Dead & Company Subtly Addresses Politicians With “Throwing Stones” In Washington D.C. [Videos]

first_imgWhile the first set did not exhibit much of jamming across songs, the second set showcased the band’s penchant for jammed-out transitions, offering up a segued combo of “Help On The Way”, “Slipknot!”, and “Franklin’s Tower”. Ahead of the triumphant “Terrapin Station” before the electronic-infused “Drums” and “Space” portion of second set, Weir led the band on “Looks Like Rain”. To close out the second set, the band offered up a slow and steady “Days Between” before the set-closing politically charged “Throwing Stones”—an appropriate number for the show’s location at the nation’s capital given the lyrics that heavily reference politicians. To end things on a high, the band closed out the evening with an encore of their most traditionally “famous” number, “Touch Of Grey”.“Help On The Way” Ahead of Thanksgiving, Dead & Company hit the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., before the group continues to Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center tonight and Detroit’s Little Caesar’s Arena on Friday. Tuesday’s performance saw the Grateful Dead-inspired group lay out a number of beloved crowd-pleasers, including an energized second-set opener that saw the band string together “Help On The Way”, “Slipknot!”, and “Franklin’s Tower”.Dead & Company Closes Boston Run With “Corinna” Live Debut [Videos]During last night’s show, Dead & Company came out swinging with “Feel Like A Stranger” and “Bertha”, making for a groove-heavy start to set one. By way of the tour-debut of “Black-Throated Wind”, the group arrived at yet another crowd-pleaser, this time in the form of a galloping “Tennessee Jed”. After a heartfelt “Ship Of Fools”, the group accelerated to a close with “Cassidy” and the ever-popular “Deal”.“Feel Like A Stranger” [Video: Tom Libera]Setlist: Dead & Company | Capital One Arena | Washington, DC | 11/21/2017Set One: Feel Like A Stranger, Bertha, Black-Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Ship Of Fools, Cassidy, DealSet Two: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Looks Like Rain, Terrapin Station, Drums, Space, Days Between, Throwing StonesEncore: Touch Of Grey[Photo: Phierce Photo]center_img “Throwing Stones”last_img read more

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Governor Signs Health Care Bills Into Law

first_imgH. 887 and S. 283 build on the groundbreaking reforms included inHealth Care Affordability Acts of 2006, including the new Catamount HealthPlans and  Governor Douglas’ forward-thinking Blueprint for Health, which is helping Vermont lead the nation in efforts to change our health care systemto one focused on preventing illness and complications, rather than reacting tohealth emergencies.  Governor Douglas will highlighted innovative wellnessprograms, such as Milton CAT’s, that are following the Blueprint model. Richmond, Vt. – (June 10, 2008) Governor JimDouglas visited Milton CAT, a business with an award-winning worksite wellnessprogram, to sign two health care bills into law.  The Governor was joined bylegislators, advocates, insurance representatives and others as he signed H.887 and S. 283. GovernorSigns Health Care Bills Into LawHighlights Wellness Efforts at Richmond Business;Urges More Vermonters to Enroll in Green MountainCare Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 While not as sweeping as the 2006 Health Care Affordability Act, thetwo bills the Governor signed today are significant next steps in improving thecost and quality of our health care system.  Among other provisions, thelegislation:increases access to Catamount Health for more Vermonters by alleviating some of the pre-existing condition concerns and by allowing people with high deductible individual market plans to purchase Catamount Health Plans without having to be uninsured for 12 months;relaxes the 75 percent rule for small businesses so they can continue to offer coverage even when their employee situations change;enhances the focus on chronic care and prevention at the local and community level, with a special focus on healthy weight and obesity;provides increased support for health care providers and takes further steps to promote the use of cost-saving information technology;moves forward with initiatives that encourage Vermonters to make healthier lifestyle choices; andworks to improve immunization coverage rates among the youngest children in Vermont and reduce the likelihood that children will acquire or spread a vaccine-preventable disease. Milton CAT was the recipient of a Vermont Governor’s Council 2007Gold Award for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness & Sports.  At the startof each workday, employees of this Caterpillar equipment dealer do a 10 minutestretch routine led by their supervisors.  An annual Health Risk Assessmentchecks employees’ blood pressure and body composition.  Wellness Coaches,USAprovides weekly confidential health counseling.  And the Milton CAT corporateoffice launched a “Biggest Loser” contest among its 12 sites toencourage healthy weight loss.  The Richmondsite winner lost 50 pounds. The Governor also noted that H.887 increases access to Catamount Healthfor more Vermonters and urged interested residents to enroll. “H.887alleviates some of the pre-existing condition concerns within the CatamountPlans and provides an amnesty window for pre-existing conditions for people whoenroll in Catamount between today and November 1, 2008.  So if you wereconcerned about enrolling because you have a pre-existing condition that mightnot be covered –call 1-800-250-8427 to enroll now.” ### “I first heard about MiltonCAT’s efforts last year when we presented them with a Governor’sCouncil on Physical Fitness and Sports Worksite Wellness Gold Award,”said Governor Douglas.   “These awards honor people and programs thathelp contain health care costs and promote healthy behavior and diseaseprevention.   When we were thinking about a location for the bill signingstoday – bills that continue to move Vermont down the path toward controlling thegrowth in health care costs and encouraging wellness initiatives – wethought this would be a perfect fit.”last_img read more

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Budding Movement Against Coal Expansion in Japan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From SNL:Activists gathered outside Japan’s Embassy in the U.S. to protest against the country’s support for domestic and overseas coal projects with more protests planned in Tokyo and Jakarta. “Groups will continue to put pressure on Japan to end its fossil fuel financing in the lead up to Japan hosting the G7 summit in May,” a statement from Friends of the Earth said.From Politico:Some environmentalists, including the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, have singled out Japan and plan to protest outside the Japanese embassy in Washington today at noon, calling on Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to reject financing for a coal plant in Indonesia. The delayed 2,000-megawatt Batang coal plant project is supposed reach financial close in a week and Japan’s Bank for International Cooperation — the Japanese version of the Export-Import Bank — is expected to extend its support. Japan’s continued backing of coal projects violates the spirit of both the Paris climate agreement and an agreement among OECD countries to cut international financing for coal projects that will take effect next year, Sierra Club’s Nicole Ghio told reporters on a conference call.From Friends of the Earth:As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits the U.S. this week, activists rallied outside the Japanese Embassy earlier this afternoon to highlight the growing concern and international pushback against Japan’s increasingly isolated support for domestic and overseas coal projects. Protests will also take place tomorrow in Tokyo and Jakarta to demand that Japan stop financing coal projects in Japan, Indonesia, and around the world. Protesters at each event will deliver a letter with these demands signed by over 220 groups from 43 countries, including Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, and  South Africa. Groups will continue to put pressure on Japan to end its fossil fuel financing in the lead up to Japan hosting the G7 summit in May.Despite many countries shifting away from these unprofitable coal projects, including OECD coal finance restrictions, Japan has continued to move backward by supporting both domestic coal projects and financing some of the most controversial coal projects around the globe. One of those projects, the Batang coal-fired power plant, has been plagued by human rights abuses. Despite this, as the April 6 deadline to secure financing for the project gets closer, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation — JBIC — is once again considering financing the project.Full item: Activists protest Japan’s controversial coal financing during Prime Minister Abe’s visit Budding Movement Against Coal Expansion in Japanlast_img read more

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Minister Horvat presented the first 10 measures to help the economy

first_img1. Reprogramming of existing loans (with the introduction of a grace period in repayment of loan principal) and the introduction of a moratorium on credit obligations of HBOR clients and commercial banks on existing placements; 4. Increasing the scope of the guarantee fund for export insurance by including the eligible beneficiaries in the tourism sector, economic operators engaged in indirect exports or suppliers of direct exporters; 8. Moratorium on all installments of ESIF Micro and Small Loans until 31.12.2020. years; 7. Increase of the guarantee rate of HAMAG-BICRO from 65% to 80% of the loan principal with shortening of the processing procedure and additional allocation of EUR 15 million for Micro working capital loans (up to EUR 25.000), with a maximum interest rate of 1%; Below is a set of proposed measures: Finally, Minister Horvat notes that after ensuring the conditions for the implementation of the first 10 measures, talks have begun on creating new tools that will be able to intervene in a timely manner to all possible situations in the economy segment. 10. Possibility of activating part of the budget funds as a contribution to the intervention sector support to entrepreneurs (national grant). 2. Approval of new liquidity loans to economic entities for financing salaries, overheads and other basic operating costs, in cooperation with commercial banks; After the decision preventing the growth of prices of key products for the supply of the Croatian market and export of those products for which there is a possibility of shortage in Croatia, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat presented tonight the first 10 measures from the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. which will be presented as a proposal at tomorrow’s session of the Government. 6. Intervention purchase of surpluses in livestock and field production, fruit and vegetable growing, and other products from potentially endangered industrial and agricultural producers; 3. Approval of guarantees (insurance policy) to exporting commercial banks and HBOR, within the export insurance guarantee fund; In the first step, it is important to provide the necessary liquidity to entrepreneurs “The purpose of all the measures we plan to take and about which we have had very intensive talks so far is to save jobs and the domestic economy, and to provide the necessary liquidity to our entrepreneurs in the first wave, through a moratorium or deferral of loan obligations, introduction of new working capital credit lines. and similar”, The minister explained. 5. Provide for the possibility of introducing extensions of deadlines for the implementation of investment projects and introducing an additional grace period of three years for the preservation of jobs through the Amendments to the Law on Investment Promotion; 9. Increasing the de minimis support limit from € 200.000 to € 500.000; He also stressed that in the coming period we expect changes in certain economic relations, both nationally and globally, which is why it is important to remain rational and flexible. “At the moment, we are aware that carriers, traders and exporters suffer the most, but we must take into account all possible scenarios, taking into account all branches of the Croatian economy, from craftsmen, through micro, small and medium enterprises to large companies.” said Horvat. These measures will be intended primarily for entrepreneurs and craftsmen with the aim of mitigating the negative impact of coronavirus on their business and on the overall Croatian economy. As the Minister pointed out, this is only one part of a broader package of measures that have been agreed in recent days with all departments, chambers and institutions, as well as representatives of employers’ associations, banks, exporters and others.last_img read more

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Woman arrested, receives ‘death threats’ for Facebook post about Surabaya mayor

first_imgSurabaya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Sandi Nugroho said during a press conference on Monday that Zikria acknowledged that she had posted such remarks during questioning.The arrest was made based on a report submitted by the Surabaya administration, he said. Zikria’s now-deactivated Facebook page, along with a screenshot of the controversial post, was reported to the police on Jan. 21, he added.Read also: Police charge Blitar woman under ITE Law for sharing ‘Jokowi pharaoh’, ‘dog demon’ memesThe police questioned nine witnesses prior to the arrest and considered input from experts on linguistics and the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, Sandi said. Zikria Dzatil – a homemaker and mother of three in Bogor, West Java – had not thought much of a Facebook status she casually posted almost a month ago, in which she lobbed an ad hominem at Tri “Risma” Rismaharini, the mayor of Surabaya in East Java.That was at least until the post came back to haunt her in recent weeks as it had attracted the attention of fellow social media users and subsequently — albeit not too surprisingly — the Surabaya Police.The police arrested Zikria at her home on Friday last week, charging her with defamation for allegedly posting derogatory remarks about Risma, in which she called the mayor “kodok betina” (female frog) alongside a photo of Risma sitting at what appeared to be the side of a river. “I apologize profusely, Bunda Risma. Please forgive me for what I have done,” Zikria said during Monday’s press conference at the Surabaya Police headquarters.She went on to say that she and her children had received death threats and experienced various forms of cyberbullying in the wake of the controversy surrounding her post.“I’m just an ordinary housewife who has had to experience constant fear as my children were threatened, terrorized. I myself was also bullied. This was a hard lesson for me. Once again, I sincerely apologize, Bunda Risma,” Zikria said as she broke down in tears.Surabaya Police’s general crimes unit head, Adj. Sr. Comr. Sudamiran, said Zikria was a vocal supporter of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and that she had reportedly taken offense to a slew of sharp criticism levied against the governor following widespread flooding that hit the nation’s capital on Jan. 1.Read also: ITE Law increasingly used to silence criticsAlthough Zikria did not live in Jakarta, she said that she was hurt by negative remarks about Anies and felt the need to “bite back” at another official, he said.“The perpetrator was simply hurt because Anies faced criticism,” Sudamiran said, while calling on the public to use social media platforms wisely.Zikria’s case is the latest in a string of defamation charges based on the contentious ITE Law, which activists say is especially prone to being abused by those in power to silence critics. Previously, West Nusa Tenggara native Baiq Nuril Makmun was sentenced to six months in prison and fined Rp 500 million (US$33,749) after the Supreme Court found her guilty of defaming her alleged harasser, the principal of a school where she worked in 2018.House of Representatives Commission III called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to grant Baiq Nuril amnesty last year, which Jokowi subsequently issued.In 2014, Ervani Emy Handayani was sued for defamation after she posted disparaging comments on Facebook about her husband’s work supervisor. The Bantul District Court in Central Java eventually exonerated Ervani as the judges agreed that she had been “clouded by emotions when making her statement”. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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As virus fallout widens, China readies more measures to stabilize economy

first_imgChinese policymakers are readying measures to support an economy jolted by a coronavirus outbreak that is expected to have a devastating impact on first-quarter growth, policy sources said.The sources said the government is debating whether to lower the planned 2020 economic growth target of around 6 percent, which many private sector economists see as well beyond China’s reach.With the death toll from the virus epidemic climbing to over 420 and risks to growth mounting, China’s central bank is likely to lower its key lending rate – the loan prime rate (LPR) – on Feb. 20, and cut banks’ reserve requirement ratios (RRRs) in the coming weeks, said the sources who are involved in internal policy discussion. “Currently, monetary policy is being loosened, but the central bank will follow a step-by-step approach and watch the virus situation,” said a policy insider.The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has already pumped in hundreds of billions of dollars into the financial system this week as it attempted to restore investor confidence and as global markets shuddered at the potentially damaging impact of the virus on world growth. In the past two days, the PBOC has injected 1.7 trillion yuan (US$242.74 billion) through open market operations.In order to minimize job losses, China’s stability-obsessed leaders are likely to sign-off on more spending, tax relief and subsidies for virus-hit sectors, alongside further monetary easing to spur bank lending and lower borrowing costs for businesses, according to the policy insiders.“We have policy reserves and will step up policy support for the economy. The most urgent task is to put the virus outbreak under control,” said a source who advises the government, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Support measures will be concentrated on the retail, catering, logistics, transportation and tourism sectors, which are likely to be hit hard and are especially vulnerable to job losses, they said.Increased government spending could push up the annual budget deficit relative ratio to 3 percent this year from 2.8 percent in 2019, and local governments could be allowed to issue more debt to fund infrastructure projects, the policy insiders said.Policymakers deem targeted measures as more effective than unfettered credit easing at this stage, given that the outbreak has weighed on factory and investment activities due to the extended holiday in some regions, the insiders said.The Lunar New Year holiday has been effectively extended by 10 days in many parts of China including powerhouse regions such as Shandong province and the cities of Suzhou and Shanghai, while transport networks have been curtailed to curb the spread of the disease. More than 40 foreign airlines have suspended flights to China.“It’s necessary to step up policy support for the economy but we don’t need to use strong stimulus at this stage,” said one of the policy insiders.While Beijing has rolled out a series of support measures in the last two years, mainly in the form of higher infrastructure spending and tax cuts, leaders have pledged they will not embark on massive stimulus like that during the 2008-2009 global crisis, which saddled the economy with a mountain of debt.The PBOC has cut the RRR, or the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves, eight times since early 2018, with the latest reduction taking effect on Jan. 6. It has also lowered its key lending rates modestly since August.China’s economy grew 6 percent in the fourth quarter, bringing 2019 expansion to 6.1 percent in 2019, the weakest in nearly three decades as demand at home and abroad weakened in part due to the bitter Sino-US trade war. Growth of about 5.6 percent this year is seen enough for meeting the long-term gross domestic product target (GDP).This year is symbolically crucial for the ruling Communist Party to fulfill its goal of doubling GDP and incomes in the decade to 2020, turning China into a “moderately prosperous” nation.Chinese leaders face a more challenging job than they did during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-2003, as the economy is now driven more by consumption and services, and growth has been on a downward trajectory.The virus has killed 425 and infected 20,438 in China, most of them in central Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.“It’s hard to see a turning point in the outbreak. First-quarter GDP growth could dip below 5 percent and the impact may persist in the second quarter,” said Wang Jun, chief economist at Zhongyuan Bank.Many private economists have lowered their growth outlook for China, with Louis Kuijs at Oxford Economics forecasting 5.4 percent growth in 2020, compared with 6 percent previously.Tao Wang, China economist at UBS, predicted first-quarter growth could dip to 3.8 percent, and 5.4 percent for the whole year.During the SARS outbreak, China’s growth slowed to 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2003 from 11.1 percent in the first, before rebounding to 10 percent in June-September, bringing the full-year expansion to 10 percent.Topics :last_img read more

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Sweden didn’t lock down, but economy to plunge anyway

first_imgTopics : Export-based economy Sweden’s sharp downturn is largely explained by its dependence on exports, which account for around 50 percent of GDP.”70 percent of Swedish exports go to the EU. Shutdowns in Germany, the UK and so on are expected to hit Swedish exports considerably,” the government said.In March, some of the country’s biggest companies, such as automaker Volvo Cars and truckmaker Scania, halted production in Sweden.This was not because of local restrictions, but because of problems with supply chains in Europe and the rest of the world. Their activities have since resumed.Meanwhile, consumption plunged by 24.8 percent between March 11 and April 5, according to a study conducted by four University of Copenhagen economists.”Sweden is paying the same price [as Denmark] for the coronavirus pandemic. The explanation is that when you are in a galloping crisis, consumers pull the emergency brake, whether restaurants are closed or not,” Niels Johannesen, one of the four economists, told Swedish daily Helsingborgs Dagblad.The government in mid-March announced measures worth nearly $32 billion to help businesses.Since then, more money has been allocated and new measures have been added, including a reduction of employers’ contributions, as well as paying companies’ costs for furloughed workers and sick leave.”Given the state of government finances there is room for more expansionary fiscal policy ahead,” Olle Holmgren promised. Unlike most countries, Sweden never locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, largely keeping businesses operating, but the economy appears to be taking a hard hit nonetheless.Under the Scandinavian country’s controversial approach to the virus, cafes, bars, restaurants and most businesses remained open, as did schools for under-16s, with people urged to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.Whatever hope there may have been that this policy would soften the economic blow now seems dashed. ‘A long time’A rebound was likely in the latter part of the year, but “we expect it to take a long time before the situation normalizes,” he told AFP. GDP down, unemployment up In April, the government predicted GDP would contract by four percent in 2020, compared to its January forecast of 1.1 percent growth.While the European Commission has forecast a Swedish contraction of 6.1 percent (compared to -6.5 percent for Germany and -7.7 percent for the eurozone), the outlook presented by the Swedish central bank is even more dire — it anticipates a GDP decline of up to 10 percent.Some economists see Swedish growth rebounding as early as the second half of 2020, but the finance minister has warned things could get worse before they get better.Before the crisis, Sweden’s labor market was in good shape, with strong job creation and a declining unemployment rate.Now, the government expects a jobless rate of nine percent for 2020 and 2021, compared to 6.8 percent in 2019.It sees growth of 3.5 percent in 2021. “As in most of the world, there will be a record decline for the Swedish economy in Q2,” SEB bank economist Olle Holmgren said. To be fair, Swedish officials insist their strategy was always aimed at public health, and never specifically at saving the economy.The idea was to make sure hospitals could keep pace with the outbreak and protect the elderly and at-risk groups.Sweden has succeeded at the former, but admitted failure at the latter, with more than three-quarters of virus deaths occurring among nursing home residents and those receiving care at home.”When we have decided what measures to take to stop the virus from spreading, we have not had any economic considerations. We have followed the advice of our [public health] experts on this issue,” Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters in late May.Still, authorities acknowledge that keeping businesses open was also part of a broader public health consideration, as high unemployment and a weak economy typically lead to poorer public health.Sweden, a country of 10.3 million, had reported 4,639 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday.That gives it one of the world’s highest virus mortality rates, with 459.3 deaths per million inhabitants — four times more than neighboring Denmark and 10 times more than Norway, which both imposed stricter confinement measures.At first Sweden’s export-heavy economy seemed to be doing okay, with GDP actually growing by 0.1 percent in the first quarter.But now the country is expected to follow the same path as most of Europe, with its economy shrinking for the full-year 2020 and unemployment soaring.last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 21

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 672; 2. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 671; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 602; 4. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 595; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 550; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa, 506; 7. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 489; 8. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 9. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 469; 10. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 463; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 441; 12. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 428; 13. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 405; 14. John P. Gober, Pool­ville, Texas, 401; 15. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 16. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 378; 17. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 377; 18. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 372; 19. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 366; 20. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 360.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 335; 2. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 331; 3. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 306; 4. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 301; 5. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 265; 6. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 249; 7. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 244; 8. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 239; 9. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 237; 10. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 230; 11. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 222; 12. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 215; 13. Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas, and Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., both 206; 15. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, 205; 16. Jeff Day, Greenville, Texas, 203; 17. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas, 202; 18. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 200; 19. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 192; 20. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, 189.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, and Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, both 630; 3. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 452; 4. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, 449; 5. Juston McCullough, Waco, Texas, 418; 6. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 412; 7. Ryan Pow­ers, Crowley, Texas, 402; 8. Gregory Gutt, Burns Flat, Okla., 400; 9. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 398; 10. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 378; 11. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 374; 12. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 354; 13. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 333; 14. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 330; 15. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 325; 16. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 322; 17. Zach Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 321; 18. Zach Riley, Killeen, Texas, 314; 19. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 309; 20. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 293.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 444; 2. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 392; 3. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 318; 4. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 303; 5. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 282; 6. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 268; 7. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 266; 8. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 264; 9. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 261; 10. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 260; 11. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., and Brent Wof­ford, Yuma, Ariz., both 253; 13. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 243; 14. Cody Williams, Minneap­olis, Kan., August Bach, Newton, Iowa, and Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, each 232; 17. Aa­ron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., 226; 18. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, and Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., both 222; 20. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., 220.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 692; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 593; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 558; 4. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 425; 5. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 411; 6. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 340; 7. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 306; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 289; 9. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 281; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 271; 11. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 255; 12. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 243; 13. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 234; 14. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 232; 15. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 226; 16. Paul Scrivner, Hewitt, Texas, 223; 17. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 209; 18. Caden Ellis, Wag­oner, Okla., 204; 19. Danny Jay Rister, Hamlin, Texas, 203; 20. David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, 199.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 436; 2. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 398; 3. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 388; 4. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 333; 5. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 319; 6. Eric Winemiller, Casa Grande, Ariz., 316; 7. Adolfo Nor­iega, Yuma, Ariz., 307; 8. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 299; 9. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., and Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., both 297; 11. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 296; 12. Brandon Span­jer, Crete, Neb., 295; 13. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., and Tim Reese, Yuma, Ariz., both 294; 15. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 293; 16. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., and Erik Shaw, Casa Grande, Ariz., both 286; 18. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 276; 19. Carter VanDenBerg, Os­kaloosa, Iowa, 267; 20. Adam Echter, Glendale, Ariz., 256.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 272; 2. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 266; 3. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 217; 4. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, 216; 5. Danny Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 215; 6. Jeff Toler, Cleburne, Texas, 203; 7. Nick Lindblad, Be­atrice, Neb., 200; 8. James Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 193; 9. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 185; 10. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 182; 11. Daniel Cunningham, Azle, Texas, 179; 12. Brandon Segura, Weatherford, Texas, 174; 13. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 173; 14. Luke Jackson, South Sioux City, Neb., 153; 15. Brandon Lambert, Carthage, Ill., 152; 16. Jake Benischek, Du­rant, Iowa, 150; 17. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 145; 18. Ryan Smith, Beatrice, Neb., 142; 19. David Norquest, York, Neb., 137; 20. Steve Holloway, Azle, Texas, 135.last_img read more

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Torres: I’m back on form

first_img The 29-year-old has endured more famine than feast in front of goal since his £50million January 2011 move from Liverpool, but he netted in the 2-1 Europa League final victory against Benfica in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. “It’s been a good season for me,” Torres told Chelsea TV. “Top scorer in the team, winning a trophy, scoring in the final. Things are becoming normal.” Torres, who will bid for his first Barclays Premier League goal since December in Sunday’s final game of the season at home to Everton, has now netted 21 times this term. Chelsea, the 2012 Champions League winners, began the season in contention for seven trophies; the Europa League was the unexpected eighth and final opportunity for success, which arrived courtesy of Branislav Ivanovic’s late winner. Torres said: “We were expecting to win much more this season. We were playing for finals and it’s not been easy. At the end I think we can say it’s a good season, but we’re looking forward to the next one.” The first silverware opportunity was against Torres’ former club, but Atletico Madrid won the European Super Cup last August. It is a trophy Chelsea will bid for again in August, against the winners of the May 25 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. “Winning the Europa League we have the chance to play in the European Super Cup again and try to do better than we did this season against Atletico,” Torres said. Torres praised the Chelsea supporters for their patience this term, with him personally and with the team. He added: “I have no complaints about the fans. Not at all. They have been with me from the first day, especially when I most needed from the first season. “It’s not been an easy season for Chelsea fans, after going out of the Champions League and losing many important games. Now they can enjoy with the team. They can hold the Champions League and the Europa League (titles at the same time), just for a week. We must be very proud and they are too very proud of the team.” Press Associationcenter_img Striker Fernando Torres believes his normal service has been restored and that both he and Chelsea have enjoyed a successful end to a turbulent season.last_img read more

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Black Caps back at full strength for Aussie retro ODI series

first_imgNEW ZEALAND will have their first-choice pace attack restored when they chase cricketing redemption on Australian soil in this month’s Gillette ODI Series.Spearheads Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are included in the 15-man squad for the three-match series starting next week after injury forced all three to miss the 3-0 sweep of an ODI series against India.The trio all played little or no part in the Black Caps’ humiliating Test whitewash by Australia over the Christmas period due to a variety of ailments.Ferguson and Henry have only played domestic cricket since then but left-arm swing merchant Boult returned in a starring role in New Zealand’s just-completed 2-0 Test series thumping of India.Tim Southee and breakthrough rookie Kyle Jamieson have retained their ODI spots, meaning no room for Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett.Kane Williamson will lead a familiar batting line-up while the all-rounder group comprises Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, all key figures in the Black Caps’ run to last year’s World Cup final.The last time Australia and New Zealand met in ODI cricket was in the group stage of last year’s World Cup, where Usman Khawaja top-scored with 88 and Mitchell Starc claimed a five-wicket haul in a 86-run win for Australia.The only player missing from their World Cup squad is hard-hitting opening batsman Colin Munro, replaced by Jamieson.Coach Gary Stead was pleased to have a full-strength side available to chase a first New Zealand ODI series win in Australia.“Playing Australia in Australia is one of the great challenges in world cricket and you know you will be severely tested in all aspects of the game,” Stead said.“Our one-day unit is a pretty settled one with plenty of experience and I think that showed in the recent series against India.“It’s great to welcome back the class of Trent, Matt and Lockie who spearheaded our run to the Cricket World Cup final last year.“Kyle’s made every post a winner since his international debut this season and he’ll be a handy asset to have in Australia.”Tall seamer Jamieson was a revelation against India, taking nine wickets at 16.33 across the two Tests.The squad leaves on Monday ahead of a series which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.First ODI: March 13 at SCG (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoSecond ODI: March 15 at SCG. 10:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoThird ODI: March 20 at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Foxlast_img read more

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