Sprint checkers fly for Cranston at Dodge City

first_imgFor the second time this year, Cranston raced to victory lane in Saturday’s IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas. Next up for the Rebels will be their only visit to Colorado on Saturday, June 8 as they invade El Paso County Speedway in Calhan.   Luke Cranston returned to victory lane at Dodge City Raceway Park following the Saturday Sprint Car Clash. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) Feature results – 1. Luke Cranston; 2. Ty Williams; 3. Jake Martens; 4. Taylor Velasquez; 5. Ste­ven Richardson; 6. Jeremy Huish; 7. Ray Seemann; 8. Zach Blurton; 9. Kade Hagans; 10. Brian Herbert; 11. Tracey Hill; 12. Koby Walters; 13. Cale Cozad; 14. Kyler Johnson; 15. Kris Moore; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Brandon Sprott; 18. Jordan Knight; 19. J.D. Johnson, 20. Tyler Knight; 21. Aaron Ploussard; 22. Cody Lampe; 23. Chad Salem; 24. Ross Essenburg. Cranston slipped away in the final rounds with Williams holding on for runner-up honors.  Jake Martens battled past Taylor Velasquez to snare the show position.  After a pair of aborted starts, Williams and Cranston led the 24-car feature field to the green flag with the ensuing 25 laps run off in non-stop fashion.  Williams gunned into the early lead and paced the field for the initial 15 circuits. DODGE CITY, Kan.  (June 1) – Luke Cranston is finding the showdowns pitting the Precise Rac­ing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series to his liking.  In the 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car Clash, Cranston chased down early leader Ty Williams in traffic on the 16th round and went on take the checkered flag by nearly a half straightaway.  The Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award went to Steven Richardson starting 14th and finishing fifth.  By Lonnie Wheatley  Cranston closed in to challenge for the point as traffic came into play after a dozen circuits and pounced on opportunity in traffic to take command on the 16th round.last_img read more

Cricket News India squad selection meeting for West Indies tour postponed but focus remains on Dhoni’s future

first_imgMumbai: The national selection panel’s meeting to pick squads for the West Indies tour has been pushed to Sunday amid intense focus on skipper Virat Kohli’s availability and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future. The meeting was scheduled for Friday but was postponed following Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) directive that the chairman of the panel, instead of BCCI secretary, will convene it.”There are some legal modalities that need to be followed due to the rule change and it took some time. Also the BCCI’s cricket operations team needs to apprise the chairman of the availability of the captain for the meeting. The fitness reports of the players will be available on Saturday evening,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI.The 38-year old Dhoni, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion amid speculation that the Jharkhand player is contemplating retirement even though he hasn’t spoken about it till now.Dhoni’s selection or omission would be an indicator of things to come in the future. India are set to play T20s, as many ODIs and two Tests in a full-fledged tour to the Caribbean islands, starting August 3.Considering next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, the selectors might opt for the young Rishabh Pant, who is seen as heir apparent to Dhoni.Dhoni was dropped from the T20 series against West Indies and Australia last October and there is a strong chance that he won’t be included this time around too.Pant was recently called up as replacement for an injured opener Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup, from where India were ousted in the semifinal stage.Another issue that would surely be debated is the availability of Kohli, who has been on the road for a while.There is a school of thought that the skipper could be rested considering the long domestic season ahead, which begins in September, and in this scenario Rohit Sharma could be handed captaincy for the shorter formats.However, with the two Tests being part of the ICC Test Championship, Kohli could be included in the Test squad. A similar approach could be taken for pacer Jasprit Bumrah.The MSK Prasad-led panel would also work on restructuring the middle-order as it was one of the primary reasons for India’s exit from the World Cup semi-final. Stabilising the number four spot is the need of the hour going ahead.It is expected that picking the middle-order could lead to the biggest debate as the panel has a few choices among Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey and Mumbai’s Shreyas Iyer, who has been knocking the doors after scoring heavily in domestic cricket.Pandey scored a match-winning 100 for India A against the West Indies A in an unofficial third ODI and after Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement and Vijay Shankar’s failure to nail the number four spot, the focus will be on the trio.Also, the selectors may consider the talented young Punjab batsman Shubhman Gill and Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw’s hip injury could come in the way of him being considered.A determined Gill has been among the runs in the West Indies tour for India A. Gill and Shreyas could make the cut.It could also be end of the road for the experienced Dinesh Karthik and Maharashtra all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who failed to perform in the World Cup.If Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup owing to a thumb fracture, is deemed fit, he would, in all probability, open with Rohit.Other regulars, including K L Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, could retain their places in the limited-overs squads.Teenage leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could be among the rookies who are at least discussed given the good run he is having with the A team in the West Indies right now. The 19-year-old is a cousin of Deepak Chahar, a fairly established first-class name who has played an ODI and a T20 for India.Among the new faces, Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini could make the team as he has impressed in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies and even picked a fifer.The selectors could also look at the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Avesh Khan apart from regular pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could be retained.Khaleel being a left-arm pacer adds variety to the attack.The choice of wicket-keepers for the Tests would be watched with interest as Pant did the job in the last series India played in Australia.With a fit-again Wriddiman Saha, who is considered the best in the country, it remains to be seen if the selectors bring him back or look to the future in Pant.The T20 Internationals are scheduled from August 3 to 6, while the ODIs will take place from August 8 to 14. The two-Test series will be played from August 22 to September 3. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Pegulas donating $1.2 million to fight COVID-19

first_imgThe Latest: Pegulas donating $1.2 million to fight COVID-19 March 25, 2020 The companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.”Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March. Associated Press The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled. ___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. “I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.”Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___ The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.”___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.”center_img The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley. Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo.Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic. At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine. The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines.last_img read more

USC planning to switch student health insurance providers

first_imgIn an effort to increase efficiency and cater health care more toward students, USC has decided to switch its student health insurance plan from Anthem Blue Cross to Aetna Student Health insurance beginning in the fall.In good health · Officials from the University Park Health Center re-evaluate student health insurance every five to six years. – Courtney Sandlin | Daily Trojan All students at USC are required to have health insurance, but those who can show proof they have other insurance do not have to get insured through the university.Student health insurance at USC is offered through a third-party health insurance provider, and officials at the University Park Health Center re-examine the university’s health insurance plan every five or six years, according to Cathy DeFrancesco, senior clinical administrator for the UPHC.“The reason we wanted to shop the market was because it was time and we listened to our students’ feedback about Anthem,” DeFrancesco said. “Some students complained that they didn’t feel that the customer service was student-oriented.”Aetna, Anthem and three other health insurance companies pitched their plans last month to a student health advisory committee comprised of health administration officials, graduate and undergraduate representatives and USC officials.In the end, DeFrancesco said, Aetna’s health insurance plan stood out as the best option for students.“One of the reasons I think they did so well in the [bidding] process is that all the customers are students, and that’s a big change from Anthem,” DeFrancesco said.While Anthem is a large health provider for both individuals and groups — such as universities — Aetna Student Health serves only students and is more familiar with the ins and outs of a college, DeFrancesco said.With the switch to Aetna, however, the health insurance rate will jump from $985 to $1040 yearly. This rate increase, however, also comes with an increase in the yearly coverage limit, which will grow from $500,000 under Anthem to $750,000 with Aetna.Also new with Aetna, referrals to doctors outside USC will be electronic and immediate so students will not be left hanging if their paper referral doesn’t come through, DeFrancesco said.“Right now, sometimes students will show up at the specialist’s office and the carrier does not have record of the referral in place,” she said.Working with Aetna’s advanced information technology, the UPHC also hopes to institute an online waiver system to help students speed up the process of opting out of USC student health insurance.“Getting the waiver done was a bit of a pain,” said Jessica Hsueh, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “It took a while for my parents to mail me all the paperwork, and I was afraid I wasn’t going to get my insurance waived on time.”In choosing the new plan, administrators also considered health insurance for graduate students, which has been complicated in the past, according to Jenny Farah, the graduate student representative on the student health insurance advisory committee.“A lot of the concerns that I got from students that were graduate student-specific were the costs of adding dependents to their plan, and if many of them have children and they are reliant on the school’s plan,” Farah said.Based on input from graduate students and the committee, the new plan will allow dependents to join Aetna Student Health for 60 percent less than what Anthem had charged, DeFrancesco said.Robert Ward, a junior majoring in computer science and business administration, said any change in health care efficiency will help both graduates and undergraduates.“Health care is obviously a big issue right now, and if USC can do anything to make it easier for students to get access to medical services, it’s a good thing,” Ward said.last_img read more

Boeheim gives injury updates, says ‘nothing’s changed’ with Coleman

first_img Published on October 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Comments Jim Boeheim didn’t have to give a lengthy injury report at basketball media day on Friday afternoon, but his updates did include DaJuan Coleman and Chinonso Obokoh, two parts of a thinning Syracuse front court.Coleman is still working back from a knee injury that kept him out of most of last season, and Obokoh has missed 10 days with what Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins confirmed as a thigh injury.“Nothing’s changed. Dajuan has worked every day for eight months. He’s made progress,” Boeheim said of Coleman. “He’s able to shoot. He’s able to run on the treadmill. He’s very limited. We have no real timetable right now. We’re hopeful that he’ll do something in November. Exactly what that will be, we really don’t know.”With Coleman a question mark for the start of the season and Obokoh — who practiced Thursday — working back, freshman forward Chris McCullough has worked at center on both offense and defense to complement senior Rakeem Christmas, who has started at center in the last two seasons. McCullough said that it hasn’t been too difficult to learn both positions, and Boeheim added that the forward and center spots are interchangeable on offense and just “three feet apart” in the 2-3 zone.Boeheim also said that Obokoh is a player that could provide the kind of off-the-bench defensive energy that former Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita did in the past few seasons, and that the team needs him back for that role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Coleman and Obokoh were in full uniform and talking with reporters at media day.“It’s hard. Coming in here, and everyone’s practicing, and I want to practice,” Coleman said. “I enjoy taking my time, I don’t want to rush it or anything. It’s been hard. I’m just ready to get back out there.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Road-weary Women of Troy travel one last time

first_imgThe No. 15 USC women’s volleyball team faces a familiar foe this weekend: the road.Having won only one conference match away from the Galen Center all season, the Women of Troy (17-9, 6-8) are looking to build momentum as they head to Oregon to take on the Ducks and the Beavers in their final Pac-10 road matches of 2009.Road ahead · Alex Jupiter and USC look to build off their momentum from last week’s wins. – Minnie Jan | Daily TrojanTrying to build off last weekend’s home wins against then-No. 4 Washington and then-No. 25 Washington State, USC will try to piece together another balanced attack and post a third-straight win in its match against the Ducks (16-8, 6-8) in Eugene, Ore., tonight at 7 p.m.USC swept Oregon on Oct. 24 at the Galen Center (26-24, 25-23, 30-28), but the Ducks have won two straight over the Women of Troy in Eugene.The Ducks, coming off losses to No. 7 Stanford and No. 12 Cal last weekend, will look to right their ship behind senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe and senior setter Nevena Djordjevic. Newcombe leads the team with 360 kills and 239 digs.USC, however, will look to sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter, who has compiled 413 kills for a 4.39 kills per set average, to cancel out Newcombe’s production.Djordjevic provides a challenge to the Women of Troy as well. She is second among Pac-10 players with 1,051 assists (12.08 aps).USC sophomore setter Kendall Bateman, who has racked up 1,150 assists (12.23 aps), will look to lead her team to victory by setting it up with more opportunities to score than Djordjevic.Although USC looked strong at home last weekend against two tough opponents, USC coach Mick Haley knows his team still has a lot to prove away from the friendly confines of the Galen Center.“We’re starting to get our confidence back,” Haley said. “Playing at home definitely helps. But winning on the road is essentially the way you get ahead in this conference.”Following tonight’s contest, the Women of Troy take on the Beavers in Corvallis, Ore. Saturday at 7 p.m.Oregon State (12-14, 3-11) is one of only three Pac-10 teams not ranked in the top 25, and the Beavers have struggled mightily in the conference thus far.USC swept Oregon State on Oct. 23 at the Galen Center (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) and leads the all-time series by a 39-8 margin. Additionally, the Women of Troy have won 24 of their past 25 matches against the Beavers.Oregon State’s biggest strength is its blocking. Averaging 2.9 blocks per set, the Beavers lead the conference in blocks mainly because of to the strong play of senior outside hitter Rachel Rourke and junior outside hitter Jill Sawatzky. Rourke leads her team with 465 kills (4.84 kps), 168 digs (1.75 dps) and 64 blocks. Sawatzky has 304 kills, 246 digs and 57 blocks.With two tough road matches remaining, the Women of Troy have two more opportunities to show they can win on the road and earn a higher ranking heading into the NCAA Tournament.“This is a test for us to overcome some pretty good opponents who play well at home,” Haley said. “It’s a challenge to see if we can relax and play up to our level on the road and see if we can get a couple wins.”last_img read more

Jamaica Consulate Hosts Prayer Line Support for Victims of COVID-19

first_imgThe Consulate General of Jamaica has initiated a team of experts to assist with prayer, counselling and words of encouragement to help the community through the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19).The team of volunteers include two pastors, a licensed psychologist and a life coach who will respond virtually by appointment, to the concerns of individuals.  So far, the project has received support by those needing a ‘listening ear’ in our community.The volunteers are Rev. Horace Ward, Senior Pastor of the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens ( Horace.ward@gmail.com); Pastor Norman Hemming of the Cooper City Church of God (norman_h3@yahoo.com); Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Joan Muir (jmuir@drjoanmuir.com)  and Life Coach, Mr. Craig Duncan (duncancraig777@gmail.com ).Consul General R. Oliver Mair in expressing his gratitude to the team stated that he was led to this idea as the Consulate continues to reach out to those negatively impacted by the pandemic.While the Consulate staff has been working remotely with limited resources, the impact of calls for support continue to increase.  The community support was solicited, and the interest nevertheless was supported.  A team was immediately put together to assist with support of prayer, counselling and inspiration for motivating those in need through the challenges now faced.The Consul General stated emphatically that this is merely a support group for persons to reach out during stressful times for informational support only, and this will be enhanced at the one on one meeting.  For further information interested persons may visit the Consulate’s website at www.jamaicacgmiami.org.last_img read more

Captain America: Civil War playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_imgRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 90%. Audience review: 92% liked it. Critic’s consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.Follow us on Twitter. This week at the Regent Theater: Captain America: Civil War (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13 (for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem). Time: 2 hour 26 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps-one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without govern. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa

first_imgJOHNSTON — Today marks the annual observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week.National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff says they will be focusing on different issues each day of the week.  Monday will focus on severe thunderstorms, Tuesday looks at ways to receive weather warnings, Wednesday focuses on tornadoes, Thursday spotlights family preparedness, and then Friday focuses on flash flooding.Hagenoff says one change was brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. “Normally on Wednesday we’ll do a statewide tornado drill at 10:00 AM — but for a number reasons, we’ve decided not to do that. Of course, safety is going to the highest importance right now, and gathering people in small rooms for a period of time and packed together is not the best idea for health and safety at this moment,” according to Hagenhoff.There were 54 tornadoes in Iowa laster year — which was a drop from the 69 tornadoes in 2018. Hegenhoff says the important thing to stress this week is preparing a plan if there is bad weather and you need to seek shelter. “That happens regardless of whether there is a global pandemic or not,” according to Hagenhoff. “It’s really keeping track of ways you can keep yourself safe. Where you are at home or working from home — or whether you are at work or at school or wherever you may be. A lot of those things have been canceled so you may have to think about different ways that you can keep your family safe.”She says in Iowa you have to remain aware of the potential for severe weather when the season hits — or it could catch you in a dangerous situation. “The weather is going to keep on going and we are going to have a severe weather season just like we have every year,” she says. “Remembering to keep track of the weather and be alert for any warnings that are issued is going to be very important this spring.”You may find out more about severe weather and tips for staying safe by clicking at this linklast_img read more

Shark Dragging Suspect Gets 10-Days in Jail

first_imgHe’s the third person to face charges in a June 2017 incident caught on camera.The video shows a shark dragged by a rope from a 22-foot boat near Egmont Key while the men laughed. One Florida fisherman will spend 10 days behind bars for dragging a shark to its death and posting the video on social media.Robert Lee Benac the third was sentenced in Hillsborough County on Thursday. last_img