US households plan to spend an average of $384 this holiday season

first_imgUS households are expected to spend an average of $384 on Christmas gifts this holiday season, slightly less than last year’s estimate of $390, The Conference Board reports today. New England had by far the highest average of anyThe survey of Christmas gift spending intentions covers a nationally representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. It was conducted for The Conference Board in November by TNS, the world’s largest custom research company.‘Consumers are approaching the holiday season in a somewhat cautious mood,’ says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. ‘However, with retailers already enticing consumers with markdowns and bargains, this season could very well match, perhaps even surpass, last year’s.’(Click here for complete survey data or see below.)The top spenders will be New England households (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) who intend to spend an average of $473. Lowest Christmas spending will be in the Pacific region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington) where consumers intend to spend $343 on Christmas gifts.Only 25 percent of all households intend to spend $500 or more on Christmas gifts, down slightly from 26 percent last year. Among other households, 39 percent plan to spend $200-$500, up from 35 percent last year, and 37 percent are planning to spend less than $200, down from 39 percent in 2009.ONLINE BUYING INTENTIONSThis year, 41 percent of all consumers say they will buy Christmas gifts on the Internet. Books top the list of online Christmas buying, with 40 percent saying they will buy books as gifts. Toys/games came in second with 38 percent of consumers intending to purchase these gifts online. Apparel and footwear rank third as online Christmas buying choices, followed by movie videos and DVDs.Of the 42 percent who said they purchased Christmas gifts last year on the Internet, 94 percent said they were satisfied with their online buying experience.US REGIONS:New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, VermontMiddle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, PennsylvaniaEast North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, WisconsinWest North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota South Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West VirginiaEast South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, TennesseeWest South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, TexasMountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, WyomingPacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, WashingtonSource: The Conference Board Christmas Spending Survey, 23 November, 2010last_img read more

Lynne Cox: Cold Water Queen

first_imgTwenty-five years ago, Lynne Cox swam ten miles across Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. When Cox dove in – wearing only a bathing suit, cap, and goggles – the water temps were in the low 50s. She battled strong winds and waves, and four hours later, Cox was greeted as a hero by a group of Russians who threw pink roses into the water. “I felt like a cosmonaut,” Cox said.The year before, in 1987, Cox swam in the Bering Strait – the frigid water between Cold War countries. Since her late teens, Cox had dreamed of making the historic crossing. The closed border demanded persistence from Cox – eleven years of writing to officials from the U.S. and the Soviet Union to gain permission to attempt the swim. This tenacity and focus, along with other psychological strengths and thinking habits, are central to Cox’s success.“I don’t think there’s a separation between the mental and the physical,” Cox says. “If I don’t prepare mentally, I can’t be prepared physically.” Prior to her record-breaking English Channel swim, Cox (age 15 at the time) talked with a Channel veteran. He described what Dover would look like and how the water would feel. Cox visualized the crossing but knew from her training that “everything changes when you’re in the middle of the ocean. Unexpected things happen. You have to be prepared to adapt.”Later, when Cox was in her 40s, she aspired to complete the first mile in Antarctica’s waters. She realized she would need to swim as fast as possible to keep her core temperature from dropping precipitously. In 2002, Cox successfully swam 25 minutes and 1.06 miles in the 32-degree waters.  “All I could feel was cold,” Cox wrote. “All I could do was turn over my arms as fast they would go and breathe. All I could think about was moving forward.”Because of her record swims, scientists have examined Cox’s responses to cold water. Much has been made of how Cox’s physiology and distribution of body fat enable her to make these swims. And yet, it is a study conducted by researchers in London that shows how her toughness goes beyond physiology. Cox was asked to immerse her hand in 32-degree water for more than twenty minutes. While others were shouting and banging their dry fist on the table, Cox focused on a large clock in the room and engaged in positive self-talk: “I watched the seconds go by and I don’t know why I told myself this, but I thought, ‘After nine minutes it’s not going to hurt as much.’ It wasn’t true; it didn’t hurt any less. But I just kept thinking, ‘It’s gonna get better.’”Many who swim open water have experienced anxiety about an upcoming race or training session. Focusing on fear only escalates it. Instead, stay in the moment and solve the problem at hand. Cox banged her arm on a few icebergs, but she also was fascinated by their shapes and the color of the polar water. In the midst of pain and difficulty, Cox took a moment to appreciate the beauty of her surroundings and the enormity of what she was doing.last_img read more

11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office reviews its own DNA cases

first_img June 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office reviews its own DNA cases 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office reviews its own DNA cases Jan Pudlow Associate EditorIf a prosecutor’s duty is to convict the guilty and protect the innocent, why leave DNA testing to the Innocence Project?That question nagged at Michael Gilfarb, a 38-year-old homicide prosecutor in Miami, sparking an idea that has turned into an unprecedented project in Florida.He persuaded his boss, 11th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, to launch their own version called the Justice Project that will have prosecutors reviewing felony cases before 1996 for DNA evidence of defendants convicted at trial.“It just bugged me that another organization was doing what we should be doing,” Gilfarb said. “More than anybody, it’s a prosecutor’s job to make sure justice is done and that the right person is in custody.”Taking that prosecutorial duty this far, Gilfarb said, “is a very rare mantle that we have assigned ourselves. I believe we are the only jurisdiction that has not waited for a catastrophe. The idea of this project is to finally say, ‘Hey, defense, we have a common goal.’ They don’t want an innocent guy in prison, and neither do we.”Top prosecutors in only San Diego, St. Louis, and Houston have launched their own review of old cases, Gilfarb said, and St. Louis did so because they were sued by Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project.Since 1992, the Innocence Project founded by Scheck and Peter Neufeld has helped exonerate 140 convicted felons nationwide using DNA testing, 25 of those in Florida.Gilfarb said he is carefully building “a coalition between us and the Innocence Project to avoid inflammatory speak between us. We are adversaries. This is fragile ground. I think the people at the Innocence Project trust me. I trust them. But of course, we always keep a vigilant eye.”The prosecutors’ efforts to review old cases does not prohibit the Innocence Project from doing its own thing, independently, though they communicate to make sure they are not redoubling efforts.“I think this is a wonderful effort,” said Jennifer Greenberg, director of Florida State University College of Law’s Florida Innocence Initiative.“The idea that we all understand mistakes have been made in the past and for prosecutors to delve into the past and try to find those errors, we applaud that effort. We want to assist however we can.”But Greenberg offers a caveat that the 11th Circuit’s Justice Project still involves prosecutors’ judgment calls and they are still adversaries even as they cooperate on DNA testing.“Working in collaboration with the defense in which judgment calls are made would probably be a wise procedure,” she said. “As I have tried to express to them, we do different jobs and come from different places, and we understand human behavior in different ways. Psychologically, I think it’s difficult for prosecutors to make those kinds of judgment calls. That being said, what they are doing in that state attorney’s office is what we hope every state attorney’s office will do. I hope it bears fruit, and I hope other state attorneys will see the importance of what they are doing.”Rundle was willing to put her assistant’s idea into action.“When a young, smart dedicated lawyer comes to you and says this has been on my mind, and says, ‘Can we see what we can do?’ that is exactly the talent every state attorney is so happy to have in the office,” Rundle said.They not only review old cases for DNA evidence using new scientific tools, but they are working at increasing the data base for DNA samples that will help solve cases.Her consciousness was raised about the possibility of innocent people wrongly convicted “watching what was going on in Chicago and the moratorium (on the death penalty) and the interest that was generating,” she added.Armed with the backing of judges, corrections officers, and the police, Rundle launched the unique program in November.The prosecutors know DNA could exonerate someone wrongly convicted.“It is a big gamble for our office,” Gilfarb said. “But if somebody innocent was found in prison, it’s not an indictment of the system, but proof the system works in bettering itself. A lot of cases we are reviewing, DNA testing didn’t exist.”On the other hand, Gilfarb said, “It might show we did a great job and didn’t prosecute innocent people. (Rundle) is willing to take that risk.”The whole project involves four committees—the Justice Project, the DNA Compliance Task Force, the Science Law, and the Cold Case, Cold Hit—and “definitely means more work” for her prosecutors, Rundle said.“We are the fourth largest state attorney’s office in the United States. And to see their faces, their enthusiasm to do this, when they have overwhelming caseloads and are already pathetically paid. They didn’t even blink, because they know how important this was. They threw their entire enthusiasm into this. That, to me, was most gratifying,” Rundle said.Gilfarb admits he did “hear a lot of groans and moans” from his colleagues at first.“It was more work with no money added on. We checked people for sharp objects at the door. But no one doubted the nobility of what we are doing, because everyone understands this is an important part of our job,” he said. The reason the state attorneys’ Justice Project targets cases before 1996, Gilfarb explained, is that before that time, forensic scientists needed blood, semen, or saliva samples the size of a quarter in order to conduct the DNA testing. Technology advances enable DNA testing to now be done on samples the size of a pinhead.The project is reviewing cases of defendants still in prison after being convicted at trial, limited to those cases in which the Miami-Dade clerk’s office has maintained physical evidence for testing.So far, Gilfarb has a list of 360 cases with evidence still available from the clerk that can be tested for DNA and the defendant is still in custody, and he expects that number to increase.The prosecutors will check with the Innocence Project at Nova Southeastern University’s law school and FSU’s Florida Innocence Initiative to determine if the case is already being worked, so efforts aren’t duplicated.Letters will be sent to inmates, asking if they want to have evidence in their case tested for DNA, and if so they must submit to a cheek swab for DNA that will be entered into the statewide database.That’s a second mission of Rundle’s office: to increase the DNA data base. Since 1990, Florida law has allowed the state to collect DNA samples from certain felons, even those who have served their time. But because of an overload of cases and bureaucratic confusion, many felons’ DNA fell through the cracks.In December, Gilfarb met with judges and court administrators to correct that problem, working out a system that began in January to swab defendants immediately after sentencing in court. Gilfarb also filed motions for court orders to obtain DNA swabs from 352 felons convicted since 1990 who were never swabbed while in custody, and he is working with probation officers to establish a system for swabbing nearly 1,600 felons who haven’t given samples.Since the DNA Compliance Task Force geared up in January, a recent quarterly report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reveals progress: The 11th Circuit ranks fourth out of 20 circuits in compliance, rather than 17th before it began.Bolstering the statewide database at FDLE, Gilfarb believes, will only help solve more crimes.“In so many ways, the prosecution is the gatekeeper,” Rundle said. “Justice means those guilty are held accountable for their crimes. And, certainly, we don’t want to convict the innocent. What a prosecutor really wants is the guilty person, and our mission is to find that person.”last_img read more

Wyandanch Drive-by Shooting Injures 2

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a drive-by shooting Monday night in Wyandanch that injured a man and a woman, police said. The two victims—30-year-old Marcquan Clark of Brentwood and 36-year-old Shamikqua Jones of Bay Shore—were each struck by a bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. They were among a group of five people talking to a friend in a car on Garden City Avenue when a gunman opened fire from an unknown vehicle traveling west at 11:15 p.m. Clark and Jones were both treated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said.The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

How millennials can overcome imposter syndrome

first_imgYou’ve worked your whole life to lead up to this moment. You’ve put in the hours, studied your heart out, and visualized this achievement again and again. Ane now, you’ve landed a big promotion, yet you feel that there must be a mix-up somehow.  That surely someone smarter than ourselves will realize that we’re a hoax? If so, you’re not alone: The culprit of these feelings of doubt and insecurity is “imposter syndrome,” a condition that’s more common than you may think.Research shows that 70% of people will experience at least one episode of imposter syndrome in their lifetime. If you let it, this condition could hold you back from your true potential. Here’s the good news:  You can be proactive to regain your confidence and own your accomplishments.Why Do I Feel Like A Phony?Millennials are talking about it! This generation is prone to this condition, for many reasons (we’ll get to that in a minute). However, Boomers, Gen X, even some Traditionalists,  continue to experience the imposter syndrome. This phenomenon came to be in 1978, characterized as a persistent fear of feeling like a fraud. People with imposter syndrome feel not good enough or smart enough for the task. They attribute external factors like luck or timing to their advancement rather than skill, talent, and hard work.Here’s the thing: Imposter syndrome doesn’t just go away once you’ve reached the pinnacle of success. They live with the fear of others “finding out” that they’re a fraud and their feeling can even intensify the higher they climb.There are several factors at play and trigger these feelings. Perhaps the most obvious is social media. Today, you’re not just comparing yourself to others in your department or organization, but the universe. A glimpse at someone’s great website or seeing their thousands of Instagram followers can easily lead us to feel inadequate.Millennials, in particular, have been conditioned to compare themselves to peers online, from the MySpace days to today’s LinkedIn landscape. As digital natives, Millennials also expected to have a standout digital presence and to keep up with constant technological advancements. It doesn’t help that most of what we read about Millennials today is negative. One survey found that just 39% of employees believe Millennials to be hard-working.  Others see Millennials as entitled, narcissistic, lazy living in their parent’s basements, unable to make eye contact, and expecting a trophy for just showing up.It’s no wonder Millennials feel they have to continually “prove themselves.” Much is written about this generation’s delayed entry to adulthood.  Today, Millennials are less likely to acheive the traditional adult “milestones” that their parents had at their age. According to the new study from Bowling Green State University, Millennials are delaying adulthood to an extent unheard of in previous generations.  Fewer Millennials are married, fewer are living on their own, and fewer own their own homes or live with biological children. All of these factors can fuel the flames of imposter syndrome.Tips for Overcoming Imposter SyndromeAlso, imposter syndrome can spiral into anxiety and depression, and hold you back in both your personal and professional life. Here are a few simple tips to help combat this condition: 1. Stop the social media shame game. When you scale back from social media, you have room to focus on developing yourself.  You become more confident in your own right, rather than making unhealthy, disillusioned comparisons. The person you should be competing against is the one staring back at you in the mirror. Reflect on how far you’ve come since college, your first job, or last week. When you frame in that perspective, it’s clear how much incredible growth has occurred.2. Record your accomplishments. Keep track of the victories, small and large, that reflect your competence. Look back on those emails of praise or projects that make you feel proud when you’re feeling low. You can store them all in one Google Doc for easy access and a reminder that you’ve succeeded again and again and will continue to do so. 3. When people compliment your work, don’t deflect or deny the achievement. Practice saying, “Thank you!”4. Provide value to others. “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” This centuries-old quote certainly rings true for us today. Focusing on genuinely helping others is an incredibly effective way to get outside yourself and halt imposter syndrome in its tracks.5. Focus on continued growth. No matter how high up the ladder you are, you have to accept that you don’t know everything. That realization can be incredibly freeing.  6. Reading the industry news or signing up for a class to learn a new skill can strengthen your confidence. Reframe the fact that you’ll never achieve perfection as an exciting opportunity for continual growth. You’ll never be bored that way!7. Develop a support system within your industry. Pretending as if you have it together, 100% doesn’t make imposter syndrome go away—it can exacerbate the issue. Make sure you have friends (and ideally, a trusted mentor) that you can turn to in your industry for support, guidance, and wisdom. 8. Don’t forget about your non-professional support system! Sometimes it can be tough to untangle what we do from who we are. It’s hugely helpful to disconnect from work and remember that you have unique qualities, talents, and capabilities entirely outside the realm of your day job. You’re loved first and foremost for your one-of-a-kind personality, not your title.ConclusionMost of us will experience imposter syndrome to one degree or another. Don’t beat yourself up when those feelings of inadequacy arise. Instead, embrace the coping mechanisms above and remember that each day is a learning experience for all of us. We all have doubts, and we all must move forward anyway.  It’s impossible to be an imposter when you’re authentically you. Believe in yourself and embrace your gifts and be there for those who need you.  Remember to encourage others to shine their light as well! 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karen McCullough Karen McCullough is a nationally known keynote speaker and virtual presenter. She speaks to credit unions across the country on change, generational opportunities and workforce trends.  Karen helps organizations cut … Web: www.karenmccullough.com Detailslast_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s support for bushfire fight appreciated: Australian ministers

first_imgFacebook Log in with your social account Linkedin Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? A team from the Indonesian Military landed in Australia on Sunday to support the country’s bushfire response.In a joint statement issued on Monday, the Australian government said it was deeply grateful to Indonesia for its commitment to send more than 30 military engineers to support the fight against the bush fires.Due to the fires’ continuing impact across the country, the Australian Defense Force has deployed significant resources to help battle the fires and aid recovery efforts.Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said she welcomed Indonesia’s contribution, saying that “our Indonesian neighbors have significant disaster relief and recovery experience, which complements the Australian Defense Force’s capabilities”.Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said it was reassuring to have such close friends in Australia… Topics : Australia bushfire aid bilateral-relationslast_img read more

Top Hungary news site says independence in ‘grave danger’

first_img“We want a news site where politicians and messengers of the government or economic actors have no power to pull a story,” he said without elaborating. “The next couple of days will determine the fate of Index,” he added in his statement, to which several dozen of its most prominent journalists added their signatures.Another news site, 24.hu, on Sunday reported details of the plan that included outsourcing much of Index’s content creation, with current staff possibly in the firing line.According to 24.hu sources, Index management blame the planned changes on a slump in advertising revenue caused by the coronavirus crisis.  The development follows the purchase in March of a 50 percent stake of Index’s advertising agency by a powerful pro-Orban businessman Miklos Vaszily. Vaszily told local media then that he hoped Index would stay influential and independent, but some staff and analysts saw the purchase as a threat to the site’s autonomy.Since coming into power in 2010, the nationalist Orban has transformed Hungary’s public media into government propaganda organs while allies have steadily bought up swathes of the private media sector.In recent years outlets like Index that covered political scandals have either gone out of business or been bought by government allies and rapidly adopted pro-Orban editorial lines, while receiving lucrative flows of state advertising.The lopsided media landscape and “restricted” access to information in Hungary was cited by election observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as part of an “adverse climate” that helped Orban win a third consecutive term as premier in 2018. The editor of Hungary’s most popular news website warned Sunday that a planned overhaul would jeopardize its freedom to publish stories critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government.”Index.hu, Hungary’s largest news site and one of the few remaining independent voices, is in grave danger,” said editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull in a statement posted on the site.Dull said that a “proposed organizational overhaul” put Index “under such external pressure that could spell out the end of our editorial staff as we know it”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wave of promising study results raise hopes for coronavirus vaccines

first_imgHowever, the CanSino candidate again showed signs that people who had previously been exposed to the particular adenovirus in its vaccine had a reduced immune response.The study authors called that “the biggest obstacle” for the vaccine to overcome.German biotech BioNTech and US drugmaker Pfizer Inc released details from a small study in Germany of a different type of vaccine that uses ribonucleic acid (RNA) – a chemical messenger that contains instructions for making proteins.The vaccine instructs cells to make proteins that mimic the outer surface of the coronavirus. The body recognizes these virus-like proteins as foreign invaders and can then mount an immune response against the actual virus.In the not-yet peer reviewed study of 60 healthy adults, the vaccine induced virus-neutralizing antibodies in those given two doses, a result in-line with a previous early-stage US trial.The burst of announcements followed publication last week of results of Moderna Inc’s vaccine trial, showing similarly promising early results. Moderna’s vaccine also uses a messenger RNA platform.”It’s encouraging that all these vaccines seem to induce antibodies in people,” said former World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny of the French research institute Inserm. “This proves that the science is moving forward very quickly, which is a good sign.”‘Long way to go’None of these leading contenders has shown side effects that could sideline their efforts so far, but all must still prove they are safe and effective in trials involving thousands of subjects, including those at high-risk for severe COVID-19, such as the elderly and people with diabetes.Historically, just 6% of vaccine candidates end up making it to market, often after a years-long testing process. Vaccine makers hope to dramatically compress that timeline through faster trials and by manufacturing at scale even before the products prove successful.Several manufacturers have US government backing with a goal of having a coronavirus vaccine by year’s end as cases continue to rise at a record pace.The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is one of 150 in development globally, but is considered the most advanced. Late-stage trials have begun in Brazil and South Africa and are due to start in the United States, where the infection prevalence is highest.In its Phase I trial, the vaccine induced so-called neutralizing antibodies – the kind that stop the virus from infecting cells – in 91% of individuals a month after they got one dose, and in 100% of subjects who got a second dose. These levels were on par with the antibodies produced by people who survived COVID-19 – a key benchmark of potential success.Oxford researcher Sarah Gilbert said the trial could not determine whether one or two doses would be needed to provide immunity.The vaccine, known as AZD1222, also induced the body to make T cells – activating a second part of the immune system that experts increasingly believe will be important for a lasting immune response.Recent studies show that some recovered patients who tested negative for coronavirus antibodies developed T cells in response to their infection. Scientists think both are important aspects of an effective coronavirus vaccine.Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, said the generation of both T-cell and neutralizing antibody responses was positive, adding, “there is a long way to go.” Early data from trials of three potential COVID-19 vaccines released on Monday, including a closely-watched candidate from Oxford University, increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognize and fight the novel coronavirus without serious side effects.Whether any of these efforts will result in a vaccine capable of protecting billions of people and ending the global pandemic that has claimed more than 600,000 lives is still far from clear. All will require much larger studies to prove they can safely prevent infection or serious disease.The vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca along with the Oxford University, induced an immune response in all study participants who received two doses without any worrisome side effects. A coronavirus vaccine under development by CanSino Biologics Inc and China’s military research unit, likewise showed that it appears to be safe and induced an immune response in most of the 508 healthy volunteers who got one dose of the vaccine, researchers reported.Some 77% of study volunteers experienced side effects like fever or injection site pain, but none considered to be serious.Both the AstraZeneca and CanSino vaccines use a harmless cold virus known as an adenovirus to carry genetic material from the novel coronavirus into the body. Studies on both vaccines were published in the journal The Lancet.”Overall, the results of both trials are broadly similar and promising,” Naor Bar-Zeev and William Moss, two vaccine experts from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in a commentary in The Lancet.center_img Topics :last_img read more

U.S. weekly offshore rig count unaltered

first_imgThe number of offshore rigs in the U.S. remained unchanged last week, according to weekly rig count reports by Baker Hughes, a GE company.Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. -3 to 936 rigsU.S. Rig Count is down 3 rigs from last week to 936, with oil rigs down 5 to 747, gas rigs up 2 to 189, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged.U.S. Rig Count is up 242 rigs from last year’s count of 694, with oil rigs up 196, gas rigs up 47, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged at 19 rigs and down 5 rigs year-over-year.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada +49 to 325 rigsCanada Rig Count is up 49 rigs from last week to 325, with oil rigs up 23 to 208 and gas rigs up 26 to 117.Canada Rig Count is down 17 rigs from last year’s count of 342, with oil rigs up 15 and gas rigs down 32.last_img read more

Gilman takes IMCA Modified checkers at Stuart

first_imgSTUART, Iowa (July 24) – After three weeks with no racing, the dirt was flying Sunday night at Stuart Speedway. Marcus Fagan, John Gill, Josh Gilman, Jamie Schirm and Clint Luellen were IMCA winners on NAPA Auto Parts Night at the Races.Todd Cooney and Gilman brought the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to the line with Gil­man leading early over Jake Murray and Cooney. The top three held true until Jeff James moved past Cooney for third on lap 13. Murray closed the gap some, but there was no stopping Gilman from taking his first local win of 2016.Murray finished a strong second with James third, Cooney fourth and Tim Ward fifth.Joel Tigges and Derrick Rohe brought out the IMCA Stock Cars with Tigges leading lap one. Rohe came through to take the top spot for the next six laps until Tigges found a way around.Things were looking good for Tigges until he lost the handle on lap 11 and spun in turn two, bring­ing out the caution. That turned the lead over to Chris Pruitt and he held it until Fagan powered by on lap 14. Fagan cruised to the win with Rohe second, Josh Daniels third, Pruitt fourth and Tigges fifth.Keith Burg and Jason Day were on the front row for the start of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. Ryan Grochala made it to the front on lap one as he led Burg and Schirm around for the first two laps.Schirm passed Burg on lap three and set his sights on the lead. Four laps later Schirm made it a reality as he made his move on the top side. Schirm had little trouble in taking the win with Jason Day taking second, John Watson third, Grochala fourth and Buck Schafroth fifth. Grochala was the heat race winner.The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods saw Thomas Egenberger and Dusty Masolini on the front row. Egenberger led lap one but his reign at the top was short-lived as Luellen took over on lap two.Shawn Cooney made it to second on lap four and began to try to track down Luellen, but there was no stopping the driver of the 3L machine on this night as he went on to the win. Cooney fin­ished second with Kody Havens third, Adam Armstrong fourth and Chase Rudolf fifth.Vicki Meeker and Aaron Miller led the Mach-1 Sport Compact field to green. Miller led the first lap with John Gill coming to the front on lap two. The race was on for second as Gill set sail to take the win. Miller got the best of the runner-up battle over James Roose with Meeker finishing fourth and David Coenen fifth.last_img read more