Traffic assists Blurton in season-opening URSS victory at Salina

first_imgChapman earned the features Keizer Aluminum Wheels hard-charger award. Zach Blurton picked up where he left off at the end of last season, topping Saturday’s 2020 United Rebel Sprint Series opener at Salina Speedway. (Photo by Jeff Quinn) By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits Feature results – 1. Zach Blurton; 2. J.D. Johnson; 3. Jason Danley; 4. Ty Williams; 5. Toby Chap­man; 6. Brian Herbert; 8. Steven Richardson; 9. Cale Cozad; 9. Kyler Johnson; 10. Koby Walters; 11. Kaden Taylor; 12. Jack Potter; 13. Howard Van Dyke; 14. Tyler Knight; 15. Buddy Tubbs; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Jeremy Huish; 18. Tyler Drueke; 19. Taylor Velasquez; 20. Jor­dan Knight. J.D. Johnson and Blurton started on the front row for the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car fea­ture with Johnson taking the lead as the green flag fell. Johnson kept Ty Williams behind him for the first several laps before Blurton passed Williams for second on lap five.center_img Blurton had Johnson glued to his rear bumper before putting another slower car between himself and Johnson on lap 20. Johnson settled for second while Danley came home third and Williams held on for fourth.       Blurton stayed glued to Johnson’s rear bumper and at the race’s midway point on lap 13 it was still Johnson, Blurton, Williams, Jason Danley and 16th starting Toby Chapman the top five. The leaders approached slower cars on lap 17 and that’s when Johnson picked the wrong line to lap Howard Van Dyke. Blurton took advantage and got around both the lapped car and Johnson to take the lead.  SALINA, Kan. (May 23) – Two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton picked up right where he left off last season, taking advantage of late-race lapped traffic to capture the exciting season opener for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing opened their 2020 race season in front of a near-capacity crowd at Salina Speedway on Saturday night. last_img read more

Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke named 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

first_imgBrandon Clarke will enter the NBA Summer League championship game Tuesday having already collected some hardware.The 21st overall pick in this year’s draft was awarded the summer’s MVP award after averaging 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in his professional debut at the Las Vegas event. NBA trade rumors: Rockets, Clippers ‘strongly pursuing’ Andre Iguodala Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith Brandon Clarke is your 2019 @NBASummerLeague MVP! 👏🐻 #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/BmHpc40wBo— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 15, 2019However, Clarke’s road to becoming the most valuable player wasn’t easy. He missed the team’s first game in Las Vegas after waiting for the draft-day trade that made him an official member of the Grizzlies.“It’s been tough,” Clarke said after scoring 17 points in his first game with Memphis. “It sucks, kind of. I haven’t been able to practice. I’ve just been doing individual work.” Related News Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets Clarke seemingly fit right in with the Grizzlies, similar to how he did in college.Prior to being a pro, Clarke played two seasons at San Jose State and then transferred to Gonzaga. After sitting out a season, he became a key contributor to the team last season as a redshirt junior.“It’s been a really long journey to get to this point, but a really fun one,” Clarke said, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’m 22. Most rookies are about 18 or 19. It shows that my journey was longer. But for it to be longer made it really, really fun. And it feels great to be here right now.”Clarke joined Jonas Valanciunas (2013), Kyle Anderson (2015) and Tyus Jones (2016) as Grizzlies who have received the honor. The Grizzlies will take on the Timberwolves in the championship game Tuesday night.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.last_img read more

Kenya takes banking to the poor

first_imgNokia phones are the most popular for mobile banking. (Image: Lucille Davie)RELATED ARTICLES • Cheap, clean lighting for Kenya • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Saving the world a drop at a timeLucille DavieFor 19-million Kenyans, their mobile phones are their bank accounts, their wallets and their way of life.With their phones, they can withdraw cash from ATMs or agents, pay bills, transfer money, receive payments, and buy their groceries. And all without the need for a bank account, a bank or credit card, a smartphone or a mobile phone contract. They can also do it all with any phone, although Nokia is the most popular in the country, according to mobiThinking.MobiThinking is an online tool for the marketing sector, with information and research on mobile marketing.Kenya has 41-million people, of whom 29-million are mobile phone users. Of these, 19-million are subscribed for mobile money. Most of them are prepaid users, using phones with data networking capability.“The crux to mobile money services is the ability to credit money to their account via a local agent (of which there is a huge network) and send money to a recipient’s mobile account, so they can withdraw the money from a local agent (or from an ATM if one is available),” states mobiThinking.All this is possible through M-Pesa (M is for mobile, Pesa is Swahili for money), which offers users financial and payment services. M-Pesa is the most advanced mobile payment system in the developing world. All users need to plug into the system is an identity card or passport.M-Pesa was launched in March 2007 in Kenya, the result of a student software development project. It is a joint initiative of Safaricom and Vodafone, the multinational mobile phone services company, specifically to enable Kenyans to use their phones to transfer money for a small fee. By 2012, the service was being used by 14.91-million people, or 36% of Kenyans, with customers reloading their m-wallets or withdrawing cash through a network of some 40 000 agents.Safaricom and Vodafone are the largest mobile network operators in Kenya and Tanzania. Safaricom provides mobile and fixed voice as well as data services on a variety of platforms.As it grew, M-Pesa introduced more financial services – the ability to pay utility bills, make purchases, buy air time, withdraw cash from ATMs, receive money from the Kenyan diaspora in some 45 countries, and have salaries and investment dividends paid.Users pay cash to the registered agents, who then place virtual credit on their mobile phones. When the user wants cash, he or she goes to a retailer and enters a code which is registered by the retailer, who then hands over the withdrawal.And the system is secure. Users have to produce identification for every transaction, and each transaction is monitored daily. In addition, every transaction can be traced to a user’s mobile phone.Information and communication technology growthThe Kenyan government has recognised the importance of ICT growth as a driver for gross domestic product, and has set the development of infrastructure and the ICT sector as a goal in its Vision 2030 plan. Through its ICT Board, it has several campaigns running to promote investment in the sector.This is aided by a new fibre optic network in the country, expanding access to broadband. The private sector has come to the party too, establishing several ICT hubs countrywide. “The iHub is one of the best-known hubs, bringing together local technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers, and creating an ecosystem of creators, users of ICT and mobile technologies,” explains mobiThinking.Mobile banking is driven by large industry players such as Hello Money from Barclays, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Orange Money and Yu Cash.Access to informationThe Kenyan government has embraced the technology. Although some departments are slower than others to take it up, the Ministry of Agriculture uses mobile phones to relay daily market prices of agricultural produce. The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency has developed an SMS application to improve customer service.Kenya’s ICT hubs have also helped address social needs in health and education. Private sector applications have been adopted, such as m-Farm, through which farmers can get the latest wholesale prices for their products via SMS; MedAfrica, which provides free health information to mobiles; and eLimu, a tablet-based learning aid.A particular success story is Kenyans for Kenya, a response to recurring drought and famine. In January 2011, almost 4-million Kenyans were on the brink of starvation and death. The Kenya Red Cross Society appealed for funding, but got no response. By July the drought was becoming dire, and Kenyans starting listening.Contributions from ordinary citizens were collected via mobile money transfers from over 750 000 individuals. Kenyans for Kenya proved to be the country’s largest fundraising effort, with some US$8-million raised, US$1.9-million being raised through M-Pesa alone.Real time updates were recorded, and donors were able to keep track of donations made and the final tally. Half of the money went towards emergency food and water, and the other half towards three long-term projects to rehabilitate water infrastructure and implement integrated agriculture, health and water projects.The campaign has won two awards: from UN Millennium Development Goals Trust and from AfricaCom. The service has been introduced to Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, South Africa and India, with varying degrees of success.last_img read more

Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event — Geocaching HQ Trip Report by Sean Boots

first_img SharePrint RelatedLackey Trip Report: Going Caching 2019October 29, 2019In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching HQ’s Product Team Goes on the RoadNovember 30, 2015In “Geocaching tools” The full crew from the Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event.Geocaching HQ’er Sean with a couple of happy geocachers.This past August I had the pleasure of meeting Andi Beyer and Jim Williamson, founders of the “Going Caching” Mega, for the first time. They had just flown to Seattle to attend this year’s Geocaching Block Party and were introduced to me because Geocaching HQ had chosen to send me to this year’s version of their event in Warm Springs, Georgia. We hit it off immediately. They made some bold promises about how much fun I would have at their event and I became super-excited to trek across the country for their Mega-Event.Often when one travels to mega events as a Groundspeak Lackey it is difficult to find the time to participate in the various events and activities because one gets caught up at the main event meeting and greeting with cachers from around the area. To avoid this, Andi and Jim insisted that I add another day to my trip so that I would have enough time to participate in all the events. When I arrived in Warm Springs, they immediately hooked me up with an amazing family, the Villanuevas, who adopted me for the day with orders to make sure I would partake in all the various events. Agent Hop, his wife HopsGeneral and their two awesome daughters were gracious hosts and went out of their way to make my trip a great one.“Look at the cache. Now back to me. Now back to the cache. I’m on a horse.”The first event planned for me was a series of geocaches to be found on horseback. My hosts drove me to Roosevelt Riding Stables, a cute little outpost in the FDR State Park, where Andi and company had set up a special geocaching course for those who wanted a brand new caching experience. Caches were placed at a perfect height on trees along the path, so that it wasn’t necessary to dismount in order to find them. There were multi-caches, traditional caches, puzzle caches, and letterboxes, all accessible only by horse. We spent the morning trotting around the park collecting these caches and then headed back to the main park to jump head first into the main puzzle. Great fun!When we returned to the main event site, it became clear to me how amazing the organization and logistics for this event actually were. Andi and Jim had designed a giant, super-complex puzzle cache based on a hybrid of the television series “Lost” and the Indiana Jones trilogy to be the centerpiece of the event. They had printed, minted and crafted all kinds of cool swag for participants such as path tags, collectable coins, gold-painted plaster scarabs, collectable caching cards featuring photos of attendees, and laminated map cards. All of these things were brilliantly incorporated into the puzzle so that participants would be required to collaborate with one another but in such a way that made it actually possible for everyone to complete the challenge. They repurposed staff members as actors, who were dressed up as druids with scary contact lenses in order to defend an elaborate map room from the unauthorized. Those who made it past the druids were required to hook up their collectable geocoin to a staff of the correct size, and a laser would then shoot out of the wall pointing to the final cache location on the giant map. This location ultimately turned out to be a faked aircraft crash site in the middle of the woods with a huge cache box where participants could enter the evening raffle by dropping off their validated map pieces. So cool!The geocachers who earned smileys on horseback.Overall, there were 10 different mini-events associated with this awesome Mega including a Civilian Conservation Corps CITO event, a tasty brunch on Sunday morning and even a Fireside chat with FDR himself! Also, the event hosted a series of Groundspeak’s new Lab Caches featuring a historical tour of FDR state park and another fun caching challenge called the ACE challenge which had participants run around the park gathering a series of stamps with the ultimate goal of cashing them in for a specially-designed Magellan coin. Finally, 100 newly published caches were released throughout the region and were provided to participants the morning of the event on a special thumb drive provided in the welcome pack.Truly the Going Caching Mega events are a special treat for those who are fortunate enough to attend. Next year’s theme is already set, Going Caching 2014 – “When in Rome…” to be held in Andi’s and Jim’s hometown of Rome, GA! If you are able, you should definitely find a way to attend. You won’t be disappointed!A location of one of the experimental geocaches from Geocaching Labs. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Yankees Rookie Shines, Vets Wilt

first_imgBALTIMORE — Maybe it was the change in venue. Perhaps it was a lengthy layoff between starts, or possibly that the Baltimore Orioles were looking for revenge.Whatever the reason, the Michael Pineda that pitched at Camden Yards on Friday night bore no resemblance to the New York Yankees’ right-hander who struck out 16 Orioles in a dominating effort at Yankee Stadium last month.Pineda didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, and the first-place Yankees staggered through an 11-3 defeat against the defending AL East champions.On May 10, Pineda reached a career high in strikeouts against Baltimore. In this one, he fanned only two in 4 1/3 rocky innings, allowing six runs, nine hits and two walks.It was Pineda’s shortest outing since being ejected in the second inning on April 23, 2014, for using pine tar on the mound.“I tried to throw my best pitch in the game today, and the slider was not working very good,” he said.Chris Davis delivered an RBI single in the first inning and a three-run homer in the third, both against Pineda (7-3). The slugger came into the game 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts in his career against the 6-foot-7 hurler.“We did our homework,” Davis said. “I think the more you see a guy, you know what he’s going to do. Tonight he just didn’t look as sharp as he was in New York and we were able to take advantage of it.”Caleb Joseph hit a solo shot and Jimmy Paredes had three singles and two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won five straight.Pineda hadn’t pitched since June 1 because the Yankees don’t want to overwork him, but he wouldn’t blame the extended break for his subpar performance.“They tried to take care of me and give me a little rest,” Pineda said. “What happened tonight, it happens with everybody.”Mason Williams homered in his major league debut for the first-place Yankees, who have dropped two in a row after winning seven straight.Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) gave up three runs in five innings to earn his first win since May 11. Although the right-hander struggled from the outset, he kept the damage to a minimum and received plenty of offensive support.New York failed to score in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. Davis singled in a run in the bottom half.Alex Rodriguez picked up his 1,999th career RBI with a single in the Yankees’ third, but Baltimore used a run-scoring single by Adam Jones and Davis’ 13th home run to go up 5-1.After striking out in his first at-bat, Williams hit a two-run drive to right in the fourth.“Pretty speechless,” he said. “Honestly it was my first home run of the year. I wish it would’ve come at a better time in this game.”The former fourth-round draft pick was removed for a pinch hitter after going 1 for 2.Baltimore pulled away with a four-run sixth that began with Joseph connecting off Jacob Lindgren. Later in the inning, first baseman Mark Teixeira overthrew second base trying for a force play, ending his career-high errorless run at 109 games and providing the Orioles with four unearned runs.That put Baltimore in double figures in runs for the first time since April 26.ROSTER MOVEThe Yankees sent reliever Esmil Rogers outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game. The right-hander allowed four runs Friday and has a 6.27 ERA.“I thought he actually threw the ball decently tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But it hasn’t been consistent work for him and we wanted to try to get him going.”TRAINERS ROOMYankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury (right knee sprain) is running at about 60 percent according to Girardi, who added, “He’s starting to do a little bit of everything now.”Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) felt no lingering pain after his rehab assignment Thursday night. He is slated to pitch two innings for Single-A Frederick on Tuesday.ON DECKYankees: CC Sabathia starts against the Orioles on Saturday night looking for his 212th career win, which would give him sole possession of 23rd place on the win-list for left-handers.Orioles: Bud Norris takes the mound for Baltimore. He’s 2-4 with an 8.63 ERA this season, but is 4-1 lifetime against New York.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TransCanada says it is engaging with landowners on new Keystone XL route

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said Tuesday it has started to engage with Nebraska landowners along the alternate route of its Keystone XL pipeline approved last week.Speaking at an investor day in Toronto, Dean Patry, senior vice-president of liquids, said the company continues to review the regulatory approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission, but has already started speaking with new stakeholders.“The alternate route would involve a number of new landowners for us, and as always, we’re striving to understand their perspectives on the project, and we will continue to strive to reach agreement with them on mutually beneficial terms,” he said.The route approved by the commission cleared the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial pipeline, but created new issues for TransCanada by not approving the company’s preferred route and instead giving the go-ahead on one that shifts the pipeline further east, away from sensitive ecological areas.The company filed a procedural motion on Nov. 24 that requests the commission reconsider its order that approved the alternate route, but Patry said the company was looking to address some questions raised by the order, and not to change the route itself.He said TransCanada continues to review the cost and schedule implications of the decision, but is looking to make a final investment decision on the project as soon as possible.Company CEO Russ Girling said earlier in the day that the company has been “very encouraged” by discussions with potential shippers in recent weeks on the proposed 830,000 barrel a day pipeline and that TransCanada expects to secure enough binding commitments from shippers to advance the project.The proposed pipeline, which would bring oil from Hardisty, Alta., to markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Midwest, has faced significant opposition from environmentalists for much of the nearly ten years TransCanada has been working to make it a reality.last_img read more

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

first_imgThe Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 14, 2018:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Taylor Swift; $9,756,530; $124.26.2. Jay-Z / Beyoncé; $6,612,663; $122.51.3. Ed Sheeran; $6,023,219; $91.89.4. U2; $4,676,648; $133.07.5. Celine Dion; $4,641,885; $235.77.6. Drake; $4,236,951; $116.29.7. Eagles ; $4,080,199; $148.92.8. Bruno Mars; $3,557,078; $146.44.9. Billy Joel; $3,542,531; $119.54.10. Helene Fischer; $3,435,219; $82.36.11. Kenny Chesney; $3,432,546; $92.84.12. Roger Waters; $2,557,778; $69.51.13. Justin Timberlake; $2,095,071; $108.69.14. Phil Collins; $2,092,876; $150.65.15. “Springsteen On Broadway”; $2,027,717; $509.37.16. Journey / Def Leppard; $1,810,296; $97.89.17. Iron Maiden; $1,616,893; $78.93.18. Britney Spears; $1,466,402; $139.41.19. Luke Bryan; $1,460,535; $71.03.20. Paul Simon; $1,432,930; $112.08.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more