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Smith races to first Modified win at Oshkosh

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 13) – T.J. Smith will argue any inference of full moon racing couple with a Friday the 13th after winning his career first Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Smith grabbed the lead at the start with Jim Rhode Ed Lemay, Eric Arneson, Jeremy Christians and Travis Spaulding close behind. Several early cautions kept the field bunched but Smith was able to maintain to lead through a green flag run from laps four to 10.Christains moved into the runner-up spot on lap six with Mike Wedelstadt and Eddie Muenter moving into the top five by lap seven. With the field right behind for the restart, Smith again set the pace and opened a car length lead over Christians as Muenster, Rhode and Wedelstadt moved up to challenge for second.A final caution on lap 17 set up a three-lap dash, with Smith drawing on his past experience to just run his race and drove off with his first career division feature win. Muenster wrestled the second place finish from Christians on the final lap with point leader Sean Jerovetz making a late-race run to fourth over Wedelstadt and Rhode. Other feature winners were John Heinz in his second straight Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature while Steve Schneider picked up his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory on the season.last_img read more

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How SU Athletics has embraced the university’s quest to be the No. 1 school for veterans

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Published on November 11, 2016 at 10:23 am Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Mike Haynie smiled as he walked across the Fort Drum Youth Services gym, surrounded by Syracuse football players teaching military youth the basics of the game.“Isn’t this great?” he asked rhetorically.A few hours later on that August day, Haynie, SU’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, announced the reestablishment of a series between Syracuse and Army, a relationship that ended in 1996 after a century of competition. But SU taking to Fort Drum for football goes deeper than just a football clinic or four games.SU Athletics has evolved into the chief marketing tool for the university’s initiative to become the No. 1 place for veterans among higher education institutions. People know SU Athletics more than the history of veterans on campus — a pull that’s been embraced by administrators to reach the goal of becoming the standard.Saturday’s SU football game against North Carolina State is Military Appreciation Day, but the connections between veterans affairs and athletics are seen throughout the year. The football team carries the 10th Mountain Division flag onto the field before some games, the “44” logo on T-shirts mimics the division’s logo and a service member is honored during each game as a tribute, among other examples.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“What’s powerful about the athletic department in the context of executing on other things that are important to Syracuse University, is they’re our brand ambassadors to constituencies that don’t know us for other things,” Haynie said.Daily Orange File PhotoThe university’s commitment to veterans affairs dates back to World War II when Chancellor William Tolley helped write the G.I. Bill, which doubled college enrollments nationwide. SU had an open enrollment policy for veterans, leading to increased enrollment on the Hill.Chancellor Kent Syverud brought the connection back to the top of the university’s agenda when he outlined the plan to make SU the best place for veterans during his inauguration speech in April 2014, one of four key platforms laid out in the speech. The first step was promoting Haynie to vice chancellor of veterans and military affairs, a move made a month later.Since then, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the newly-created Office of Veterans and Military Affairs have gained more prominence within the university. A first-of-its-kind National Veterans Resource Complex is also being built with an estimated completion time of spring 2019.“It’s only appropriate that given it’s the university’s goal to be the No. 1 school for veterans, that athletics plays a role in that,” said SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack, “and is a partner with Mike and his team in trying to establish that.”Wildhack is on Syverud’s executive leadership team and meets with about eight other members every week to go over the administration’s goals and problems. Just by being at the Monday afternoon meetings, Wildhack is able to understand the broader state of the university, such as enrollment and legal affairs, after taking the reins of the athletic department in July.“I think it’s important that athletics is a full partner of the entire university,” Wildhack said. “I think one way to do that is for me and my staff to have an understanding of the priorities of the university and how do we play a role in helping the university achieve those priorities.”Wildhack has embraced the university’s initiative more fully than his predecessors because of his larger understanding, Haynie said.While Wildhack is new to the administration, one of the main constants of SU Athletics’ relationship with veterans and military affairs has been the football team’s annual training camp trip to Fort Drum, located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Syracuse.It started five years ago under Doug Marrone, expanded when Scott Shafer was at the helm and regressed to one day this year under Dino Babers because he needed time to install his new system he brought in his first year.“The more time we spend around our military personnel, the more we understand how much we really need to appreciate them,” Babers said in August, “and anything that we can do to help them in the future in any way, if it’s within my power, we’ll definitely try and do it.”Daily Orange File PhotoWildhack said he and Babers will talk about future expansion with the Fort Drum portion of training camp.Football players and personnel interact with Fort Drum soldiers and the children of military families during the visits. It’s a way for SU to get out into the community and publicly show its support for the military.The Fort Drum connection remains the most visible display of the university’s commitment through athletics, with it transpiring into the regular season as well.“Building a culture is all about symbols and artifacts. Because it is so visible and public, our athletic programs are some of our most prominent symbols,” Haynie said.Worlds will collide in 2023 when SU football plays future military members in a four-game series against Army. Since 1899, the teams have played 21 times overall with Syracuse holding an 11-10 series lead.Officials see the series as a way to spread the veteran-focused initiative and market itself as a leader in veterans affairs.“In the case of West Point, just the proximity – it will be something that’s attractive for alumni in the New York area, our alumni in central New York and this area,” Wildhack said.Haynie pushed hard for the series along with some other key officials, he said, adding that it’s a “logical rivalry.”As the university continues to press toward No. 1 — it was recently ranked No. 3 overall by The Military Times — athletics will still be used as a marketing tool to publicly show that support.“Syracuse has always been a place that’s placed a premium emphasis on being an institution that partners with the military and provides opportunity for our veterans,” Wildhack said. “The fact that we have that in our history and that’s been emphasized by Chancellor Syverud and his team, so I think it’s part of the fabric here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Japanese sumo vs Trump’s WWE: big differences in clash of big men

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgIn the WWE? Referees’ decisions are not only challenged, but the referees themselves are frequently clobbered by the wrestlers.– ‘Dominant champion’ –Trump loves the razzmatazz, the lurid spectacle and the money of WWE. He once body-slammed and shaved the head of an American wrestling bigwig during a televised event.And he has been inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame, not as a wrestler of course, but as a promoter and super fan.Many trying to understand the Trump phenomenon have gone further, tracing his love of outrageous showmanship and all-or-nothing political style to the influence of pro-wrestling.That’s not to say sumo is completely free from the WWE’s shadier practices, however.The hermetic world of the loincloth-clad wrestlers has been rocked by allegations of drug abuse, bout-fixing and links to organised crime. The bullying death of an apprentice wrestler in 2007 plunged the sport into crisis.And faux sumo matches have also been staged as part of WWE wrestling shows, with wrestlers such as Yokozuna (sumo term for Grand Champion) entertaining the crowd.Described on the WWE website as “one of the most dominant WWE champions of all time”, the Samoan weighed nearly 600 pounds (272 kilogrammes) but never actually competed in a sumo basho, or tournament.Share on: WhatsApp The President’s Cup. Trump will present this to the winner of Japan’s Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.Tokyo, Japan | AFP | President Donald Trump will be ringside Sunday for Tokyo’s big sumo tournament, but if he hopes his longtime love of US-style professional wrestling will give him special insight into the action, he better think again.Both sumo and the WWE involve enormous men wearing very little and trying to batter each other. Both are popular in their respective countries, drawing large excitable crowds.But that’s — almost — where similarities end.WWE wrestlers are out more to entertain than to wrestle. While there is a winner and a loser, the combatants are following a choreographed script that ends in a pre-determined outcome.Over the years of World Wrestling Entertainment extravaganzas, the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker have stopped at nothing in pursuit of victory.Not only fists and body slams are used, but also chairs, ladders, snakes and fire — that’s right, the ring was once set on fire.However, all the action is rehearsed, then carefully meted out in a spectacle having more to do with theatre than sport. Done any other way, the televised bouts would quickly result in maimings and worse.Sumo also showcases powerful, near-naked men in primal confrontation, surrounded by shouting crowds in packed arenas.But these players are steeped in centuries-old Japanese traditions rooted in the Shinto religion, starting with the sipping of sacred water and the sprinkling of purifying salt before each bout.While crowds love the intensity of the fight, the wrestlers show little emotion, whether in victory or defeat — a far cry from the screams and insults of the WWE ring.In sumo, referees’ decisions can only be overturned by judges and the wrestler accepts the ruling. Even small gestures of dissent such as a tiny shake of the head could land a sumo wrestler in big trouble.last_img read more

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FBI: Epstein’s Former Girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, Arrested

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgThe FBI is confirming that Ghislaine Maxwell, the long time friend and confidante of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested and the charges sealed.Maxwell’s arrest is welcome news for many alleged Epstein victims living in Palm Beach County. Media reports say the alleged madam was taken into custody for her alleged involvement in Epstein’s sex crimes against underage girls.The FBI took Maxwell into custody this morning in New Hampshire. Maxwell dated Epstein and remained close to him for decades.Epstein committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last summer after being charged with exploiting underage girls.last_img read more

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Thurston County REALTORS® Association Supports Charities

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS® Association Charities in Thurston County received a boost in funds this month through two major charity fundraising efforts by the Thurston County REALTORS® Association.Early in December over 200 real estate brokers from eleven brokerages were bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  The results throughout the county for their one day effort netted over $10,200 for the Salvation Army.  Abbey Realty was the winner of the competition between the brokerages with over $2,700.  Greg Moe has organized this event for the last four years and he noted that this was the most raised during this annual event and the most participants.The REALTORS® also raised over $5,000 during their annual charity wreath auction.  Almost fifty wreaths that were handcrafted by various REALTORS® were auctioned during the annual installation luncheon.  The winning bidders were able to select the charity that their contribution would support.  Funds were provided to fourteen local area charities.“Volunteering and supporting these REALTOR® fundraising efforts is exciting and rewarding…and my real estate career gives me that opportunity!”  Rae Anne Toth of Keller Williams Realty echoed the sentiments of many REALTORS® when it comes to giving back to the community.  REALTORS® help people find the homes of their dreams but beyond that, many have made giving back and improving the community in which they live, work, and play an integral part of their life.The Thurston County REALTORS® Association of nearly 600 REALTOR® members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers primarily in the Thurston County area and are always working to protect property rights and our quality of life locally and in Washington State.last_img read more

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Cubana Air Disaster victims remembered

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgA special commemoration was held at the University of Guyana to mark the 40th anniversary of the Cubana Air Disaster which claimed the lives of 73 people, including 11 Guyanese.At Thursday’s remembrance ceremony, Cuban Ambassador Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante said that his country shared the pain of the Disaster with its fellow Caribbean nations. Marchante also noted that the Region will achieve victory in the fight against terrorism.“The pain is shared; the pain is multiplied. We in Cuba mourn our beloved ones…this legacy is a beacon and guidance because we are certain that in this fight against terrorism, we will win,” the Ambassador noted.Several Government Ministers and a delegation from Barbados were also present at the observance.Cuban Ambassador Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante addressing the gathering on ThursdaySome of the Guyanese who perished in the October 1976 bombingGuyanese President David Granger reminded that the attack was against the freedom of the Caribbean people.“The Cubana terrorist attack ensnared the Caribbean Community in a Cold War conflict, which was not of the Region’s making. The terrorist attack constituted an assault on the freedom-loving peoples of the Caribbean [and] their national interests,” he noted.While recalling the events of that fateful day, the Head of State also expressed that the remaining suspect must be charged for the deadly attack.“The Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and Cuba, at the Second Caricom-Cuba Summit in Barbados in December 2005, urged the Government of the United States of America to consider favourably, the request for the extradition of the suspect to Venezuela in order to ensure that he is brought to justice on charges of terrorism, in accordance with States’ obligations under international law and their own national legislation,” Granger explained.On October 6, 1976, Cubana de Aviación flight CU 455 exploded just 11 minutes after take-off from the Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados.Those who perished were 57 Cubans, five North Koreans, and Guyanese Ann Nelson, Jacqueline Williams, Sabrina Harripaul, Rita Thomas, Margaret Bradshaw, Violet Thomas, Rawle Thomas, Raymond Persaud, Harold Norton, Gordon Sobha and Seshnarine Kumar.Four men were subsequently arrested for the bombing. Two were later sentenced to 20 years in prison in a trial held in neighbouring Venezuela, while two others were acquitted for the reported two explosions on the plane.last_img read more

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West Ham’s Morrison agrees four-year deal with Lazio

By on January 6, 2020

first_img Ravel Morrison in action for West Ham 1 West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has agreed a four-year pre-contract with Lazio.The Hammers starlet will move to the Serie A in the summer, when his contract at Upton Park expires.Morrison has fallen out of favour at the east London club and has been sent on loan to Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff in recent seasons.last_img

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