OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. – IMCA rookies in all divisions are in the running for awards this season given by first-year sponsor Driven Racing Oil.National IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact rookies of the year all receive $100 gift certificates from the Olive Branch, Miss., manufacturer and distributor.Regional Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock rookies of the year get certificates of the same value.“For over 10 years, we have worked directly with the most recognized engine builders in all forms of racing. Our products have powered championships at every level of the sport but we have always had a special interest in supporting grassroots racers, which makes IMCA a great fit for us,” said Contingency Coordinator Billy Carroll.One of the most positive aspects of the new program, he noted, was support for first-year drivers who compete with more limited budgets.“A lot of programs reward more experienced drivers that are recording top finishes week in and week out,” Carroll explained. “This program rewards those drivers who may not have gained the experience or team depth yet to run at the front of the pack. It’s nice to be able to directly reward those that are the future of our sport and bring world class lubricant technology to IMCA racers.”Driven originated out of the Joe Gibbs NASCAR organization and manufactures an extensive variety of premium oil and lubricants for motorsports as well as street, marine and off-road usage.Information about that product line is available by calling 866-611-1820, on Facebook and at the www.drivenracingoil.com website.Driven Racing Oil certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office, and are redeemable through any Driven distributor.“We are very familiar with the folks at Driven Racing Oil through other partnerships and welcome the opportunity to market this to our first-year competitors,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Providing great awards for drivers new to a division, or the sport in general, does nothing but strengthen their will to continue and achieve success.”
Already crowned champions and winners of the Copa del Rey, Barca were controversially denied a guard of honour by Real but Villarreal were happy to perform the ‘pasillo’ as the hosts walked out before kick-off.Valverde left some key players out, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic all missing from the starting line-up. Messi, however, was included despite calls for the Argentinian now to be rested ahead of this summer’s World Cup.It meant a start for Dembele, who took his chance to impress with the stand-out performance of the night.Dembele has endured a difficult debut season since joining for 147 million euros from Borussia Dortmund last year but Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week he is not for sale, and the 20-year-old delivered the perfect response.“He is a player that has a lot of talent,” Valverde said. “He is fast, he has this spark. All players need a process of adaptation and when you are young you still have to learn. Next year Dembele will be with us.”His run that set up Coutinho’s opener in the 11th minute was arguably the moment of the match as he picked up the ball 10 yards inside Villarreal’s half before driving past three defenders and unleashing a shot.Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo palmed the ball away but only to Coutinho, who was left with a tap-in.Dembele then grabbed a late brace, his first an easy finish after a brilliant run by Rakitic down the right, his second coming after he sped away from Villarreal’s defence, and lifted the ball over the helpess Asenjo.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Ousmane Dembele scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday and edged closer to their first ever unbeaten season in La Liga.But Real Madrid slipped to their only league defeat since February as a heavily-rotated side lost 3-2 away at Sevilla.Lionel Messi volleyed in a sumptuous pass from Andres Iniesta at Camp Nou to put Barca three up at half-time after Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho had scored one apiece in the first 16 minutes.The second period, however, belonged to Dembele, who capped an excellent individual display with two goals after the Frenchman’s sensational run had also earlier set up Coutinho.Villarreal managed a consolation when Pablo Fornals’ shot deflected in off Nicola Sansone but any fears Ernesto Valverde’s side would feel the effects of Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ proved unfounded.The league leaders moved 15 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top while Villarreal stay sixth.The Yellow Submarine are only three points ahead of Sevilla, however, who climbed back into the Europa League qualification spots with a well-deserved win over Real.Zinedine Zidane said he wanted to maintain momentum ahead of their Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26 but Marcelo, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo were among those not even included in his squad.Sevilla took full advantage as Wissam Ben Yedder, Miguel Layun and a Sergio Ramos own-goal put them three up, before Real substitute Borja Mayoral and a late Ramos penalty late gave Real a flatteringly close result.Barca drew last weekend against Real, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, and they now need only avoid defeat in matches away at Levante and home to Real Sociedad to complete the campaign as invincibles.It would be the first time a team has finished a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten and the first in any format since Real avoided defeat in a division of only 10 teams in 1932.“In the end we have scored two great goals, we are happy about this and we keep the run going,” Valverde said.
6 Jun 2013 Lauren wins Astor Salver by six Teenager Lauren Taylor warmed up for her bid for a second British amateur title with an impressive six shot win in the Astor Salver at The Berkshire. The 18-year-old international from Woburn was armed with a new putter and had 12 birdies during the 36-hole event, finishing at seven-under par. Lauren (image © Leaderboard Photography) had scores of 70 on the Red course and 68 on the Blue and commented: “It was nice to put two really solid rounds together and to shoot quite low. “It was a nice warm-up for the British – I know I’m playing well and I’m hoping for a good week,” she said. The championship, at Machynys Peninsula in Wales, starts on Tuesday. Lauren won the British two years ago when, at the age of 16, she became the youngest-ever champion. Regaining the title is high on her target list for this season, as is a place in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, which she also played in 2011. She’s just back from her first year at Baylor University in Texas where she scored a major success in US collegiate golf by winning her conference championship. “I’ve gained a lot of confidence from being in America, I feel as though I’ve grown up a lot,” she said. Lauren was also happy to succeed college team-mate Hayley Davis (Ferndown) as the winner of the Astor Salver. “It’s nice to keep it in the team!” she said. Curiously, all Lauren’s bogeys in the tournament were on par threes – but they were more than outweighed by her birdies, including a closing run to the second round of birdie, birdie, par, birdie. “It was a pretty good run and it’s always nice to birdie the last hole.” Since returning home from the USA, Lauren has also travelled to Holland to play in the Deloitte Ladies Open on the LET Tour, where she made the cut. Astor Salver leading final scores Par 145 (73 on Red Course, 72 on Blue Course) 138 Lauren Taylor (Woburn) 70 68. 144 Rachael Goodall (Heswall) 75 69, Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 72 72. 145 Chelsea Masters (Highwoods) 73 72. 146 Katie Warren (Wrag Barn) 71 75 148 Charlotte Thompson (Channels) 74 74 149 Louisa Tarn (Sunningdale) 74 75. 150 Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa) 75 75, Lucy Goddard (Mid-Herts) 78 72, Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 76 74. 151 Rachel Lewis (Southerndown) 76 75 152 Abbey Gittings (Walmley) 75 77, Abi Laker (Frilford Heath) 76 76, Sophie Powell (Stockport) 75 77, Elizabeth Prior (Burhill) 74 78, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 77 75. 153 Katherin O’Connor (West Byfleet) 79 74. 154 Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford) 78 76, Emma Carberry (Highwoods) 79 75.
2 November 2011 Lourencon emphasised that General Motors’ commitment to the Eastern Cape region and to South Africa remained steadfast. “This is a positive development and sends a strong signal about our commitment to doing business in South Africa,” he said. “We are making a significant investment in the streamlining of our organisation and establishing the right structures so that we can position ourselves for future growth.” General Motors South Africa has announced that it will be investing over R200-million in the construction of a new office block at its greenfields site at Struandale, Port Elizabeth. Commitment to Eastern Cape, SA This will also include the construction of a new engineering centre and training centre, boosting the company’s investment in its three new vehicle assembly programmes to R1.2-billion. “This is a major step forward for our company as we consolidate and integrate our operations to Struandale,” General Motors sub-Saharan Africa MD Edgar Lourencon said in a statement last month. “This investment is a clear indication of our intent to improve the overall competitiveness of our business and at the same time to also ensure that we can constantly improve service levels to our customers.” The new building will serve as the headquarters for the company’s sub-Saharan African operations. It will be designed in line with the latest ergonomical and environment standards, and will offer a modern, comfortable workplace for employees. He added that following the completion of the consolidation of the company’s operations to Struandale, the company would not retain the Kempston Road property. Construction of the new office block will commence in 2012 and be completed by the end of 2013. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The rights of disabled people are enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, and legislation requires that public buildings and other places be accessible to everyone.Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. South Africa is one of the global success stories in introducing the sport. (Image: WTSA)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth Africa has, in general, become much more aware of travellers with special requirements and most major attractions and facilities across the country can be counted on to accommodate visitors with disabilities.The rights of disabled people are enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, and legislation requires that public buildings and other places be accessible to everyone.Visitor attractionsMajor attractions, airports, service stations, public buildings, game reserves and shopping centres have appropriate access, ablution facilities and parking.South African National Parks’ camps and visitor destinations, for example, provide ramped access into their main facilities. In many cases, accessible public ablution facilities are provided, including those at the camping sites. Many short trails also have Braille-interpretation plaques.There are also selected units in many of the camps that have been adapted for use by mobility impaired guests (people in wheelchairs, using crutches, with prams, with frailty or reduced energy levels).If you have specific accessibility requirements, your best bet is to request appropriate accommodation when you make a booking.Most visitor facilites at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden are wheelchair friendly. However, it is set on a very steep slope and not all areas of the garden are accessible. There are parking bays for the physically challenged at the main gates.SA National Parks: www.sanparks.org.za, with detailed information for visitors with disabilitiesKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: www.sanbi.orgMaking it simplerCompiled by an occupational therapist, Disabled Travel lists facilities, accommodation and restaurants that have been evaluated with travellers with special needs in mind. Especially useful are the photographs of the facilities’ bathrooms.You may want to join a custom tour with an operator such as Rolling SA. All accommodation venues on their tours have been inspected to ensure that they are accessible and disabled friendly.Flamingo Tours also specialise in tours for people with disabilities, especially blind or sight-impaired and deaf or hearing-impaired guests.Eco-access is a Section 21 company that has a database of accessible destinations, especially those that give people with disabilities access to nature.Getting aroundGuide dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owner on most domestic flights, including all South African Airways flights. Be sure to confirm this when making your booking.Adapted rental cars, including those with hand controls, are available from some of the larger car rental companies, such as Avis, Budget and Imperial. Make sure you book in advance.The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link’s stations are fully accessible and every second train and feeder bus has special access for disabled passengers. Hearing and sight-impaired travellers are also catered for.You can hire wheelchairs and scooters from Mobility One in Johannesburg. They will deliver to the airport or your hotel.Read more: Driving in South AfricaAccommodationThe Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has integrated universal accessibility into its grading criteria. This aims to encourage compliance by the hospitality sector with international standards, especially those related to access, signage, and ease of general daily tasks.Tourism Grading Council: www.tourismgrading.co.zaMoneyNew South African banknotes are marked for tactile identification, although there are still some unmarked notes in circulation. The large geometric shapes on the front of the notes are meant as an aid for partially sighted.Money templates and coin selectors can be purchased from the South African National Council for the Blind.Useful linksSouth African National Council for the Blind: www.sancb.org.zaSouth African Guide Dogs Association: www.guidedog.org.zaDeaf Federation of South Africa: www.deafsa.co.zaQuadPara Association of South Africa: www.qasa.co.zaDepartment of Tourism: www.tourism.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Do you have other tips for protecting gear? Let us know in the comments. Protect your video gear with this round-up of the six best cases on the market.Top image via Shutterstock.Filmmaking equipment is expensive. Choosing the right gear for your shoot requires careful consideration. After all, the right gear can make or break a shoot.However, you can quickly render your gear useless if you don’t also take measures to protect it. Cases and bags to transport equipment are just as critical as the equipment itself. Because there are so many variations and different types of protective gear, deciding which pieces are right for you can get confusing quickly. Below are a variety of protective bags and cases that you can buy on the market at a relatively good price. Remember: protection is more important than style.Lowepro Pro Roller X300 AW This bag is a stellar all-in-one choice for a one-man crew. It can accommodate two DSLRs with battery grips, or a single professional video camera. With a DSLR set up, it can house 8-10 lenses and a host of accessories. The best selling point for this case is that you can change it from a hard-shell roller into a compact backpack.In roller mode, it can also accommodate a lightweight tripod or monopod.Vanguard Supreme 53F Hard CaseWhile the Pro Roller offers robust protection for your equipment, it is not as durable as a solid hard case. The Vanguard Supreme 53F is compact and light enough for a lone wolf, but it also offers sufficient space for a standard gear set up. In the words of the brand itself, this case is “virtually indestructible.”The roller comes with customizable foam, or you can buy a divider bag. If you need a case for a variety of different jobs and will likely be swapping out your gear for each one, I would recommend buying the divider bag. I have a Pelican Case 1550 that was cut specifically to house a RED ONE. I now use a different camera, and my protective case doesn’t house it very well.This case is built to withstand extreme conditions. Waterproof up to five meters, it can withstand temperatures from 40°F/-40°C to 203°F/95°C. Pelican Case 1550Perhaps you want a dedicated case just for your camera or another piece of isolated equipment — for security or insurance purposes, for example. I mentioned that I used the Pelican 1550 to carry a RED ONE, and I kept it after parting with the camera. The reason is that it’s a solid case — one of the best, in fact. It’s waterproof, crushproof, dustproof, and corrosion-proof. I felt at ease carrying an expensive camera in this case. For extra security, it also offers two areas you can padlock. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “Pelican Cases are like portable bank vaults.”My 1550 is large enough to store a RED ONE, a 5.6-inch RED monitor, a battery, a battery plate, and wires for those accessories. It’s not large enough for a full cinema camera kit, but it offers enough space to keep the core equipment safe.Pelican Protector 1300The Pelican Protector 1300 is, essentially, a mini 1550 — perfect for gear you want to protect individually. This case is 9.87″ x 7″ x 6.12,” so it’s a lot smaller. In fact, it’s one of the smallest cases that can house a DSLR and still offer the same durability as a larger case. I use one of these to store my audio recorder and pre-amp.ARRI 571197 Heavy-Duty CaseStoring lights can be a pain if you don’t have sufficient storage facilities at home. I purchased the ARRI 571197 primarily so I could store my Fresnel kit in a secure location. It has a hard plastic shell and weighs thirty pounds by itself. It is a robust case, but it’s heavy. It does, however, have built-in wheels, which makes moving the lights a much easier experience.Unfortunately, it’s not large enough for any lights bigger than a 1k. I use it to transport two 650w, one 300w, and one 150w. There’s even enough room for a few rolled up gels and gobos.Pelican Case 0350I use the 0350 to store my LED lights and everything else. It’s waterproof, dustproof, crushproof, chemical resistant, and unbreakable. It’s also stackable with other cube cases, which makes it perfect for storage at home or in a vehicle. (You’ll find images of the military using this case because it’s so large and robust.) The case itself is quite wide and will often require two people to carry it. As such, there are two handles on either side. Or you can purchase wheels separately and install them yourself.This case offers four steel-reinforced padlock compartments. Like all pelican products, there are a variety of foam options available, but since this case is so large, you can also buy layer dividers to maximize its space. You could essentially have four layers of lenses.The only con for this case is that you need to replace the wheels every so often. The standard wheels you can purchase aren’t the best quality; I would recommend third-party rubber wheels.Here’s a bonus shout-out for the 0945 Memory Card Case. If you’re going to protect your equipment, why not go the extra mile and keep your media safe too? You can find options for compact flash and SD cards.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The problem, Silver said, is how to make these other events meaningful.“The All-Star Game didn’t work,” he said, calling it “an afterthought” of the weekend despite changes like tinkering with the rosters through a player draft that was made public for the first time. “I get it. We put an earring on a pig.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe league is unlikely to make any changes — at least not any time soon — if only because a 70-game schedule like the one Silver discussed would require each team to give up six home games. Although players and coaches would love to see a shorter season, none is excited about taking a 20 percent pay cut.But the analytics conference in Boston’s Bay Bay convention center gives Silver the opportunity to think aloud about ways to make the NBA better. In past years he has addressed possible changes to the draft to discourage teams from tanking, but this year’s hot topic was New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the “one-and-done” policy that has many elite players going to college for one season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)BOSTON — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would consider shortening the regular season, but only if the league could develop something meaningful to do to replace the games — and revenue — they would be giving up.Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, Silver raised the idea of replacing the All-Star Game with a midseason or preseason tournament in which teams would compete for a separate championship, like they do in European soccer. Or groups of teams could compete in mini-tournaments in Asia or Europe.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Celtics beat Wizards to end 4-game slide Silver said Davis’ public trade request (through his agent) was a problem for the league, but not all that different than other players who made the request behind the scenes. The more frequent shuffling of stars among teams was an unintended consequence of a collective bargaining agreement that was designed to shorten contracts so players wouldn’t be earning huge salaries long after they were productive.“Maybe that was a mistake,” Silver said.Davis told the Pelicans he would not accept an extension, but the team did not trade him before the deadline and then mulled whether to sit him out to minimize the risk of injury — and maximize its draft position. He is expected to be traded over the summer.“It’s a bad dynamic,” Silver said. “It’s a bit of a mess.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios is eager to delay his move to Real Madrid.Having just won the Copa Libertadores in fine style, the youngster is in no rush to move to Europe.”My idea is to stay at River a little longer, enjoy this moment and take advantage of everything that comes along,” he said.”I’m very happy and enjoying where I am.”Leaving aside what was just achieved, we always need to compete for more here.”
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is now officially the BC Liberal Party’s opposition critic for Oil and Gas Development.Bernier, who previously served as Health Critic under interim party leader Rich Coleman and as Education Minister for two years under former Premier Christy Clark, was named oil and gas development critic by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson earlier this week. The South Peace MLA says that both he and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross will be questioning Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall in the Legislature.Bernier said that Ross, who served as Natural Gas Development Minister under Clark for less than a month before the BC Liberals lost a confidence vote, will continue to serve as critic of all LNG-specific and downstream natural gas issues. Bernier says that with him serving as critic of the upstream side of things means that the pair will form a quite a powerful combination. “It’s basically a perfect partnership for the North here,” said Bernier. “You have where the gas is being produced and extracted in the Peace Region with myself, and then Ellis on the coast where facilities can be built. My job now will be to challenge the provincial government and look at any regulations or policies they’re putting in place to make sure they’re actually going to work for the region.”Bernier will begin his stint as oil and gas critic in the Legislature when the House resumes the Spring Session in just over a week’s time.