Monarch Motor Speedway new on Fridays for IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, Stock Cars

first_img“The Stock Cars are one of the best classes with a lot of door-to-door racing,” Kelton said. “RaceSaver Sprint Cars are another fan favorite. Everybody loves the winged cars.” Work started soon after on the 3/8-mile dirt racing surface and a section of the wall was removed in turn three to widen the track. Monarch remains a beehive of activity as Kelton and his crew prepare for opening night this Friday. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continues through Aug. 30.  WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Shannon Kelton grew up at the race track. Stock Car points earned at Monarch figure in IMCA’s EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region. “This is a great facility, one of the top five if not the top three in the state. We ran here 20 years ago,” said Kelton, a long-time car owner. “We always enjoyed coming to Wichita Falls because it has a small-town feel. There are a lot of family businesses and you can walk into places and people know your name.” center_img Kelton grew up going to races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and completed his purchase of the former Red River Speedway in late January. “Monarch Motor Speedway is yet another tremendous addition in Texas,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “It’s a great facility and I look forward to my next visit to Wichita Falls.” Now he’s the owner and promoter of Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, where IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will race on Friday nights.  “We really like IMCA’s rules. They do their best to keep costs down for the budget racer,” said Kelton. “Another thing about IMCA is that you can take your car from Texas to any other IMCA track and know you’re legal.” last_img read more

Keyshawn Johnson suggests USC fire Clay Helton — a la Lane Kiffin — with ‘tarmac’ tweet

first_imgpic.twitter.com/p50vmsGdsh— Keyshawn Johnson (@keyshawn) September 28, 2019MORE: Takeaways from Washington’s win over USCThis, of course, is a reference to the fact USC in 2013 fired Lane Kiffin on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. The firing took place five games into the season after the Trojans fell to 3-2 with a loss at Arizona State. The Trojans’ record after their loss to Washington on Saturday? It’s 3-2.We doubt Johnson waited for the 2013 and ’19 team records to align before tweeting, but one thing is for certain: Johnson wants Helton — who is 35-18 leading the Trojans — gone. Keyshawn Johnson has seemingly run out of patience with USC coach Clay Helton, even suggesting the Trojans fire the fifth-year coach — albeit in a roundabout way.Shortly after No. 21 USC’s 28-14 loss at No. 17 Washington on Saturday, the former Trojans receiver tweeted a screenshot of a Google search for the word “tarmac.”last_img read more

Top quotes from 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of opener

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is all set for only his 11th career start in six NFL seasons, and, by the way, Sunday’s season opener at Tamp Bay also will serve as the officially launching point of his comeback from knee reconstruction.Here are the top quotes Garoppolo said Wednesday in his press conference at Levi’s Stadium:On preparing for Week 1: “There’s a lot of excitement. Been a long time coming. It’s finally here. It’s good to be back.”DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Quarterback …last_img read more

Video: South African libraries

first_imgLibraries play a vital role in South African communities, enabling people to access a wide range of information and offering services such as children’s story-telling, classroom support and community event venues. But how many of us make use of these services? Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 30 March 2009.last_img

a month agoRangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviews

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviewsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard is unhappy with former Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey after comments on his managerial credentials.Heskey suggested this week that it was easier for Gerrard and fellow managers to land a top job because of his skin colour.Ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord, Gerrard delivered a withering response to his former teammate.“I don’t have anything to say on that. I don’t really look out for any interviews that Emile Heskey does,” the Rangers boss said.Gerrard and Heskey played together for club and country and were part of the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001. last_img read more

Fire Brigade Gets Emergency Units

first_img In his remarks, Minister McKenzie said the acquisition will significantly improve the capacity of the Fire Brigade to respond to emergencies. The fleet of the Jamaica Fire Brigade has been improved with the acquisition of six new emergency response vehicles valued at $385 million.The units include two firefighting boats, two fire engines and two pumper tankers. The firefighting boats are to be assigned to the parishes of Kingston and St. James, to serve the western part of the island.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie handed over the units during a ceremony held at the fire boat station, Newport East, Kingston, on April 16.In his remarks, Minister McKenzie said the acquisition will significantly improve the capacity of the Fire Brigade to respond to emergencies.He noted that the units represent a major investment in the Fire Brigade and are part of the Government’s continuous effort to improve the social services of the country.The Local Government Minister also informed that $22 million will be spent on facilities to house the boats and the individuals who will be operating them. Of this amount, $14 million will be spent to erect facilities in Montego Bay, while $8 million will be spent in Kingston.“This Administration is not only talking about improving the capabilities of the Jamaica Fire Brigade; we are putting the money into the (agency),” he said.Meanwhile, Minister McKenzie said a sum of $189 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Budget for the purchase of more fire trucks.He also informed that through a partnership with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), six additional trucks will be added to the fleet of the Jamaica Fire Brigade shortly.In addition, he said discussions are under way on measures to strengthen the services of the Brigade, adding that a new fire station is to be constructed in the Corporate Area.“There are 33 stations across the country. Seven stations are presently without adequate working units, and it is the intention of this Administration, by the end of the next financial year, that all fire stations across the country will have at least one good working fire unit to deliver service to the people of this country,” he said.For his part, Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Raymond Spencer, expressed his appreciation for the units, adding that they will boost the services of the Brigade. The fleet of the Jamaica Fire Brigade has been improved with the acquisition of six new emergency response vehicles valued at $385 million. Story Highlights The units include two firefighting boats, two fire engines and two pumper tankers. The firefighting boats are to be assigned to the parishes of Kingston and St. James, to serve the western part of the island. last_img read more

Its the oldasdirt 1 Percent Rule In the broad s

first_imgIt’s the old-as-dirt 1 Percent RuleIn the broad strokes of Far East and early London trading, the gold price really didn’t do a lot when all was said and done, even though I was making a big deal out of it in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  The low tick occurred on Wednesday morning in New York at the same time as it bottomed on Tuesday—8:30 a.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a decent amount until shortly after 2 p.m. in electronic trading—and it quietly sold off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. close.The low and and high ticks were recorded as $1,188.30 and $1,204.40 in the June contract.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,201.50 spot, up $9.60 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 116,000 contracts.Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold courtesy of Brad Robertson.  The dark gray line is midnight EDT and, as usual, most of the price/volume action that mattered occurred during trading in New York.  Add two hours for EDT, as this chart is for Denver time—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature is a must.Silver’s price during the Wednesday trading session followed a similar path’s to gold and, once again, the charts are virtually interchangeable.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $16.045 and $16.37 in the May contract.Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.305 spot, up 18 cents on the day.  Net volume was very light at only 23,500 contracts.Platinum and palladium prices followed a somewhat similar chart pattern, except their respective lows came at the London p.m. gold fix.  Platinum closed at $1,160 spot, up ten dollars—and palladium finished the Wednesday session at $768 spot, up 6 bucks.  Here are the charts. The Oldest Bird in the Northern Hemisphere Raises a ChickBelow is a photo of “Wisdom”.  She’s a female Laysan albatross—and was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she was incubating an egg.  This is a picture of her brooding her month-old chick on Midway Island in early March of 2011.  Since then, she has raised another chick on Midway Atoll, this time in 2014.  These birds must be at least five years old before they’re capable of breeding, but they more typically breed at 8 or 9 after an involved courtship lasting several years.So, assuming the egg she was sitting on in 1956 was her first one, and that’s no guarantee—and adding eight years to that, you come out with a hatching date for Wisdom somewhere in very early 1948.  That means that when she raised her latest chick in 2014 she was 65 years old.I was born in October of 1948—so it’s a near certainty that Wisdom is older than I am.The photo credit belongs to John Klavitter—and you can read more about Wisdom here.  If you want to follow these birds from egg to adult, there’s live webcam for that linked here—and I have it on audio background to listen to the adult birds as they carry on until the sun sets in Kau’i in the Hawai’ian Islands, where a small portion of this years brood is currently being raised. The dollar closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 98.78—and made it to 99.04 by noon in Hong Kong, before selling off a bit.  Then twenty minutes before the London open—2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time—away it went to the upsides, topping out around 99.35 at 9:45 a.m. BST in London.  It was all down hill from there, with most of the damage occurring between 12:30 p.m. EDT—and the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close.  After that it traded flat for the remainder of the Wednesday session.  The dollar index closed at 98.40—which was down 38 basis points from Tuesday.The gold stocks opened up a bit—and rallied until gold’s high tick, which came minutes after 2 p.m. in New York—and they slid a hair from that point into the close.  The HUI finished up a respectable 3.42 percent]It was the same story in the silver stocks, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.48 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 334 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday.  The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 333 contracts—and the two big long/stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank—and JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account—with 171 and 161 contracts respectively.  Along with their obvious grab for every ounce of silver in any form they can lay their hands on, it appears that JPMorgan is now “going for gold” as well.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest for April dropped by 2 contracts—and is now down to 2,146 contracts, minus the 334 posted above for delivery tomorrow.  Silver’s April o.i. dropped by 23 contracts—and is now down to 170 contracts still open.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.There was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX -approved depositories on Tuesday but, once again it was a different story in silver, as 1,073,627 troy ounces were reported received—and another 1,109,627 troy ounces were reported shipped out the door.  The largest withdrawal was from the CNT Depository—and it didn’t quite match the almost identical number of ounces that were received by JPMorgan, which was the 1.073 million ounce number shown above.  You can check out all the silver action here.Ted Butler mentioned in his mid-week column to paying subscribers yesterday that JPMorgan has take delivery of almost 6 million ounces of physical silver during the past week.  How much physical silver have you added to your own personal warehouse lately, dear reader???Over at the ‘gold kilo stock’s COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Brink’s, Inc. reported receiving 1,773 kilobars—and shipped out 1,377 of them.  The link to the troy ounces is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that most interest you.Along with the growing awareness of the COT report and what that portends for the termination of the manipulation, there are other strong signs that even those not well versed on the intricacies of the report are seeing that something is very wrong with the price discovery process in silver. Back in the fall, the CEO of silver miner First Majestic, Keith Neumeyer, made waves when he suggested the price of silver was too low and openly suggested that silver miners band together to restrict production to counterbalance what he thought was too low of a silver price. I remember writing about it at the time and both congratulated and encouraged Mr. Neumeyer to continue pursuing the artificial pricing issue in silver, but to shy away from attempting to form a producers’ cartel as that appeared to be against antitrust law. While silver is clearly manipulated in price, you shouldn’t try to manipulate it higher – two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.I hadn’t heard much from Mr. Neumeyer on the artificial pricing of silver since then, so I was somewhat surprised when I ran across a very recent interview in which he discussed his opinions in straightforward terms. He questioned the price discovery process for silver on the COMEX and characterized the process in terms that should be familiar to anyone reading these pages. In the interest of time and to drill down to the price discovery discussion, you can fast forward to the 21:25 minute mark.The important point is that here we have the CEO of an important primary silver producer deeply questioning how silver prices are derived. According to Mr. Neumeyer, actual supply and demand have little to do with current silver prices and I, for one, would not argue with him. Although Mr. Neumeyer, much to his credit, has spoken to the issue of artificial pricing in silver previously, I must point out just how rare and unusual it has been for a primary silver miner to raise such concerns over the past 30 years in which I have alleged a COMEX silver manipulation has existed. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that silver miners heretofore always denied prices were manipulated, even though their shareholders were obvious victims, but I am more encouraged by Neumeyer’s words than anything else.Taken with the growing attention being placed upon the COT Report and the Managed Money category, Mr. Neumeyer’s sentiments are reason to believe the ongoing silver manipulation is on its last legs. It’s hard to run any scam where the scam becomes common knowledge. I’ve always maintained that in matters related to the price of silver, all roads lead to the COMEX. I would revise that to all silver roads lead to the COMEX and JPMorgan, but that is a distinction without a real difference.  I actually look forward to the day when someone admits that paper speculators on the COMEX do set and have every right to set the price of silver and that actual producers should butt out and be happy with the prices given to them by the speculators. It has become nearly that crazy. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 15 April 2015I was certainly happy to see the precious metal price action when I got up yesterday morning, but it was far from the spectacular variety, as gold wasn’t even allowed to rise one percent.  It’s the old-as-dirt “1 Percent Rule” that my compatriot GATA Chairman Bill Murphy over at lemetropolecafe.com likes to mention at moments like this—and he’d be right on the money once again.Here are the updated 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—and the charts, as usual, are courtesy of stockcharts.com.center_img And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away.  Three of the four precious metals are in positive territory—and only palladium is down on the day, but only by a buck.  Net gold volume is already sky high at 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a hair over 4,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which got smoked at 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning, has now rallied back into positive territory—and is currently up 9 basis points.I would guess that a lot of yesterday’s price action was currency related, but not all of it.  Behind all of this is a precious metal market that would explode in price to the outer edges of the known universe if given the opportunity.  Someday it will, but it wasn’t yesterday.And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that gold rallied a bit more going into the London open, but appears to have been capped [at least for the moment] as of 9:00 a.m. BST.  Whether that was the end of it all, or there’s more rally to come, is hard to say—so we’ll have to see what the rest of the Thursday session brings, especially the New York session.It’s the same chart pattern in both silver and palladium as well—and palladium is still chopping sideways, a dollar or so either side of unchanged.Net gold volume is just north of 52,000 contracts—and it’s fairly obvious that this Far East/early London gold rally has run into pretty impressive resistance from “da boyz”.  Silver’s net volume is around 5,800 contracts, which isn’t a lot—and a decent amount is roll overs as well.  The dollar index is now up 25 basis points in an almost straight-line move from its 8 a.m. Hong Kong low.It beats the hell out of me as to how the rest of the Thursday trading session will unfold—and after yesterday’s price action, it’s probably best that I make no prediction at all, and let the chips fall where they may.That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more