Cottage Grove Speedway swap meet canceled

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Unfortunately due to a lack of participation, the Cottage Grove Speedway swap meet scheduled for Saturday, March 1r has been cancelled.There may be a possibility of hosting one in the middle of this racing season and if there are any interested parties we ask that you contact Cottage Grove Speedway General Manager Heather Boyce at 541 729-8666. The Cottage Grove Speedway is set to host a test and tune play day on Saturday, April 5 while the first race of the year is planned for Saturday, April 12. Log on to www.cottagegrovespeedway.com for more information pertaining to the 2014 campaign.last_img read more

Clarity Pregnancy Care Center to remain open to community

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Clarity Pregnancy Centers are announcing that  it will keep regular operating hours. In Greensburg, Clarity Pregnancy Services is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It is encouraging clients to please call ahead to 812-222-0367, so that staff can best care for them once they arrive while maintaining precautions. It is also encouraging monetary donations at this time, as well as baby food, formula and diapers but ask to please hold clothing donations until it is back to full staff.last_img read more

Ellsworth, MDI, GSA tennis players make All-PVC teams

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tennis players from Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy were chosen Friday to All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams.For the Ellsworth boys, the doubles team of Keegan Gray and Will Morin was chosen to the All-PVC first team in Class B. Norman Jodrey, who qualified for last month’s state singles tournament, was a second-team selection.Ellsworth also had multiple selections on the girls’ side, where Miriam Nelson and Brianna Abbott were first- and second-team singles choices, respectively. In doubles, Kaitlin McCullough and Emma Whitney were second-teamers.MDI’s Regitze Jacobsen was a first-team selection to the Class B girls’ team after making the singles tournament semifinals. Jacobsen was also chosen as Girls’ Player of the Year in Class B after going undefeated in team singles play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s Kent Fang won Boys’ Player of the Year in Class C and earned a first-team singles selection in the process. The Eagles’ Chris Bennett and Lars Hooper were chosen in second-team doubles play, and Quinn Stabler received honorable mention.For the GSA girls, senior Julianna Allen was a first-team singles selection. Courtney Bianco and Chloe Politte were second- and third-team singles selections, respectively.This year’s state title matches were held Saturday at Lewiston High School. Falmouth (Class A, 16-0), Yarmouth (Class B, 15-1) and Waynflete (Class C, 13-3) won boys’ titles, and Lewiston (Class A, 16-0), Lincoln Academy (Class B, 15-1) and Mattanawcook Academy (Class C, 16-0) claimed girls’ championships.last_img read more

S. Carolina looks to sweep Vandy

first_imgS. Carolina looks to sweep Vandy March 5, 2020 BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Saben Lee has averaged 18.2 points and 4.3 assists to lead the way for the Commodores. Complementing Lee is Scotty Pippen Jr., who is maintaining an average of 11.6 points per game. The Gamecocks have been led by Maik Kotsar, who is averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Lee has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Vanderbilt field goals over the last five games. Lee has accounted for 40 field goals and 17 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Vanderbilt is 0-16 this year when it scores 70 points or fewer and 10-4 when it scores at least 71.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: South Carolina’s AJ Lawson has attempted 165 3-pointers and connected on 34.5 percent of them, and is 10 for 32 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: The stout South Carolina defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.2 percent, the 18th-best mark in the country. Vanderbilt has allowed opponents to shoot 46.8 percent from the field through 30 games (ranked 335th). Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Carolina (18-12, 10-7) vs. Vanderbilt (10-20, 2-15)Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 12:30 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Carolina goes for the season sweep over Vanderbilt after winning the previous matchup in Columbia. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Gamecocks shot 54.1 percent from the field while limiting Vanderbilt’s shooters to just 33.3 percent en route to a 90-64 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Kwakwani, Mackenzie High to defend titles as 12th YBG launched

first_imgKWAKWANI and Mackenzie High will defend their respective title during the twelfth edition of the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF), which was launched yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).At the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, the defending champions are Mackenzie High while Kwakwani have the Under-19 and Females division. Both teams will be hard-pressed to retain their titles.This year’s tournament is expected to feature more than 50 schools and begins on March 31 with four teams. They are New Amsterdam, Corentyne, Region #10 and Georgetown Combined.Following the conclusion of the conference round, the national championship will start in July.During yesterday’s launch, YBG director Chris Bowman contended, “We started with one sponsor and because of Digicel, Banks DIH and Beharry Group of Companies we have grown into the tournament you see today, that spans several districts and touches over 600 students.”The first two will not be a part of this year’s tournament. However; Beharry remains, signalling its intention for the ninth time on Monday with Brand Manager Trainin Monique Tewari stating that they are happy to stick around with the tournamentGuyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) vice-president Kendrick Thomas, in his address said, “We at the federation, GABF, endorse this festival,” adding, “we see it something that people could use as a stepping stone.”Meanwhile, the Department of Physical Education, through its head Nicholas Fraser, gave its blessing. Fraser said, “We believe that this is in keeping with our vision for sport in schools.last_img read more

MSP Warns Residents to Lock-Up Their Vehicles

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis After a busy week of multiple complaints, the Michigan State Police is encouraging residents to lock up their vehicles. Last week troopers responded to a couple of larceny from motor vehicle complaints.They’re now reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times. According to the Michigan State Police, a vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States. Nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or keys were in the ignition.To avoid this, troopers say owners should avoid leaving valuables in their car, park in well–lit areas, turn on exterior lights at night, and install a car alarm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 2 Men Arrested in Connection with Hale MurderNext Exercise Northern Strikelast_img read more

Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances (shoulder) will start season on IL, report says

first_img MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL East New York also lost star prospect Estevan Florial to a fractured wrist, but he was not expected to make the Opening Day roster. Related News Betances shoulder inflammation impingement. #yankees— Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) March 19, 2019Betances start the season on dL. #yankees— Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) March 19, 2019Betances joins Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia as Yankees who will start the season on the IL. Betances, 30, is coming off an up-and-down season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA while striking out 115 batters in 66 2/3 innings, but he is a vital cog in the Yankees bullpen they will need down the stretch.Fortunately, the Yankees kept reliever Zack Britton and added Adam Ottavino, so New York has plenty of depth in what is probably the best bullpen in MLB. The Yankees have suffered another injury.Reliever Dellin Betances has a shoulder inflammation impingement and will start the season on the injured list, according to the NY Daily News.last_img read more

Wellington girls win sub-state crown; Wellington boys lose championship; WMS wrestlers finish 2nd…

first_imgSumner Newscow report — It was a bittersweet evening for the Wellington boys and girls basketball teams at their home sub-state tonight.The Wellington girls were crowned sub-state champions with a 46-33 victory over Rose Hill. Later in the evening, Wellington’s boys team lost a tough one, 53-46, to end the season.Also, the Wellington Middle School wrestling team finished second at the Pioneer League Tournament at the WMS gymnasium this afternoon.This was one heck of a day in the sports world in Wellington. We will have stories, pictures, reaction and more on this big day of sports here shortly.last_img read more

Dwayne Star, Action Man set for showdown

first_imgWith no trophies at stake at Caymanas Park today, the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance races over the straight-five course move into the spotlight with eight horses declared.Indications are that it will come down to a straight fight between old rivals DWAYNE STAR and ACTION MAN, second and third, respectively, to SHINING LIGHT in the recent Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres.The Lorenzo Robinson-trained ACTION MAN showed good speed in the Easter Monday feature, only to be relegated to third by SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both of whom went down to the wire in a photofinish, with SHINING LIGHT prevailing by a head.ACTION MAN, who is well drawn at post position seven, is almost sure to set off in front under the in-form jockey Aaron Chatrie. But DWAYNE STAR will be a lot closer leaving the quarter pole, especially with three-time champion Dane Nelson now taking the ride.IN GOOD NICKAlso going for DWAYNE STAR is the fact that he had won his three previous races before the Easter Sprint, including one over the straight, and with trainer Patrick ‘Wacky’ Lynch presenting him in good nick, I expect DWAYNE STAR to make amends and win ahead of ACTION MAN and SUPERIOR QUALITY.Significantly, Nelson, the leading jockey so far this season, will leave the island next Thursday, April 21, to ride in Canada for several months. The 31-year-old jockey did a stint in Canada for the first time last year, riding 48 winners.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are down in class UNBREAK-ABLE under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the second race; WARTINE in the fourth; DYSFUNCT-IONAL in the sixth race for maiden three-year-olds; GENUINE ARTICLE in the seventh; and MANDEYA in the closing $180,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by the maximum 16 starters.last_img read more

Rwanda, Modelling Leadership for the People in the African Context

first_img‘I’ve haven’t seen a government that does so much for its people!’ — shared Carson G., an executive of a global consulting group who was in Rwanda on a scouting mission to understand the economic empowerment landscape. It was mid-afternoon as we stood on the hilltop that oversees the Rwamagana Agakiriro Centre. An extensive facility that had been recently opened for young people in the region to start their businesses in wood works. The centre which offers free access to machinery and storage for their first 6 months into business, was filled with a positive buzz from the young women and men who are working out of the space. A few weeks earlier, the Ministry of Commerce (MINEACOM) had announced the enforcement of the Made in Rwanda policy on a whole new scale. Furniture and other interior fixtures that consumed a considerable public budget annually, would now be purchased from local manufacturers in a bid to empower the local industry. Young cooperatives and businesses established in centres like the one in Rwamagana, now get to produce furniture that can be consumed by local offices.The changes and progress in Rwanda are the results of a focused and organized leadership. H.E Paul Kagame has demonstrated the power of uniting people towards a common vision and building a culture of accountability in public governance in an African context. He has promoted economic diversification and south-south collaboration, with the intent of positioning Rwanda as a knowledge based economy and a beacon of intra-african trade. To fully apprehend the depth of his leadership, the choice of policies and his values, one must understand a leader who has stood continuously for the greater good of the entire nation and inspired practices of great leadership.A leadership with and for the people: Rwandans at the centerIn 2000, under Kagame’s leadership, Rwanda established a clear vision for its growth into a middle income nation by 2020. The foundations of this vision are the people of Rwanda. Thanks to innovative home-grown initiatives, decentralization and inclusiveness, Rwandan citizens are actively involved in the decision making process and policy implementation of their country.Social Cohesion and UnityIn the aftermath of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, the nation was destroyed by what has been defined as one of most horrific genocides of the 20th century. The number one priority was to rebuild a broken nation and to re-establish a sense of belonging, hope and trust in government. The so-called ethnic distinctions which had led to the destruction of our social fabric were eliminated and all Rwandans were given new identity cards with no mention other than “Rwandan”. This ensured that all have equal access to services, education, and healthcare and were equal before the law without distinction.Seeking wisdom in our own culture, the traditional community-based court, also known as “Gacaca” were used to judge millions of genocidaires and accelerate their reintegration into society. Had we used a western justice system this process would have lasted hundreds of years. This would have been unproductive, and possibly resulted in a vicious cycle of the elements that led to instability. The ‘Gacaca’ courts closed in 2012 making a major contribution to legal history and conflict resolution.Good GovernanceThe Rwandan government has put in place systems and autonomous institutions whose main mandate is to serve as an eye on good governance, namely the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and the national Ombudsman Office.RGB is an autonomous public entity that serves to promote principles of good governance, and conduct research and policy analysis related to good governance. The Ombudsman Office works closely with communities to educate and resolve issues related to corruption and injustice. Here, leadership and politics mean serving people.One example of inclusiveness and public accountability is the “Umushikirano” forum — also known as the days of the “National Dialogue” — an annual fora convening all members of the Government, civil society leaders, members of the diaspora, and followed on media by the entire nation. Over the duration of two days, citizens are given access to a toll-free number and are able to speak directly to any of the leaders seated in the room including the President. Leaders report back on the performance contracts “Imihigo”, that they laid one year earlier — and their communities are invited to provide feedback. The discussions are live-streamed on TV and radio across the whole country.Women are also strongly encouraged to play a central role in the development of the country and currently make up 64 percent of the members of parliament (a world record). Political will and pro-active policies have increased their financial inclusion and empowered women to be stronger economic players.A Skilled Workforce and the Making of a Knowledge EconomyOne of the pillars of the “Vision 2020” was to ensure universal access to education. In Rwanda, this was unprecedented. In 1994, the nation was partly illiterate mainly because of previous apartheid-like policies that favored the education of one part of the population versus the others, as means to ensure that opportunities were only passed on to a few. In a nation that is the most densely populated in Africa, with few natural resources, this policy was disastrous. The population was then largely involved in agriculture, with poor use of technologies to ensure optimum production.Under the leadership of Kagame, education has been widely accessed and promoted. In addition to primary education, the government of Rwanda has invested into increasing technical and vocational training to increase the numbers of skilled workers. The ministry of education also oversees the integrated polytechnic and vocational colleges that are training electricians, plumbers, construction technicians and more.A technology ecosystemA countrywide fiber optic infrastructure connects the entire nation to 4G Internet. Heavy investment into the ICT ensure that the cost of access to the internet by individuals, businesses and homes is within reach. Attached to this is the country’s continued investment in building human capital that can export skills. Since 2012, a tech incubator, kLab has been home to Rwanda’s young techpreneurs as they develop market driven products. This year, kLab partnered with technical colleges to establish presence across the country. This will increase community-based innovations that respond to local challenges. Leveraging mobile penetration of its people, Rwanda is re-engineering access to government services with the introduction of IREMBO, an e-government portal, which for the past two years is innovating and increasing the number of government services that are accessible online.Green GovernanceSince 2008, non-biodegradable polythene bags are illegal. At the Kigali Airport, a sign informs visitors that plastic bags are not welcome in the country and staff of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) ensure that the regulations are respected. Global Rankings have recognized Kigali as one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Rwanda is committed to both mitigating further growth in greenhouse gases emissions and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris agreement is a historic international treaty that aims to limit global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, with an ambition of keeping increases below 1.5 degrees. In October 2016, the country hosted the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This global rendez-vous gathered more than 200 countries to sign an agreement on phasing out toxic gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration (hydro fluorocarbons). Every year, Rwandans plant millions of trees to protect the country’s forests, rivers and wetlands. All these efforts have one objective which is to make Rwanda a developed, climate-resilient and low carbon economy by 2050.Universal Healthcare CoverageAnother significantly important policy has been that of universal access to modern healthcare. Rwanda like many third-world countries had very poor health infrastructure. Given levels of education that existed previously, a pronounced poor usage of the existing infrastructure led to premature deaths of children and women particularly. In 1999, through its Ministry of Health, the Government of Rwanda initiated a universal health insurance which today reports over 85% coverage of the population. The insurance paid annually is affordable and covers every member of the family; it covers access to public health centres and referral hospitals. This increase in insurance coverage has in turn increased usage of health care services. In December 2016, a long time partner to Rwanda’s Healthcare system, the Gates Foundation, recommended that Rwanda’s Healthcare infrastructure become a model that can be adopted given the impact and results it yielded. Rwanda has demonstrated that even in resource constrained situations, there is a possibility to establish access to quality primary care.Made in RwandaWith the opportunity to diversify into previously non-existent or segmented industries, the economy has seen the rise of young micro and SMEs which are leveraging the positive business environment to get on their own feet. Agribusiness for local and export markets is an area that is continuously being developed with extensive Research and Development supported by the government. Private sector entities are in foras engaging the government to innovate in addressing hindrances that hold back growth. Tourism, ICTs, Financial Services, Fashion and Artisanal Production are some of the growing industries where entrepreneurs are connecting the dots to build stronger value chains and create new jobs that didn’t exist on the market before.To further incentivize growth, the Government has established a privately run guarantee fund that backs investments that banks traditionally view as high risk, supporting particularly youth and women. The Business Development Fund now also makes equity investments in scalable businesses, creating room for access to more patient capital for businesses that require that type of investment.A More Connected AfricaIn addition to internal policies that have improved human development in Rwanda, Kagame envisions a more connected Africa, one that trades more, and creates infinite opportunities for its people. He is now driving this by actively engaging governments to create more open trade policies and has supported the growth of the nation’s airline RwandAir that is looking to bridge the current cost of traveling and trading across the region. In the last two years, the airline has increased investments to create weekly connecting flights that reach cities in West, South and East Africa and most recently connecting directly to cities in Europe too.Tasked to lead the efforts to reform the African Union in 2016, H.E Paul Kagame put together a team of 9 eminent African advisors among which, Dr. Carlos Lopes, the outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Strive Masiyiwa, the Econet Wireless Founder, Amina J.Mohammed, Nigerian Environment Minister, Mariam Mahamat Nour, Minister of Economy and international cooperation, Vera Songwe, the International Finance Corporation Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Tito Mboweni, former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank, Acha Leke, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co-Founder of the African Leadership Network, and Christina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Finance Minister. The key task for the team has been to ensure the AU weans itself off of foreign aid, thereby making the organization more efficient and economically independent. Handling Agenda 2063 with a sense of urgency, H.E Paul Kagame stated: ‘This process is not about what each country can do on its own but what we can all do together; for each other and with each other.’ Top priorities are to make Africa accessible to all Africans #visafreeAfrica, build one airspace, increase intra-Africa trade and wave roaming fees.Moving Forward FasterAll of the above and much more not mentioned cannot happen in a vacuum. It has taken a devoted, forward-looking leader who has modeled integrity, accountability, and service above self — #Agaciro.The 2017 Presidential Elections gave Rwandans a platform to voice their choice. Young and old came out in a #ClimateOfCheer to exercise our rights and over 6M people lined up at their community electoral posts. It is a statement of faith and if you come to Rwanda today, you will be inspired by the positivity, the hope and resilience of its people.While western media has continued to publish content questioning or perhaps one should say falsely accusing the leadership of President Kagame, we, the People of Rwanda have decided. We have chosen continuity to cement what has already been achieved, and to address the challenges yet to be addressed.Ibyiza Biri imbere (The best is yet to come!) #RwandaDecides2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Co-authored by Grace Mugabekazi and Michaella Rugwizangoga, Curators of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers — Kigali Hublast_img read more