IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win Thursday at Luxemburg

first_imgBy Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. – This Thursday night, July 3, motors will be cranked at Luxemburg Speed­way and the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will earn $1,000. “We decided we wanted our drivers and fans to be able to spend the holiday with their fami­lies. We know a lot of the Luxemburg Speedway crowd enjoys the fireworks and family time,” said Gene Mathu, track promoter.This will be a regular point night in all five divisions. Racing goes green at 7 p.m. Pepsi, the Luxem­burg Chamber of Commerce and The 54 Run will be sponsoring the show. Benji LaCrosse won last Friday’s IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 after starting 20th. The win­ner on Thursday becomes a candidate for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot if not already vote eligible. Brandon Czarapata got back to his winning ways in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars last week. He was able to cut into the point lead of Rod Snellenberger by two and now trails by six points in his quest for a third straight title. Tracy Wassenberg visited from Shawano and then visited victory lane again in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He picked up his third win of the season. Andy Kleczka had a late race charge to second and increased his point lead. Derek Moede has a four-point cushion over Dan Van Pay. There are five drivers within eight marks. Marcus Moede was the highest finishing IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock in Friday night’s chal­lenge race.last_img read more

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What stomach bug? A’s outfielder carried his own impressive streak into Tuesday

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty said Tuesday he finally felt he was over the stomach bug that kept him out of the lineup for two games against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.“Was a little weak (Monday), but today I feel like I’m over it,” he said. “Was a tough couple days, but, I don’t even want to think about it.”Piscotty never missed a beat.After he missed Saturday and Sunday’s games at the Coliseum against the Mariners, Piscotty was reinserted into the lineup on …last_img read more

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BMX – the cool factor

first_imgSifiso Skizo Nhlapo wants to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in the country. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do. Injuries, breaks and bruises are all part of the game. If you don’t crash then you aren’t learning. Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.(Images: Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mark Squire+ 27 82 445 5551Wilma den HartighSouth African BMX racing champion Sifiso Nhlapo has secured his spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But for Nhlapo his participation in the Olympics is about more than the adrenalin rush and winning medals, his dream is to get more kids onto bikes by developing the sport in South Africa.When Nhlapo, better known as Skizo (a childhood name used to distinguish him from another boy at school with the same name) was a youngster, he never had any aspirations to become a professional BMX rider. In fact, he wanted to be a policeman. He liked the action, the cars and racing around to catch the bad guys.Cycling around the neighbourhood on his BMX bike with his friends was just for fun. He remembers sticking up posters of his racing heroes on his bedroom walls, but he never thought BMX racing would one day be his profession.“I never thought I would become a successful racer,” he says. “My bike gave me freedom and it was just a mode of transport. I had friends at school who raced and it was a cool thing to do.”Fortunately his mom, who he names as his hero, quickly spotted her son’s talent. “She always supported me when I was young,” he says. “Where many parents would get nervous about child being involved in such a dangerous sport she could see it made me happy.”Another go at the OlympicsNhlapo started racing when he was 13 years old, which is considered a late entry into the sport. However, at 25, he has reached the top of his game and he has a huge fan base.This will be his second time at the Olympics – he first participated in the games in 2008 in Beijing when BMX racing made its debut to join the road, track and mountain bike events.Unfortunately he crashed in the finals, but he says that just qualifying and having an opportunity to compete in Beijing was a major achievement in itself.“My first experience of the Olympics was just awesome. It was a great honour to represent my country.”Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.Now, just weeks before competing against the world’s best BMX racers in London, Nhlapo is calm and focused. And he believes that this is the way it should be. His day at the Olympics is going to be just another day on the track.“I try to have fun on the day and I try not to think too much about the competition,” he says.Staying calm and focused in high pressure situations is an important skill for a BMX racer. It is one of the more difficult sports to master and requires a great deal of technical expertise and mental ability.‘You have to work hard and never give up,” he says.Nerves of steelPerhaps even more remarkable than Nhlapo’s talent and skill on the bike is his determination to continue racing despite numerous setbacks, some that could have ended his career.“Challenges taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of achieving,” he says.His career has been filled with many ups and downs, and one of his most serious injuries occurred in 2009 when he broke his neck after a big crash while training in Norway. He underwent surgery and although some people thought that he should stay off the bike, he wasn’t about to give up so easily.“I always knew that I would come back. The only thing that would have stopped me was being in a wheelchair,” he says. “Crashing is part of the game and if you don’t crash then you aren’t learning.”After 10 months of intensive rehab, he was back on the track, doing what he loves most.“BMX is all I know. It is my life,” he says.Nhlapo says he is thankful to get another chance. “You respect all the chances you are given,” he says. “I can use my arms and legs and I’m grateful for the gift. It made me the person I am today.”Sport development in SAOne of Nhlapo’s biggest dreams is to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in South Africa. BMX was very popular in the 1980s, but since then the sport has declined. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do.“With television games and TV kids are no longer getting out there and getting dirty,” he says.He’s involved in BMX development initiatives, and has hosted the Red Bull Under My Wings workshop, aimed at educating young BMX hopefuls on what it takes to build a successful career.The aim of the Red Bull program is to provide young athletes with valuable tools such as one-on-one guidance and expert mentoring to develop their skills in the sport they love.He believes that getting the sport into schools can increase the popularity of BMX again, and even encourage some children to pursue it more seriously.“My dream is to campaign for BMX to be part of the school curriculum,” he says.He says that good old-fashioned playing outdoors is just what children need. “It would give kids something to do after school. It is a constructive activity to keep them busy and off the streets.”The lack of proper training facilities is preventing the sport from taking off in South Africa, but one day Nhlapo would like to develop and manage more BMX facilities in the country.“The sport has great potential and I would like to build something sustainable,” he says.And his advice to anyone who wants to accomplish something great? “Never give up on your dreams.”last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 24, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-24-17The worst of the precipitation is done over the state this morning. However, that does not mean we have all that nice of a forecast for you. On the contrary…there is no change in our thinking this morning that we are looking at cloudy, damp, cold batch of nasty in here over the next 48 hours, at least compared to the glorious summer extension we found ourselves in last week. The front is through the state. But we are seeing strong winds circulating around the low off to our north and east this morning and that will keep plenty of cold air pushing into the region. Moisture still can get wrung out. In fact, we can’t completely rule out spits, sprinkles drizzle and a shower or two over northern areas. The worst will be over Lake Erie and north of there, but we are keeping eyes peeled farther south, perhaps over at least the northern most two rows of counties across the state. Clouds hold firm tomorrow, and the damp feel is still here, but now the spits and sprinkles are gone. There will be absolutely NO DRYING through today and tomorrow. Just don’t even think about it.The coldest part of the incoming air mass is here tomorrow. In fact, as skies clear out overnight tomorrow night, we think there is some potential for patchy frost over the state. Patchy is the key word here, as it will be difficult to see it in a majority of places. But, with the right clearing, temps will be cold enough to trigger light frost. Sunshine is in for Thursday and Friday. Southwest winds will start to increase, and we will see temps moderate some. We hesitate to use the word “warming” here, though, as we really do not see anything more than a bounce off of the peak of cold air from midweek.Our next front is here on Saturday. It looks a little more impressive this morning, with rain totals ranging from .1”-.9” and coverage at nearly 100%. The rains will cause another slowdown in field work potential (but can you really slow it down, if it never really ramped back up very much?). However, the bigger story will be the cold air coming in behind that front. It is a strong push of cold air from the north and west, and it will likely bring our first good hard frost of the fall season to a large part of the state. The best chance for the frost will be overnight Sunday night into Monday morning. The map above shows overnight low temps as of 7AM Monday morning.We still have a dry forecast for a large part of next week. No new rain in Monday through early Thursday. Some models suggest that we have a minor trough working in later Thursday into Friday. This falls in line with thoughts from 24 hours ago, and we think this may be a precursor to a much larger system for the extended 11-16 day forecast window. WE will continue to keep an eye on the period and be ready to add a few scattered showers into early Friday. For now, we are leaving our forecast alone, and dry.In that extended window, we still see a strong storm complex developing in the plains with significant cold air pressing in from the north and northwest for late the 4th through the 6th. This likely is the first big potential winter storm out there, but here we still like rain. We have action arriving later the 5th and extending through the 6th, and we are keeping rain totals at .5”-1” over 80%^ of the state. This is a system to watch, but for now we are not spending too much time on it until it gets into the 10 day window and we can really start to track its development. There is significant cold air behind it and we maintain our thoughts of a good hard freeze event in its wake.last_img read more

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‘Aaron’s Law’ Promises To Reduce Hacker Penalties

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Aaron Swartz#hackers#law#privacy#security center_img As the Internet activist, inventor and alleged criminal Aaron Swartz was memorialized in a Chicago-land synagogue yesterday, on the other side of the country a new bill was proposed aimed at reducing the penalties for Internet hackers. Facing a fine of up to $1 million and as many as 35 years in prison for computer fraud, Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, took his own life last Friday. His family blames their son’s suicide on the stress incurred by the Federal government’s constant hounding. The new bill could help prevent tragedies like this from happening again.“Aaron’s Law” is an attempt to reform a law some call draconian. Drafted by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and released on Reddit, the bill attempts to limit the government’s sweeping authority when it comes to wire fraud statutes and the outdated, 27-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).Swartz was facing an April court date for 13 counts of hacking and wire fraud stemming from breaking into MIT’s network and downloading files. Speak UpIn a blog post written Monday in the wake of Swartz’ passing, Marcia Hoffman, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), contended that hacking laws are far too broad and vague. And because of that, the Feds had the legal justification to go after Swartz so hard. She says the young man who invented the RSS feed wasn’tthe super-hacker the government made him out to be. The other major problem with the law, as presently stated, is extremely harsh penalties: “The government should never have thrown the book at Aaron for accessing MIT’s network and downloading scholarly research,” Hoffman wrote Monday. “Even first-time offenses for accessing a protected computer ‘without authorization’ can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison… plus fines.” Aaron’s LawThe new law would serve to amend the CFAA “to exclude certain violations of agreements or contractual obligations, relating to Internet service, from the purview of certain criminal prohibitions.” Those include computer fraud to the effect that accessing a computer network without explicit permission is not the “sole basis for determining that access to a protected computer is unauthorized.’’What it all means is that if such a bill were enacted into law, a person in Aaron’s position might not suffer the same fate as he did. The simple act of unauthorized access would not give prosecutors enough legal ground for the government to go full-tilt and make a case. On Tuesday on Reddit, Rep. Lofgren pledged her support to make the bill a reality, and expressed her desire to prevent future tragedies like Aaron Swartz’s from occurring. “His family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the U.S. government,” Lofgren wrote yesterday on Reddit. “There’s no way to reverse the tragedy of Aaron’s death, but we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced.”Photo courtesy of Peretzp. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The Affiliate Management Resource CD

first_imgThe 2011 Affiliate Management Resource CD has been developed with the goal of providing suggested procedures, templates, guidelines or various administrative documents to support affiliate management.The Affiliate Management Resource is in its first year of release and provides a complete package of information previously released to the community throughout 2011. It is our intent to provide this information in a hard copy version for all affiliates at the end of each year therefore updated annually from this point forward. The resources included are designed to save affiliates time and offer ideas, with the opportunity to create a better experience for the end participant of the sport.For more information and to find out how to get your affiliate’s copy, please see the attachment below.  Related Filesintroduction_to_the_2011_affiliate_management_resource-pdflast_img read more

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Williams enjoys State Cup return

first_imgFormer NRL player, Joe Williams made a welcome return to the New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie on the weekend and even has some new silverware to show for it. Williams was part of the Wollongong Devils team that took out the Senior Mixed title 9-2 over the Balmain Tigers in the final on Sunday. We caught up with Williams to talk about all things Touch Football and Rugby League as well as the great work he is doing in the community.  How have you found the return to State Cup?It’s been good, I haven’t played State Cup for about 10 years. Backing up game after game has been a little bit hard on the body. I haven’t played competitive Touch for a very long time but as a boxer your lung capacity and cardio fitness is through the roof. It’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it.You played Country Championships earlier this year too, how was that experience?It was the first time I’d ever played Country Champs, it was good. The bonus of it, my fiance is a Dubbo girl so we got home to see family. It was good to get back into that fold of playing competitive Touch again. Being out of it for a long time was only due to playing footy and not being allowed to play or not having the time to play. I’ve always loved Touch and always said I’d come back to Touch so it’s a natural progression. People don’t realise how good it is for your skill as a League player, if you play Touch growing up it’s going to be of benefit moving into your League career and then as old bloke on the downhill run you come back to it.How good is it to see players like Scott Prince and yourself return to Touch Football?I caught up with Princey (at State Cup), it’s good to catch up with him because I haven’t seen him for a number of years. He has been a great ambassador for Touch Football Australia over the last couple of years, getting back into it and playing at a high level. When I saw him doing that I thought it might be time for me to get back into it as well, it’s been good. What was your inspiration around making a comeback now?My last fight was in May and I thought I may as well keep fit, it’s a different way of having fitness. For me I have to always do something competitive so if I’m not getting ready or preparing for a fight I don’t have much. That’s a real coping strategy for me with my mental health, I’ve been fairly vocal about my mental health history and problems over the years so it’s a real coping strategy for me to prepare for something and Touch has been great for it because it keeps me fit and healthy. Do you play regularly in Wagga too?I play in the Wagga comp, which is always good. It’s a bit frustrating not keeping up with the younger blokes any more. It’s always good, I love getting out there and giving a bit of banter and the competitiveness of playing high level Touch. It’s been fantastic, I’ve had a really good weekend. How good is the NRL-TFA partnership from your perspective?It’s a natural progression for kids to sharpen their skills as Rugby League players and guys like myself and Princey get to come back and give back to the game a little bit as well. As well as keeping fit, it’s a great initiative to have that partnership for the kids coming through and the old blokes like us. How nice is it to come back and catch up with some familiar faces at State Cup?That’s the best thing about Touch Footy, you’ve got that competitive nature but State Cup is on a different level to NTL, you still have the people that aren’t as competitive in these tournaments. It’s a great factor to be able to come away and catch up with mates, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve had friends from when I made my first rep Touch Footy side as a 14 or 15-year-old that I’m still mates with, it’s huge to be able to come back some 15 to 20 years later and catch up with these people. You play Touch and it sounds a bit cliche but you build friendships for life. Can you tell us a bit about your younger years playing Touch Football?I played 18’s and 20’s for Southern Suns and played NTL and Aussie 18’s at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand which was cool, again making friendships and relationships with people from other countries that still keep in contact 20 years later. Can you tell us a bit about your work now? My role at Mater Dei Catholic College in Wagga, I work as the Aboriginal Education Worker. My major role is to support all of the Aboriginal kids in their studies, making sure they are up to task with all of their subjects and assessments and so forth. It’s more of a mentoring role as well. I’m there next year two days a week and I’m on the road, I’ve got a mental health charity I’ve set up, called The Enemy Within. I’m going out and educating people on mental health and how to break down their mental health and live on a day-to-day basis by just managing their mental health. I always say, you don’t have to beat it, you just have to manage it well, that can make a huge impact and difference on anyone’s life. Related LinksWilliams Returnslast_img read more

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Defining normal

first_imgThe Army Chief assures that there is normalcy in Kashmir. Kashmir and normalcy, however, have been at near loggerheads since as recently as the ’90s. The leftover of the Partition, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has lived and grown in a stagnated manner, limited by its “special status” which the Narendra Modi-led BJP government scrapped in a very bold move on August 5. 54 days since the turn-around, the situation is reported to be normal as the nation looks forward to what normal would mean in a Kashmir without the formal, name-sake cover of Article 370 which granted it a special status. The fact that people are moving around, going about their work is interpreted as normalcy for the time being, making a claim that normal life has not been affected in Jammu and Kashmir is one to invoke an entire gamut of thoughts from political to social to personal. In a region already riddled with conflict and political mess, one might argue that “normalcy” is not a matter to restore but one to bring in altogether. In a place where peace is fleeting, normalcy has long been a far-fetched notion. As per the government, the mark of normalcy is that people freely move around. On a closer look, a more normal normalcy is when children go to school and economic activities go on as usual—this includes tourism, in a time and space when outsiders feel safe to visit. Given this, normalcy in terms of common perception is still a distance away. Also Read – A strong standpointWith respect to the status maintained by the military, evidence has been put forth to justify the claims of normalcy: brick kilns functioning normally, trucks transporting sand, shops open—life in the Valley is supposedly normal. But as the restrictions imposed by the government is lifted in phases, another picture of a debatable normalcy emerges: regular life being crippled and the continued disruption of routine in the wake of clampdown since August 5. Kashmir has been a place that redefines normal due to a set of factors. Making way for a new order, however, is not the kind of normal that is expected in Kashmir, but if there is anything that could ease the situation now, it is not insisting on normalcy but stability that must be striven for.last_img read more

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