Govt to develop 30,000 hectares of farmland in North Sumatra

first_imgThe government is planning to develop 30,000 hectares (ha) of farmland in Humbang Hasundutan district, North Sumatra, next year in an effort to secure the country’s food supply, a senior official has said.A variety of crops will be grown on the land, including garlic, shallots and potatoes, according to the soil’s potential, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin said.The plan seeks to address the government’s concerns about a looming food crisis as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, heeding an earlier warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“The global supply chain is threatened by export restrictions. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting food distribution at home and is hitting people’s purchasing power,” Syahrul said in a virtual briefing on Monday. “We need the right strategy so that this country can survive and come out of this pandemic.”To develop the land, the ministry will provide farmers with tractors, tillers and hybrid corn seeds, among other forms of assistance.The COVID-19 crisis has aggravated Indonesia’s food security issues. In late April, a month after the country’s first outbreak, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that key commodities, such as garlic, sugar, chili and chicken eggs, were in short supply in more than 20 provinces, while rice, a staple food for Indonesians, was lacking in seven provinces.Making matters worse, the dry season looms on the horizon and may impact the overall output of the agricultural sector, which employs more than a quarter of the nation’s workforce. The Indonesia office of the World Food Programme (WFP) has estimated that that the country experienced a decline in rice production of 13.2 percent year-on-year to 16.1 million tons in the first half of 2020.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows that the country’s rice production had already fallen by 7.75 percent to 31.31 million tons in 2019, compared to 2018. In the same year, the land area used to cultivate rice fell by 6.15 percent year-on-year to 10.68 million hectares.To ensure food availability in the country, the agriculture minister previously revealed a plan to develop 164,598 ha of farmland, including scrubland, in Pulau Pisang Regency, Central Kalimantan. About half of the land already serves as farmland.The development is expected to be completed in 2022 and is expected to raise rice and corn production, with an expected yield of 2 tons of rice per hectare.The Jokowi administration has also brought the rice-planting season forward this year, to May and June, so that the harvest season will be in August and September.It estimates a harvest of 12.5 million to 15 million tons of rice by December.Although the farmland being developed may help offset declining productivity, the government should ensure the development does not come at the expense of the environment by, among other things, banning the use of harmful pesticides, said Galuh Octania, a researcher focusing on food security at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), a Jakarta-based think tank.“The use of pesticides harmful to the environment may cause damage to the soil,” Galuh told The Jakarta Post by text message on Monday.Topics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals the two reasons he decided to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAubameyang had less than a year to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)‘Two things persuaded me to stay,’ said Aubameyang.‘The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity & a new philosophy for us. I think that was important because it matched my game & I feel that I can improve with him‘I think this was the key factor & as well, the love that I receive from the fans & the whole club. Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home & that’s why I’m staying’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta made keeping the striker one of his main priorities when he replaced Unai Emery as manager last December but few felt the Spaniard would succeed.However, after impressive victories against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in last season, Arsenal finished the season as FA Cup winners and followed it up with a win against Liverpool in the Community Shield.Aubameyang says Arteta’s art of persuasion was already well in motion before those games though.‘We had a chat during lockdown & we were supposed to talk about a game,’ said Aubameyang.‘He said: “We’re going to talk about the future” & he asked me what I wanted to do. I was like “I feel good since you came, I’m improving, the philosophy is nice so I just want to stay”‘He was like “I’m sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it’s all about you. I think you can create a legacy here in this great club”.‘This was the key message to me & after that conversation, I was like, ‘it’s all clear for me & I just want to stay’.MORE: Declan Rice ‘pushing’ to sign for Chelsea before transfer window closes Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Sep 2020 6:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has committed his future to the club (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Mikel Arteta and the passion of the club’s fans convinced him to sign a new long-term deal at the Emirates.The 31-year-old finally put an end to the speculation over his future earlier this month by signing a new three-year deal in north London, worth a reported £300,000-a-week.Arsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang appeared bleak before Arteta took over and the Gabon international was already exploring his options with 18 months left on his previous deal at the club.However, Arteta has transformed Arsenal’s fortunes and Aubameyang has been a key part of that with the Spaniard building his attacking philosophy around the former Dortmund striker.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAubameyang admits Arteta played a key part in convincing him to commit to the club, while the striker says the ‘love’ from supporters also proved vital. Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals the two reasons he decided to stay at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

NCAA Brackets

first_imgIn one way our area teams did much better than what they have ever done; on the other side of the coin, many of our local teams did not make the Big Dance.  I hope your team is one of those that start playing this Thursday or Friday.  Here are the area schools and where they are playing.In the East, Purdue is a #2 seed and Butler is a #10.  In the Midwest Michigan State drew the #3 seed.In the South, Cincinnati is #2 and Kentucky is #5.  The other 3 schools in the area are in the West Region.  They are Xavier a t#1, Michigan #3, and Ohio State #5.If you are a Xavier, Cincinnati, or Purdue graduate, you are a “happy camper”.  If you noticed, only 2 Indiana schools made the Big Dance!last_img

Saturday Results

first_imgIMCA ModifiedsLast Chance “A” 01 — 1. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 2. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 3. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 4. Scott Davis, Madrid; 5. Stormy Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M; 6. Kyle Brown, State Center; 7. Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb.; 8. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 9. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis; 10. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 11. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; 12. Eric Mahlik, Green Bay, Wis; 13. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis; 14. Greg Cox, Kellogg; 15. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan..Last Chance “A” 02 — 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 3. Jason Murray, Hartford; 4. Jay Matthias, Green Bay, Wis; 5. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 6. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 7. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 8. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 9. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 10. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 11. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 12. Jeff Kohn, Sheridan, Mich.; 13. Terry Hurt, Omaha, Neb.; 14. Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; 15. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City.Last Chance “A” 03 — 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. David Brown, Kellogg; 4. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 5. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; 6. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 8. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M; 9. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 10. Mike Jergens, Plover; 11. Ricky Stephan, S. Sioux City, Neb.; 12. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 13. John Logue, Jr., Boone; 14. Richard Michael, Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 15. Scott Olson, Blairsburg.Heat 01 — 1. Stormy Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M; 2. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 3. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; 4. Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; 5. Levi Nielsen, Waterloo; 6. Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; 7. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 8. David Goode, Jr, Copperas Cove, Texas; 9. Rob Vanmil, Barnesville, Minn.; 10. Wayne Graybeal, Springfield, Mo.; 11. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 12. Jason Hickingbottom, Ogden; 13. Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis; 14. Rod McDonald, Manchester; 15. Gearhart Cody, Turpin, Okla.; 16. Plath Robert, Barnesville, Minn.. Last ChanceHeat 02 — 1. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 2. Jason Murray, Hartford; 3. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 4. Jonathan Snyder, Ames; 5. Tom Berry, Jr, Medford, Ore.; 6. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 7. Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; 8. Eric Elliott, Boone; 9. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; 10. Shawn Bearce, Hinton; 11. Ward Billy, Cobleskill, N.Y.; 12. Andrew Smith, Rogersville, Mo.; 13. James Reichart, Lorimor; 14. Beau Kaplan, Ankeny; 15. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 16. Larry Hall, Rochester, Minn.. Last ChanceHeat 03 — 1. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; 2. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 3. Richard Michael, Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 4. Brian Schmitt, Wall Lake; 5. Lance Arneson, Abrams, Wis; 6. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 7. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 8. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; 9. Bryce Carey, Nashua; 10. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 11. Johnny Whitman, De Pere, Wis; 12. Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; 13. Jason Morehouse, Evansdale; 14. Jason Seegmiller, Dubuque; 15. Darren Huntley, Ogden; 16. David Pries, Medaryville, Ind.. Last ChanceHeat 04 — 1. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 2. Greg Cox, Kellogg; 3. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 4. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; 5. Todd VanEaton, Orient; 6. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 7. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 8. Loren Pesicka, Jr., Burt; 9. Streeter Jeff, Chowchilla, Calif.; 10. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 11. Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; 12. Kent Croskey, Polk City; 13. Terry Berg, Sioux City; 14. Tim Stevens, Cedar Rapids; 15. Josh Truman, Indianola. Last ChanceHeat 05 — 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 3. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 4. Yancy Shepard, Smithville, Mo.; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Mike VanGenderen, Newton; 7. Curtis Cook, Conway, Ark.; 8. Keith Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa.; 9. Jason Benjamin, Towanda, Pa.; 10. Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 11. Cody Grabbe, Yuma, Ariz.; 12. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 13. Clark Chris, Jackson, Wyo.; 14. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 15. Matthew Meinecke, Madrid. Last ChanceHeat 06 — 1. John Logue, Jr., Boone; 2. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 3. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 4. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 5. Nate Caruth, Ames; 6. Dana Dankert, Columbus, Neb.; 7. Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; 8. Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis; 9. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 10. Ashley Schaaf, Lincoln, Neb.; 11. David Goode, Sr, Copperas Cove, Texas; 12. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo.; 13. Trevor Baker, Roca, Neb.; 14. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 15. VANDERMARK GARY, Lowell, Mich.. Last ChanceHeat 07 — 1. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis; 4. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 6. Shane DeMey, Dennison; 7. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee, Wis; 8. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 9. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; 10. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 11. J.J. Scott, Iowa City; 12. Vogel Billy, West Fargo, N.D.; 13. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 14. Jamie Johnson, Waterloo; 15. Vince Ogle, Lubbock, Texas.Heat 08 — 1. Jeff Kohn, Sheridan, Mich.; 2. Jay Matthias, Green Bay, Wis; 3. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 4. Robert Avery, Des Moines; 5. Brandon Brinton, Ames; 6. Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan.; 7. Mark Norris, Searcy, Ark.; 8. Larry Sutton, Beloit, Kan.; 9. Tim Murty, Tama; 10. Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; 11. Glen Thompson, Longdale, Okla.; 12. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.; 13. Jeff Berens, Sioux City; 14. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 15. Richie Gustin, Gilman. Last ChanceHeat 09 — 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. Ricky Stephan, S. Sioux City, Neb.; 4. Steven Bowers, Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 5. Ed Turnbull, Estevan, SK, ; 6. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 7. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 8. Stone Caleb, Lovington, N.M; 9. Tony Snyder, Readlyn; 10. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 11. Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; 12. Tom Silver, Glenwood, Minn.; 13. Todd Wilson, Spickard, Mo.; 14. Tony Hilgenberg, Waukee; 15. Tony Cox, Boone. Last ChanceHeat 10 — 1. Eric Mahlik, Green Bay, Wis; 2. Scott Davis, Madrid; 3. Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb.; 4. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 5. Tim Czarneski, Denmark, Wis; 6. Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.; 7. Jason Schneiders, Sioux City; 8. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 9. Ron Pope, Mason City; 10. Jared Hansen, Audubon; 11. Darin Leonard, Sinton, Texas; 12. Daniell Loggins, Sioux City; 13. Brandon Long, Little Suamico, Wis; 14. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 15. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield. Last ChanceHeat 11 — 1. Terry Hurt, Omaha, Neb.; 2. Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; 3. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 4. Keith White, Little River, Texas; 5. Chad Ten Naple, Sioux City; 6. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M; 7. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 8. Glenn Tyson III, Council Bluffs; 9. Terry Rentfro, Bettendorf; 10. Brad Smith, Columbia Cr Rds, Pa.; 11. Carter Vandenberg, Oskaloosa; 12. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 13. Jeff Emerson, Millsap, Texas; 14. Garry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; 15. Ed Thomas, Waterloo. Last ChanceHeat 12 — 1. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 2. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M; 3. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 4. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 5. Joel Bushore, Boone; 6. Mitchell Hunt, Greenville, Mich.; 7. David Schuster, Waterville, Minn.; 8. Jake Bowman, Maquoketa; 9. Charley Brown, Maxwell, Neb.; 10. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 11. Chris Sieweke, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 12. Tommy Belmer, Denver; 13. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; 14. Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.; 15. Rogers Ty, Somerton, Ariz.. Last ChanceHeat 13 — 1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis; 3. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 4. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 5. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 6. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 7. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 8. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 9. Tom Charles, Basehor, Kan.; 10. Travis LaCombe, Grand Haven, Mich.; 11. R J Merchant, Sioux City; 12. John Digiovanni, Gilroy, Calif.; 13. Bruce Nelson, Turlock, Calif.; 14. Kyle Rohleder, Wa Keeney, Kan.; 15. Mike Lineberry, Fremont, Neb.. Last ChanceHeat 14 — 1. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 2. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 3. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 4. Rich Lewerke, Mason City; 5. Eric Center, Mesa, Ariz.; 6. Pat Graham, Ames; 7. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M; 8. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 9. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 10. Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa.; 11. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 12. J.C. Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 13. Neal Debord, Amarillo, Texas; 14. Scotty Bough, Nevada, Mo.; 15. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.. Last ChanceHeat 15 — 1. David Brown, Kellogg; 2. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 3. Mike Jergens, Plover; 4. Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas; 5. Clint Homan, Bellevue, Neb.; 6. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 7. Jeff Stephens, Arion; 8. Tim Pessek, Hutchinson, Minn.; 9. Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 10. Kaleb Bentley, Fairbank; 11. Bill Pittaway, Corpus Christi, Texas; 12. Cody Albers, Wellsburg; 13. Lloyd Henderson, Bouton; 14. Wayne Johnson, Minot, N.D.; 15. Robert Marsh, Salinas, Calif.Main Event “A” — 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr, Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 8. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 9. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 10. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 11. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 12. Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.; 13. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. David Brown, Kellogg; 16. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M; 18. Justin Auringer, Waterloo; 19. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, ; 20. Nick Deal, Walnut; 21. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 22. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, SK; 23. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 24. Mike Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 25. Josh Most, Red Oak; 26. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 27. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, ; 29. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 30. Wade Cross, Phillips, Neb.; 31. Jason Murray, Hartford; 32. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 33. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.IMCA Stock CarsA-Main 01 — 1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 3. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 4. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 5. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis; 6. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 7. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 8. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb.; 9. Bruce Plumisto, Colby, Kan.; 10. Mike Stapleton, Denison; 11. Michael Jaennette, Kellogg; 12. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb.; 13. Todd Inman, Altoona; 14. Jeff Mueller, New London; 15. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 16. Rodney Richards, Madrid; 17. Derrick Agee, Huntsville, Mo.; 18. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 19. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M; 20. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M; 21. Brad Whitney, Trenton, Mo.; 22. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 23. Brian Blessington, Breda; 24. Travis Shipman, Mason City; 25. Jake Masters, Graettinger.Main Event “A” — 1. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 3. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 4. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 5. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 6. Heath Tulp, Britt; 7. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; 9. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis; 10. Gary Bass, Des Moines; 11. Randy Brands, Boyden; 12. Bob Daniels, Des Moines; 13. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 14. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 15. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 16. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 17. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 18. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, Minn.; 19. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 20. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 21. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis; 22. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 23. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 24. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 25. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 26. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 28. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 29. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; 30. Donavon Smith, Lake City.IMCA Hobby StocksMain Event “A” — 1. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 2. Andrew Burg, Grimes; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 4. John Watson, Des Moines; 5. Corey Madden, Avoca; 6. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 7. Michael Prutt, Redfield; 8. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 9. Jason Fusselman, Shelby; 10. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 11. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 12. Luke Ramsey, Bedford; 13. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 14. Brandon Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 15. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 16. Steve Larson, Decorah; 17. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 18. Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; 19. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence; 21. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 24. Matthew McAtee, Minburn; 25. Craig Graham, Webster City; 26. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 27. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 28. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 29. Tim Barber, Story City; 30. Nathan Ballard, Marengo.IMCA SportModsMain Event “A” — 1. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 2. Jonathan Logue, Boone; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 4. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis; 5. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 6. Jared VanDeest, Holland; 7. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 8. Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; 9. Jerry Hinton, Adel; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 12. James Kleinheskel, Columbus, Neb.; 13. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa; 14. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 15. George Nordman, Mason City; 16. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 17. Randy Roberts, Boone; 18. Matthew Looft, Swea City; 19. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 20. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 21. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; 22. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Jacob Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 24. Jeff Schmuhl, Fall River, Wis; 25. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 26. Doug Smith, Lanesboro; 27. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 28. Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.; 29. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 30. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill.Harris IMCA Modified Race of ChampionsA-Main 01 —  1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 4. KellyShryock, Fertile; 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M; 6. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. BrandonBeckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 9. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 10. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst,Calif.; 12. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern.Sunoco IMCA Stock Car Race of ChampionsA-Main 01 —  1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 3. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 4. ChadPalmer, Renwick; 5. David Smith, Lake City; 6. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 8. JeffTubbs, Colby, Kan.; 9. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 10. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn..Hobby Stock Race of ChampionsA-Main 01 —  1. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Austin Brauner, Saint Edward, Neb.; 6. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 8. Leah Wroten, Independence; 9. John Watson, Des Moines; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle.Northern Sport Mod Race of ChampionsA-Main 01 —  1. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis; 2. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 3. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 4. Brandon Toftee, Webster City; 5. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Alex Zwanzinger, Nashua; 8.Joshua Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; 9. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 10. James Kleinheskel, Columbus, Neb..last_img read more

Pagenaud, Polesitter; Alonso Out

first_img3124Karam227.740 3039Mann227.244 2319Ferrucci227.731 2228Hunter-Reay227.877 321Pigot229.826 1125Daly228.617 2560Harvey227.695 2642King227.502 122Pagenaud229.992 3332Kaiser227.372 2781Hanley227.482 1977Servia227.991 612Power228.645 123Castroneves228.523 x66Alonso227.353 220Carpenter229.889 82Newgarden228.296 244Leist227.717 1533Davison228.273 325Hinchcliffe227.543center_img 1715Rahal228.104 1098Andretti228.756 927Rossi228.247 x59Chilton226.129 137Ericsson228.511 2023Kimball227.915 1614Kanaan228.120 588Herta229.086 189Dixon228.100 2826Veach227.341 2910Rosenqvist227.297 2148Hildebrand227.908 718Bourdais228.621 463Jones229.646 Pos. CarDriverAvg. Speed Simon PagenaudSpeedway, Ind. — Hoosier Ed Carpenter came close to winning his fourth pole position start in The Indianapolis 500. But in the end it was Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud, who bested his four-lap average speed by just three-thousandths of a mile per hour. Pagenaud carried his momentum from winning this month’s IndyCar Grand Prix into this weekend, to score his 11th career pole and the 266th for Team Penske. Carpenter starts in the middle of row one, with his team’s other two cars — driven by Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones — starting third and fourth, respectively.The motorsports world was shocked to see two-time Formula One World Champion, Fernando Alonso, bumped from the field Sunday. The McLaren driver, and winner of both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona, was bested by the qualifying run of Kyle Kaiser — driving for the small Juncos Racing team. This year’s qualifying format saw Saturday’s slowest six cars vying for the last three qualifying spots on Sunday. Others failing to make the field were Patricio O’Ward and Max Chilton.Fernando AlonsoThe 33-car field is the closest in Indy 500 history, with under two seconds separating the total qualifying time of the pole sitter from that of the slowest car in the field. The complete starting order for next Sunday’s 103rd running of The Indianapolis 500 is as follows. Catch every lap LIVE on 103.9 FM, WRBI. x31O’Ward227.092 1430Sato228.300last_img read more

Kaboul gives AVB’s Spurs a lift

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas thinks Younes Kaboul’s injury troubles are now well and truly behind him. Kaboul suffered a serious knee injury on the opening day of last season at Newcastle and after eight months out, he tore a thigh muscle in an under-21 game against Manchester United. This term Kaboul’s progress has been hindered by a niggling thigh injury, but after watching the 27-year-old come through 120 minutes’ worth of action against Hull on Wednesday night, Villas-Boas believes the centre-back is now over the worst of his problems. “Kaboul was extraordinary on Wednesday,” the Tottenham manager said. “We planned to take him off in the 60th minute. He was giving me signs he had to come off in the 63rd minute but that was when (Nacer) Chadli was injured, and he gave the thumbs up to continue. “It was good that he played 120 minutes. I think we’ve finally buried his recurrent injuries. “That’s a great credit to the player and our medical department. There is a possibility he will make the team selection to start at Everton. “It’s a big decision I have to make bearing in the mind the amount of effort he put in. But he is a great player for us.” Danny Rose’s injury means Kaboul should slot straight in alongside Michael Dawson at centre-back, with Jan Vertonghen moving to left-back. Kaboul looks set to start successive games for the first time under Villas-Boas on Sunday when Tottenham travel to Everton in the Barclays Premier League. The France defender has been hit by a series of injuries over the last 18 months. The north Londoners have enjoyed their best defensive start to a Premier League season in eight years, conceding just five goals in their opening nine games. That defence will be put to the test on Sunday, though, as Romelu Lukaku will be out to get one over on his old manager. Lukaku has been the spearhead for Everton’s excellent start to the campaign under Roberto Martinez, and Villas-Boas believes the Merseyside club will be in contention for a Champions League spot come the end of the season. “I think they will be competing for top four,” the Portuguese said. “David Moyes left that aura and motivation to compete for these places. “In the past we have seen them compete for a Champions League spot up to two or three fixtures away from the end of the season. They have the ability (to do it). “To change the coach makes it always very difficult but they still have quite a lot of points so far.” Villas-Boas, of course, is more concerned about his own team’s chances of making the top four after missing out by the narrowest of margins last season. The Tottenham manager has had a testing week. On Sunday he took the unusual step of criticising his own fans as Tottenham laboured to a 1-0 win over Hull. Initial reaction among the Tottenham faithful was mixed, but it was clear the move had paid off by Wednesday, when Spurs beat Hull on penalties amid a booming atmosphere at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas expects a hostile atmosphere at Everton Park this weekend but Spurs have dropped just three points on the road so far this season and the Portuguese is confident of achieving a crucial victory at Goodison Park. “They’re always very emotionally driven games (at Everton),” Villas-Boas said. “(The away form) is not about me, it’s to do with the players. “They step up their game, they want to do well for the club. Away games are always important in the Premier League. “If you get wins away from home it can be extremely important for the run-in into the top four spots. “Our objective is to go there and achieve the three points.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Irvine asks fans for chance

first_img Press Association Irvine was the surprise name announced last weekend as Pepe Mel’s successor and some Albion supporters have hit out at the appointment, with talk emerging of an organised protest against chairman Jeremy Peace’s decision being planned. Peace did not attend a press conference on Wednesday where Irvine – flanked by Baggies technical director Terry Burton – was officially unveiled by the midlands outfit. New West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has called on the club’s fans to give him a chance – although he has no doubt the only way to win them over is with positive results. “It would be lovely if everyone was absolutely delighted and thinking this was the best appointment that could ever have been made, but the only way I’m going to prove that is by helping the team get success.” Irvine believes he is probably under even more pressure than incoming managers normally are given the reaction there has been in this instance, but is relishing the job nonetheless. He said: “People might not give me the time that they might have given someone else. But I hope that is not the case and people realise there is a lot of work to be done. “You don’t turn things round overnight and hopefully people will get behind us. I think the majority of fans will but, of course, it all comes down to results again.” Irvine has worked for many years as a coach. To take up this post, he is leaving his position as academy chief at Everton and before the Preston and Wednesday jobs, he was Toffees number two, assisting David Moyes. Moyes endured a tough time at Manchester United last term, but that was never going to put Irvine off when it came to the West Brom offer. “I didn’t think twice at all – I thought ‘what a fantastic opportunity’,” Irvine said. “I have missed the excitement of a Saturday, the thrill of being involved at first-team level, and I couldn’t even think about turning down this opportunity.” Irvine has already stressed the need for West Brom’s squad to be strengthened and he confirmed on Wednesday that Albion are in negotiations to sign former England defender Joleon Lescott. The 31-year-old centre-back, out of contract this summer after five years with Manchester City, worked with Irvine at Everton. Irvine said: ”There is an interest in Joleon, without a doubt. He is a player I know well. ”I believe negotiations are going very well at this particular moment. So hopefully we are able to meet Joleon’s demands. “Joleon has said he would be more than happy to work with me again.” But asked at the media gathering what his own message for West Brom fans was, Irvine said: “Keep supporting us and give us a chance – give us all the chance to make sure we can do the job. “I understand that I wouldn’t have been the name on everybody’s lips, but I’ve got this job now. “I know that the Albion fans are incredibly passionate, but I think they’ll find that I’m incredibly passionate as well and hopefully together we can help the team to get success.” Handed a 12-month rolling deal, Irvine has been tasked with turning the fortunes around for a club that finished 17th in the Barclays Premier League last season, just three points clear of the relegation zone. It is his first top-flight senior management role and his prior experience as a number one amounts to stints at Preston and then Sheffield Wednesday, with the latter coming to an end in 2011 when he was sacked with the club mid-table in League One. Tim Sherwood, who guided Tottenham to sixth in the Premier League last term before being dismissed, had appeared to be West Brom’s first choice to take over as their head coach and has claimed he was offered the job but turned it down – a situation Burton was reluctant to talk about on Wednesday. Irvine, meanwhile, simply emphasised his delight at the opportunity he had been given. And when asked about winning over those fans questioning his appointment, the 55-year-old Scot said: “The only way I can do that is by winning games, quite simply. last_img read more

Integrated Security Services Inc. inaugural golf tournament on today

first_imgINTEGRATED Security Services (ISS) Inc., one of the largest security firms in Guyana, has partnered with the Lusignan Golf Club to host its inaugural golf tournament today.It will tee-off at 12:30hrs at the Lusignan Golf Club.In discussion with LGC president, Aleem Hussain, ISS management noted that the precision required in the game of golf may be compared and likened to the precision required in the high level of security and other services that ISS provides, engaging no margin for error.ISS plans to use the LGC and golf to help in team-building activities for their staff.Meanwhile, today’s tournament is open to all golfers in Guyana and members of the public are invited to be spectators and at the same time to enjoy the ambience of the LGC course.For registration to play in this and any other tournament at the LGC or for an opportunity for free lessons to learn the game, please call 220-5660 or 645-0944.Do note the refreshing news also that the lighted driving range being developed by LGC partner MacCorp is expected to be completed shortly and will help to raise the standard of Guyana’s golf as it will then be open to golfers and learners for practice.ISS is located at 21 Peter Rose Street., Queenstown, Georgetown – telephone 223-4033 or 223 4039,.last_img read more

Day 4 observations from football training camp: the quarterbacks compete

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Quarterbacks Terrel Hunt, Drew Allen, Charley Loeb, Austin Wilson, Mitch Kimble and Troy Green lined up single-file at midfield. Five equally spaced mats laid in front of them.The goal: to weave through each mat and throw a 15-yard pass to a team manager downfield.Hunt went first. He shuffled his feet rapid fire through all five mats and threw a strike.Allen went next. He did his best Fred Flintstone bowling impersonation, tiptoeing his way around the mats before delivering a tight spiral on target, coolly shifting to the side after his turn was done.After the four other quarterbacks smoothly completed the same drill, all six of them went back in the opposite direction, toward the left. Again, both Hunt’s and Allen’s passes were spot-on, and all six quarterbacks looked sharp.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough the quarterback situation is still foggy as ever, this was the most skill-revealing drill the media has seen from the QBs all week, and highlighted Allen’s crisp form.No hints have been given by head coach Scott Shafer in interviews or practice about which quarterback will get the nod against Penn State, but it’s still early.“Game time”As they have the past four days, the first three offensive teams ran a slow-paced drill where they hiked the ball, the quarterback scanned the field and then delivered a straightforward pass.This time, there was a wee bit more intensity, especially from the first unit.Hunt ran three plays from the goal line to the 25-yard-line. The first was a completion to tight end Beckett Wales. The second a handoff to Prince-Tyson Gulley for a short gain. And the third another Hunt connection, this time to Ashton Broyld.Then, on the way back from the 25-yard-line to the goal line, the enthusiasm started to show. On the third and final play of the “drive,” offensive coordinator George McDonald yelled out, “last play from the 5 (-yard line) to win!”Hunt lofted a high-arching pass in wide receiver Adrian Flemming’s direction.Flemming floated upward, caught the ball in the end zone and firmly planted himself on the ground.“I see you, A(drian),” Gulley shouted. “I see you!”“Game time!” Hunt screamed out, jumping toward the end zone to greet his teammates.Not quite. Only 23 more days until Penn State.Daoust pushes the d-lineDefensive line coach Tim Daoust lost his voice on the third day of practice Wednesday.He’s already in midseason form, and he’s even crafted some creative encouraging remarks.“I love it!” Daoust hoarsely shouted to freshman Isaiah Johnson on Thursday. “You’re ready to go, 91!”“All the way from Delaware!” he bellowed. “You can see from side of the state to the other!”It’s a comment that seems out of place out of context. But not if you’ve been watching Daoust work his mojo all week. The man’s intense.Out of all the stations during Thursday’s practice, the defensive line workout was by far the most grueling and arguably the most entertaining.The players moved orange pads and a mini cart with two people on it. They reared down into the ground and pushed forward, swerving from one direction to the other like the initial swivel of a pendulum.At first, Daoust wasn’t pleased.“How ‘bout some energy?” he roared, his voice better than it was  Wednesday, but still rather raspy.The players did the drill again. This time Daoust loved it. His voice was much softer, and he nodded his head.“That’s better,” he said. “That’s better.”Soon enough though, he shifted back into machine mode.“Flip it!” Commentslast_img read more

Kilruane and Kiladangan reach North Tipp SHC final

first_imgIt’s being held at Kilruane’s ground to mark the role played a century ago by local man Thomas McDonagh in the Easter Rising. The former – who are through to the divisional decider for the first time since 1990 – beat Burgess 3-12 to 1-14 in the semi-finals of the competition.Kiladangan advanced on the back of a 2-25 to 1-10 win over Roscrea.The final will be played in Cloughjordan next Sunday.last_img