laps set for 6:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12 seniors 70 and over are $5, children ages 6-16 are $2 and under six are free. The Budweiser Clubhouse will be open for an additional $12 upgrade to any ticket. For more information, go to www.parkjeff.com or call 712 202-5540.
Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, September 20, 2016:â€¢1:10 a.m. Michael J. Terry, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery, criminal damage to property and interference with law enforcement officers.â€¢7:39 a.m. Vanessa J. Shawn, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 28 mph in a 20 mph in a school zone.â€¢7:50 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢12:50 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a door in the 1000 block of E. 16th.â€¢12:50 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 1000 block of E. 16th.â€¢1:09 p.m. ScottÂ D. Lachapelle,33, Mayville, N.D. was arrested and confined charged with domestic battery.â€¢1:58 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass in the 800 block of N. Woodlawn.â€¢2:08 p.m. Jeremy W. E. Corter, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with criminal trespass.â€¢2:21 p.m.Â Officers investigated criminal damage to personal property/doors/air conditioner in the 800 block of N. Woodlawn.â€¢10:27 p.m. Susan D. Cook, 46, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with fail to signal and seatbelt violation- no child seat.
Gian Piero VenturaMilan, Italy | AFP | Gian Piero Ventura’s reign as Italy coach ended on Wednesday after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year’s finals in Russia.The 69-year-old’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, with former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti among the favourites to take over and rebuild the Azzurri.Ventura had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday that saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958.“As of today Gian Piero Ventura is no longer the coach of the national team,” the FIGC said in a statement.According to reports, Ventura will be paid his salary until the end of his contract in June 2018, which amounts to approximately 800,000 euros ($943,000).But FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio will stay on despite mounting pressure on him to also resign after a defeat which has left a nation traumatised.“The federation president (Tavecchio) informed participants at the (crisis) meeting… of the impossibility for him to resign,” a FIGC statement read, awaiting “a series of proposals” on how to fix Italian football.Tavecchio later told journalists that a new coach would be named at a special meeting of the FIGC federal council which would take place next Monday.“We are considering big names for the role of coach,” the 74-year-old promised.Ancelotti is seen as the frontrunner, as the 58-year-old is free since being sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.Italian Ancelotti has won three Champions League crowns, and league titles in Italy, England, Germany and France, and would provide the high profile required after the Ventura fiasco.A return by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini are also being considered. – Rebuilding –But opposition to Tavecchio remains despite promises to rebuild Italian football from grassroots level upwards with Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players’ Union, storming out of the FIGC meeting after Tavecchio refused to quit.“There doesn’t appear to be the mood for change,” the former Roma midfielder told journalists. “Tavecchio has decided not to resign and continue with his office.“The others haven’t taken a position and said they’d decide in the future.“We need credible elections, with new people; we won’t solve the problems of Italian football by sacking the coach.“If not, we’ll keep stirring the same soup which has proved indigestible to so many.”Ventura, meanwhile, had defended his leadership as “one of the best records in 40 years” despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup.“I lost only two games in two years,” he had told Italian television.In fact, since the former Torino coach took over in July 2016, Italy have lost three matches — against France in Bari (3-1), Spain in Madrid (3-0) and Sweden in the World Cup first-leg play-off in Solna (1-0) — winning nine and drawing four.Ventura was given the Italy job in the wake of Euro 2016 after five excellent years at Torino, whom he took from Serie B in 2011 to the Europa League round of 16 in 2015.But having never managed one of Serie A’s big hitters during a 41-year career, he was an uninspiring replacement for Conte, a three-time Serie A winner who dragged two-time champions Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.Share on: WhatsApp
19 Jun 2015 Partridge scores a senior title double England’s Richard Partridge completed a title double when he added the Spire Murrayfield Scottish Senior Open Championship to his earlier Irish triumph.Patridge’s success, with a four-over par total after a blustery week at Deeside, led a fantastic day for England with nine English players in the top 10.He finished two shots clear of overnight leader, Ian Attoe from Worplesdon, recent winner of the English Senior Championship, and Woodhall Spa’s Richard Latham, the 2013 English and Scottish champion.Partridge (image © Kevin Kirk) has represented England seniors and was the 2014 Kent senior champion. He opened in this championship with steady rounds of 73 and 71, giving him the platform to mount a last-day surge to the front.He posted a closing par 70, with a mix of birdies at the third and ninth, bogeys at the second and 14th and equal halves of 35, over the par-70 parkland lay-out.“This win is on a par with my Irish victory and is very special,” said Partridge, 57, who plays out of the Wildernesse club in Kent. “The key to my success was not three putting all week and I did the same in Ireland.”Partridge won the Irish senior title at Roscommon at the end of May with a one-over total for the 54-hole event, after holding off a final round charge from Irishman Tom Cleary.
ARCATA >> Even as he watched his team’s double-digit halftime lead slip away on Wednesday night, Humboldt State head coach Steve Kinder continued to tell his players one thing.“We told them to keep shooting, keep playing fast even though when you have a lead like that and you’re looking at it as let’s value every possession,” Kinder recalled.One of the Jacks’ best perimeter shooters proved that mindset to be vital.Sophomore guard Nikhil Lizotte shrugged off a rough first half of shooting to …
PHOENIX — Nine and a half months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto threw a 40-pitch bullpen in front of Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Curt Young at Chase Field.Cueto surprised the Giants with his progress and left Bochy optimistic the franchise’s highest-paid pitcher could return to a major league mound by the end of the season.“God willing, yes I want to pitch in September,” Cueto said through Spanish-language translator Erwin Higueros. “Right …
20 April 2012 The South African government has formally invited local and international manufacturers to submit bids to build 7 224 commuter rail coaches worth an estimated R123-billion, as the country pushes for a complete overhaul of its passenger rail service. The 20-year fleet renewal programme of the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is expected to create around 65 000 jobs as a new generation of South African railway artisans and engineers come to the fore. Speaking to journalists in Johannesburg on Thursday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said these would be modern trains “defined by greater passenger mobility, automatic train protection and a high quality of crashworthiness … carrying capacity is high, they are energy-efficient and very light, largely based on aluminum rather than heavy steel.”Comprehensive passenger rail programme The investment would, over time, achieve significant economic benefits for the country as well as the benefits of an efficient transport system, while serving as the catalyst for a comprehensive passenger rail programme over the next 30 years. Over the next decade, the government would be implementing “a number of rail interventions aimed at making rail the backbone of our passenger transport system”. The revitalisation of passenger rail travel in the country will run parallel with a massive push to shift the transport of freight in the country from road to rail. Earlier this month, state company Transnet announced details of a R300-billion investment in infrastructure aimed at creating over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world. Both programmes are in line with South Africa’s new multi-billion rand infrastructure drive, announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address in February.65% localisation target Piet Sebola, head of Prasa’s rolling stock acquisition, told Business Day on Thursday that the fleet renewal programme came with a 65% localisation target, requiring manufacturers to invest in production and skills transfer in South Africa and to establish a manufacturing base in the country by at least 2016. In addition, Prasa will be spending around R15.5-billion on new rail signaling and train depots. According to Business Day, Prasa has also begun work on a parallel, three-year, R25.9-billion investment in high-density commuter stations. Prasa is the operator of commuter rail service Metrorail. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews
A handful of the world’s great cities trace their heritage to early human settlements thousands of years back. Johannesburg’s earliest residents were in the neighbourhood 3-million years ago.Forty kilometres west of Johannesburg, is a 47 000-hectare valley known as the Cradle of Humankind. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterForty kilometres west of the city, among nondescript koppies, scattered shrubs and trees, is a 47 000-hectare valley known as the Cradle of Humankind.Three million years of human activity have taken place in and around these caves, including people’s earliest-known mastery of fire, and 40% of all the world’s human ancestor fossils have been found here.The biggest and best-known of the caves is Sterkfontein, where over 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been found. It was at Sterkfontein that two major finds were made, that have changed modern paleontology:The Australopithecus africanus Mrs Ples (now believed to be a Mister Ples), dating back 2.5-million years, and found by Robert Bloom in 1947.Little Foot, an almost complete ape-man skeleton that could be just over 4 million years old, the first pieces – footbones – of which were found by Ronald Clarke and Phillip Tobias in 1995 (the bones had lain in a box since the late 1970s, when they were excavated).Another major find was:A new species of hominin, homo naledi, was unveiled at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg in September 2015. It was described as a new branch of the human family tree. Professor Lee Berger, the American archaeologist who led the excavation, called the Rising Star expedition, said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber.In 1997, Clarke, digging through more boxes of bones from Sterkfontein, found more footbones from the same individual – one with a clean break suggesting that more of Little Foot’s bones might still be inside the cave. Clarke went after the rest of Little Foot’s skeleton – and in 1998, amazingly, found it, or at least a significant part of it.Maropeng brings fossils to life with interactive displays, stunning exhibits and a boat ride on an underground lake, the state-of-the-art Maropeng centre allows visitors to explore the rich fossil heritage of the Cradle of Humankind.A complete skull and fragments of arm, foot and leg bones have been uncovered so far; the rest of the bones are still being painstakingly excavated from the rock. Some believe that Little Foot is the most significant hominid find since Raymond Dart’s discovery of the skull of the Taung child, a juvenile Australopithecus africanus, discovered in 1924 near a town called Taung in the far north of North West.According to Clarke, the Little Foot fossil has yielded the most complete australopithecine skull yet found, found together with the most complete set of foot and leg bones known so far – with more extracted from the rock since then. In addition, the preservation of the skeleton is extraordinary, with most of the bones intact and joined in their natural position.The Little Foot skeleton was originally thought to be between 3 and 3.5 million years old, but a more recent study argues that it could be over 4 million years old, which would make it one of the oldest known australopithecine fossils, and easily the oldest from South Africa.According to Talk.origins: “If Clarke’s expectations of further finds are borne out, Little Foot could become the most spectacular and important hominid fossil ever discovered, rivalled only by the Turkana Boy Homo erectus skeleton [discovered in 1984 near Lake Turkana in Kenya].”The Sterkfontein valley consists of around 40 different fossil sites, 13 of which have been excavated. It includes Bolt’s Farm, where the remains of three sabre-tooth cats have been found in a pit that trapped animals; Swartkrans, site of the earliest-known deliberate use of fire, around 1.3-million years ago; Haasgat, where the fossils of early forest-dwelling monkeys, around 1.3-million years old, were found; and Gondolin, where 90 000 fossil specimens have been found since 1979. The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Although it is on privately owned land, any finds belong to the world, and the area is strictly controlled and protected.BeginningsIn the late 1890s, miners dynamited the Sterkfontein caves, searching for limestone which they converted into quick lime, an element needed for the processing of gold and the manufacture of cement. They displaced the sediment and revealed entrances to the caves. The rocks contain cyclindrical shapes – evidence of early life called stromatolite, dating back 3.8-billion years.These organisms breathed in carbon dioxide and breathed out oxygen, thus increasing the earth’s oxygen levels and leading to the evolution of other forms of life. Some 2.5-billion years ago, the area was an inland shallow sea.Over time the water evaporated and the mud formed dolomite rock, in which the stromatolite are visible. Around 2-billion years ago a large meteorite, 10 kilometres in diameter, fell in Vredefort (100 kilometres south of Sterkfontein), leaving a massive crater now known as the Vredefort Dome. The entire area for hundreds of kilometres around was covered in debris, which helped preserve the gold reefs of the Witwatersrand, preventing them from being eroded – and also helped preserve the stromatolite rocks.Some 3.5-million years ago, openings to the caves started appearing. They may have been occupied by sabre-toothed cats and other predators which would explain why the remains of large herbivores like wildebeest, extinct zebra and buffalo have been found in the caves. One of the caves is called Plover’s Lake Cave. It has been explored some 50 metres down, but beyond that point are a labyrinth of unexplored passages, and several entrances. A hyena and a porcupine are known to live there – no-one has spotted them, but their footprints are often seen. Excavations of Plover Cave and others in the area is ongoing.The nearby Wonder Cave has an enormous chamber with beautiful 15 metre-high stalactite formations. The Cave is believed to be 2.2-million years old, and bones of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds have been found in the cave. It’s hard while walking around the area to fully comprehend the age of the sites and the importance of the finds.Charles Darwin predicted in the 19th Century that the origins of humankind would be traced back to Africa because that’s where the great apes live. South Africans, and Joburgers in particular, don’t have far to go to take a stroll into life millions of years ago… so long as they are mindful of hyenas and porcupines.Updated: September 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Calisaan-less Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Gamboa-St. Clare Coach Yeng Guiao is excited of what the 27-year-old Moultrie can bring to the table for NLEX.“He’s not too young, nor too old, but at the peak of his abilities. He will blend easily to our team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMoultrie spent two seasons with the 76ers, splitting time in the NBA and the NBA D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Delaware 87ers.He soon took his act overseas, playing in China, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Iran, Korea, and his latest, in Bahrain with Al-Muharraq. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Moultrie posted 22 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in his lone game with the club, a 95-87 victory against Al-Hala in the Bahrain Premier League.He previously suited up for Incheon ET Land Elephants in the Korean Basketball League, where he averaged 11.5 markers, 11.5 boards, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Arnett Moultrie #5 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket in front of Jared Sullinger #7 of the Boston Celtics during the game on December 8, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFPNLEX is set to shore up its frontline with the signing of Arnett Moultrie as its reinforcement for the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Road Warriors announced the development on their social media accounts on Tuesday, with the former Philadelphia big man set to arrive in April.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games