Wingin’ It: Blue Jays Win Buffalo Debut, Top Marlins In 10th

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via @BlueJays / Twitter.BUFFALO — Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw and the wandering Toronto Blue Jays felt just fine in their new nest.In the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915, Shaw hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays settled into refitted Sahlen Field with a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.“We’re still staying in a hotel, but it almost felt like the first game of the year. To go out and say, ‘All right, this is our spot,’ I think we did well,” said Bichette, who hit a three-run homer.Barred from playing in Toronto by the Canadian government over concerns about the coronavirus, the Blue Jays spent nearly three weeks on the road before moving into the ballpark of their Triple-A affiliate as their temporary home this year. And in the city famed for wings and beef on weck sandwiches, Toronto made it a tasty home opener. The downtown park, a couple blocks from Lake Erie and seating nearly 17,000, was empty because of the virus outbreak.“It’s definitely a little different,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Francisco Cervelli’s three-run homer with two outs in the Miami ninth made it 4-all.Logan Forsythe then nearly put the Marlins ahead with a long drive in the 10th that originally was ruled a two-run homer, then reversed to a foul ball on review — the replay cameras were among the upgrades made at the park to get it up to big league standards.There had not been a major league game in Buffalo since Sept. 8, 1915, when the Blues swept a doubleheader from the Baltimore Terrapins at Federal League Park. Those teams were part of the short-lived Federal League.Baseball in Buffalo did get major play in the 1984 film “The Natural” starring Robert Redford. Playing Roy Hobbs for the New York Knights in the movie, the game action scenes took place in old War Memorial Stadium, the place that hosted football’s Bills and minor league ball.Shaw’s hit might not have had the same drama as Hobbs’ film-closing homer, but it produced the same result — a win.“We’ve lost a couple of games late, so it was nice to come back,” Shaw said. “My job was just to try to get the ball to the outfield, and thankfully with two strikes, I was able to do that.”Shaw’s hit with one out came off Stephen Tarpley (2-1).Bichette, one of many Blue Jays who played in Buffalo in the minors, homered in the sixth to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. Cavan Biggio added an RBI single in the seventh. A.J. Cole (1-0) got the win.Sahlen Field, opened in 1988, was the first in a movement of “retro” ballparks personified a year later by Baltimore’s Camden Yards. In the early 1990s, the stadium was a key piece of Buffalo’s push for a big league expansion team, but franchises were instead awarded to Miami and Denver.Built for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, an affiliate of the Blue Jays since 2013, the park is aesthetically the opposite of Toronto ’s futuristic Rogers Centre, the first retractable-roof stadium opened in 1989.Despite the differences between the two facilities, the Buffalo ballpark in the last two weeks was revamped to capture elements found less than 100 miles away in Toronto.Rogers Centre’s “in the action” seats behind home plate have been replicated and advertisements on the outfield walls are the same as found in Toronto. Those walls, which have been green for 32 years, are now blue, a color which now dominates much of the stadium, along with the omnipresent presence of the Blue Jays logo.One aspect went unchanged: the ballpark dimensions. It’s still 325 feet distance to the corners (though now designated with a maple leaf instead of a bison), 371 to left-center, 367 to right-center, and 404 to straightaway center field.Extensive renovations included a new infield, the home clubhouse being placed in the area where batting cages once existed, the visiting clubhouse being housed in a large temporary tent behind right-center field, and the Blue Jays’ weight room and practice batting cages taking up space in what is normally a public concourse. The work enabled the Blue Jays to occupy their familiar third base dugout, as in Toronto.“Nobody was complaining about anything,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The field was playable. Everything was fine.”Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two hits in six innings and struck out seven.Brian Anderson also homered for Miami. Starter Elieser Hernandez struck out five over 5 1/3 innings.Miami, too, has been no stranger to the road, spending the last three weeks away from home, including a quarantine spell in Philadelphia while combating a spate of coronavirus diagnoses.TRAINER’S ROOMMiami still has 19 players on the injured list, but has gone three straight days without a transaction. Toronto has three players on the IL: outfielder Derek Fisher, and pitchers Ken Giles and Trent Thornton.UP NEXTMarlins: Jordan Yamamoto (0-0, 9.00) will make his second start this season for Miami. He allowed four runs in his first start on Aug. 6 at Baltimore.Blue Jays: Nate Pearson (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will make his third career start when Toronto wraps up the two-game series against Miami. He has 10 strikeouts in as many innings.last_img read more

Brand? Website? Why not both?

first_imgWe’ve built lots of credit union websites. And a while back we started noticing something interesting: many of our CU website projects took a slight detour to fix or update some sort of brand issue.Sometimes it was just a little visual cleanup – fixing little graphic or type inconsistencies, or updating an awkward symbol. At other times, the process of exploring and understanding a brand in order to build their website leads all the way to things like revamping product lineups or serious consideration of name changes.What makes these leaps happen?A website is a great way to focus attention on a brand.A website is visible and real, but it’s also a space where just about anything is possible. Strengths and weaknesses with your visuals or your message show up even more clearly on a screen in a fresh context.Plus, a website is also a great way to develop and refine solutions, experiment, and make sure everyone is on the same page.Your website is your brand. Your brand is your website.A credit union’s website plays a powerful – often unexpectedly powerful – role in defining many aspects of its brand.There’s no branch, sign, ad, or commercial that will be seen and used by as many people as your website. It’s active, interactive, and available on any screen anywhere anytime.Your website leads the way. It’s the face of your credit union in a way that nothing else can match; a hub for all of your marketing outreach and the most public representation of your brand.Your website is how people get to know you.For members and prospective members, your website is an easy, risk-free way to gather some critical clues to what you’re like to work with.Not just the tangibles like loan rates, but things like authentic images and language, how hard or easy it is to find something, and whether you’re old-fashioned or cutting-edge.All these factors help people understand your overall quality, personality and ultimately, how much they like and even trust your credit union.Whether you’re working on a few little web tweaks or a website overhaul, make sure you think about how the website and your overall brand affect each other. Expect surprises along the way, and be ready to take advantage of what you learn. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Detailslast_img read more

Tony Gonzales Defeats Gina Ortiz Jones, Keeping G.O.P. Hold on Texas House Seat

first_img“Really Smart People keep saying that TX23 is a foregone conclusion,” Parker Polling, the executive director of the House Republican campaign arm said on Twitter in late October. “But Dem outside groups have dropped almost $4.5M on TV alone here, on top of DC resident Gina Jones’ $2M. So no one should be surprised by data showing this to be an extremely competitive race.”Mr. Gonzales had prevailed in a bitter primary, runoff and subsequent recount that pitted his endorsement from President Trump against that of Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who had backed Raul Reyes, a retired Air Force veteran. Brandishing his conservative credentials, Mr. Gonzales sought to frame Ms. Jones as a Washington insider, allied with Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and the most liberal Democrats in Congress.During the campaign, Mr. Gonzales emphasized his calls to increase investment in border and national security, as well as his opposition to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade that established abortion rights. Both parties had pumped millions of dollars into the district, including in the final weeks, as Republicans emphasized that the race was not yet out of reach and worked to counter the huge war chest Ms. Jones built after handily winning her primary race.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Democrat’s loss, according to The Associated Press, was the second consecutive defeat for Ms. Jones, who would have been the first gay woman of color to represent Texas in Congress, and who narrowly fell short in her bid for the seat in 2018, receiving roughly 1,100 votes fewer votes than Mr. Hurd.The sprawling Texas district, which cuts through parts of San Antonio and rural areas along the border, has long been a political battleground, having swerved five times between the two parties since the early 1990s. Ms. Jones’s proximity to victory in 2018 — so close that she attended new member orientation before conceding — made the race a top target for Democrats, particularly after Mr. Hurd, the lone Black Republican in the House, announced his intent to step down.center_img Tony Gonzales, a Republican and former Navy cryptologist, early Wednesday defeated Gina Ortiz Jones, a Democrat and Iraq War veteran, in a closely watched congressional district on the southwestern border of Texas, beating back Democrats’ efforts to flip the seat as they pressed to build their House majority.The success of Mr. Gonzales, who was endorsed by Representative Will Hurd, the Republican incumbent who is retiring, was a setback for Democrats’ efforts to turn Texas blue by flipping a number of seats in the conservative stronghold.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

When the pandemic is on our doorstep, is it too late to prepare?

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – What will the first days of the pandemic look like?Imagine that the virulent H5N1 influenza virus has begun spreading from human to human in an Asian country. Your employees—like the rest of the world—are watching the situation unfold, and you must react. What do you do and when do you do it?Just as it’s impossible to predict the pandemic’s origin, when it will hit the United States, the virulence of the strain, and the number of waves, it’s impossible to pinpoint the precise moment when businesses should enact their pandemic preparedness plans. What businesses can do is stock up now on supplies and prepare the messages they will need to deliver to minimize business disruption and mobilize employees.Speak the truth—then brace yourselfThe keys to optimizing these messages, experts say, are to start now, prepare to tell the truth, and expect backlash—no matter how perfectly timed you expect your response to be. Timing is such a delicate matter, because, although you will know that the virus has become efficient at transmitting from human to human, you will likely not know how severe the first wave of the pandemic will be for a week or 2. Further, it may be many months before the second wave starts and its severity becomes apparent.”We are preparing all sorts of actions to take to protect ourselves from a pandemic before we have any drugs that will work, or vaccines,” says John Barry, author of The Great Influenza, a book about the 1918 pandemic. “The question is ‘When do you pull the trigger on them?’ You can only do that one time, because the public is going to get inattentive.”Whichever way a company chooses to go—mobilizing its pandemic plan early just in case the strain is deadly or taking a wait-and-see approach—it will be criticized, says risk-communication expert Peter Sandman. “There will be no way to know whether you’re right or wrong,” he says. “It will be about deciding which way of being wrong is worse. And you’re going to have to make that decision in the context of other companies’ doing radically different things and, having made that choice, you’re going to have to be able to explain it.”Every explanation, Sandman adds, should include the information that you may be wrong. “If you’re moving into crisis mode, admit it’ll look like an over-reaction if the pandemic turns out mild,” he says. “If you’re waiting to find out, admit you’ll have lost precious prep time if it turns out bad.”Businesses will also experience the impact of pandemic plans enacted by other organizations facing similarly agonizing decisions in the first, uncertain days. One example is school closings, which will dramatically increase worker absenteeism, Barry says. It’s unclear who—government, individual school administrators, or parents—will initiate the closings and when.If schools are closed too early and no cases of pandemic influenza occur in the community, parents may want to send their kids back to school and be reluctant to accept closings when it might in fact be helpful. “At what point do you decide to close schools if there’s a mild first wave?” Barry asks. “It’s hard enough if you have a virulent first wave, because if you delay closing schools, there’s no point in doing it at all, because the virus will have the opportunity to circulate.”Will the panic button be pushed?No one knows where the pandemic will begin, but the highest number of opportunities for the virus to jump species appears to be in Asia, regardless of whether the causative organism is H5N1 or another influenza strain. “We’re obviously concerned about Asia,” Barry says, “but that’s only because of the density of population and the close contact between people and birds.”No matter where it starts, you won’t be able to miss it, says Reuters Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox, who predicts that the US Department of Health and Human Services would begin holding press conferences and issuing advisories as consumer groups clamor for word on which groups of people would receive vaccinations once they became available. “I would imagine Congress would try to hold a hearing on what kind of responses should be happening,” says Fox, who is based in Washington, DC. “President Bush would probably try to hold a news conference on what was happening and what should be done.”She predicts that travel industry would experience the impact, but that the public response in the United States would be fairly muted if the pandemic began offshore. “I don’t think Americans have come to grips with bird flu and what it would mean,” she says. “It’s a different kind of threat.”As hospitals brace for the first cases, they likely will cancel elective procedures and try to increase surge capacity, which may mean that some patients may be discharged sooner than they would under normal circumstances.Barry believes border closings are unlikely and would prevent any chance of getting necessary supplies. “I think closing borders doesn’t make any sense, because I don’t think it would be effective enough, and I think the disruption in trade would be enormous.” In contrast, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, cautions that, however unwise border closings may be, they are a likely response from governments under intense pressure to do everything they can to stop the virus from reaching their shores.Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press in Toronto, forecasts that people might immediately begin some subtle social-distancing measures. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people stopped using the communal cup in churches or if people stopped shaking hands in Catholic services or if people started putting a piece of cloth between them and the elevator button,” she says.She also thinks that people, feeling powerless to stop the pandemic, will try to exert some control over their situation. “I think that one of the things we would see would be panic-buying of foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals—over-the-counter drugs—probably people trying to get into the doctor to see if they can get prescriptions for antivirals,” she says.Many people will shift into a panic mode even if no cases have yet shown up in the United States, Osterholm says. “The audiovisual media will begin to show shots of what’s happening elsewhere, and they’ll feed into the mentality that the pandemic is now here,” he says.People are likely to buy whatever they can get because they don’t know when it will become available again, Osterholm says. Our “just-in-time” delivery system leaves us little surge capacity to restock behind the surge buying, and many critical items may not get restocked for the duration of the pandemic.Businesses such as pharmacies and companies that sell masks and N-95 respirator masks need to prepare now for when people demand their products and slip into panic mode when they can’t get them, he says. And businesses that plan to use these items need to stock up now, because they simply won’t be available when the pandemic is imminent.Osterholm is concerned that the public will react similarly to the way it did on the night of Sep 11, 2001, when people lined up at gas stations, even though there was no reason to believe that gas would become unavailable. “Anticipate this kind of reaction now,” he says. “Know that if you wait until this event happens before you start moving forward with your pandemic plans that it’s possible you will not have access to the items that you hope to stockpile.”Sandman points out that it’s inevitable—and even healthy—for people to take premature precautions. “It’s part of what we call the ‘adjustment reaction,'” he says. “It’s a kind of rehearsal that helps people get ready emotionally as well as logistically. So tell them it’s too soon to start wearing masks, but don’t tell them they’re fools to want to.”Real and present dangerWhen the pandemic begins, it’s essential that employees understand that the threat is real and imminent, Sandman says. “Tell people that this is not last year’s warning,” he says. “Last year, we warned that a pandemic will come someday. Now we are warning that a pandemic is on its way right now, and it’s H5N1. What we don’t know yet is how severe it’s going to be.”It’s important to tell employees that the pandemic may or may not be horrible so they are prepared for either eventuality, Sandman says. Let them know that the pandemic has not yet arrived, so it’s pointless to try to evacuate or to wear masks. At the same time, validate their feelings of fear and helplessness. “When you validate those feelings, people can bear the feelings better,” he says. “It’s a very good time to remind people that almost everybody will survive.”It’s also a good time to remind employees that if they get the flu during the first wave, they will be immune to it during the second wave of infection. “Say ‘think of whether you want to help, think about how you’re going to handle things if you have the flu and get better.’ Your goal is to get people thinking that they may be heading into a really hard time, and to get them thinking that they will probably get through it alive. And you want to recruit much-needed volunteers for later.”An organization that has identified employees who want to volunteer to return to work after they recover will be much better able to function, Sandman says. These employees should be asked to identify their skills and then, if their job is routine, to be cross-trained to do essential jobs.Employees are much more likely to return to work if they have been assigned an emergency duty station and know others are counting on them to show up. “If you’re a company that didn’t do it [before the pandemic], you’ve got a window in which you can assign people an emergency duty station,” he says.Businesses that are underprepared for this task have plenty of company. Two large multinational organizations declined to be interviewed for this article because their preparedness plans are incomplete. But there is still time. The bottom line, Sandman says, is to not wait until the pandemic hits: “They’re not going to know much in the first few days of a pandemic that they don’t know right now.”last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Increases Access to Affordable Housing in Butler County

first_img August 29, 2018 Human Services,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg,PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to support the construction of a 588-unit mixed-use affordable housing development in Lancaster Township, Butler County.“This is an investment in the people and economy of Butler County that will help to make housing more affordable for hundreds of families,” said Governor Wolf. “By supporting the construction of new housing and infrastructure improvements, we will help the township to attract more residents who will shop at local stores and expand the tax base.”Arden Wood LLC was awarded a $1.5 million grant to support the Arden Woods Development Project, a mixed-use housing development that will attract new residents and expand the Lancaster Township tax base. The funding will also assist in constructing a .75-mile access road to the development and the Rex Energy/Dorsch Well Pads, as well as site infrastructure including sewer, water, storm sewers, utilities, and roads. The project is expected to positively impact the overall economic vitality of the area through an increased population.“This project will ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place to support growth in Lancaster Township,” said State Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler). “I was pleased to work with Gov. Tom Wolf and Lancaster Township officials to secure this funding. This is a great example of what can happen when state and local officials work together towards community development.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. Governor Wolf Increases Access to Affordable Housing in Butler Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Late-term abortions dominated debate at first hearing on new law

first_imgALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa president Terry Bellamak told the Select Committee she supported the bill overall.But the organisation was backing option A from the Law Commission’s report, meaning there would be no statutory requirement and no specific legislation- it would instead be a matter between a pregnant person and the medical practitioner.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie didn’t support the bill and argued to the Select Committee the changes would make late-term abortions more accessible and therefore more would occur. Stuff co.nz 17 September 2019Family First Comment: “The Abortion Legislation Bill would make late term abortions considerably more accessible than they are under the current law – currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances – threat to life of mother or foetal abnormality. Polling Family First had commissioned showed very little support for abortions at 20 weeks and that about half of Kiwis thought that life began when a heartbeat could be detected at around six weeks.”#LoveThemBothLate-term abortions dominated debate at the first session of public submissions on the Government’s new abortion bill.The only two submitters on Tuesday to the special select committee set up to consider the law were the two main lobby groups in the area – the pro-choice Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) and the pro-life group Family First.The Government’s proposed law, which sailed through first reading 94 votes to 23, would take abortion out of the Crimes Act and remove the current legal hoops to abortion access for women up to 20 weeks of gestation.Currently those seeking an abortion require legal certification from two consultants that having a child would damage their physical or mental health, with even more stringent provisions after 20 weeks.The new law would allow abortions after 20 weeks if one doctor believed it was necessary to preserve the physical or mental health of the mother.Abortions after 20 weeks make up a tiny proportion of abortions – just 56 were performed in 2018, out of a total of 13,282 abortions.Despite this discussion of the topic made up much of the debate at the select committee on Tuesday afternoon.Family First head Bob McCoskrie, who is deeply opposed to the bill and wants to make current abortion law more restrictive, also had a large focus on late-term abortions.“The Abortion Legislation Bill would make late term abortions considerably more accessible than they are under the current law – currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances – threat to life of mother or foetal abnormality,” he said.He said polling Family First had commissioned showed very little support for abortions at 20 weeks and that about half of Kiwis thought that life began when a heartbeat could be detected at around six weeks.Bellamak and McCoskrie both discussed the exact point at which human rights could be passed to a fetus.“It is definitely live tissue, it definitely has its own DNA. But whether or not that tissue is a person is a matter of belief. And no one should be able to force their beliefs on someone else,” Bellamak said.McCoskrie said a pregnant mother was “two bodies” and both had human rights.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/115855801/lateterm-abortions-dominated-debate-at-first-hearing-on-new-lawLate pregnancy abortions point of contention at Parliamentary Abortion Legislation Select CommitteeRadio NZ News 18 September 2019Abortions later in pregnancy was a major point of contention at the Parliamentary Abortion Legislation Select Committee.ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa and Family First New Zealand made their submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill, which would remove the procedure from the Crimes Act.ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa president Terry Bellamak told the Select Committee she supported the bill overall.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie didn’t support the bill and argued to the Select Committee the changes would make late-term abortions more accessible and therefore more would occur.“Currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances, danger to the life and health of the mother, or the child.“But in this bill after 20 weeks gestation, a baby could be aborted as long as the practitioner, who is going to perform the abortion and immediately there’s a conflict of interest, considers it appropriate in the circumstances.”He said polling commissioned by New Zealand First showed very little support for abortions at 20 weeks.He said he wanted to further restrict the pre-existing legislation from 20 weeks to the point where there is a foetal heartbeat.Submissions on the bill are due Thursday, before a final report is made by the committee in February next year.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/399002/late-pregnancy-abortions-point-of-contention-at-parliamentary-abortion-legislation-select-committeeDivide on late-term abortions at Select CommitteeTVNZ One News 18 September 2019Abortions later in pregnancy was a major point of contention at the Parliamentary Abortion Legislation Select Committee.ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa and Family First New Zealand made their submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill, which would remove the procedure from the Crimes Act. “Currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances, danger to the life and health of the mother, or the child. “But in this bill after 20 weeks gestation, a baby could be aborted as long as the practitioner, who is going to perform the abortion and immediately there’s a conflict of interest, considers it appropriate in the circumstances.” He said polling commissioned by New Zealand First showed very little support for abortions at 20 weeks.He said he wanted to further restrict the pre-existing legislation from 20 weeks to the point where there is a foetal heartbeat.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/divide-late-term-abortions-select-committeelast_img read more

Cook captures rain-delayed Mod main at 34

first_imgBy Dana RoyerWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (May 9) – Ryan Cook was the first feature winner Saturday at 34 Race­way, holding off Bill Roberts the last three times around the track to capture the rain-inter­rupted IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature from last week.Tyler Glass got his first win of the season, taking the checkered flag by several car lengths in the evening’s scheduled Modified feature. Glass took the lead from Brandon Rothzen on lap seven and never looked back.Seventeen IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on another show with John Oliver Jr. earning his first 34 Raceway win this season. Oliver took the lead from John Brockway on lap 14 in a contest that went caution free-up to lap 15.With one lap to go, the final caution came out setting up a green, white, checkered finish. Jim Red­mann took the lead on the final lap coming out of turn three but Oliver powered forward to get the lead back and took the win.Dakota Simmons got his first-ever Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory. The top three cars crossed the finish line bumper to bumper with Simmons in front.Ninety-seven cars filled the pit area for a night that had been questionable for racing earlier in the day. Rain throughout the late week and again Saturday made for muddy conditions but the 34 Raceway crew pulled off the trick of getting the track and pit area ready for a night of racing.last_img read more

Rain delays but can’t stop Cooney in Fayette County Deery Series quest

first_imgTodd Cooney became the seventh different feature winner in as many Deery Brothers Summer Series events Wednesday at Fayette County Speedway. The IMCA Late Model tour victory paid $2,000. (Photo by Kyle Ealy)WEST UNION, Iowa (July 25) – Todd Cooney had his car loaded up and ready to go home, think­ing the rain that delayed Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series program at Fayette County Speedway would ultimately lead to its cancellation.But the rain went away, the speedway crew got the oval back in prime shape and Cooney ulti­mately ended up going home with the IMCA Late Model tour victory and $2,000.After running everywhere from third to seventh, Cooney passed Justin Kay and leader Chad Hol­laday on the 31st of 40 circuits. He beat Kay to the checkers by about a car length for his career eighth Deery win.“We’d kind of been all over the place but I was able to get up to third before that last restart, get a run on the back stretch and get the lead,” said Cooney, who used the higher line to do so. “Any time you can beat Justin it’s a big thing and Chad has been running well, too. To pass both of them is pretty awesome.”Tyler Bruening made his way from the last starting spot to end in third. Holladay, coming off the win the previous Wednesday at Columbus Junction, and Darrel DeFrance completed the top five.Cooney had run fifth in his one previous Deery outing at West Union, in 1996. The Fayette County Fair show was the first tour event held there in nine years.“I wasn’t sure what the track would be like after the rain delay,” said Cooney, the seventh different win­ner in the last seven Deery events. “It was slick and smooth as glass from top to bottom. You could go anywhere you wanted.”Tim Simpson was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.The late John Deery Sr., founder of the series title sponsor Deery Brothers Automotive Group, was remembered with a moment of silence before the evening’s race program. Services for Deery were held Monday in Cedar Falls.Next up for the series is the $2,000 to win event on Saturday, Aug. 4 during the Illinois Valley IMCA Showdown at LaSalle Speedway.Feature results – 1. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 3. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 4. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 5. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 6. Richie Gustin, Gil­man; 7. Curt Martin, Independence; 8. Darren Ackerman, Elk Run Heights; 9. Ryan Dolan, Lis­bon; 10. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 11. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 12. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubu­que; 13. Tim Simpson, Iowa City; 14. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 15. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 16. Joe Zrost­lik, Long Grove; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 18. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 19. Travis Smock, Independence; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 21. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 22. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill.; 23. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 24. Logan Duffy, Independence; 25. Bryce Carey, Nashua.last_img read more

Rafa reign ends with City defeat

first_img The final whistle brought to an end Napoli-linked Benitez’s tenure as interim boss and, having not spoken to media throughout the week-long post-season tour of the United States, the Spaniard made no public farewell. The club were unwilling to comment on reports that Jose Mourinho, who is leaving Real Madrid this summer, has already agreed a deal to return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell. The Londoners failed to satisfy their American fans as City, days after launching a Major League Soccer franchise in New York, showed a determination to make their mark in the Big Apple. A well-taken double by Samir Nasri and further goals from Gareth Barry, James Milner and Edin Dzeko secured victory but Chelsea contributed to an entertaining encounter with a Ramires double and Juan Mata’s free-kick. Rafael Benitez quietly slipped out of Chelsea as the Europa League winners ended their season with a 5-3 friendly loss to Manchester City at Yankee Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more