Cardinal’s Sheen Memorial moves to Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgEUNICE, N.M. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars get top billing at Cardinal Speedway’s Kelly Sheen Memorial Shootout, which moves to the Memorial Day Weekend for its eighth annual run.Qualifying starts on Saturday, May 27 at the Eunice, N.M., speedplant. Twenty-five lap main events on Sunday, May 28 sport top checks of $2,000 for the Stocks, $1,200 for the IMCA Modi­fieds, $800 for the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and $500 for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.All IMCA feature winners receive a 55-gallon drum of fuel in addition to their cash winnings and $100 will be paid to the hard charger in each division.The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and minimum start money is $210 for the Stocks, $100 for the Modifieds, $75 for the Southern SportMods and $50 for the Hobbies.Stock Car drivers who start their Sunday “B” but do not qualify get $100. Modified and Southern SportMod non-transfers get $50, Hobby Stock non-transfers $25.Entry fees are now $100 for Stock Cars, Modifieds and SportMods, and $75 for Hobby Stocks. Money orders or cashier’s checks only will be accepted.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers; Southern SportMod drivers race for national and state points.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. The draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $10 and kids six and under get in free. Pit passes are $20.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 26. General admis­sion is free while pit passes are $20. Food and beverages following in the pit area are provided by Kendall’s Kountry Meat Market.More information is available by calling promoter Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.last_img read more

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BGC: Casino and nightclub comparison ‘neither true, nor fair’

first_img Related Articles The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at suggestions that casinos were similar to night clubs in terms of spreading coronavirus.During a Facebook Live session, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford likened casinos to nightclubs in risk profile, claiming that there was an ‘additional risk of coronavirus spreading’.Responding to questions on potential casinos reopening, Drakeford said: “We are down to quite a small number of places now that we have not been able to reopen in Wales, and of course we will go on thinking about them and seeing if there’s anything we can do.“But just as I described nightclubs as places that are generally dark and intimate, well casinos are the same aren’t they? You know, they are places where people are close to one another and where the atmosphere is part of the product that is on offer.“The atmosphere is one in which there are additional risks of coronavirus spreading, so we will think carefully about casinos and the small number of other places that cannot reopen as part of the current three week review.”Responding to the claims, the BGC has urged the First Minister and members of Public Health Wales to visit a local casino to see the measures that have been put in place to ensure that both visitors and staff remain safe.In a letter to Drakeford, the BGC Chief Executive, Michael Dugher, noted his strong disagreement with the comparison calling it “neither true, nor fair” and highlighted the impact that the uncertainty was having on the staff employed across the four casinos in Wales.He said: “Casinos are not remotely like nightclubs and have invested heavily to ensure that our venues are safe for both our colleagues and customers alike.“Ensuring the safety of our staff and customers is paramount, and the extensive work undertaken by the sector to ensure that casinos are ready to re-open safely shows this.“Our members have worked closely with public health bodies and been reassured that the measures in place, such as Perspex screens, sanitisation equipment, and sophisticated track and trace systems, as well as strong social distancing measures are excellent.“The four casinos operating in Wales are ready and eager to re-open safely to the public and to play their part in re-building the economy.” BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson U18 Selects lost a tough one, 2-0 to Chilliwack in the final of the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in the South Okanagan City.The Silver Medal was the second time in two seasons the same group of players has won hardware against some of the best teams in the province, capturing the Bronze in 2014.Many of the girls played their final youth soccer match Sunday.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the hard work and dedication of the Nelson Youth Soccer U18 Girl’s with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, manager Tanis Bouchier, Maddie Sternloff, Darian Voisard, coach Justin Willans, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Paige Lefranc, Daina Shaw, Jena Wheeldon, Tara Yowek, coach Mike Gerun, Hailee Gerun, Kyra Burkhart, Naomi Perkins, Merissa Dawson, Paige Gattafoni, Allie Zondervan and Alex Dehnel. The Heritage City came ever so close to crowning a provincial champion this past weekend in Penticton.last_img read more

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SHOCK AS FINN HARPS PULL OUT OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE

first_imgThere has been widespread shock and anger this evening following the news that Finn Harps have withdrawn a side from the USL interim season.Harps have pulled out of the league after only two fixtures, and the announcement has prompted a negative reaction towards the clubs from leading soccer officials in the county and players in the league.The much maligned USL has seen the standard diminish over the last numbers of years, and that has forced USL executives to return to winter football. It was deemed that the summer model didn’t work and the majority of clubs decided to opt back to a winter format.However, before they return to winter football, a short six-team interim season was to be held and got underway a fortnight ago.However, tonight Finn  informed the USL board of its decision to pull out of the league.That announcement has been met by anger from current USL players who have slammed Harps for letting this situation happen. Many are perplexed that a senior club can’t gather enough players to regularly field a team for the short TEN game season.They’ve been slammed on Facebook and Twitter forums following the news, and after all the positivity coming out of Finn Park over the last few weeks regarding the academy and first team, it’s a devastating and embarrassing blow to the club.The USL will now soldier on with just five teams from the remainder of the season.SHOCK AS FINN HARPS PULL OUT OF ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsnewssoccerSportUSLlast_img read more

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Making Up Facts to Fit a Narrative

first_imgTo be a good evolutionary scientist, write your narrative first. Then observe things. Finally, make up a model that fits the narrative.Many students are taught to believe that scientists draw their conclusions from observations of facts. That’s so old-fashioned. Facts are just incidental to the real fun in science: telling a good story with imaginary facts. The story is more exciting if observations create a crisis, so that the scientist can invent a model to rescue the main plot. We offer three recent examples.Imaginary planet factory:  Narrative: planets form from the bottom up, through a process of accretion of dust. Observation: radio waves were observed in a dust disk around a T-tauri star, inferred to come from objects 2cm or larger. Model: “Astronomers See Pebbles Poised to Make Planets” (Royal Astronomical Society).  (Are other interpretations possible?  Certainly. Assuming the objects are pebble-sized, they could be debris from collisions, but that’s not as sexy a story.)The precocious monkey:  Narrative: monkeys evolved into man, and one sign of it was increasing brain size.  Observation: An old-world monkey fossil had a skull capacity the size of a plum.  Tweak: With a little modeling from a CT scan of the skull, scientists at Duke University could guess at “what the animal’s brain likely looked like” including how many imaginary folds the small brain likely had. Auxiliary hypothesis: the more folds, the smarter the monkey. Model: “Old World Monkey Had Tiny, Complex Brain; Findings offer new clues to how primate brains changed over time.” Visualization: video clip showing 3-D model of folded brain rotating.Whoops; there’s a problem: didn’t Darwin expect brains to get bigger before they got smarter? Bring in the rescue device:“In the part of the primate family tree that includes apes and humans, the thinking is that brains got bigger and then they get more folded and complex,” Gonzales said. “But this study is some of the hardest proof that in monkeys, the order of events was reversed — complexity came first and bigger brains came later.”The findings also lend support to claims that the small brain of the human ancestor* Homo floresiensis, whose 18,000-year-old skull was discovered on a remote Indonesian island in 2003, isn’t as remarkable as it might seem. In spite of their pint-sized brains, Homo floresiensis were able to make fire and use stone tools to kill and butcher large animals.“Brain size and brain complexity can evolve independently; they don’t have to evolve together at the same time,” Benefit said.How Enceladus stayed old:  Narrative: Enceladus formed 4.5 billion years ago (see A.S.S.) as a satellite of Saturn. Observation: geysers at the south pole give off several gigawatts of heat. Crisis: that kind of energy output cannot go on for 4.5 billion years:The source of this energy is believed to be tidal dissipation. However, the observed south polar heat flux cannot be sustained over the age of the Solar System. Furthermore, thermal evolution models suggest that any global subsurface ocean should freeze on a timescale of tens to hundreds of My, sharply reducing future tidal heating, unless large amounts of antifreeze are present in the ocean.Rescue device: James H. Roberts invents a model that won’t give ammo to young-earth creationists:Here I propose an alternative internal structure for Enceladus, in which the silicate core is fragmented, and that the tidal deformation of the core may be partially controlled by interstitial ice. I find that fragmentation of the core increases tidal dissipation by a factor of 20, consistent with the long-term dynamically sustainable level, even when the interior is completely frozen, but only if the interior starts out warm and tidal heating is strong from the beginning. If this is not the case, radioactive heating will be insufficient to prevent the interior from cooling. Although an ocean need not be present in order for the interior to experience significant tidal heating, all models that dissipate enough heat to prevent runaway cooling are also warm enough to have an ocean. Tidal dissipation in the weak core provides an additional source of heat that may prevent a global subsurface ocean from freezing.Resulting model: “The fluffy core of Enceladus” (Icarus). We can’t see the fluff, but it must be there, or else the A.S.S. gets kicked.This is the 21st century way of doing science. Modern audiences love stories. Scientists cannot thrive on epistemic modesty alone; they need to get with the theater generation to make science trendy. The only rule with today’s science theater is never to question the meta-narrative (scientific materialism). That requires never giving aid and comfort to those who question the meta-narrative. The penalty for that is expulsion from the scientific community.___________*”Hobbit man” is not considered a human ancestor by most paleoanthropologists, but a side branch of Homo erectus perhaps (but it seems too recent to fit that narrative).  As for brain size and intelligence, see the 6/26/15 entry.“Science is truth; do not be misled by facts” (Finagle’s Creed).  If you were to look at the observations in each of these articles alone, they would be so narrow as to be boring. It’s essential for the mandarins of science to maintain the illusion that the men behind the curtain have special powers of divination. They can see beyond the empirical evidence into the mystical realms of possibility.The meta-narrative (big bang to man) is Accepted Truth that must never be questioned. And yet anomalies crop up. The job of the scientist is to creatively fit any troublesome observation into a “model” that not only preserves the meta-narrative, but brings glory to the mandarins. This enables the mandarins to finance the outrage industry (a.k.a. Darwin Lobby) against doubters.What? You thought science was about following the evidence where it leads with an open mind? Get over it. (6/25/14) (Visited 180 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA, Russia to push investment

first_img19 July 2005South Africa and Russia are to push for increased business cooperation and investment by companies in the two countries, Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said after meeting with Russian Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Petrovich Trutnev in Pretoria on Friday.Trutnev was in SA for talks with Dlamini-Zuma and Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks ahead of the fifth SA-Russia Intergovernmental Trade and Economic Committee (ITEC) meeting, to be held in Moscow in October.Trutnev said after the meeting that SA and Russia are expected to sign an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy in October – and that further agreements were in the pipeline in the fields of minerals and energy, health, agriculture, science and technology, and education.Dlamini-Zuma said there had been “a lot of progress” on business cooperation between the two countries.“Russian business people have invested in South Africa, which we are pleased to see, and we hope to attract more of them,” she said, adding that the two countries would now work on getting more South African businesses to invest in Russia.The two ministers co-chair the ITEC, which is regarded as the most important mechanism regulating political, trade and economic relations between SA and Russia. The fourth session of the ITEC took place in Pretoria in November 2004.SA and Russia already enjoy healthy trade relations. In 2003, the Russian Federation included South Africa in a list of developing countries that enjoy preferential tariffs and duties on exports to Russia.The value of SA’s exports to Russia increased from around R200-million in 2000 to nearly R600-million in 2004, while imports from Russia stood at R241-million in 2004.According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the bulk of SA’s exports to Russia are made up of vehicle engines (18.8% of exports), machines and mechanical appliances (14%), grapes (13.8%), flat-rolled products or iron (10%), pears (6.8%), and peaches (3.4%).Over 65% of SA’s imports from Russia are made up of unwrought nickel.Other potential markets in Russia include automotive parts and aftermarket parts, oil and gas equipment, agricultural equipment and wines.SA firms Anglo American, Standard Bank, De Beers, JCI, Gencor and EL Bateman have substantial interests in Russia. SABMiller has invested US$100-million (over R600-million) in setting up a brewery in the Russian region of Kaluga, and their product – Golden Barrel Beer – is highly successful in the local market.And in 2004, Russian company Norilsk Nickel – the world’s largest producer of the nickel and palladium group of metals – bought a 20% equity stake in SA gold producer Gold Fields for US$1.16-billion, in one of the largest single foreign investments by a Russian company.Russia honours Dlamini-ZumaLast Monday, Dlamini-Zuma became only the second person – after Russian President Vladimir Putin – to receive the Russian Federation’s highest honour, the Peter the Great Order, First Class.The award, presented in Moscow, was made for “outstanding achievements in [Dlamini-Zuma’s] endeavours to strengthen security, peace and friendship between Russia and South Africa”.Dlamini-Zuma met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during her visit, which aimed to consolidate Africa’s agenda by promoting North-South cooperation through interaction with G8 countries.Dlamini-Zuma also met French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy during her European trip before returning to SA for her meeting with Trutnev on Friday.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Leaks Confirm Fingerprint Scanner On iPhone 5S Ahead Of Apple’s Announcement

first_imgImage: Steve Hemmerstoffer – Nowhereelse.frApple’s big day is finally here. But when the new iPhone 5S is announced later today, there may not be many surprises. Multiple reports over the last 24 hours have confirmed that the iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner built into the classic “Home” button on Apple’s flagship smartphone. The Wall Street Journal reports that the more expensive of the two iPhones Apple is expected to announce today (the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C are the presumed names) will have a fingerprint scanner. A leaked user’s manual to French website NoWhereElse.fr also shows the home button doubling as a “Touch ID” sensor. A fingerprint sensor has been expected as part of the iPhone 5S for most of the summer after documentation in Apple’s new iOS 7 beta operating system showed support for biometric authentication.Other new features expected in the iPhone 5S are a dual flash for an upgraded camera, a better computer processor and a version with gold (or gold colored) casing. A bigger and longer last battery could also be a distinct possibility. The screen size or the overall size of the iPhone 5S is not expected to be any bigger, staying at the 4-inches form factor that was introduced in last year’s iPhone 5S. A fingerprint scanner could give the new iPhone a unique feature that most other competitor’s smartphones do not employ. The scanner would be use to authenticate a user instead of using a password to unlock the device.While a fingerprint scanner may not seem like that much of a big deal, the possibilities for such a feature are robust. If a smartphone can know with near 100% certainty that the owner of the device is the person using it (and not a thief or someone that randomly found the smartphone) then it can be used to authenticate a person’s identity for payments (online such as when buying apps from Apple App Store or offline in physical retail stores), gain access to buildings or connect to a secure enterprise network. A fingerprint scanner would also be theoretically easier to use than passwords to unlock the iPhone.What are you looking for in the iPhone 5S? Let us know what you think in the comments and join our live blog kicking shortly before Apple’s announcement starting at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EST. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#authentication#iPhone 5S center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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CAG probes conduct of CYG 2008, Kalmadi’s role

first_imgAlready facing various probes in the conduct of Commonwealth Games (CWG), organising committee chairperson Suresh Kalmadi now faces more heat as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has started scrutinising the expenses incurred during the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Pune two years ago.A two-member team of the audit and accounts department has been in Pune to audit the expenses of the CYG 2008. The auditors are trying to bust the corruption trail which began with the CYG. Kalmadi was heading the CYG organising committee as its chairman.The audit team, headed by S.S. Chavan, has been collecting documents related to CYG from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations. Centre had provided over Rs 434 crore for developing the city and sports infrastructure for the CYG.last_img read more

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Madrid Set to Start Bernabeu Renovation at End of Season

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says work to remodel Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will begin at the end of the season.The 72-year-old venue will gain a retractable roof and a revamped facade to modernize its appearance.The new-look Bernabeu will also have a 360-degree video screen and a new seating section, though its capacity is expected to remain at about 80,000 people.“The new Santiago Bernabeu will be the best stadium in the world,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez boasted on Tuesday.The reconstruction will last three to four years. The club said the work will not affect the team’s home fixtures, as most of the heavy work will be done in the offseason.Real Madrid board of directors and guests watch a projection of a artist’s image of the proposed new Santiago Bernabeu stadium during a presentation to remodel the stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)The first step will be the demolition of a shopping center which will become a public plaza by the stadium located in the high-end Madrid neighborhood of Chamartin.The corner access towers, one of the stadium’s most notable features, will be covered by the new steel facade when work is completed.Real Madrid had tried to remodel its stadium several times but earlier projects were turned down by the city and court decisions. The club wasn’t allowed to increase the total size of the structures already in place so it had to rearrange the current constructions, transferring some office spaces to the team’s base in Ciudad Real Madrid, in the city’s outskirts.Madrid first started working on the stadium project in 2009. Three years ago, the club said the goal was to finish the new stadium by 2020, with a cost initially estimated at 400 million euros ($450 million).“The new stadium will allow us to keep growing,” Perez said. “It will allow Real Madrid to remain competitive in an increasingly difficult scenario in international football.”Perez said that since 2000 Real Madrid has invested more than 250 million euros ($280 million) in the stadium, which was inaugurated in 1947.Madrid rival Barcelona has also started a project to remodel Camp Nou Stadium, which will have a new roof and an increased seating capacity.Atletico Madrid inaugurated its new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in 2017.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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JUTC Plans to Upgrade Service and Increase Ridership

first_imgSeveral priority initiatives aimed at boosting service delivery have been targeted for implementation under the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) 2019/20 operational plan.These include increasing ridership by improving bus schedule notices at major route points, terminals, and online; continued restructuring of subfranchise operations to reclaim high-density route corridors in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR); and introducing technology that will provide real-time information relating to the JUTC’s operations, to assist with efficient decision-making and service delivery.The plan is based on an anticipated increase in total passengers carried to approximately 53 million from an average daily bus run out of 385 for the period, up from 49 million during the last fiscal year.According to the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the plan will be guided by funding secured for spare parts; a structured repair and maintenance schedule, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations; refurbishing of 15 buses for return to service; and implementation of a comprehensive electronic fleet tracking and management system.Consequent on these, the JUTC is forecasting revenue inflows of approximately $4.82 billion, up from $4.5 billion in 2018/19.The company is projecting that the staff complement will increase to 2,178 during 2019/20, up from 2,074 last year.The JUTC was incorporated in July 1998 with a mandate to provide safe, reliable, modern, professional, efficient and cost-effective transportation across the KMTR, which covers five franchises – Eastern, Northern, Papine, Portmore and Spanish Town.The JUTC operates from three depots and a central maintenance workshop. The depots are located at Twickenham Park and Portmore in St. Catherine, and Rockfort in Kingston. The workshop is situated on Ashenheim Road in Kingston.Additionally, the JUTC operates out of the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, which comprises two levels and a 900 square metre terrace that provides a central hub for buses and commuters.last_img read more

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