43 tracks to receive sanction awards at IMCA national banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Forty-three tracks, representing 22 states and Canada, will be honored with sanction awards during the Nov. 24 IMCA national banquet.In all, 55 track awards will be given in recognition of a cumulative 790 years of sanctioning one or more divisions with IMCA.A 35-year Stock Car award goes to Marshalltown Speedway while Arlington Raceway is recog­nized for 30 years of sanctioning its Modified, Sprint Car and Stock Car divisions.Thirty-year plaques also go to Shawano Speedway for Modifieds and Luxemburg Speedway for Stock Cars.Receiving 25-year awards are Abilene Motor Speedway, Dawson County Raceway, Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway for Stock Cars.Twenty-year plaques will be presented to Hancock County Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Lee County Speedway, Merced Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway for Modifieds; Quad City Speedway for Late Models; 281 Speedway, Boyd Raceway and Kossuth County Speedway for Stock Cars; and Beatrice Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Tracks to be honored with 15-year awards include Atomic Motor Raceway and Dodge City Race­way Park for Modifieds; Estevan Motor Speedway for Stock Cars; Cardinal Speedway and Daw­son County Raceway for Hobby Stocks; and 281 Speedway for SportMods.Awards for a decade of sanctioning go to Davenport Speedway for Modifieds; Raceway Park for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Estevan Motor Speedway and McLean County Speedway for Hobby Stocks; Lee County Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway for SportMods; and RPM Speedway and Stuart Speedway for Sport Compacts.And five-year plaques go to Cotton Bowl Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods; Big Sky Speedway, Buffalo River Race Park, Electric City Speedway, Gallatin Speedway, and Thunder Mountain Speedway for Modifieds; Bakersfield Speedway, Diamond Mountain Speed­way and Salina Speedway for Stock Cars; Casper Speedway, Cocopah Speedway and Desert Thunder Raceway for Hobby Stocks; Norman County Raceway, Southern Oregon Speedway and Sweetwater Speedway for SportMods; and Southwest Speedway for Sport Compacts.Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will be honored and sponsor awards presented during the banquet, at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in down­town Lincoln.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.An order form was published in the October Inside IMCA newsletter and a list of names of those attending should accom­pany each ticket order. Order forms are also included in congratulatory letters to drivers mailed after point standings became official on Monday.Banquet goers can go to the www.IMCA.com/banquet site or call 866-706-7706 to make room reservations or for more information.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 23 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

NA hire car drivers protest river taxis time change

first_imgHire car drivers operating from the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling on Thursday picketed the region’s Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) after it rescheduled the operating hours of the water taxies across the Berbice River.Hire car drivers picketing the T&HD office in NAThe notice was placed on Wednesday, indicating that from September 1, the speedboat service will operate from 06:00h until 09:00h and then again from 14:30h until 18:00h. Previously, the service operated between 6:00h and 18:00h.However, the hire car drivers are complaining that this change in the operating hours of water taxis will affect them since persons would usually cross the river during the day with the boats and use the cars to move around New Amsterdam.Kirk Lagoudou, one of the drivers, argued firstly that the notice given is too short. “This morning [Thursday] we and notified that there is a change in the time that the water taxies will be operating. They put up the notice Wednesday. They did not come and inform us in advance,” he told Guyana Times on Thursday during the picketing exercise.According to Lagoudou, pensioners will be adversely affected with the new hours of operation since they are given free crossing by the water taxis. However, he noted that with the time change, pensioners as well as other persons wanting to cross the river, will now be forced to use the minibuses which charge a fee of $300 per trip compared the $120 water taxi fare.It was pointed out that operating from the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling is considered a lucrative route for hire car operators who charge $140 per trip around the town as against $100 which is the fare in other parts of the town.“The Government should rethink its decision, taking into account the poorer class of persons who need to use the service to get from one side of the river to the other,” Lagoudou said.He warned too that the move could make the town of New Amsterdam become a ghost town.After the ferry service was scrapped, and the Berbice River Bridge became the only means of crossing the river – economic activity slowed down in the town as businesses in the vicinity of the stelling came to a standstill.On the other hand, minibus operators plying the New Amsterdam/Rosignol route raked in large sums of money as they charged $300 for the 12-minute journey and made three trips per day.With the introduction of the water taxies, they protested, calling on Government to also subsidise their operations saying that the $2200 to cross the Berbice River was too high. Many were forced to leave the route and fares had been reduced to $260 in an effort to attract more persons. But this amount was recently raised back to $300 – the same price it was when the Berbice Bridge was charging $2200. Now the bridge fair is $1900.Asked for a comment today on the new scheduled for the water taxies, the minibus operators – who had been very vocal in the past complaining of the difficulty in their operations as a result of the water taxi service – remained silent.last_img read more

Website helps farmers identify, manage mycotoxins and ear rots in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A website developed by plant pathologists from Purdue University and a nationwide partnership of research institutions could help farmers better understand and respond to the threat of mycotoxins and ear rots in corn.The site, Corn Mycotoxins, includes management information as well as photo and video reference materials about Aspergillus, Diplodia, Fusarium and Gibberella — the four most common and economically significant ear rots. The website also provides information on how to properly store moldy grain and the characteristics of various types of mycotoxins.Ear rots occur when certain fungi infect corn. Several of those fungi produce mycotoxins, which accumulate in grain. Mycotoxins can be harmful to livestock and humans if contaminated grain is used in livestock feed or human food products.Mycotoxins are natural chemicals that are very stable and not easily eliminated from contaminated grain, said Charles Woloshuk, professor of botany and plant pathology and member of the website development team.“Prevention is the most effective management strategy to reducing the impact of ear rots and mycotoxins,” Woloshuk said. “We created the website to make management information readily accessible to farmers and agribusiness personnel so they can take appropriate precautions to prevent ear rots and manage mycotoxins if they occur in the grain.”The website is a product of the Integrated Management Strategies for Aspergillus and Fusarium Ear Rots of Corn project, which was established in 2012 with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of the project is to coordinate and promote a research and Extension collaboration that provides corn producers with new tools for managing ear rots and mycotoxins.In addition to the USDA and Purdue, participating institutions are the University of Arkansas, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University and Texas A&M University.The national scope of the project is important, Woloshuk said. For example, researchers have examined how common production factors such as hybrid susceptibility to ear rots and fungicide application impact mycotoxin levels in different regions of the U.S.last_img read more

Kia Seltos unveiled, expected to be priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 16 lakh

first_imgThe much-anticipated Kia Seltos made its world premiere in India today. Scheduled to be launched in the country in the second half of 2019, the compact SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier and MG Hector. Apart from Seltos, the South Korean carmaker will manufacture four new models in India.Kia Seltos will feature newly developed Smartstream third generation BS VI compliant powertrain. There will be an option for a 1.4 turbo petrol, along with other petrol and diesel engines. One will get multiple automatic transmission options like IVT, 7-speed DCT and 6-speed AT and a 6-speed manual gearbox. Besides, the compact SUV will come with normal, eco and sports drive modes.So far as features are concerned, there is plenty on offer. The front fascia will have the iconic tiger-nose grille with full LED headlamps on either side. The LED DRLs run towards the centre of the grille from the edges of the headlamps, which have turn indicators placed below them. You also get vertically housed LED fog lamps. The rear looks sporty with LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes. The bumper comes with a metallic muffler effect. Apart from 17-inch five-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels, there are features like roof rails and shark fin antenna.Inside the cabin of the new Kia Seltos, there will be features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen audio video navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It will come with an 8-speaker Bose sound system. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel will have premium quality switches for handling infotainment system and cruise control, among other functions. The compact SUV also gets features like 8-inch HUD (Heads Up Display), blind-spot view monitor, EPS (Electronic Power Steering), eco coating and push-button start/stop.advertisementThe upcoming Kia Seltos has an advanced high strength steel structure. Other than the standard safety features like multiple airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist), reverse parking sensors and camera, the compact SUV also gets VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS (Traction Control System) and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control). There will be a 360-degree camera as well.We are expecting Kia Seltos to be priced in India between Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom). The compact SUV is based on the SP Concept, that we all saw during the 2018 Auto Expo.ALSO READ | Government proposes exemption of registration fees for battery operated electric vehiclesALSO READ | Transport vehicle driving licence now available to all, govt removes Class 8 pass clauseALSO READ | Renault Triber: Unveil, price, launch, features and other details you need to knowlast_img read more