Rafsanjani case sparks urgent admissions review

first_imgCherwell can exclusively reveal that the University is currently reviewing their graduate admission process with “increased urgency”.Cherwell can exclusively reveal that the University is currently reviewing their graduate admission process with “increased urgency”. This follows an investigation into the legitimacy of the admittance of Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of the former president of Iran. Rafsanjani began a five-year DPhil course at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in October 2010. Two months later, a senior academic raised doubts over the legitimacy of Rafsanjani’s application to study at Oxford, as well as the authenticity of his doctoral thesis proposal.  Kaveh Moussavi, an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, who filed the allegations, claimed that Rafsanjani did not live within a 24 mile radius of Carfax as specified by the University, and that he had failed to meet the level of English recommended for doctoral study at Oxford. Moussavi also alleged that Rafsanjani had been written his doctoral thesis proposal with the help of others.The University initially claimed that the investigation into the admission of Rafsanjani had not triggered any tightening of the review of the graduate admissions process. However the Press Office disclosed to Cherwell on Thursday evening that a private letter had in fact been sent from the Vice Chancellor to Moussavi. The letter explained to Moussavi that the graduate admissions process was now being reviewed with “increased urgency”, as a result of the investigation. After Cherwell learned about the existence of this letter, the University revised its earlier statement, and confirmed, “We are working with increased urgency to reconsider certain parts of the graduate admission process as a result of matters raised in the report that followed from the investigation”. Aside from the allegations levelled against Rafsanjani about the legitimacy of his acceptance according to the University’s own criteria, Cherwell has also discovered that Rafsanjani was implicated in a case heard by the Canadian Supreme Court in February 2002, which involved allegations of torture, kidnap and bribery. A paper published by the European Journal of International Law in 2008, titled “Immunity from Torture: Lessons from Bouzari v. Iran”, describes how Houshang Bouzari, an Iranian businessman, was tortured by anonymous agents of the Iranian government.The paper relays how prior to his arrest, Bouzari was approached by Rafsanjani, who demanded a bribe of $50 million, in exchange for facilitating a lucrative contract with the National Iranian Oil Company. Bouzari refused to pay the bribe. The paper describes how on 1st June 1993, “three plain clothes police officers arrested Bouzari in Tehran and took him to Section 209 of Even Prison. For the next eight months, Bouzari was brutally tortured”.However, no charges were pressed in connection with the torture and kidnap, as the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction to rule on the liability of a foreign state, as it would be contrary to international law and Canada’s own rules on private international law. The Court of Appeal found in December 2003 that “[Bouzari’s] action is barred by the State Immunity Act.” Such was the concern caused by this ruling that in May 2005, the UN Committee Against Torture, recommended that Canada should “review its position…to ensure the provision of compensation through its civil jurisdiction to all victims of torture”.Pascal Jerome, outgoing President of Oxford University Amnesty International, said, “Though no-one should be damned without trial, the weight of evidence against this man calls for more transparency on Oxford’s part.”A spokesperson from the Press Office said that personal background checks are not a formal part of the admittance requirements as “logistically it would be very hard to implement”. The University said that all details of the investigation into Rafsanjani remain strictly “confidential”. Moussavi, who initially bought the case of Rafsanjani to the University’s attention, said, of the investigation “the matter is confidential but it is by no means over.”This follows an investigation into the legitimacy of the admittance of Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of the former president of Iran. Rafsanjani began a five-year DPhil course at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in October 2010.Two months later, a senior academic raised doubts over the legitimacy of Rafsanjani’s application to study at Oxford, as well as the authenticity of his doctoral thesis proposal.  Kaveh Moussavi, an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, who filed the allegations, claimed that Rafsanjani did not live within a 24 mile radius of Carfax as specified by the University, and that he had failed to meet the level of English recommended for doctoral study at Oxford. Moussavi also alleged that Rafsanjani had been written his doctoral thesis proposal with the help of others.The University initially claimed that the investigation into the admission of Rafsanjani had not triggered any tightening of the review of the graduate admissions process. However the Press Office disclosed to Cherwell on Thursday evening that a private letter had in fact been sent from the Vice Chancellor to Moussavi. The letter explained to Moussavi that the graduate admissions process was now being reviewed with “increased urgency”, as a result of the investigation. After Cherwell learned about the existence of this letter, the University revised its earlier statement, and confirmed, “We are working with increased urgency to reconsider certain parts of the graduate admission process as a result of matters raised in the report that followed from the investigation”. Aside from the allegations levelled against Rafsanjani about the legitimacy of his acceptance according to the University’s own criteria, Cherwell has also discovered that Rafsanjani was implicated in a case heard by the Canadian Supreme Court in February 2002, which involved allegations of torture, kidnap and bribery. A paper published by the European Journal of International Law in 2008, titled “Immunity from Torture: Lessons from Bouzari v. Iran”, describes how Houshang Bouzari, an Iranian businessman, was tortured by anonymous agents of the Iranian government.The paper relays how prior to his arrest, Bouzari was approached by Rafsanjani, who demanded a bribe of $50 million, in exchange for facilitating a lucrative contract with the National Iranian Oil Company. Bouzari refused to pay the bribe.The paper describes how on 1st June 1993, “three plain clothes police officers arrested Bouzari in Tehran and took him to Section 209 of Even Prison. For the next eight months, Bouzari was brutally tortured”.However, no charges were pressed in connection with the torture and kidnap, as the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction to rule on the liability of a foreign state, as it would be contrary to international law and Canada’s own rules on private international law. The Court of Appeal found in December 2003 that “[Bouzari’s] action is barred by the State Immunity Act.” Such was the concern caused by this ruling that in May 2005, the UN Committee Against Torture, recommended that Canada should “review its position…to ensure the provision of compensation through its civil jurisdiction to all victims of torture”.Pascal Jerome, outgoing President of Oxford University Amnesty International, said, “Though no-one should be damned without trial, the weight of evidence against this man calls for more transparency on Oxford’s part.”A spokesperson from the Press Office said that personal background checks are not a formal part of the admittance requirements as “logistically it would be very hard to implement”. The University said that all details of the investigation into Rafsanjani remain strictly “confidential”. Moussavi, who initially bought the case of Rafsanjani to the University’s attention, said, of the investigation “the matter is confidential but it is by no means over.”last_img read more

Low-GI health boost

first_imgGround-breaking research has made a link between the consumption of low-glycaemic index (GI) bread and the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. The research also shows that low-GI bread contributes to a reduced risk of heart disease.The year-long study, entitled The Effect of Low-GI Bread on Glucose Response, was carried out by Professor Jeya Henry, head of food science and nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, with Dr Helen Lightowler of the same university.”Consumption of bread in the UK is very important,” Henry told British Baker. “We wanted to marry science with something very practical and that’s what prompted us to do the research.It certainly does not mean that consumers should avoid eating high-GI, but it does prove the additional health benefits of low-GI bread.”The independently validated research was published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition on Thursday, November 30.It claimed that the “results demonstrated how a simple dietary change can favourably alter blood glucose concentrations.Such small modifications to diet, if adopted in the long term, could improve glucose control and consequently reduce the risk of chronic disease in both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals.”GI ranks carbohydrates according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Low-GI foods produce only small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels.Henry tested this by giving ten subjects identical diets in two separate 24 hour periods – toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch and supper.The only difference was that ordinary white bread, with a high-GI rating of 71, was replaced by bread with a low GI-rating of 54.The low-GI breads used were Warburtons’ All-in-One and bread made with Bakels’ Country Oven Multiseed concentrate.This change in diet, consistently reduced the blood glucose after meals, through the night, and the ’fasting glucose level’ the next morning, which is important in reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”This is the beginning of a series of studies that will benefit the industry,” said Henry. “We are looking at how bakery might be used to reduce hunger and provide a mechanism to lower cholesterol.”last_img read more

Bakers create ‘Pastry Paradise’

first_imgA world of bakery-inspired architecture has been created by five UK bakers at a London art gallery.Miss Cakehead, London cake artist, curated the collection from bakers such as Tattooed Bakers, Jacquie Kelly, Sarah King, and Rose-Marie’s Cakes and Sugarcraft.The exhibition includes a London Pie, a Battenberg Gate and a Trifle Tower.The bakers were asked to come up with their own interpretation of what a ‘Pastry Paradise’ might look like, to celebrate the launch of a new game from Gameloft for smartphones.The cakes are on display at the Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH until the buildings are demolished on 12 December.See the pictures below to see what the bakery masterpieces look like. Photos by Gameloft/REXlast_img read more

Don’t miss it: British Baker’s Christmas Stars announced tomorrow

first_imgThe winners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars awards will be announced in an exclusive web broadcast tomorrow.At 12pm, viewers can tune in to see editor Martyn Leek declare who has won the Christmas Star stamps of approval.By tuning into the broadcast you can get an exclusive insight into the judging process, as well as watch interviews with the judges themselves.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker magazine, said: “The standard of entries was extremely high all round, and it is a pleasure for me to announce the winners. The accolades can be printed on product packaging or labelling to really show off their quality and assure customers that they are buying the best this Christmas.”To see the broadcast and find out who has won, visit bakeryinfo.co.uk or bakerychristmasstars.co.uk tomorrow at noon.last_img read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Camp Bisco

first_imgAfter what was an incredible weekend of what we have come to know as pure “Bisco” out in Colorado with three nights at the Ogden Theatre that culminated in a celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, we look ahead to The Disco Biscuits‘ annual summer festival, Camp Bisco. Set to take place July 14th-16th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA, this year’s lineup features six sets from the festival’s namesake act, as well as sets from Odesza, Big Grizmatik (Big Gigantic, Griz, and Gramatik), STS9, Griz, Lotus, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Thundercat, Dopapod, RL Grime, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Orchard Lounge, The New Deal, and more, Camp Bisco is bringing a little bit of everything to the table.Camp Bisco Reveals Stacked Lineup Of Performing ArtistsWith a major announcement about vast improvements on the festival site, such as round-the-clock shuttle service, advanced receipt of festival wristbands to expedite check-in, increased water station availability, a new Wellness Program – with daily yoga, mountain hikes, a 5K run and workshops – and Clean Vibes on-site to help with waste removal and ensuring a greener event, this is looking to be the best Camp Bisco yet. (Purchase tickets HERE)There are plenty of reasons why you should not miss this year’s festivities, and we are going to take a look at a few of them now:5. Waterpark FunMontage Mountain has an unbelievable water park for all to enjoy. Between the various activities such as the Wavepool, Alpine Run Waterslide Complex, Cross-Country Canal, Tundra Tornado, Iceberg Alley Luge, there is plenty of water-y options to have some fun in the sun outside and keep cool.4. The Classic Jamtronica BandsCamp Bisco has always been at the forefront of the jamtronica and electronica scenes, and with STS9, Lotus, Papadosio, The New Deal, GNOME Project, and The Indobox, there will be plenty for old-school Camp Bisco heads to enjoy.3.  Big Gigantic + Griz + Gramatik = Big GrizMatikWhat more needs to be said on this subject? You take three acts that, on their own are huge, and seamlessly coalesce into one….and you get Big Grizmatik. With the amalgamation of hip-hop, funk, electro-soul, and jazz, along with live instrumentation and a full-on audio-visual sensory experience, this set is going to be a major party.2. Six Sets of The Disco BiscuitsThe founders and namesake of Camp Bisco, this festival wouldn’t be possible without the forethought that The Disco Biscuits had back in the late 90’s. The pioneers of trance-fusion carefully curated the lineup with all of the major jamtronica acts mentioned above, and has had some of the biggest international DJ’s and bands play before, or while, they were carving their own paths to superstardom. Think Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Skrillex, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfgang Gartner, Ween, Thievery Corporation, Shpongle, Emancipator, Snoop Dogg, Nas & Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, The Roots, and Cut Copy, just to name a few. The Disco Biscuits are Camp Bisco.Coming off arguably one of the the best multi-night runs in their entire history, out in Colorado at Denver’s Ogden Theatre and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Biscuits are poised and ready to bring it for six full sets at Camp. To the Bisco faithful, there is absolutely no place on Planet Earth that we would rather be. 1.  The Vibe Between the major improvements mentioned earlier, a lineup that has something for everybody, one of the best festival sites in the country in Montage Mountain, and some of the most hardcore, dedicated and faithful fans in the music world, how can you not expect to have a vibe that goes in stride with all of that? Just make sure you bring your ass to the party!For more information and to purchase tickets to Camp Bisco, click HERE.last_img read more

Follow Greenport’s 19th-Century Example and Turn the LIRR Into a Two-Way Street

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One of the strategies being widely discussed as a means of revitalizing the Long Island economy is the creation of transit-oriented developments, especially in downtowns served by the Long Island Rail Road.These developments are much-needed and would serve multiple purposes: increasing housing options, enhancing downtown areas, and providing places to live and work with easy access to and from New York City. But this idea is not new to Long Island. Greenport, on the North Fork, was a transit-oriented development in the mid-19th century, and its success shows the potential that this longstanding tradition can still offer LI, if we can focus on mobility.Ironically, when the LIRR’s track to Greenport was laid in 1844, it was not intended to provide transit access to the city but rather to connect New York with Boston, because the technology did not yet exist to bridge Connecticut’s rivers, let alone Long Island Sound. Greenport was, and still is, the terminus for the LIRR Main Line (aka the Ronkonkoma Branch), but its fundamental role at the time was to provide a transit connection to Boston by ferry. It was a two-way street for people and for commerce.In the 19th century the only way to travel by train from New York City to Boston was by taking the LIRR from Brooklyn to Greenport, transferring there to a ferry to cross the Sound to Connecticut, and then resuming train travel to Boston. Greenport, evolved naturally as a transit-oriented development with a thriving downtown that was created during this period with housing as well as jobs, commerce and robust population growth. That’s still a central appeal for the concept today, and it’s especially timely.NYC is both the financial capital of the world and a powerful magnet for youth and talent. That makes it all the more important that LI build upon its proximity to the city by expanding transit access to its dynamic economy and the jobs it offers to Island residents and, just as significantly, the talent pool it offers to support local businesses. It’s also important to recognize that young people are much less inclined to drive cars than previous generations.But there are two keys to maximizing that access. First, we need to make it easier to live and work near LIRR stations. The good news there is that the Long Island Index and the Regional Plan Association determined in 2010 that a total of 8,300 acres are available for infill development within a half-mile of LIRR stations and nearby downtowns. That means that transit-oriented developments can enhance downtown areas while reducing pressure for development on LI’s iconic and treasured rural landscape.Second, we must enhance the LIRR infrastructure to make reverse commuting (from NYC to LI) more available. On the 9.8-mile stretch of the LIRR Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, we’re still using the same system of two tracks that were first laid down in 1844 when LI’s population was 50,000. Today, 171 years later, we have the same two tracks and a population of about 3 million. Six LIRR branches now converge on this bottleneck, turning it into one big bottleneck during the peak morning rush hour, making reverse commuting impossible.At present, we cannot compete successfully with other suburban areas in the metropolitan region where reverse commuting by transit is readily available. The jobs and young people that we want are, therefore, going elsewhere. It defies common sense to think that LI can thrive in the 21st century with this critical defect in our transit system left in place from the 19th century.The solution is to expand the current LIRR system of tracks to support LI’s economy, just as we did in 1844 when the track to Greenport was established. Only now, what we need is to add a third track – or, as some call it, a Fast Track – to relieve the congestion between Floral Park and Hicksville. It is strangling the Island’s economy and, according to a recent report by the Long Island Index, building the Fast Track would relieve the problem and generate 14,000 new jobs, $5.6 billion in additional gross regional product, and $3 billion in additional personal income by 2035 (10 years after its completion.)The LIRR remains an extraordinary resource, but it needs to be regarded, once again, as a two-way street. We also need to think beyond the auto-dependent suburban model to a time when young people, who are the workforce of our future, have the option to live on LI or in NYC and have easy transit access to jobs in either place.Greenport knows the value of transit-oriented development arguably as well as any community on the Island, because ferry, bus and rail facilities continue to power its reputation as a walkable village where people can live, shop, be entertained and get to work without driving. If LI now seizes on this time-honored track to success, the concept may well become fundamental to the revitalization of the region’s economy as well.Dave Kapell was mayor of Greenport from 1994 to 2007. He is now a consultant to the Rauch Foundation, which publishes the Long Island Index.last_img read more

Paul Merson claims even Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would flop at Arsenal and taunts Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgGuardiola is bidding to win a hat-trick of Premier League titles at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Asked whether Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is the clear candidate to replace Unai Emery on a full-time basis, Merson added: ‘You’d like to think so, but why would he come?‘He’s a legend, an absolute legend. You’re asking him to come in and turn this around. He’s managing in France and not doing great.‘I think Klopp and Guardiola would struggle to come in and turn it around. It’s one of the worst jobs in the game. Ljungberg tries to explain Arsenal’s 1-2 loss at home against BrightonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:02FullscreenLjungberg tries to explain Arsenal’s 1-2 loss at home against Brightonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-tries-explain-arsenals-1-2-loss-home-against-brighton-2064336/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘And then you look at [Max] Allegri… why would he take the job? He’s won all those leagues titles [in Italy with Juventus] – why would he go to Arsenal?’Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the Premier League, face London rivals West Ham on Monday night.The Hammers impressed at the start of the campaign but have suffered a dramatic dip in form to slip to 16th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.MORE: Arsenal set deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new contractMORE: Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal job is ‘too good an opportunity’ to turn down Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Dec 2019 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link271Shares Comment Advertisement Merson also doubts Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp would thrive at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Merson believes Arsenal’s struggling team are making it look like former U23s coach Ljungberg is a complete novice and says even Klopp and Guardiola would struggle at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGuardiola is bidding to win a hat-trick of Premier League titles at Manchester City, while Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League last term.‘I said recently that [Leicester City boss] Brendan Rodgers would go to Arsenal because of the size of the club,’ Merson said on Sky Sports on Saturday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But after the weekend and the game on Thursday, I’m thinking why would you go to Arsenal? Why? What can you do there?‘Freddie can’t be that bad but he looks like he’s never managed a team before. It looks like he’s lost.‘He’s got the badges, he’s worked with the youngsters and he must be thinking: “What chance have I got?” These are international players but he [Freddie] hasn’t got a chance.’ Paul Merson says caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg looks ‘lost’ at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has claimed even Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would struggle at Arsenal and says interim manager Freddie Ljungberg looks ‘lost’.Gunners hero Ljungberg was placed in temporary charge of his former club at the end of last month after Unai Emery’s sacking.Arsenal endured a dismal run of form under the Spaniard but Ljungberg has been unable to oversee an immediate upturn, drawing to Norwich City and losing to Brighton in his first two games in charge. Paul Merson claims even Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would flop at Arsenal and taunts Freddie Ljungberg Advertisementlast_img read more

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Denial of Stay Applications for Redistricting Case

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Statement,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny applications to stay the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Order that held the commonwealth’s congressional maps unconstitutional:“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly recognized that there is no reason to delay implementing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order. Now, all parties must focus on getting a fair map in place. Gerrymandering is wrong and we must correct errors of the past with the existing map. My team is ready, willing and able to work with the General Assembly to ensure a new map is fair and within the clear orders given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.” Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Denial of Stay Applications for Redistricting Case February 05, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Own your own winery an hour from Brisbane

first_imgThe MTVW retail and production arm … Mr Clark remained tight-lipped on the potential sale price for the property but said it would be substantial.He said the property was being sold by negotiation after its founder passed away a few years ago.“His (the founder) daughter took over but they want to move on,” he said. He said MTVW produced seven tonnes each of chardonnay and shiraz grapes, and three tonnes each of merlot and cabernet grabs last financial year. “And that was at a time when the late rainfall impacted the harvest,” he said.At Mount Tamborine, the retail arm consists of a cellar door retail store and tasting room, an events venue that is mostly used for weddings and a two kitchen restaurant.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago There is also 12 acres at the rear of the property used for growing avocadoes. Mr Clark said the grapes from the Ballandean property were harvested and transported to Mount Tamborine for crushing and bottling. He said the operation was an “outstanding business and land opportunity”, with the possibility of subdividing the 12 acres currently being used for avocado growing.“We will be targeting those people who already own vineyards and the high net worth individuals who have an interest nationally,” he said.“The campaign hasn’t even officially started yet but we have already had interest from Singapore and New Zealand.” The entire Mount Tamborine Vineyards and Winery (MTVW) operation has hit the market Love a good drop? Well put down the store-bought vino because here is your chance to own an entire vineyard and winery.The Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery (MTVW) is on the market for the first time since 1996, and will launch to the market this week. … and its vineyards at Ballandean on the Granite Belt are on the market. For sale by negotiation, the significant holding includes the 15.25 acre retail arm at 122-128 Long Road in Mount Tamborine and the 105.5 acre vineyard at Ballandean in the Granite Belt region. Ray White Commercial Gold Coast agent Thomas Clark said the MTVW vineyards at Ballandean were located next door to the award-winning, Sirromet Wines, and other well-known, top producers. Expressions of interest close on February 27.Mr Clark said the business had “huge potential for growth”.“Something of this calibre, it just doesn’t come along very often,” he said. “It is such a rare opportunity to have a business that is so self-sufficient with multiple income streams.“I think the last one that sold was Mason Wines but that was nothing compared to this one.”last_img read more

Callahan scores big win in Tri-Track Challenge

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (July 15) – Friday night’s action at the Farley Speedway included the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge featuring the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models.The 50-lap feature started off with Joel Callahan and Ryan Dolan swapping the lead four times on the first two laps with exciting slide jobs making for thrilling racing action. Callahan settled into the point for the next several laps but Dolan remained within a car length until the race’s first caution flew on lap 28 of the 50 lap main.Ray Guss Jr. pulled into contention on the restart and battled Callahan for the remainder of the feature with Guss leading several laps before Callahan was able to take control following a lap 38 restart. Guss ran second ahead of Dolan and Jeremiah Hurst.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified feature came with all types of racing action includ­ing a lap eight incident that sent the two race frontrunners, Matt Gansen and Mark Schulte, spin­ning in turn two. Troy Cordes took advantage of the restart and went on to record the 20-lap win over Jerry Luloff and Schulte, who charged from the back to take third.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Tyler Soppe advance from the fifth row to earn his 17th win of the season. Soppe scored the 15-lap feature win ahead of Troy Bauer and Austin Heacock.Phil Holtz scored the feature win in a very competitive IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Holtz shot pass race leader Norman Chesmore on lap nine and went on to record the win. Scooter Dulin ran second ahead of Chesmore.Quinton Miller padded his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock point lead with another feature win.last_img read more