Iowa House and Senate give solar bill unanimous support

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa legislature has sent the governor a compromise bill on solar energy.Last year, utilities sought permission to charge new fees to customers with solar panels on their homes or businesses. The bill now calls for studying the value of solar power starting in 2027 and establishes some alternative billing methods. Representative Gary Carlson, a Republican from Muscatine, says the compromise was developed by representatives of the state’s electric utilities, pork producers and the solar industry.“It’s gratifying to see that the groups came together and have come with a solution that’s good not only for the growth of the solar industry and utilities, but for Iowans,” Carlson says.Last year Republican Senator Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point was the lead advocate for charging new fees to customers who tap into the electric power grid when their solar panels aren’t producing power. Breitbach says this year’s deal gives some certainty to solar customers.“It also gives us a pathway forward on how the determination will be on the value of solar,” he says.Senator Eric Giddens, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says solar power helps reduce reliance on fossil fuels for electricity.“It will strengthen the solar industry in this state, make distributed solar installations more affordable for homeowners, businesses and farmers,” he says.The bill passed the House unanimously Tuesday and the Senate passed it 48-to-zero Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Houston’s arm, bat lift all-Black Chicago team by Vegas in LLWS

first_imgChicago’s Joshua Houston delivers in the first inning of a United States Championship game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Joshua Houston survived a rocky start to pitch five innings and also brought in the tying run with a line single in the fifth to lead Chicago past Las Vegas 7-5 on Saturday in the U.S. final at the Little League World Series.The Great Lakes Region champions from Jackie Robinson West advanced to meet South Korea in Sunday’s championship game.While the team celebrated on the field and posed for pictures, “Saturday In The Park” by Chicago fittingly played over the public address system.There were also chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”Trailing 3-0 after the first and 5-4 heading into the home half of the fifth, Chicago scored three times to win it. Houston’s single tied it after two walks, with runs also scoring on a fielder’s choice and an error.Ed Howard then came on to close it out for Jackie Robinson West, a member of the Urban Initiative which supports Little League programs in needy urban areas.Las Vegas, the West Region champs, had topped Chicago 13-2 on Aug. 17 and had outscored the opposition 33-5 in its three victories in South Williamsburg. The game was played under gray skies with an occasional mist of rain.The weather didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd. Hundreds of kids spent the game sliding down the steep hill in center field on large sheets of cardboard.The Illinois team, called “the pride of Chicago” by mayor Rahm Emmanuel, eliminated the Taney Dragons from Philadelphia, featuring Sports Illustrated cover girl Mo’ne Davis, by a 6-5 score on Thursday night in its most recent game.Las Vegas threatened before many in a crowd of 27,428 at Lamade Staidum had even found their seats.Zach Hare blooped a single, Austin Kryszczuk reached on a grounder through the hole and Brennan Holligan had an infield hit — giving them more hits in the first three batters than Chicago mustered against Las Vegas in the earlier meeting. Houston retired Brad Stone on a called third strike and Dillon Jones on a pop, but Drew Laspaluto lined a double off the wall in center that cleared the bases.In the earlier meeting, Las Vegas had scored four times in the first and never looked back in Holligan’s overpowering two-hit, six-strikeout, four-inning victory.But Chicago came right back on Trey Hondras’ line-drive homer to right after Pierce Jones’ leadoff walk to cut it to 3-2. Marquis Jackson then singled and raced all the way to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Darion Radcliff’s hard single.In the second, Hondras’ single to left brought in Jaheim Benton, pinch-running for Cameron Bufford, who had walked and moved up on a Holligan wild pitch. That gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.Las Vegas had runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth but failed to tie it.In the top of the fifth, Las Vegas got a one-out double off the left-field wall by Krysczcuk. Holligan, batting third, then hit a long drive to right center. When he made contact, Houston angrily motioned as if to slam his glove to the ground, thinking the ball was out. But it was caught at the warning track.But three pitches later, on an 0-2 count, Stone ripped a line-drive over the wall in left for a 5-4 lead. This time Houston was face down on the grass for an instant in disappointment.Holligan struck out the leadoff batter in the bottom half, but walked the next two batters and was replaced by Kryszczuk. Houston, the first batter to face Kryszczuk, hit a foul pop to left that was dropped. On the next pitch, Houston tied it with a liner off the second baseman’s glove.Hare then came on in relief with runners at the corners and one out and Brandon Green hit a bouncer to third resulting in a force at second, Radcliff scoring to put Chicago ahead for good. After a walk, Howard’s bouncer to second got under Kryszczuk’s glove and Green scored to make it 7-5.In the top of the sixth, Howard came on for Houston and retired the leadoff hitter on a bouncer back to the mound.After a bloop single by Alex Barker, Dallan Cave reached on an error. But Josiah Cromwick also bounced back to Howard, who started a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.The Little League Urban Initiative was formed in 1999 to help local Little League programs in low-income urban neighborhoods. The Chicago team is the first member of the Urban Initiative to make it to the LLWS since Harlem in 2002.Jackie Robinson West is making its second appearance in South Williamsport after going 2-1 in the 1983 LLWS.Las Vegas, which will meet Japan in Sunday morning’s consolation game, is the first team from Nevada to make it to the LLWS. That leaves eight states and the District of Columbia unrepresented at the big tournament in South Williamsport.___Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: read more


first_imgRichard Mandella6113101121%$755,946 Mario Gutierrez10591599%$474,512 Elvis Trujillo21424302111%$1,414,490 Hector Palma3275222%$187,240 Felipe Valdez8412121314%$383,041 Mike Smith10421211520%$2,320,631 Steven Miyadi4195422%$261,780 Jerry Hollendorfer15729202418%$3,215,322 -30- Steve Knapp3772319%$281,140 Ron Ellis60134922%$464,540 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BOLO ON SCHEDULE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYBack on a regular training schedule after a helter skelter regimen dictated by inclement weather prior to the San Felipe Stakes on March 7 in which he finished an encouraging third behind unbeaten winner Dortmund, Bolo is coming up to Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and a rematch with Dortmund in fine fettle.“He’s back on his regular training program and it looks like there’s a lot of pace,” said Carla Gaines, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of Temple City for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack.“On paper, the race looks good for a horse with his style. He’s got tactical speed and he’s very ratable. He’ll pretty much sit wherever you want him to in the race, so that’s good.”The field for the 78th Santa Anita Derby: Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Bolo, Mike Smith, 4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.In other Santa Anita Derby news:Dennis O’Neill and brother Doug, trainer of outsider Bad Read Sanchez, who has not raced in eight months: “Obviously,” said Dennis, “the idea is to have him hit the board. It’s a very, very tough race, but the horse is doing really good, he’s training great, he’s finally healthy, and we did it a couple years ago.“We were 43-1 when I’ll Have Another won the Lewis in 2012 and we’re hoping we’re 40 or 50 to one tomorrow and shock the world.”Added Doug: “We were doing the math. He’s just short of 12 miles in works the last few months, so he’s got a lot of foundation underneath him. He’s going to be fresh, of course, but not overly hot. If he’s going to have any chance to go a mile and an eighth against these kinds of horses, he’s got to relax early.”Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on California Derby winner Cross the Line, 15-1 on Jon White’s morning line:“He’s coming up to a peak race and we’ll have no excuses. He’s looked good going over the track; it looks like he likes it. He’s been schooled in the gate, schooled in the paddock. This is a big test, but he’s prepared. We’ll find out a lot Saturday.”Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his Santa Anita Derby record of six wins, having captured it previously with Cavonnier (1996), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001), Pioneerof the Nile (2009) and Midnight Interlude (2011).The first 15,000 THOROUGHBREDS members in attendance at Santa Anita Saturday will be offered free an exclusive 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day T-shirt while supplies last. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Gates open at 10 a.m.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. Victor Espinoza16831332418%$2,035,826 Fernando Perez1881624219%$787,678 Drayden Van Dyke20123252411%$1,434,597 Joseph Talamo23924274110%$1,688,978 Jeff Bonde3592426%$342,840 Thomas Proctor5086316%$563,628 Tyler Baze29639373313%$2,283,534 FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos reports that Corey Nakatani visited with Dr. James Tibone yesterday and got word that he could resume riding in two weeks. Nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, the 44-year-old Nakatani suffered a broken left collarbone in a riding mishap March 15 . . . Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked four furlongs under Gary Stevens in 48 seconds flat as the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher prepares for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He went on the steady side and really relaxed, which is good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I think we’ll probably do our last work here and then ship him (to Churchill Downs).” . . . As stated yesterday, Millie Ball has joined Santa Anita’s simulcast broadcast team and will be sharing her insights throughout the current meet along with Michelle Yu and Jon White . . . Omar Figueroa is the 6-1 favorite among jockeys to capture their division of tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby Day 5K run. Jesus Camacho (9-5 against men) and Jennifer Cirillo (3-1 vs. women) are the picks among employees. Martin Garcia13026161620%$1,856,310 Martin Pedroza16716252210%$720,234 Richard Baltas781613721%$676,035 NO DEFECTION FOR HAVANNA BELLE IN PROVIDENCIA            Havanna Belle is ready for her close up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.An Irish-bred daughter of Teofilo trained by Phil D’Amato for owner Michael House, Havanna Belle finished sixth in her U.S. debut in the restricted Sweet Life Stakes on Feb. 14, but was beaten less than four lengths despite hopping at the start of the race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. It was her first start in nearly four months.The nine furlongs of the Providencia should be well within her comfort zone. “She needed her last race,” D’Amato said. “She’s just crying to go longer. I think this is more her trip. Rafael (Bejarano) breezed her on the grass last time and loved her.“She should be fit and ready to run a much better race this time.”The field for the Providencia: Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Ol’ Fashion Gal, 12-1; Miss Boom Boom, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Entrechat, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Jaded Glory, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Frosty Friday, Mike Smith, 6-1; Prize Exhibit, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Lady Zuzu, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Sister of Mercy, Fernando Perez, 30-1.Show Stealer was scratched. Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Gary Stevens9717141818%$1,534,578 Edwin Maldonado11715111413%$528,154center_img Tiago Pereira1201691513%$490,982 Michael Pender4978614%$202,620 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Eddie Truman2071235%$278,590 Mark Casse57106818%$797,378 VEHICULAR TRAFFIC REROUTED ON DERBY DAYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day Saturday are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3.  Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day.  Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit, or call (626) 574-RACE. MACHOWSKY EYES DOUBLE IN EVENING JEWEL            Mike Machowsky is looking for a repeat victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies bred or sired in California.The 49-year-old trainer sent out Rovenna to win the race last year and has the speedy Bad Ju Ju set go in the 6 ½ furlong sprint on Saturday.“We’ve had this race picked out for her the last few months,” Machowsky said. “She doesn’t have to be on the lead. She’s trained off horses in the mornings, and she’s a pretty talented little filly.”Bad Ju Ju is a daughter of Desert Code owned and bred by Machowsky’s Lo Hi Racing Stable and Dick Barton. She was off slow from the rail in her debut in which she finished fifth last Nov. 7 at Del Mar, but won her next two starts on the front end under Kayla Star, who rides in the Evening Jewel.The field for the Evening Jewel: Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Niassa, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Desert Thief, Agapito Delgadillo, 12-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 8-1; Bad Ju Ju, Kayla Star, 4-1; Can Can Babe, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 50-1; Alwazabridesmaid, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Grand Yodeler, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Princess Bertrando, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; and Easter Fever, Victor Espinoza, 8-1. Flavien Prat13715161711%$794,124 Santiago Gonzalez13017152013%$749,934 Philip D’Amato7016121123%$725,650 Peter Eurton8315131418%$856,006 Mark Glatt7914151218%$606,382 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Rafael Bejarano26165363525%$2,960,866 ULTRA SOUND TOMORROW FOR JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS REDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and his trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux will be on the outside looking in at Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, a race Desormeaux had resolutely on his radar screen until abscess issues with the colt’s right front foot ended those plans.“I would have liked to been part of the Santa Anita Derby festivities but the horse is still here at Santa Anita and his status hasn’t changed much,” said Desormeaux, who has handled the disappointment of missing the Triple Crown candidly and forthrightly.“He’ll have a thorough examination and then we’ll decide if we’re going to send him off to the farm again, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.“He’s doing great, his legs look great. We’re going to do an ultra sound tomorrow to make sure things are progressing nicely, and as long as they are, he’s going to remain here. If the doc thinks the horse might benefit more by going to the farm, then we’ll do that, but in my estimation, he’ll be staying here.”NEWCOMER STELLAR WIND FAVORED IN SANTA ANITA OAKSIn only her second start for John Sadler since a recent private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC, Stellar Wind seeks Grade I status when she runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s doing well,” Sadler said of the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. “She’s trained steadily and everything’s gone perfect. This is a step up in class but we’re looking forward to it. She’s doing great.”            The field for the Santa Anita Oaks: Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Glory, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith, 4-1; Singing Kitty, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; Luminance, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 9-5; and Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 8-1.She’s a Big Winner was scratched. Mike Puype100915139%$463,286 James Cassidy68981213%$382,890 Bob Baffert9723161324%$1,894,852 BOLO SHOULD FANCY PACE IN SANTA ANITA DERBYDESORMEAUX OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WITH TEXAS REDSTELLAR WIND CHOICE IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKSSPEEDY BAD JU JU SET FOR EVENING JEWEL STAKESHAVANNA BELLE READY FOR BEST IN PROVIDENCIA Kent Desormeaux19033332317%$1,914,290 Doug O’Neill16422162313%$1,018,420 Brice Blanc5572413%$299,930 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, April 2) Peter Miller14627271618%$1,352,936 John Sadler12717181713%$1,056,534last_img read more

Kenyans join in mourning Mama Oliech

first_img“Mum is in a better place. It is sad but I’m happy she is resting now,” the striker said when the news broke.I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech this evening. My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Mary Auma, and indeed all Kenyans. May our Lord bless and comfort all of you during this time of grief. #RIPMamaOliech— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 20, 2018Oliech used a fortune to treat his mother when she started ailing from cancer during his days in France and took her abroad for treatment where she stayed for close to two years.“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Mama Oliech this evening. My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Mary Auma, and indeed all Kenyans. May our Lord bless and comfort  all of you during this time of grief. #RIPMamaOliech,” President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted.I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of thier beloved mum.I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark heartfelt condolences 🙏#RIPMamaOliech— Ogada Olunga (@OgadaOlunga) July 20, 2018Striker Michael Olunga who is regarded as the most prime candidate to take on Oliech’s shoes in the national team said;“I extend my deepest sympathies to Denis Oliech and his family for the loss of their beloved mum. I pray that God grant you and your family strength during this dark moment. My  heartfelt condolences. #RIPMamaOliech,” the striker currently back at his base in China said.On my own behalf and that of the entire football fraternity, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dennis ‘the Menace’ Oliech, following the untimely passing on of Mama Mary Auma. (1/2)— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) July 20, 2018Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa added; “On my own behalf and that of the entire football fraternity, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dennis ‘the Menace’ Oliech, following the untimely passing on of Mama Mary Auma.”A host of other leaders and celebrities also sent in their condolence messages through their various social media platforms.My deepest condolences to Dennis Oliech, the entire Oliech family and the soccer fraternity following the passing on of Mama Oliech after a long illness. We stand with the family in prayer at this time of grief. May her soul forever rest in eternal peace.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) July 20, 2018My deepest condolences to Dennis and the entire Oliech Family on the demise of their mother, Mary Auma. Not only did Mama Oliech nurture a star footballer but she also grew her business into a household name through sheer determination. May she rest in peace. #RIPMamaOliech— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) July 20, 2018Dennis Oliech could be anything ya’ll may call him but he has been nothing short of a blessing to his mother. My heartfelt condolences goes to the man who I am sure will live many many years.#RIPMamaOliech— Kwale Gooner 🇰🇪 (@Sam_Lulli) July 20, 2018Tusker FC Board,staff,technical bench and players would like to pass their sincere condolences to Denis Oliech on the passing of his mother Mama Mary Oliech. Its a sad development our thoughts and prayers are with the family.May her soul rest in peace.— OfficialTuskerfc (@TuskerFC_club) July 20, 2018My heartfelt condolences to Dennis Oliech and the entire family for the loss of their beloved mom, Mama Oliech. May the lord comfort you during this difficult time. Rest with the Angels mama— Suzanna OWIYO – OGW (@SuzannaOwiyo) July 20, 2018My deepest condolences to the entire family of Dennis Oliech on the passing of Mama Oliech. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.May God give you the peace that you seek.— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) July 20, 20180Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dennis Oliech’s mother Mary Auma. PHOTO/Courtesy MediamaxNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20- Kenyans led by President Uhuru Kenyatta flocked social media to mourn the death of former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech’s mother Mary Auma, more commonly known as Mama Oliech who passed on at her home on Friday evening.Auma who is also known for the famous ‘Mama Oliech fish restaurant’ had been ailing at her Nairobi home and according to reports, she was taken ill in the morning before she succumbed later in the day.last_img read more

Firm checks out books at a profit

first_imgLIBRARIES: Municipalities are hiring private companies to operate a traditionally public service. By Julia Silverman zTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDFORD, Ore. – A big, red “Closed” sign has been plastered across the front door of the library here since mid-April, when Jackson County ran out of money to keep its 15 branches open. In a few weeks, though, the sign will come down and the doors will be flung open again, now that the county has come up with an unusual cost-saving solution: outsourcing its libraries. The county will continue to own the buildings and all the books in them. But the libraries will be managed by an outside company for a profit. And the librarians will no longer be public employees and union members; they will be on the company’s payroll. Library patrons might not notice much difference, but the librarians will, since the company plans to get by with a smaller staff and will have a free hand to set salaries and benefits. “The average citizen, when they walk into the library, they will see well-trained, well-educated, customer-service-oriented people working in the library,” said Bob Windrow, director of sales and marketing at Germantown, Md-based Library Systems and Services, or LSSI, the company taking over. “They won’t know who is paying their salary, and they won’t care. They care whether the library is open adequate hours, and are they getting good service.” For years, state and local governments have been privatizing certain functions, such as trash collection, payroll processing and road maintenance. But contracting with an outside company to run a library is a relatively new phenomenon, one that has been gaining in popularity as communities from Jackson County, Tenn., to Redding, look for ways to save money. “This is a shift from the public trust into private hands,” said John Sexton, an out-of-work Jackson County librarian who has interviewed with LSSI for his old job. “Libraries have always been a source of information for everyone and owned by no one.” Some bibliophiles fear that the library, under distant, corporate management, will be less attuned to local interests when buying books and will stock the shelves with lots of best-sellers. “Does this company understand local needs?” asked Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, which opposes library outsourcing. “We have long regarded libraries as different. We deal with intangibles. We are not profit-driven.” Riverside County, one of California’s fastest-growing regions, is widely seen as the pioneer in library outsourcing. The county signed with LSSI in 1997 and has stuck with the company; a 2002 study found that Riverside County library patrons were generally pleased with the services. In just the last year, Texas cities San Juan and Leander, California cities Redding and Moorpark and the Jackson-Madison County library system in Tennessee have joined LSSI’s ranks. In Bedford, Texas, outside of Fort Worth, Mayor Jim Story cast the tie-breaking vote in August against allowing LSSI to take over the libraries. “The salaries were going to be pretty low, and I was afraid that that would lead to high turnover of their own employees,” Story said. “Plus I did not think that they would have the manpower to handle the quality of service that we now have in our library. I wasn’t willing to that risk.” Back in Oregon, Jim Olney, director of the Jackson County Library Foundation, considers himself a union supporter, but said: “Look, if it is either close the libraries or outsource them, we’d rather have outsourcing. Sometimes you have to go for the difficult choice because there is no easy choice.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD Motoring: Gary Jennings & Rory Kennedy victorious at Galway Rally!

first_imgFive-times-title for KennedyOn Sunday evening Gary Jennings co-driven by Letterkenny’s Rory Kennedy brought his Subaru Impreza home first overall on the opening international rally in Galway to retain his title there.Donegal’s Declan and Brian Boyle were his biggest opposition and on the opening stage there was only two-tenths of a second between them and Jennings. Advertisement The next generation of rally fans waiting for their heroes to arrive at the Galway Rally at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidThe Boyles were putting it up to Jennings until the car developed an intermittent electrical fault followed by a puncture which was to drop them out of the running for an overall win.On Saturday evening Gary had a commanding lead of a minute over the rest of the field.On the opening stages of Sunday morning, north-east of Galway near Tuam, Gary’s path home to victory left his champagne on ice for a while as Sunday morning’s first two stages were cancelled because of very heavy overnight frost.Rory in his office, keeping an eye on the road conditions as they drive through the cancelled stage because of ice on Sunday in Galway. Photo Brian McDaidGary had a trouble-free weekend despite the wintery conditions of the opening rally. Advertisement Following last year’s win in the Galway Rally Gary and Rory had a disaster of a year with mechanical bothers and offs, so the victory at the weekend was back to winning ways for this popular crew.Rory takes up the story on Monday evening over a cuppa in rally HQ in Letterkenny, Boyce’s café where else of course! Now called McGettigans XL.Trying to hide the odd yawn from two weeks work in Galway preparing and competing to secure his teams win, Rory’s mind is still buzzing following the win. There was something very special for the Letterkenny man to be on the winning team this weekend in Galway.Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy on the Galway Rally this weekend which they win for the second time in a row. Photo Brian McDaidIt’s over twenty years ago since Rory notched up his first outright win with the great Bertie Fisher.This weekend Rory was back on the old stages that haven’t been used since him and Bertie were winners there. Those great days in a very successful blue Subaru Impreza were never far from his mind.The loyalty of a perfect stranger to rallying at the weekend brought it all home to Rory. A local farmer on one of the stages lined up half a dozen palettes on their side in the door way of his shed with a warm Irish welcome, (Failte) to the 2017 rally and also to remember the great Bertie Fisher.Not on his notesRory had every stone ditch, every water table, every inch of shiny tar noted as he had done all through his professional career, but this heartfelt message on the palettes meant so much so close to the time of the late Bertie Fishers death on the 22nd of January, 15 years ago which was to strike a cord with Rory who was part of the team with Bertie in so many successful rallies in Ireland.A heart felt message for Rory Kennedy on one the stages of the Galway Rally at the weekend reminding him of his great and late team mate Bertie Fisher.Unknown to the farmer, Rory’s introduction to rallying was not unlike the farmer’s admiration of Fisher as Rory started out also as a big fan of the late Bertie Fisher.Rory can remember it as clear as if it was yesterday watching the Donegal Rally with his father, the late Jim Kennedy as Bertie Fisher blasted through Glen Village in a Mk1 Ford Escort only to put the car off on to it’s roof down the road a bit. As a young cub Rory watched the spectators physically lift the battered Escort back on to the road, and continue to work at the car as best they could.Bertie was out of the car and now standing right beside Rory as the frantic work to get the car straightened out progressed.Rory also remembers so clearly the watch the Bertie Fisher was wearing that day – it had the shape of a steering wheel on the face of it with a centre piece and spokes on the glass. As Rory’s hero got sorted out and went off down the stage in his now very modified escort, Rory said to himself “some day I am going to be a part of that.”Rory did manage to roll a couple of cars on his way to the top, anyway what is it the way that saying goes – “you can’t make a omelette with out cracking a few eggs”… or even cracking a few rally car shells for that matter!Journey backGary and Rory lifted their title for a second year in a row on the Corrib Oil Galway rally on Sunday evening and soon it wasn’t long before Rory was now behind the wheel of his own “Ferrari Red” BMW to make the 150 mile return journey home to Letterkenny.On Sunday evening Rory met a fleet of Feda O’Donnell’s buses transporting Donegal scholars back to their home away from home to the city of the tribes.Their careers in life about to start in Galway with their third level education. As Rory is driving home he is thinking of his own career and where it all started for him many moons ago.Glen men by four hit GalwayIn 1975 four Glen men headed on a wintry February weekend to the Galway International Rally.A brand new Donegal registered red and black Opel Kadett Coupe 1200S (ZIH 160) was on one of its first outings serviced by a yellow and black Opel Kadett estate.Humble beginnings A recreation of the old Opel Kadett in which Rory Kennedy officially started his rallying career as a young service team member for the late Andy Hegarty on the Galway International Rally in the 70s.The youngest of the Glen men was only 14 or 15 years of age and it was the first time he was away from home on his own.The lights of Galway seemed a lot brighter to this lad than what he was used with in Letterkenny.Local Opel Dealer in Letterkenny Andy Hegarty, a native of Glenswilly was competing in the rally and brought with him one of his chief mechanics Con McDaid, also a fellow Glenswilly man to service.Andy Hegarty and James Cullen in the Opel Kadett of the 1970’s in Galway which a young Rory Kennedy was a young service team member onOn the notes for the rally that weekend was an up-and-coming navigator, also a Glen man but not from Glenswilly, he was from Glencar, his name was James Cullen, who would go on in his rally career to become one of Donegal’s most successful rally drivers.The youngest of the crew was too young to legally drive so he settled in the passengers seat of the old service car, a battered Opel Kadett Estate.The Late Andy Hegarty who rallied an Opel Kadett on the Galway Rally in the 1970’s which was the introduction for a very young Rory Kennedy into rallying as a member of the Service TeamHe was just your typical youth of the seventies, Bay-city Rollers haircut, Wrangler jeans and jacket, and Adidas runners.This was Rory Kennedy in 1975 on his first official duty in his rallying career. A Glencar boy servicing on the Galway International rally.That year part of the rally run through part of the night, and Rory remembers seeing the great Ford works team buzzing around.I suppose little did he think one day Rory would be in that same position and not only winning the rally, but wining it twice with Bertie Fisher once with Mark Higgins and twice with his present team mate Gary Jennings.There is a special appeal to rally fans going to the Galway Rally.Rory Kennedy recalls going to spectate on the Galway rally with Hugh Tinney and the late Davy Wasson where they seen the great Rodger Clarke drive to victory in the works RS 1800 Ford Escort Mk 2.And finally…As Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy recorded their victory this week it would not be possible if other things didn’t come into play within their team both in servicing and out on the road with the gravel notes teams, also for family members that work behind the scenes to organise accommodation and to sponsors that believe and continue to support the team through sponsorship.And outside the team the marshals that make the trip up from Donegal to stand out in the rain and wind, and try their best to guide spectators to safe locations. They are all a part of the travelling tribe that make the pilgrimage to Galway every year to provided everyone with another year of safe rallying.Happy Motoring Folks and Well doneDD Motoring: Gary Jennings & Rory Kennedy victorious at Galway Rally! was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian BoyleDeclan BoyleGalway RallyGary Jenningsrallyrory kennedylast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: They certainly got the weather as members of Milford GAA club did the Double Dip for Donegal at Rathmullan beach last evening.Among those diving into the water were principal Alma Kavanagh, sister of Donegal star Rory, as well as local councillor Michael McBride. All funds go to the players training fund. Click play to watch Donegal TV’s video of the event.  DDTV COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MILFORD GAA CLUB DO THE DOUBLE DIP FOR DONEGAL was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDouble DipGAAMilfordRathmullanlast_img read more

Nigeria strike late to defeat South Africa, march onto AFCON semis

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Bongani ZunguNigeriaSamuel ChekwuezeSouth AfricatopTroost-Ekong Nigeria are into the AFCON 2019 last 4. (PHOTO/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Nigeria 2-1 South Africa Cairo International Stadium, CairoWednesday, 10-07-2019Nigeria reached the semi finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a hard fought 2-1 victory over South Africa on Wednesday.The Super Eagles took a half time lead through Samuel Chukweuze but conceded in the second half via a Bongani Zungu header before winning it in the last minute of normal time. Defender Troost-Ekong scores the winning goal on the night.With a semi final spot on the line, both sides started cautiously, trying to avoid taking any sort of risks.It was South Africa who dominated the early proceedings but were failing to create anything meaningful in the final third.Midway through the opening half, Nigeria started to grow into the game, asserting themselves onto proceedings.They were eventually rewarded on 27 minutes as they took the lead through Samuel Chukwueze. After a brilliant run down the left, Alex Iwobi cut the ball back for the young star who slotted in at the near post on the second attempt after his initial effort was blocked.Bafana Bafana tried to find an immediate response but looked suspect at the back, to Ahmed Musa’s pace down the left as the winger continuously found himself with ground to run into.Chukweuze who was a menace of sorts for the South African defence made space for himself on 42 minutes as he dribbled his way into the area but as he tried to apply the telling touch, Dean Furman slid in and made a late tackle that saved the day.South Africa had a chance to level matters at the stroke of half time but Lebo Mothiba sent his free kick into the wall after Pacy Tau was fouled just outside the box by the industrious Etebo.By half time, South Africa were looking a shadow of the side that eliminated Egypt in the round of 16 but Nigeria were happy to go into the interval with the 1-0 lead.Four minutes into the second half, Etebo had a free kick tipped onto the cross bar by Ronwen Williams before South Africa cleared their lines.Chukwueze continued tormenting Stuart Baxter’s side and on 57 minutes, he beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which eluded everyone before it went over for just a goal kick.As the game wore in, Bafana Bafana started finding spaces to move into but were lacking in their final ball.South Africa eventually equalized with 20 minutes of normal time to play as Tau sent a free kick into the box, deflected off Odion Ighalo’s back before Zungu headed it into the top corner. Initially, the goal was ruled out for offside but after a VAR check, it was awarded.As the game neared its end in, both sides opened up to try and execute the kill.First, Iwobi sent a left footed strike over before Tau shot tamely at goal at the other end.A minute to the 90, Troost-Ekong won it for the Super Eagles. The big center-back connected neatly with Simon Moses’s corner after Williams failed to fist the ball away.In the end, Nigeria held on to register a victory that sees them march onto the semi finals.For South Africa, it is the end of the road and will have to wait a while longer for a second AFCON triumph. Their only win came at the 1996 edition and are yet to taste victory once again.The other game played on Wednesday-Senegal 1-0 BeninThursday’s fixtures-Ivory Coast vs Algeria @7pm-Madagascar vs Tunisia @10pmComments last_img read more

Vipers SC scrap past spirited URA to maintain unbeaten start

first_img Tags: dan sserunkumaUganda Premier LeagueURA FCvipers sc Vipers now have 33 points from 13 games. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC – URA FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeTuesday, 12-11-2019KITENDE – Vipers SC maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 season thanks to a hard fought 1-0 victory over URA FC.After a goalless first half, Dan Sserunkuma poked home the winner with 23 minutes to play.This is Vipers’ 10th victory of the season and it helps them remain top of the standings with 33 points from 13 game, having drawn the other three.For URA FC, they drop into 10th with 14 points from 11 matches.Vipers SC just about do enough to register another victory Vipers started brightly as they dominated possession and created several half-chances.Tito Okello twice shot towards goal but one effort went over while the other was drilled wide.Allan Kayiwa then forced a good save from James Alitho before Paul Willa headed wide from a Kayiwa cross.Dan Sserunkuma also saw an effort comfortably saved by Alitho after turning near the URA FC’ area.Willa sent in a low cross into the URA area but it went begging as no one could provide a telling touch onto it.On 63 minutes, Vipers took the lead. After a lazy clearance by Alitho, Willa sent another low cross into the area and it was tapped home by Sserunkuma at the back post.Sserunkuma then played in substitute Innocent Wafula but the Kenyan international shot wide from a promising position.Alitho kept URA in the game as he tipped over an Okello header from Rahmat Ssenfuka’s free kick.URA not good enough in the endURA endured a slow start and were on the back foot for most of the early exchanges.Sensing danger, URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa tried to make a change but the events that followed forced him to change heart.Birunji whose number had been shown on the fourth official’s board, made two telling contributions forcing would-be substitute Ivan Ntege to retain his spot on the bench.The former Express FC winger, first threaded a through ball for Saidi Kyeyune but the midfielder shot tamely at Derrick Ochan, then he played in Shafik Kagimu who dragged his effort wide.Daniel Isiagi missed a glorious opportunity to hand the Tax Collectors the lead as he lashed onto a loose ball but his lobbed effort while one on one with Ochan, brushed off the bar and out for just a goal kick.With time running out, URA FC resorted to long range shots but both substitute-Joram Sseruyidde and Kyeyune shot weakly at Ochan.They then thought they had equalized two minutes from time but substitute Cromwel Rwothomio’s goal was ruled out for a questionable offside as Kagimu was judged to have received the ball behind the Vipers last man before squaring it on for the former Paidha Black Angels striker.Simbwa’s side got one last opportunity to level matters but Aziz Kayondo was on hand to make a goal-line clearance after Joachim Ojera had shot towards goal.In their next assignments Vipers will be away to KCCA FC while URA FC host Busoga United FC.How both teams startedVipers SCDerrick Ochan (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Geofrey Wasswa, Siraje Ssentamu, Dan Sserunkuma, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Allan Kayiwa, Abraham Ndugwa, Tito OkelloURA FCJames ALitho (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Julius Mutyaba, Joakiam Ojera, Saidi Kyeyune, Daniel Isiagi, Shafik Kagimu, Michael BirungiThe other games played on Tuesday-Mbarara City FC 2–1 Onduparaka FC-Kyetume FC 0-3 Wakiso Giants FC-Proline FC 2-1 Bright Stars FC-Busoga United FC 1-1 Maroons FCComments last_img read more