Autograph Night is June 7 at Thunderhill Raceway

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Race fans will be able to get autographs from their favorite drivers this Saturday, June 7 at Thunderhill Raceway. Dan Lewis Photography will have checkered flags for purchase to put those signatures on. The autograph session will take place at intermission. The night is sponsored by Jim Olson Motors of Sturgeon Bay. A brand new GM 602 crate engine will go to one lucky racer in the IMCA Northern SportMod or IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division at the 2014 banquet courtesy of Jim Olson Motors. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Saturday.last_img

US Women’s football team equal pay claim dismissed by court

first_imgTHE United States women’s football team’s bid for equal pay has been dismissed by a court, with the judge rejecting the players’ claims they were underpaid compared to the men.The lawsuit was filed by 28 women’s national team players last year against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).They had been seeking $66m (£52.8m) in damages under the Equal Pay Act.Molly Levinson, the players’ spokeswoman, said that they planned to appeal against the decision.“We are shocked and disappointed,” said Levinson. “We will not give up our hard work for equal pay.“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.”Federal judge Gary Klausner allowed the players’ case for unfair treatment in travel, housing and medical support to go to trial, which is set for 16 June in Los Angeles.Giving its ruling, the court said: “The women’s team has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the men’s team over the class period.”The US team won the Women’s World Cup last summer for their fourth title overall. They have also won five Olympic gold medals.After the equal pay claim was dismissed, striker Megan Rapinoe, who won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at last year’s World Cup, tweeted: “We will never stop fighting for equality.”Fellow US striker Alex Morgan said: “Although disappointing to hear this news, this will not discourage us in our fight for equality.”Meanwhile, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for US president in this year’s election, told the team to not “give up this fight”, adding: “This is not over yet.“To US Soccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”The USSF said it wanted to work with the team to “chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world”.Its statement added: “US Soccer has long been the world leader for the women’s game on and off the field and we are committed to continuing that work.”Former USSF president Carlos Cordeiro resigned in March after lawyers for US football’s governing body made submissions as part of the lawsuit in which it was claimed that the job of a male footballer on the national team “requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than their female counterparts.Before they played Japan in the SheBelieves Cup on 12 March, the US players turned their tops inside out during the warm-up to hide their badges, leaving only the four stars which represent their World Cup successes on show.The US men’s team made the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002, while their best finish was third place in the inaugural tournament in 1930.The women’s case had been publicly supported by male players, and in February the US men’s team issued a statement criticising the governing body, saying that “the federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions”.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers hopes he’s not the reason Mike McCarthy was fired

first_imgGreen Bay fired coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday in a move that surprised many, even Aaron Rodgers.While speaking to the media on Monday, the Packers quarterback discussed the decision and admitted he didn’t see it coming. “I was as shocked as many of you were, I’m sure,” Rodgers said.It’s no secret tensions have been high between Rodgers and McCarthy as the team has struggled to a 4-7-1 record this season. But Rodgers said the entire team shares responsibility for the dismissal following a disappointing home loss to the lowly Cardinals and hopes the reports of a fractured relationship weren’t the motive for McCarthy’s firing. Related News “I hope that’s not the reason,” Rodgers said. “I think him and I, like any relationship, we have our amazing times, we have our times when we butt heads. “As much as what was made, conjecture about him and I’s relationship, it was always built on mutual respect and communication. That’s why this is a different day for myself and the guys in the locker room. We accomplished a lot together. We had some incredible moments.”Rodgers revealed he has not spoken to McCarthy since he was let go but said he intends to reach out to him this week.In the meantime, interim coach Joe Philbin will have his first game at the helm when the Packers host the Falcons in Week 14 action.center_img Packers interim coach Joe Philbin: ‘We have to get these guys to play better’ Mike McCarthy fired: Three highs and lows from his 12-year Packers runlast_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Kay Dobson tells how she created a network of like-minded golfing women in the north-east

first_img Kay Dobson is a 35-year-old working woman who took up golf and then struggled to find like-minded women to play with. The answer? She set up the network, North East and County Durham Women’s Golf, and has over 200 members. Here’s her story:How did you get into golf?I wanted a hobby. I tried returning to my childhood hobby of horse riding and hated it! My hubby kept asking me to go to the driving range and, after declining many times, I went and loved it.So far, so good. What went wrong?I work as a security officer so I wanted weekend golf – but there didn’t seem to be any events for women at the weekend. Unfortunately I didn’t research the first club I joined and I found a lot of the ladies were five-day members and there was not many weekend meet ups or competitions.Everything that was advertised was more aimed at older or retired or non-working women. I could play with my husband, but he had a handicap of six and I wanted to play with others at my level, but I felt frustrated that I couldn’t meet anyone.What did you do about it?I set up a Facebook group but didn’t really do anything with it for a few months, until a pro at another club arranged a Prosecco get together with some other ladies he taught. From there the group went from around five women in 2016 to currently 220 in 2018.Now we’re the North East and County Durham Women’s Golf – a network for golfing women. The group is made up of a variety of people of different skill levels. It includes beginners, professionals, club representatives and more experienced golfers.Some just are on it and remain silent, some attend events that suit them and others are in it in a business sense. We have all sorts of events, from ladies’ days out to beginners’ outings, Christmas meets and fundraisers for the Golf Foundation – the next one is on 1 September.How do you encourage beginners?We run ‘9 holes and a natter’ every month for women who are shy about getting on the course or embarrassed to play in front of others. It is a meet up for anyone with no rules other than you pick up after eight shots. We play at a par-3, 9-hole course which accommodates the group fantastically.Through the group there is now around six ladies who have made a great friendship and all play at least twice a week together.I have also been involved with the ‘Women on Par’ events organised by England Golf to encourage women beginners to get out on the course, make friends and gain confidence.Why do you think golf is a good game for women?Its great exercise, fantastic social possibilities, gets you out meeting others and you need a new wardrobe to play the game…..Has golf taken over your life?Golf hasn’t, but the group has. I’m arranging events and looking after the website and I work full time, five or six days a week. But I do love it and what it has brought to the north east.I didn’t think at first I was doing much but from the responses from some of the ladies, golf professionals and clubs the reaction to the group has been fantastic.I get out as much as I can, luckily my hubby is a golf addict so I also receive a great amount of support and help from him.• Inspired by Kay’s story to Get into Golf? Visit to find free or low cost beginner activities across the country including Women on Par sessions 3 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Kay Dobson tells how she created a network of like-minded golfing women in the north-east Tags: Get into golf, Girls, Golf Week, Womenlast_img read more

Six-man team to challenge in Costa Ballena match

first_img Tags: Costa Ballena, elite golf, England teams 11 Dec 2018 Six-man team to challenge in Costa Ballena match A six-man team will represent England in the 2019 Costa Ballena octagonal match in Spain.The players are Jake Bolton of Wiltshire, Sam Done of Lincolnshire, Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire (pictured), Ben Hutchinson of Yorkshire, David Langley of BB&O and Joe Long of Gloucestershire.The match will be played from 22-25 January at Costa Ballena and will be contested by eight countries. England’s opponents are: Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.The match was extended from four to eight countries for the first time in 2018, when England won the bronze medal. Spain were the champions and Netherlands were runners-up.The playersJake Bolton, 20, (Ogbourne Downs) had a string of high finishes with third place in the Italian international, ninth in the Lytham Trophy and fourth in the Welsh open.Sam Done, 21, (Kenwick Park) reached the match play in the British and English amateur championships. He was eighth in the Scottish open and 11th in the Lee Westwood Trophy.Harry Goddard, 18, (Hanbury Manor) was in England’s winning team at the boys’ Home Internationals. Individually he was fourth in the Walton Heath Trophy and the Peter McEvoy Trophy and eighth in the Hampshire Salver.Ben Hutchinson, 23, (Howley Hall) reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship, losing by one hole to the eventual winner. He was fourth in the Hampshire Salver, ninth in the Lytham Trophy and seventh in the Welsh open.David Langley, 24, (Castle Royle) won the qualifying for the South African amateur, was runner-up in the Tillman Trophy and the Hampshire Salver and had top tens in the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. He helped England win the men’s Home InternationalsJoe Long, 21, (Lansdown) was runner-up in the English amateur championship, fourth in both the Scottish open and Dutch Junior Open and fifth in the Hampshire Salver. He was also a member of England’s winning team at the men’s Home InternationalsImage © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Letter to the Community from Senior Services for South Sound Executive…

first_imgFacebook86Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Brian Windrope, executive director, Senior Services for South SoundFor a community as robust and delightful as ours, it is especially dreadful to consider the circumstances our seniors are facing during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know that seniors are far more vulnerable to the effects of this virus than are other populations, but it is not widely understood that the vast majority of seniors who may never fall ill from this pandemic, are nevertheless facing unprecedented isolation. Our mission as an organization is to improve the quality of life for people as they age, and this places us squarely on the front lines of helping seniors through these times.Seniors are struggling with everything the rest of us are facing: loneliness, isolation, boredom, inconvenience, and varying degrees of fear. But beyond these concerns, they are distressed in ways unique to their age. Over the last week we have spoken with nearly 2,000 seniors, and many report they are also facing food insecurity and health distress. Seniors are sheltering in place. They fear going outside. You do not see them in the same numbers around Capitol Lake, or at the grocery store.We know that staying inside reduces physical activity and this is especially concerning for seniors. And we know that social distancing deprives them of the very thing research shows is critical to their mental and physical health: dynamic, caring human interaction. This double strike is made worse by otherwise independent and capable seniors feeling stuck between getting their normal healthy food at the grocery store and risking infection, or staying home and running out of supplies. We hear from seniors who are skipping normal medical appointments, not filling prescriptions and otherwise not attending to their health needs for these same reasons.Senior Services for South Sound provides the Meals on Wheels service for Thurston and Mason Counties and we are projecting our number of meals served will double in the next few weeks. This imminent doubling means we have to mobilize more volunteers to deliver meals, and stretch our staff and funding thinner. We also provide transportation services for seniors who lack ways to get to essential appointments.  We are pinched by our supply of donated food items from local bakeries and grocers being greatly diminished or absent altogether because they are selling out due to people hoarding. All this while many of our other wonderful programs for seniors are cancelled because of the pandemic, resulting in a considerable loss of connection for seniors and revenue to continue our work.Seniors need our help more than ever as they face unique and frightening challenges. Being spread thin is our normal operating mode, but this pandemic compels us to greater action while being hamstrung by reduced resources. Now is the time to think of the seniors you cherish, the elders in your family or community who have led us through challenges in the past, and who now need our help.  Please join us today as a volunteer and if able, as a donor, so that isolated and deeply vulnerable seniors feel the support of many, many hands. Visit to learn more or to make a gift.last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer tops Del Norte 3-0, continues to close in on another H-DN title

first_imgFortuna >> The goal of Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes entering the 2017 soccer campaign was to try and build back up what the Huskies have had over the past handful of seasons.He had plenty of new pieces to the puzzle and lots of voids to try and fill.With its 3-0 win over Del Norte on Wednesday evening, Fortuna is on the brink doing the same exact thing as it did this time last year — capture the Humboldt-Del Norte League title in undefeated fashion.The Huskies, who improved to 15-0-1 on …last_img

Fish Species in African Lake Diversified Rapidly

first_imgTwo related articles in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) show that a large number of species can branch out of a small population in a short time.  Hobbyists familiar with tropical fish appreciate how wide is the variety found within Cichlids.  In the first article,1 the author alleged that in the last 15,000 years, the number of cichlid species living in the lake grew from a handful to hundreds.  Nearby Lake Malawi, which is supposedly much older, boasts no better variety of cichlids.    Just as dog breeders select for a desired trait, the environment that each group of fish finds itself in selects for genes that cause the fish to survive well in that environment.  Isolation of the new “breed” of fish causes the combination of genes to be preserved.  The surprise to scientists was the speed at which this happened, compared to their expectations:Though Lake Victoria cichlids appear millions of years younger than their counterparts in nearby Lake Malawi, both groups display an enormous range of physical and behavioral traits.  This staggering diversity in such young species provides compelling evidence for adaptive radiation, which occurs when divergent selection operates on ecological traits that favor different gene variants, or alleles, in different environments.  When divergent selection on an ecological trait also affects mate choice—promoting reproductive isolation of diverging populations—ecological diversity and speciation may proceed in tandem and quickly generate numerous new species.Another surprise was to find that natural selection had succeeded in eliminating gene variety in some groups, “fixing” the gene: offspring contained only one type gene, recessive or dominant, and variety has been eliminated:Despite substantial theoretical and some experimental support for such “by-product speciation,” few studies have shown that selection has “fixed” alleles (that is, driven its frequency in a population to 100%) with different effects on an adaptive trait in closely related populations.  But now, Yohey Terai, Norihiro Okada, and their colleagues have bridged that gap by demonstrating divergent selection on a visual system gene that influences both ecological adaptation and mate choice in cichlids.In another paper in PLoS Biology,2 the author demonstrates that it really was the environment that produced the variety of characteristics within the Cichlid population:Divergent natural selection acting on ecological traits, which also affect mate choice, is a key element of ecological speciation theory, but has not previously been demonstrated at the molecular gene level to our knowledge.  Here we demonstrate parallel evolution in two cichlid genera under strong divergent selection in a gene that affects both.  Strong divergent natural selection fixed opsin proteins with different predicted light absorbance properties at opposite ends of an environmental gradient.  By expressing them and measuring absorbance, we show that the reciprocal fixation adapts populations to divergent light environments.  The divergent evolution of the visual system coincides with divergence in male breeding coloration, consistent with incipient ecological by-product speciation.1Gross L (2006), “Demonstrating the Theory of Ecological Speciation in Cichlids,” PLoS Biology 4(12): e449 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040449.2Terai Y, Seehausen O, Sasaki T, Takahashi K, Mizoiri S, et al. (2006), “Divergent selection on opsins drives incipient speciation in Lake Victoria cichlids,” PLoS Biology 4(12): e433.DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040433.This is exactly what creationists have been saying all along: it doesn’t take long for genetic variation and the environment to produce the variety of species we see.  All species of canines could have descended from one pair on an Ark a few thousand years ago.  From wolves to Chihuahuas, all dogs are of the “dog” kind, and it didn’t take millions of years for their “adaptive radiation.”  In fact, it could have taken only hundreds of years in some cases.  The environment they found themselves in selected for the traits best suited to that environment.  For an evolutionist accustomed to speaking in millions of years, a mere fifteen thousand years for Lake Victoria to get its variety of cichlids is just a blink of time.  Yet they acknowledge that all these species appeared in this amazingly brief period.  Human skin color could have been selected in a similar short time: light skinned people who could make Vitamin D with less sunlight were selected for in northern latitudes, while dark skinned people who resisted the effects of intense sun were selected for in equatorial regions.    Notice the sleight of mind with terminology in the last quote: “Divergent natural selection”, “parallel evolution”, “divergent selection”, “divergent natural selection”, and “divergent evolution” are used interchangeably to mean the same thing.  We are regularly being conditioned to confuse natural selection with evolution, or, to put it in other terms: micro-evolution with macro-evolution.  Evolution requires new information to be created.  There is no creation of new information here, as the articles admit.  In fact, one of the points the author makes is that the natural selection of the environmental factors often drove the frequency of a particular gene in a fish population to 100%.  All other genes affecting the characteristic had been eliminated.  This is loss of information, not gain – the opposite of what macro-evolution requires.  Surely, the scientists who wrote these papers must know this.  Once again, commitment to evolution is faith in spite of the evidence.—DK(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA teen racer just keeps on winning

first_img29 April 2014 South Africa’s Kelvin van der Linde racked up yet another memorable milestone in his young career with victory in race two of the opening round of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben, Germany, on Sunday. The 17-year-old motor-racing phenomenon, the 2013 South African Motor Sportsman of the Year, shared a Prosperia C Abt Audi R8 with Germany’s Rene Rast and became the youngest ever GT Masters pole-sitter (in race one) and race winner. The two Prosperia C Abt Audi drivers dominated Sunday’s event to come home 2.4 seconds ahead of the Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Christian Engelhart of Germany and Dutchman Jaap van Lagen. Dramatic start The race got off to a dramatic start with a pile-up ahead of the first corner, which immediately brought out the red flags. All seven drivers involved emerged relatively unscathed. After a 30-minute delay, it was restarted but over a reduced distance, with the time now limited to 48 minutes. Rast, still in pole position, led off strongly. The pursuing pair of Austrian Dominik Baumann in a BMW Z4 GT3 and Van Lagen in the Porsche were preoccupied with a private battle for second position, and while Van Lagen prevailed, he was unable to pose any sort of threat to race leader Rast.Mandatory pit stop At the mandatory pit stop, Rast handed over to co-driver Van der Linde with a two- second cushion, and the youngster then brought the car home safely ahead of Engelhart and Van Lagen. Baumann and German Claudia Hurtgen were third in the BMW, 3.1 seconds in arrears. The debut performance by the young South African could hardly have been more impressive: he not only became the youngest ever race winner in the series but also claimed one of the two pole positions in his own right.‘Quite nerve-wracking’ “I found the first half hour of the race quite nerve-wracking and was a bit concerned when I took over as race leader, as I didn’t know if I could hang on to P1 after the pit stop,” Van der Linde confessed afterwards. “But I then found myself further in front and just focused on finishing the race and managing the lead. “I’m very grateful to Christian Abt for the opportunity to drive his car in the ADAC GT Masters. This is a mega step up for me in my motor racing career and I am very happy to have helped the team get the new season off to such a good start. The team gave Rene and I a great car this weekend.”‘Kelvin drove a fantastic race’ “Kelvin drove a fantastic race, didn’t make any mistakes and withstood massive pressure from the opposition,” said an admiring Rast. “Apart from that frightening incident at the start, it was a relatively straightforward race. I opened up a gap on the Porsche, but never quite managed to shake him off.” Prosperia C Abt Racing, the winners of the team prize in 2013, fielded three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the first round of the high-profile international series. Pole position Van der Linde and Rast started from the pole position claimed by the South African in car #10 in Saturday’s opening one-hour sprint race. They put in impressive performances in their first appearance together and at the chequered flag were just 0.307s behind the winning Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Germany’s Max Buhk and Max Gotz. Engelhart and Van Lagen were third in the Porsche. The other two Prosperia C Abt Racing Audis, the #12 RT8 Audi driven by Markus Winkelhock and Stefan Wackerbauer and the #11 car shared by Nicki Thiim and Fabian Hamprecht, were forced to retire from both races. The Series Van der Linde and Rast will contest all eight rounds of the series, which features races at famous circuits like Zandvoort in Holland and the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring in Germany. Their competition includes Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW Z4 GT3s, Chev Camaro GTs and Chev Corvette GT3s, Ford GT3s, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s and Nissan GT-R GT3s. They now lead the championship with 43 points to the 33 of Engelhart and Van Lagen and the 25 of Hurtgen and Baumann.center_img The next round of the championship is at Zandvoort on 10 and 11 May. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

TNT dismantles Ginebra, gets spot in top 4

first_imgRead Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT secured a spot in the top four after handing Barangay Ginebra its worst beating under Tim Cone, 121-92, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro uncorked 12 3-pointers combined with the fiery import unleashing a flurry in the third quarter, where the KaTropa took the air out of the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ginebra just couldn’t figure out how to slow down not only Rice and Castro but the entire TNT side, which also has the likes of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams stepping up.Rice exploded for 36 points on top of nine rebounds while Castro had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field that went with four rebounds and seven assists.Justin Brownlee scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Kings, who have held the top spot early in the conference but could still fall to as low as fifth place depending on the outcome of the last day of eliminations on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We’ve always talked about everybody pitching in for us to be successful every game. I think today players were really focused on the task and they were all ready to contribute today,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad became the first team to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage.“It really helped us that we shot really, really well especially in the three-point area. When you shoot that way you really have a good chance winning ball games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice couldn’t miss in the third quarter. He hit four triples in a row in just a span of one minute and 36 seconds to stretch TNT’s lead to 20, 83-63, with 4:25 left.TNT, which rose to 8-3, shot 17-of-40 from long range, hitting 10 triples in the second half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PVL men’s: Ateneo wins 6th straight at expense of La Salle LATEST STORIESlast_img read more