New sponsor G-Force Racing Gear gives special events awards in six IMCA divisions

first_imgROSWELL, Ga. – The emphasis is on value and quality, in G-Force Racing Gear’s new awards program for special events drivers in six IMCA divisions.The Roswell, Ga., manufacturer of custom designed racing suits gives $50 gift certificates to a top five finisher at each of 80 specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods this year.The extensive G-Force line also includes helmets, gloves, shoes, harnesses, nets and restraints, as well as towing and crew gear.“Our products are sold across several platforms and we are already very familiar with IMCA,” said G-Force Director of Sales and Marketing Jeremy Curtis, a former dirt track racer in Kentucky. “Value and quality are where we got started as a company and we’re always talking to drivers about what their needs will be.”Curtis got an opportunity to talk to drivers at Boone Speedway during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“We have been on site for two years now at the Super Nationals assisting the on-site G-FORCE Racing Gear dealers and customers. It was an opportunity for us to get one-on-one with the racers,” he explained. “We saw a lot of value in Super Nationals but wanted a program that hit a broad market.”G-Force gives $200 certificates to all champions and race of champions winners crowned at Super Nationals and to the top driver at the RaceSaver Sprint Nationals.Gift certificates will be mailed after special event results are received at the home office and in September after the week of Super Nationals.More information about G-Force products and its network of dealers is available by calling 770 998-8855 and at the www.gforce.com website.“Jeremy and I have talked off and on for a while and the timing was right to launch the program with G-Force in 2018,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their program adds value to IMCA special events across the country and we’ve gotten good feedback thus far.”last_img read more

LISTEN: Pochettino urges Tottenham players to learn from ‘tough game’ v Chelsea

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has urged his players to learn from the experience of playing against Chelsea, having collapsed to hand the Premier League trophy to Leicester City.The Lilywhites were leading 2-0 at half-time, a result which would have kept the title race ongoing for at least another week.However, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard netted second half goals, drawing the tie level, and sending silverware to the King Power Stadium.Pochettino’s team, who have looked so good for much of the season, seemed to let the occasion get to them, and the head coach wants his players to learn from this sort of game.He said: “It was difficult because we were very emotional and they were emotional. It was a tough game. This was the feeling that was important for us to learn. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League, and it’s important for the future. We can only learn from that.”Despite losing out on the title, Pochettino insists the North London outfit should still be proud of what they have achieved this year, having exceeded all pre-season expectations.The Argentine added: “We still need to feel proud for our season, as we still fight for second place. We need to prepare for the next game.”The head coach also had words of praise for his Leicester counterpart Claudio Ranieri, who has led the Foxes to their first ever top flight trophy.“First off I want to congratulate Claudio Ranieri and Leicester on their title. They deserve it, but we do feel disappointed.”last_img read more

Did Nature Dictate Biological Codes?

first_imgPangloss was a character in Voltaire’s Candide made to caricature philosophers who give simplistic, optimistic answers to difficult questions.  Dr. Pangloss was fond of saying, a la Leibniz, that we live in the best of all possible worlds.  One evolutionist described a theory by two other evolutionists as possibly a “Panglossian argument” about the origin of life.  It was reported in Wired Science.    Ralph Pudritz and Paul Higgs of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recently published a theory of biological determinism: namely, that certain amino acids, being more thermodynamically likely than others, might lead to a universal code of life.  If amino acid formation leads to a preponderance of certain types over others, whether formed in meteorites, deep-sea vents or spark-discharge experiments like the famous one by Stanley Miller, then perhaps all life in space is constructed on the same building blocks.  The idea is “necessarily speculative,” Pudritz admitted, but “This may implicate a universal structure of the first genetic codes anywhere.”    Wired Science reporter Brandon Keim, wielding robust faith in the power of Darwinian selection, and a swift parry of the purpose-driven life, elaborated:Pudritz and Higgs speculate that these 10 common amino acids met the needs of the earliest replicating molecules, with other, rarer acids used by the nascent genetic code as they formed or arrived – a process called “stepwise evolution,” culminating in the genes that gathered 3.6 billion years ago in a common ancestor of all complex life.This is what Harvard biologist Irene Chen found a bit Candidian.  She thought the idea is “interesting,” but then said, “in the absence of some experimental backup, it’s generally difficult to know if this kind of analysis is a Panglossian argument.” Inspired by Drs. Pudritz and Higgs, we have a speculative theory for the origin of English.  Certain letters are easier to write than others.  The letters l, c, i, n, o, u, v, x and z are more likely to be found in nature.  These organized themselves into the common ancestor of all English novels and scientific papers.  In a process of stepwise evolution, the rarer letters used by the nascent language were incorporated as they formed or arrived, culminating in the memes that gathered 500,000 years ago in the evolving brain of Homo erectus (04/08/2009).  Since these met the needs of the earliest replicating memes of the time, natural selection led to a scientific paper that explained its emergence without the need for designers like Pudritz and Higgs.  This is the best of all possible worldly explanations to shield evolutionary theory from falsification, says Dr. Pangloss.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Entrepreneur gives tips for success

first_imgEmmanuel Bonoko, founder of the Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko Holdings, is the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year, winning the award at the 2017 BBQ Awards.Emmanuel Bonoko believes in the power of networking and using social media to make an impact. It has helped him grow his business. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterEmmanuel Bonoko, an entrepreneur who has a heart for youth development and education, was named the KIA Young Business Achiever of the Year at the 2017 Big Time Strategic Group BBQ Awards on 20 October.He is the founder of Ebonoko Holdings and the Ebonoko Foundation, which aims to bring about transformation through education, leadership, empowerment and serving others.In a recent motivational talk Bonoko advised youth to “use social media to impact lives, not to impress. Use it to brand yourself and to make yourself accessible to possible business opportunities.”Speaking at the Standard Bank Youth Expo, he said that before you went to pitch an idea or concept in a boardroom, the investors checked your online profile. “They check what you stand for, who are you and what are your values,” he said.“Social media can open doors for you.”Known for his book drive, which he runs through his foundation, Bonoko was included in the list of the 2016 Forbes Africa 30 under 30. His book drive delivers books across South Africa to prisons, non-governmental organisations and community centres.Speaking about the KIA Young Business Achiever award, Bonoko said it was blessing to be appreciated for his work. “It’s an indication that behind the scenes we put in much effort.“I always say, ‘Young people don’t admire what you see on social media; behind the scenes there is commitment, hard work, tears and prayers involved. Embrace the process.’”Where it startedHis foundation was his first baby, he said. He set it up when he was a first year BCom student, majoring in marketing. It was a stepping stone to greater opportunities.“The foundation over the years has done extremely well in empowering the youth across South Africa in education, mentorship, training and developing them to find their own passion.”Through his success and networks formed through the foundation, Bonoko was able to establish his marketing and consulting company, Ebonoko Holdings. It offers business strategy development, public relations, events management and brand management, and has property investments.Entrepreneurial adviceBonoko has some tips for success:Small things count a lot – keep putting in more effort and learning from others.Never be ashamed to struggle; there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard to get where you want to be in life.Young entrepreneur, you must create a personal identity with which you will be identified. Being humble, ethical and caring should be part of it.Adapt with trends and brands in the market.Arm yourself with education for your credibility.Sources: Ebonoko Foundation and Ebonoko HoldingsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Brendon McCullum reveals his advice to New Zealand team after World Cup final loss

first_imgNew Zealand went down in a thrilling World Cup 2019 final against England on Sunday after the scores were tied even post the Super Over. As the New Zealand players come to terms with the disappointment of the loss, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has opened up on his post-match advice to the current players as they dealt with the defeat.McCullum, who led the Kiwis to the final of the last edition of the World Cup – also ending as runners-up – said that it was easier for him to move on from the 2015 loss as that match wasn’t nearly as close as the Lord’s final.”It’s a bit different [from 2015] but I thought they’ve handled themselves magnificently in the aftermath of that result. Yes, it would’ve been lovely to have been a World Cup champion but I’ve always said the game doesn’t define you but it’s the person and character you are. I was so pleased with how our team handled that loss, also the success throughout that tournament.”That’s the thing and it’s going to be so difficult for those guys. I was lucky enough to have a beer with them in the changing room and they were pretty broken, that’s for sure,” McCullum told Stuff.co.nz.McCullum also believes that with time the players would come to realize the magnificent part they played in one of the most memorable games ever, even if the loss could be hard to swallow at the moment.”They were also really proud of what they did and how well they played. Over the coming months and years, whilst it’s still raw now, they’ll understand just how magnificent that spectacle was. And for it to happen on the biggest of stages, to have played the hand that they played in that match is absolutely amazing,” he told Stuff.advertisement”It was a missed opportunity but I looked at the positives of the rest of the World Cup and what it did for the game in our country rather than focusing on that last moment,” McCullum said of 2015.Also Read | Martin Guptill reveals how New Zealand overcame World Cup final heartbreakAlso Read | Euro T20 Slam 2019 Draft: Full squads and players list of 6 teamslast_img read more

Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmontonbased coach because of sexabuse allegations

first_imgMONTREAL – Gymnastics Canada suspended an Edmonton-based coach on Thursday amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students.The decision to suspend Michel Arsenault came after CBC’s French-language network reported he sexually abused at least three gymnasts in Quebec when they were minors in the 1980s and early ’90s.“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this situation, in particular the athletes and their families,” said Richard Crepin, the organization’s chair of the board of directors.CEO Peter Nicol said Gymnastics Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for its athletes.An Edmonton gym where Arsenault was based has also barred him from its premises and said he will no longer be involved in any of its activities.Champions Gymnastics said it is taking the allegations seriously.Radio-Canada said Arsenault did not respond to requests for comment.The network quoted one woman as saying she was 14 when Arsenault allegedly began touching her genitals, while another said she was 15 when he allegedly forced her to touch his genitals.Other women interviewed described Arsenault as verbally and physically abusive.The network also quoted the current general manager of Gymnastique Quebec as saying Arsenault was suspended from competition in 1987 for his behaviour toward coaches and officials.“He could teach in Quebec, at his club, but he couldn’t represent Quebec, neither as a manager nor as a coach,” Serge Castonguay said.“He couldn’t oversee a Quebec team at national or international competitions.”Arsenault moved to Alberta in 1994 and opened Champions Gymnastics in 2002.last_img read more

Yankees Alex Rodriguez Sidelined With Broken Hand

Eric Chavez suffered a broken hand and was out exactly eight weeks. That’s how long he expects to be the New York Yankees third baseman as Alex Rodriguez hand broken Tuesday night in Seattle heals.Two months is a long time for the Yankees, team with the best record in baseball, to go without Rodriguez’ bat in the lineup. He’s hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs, but is as explosive a batter as there is in the game. And just two days ago he talked about how great he felt at the plate.“It’s a tough blow,” a disappointed Rodriguez said about an hour after the game. His left hand heavily wrapped, he will fly back with the team after Wednesday’s game and be checked out by the Yankees’ medical staff on Thursday.“I never thought it was a fracture,” he said. “But it was.”It was the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss when Rodriguez grabbed his left hand with his right after being hit, and never let go even as he fell to the ground, writhing on the dirt near home plate.He was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch, breaking the fifth metacarpal. It was one thing to have lost five of six games to start a road trip. It was quite another to lose their big bat in the 3 hole.“It’s non-displaced (fracture), which is good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But we’re going to have to make some changes, which is too bad, because Alex was just starting to feel good again.”The pitch from Hernandez was a 91 mph change up and was the third pitch of his to find a New York batter. Hernandez hit three of the final five batters he faced, hitting Ichior Suzuki in the seventh and Derek Jeter before Rodriguez in the eighth. read more