Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Harvick raced to his second straight NASCAR Cup win with a dominant performance in Vegas on Sunday, earning his 100th career win across the three national series.“There was no catching that 4 (car),” second-place finisher Kyle Busch said. “He was on rails, and lights out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarvick followed up his stellar performance last weekend in Atlanta with another victory in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He led a track-record 214 of the 267 laps, won all three stages and capably held off Busch’s late hometown charge to win in Vegas for the second time in four years.“These last two weeks, we’ve just hit on everything we needed to,” said Harvick, who cruised home 2.9 seconds ahead of Busch. “My (team has) done their homework on a number of things. Just really proud of everybody.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend.Harvick’s air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field must be a bit worried about how they’re going to catch up this year.ADVERTISEMENT Harvick led 144 of the first 160 laps and comfortably won the first two stages. He was fourth out of the end-of-stage caution after Stage 2, with Joey Logano getting in front with an exceptional pit stop.But Harvick reclaimed the lead off another restart with 73 laps to go after Kurt Busch wrecked along with Chase Elliott. Harvick emerged from his last pit stop with a three-second lead on Brad Keselowski, and Busch couldn’t catch up.Here are more things to know about the race on the Strip:DOING RECON: For the first time, NASCAR is returning to Vegas in the fall for a second race, which will also be the playoff opener. Teams used this trip to gather data and information for the return trip in September, although the temperature could easily be 50 degrees higher than the balmy 53 degrees at Sunday’s race. “The adjustments we made today are going to help in the fall,” Kyle Busch said. “(Although) I think the track is going to be a lot slower with the heat.”KUBU CAN’T DO: Kurt Busch’s career-long victory drought in his hometown continues. Busch lost control and ran Elliott into the wall shortly after a restart early in the final stage. The crash necessitated a long caution for fluid cleanup. The 39-year-old Busch has never won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was built while he grew up in town. Kurt Busch failed to win the Cup race in Vegas for the 17th time. He has started on the pole twice, but has only one top-five finish here despite calling it a top priority in his career.WINNING BIG: Harvick was even more dominant in Vegas than Truex was last year. Truex led all three stages and 150 laps last year on his way to a victory that propelled him into his championship season.THREE STRIKES: The car chiefs for Jimmie Johnson and Ross Chastain were ejected after their cars failed inspection three times during the pre-race checks. Johnson had to start at the back after his chief, Jesse Saunders, got the gate. Johnson also will have practice time taken away next week in Phoenix. The seven-time champion still rallied to finish 12th.COMEBACK STORY: Josh Frankos, the tire-changer on Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Richard Petty Motorsports team, injured his hand while preparing for the Vegas race and was sent to a hospital on Sunday morning. Michael Hubert filled in for him on pit road. The injury couldn’t keep Frankos down, however: He returned to the track for the race. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Busch got close to his second career victory in his hometown with his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, but couldn’t overcome the dominant leader. Kyle Larson finished third after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, while defending champion Martin Truex Jr. was in fourth and pole-sitter Ryan Blaney in fifth.Harvick has already matched his Cup win total from last season in three races — and he’s headed to Phoenix, where he has won five times since 2012.Harvick also took a moment to savor a milestone. Only Richard Petty, Kyle Busch and David Pearson have won more races across the three national circuits than Harvick, the 42-year-old Californian with plenty of good years left on his tires.“It’s been a lot of years accumulated with a lot of great race teams and people and situations,” Harvick said. “When you tag that triple-digit number to it, it really lets you realize that you’ve been fortunate to accomplish a lot of things.”Not many wins are more emphatic than Harvick’s 100th.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Reinventing Wade: At 36, another new role awaits Heat great Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Many Question LACC’s Fairness against Indicted Officials

first_imgIn the wake of A plethora of rebuttals and clarifications against the recent announcement by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, LACC, against several government officials, its chairman Cllr. James Verdier has come under sharp criticism by several Liberians interviewed by the Daily Observer.Many of those interviewed last week in Monrovia questioned the credibility of the LACC, wondering if Cllr. Verdier has not been manipulated by those who may have issues with the accused.The LACC Chairman on October 23, at a  regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, indicted several present and past government officials for allegedly misapplying millions of United States dollars intended for development programs and operations.James Dorbor, 26, of Monrovia told the Daily Observer, “How could most of the people the LACC accused come out to challenge the decision? Is the LACC’s action a witch-hunt as former NOCAL boss Clemenceau Urey has indicated?” Dorbor said from the explanations so far, if the LACC had engaged in due diligence in its research and subsequent conclusion, “the LACC would have known that what happened at NOCAL was the modus operandi with the Senators.”Related to Dorbor’s position is the fact that five other members, including the Ministry of Justice that voted to approve the payment under question were not accused, according to Theresa Kun of Central Monrovia. “Does this not suggest that not much due diligence was carried out by Chairman Verdier and his workers?”In a telephone interview,Thomas Seeyon of West Point, regretted that in its attempt to unearth  corruption, the LACC is engaged in a smear campaign against Liberians whose sacrifices, said Seeyon, are so immense in the country’s reconstruction. “For men like Speaker Alex Tyler and LPRC’s T. Nelson Williams to be brought into disrepute is sad and unfair,” he noted in disgust, adding, “I don’t think Cllr. Verdier’s role is to create confusion by hurting the hard earned image of distinguished Liberians?”A resident of Logan Town told the Daily Observer that Rep. Adolf Lawrence’s clarification and threat to take the LACC to court indicates that the Commission did not exhaust its research on the case in question.“I share the opinion of Rep. Lawrence that the Commission may have inadvertently distorted the facts,” he said, accusing the LACC Chairman of using the institution as a political tool rather than a professional entity.When contacted, a source at the LPRC told the Daily Observer that Mr. Williams fully cooperated with the Solicitor General’s office at the Justice Ministry by submitting all relevant documents but was shocked to learn of Mr. Williams’ indictment.Though many of those interviewed sympathized with the LACC in its fight against corruption and its practices, they however indicated that the manner in which  Chairman Verdier’s LACC has handled its report suggests an element of unfairness to those whose names the Commission has brought into disrepute.Many who talked to the Daily Observer  appealed to the LACC to go beyond brewing controversy, and be more organized and professional in exercising its duties.Others who accused the LACC are Miatta Beysolow, former Minister of Commerce, Milton Teahjay, Superintendent of Sinoe County, Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Adolph Lawrence, Representative District # 15, David Kortie, publisher of the FlashPoint newsletter, Josephus S. Keita, Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Public Works, Foday Kromah and Amos Koon, both employees of the Ministry of Finance, among others.When contacted yesterday, LACC’s public relations officer, Ben Kolako, said: “The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is aware and takes note of a series of sponsored propaganda in the media against the Commission by individuals opposed to the government’s anti-corruption fight. These individuals have planted paid agents in the media to discredit and misrepresent the LACC following a MICAT press briefing by the Executive Chairperson to update the people of Liberia on the status of corruption cases.“Such propaganda is allegedly being orchestrated by some accused persons or their paid agents. They have allegedly dished out money to these paid agents as a result of a midnight meeting held on the Robertsfield highway, with the intent to weaken and discredit the Commission’s resolve to pursue the prosecution of individuals accused of corrupt practices.“The LACC stands by its report, and therefore wishes to assure the public and its partners that it remains resolute and unshakable in the fight against corruption and will ensure that the accused are brought to justice,” Mr. Kolako declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Lady meets CSEC top performer

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger met with Guyana’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) top performer, Fatima Karim and her mother Khadijah Karim at the Office of the First Lady at State House.First Lady Sandra Granger converses with CSEC top performer Fatima Karim and her mother Khadijah Karim on FridayThe First Lady said that she was happy to meet with Karim and was also excited to hear not only of her achievements at this year’s CSEC examinations, but of the young woman’s aspirations in petroleum engineering, in light of Guyana’s future in the oil and gas sector:“I was very excited to learn that that was her interest, because she is not only entering a field that is new to Guyana but as a female, she is entering a field in which women have not really taken part, so I congratulate her on it.”The First Lady added that she knows that while there will be challenges as Karim pursues this career, she is certain that she will bring her own skills and perspective to the fore. First lady Granger also encouraged Karim as she focuses on her academics, to also focus on enjoying life:“She should] have fun with it and remember that life is more than just work. I wish her all the success and I hope she does great things.”Karim said that she was very excited to meet and speak with the First Lady, who she said is one of her role models. The St Rose’s High School student received much public attention after topping the country with 19 Grade Ones and One Grade Two at the CSEC examinations. She said she felt proud that she was able to achieve such results, explaining that it called for her to balance her academic pursuits with her co-curricular activities: “It’s about knowing yourself; knowing how much you need to study. I knew I had to study at least once a week for each subject, so I can still talk with my friends and do other things.”Offering words of encouragement to other students, Karim said that as they aspire to their academic heights, the key is to believe that they can do it.She cited the words of another one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who said, “Let us make our future now and make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”She said that these words helped to motivate her, and in turn, she wishes to motivate students that if they believe that they can achieve a certain goal then they should strive to do so at all costs−now.last_img read more

Canada red to have opportunity to wrap up first in group B after victory over Sweden

first_imgCanada red’s record at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge now sits at 2-0 following a convincing 4-1 win over Sweden. They’ll now have an opportunity to finish the preliminary round with a 3-0 record and a first place finish if they can beat Russia tomorrow evening.Canada came out strong in the game and were rewarded for their efforts. Antoine Morand opened the scoring just before the seven minute mark, and by the time the first came to a close, red had a 3-0 lead.Sweden did their best to bounce back from a lacklustre start and put together a solid second, but a defensive miscue as time was about to expire made that all for not as Canada went up 4-0.- Advertisement -The Swedes were able to find the back of the net off of a Canadian turnover at the 7:33 mark of the third.After the game Antoine Morand said naturally after scoring two of his team’s four goals that it’s his teammates that deserve the credit for making things happen.“I think all of the players played very well tonight. It helps everybody when everybody plays good. I feel great on the ice. My teammates were outstanding tonight. They made two great plays on my goals so it just helped me to perform,” he said.Advertisement Head coach Kris Knoblauch said everybody contributed in the victory, and it was an added bonus that the power play got on track.“We’ve got to use all four lines and I think in this tournament that’s very important when you’re playing three games in three nights. I think we had contributions from everybody. I thought our top line was really good with Morand. Something that hasn’t worked for us overall was our power play. Getting two power play goals makes playing the game a lot easier,” he said.Scoring for Canada red were Antoine Morand (2), Josh Brook, and Joel Teasdale.Canada can wrap up group B tomorrow night against Russia with a victory. The opening faceoff at the North Peace Arena is slated for 7 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Duke players file federal civil suit over rape charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe students are also demanding an overhaul of the city’s system of law enforcement, including measures to improve transparency, establishment of a citizen review board and the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the Durham Police Department for 10 years. The monitor would have wide authority over policy, senior staffing and training. The defendants, who include the city’s police commissioner, two police detectives and the chief of the private lab that performed DNA tests for the case, “willfully ignored and were deliberately indifferent to overwhelming evidence of plaintiffs’ actual innocence,” the complaint said. A high-profile rape case turned into a civil-rights case on Friday as three former lacrosse players at Duke University filed a federal lawsuit against former District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, the city of Durham, N.C., and 12 other defendants. In a 162-page complaint, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans sought redress for what they described as “one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial, and scientific misconduct in modern American history.” The plaintiffs requested an unspecified amount of money to cover legal fees, as compensation and punitive damages, as well as “whatever additional relief the Court may deem proper.” They reportedly had demanded $30 million during settlement talks with the city, but the two sides could not agree on terms. The proposal far exceeded the city’s insurance policy for “wrongful action,” leaving it in a financial bind, according to those reports. 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


first_img2013 will be the sixth year of the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival and it is lining up to be bigger and better than ever, with 14 venues in the village hosting 48 artists and bands. Dunfanaghy will have all that jazz!The Festival has huge local support with Fintan Moloney as the main sponsor and support from local businesses both through Fundraising and advertising in the annual brochure and website.The Festival is organised by a voluntary committee, Donald Craig and Sian McCann who are also looking forward to an excellent weekend of first class Jazz and Blues music. 2012 saw the first “Party on The Beach” organised by the Waves of Change project, as visitors and locals battled to break the World Record to build the most sandcastles in one hour, which they did with an amazing 1,939.If anyone missed the fun or anyone would like to have a memento of the day there is a short DVD on sale of the event in The Workhouse for €3.00 with proceeds going to the Community Playground.The information kiosk will be in the square again this year to provide information on the festival and the Sheephaven Bay area. It will have information on other events happening during the year and you might be able to find another great excuse to return to the picturesque seaside village of Dunfanaghy. This Festival is definitely one to add to your calendar as it is set in the picturesque seaside village of Dunfanaghy with great bars and restaurants and a fantastic line up of local, national and international bands. Ask anyone who has been there and they will tell you that you’ll return again and again.DUNFANAGHY 2013 – MUSIC, FUN, FRIENDS AND ALL THAT JAZZ! was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Dunfanaghy Jazz Festival 2013last_img read more


first_imgWill Rory Gallagher be named as the new manager of the Donegal GAA Senior team next week?The successor to Jim McGuinness is set to be unveiled early next by the Donegal County Board.The County Board have scheduled a meeting for next Monday, and it’s expected that representatives on the board will announce who is the new Donegal Senior team manager.Rory Gallagher remains the hot favourite with the bookies. The former assistant to Jim McGuinness knows many of the current squad very well, and seems the obvious replacement.However, there is speculation that a lack of experience in managing a team could count against Gallagher.His roles to date have seen the Fermanagh man assistant to Jim McGuinness with the Senior side, and assistant to Maxi Curran with the U21 team.He was joint-manager in Kilcar this year alongside John McNulty. It has also emerged that Paddy Carr could also be in with a strong chance of getting the vacant position.He has a wealth of club and inter-county experience and is seen as a strong candidate for the position.Anthony Harkin, and Cathal Corey are the other two candidates that have applied for the role of Donegal Senior team manager, but neither are likely to get the nod. NEW DONEGAL MANAGER TO BE NAMED ON MONDAY was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessManagernewsRory GallagherSportSuccessorlast_img read more

Roemmich Selected to Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team

first_imgRoemmich started all 59 games at shortstop this past season and batted a team-high .380 behind a team-best 73 hits, including a league-leading 15 doubles along with a career-high 32 runs batted in and she has scored 54 runs, which is the most in single-season history at Drake. The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Softball Teams feature 21 members with a 4.0 GPA and 31 members with at least a 3.90 GPA as either undergraduate or graduate student-athletes. The 12 members on the first team have an average GPA of 3.99. Print Friendly Version Junior Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) of the Drake University softball team was selected to the 2019 Division I Softball Google Cloud Academic All-American First Team. Roemmich is just the third Drake softball student-athlete and first since 2004 to be named a first team academic All-American. The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Baseball and Softball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes baseball and softball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.center_img Laurie Bowden (1992) and Katie Shimon (2004) are the other two Drake student-athletes to earn first team academic All-American honors. Roemmich, who is from nearby West Des Moines and was a standout at West Des Moines Valley High School, has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in Biology at Drake. She was the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and is a three-time All-MVC honoree who has been named the MVC Elite 17 award winner at each of the last two MVC Tournaments. The MVC Elite 17 is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in the championship game. Roemmich has also been selected to the 2018 and 2019 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team.last_img read more

Birungi ban reduced following successful appeal

first_img Tags: Express FCMichael BirungiStarTimes UPL Birungi is expected to return next Monday (file photo)WANKULUKUKU – Express Captain Michael Biringi has had his four match ban reduced to two.This was confirmed by the Wankulukuku based side on their official website.“The FUFA Disciplinary Committee has reduced Michael Birungi’s ban from 4 games to 2 games, read a statement on Express FC website.This comes after a successful appeal against the ban by Express and the player not having a known adverse disciplinary record according as per the panel.Birungi who missed the game against BUL on Sunday will miss one more game against Nyamityobora on Wednesday.He is then expected to return in the Uganda Cup round of 16 clash at home to Police FC next Monday.With Express currently enduring an injury crisis of sort, especially in the striking department with Tony Odur and Eric Kambale out with injury, Birungi’s return will surely boost them.The Red Eagles are currently 12th on the League standings with 21 points from their first 18 games.Comments last_img read more

Manus Kelly in pole position for spot on Fianna Fáil ticket?

first_imgManus Kelly, the three times Donegal International rally winner could make it four Donegal wins in a row – should he replace Cllr. James Pat McDaid on the Fianna Fail ticket in this year’s local elections.Based in Glenswilly, Kelly was not available for comment earlier this week as he pondered the offer to take up the challenge of chasing votes on roads across the Letterkenny area where’s usually competing at over a hundred miles per hour.McDaid shocked the FF hierarchy on last Thursday when he withdrew his nomination only ten days ahead of their convention this Sunday. He said that new work schedules left him with no other choice in his job with a medical devices company.Cllr. McDaid polled 1,314 in his first attempt in 2014 with 1,050 of those in the new Letterkenny area.With Dessie Shiels also opting out there is already a surplus of 2,000 votes up for grabs.While no new names can be added before Sunday’s convention, it is expected that other interested parties may be added later next week to the FF panel. Meanwhile speculation that both FF and FG were engaged in a tussle to get a member of the healthcare profession has turned out to be a false dawn with the prospective candidate telling the Tir Chonaill Tribune, ‘Neither of these parties are for me at this time’.It is understood the decision was influenced after a leak to a media source in Donegal despite a guarantee that the issue of privacy and confidentiality would have been fully respected to allow time for a number of issues to be resolved.We understand that FG had also saw themselves in the frame to get this personality on their ticket.Letterkenny business man Kevin Bradley of Highland Bakery is expected to join the race while Cathal McGlynn is already out on the campaign trail.In Letterkenny there were seven locally based independent candidates five years ago. They polled a first preference of 3,771 votes within the new boundary. Around 3,500 of these are now floating in the political ether. Letterkenny throws up an intriguing picture with the departure of the FF Cllr from the Glenswilly area. Adrian  Glackin is expected to gain a substantial number of these votes while Michael McBride may now be tempted to declare for Letterkenny. However with his vote almost equally divided with Milford, it is a decision that McBride cannot take without much soul searching, especially since the final makeup of the field is not fully clarified.And while Charlie McClafferty has been head hunted to run for Fine Gael, he has declined the offer. He polled a decent figure of 607 last time out and may again throw his hat into the campaign on an independent ticket.Declan Meehan from Milford Town and resident at Ray Bridge is new, young and Donegal’s first openly gay Independent candidate and his participation will be interesting as the campaign develops. Mr. Meehan played a leading role in the marriage equality referendum and from that perspective he’s got experience and form on his side.Sinn Fein will be delighted with their convention in the Beach Hotel in Downings on Sunday evening when Maria     Doherty was officially selected as their Milford candidate. The fact that Mary Lou McDonald was the star turn would have boosted the attendance and will have helped to revitalise the SF fortunes in this part of Donegal where Padraig MacLochlainn needs to poll strongly in the general election if he’s to be in the frame for a seat in the next Dail..With Donal Cullen opting out of politics, the distribution of his vote of more than 800 will be watched with much interest.Manus Kelly in pole position for spot on Fianna Fáil ticket? was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Adrian GlackinDonegal County Councilfianna failglenswillyJames Pat McDaidManus Kellymichael mcbridelast_img read more