Field set for Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Two-time winner Dustin Smith heads the list of qualifiers for Saturday’s Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions.Smith, from Lake City and the 2013 and 2015 race winner, is one of a dozen Modified drivers who topped Friday heats and will advance to the final day show at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.First-time qualifiers are Vern Jackson of Waterloo, Josh Ruby of Lakota, Anthony Roth of Colum­bus, Neb., Johnny Scott of Cameron, Mo., Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., and Bob Moore of Sioux City.Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Joel Rust of Grundy Center and Mike Jergens of Plover are all second time qualifiers.Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., qualifier for the third time and Todd Shute of Des Moines makes his career sixth Harris RoC start.*William Gould of Calera, Okla., starts on the pole for tonight’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invita­tional, with Clay Money of Penokee, Kan., and Dean Abbey of Roanoke, Texas, completing the front row.Will Ward of Cobleskill, N.Y., Madrid’s Kyle Brown and Johnny Scott of Cameron, Mo., line up on row two. Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., Jay Noteboom of Hinton and Todd Shute of Des Moines comprise row three.Taking the green from row four will be Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Tim Ward of Chandler, Ariz., and A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich. Row five has Jeremy Payne of Buckeye, Ariz., Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Mo., and Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D.On row six are Darin Duffy of Urbana, Cory Sample of Winnemucca, Nev., and Richie Gustin of Gilman. Row seven starters are Corey Dripps of Reinbeck, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., and Steven Bowers Jr. of Topeka, Kan.Clint Luellen of Minburn, Mike Jergens of Plover and Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb., are on row eight while Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., Chris Abelson of Sioux City and Ricky Al­varado of Delta, Colo., start on row nine.Two-time defending winner Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Matt Guillaume of Haslet, Texas, and Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., complete the 30-car starting grid.last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agenda

first_imgEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agendaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is back on the agenda of AC Milan chiefs.TMW says Wenger is the frontrunner to land the Milan job – should it become available.The Frenchman left the Gunners last summer after 22 years in charge.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Rino Gattuso has two games to save his job.Milan sit fifth in the Serie A table and are desperate for Champions League football next season.They lost to Fiorentina yesterday and Gattuso must now beat Frosinone and SPAL between now and December 29 to save his job.Wenger is the favourite to replace the Italian, with former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis now in charge at Milan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these days

first_imgTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these daysby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says they know they face a new Manchester United this weekend.Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side have regained their confidence with five wins on the spin since appointment last month.Alderweireld said, “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before. “We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”Alderweireld insisted the Spurs team enjoy coming up with the answers to defy their critics.He said: “We have a hungry group who want to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”Alderweireld also insisted there is more to come from the Spurs team.He went on: “I think we don’t have to look too much to the past just our performances recently.“We have done well against the top six teams but of course we can improve and that is what we try to do every day. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthrough

first_imgBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthroughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis was thrilled with his debut this week.The young Swede featured in the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.”It was really fun, a day that I put in a lot of hard work and time for. It was really nice to finally be able to make my a-team debut and have it confirmed. It’s just up to me to keep working even harder,” Gwargis told Fotbollskanalen.On Seagulls boss Graham Potter, he added: “I have followed his journey and what he has done. I see how he builds the team and it looks really good. He gave me a lot of advice yesterday on the plan and advised me on what to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Facing populism world finance chiefs defend globalization

first_imgWASHINGTON – Global finance officials on Friday defended their efforts to promote free trade and closer international links against a rising ride of populism around the world and criticism from a Trump administration intent on pursuing its “America First” agenda.Finance ministers from the world’s major economies wrapped up two days of talks with German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble saying that the G-20’s efforts represented a solid response to unhappiness over globalization.Schaeuble said a year ago people were talking about the “swan song of multilateral co-operation,” but now with the global economy beginning to grow at a faster clip “we see that things are not as bad as predicted.”The G-20 did not issue a closing communique, but Schaebel, who served as the group’s leader because Germany holds the rotating chairmanship this year, said he and his colleagues were united in their commitment to promoting economic initiatives that will foster stronger growth. Other leaders said that higher growth was essential to combat a widening income gap in many countries.Schaeuble told a news conference it was wrong to interpret as a repudiation of globalization Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the populist anger that led to Donald Trump’s election in the United States, and in Germany, parliamentary gains for a far right party when Chancellor Angela Merkel returned to power with a reduced majority last month.The finance minister also disputed reports of growing tensions inside the G-20 over new U.S. demands for a tougher stance on trade violators that Trump contends have cost millions of American jobs.Schaeuble said talks with the U.S. this week were “much more relaxed” than those earlier this year, soon after Trump took office. The United States was represented at the finance meetings by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.The G-20 discussions served as a prelude to the annual meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. Officials of those organizations told the finance officials that it was important that all countries strive to promote faster global growth.“It often feels like our increasingly interconnected world is in fact falling apart and countries and peoples are pulling away from each other,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday.Kim said it should be understood that the IMF and the World Bank both represented a “part of the post-1945 world order that was predicated on the notion that what affects one city, one country, one region can have immediate and lasting impacts on us all.”IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told the finance officials that the global economy is expected to turn in the best growth in six years. She said this “offers us a major opportunity to secure the recovery and to expand it to those who are not yet benefiting, and to include those who are excluded or are at the risk of being excluded.”Behind the scenes, the United States did find itself at odds on some major issues confronting the two multilateral lending institutions.The Trump administration is balking at the current outlines of a World Bank request for more money to finance its lending programs.A senior U.S. Treasury Department official previewing the meetings earlier this week told reporters the bank needs to provide financing “to countries that need it” instead of continuing to lend heavily to China, the world’s second-biggest economy. On Friday, Kim warned that without more funding the bank may be forced to slash its main lending program by a third.In remarks prepared for the World Bank’s steering committee, Mnuchin said, “More capital is not the solution when existing capital is not allocated effectively.”The finance discussions were scheduled to wrap up on Saturday with meetings of the policy-setting councils of both the IMF and the World Bank.IMF forecasters expect the global economy to expand 3.6 per cent this year, the fastest pace since 2010.But Lagarde said many workers are still seeing wages stagnate and their jobs replaced or threatened by technology. And many countries are seeing a widening income gap between rich and poor. “The result is growing political tensions in many places and increased skepticism about the benefits of globalization,” Lagarde told reporters at an opening news conference on Thursday.last_img read more

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Quebec aluminum smelter lockout comes at perilous time says industry

first_imgMONTREAL – The lockout of workers at a Quebec aluminum plant comes at a perilous time for the Canadian industry because of uncertainty over the future of NAFTA and slowing U.S. demand, says the head of Canada’s aluminum trade association.“We find ourselves in a very fragile situation,” Jean Simard of the Aluminum Association of Canada said Thursday after the ABI smelter in Becancour, Que., locked out workers who rejected a contract offer.Simard didn’t want to wade into the labour dispute itself, but said market conditions are challenging because of the potential instability in the U.S. over NAFTA’s future while the auto and housing sectors begin to slow.“The annual growth in demand in our key market based on fundamental indicators is also slowing down so it’s not the best of times to have a labour situation like this,” he said in an interview.The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations will resume later this month in Montreal, but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government is also preparing for the worst-case scenario — a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the three-way, continental trade pact.Quebec smelters make 90 per cent of Canada’s 3.2 million annual tonnes of the lightweight metal, 90 per cent of which is exported south of the border.ABI Becancour said it locked out 1,030 unionized employees at around 3 a.m. Thursday. It plans to use non-unionized workers to maintain operations at one of three production lines.Since opening in 1986, the plant’s only other work stoppage was a four-month strike in 2004.The smelter about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City has the capacity to produce about 430,000 tonnes of aluminum annually. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.Becancour Mayor Jean-Guy Dubois said he’s very concerned that the labour dispute could lead to a complete shutdown of the region’s largest employer which contributes nearly 20 per cent of the municipality’s tax revenues.“You can imagine the catastrophe in the worse scenario that I don’t even want to think about which is the closure of the company,” he said in an interview. “I’m really worried about what happens next.”Dubois said he hopes both sides will make a final negotiating sprint to reach a deal that would prevent psychological harm for the town’s residents.The lockout was launched less than 24 hours after members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 voted more than 80 per cent to reject what the company called its final contract offer.The union said the key issues in the dispute are a company plan to introduce a new member-funded pension plan instead of a defined benefit plan and recognition of workers’ seniority, particularly regarding employee transfers and turnover.Clement Masse, president of the union local, denounced the company’s “heavy-handed” action.“This is a cavalier act by this company, right after we held out an olive branch and proposed that we resume negotiations,” he said in a news release.The two sides were convened by a government mediator to meet Thursday in a bid to replace the five-year collective agreement that expired in November.While there is an excess global supply of aluminum, Americans used three million tonnes more last year than was produced in Mexico, Canada and the U.S., said Simard.With Canadian smelters running at full capacity, any reduced output will be gobbled up by competitors from Russia, the Middle East, China and India.“We’re competed against on our neighbouring turf by metal that comes from all over the world more and more. So when we pull out of the game the others come in.”Although the global price of aluminum has improved to US$2,100 per tonne, it is far below where it was before the 2009 financial crisis.Without a signal that demand and selling prices will get stronger, Simard said producers have to keep costs to the lower possible level to compete.last_img read more

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June home sales slightly higher in the GTA compared to June 2017

first_imgTORONTO – The pace of Toronto home sales picked up last month, in a sign that the market is rebounding from recent regulatory changes and higher borrowing costs.The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) revealed Thursday that home sales in the Greater Toronto Area rose 2.4 per cent to 8,082 in June, up from the 7,893 homes that changed hands the same month a year ago. When compared with May, those number represented a 17.6 per cent spike.The slight year-over-year increase followed a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May across the GTA compared to May 2017, reflecting what TREB said is a continuing trend of volatile buyer reaction to various policy changes impacting the market.“After some adjustment to the Fair Housing Plan, the new Office of The Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) stress test requirement and generally higher borrowing costs, home buyers are starting to move back into the market, with sales trending up from last year’s lows,” said TREB’s new president Garry Bhaura, in a release, referring to a slew of measures put into place by the federal and provincial governments in the wake of last year’s heated market, where bidding wars and skyrocketing prices were the norm.Bhaura said he has noticed that market conditions appear to be tightening with new listings falling by 18.6 per cent to 15,922, down from 19,561 when compared to last year.Meanwhile, the average selling price edged up by two per cent on a year-over-year basis to $807,871.Sales of detached homes led the way, with the board reporting 3,589 sales at average price of $1,033,574.In the City of Toronto in June, 3,096 homes were sold at average price of $870,559 while 4,986 homes were sold in the rest of the GTA at an average price of $768,945.TREB said 2,234 condos were sold during the month for an average of $561,097.Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis, said the board expects to see sales improve over the next year, although issues surrounding the supply of listings will persist.“This suggests that competition between buyers could increase, exerting increased upward pressure on home prices,” he said.Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic also took the data to show the market is staging a “snappy turnaround.”“To be fair, sales were plunging on a month-over-month basis at this time last year, so an improved annual trend was inevitable,” he said, in a note to investors.“At any rate, it does look like activity is stabilizing, though still at subdued levels.”last_img read more

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Japan court opts to detain Nissans Ghosn through Dec 20

first_imgTOKYO — A Tokyo court has decided Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn and another executive, both arrested Nov. 19, will remain in custody through Dec. 20.The Tokyo District Court decision on Tuesday comes a day after Ghosn, Greg Kelly and Nissan Motor were indicted for allegedly falsifying financial reports to underreport Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.The extended detention is for additional allegations prosecutors issued Monday against Ghosn and Kelly, of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) in 2016-2018.The arrest of an industry icon admired both in Japan and around the world stunned many and has raised concerns over the Japanese automaker and the future of its alliance with Renault SA of France.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Crews working to clear Thursday heavy snowfall

first_imgIn the South Peace, Caribou Road Services says crews were on the roads overnight along with hired equipment to combat drifting issues and snow accumulation. Crews and hired equipment are out there again today plowing and sanding.The City of FSJ is working on Haul Off and Priority 1 routes. Additionally, they have contracted loaders working in the northwest part of town.Please give our crews plenty of space to work so we can clear the snow as efficiently as possible. Remember, sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours after the last snowfall. Snow from your sidewalk can go on the road, but snow from your driveway has to stay on your property.Drivebc.ca lists all area highways as having compact snow between and slippery sections.  For more information on local highways and webcameras of the area, visit www.drivebc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The snowfall warning issued on Thursday has ended for northeast B.C.Caribou Road Services says the South Peace received anywhere from 6 to 17 cm of snow during Thursday’s storm.  The largest accumulations were in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and the Pine Pass of anywhere between 15 and 17 cm.“A powerful Pacific storm slammed into Vancouver Island Thursday afternoon, bringing an abundance of moisture from the Pacific into British Columbia, including the North Peace region. Officially, 13 cm of snow was reported in Fort St. John, but there were localized higher amounts in the region and strong winds gusting over 50 km/h caused extensive blowing and drifting snow,” Doug Gillham, Meteorologist from The Weather Network goes on to say, “This same storm caused widespread wind damage across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The wind gusted to 101 km/h in Abbotsford and Lennard Island Lighthouse reported a gust to 144 km/h along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over a half million BC Hydro customers were without power during the height of the storm late on Thursday.”last_img read more

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NPSS remembers the Humboldt Broncos with Jersey Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School is showing their support for the family and friends of those that lost their lives in the fatal Humboldt Bronco bus crash which happened April, 6th, 2018.Jersey Friday is an opportunity for teachers and the student body to wear a Jersey to show support.Emma Lavigne, NPSS Student Body Council Member said ” As a school, we have so much influence within our community and a chance to make an impact. On the anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos crash, we wanted to do something that showed our continued support for the survivors, families and those that sadly did not make it out.” Lavigne goes on to share that last year the school hosted a Green Shirt day to go along with the Bronco’s team colour yet this year they opened the day to a Jersey day to be inclusive of all sports.“Community spirit is a powerful thing, with days like these we foster involvement, support and love. Not only in our school but in our youth; our future,” said LavigneThe crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus occurred on Highway 35 near Gronlid, more than two hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.The bus was T-boned by a transport truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos in Game 5 of a semi-final game. There were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus at the time of the collision, RCMP said in a release.last_img read more

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