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  • Westring adds Boone County promoter title to racing resume

    first_imgALBION, Neb. – Former driver and tech inspector Kirk Westring has a new role this season at Boone County Raceway.Westring takes over as promoter of the 3/8-mile clay oval in Albion. Five sanctioned divisions, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, along with limited late models, fill Friday race programs beginning April 25.“We want to get the community involved and get people excited about coming to the races again. We’ve got to get back to the grassroots of racing,” Westring said.His first priority since taking charge last fall was improving the track surface. Sixteen loads of clay were added in each set of turns while banking was reduced on the straightaways.“I think that’s going to be better for racing,” he said. “That will allow for three and four-wide racing in the turns. We’ve never had that before.”Westring started his own on-track career in a 4-cylinder class. He competed in both the Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod divisions, and handled tech inspection chores among other duties at Boone County before becoming the promoter.“IMCA levels the playing field for everyone. You can’t beat the rules and the racing doesn’t get any better than the IMCA classes,” Westring said. “The fans really like them.”An open practice night for all divisions will be held April 18. Modifieds will race for $500 to win and a $300 bonus the next week.Modified drivers with perfect attendance each month at Albion will be in the running for similar paydays on May 30, June 27 and July 25. The bonus will be divided equally among perfect attendance drivers racing on the final Friday of those months if another driver wins.An anonymous sponsor put up the $1,200 in bonus money.The season at Albion ends with the Aug. 22 Shane Thome Modified Mania program, held in memory of the 2013 track champion who died in a motor vehicle accident last September.That feature will pay a minimum of $2,500 to win. Proceeds from ongoing T-shirt sales will be added to the Modified purse.“Shane was a good friend of mine and a very competitive driver,” Westring said. “I can’t think of a better way to remember him.”Weekly points earned at Boone County will figure toward Jet Racing Central Region standings for the Modifieds, Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region standings for the Stock Cars and Stephenville Starter Northern Region standings for the Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

  • McCue: Big Ten’s strength to blame for disappointing start

    first_imgLess than a month ago, the Wisconsin basketball team looked poised to make a run for a Big Ten title once again as it flirted with a top 10 ranking and turned heads with its stellar shooting.How quickly things can change.Ranked as high as No. 7 in the coaches poll and sitting comfortably at No. 11 just after Christmas, the Badgers then dropped three of their first four games in Big Ten play. Three games in a row – including two losses at home. For Wisconsin fans spoiled by Bo Ryan’s unexpectedly strong conference finishes, a 1-3 start sounded like nothing more than a terrifying dream.While it was a rocky run for the Badgers, much of that underperforming falls on the strength of the Big Ten, which currently sits atop college basketball as the nation’s premier conference. With five teams from the nation’s oldest conference ranked in the latest polls – and Wisconsin sitting just outside – the Big Ten’s talent in 2012 has Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany drooling. The conference standings remain a crowded battle for the top spot, as five teams boast no more than five losses, as of Jan. 21.There’s no excuse for a home court loss to Iowa, other than atrocious shooting – 10.7 percent from beyond the arc, seriously? – but losses to Michigan State and Michigan are a product of a tougher-than-usual Big Ten. This year’s rendition of the swing offense has plenty of talent but lacks experience, an issue that has shown through early in the conference season.Star guard Jordan Taylor has yet to find his shooting rhythm, and the Badgers are still seeking a dominant post presence. Senior forward Jared Berggren has certainly stepped his game up, as he now averages double figures, but is simply not the consistent post presence Wisconsin desperately needs. Though Ben Brust has saved UW with his explosive scoring ability several times this season, the Badgers lack a serious No. 2 scorer behind Taylor.Just don’t expect things to get any easier soon – the conference is simply loaded with deep, talented teams.A Jared Sullinger-powered Ohio State is the conference favorite, and rightfully so, but Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team has proven they’re up for the challenge after working through one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country. After an 18-point beatdown of the Badgers, Michigan solidified its place as a conference title contender with a nail-biting victory over the Spartans.And after pulling off upsets over Ohio State and Kentucky this year, Indiana has proven the team is regaining its spot as a national basketball powerhouse. Tom Crean is finally getting the pieces to fall together and, with the impressive post play of freshman Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers will be a tough matchup for Wisconsin.According to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post, the Big Ten could have nine of its 12 teams dancing come March. That’s right, nine teams, or three-quarters of the conference, in case you can’t handle the math.Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East fans will likely dismiss the Big Ten’s dominance in 2012 on grounds that the teams lack explosive scorers and high-flying offenses that are commonplace on the east coast. It’s true that Big Ten play is often dominated by defensive battles with final scores in the 50s or 60s (Indiana is the only Big Ten squad to rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring offense), but that shouldn’t disqualify it from being the country’s best conference top to bottom.Although probably its best showing in recent memory, the strength of the Big Ten alone doesn’t justify an 1-3 start to conference play. When the Badgers climbed the polls early in the year, they were shooting the lights out. As Taylor fought off a slump, players like Mike Bruesewitz, Brust and at times Ryan Evans came out of the shadows to power Wisconsin’s offense.The post game was still lacking, but when UW was nailing half its shots from long-range, it wasn’t much of an issue. Such a slump can only be expected from a team that relies on jump shots and three-pointers, and all signs are pointing to a quick turnaround for Ryan’s squad.With three straight victories over Big Ten opponents, including a statement road win over Purdue, the NCAA tournament is well within reach of Taylor & Co. Despite the disappointing start, the Badgers still exude a don’t-hurt-yourself Bo Ryan-coached team. Wisconsin leads the country in turnovers per game – nine – and holds its competition to just 35.1 percent shooting from the field, tops in the nation. The fundamentals are there – the shooting isn’t.Wisconsin fans have been spoiled under Ryan for his tremendous success on the hardwood, a mark proven last year when the Badgers finished the season undefeated in Madison. But those numbers can’t be maintained when the Big Ten is this good.UW has faced defeat in front of a home crowd three times this season and – maybe I’m a pessimist – but they will likely pick up another rare loss at the Kohl Center before the year is out. Perhaps it will pay off and the heightened competition in the regular season will prepare Wisconsin for a deep run in the NCAA tourney.It may keep another Big Ten title banner from the rafters of the Kohl Center, but this ultimately benefits the conference. I can see Delany’s wide-mouthed grin from here.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers are still underperforming in a talent-loaded Big Ten? Or is the oldest athletic conference overrated? Let him know at imccue@badgerherald.com or tweet @imccue.last_img read more

  • Guyana stuck in ‘imbalance mode’

    first_imgDear Editor,I would like to take this opportunity to commend Christine Bissessar for her letter “Why was Rajendra Bissessar betrayed and underutilised for so long?”.Perhaps Christine Bissessar needs to direct her question more directly at Volda Lawrence who invoked that she was only hiring PNC people.Guyanese politicians are not hiring people who are best suited to the job. They are hiring people who are affiliated to them. Hence, Guyana is stuck in underdevelopment mode.Even without oil money, Guyana has enough resources to be a medium developed nation with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of about US$10,000 as opposed to the current GDP per capita of US$4500. The problem is that politics and politicians have too much sway in what gets done in Guyana. I do not envisage this situation changing soon.With the educational system failing Guyanese and with some local Guyanese not wanting Guyanese from the Guyanese diaspora to get involved in Guyana’s development (now that oil has been discovered) I just do not envisage Guyana being on an upward trajectory. I say this because the politicians will be doing the same thing the same way over and over again and expect a different result.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

  • Met Pride Academy receives furniture courtesy of Kosmos Grill & Lounge

    first_imgKosmos Grill and Longue on Thursday handed over a set of furniture to the MET Pride Academy located at East La Penitence, Georgetown. The school caters for children diagnosed with autism and other challenges.At the presentation, Abi DeRamos, owner of Kosmos, explained that the donation was done in remembrance of her late husband Dillon Ramos, who was killed in a vehicular accident.The Principal collecting the donation“My husband and I always talked about helping the autism community in Guyana, and we never got around to it. After his sudden passing, I felt a strong sense of urgency to do the things we had planned, as time really is never a guarantee; and so, today (Thursday), we are honoured to be involved in helping the autism community,” she remarked.The couple’s son has also been diagnosed with autism.Director of the learning facility, Elizabeth Alert, thanked De Ramos for the timely donation.Director Elizabeth AlertAlert says the school particularly focuses on children with autism, and the syllabus is in keeping with the Education Ministry’s guidelines to ensure that the school produces well-grounded students.“What we do is use the ABE, which is the Applied Behaviour Analysis, which is (scientifically) proven. Along with that, we combine it with the Ministry’s curriculum. So, we combine the two where we set programmes for each child; so, everything that goes on in the regular system we teach it here. We tailor that information for that specific child,” the director added.She further stated that it is sad that Guyana is not equipped to diagnose someone with autism.“We do not have that in Guyana. You look for certain things as teachers. Even as doctors, they look for certain things in a child that has a disability. For instance, autism, they look for communication, they look for social interaction, and so forth. Now, when it comes to diagnosis being done here, we do not have that in Guyana,” she explained.The school caters to children with disabilities which include, but are not limited to, children with autism, communication disorders, attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder; specific learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and typically growing children.last_img read more