Dubuque checkers fly for Callahan

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 3) – Joel Callahan topped the strong field of IMCA Modified drivers in in scoring the 20-lap feature win Sunday at Dubuque Speedway.Callahan took the lead near midway and held off Tyler Madigan at the checkers. Troy Bauer followed up a feature win at Farley Speedway on Friday night with another victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Bauer took the win over always tough Tyler Soppe. Sunday, June 10 will be Fan Appreciation night at Dubuque with everything half price, including admission and all concessions. In addition, a pre-race car show will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. All kids will be given autograph books courtesy of the Richardson Motors Kids Club. Drivers will have cars on display and will be signing autographs prior to the races.last_img read more

McGrath on disorder charge

first_img The 53-year-old was arrested by gardai near the Tullamore Court Hotel in Co Offaly on Saturday afternoon after complaints were made that a man was being loud and annoying others in the area, a senior officer confirmed. McGrath was taken to a local garda station where he was charged under Sections 4 and 6 of the Public Order Act. Former Ireland international Paul McGrath was arrested at the weekend over alleged public order offences, it has been revealed. He was bailed and will appear at Tullamore District Court on July 17. The ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa defender has spoken openly about his problems with alcohol over the years. He played for Ireland 83 times and scored eight goals in a 12-year career, which included playing with the Irish squad at Euro 88 and the World Cups of 1990 and 1994. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Eastern Michigan handily

first_imgSyracuse rounds out its nonconference schedule when the No. 2 Orange (12-0) hosts Eastern Michigan on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Eagles (7-4) are improved from last season, with three of their four losses coming to teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 this season. On Tuesday, though, they run into an SU squad playing its best basketball of the season. Here’s how beat writers David Wilson, Stephen Bailey and Trevor Hass see it playing out:David Wilson: Syracuse 78, Eastern Michigan 55Shut it downThe Orange has played some tough games lately. This isn’t one of them. SU’s final tune-up before conference play will be just that. C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis have big days. The rest of the freshmen get in early. Even the walk-ons see some action. Bring on the ACC.Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 81, Eastern Michigan 60Ball’d EaglesHis former SU teammates voted Da’Shonte Riley the funniest guy on the team two years back, but he won’t be laughing after this one. The Orange is playing its best basketball of the year and should have no problem disposing of Eastern Michigan and old friend Rob Murphy. Look for a sharp start from Syracuse after it stumbled out of the gate against Villanova, especially if Ennis and Cooney pick up where they left off against the Wildcats.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 79, Eastern Michigan 57Flyin’ by the EaglesSyracuse has beaten Eastern Michigan by identical scores of 84-48 the last two years, but this one won’t be quite as lopsided. The Eagles are on the rise and have hung with Kentucky, Massachusetts and Purdue. Having said that, it still should be a comfortable win for SU. If Ennis keeps dropping dimes and rarely turning the ball over, the Orange is tough to beat. I don’t expect Eastern Michigan to do the honors of handing SU its first loss of the season. It may be New Year’s Eve, but Syracuse doesn’t drop the ball in this one. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on December 31, 2013 at 9:00 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Matt Chapman shaves his head; A.J. Puk inches just a bit closer to Oakland

first_imgAbout 30 minutes before batting practice, Matt Chapman sauntered to his locker with a fresh look: A shaved head.Slumps are inevitable, and Chapman’s currently stumbling through a grueling bout with a 1-for-20 August with seven strikeouts — his lone hit a home run off Milwaukee’s Josh Hader. His drop down slump’s cliff feels especially stark given the .333 average, .910 OPS he’d put together over a stretch in July.“He’s going through a slump. Through the course of a season, he’s not the only …last_img read more

ICT is strategic tool for NGO sustainability

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with civil society organisations like SANGONeT to make a difference in communities across the country.SANGONeT recently hosted an ICT summit, looking at how technology can help NGOs do their work better. (Image: Pexels.com)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa partnered with the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisations Network (SANGONeT) to celebrate 30 years since it was established, hosting a three-day NGO-ICT summit in Benoni this month.SANGONeT is an NGO that was established in 1987 to connect civil society organisations in Africa. It remains one of very few NGOs in Africa involved in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) field and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of products and services.“Civil society organisations are key channels through which active citizenship is carried out. Brand South Africa’s partnerships with civil society organisations enable us to fulfil our domestic mandate of collaborating with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things in their communities. Partnerships like these with SANGONet help us enhance the image and reputation of the country,” says Mpumi Mabuza, Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Stakeholder Relations.NGOs have historically played their part in contributing to the reputation of the country through various programmes that were aimed at tackling South Africa’s socio-economic issues. They continue to do this today, but many have not made the necessary adaptions to better equip themselves to meet their objectives.One of the challenges that SANGONet continues to face, since its establishment, is that the civil society sector is made up of organisations that struggle to understand the strategic importance of ICT for the development of relationships, distribution of information and strengthening the impact of the important work that they do. In order to address this, the summit was held under the theme “ICT as a strategic tool towards NGO’s sustainability”. It brought together members of government, civil society and business to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of using ICT for the advancement of socio-economic development in South Africa.The continuous evolution of the ICT sector has changed the way organisations are run. According to SANGONet, only a small percentage NGOs are equipped with the necessary ICT capacity and expertise required to support their development work. The potential impact of ICT on the work of NGOs remains limited.The use of ICT is a form of capacity building for NGOs in that skills must continue to be improved. This includes governance, administration, programme development and implementation, fund-raising, collaboration, marketing, and planning. When strategically used, ICT can go a long way in strengthening the work of NGOs so that they can reach their objectives and thus be sustainable.last_img read more

CBI wants Kalmadi, Bhanot to quit CWG OC

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started cracking on the 2G spectrum allocation scam suspects, it has been finding it difficult to make headway in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) contracts scam. Sources told Headlines Today that the agency wants CWG organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and its second-in-command Lalit Bhanot be moved out of the body as they were allegedly obstructing the investigation. The CBI has complained to the Union cabinet secretary that Kalmadi and Bhanot continuing at their posts in the OC was proving to be a hindrance to the probe. Sources said CBI wants the two moved out of the OC as soon as possible and a formal request in this regard has already been sent by CBI Director A.P. Singh to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar. But Kalmadi’s removal might not be that easy as the OC is registered as a society in 2005. All decisions of the society are taken by the members of the society. Soon after the Games, the government had asked the sports ministry to decide on the OC’s term.last_img read more