New promoter finds ‘hidden gem’ in 34 Raceway

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa –Bradley Stevens will be in charge of weekly programs at a track he likens to “a hidden gem.”Stevens has purchased 34 Raceway from Jeff and Amy Laue. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and newly-sanctioned Mach-1 Sport Compacts run Saturday nights at the Southeast Iowa speedplant.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season begins April 7 and continues through Sept. 29 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.“This track ranks right up there with the best tracks in the Midwest. It’s a hidden gem – there are still people who don’t realize what we’ve got here,” said Stevens, whose purchase of the track began with a casual conversation with the Laues and was encouraged by significant other Jessi Mynatt. “We’re just going to tweak some things.”“We’re going to do everything we can to get families to the track,” he emphasized. “We’re going to be real keen on prices with a family pack deal and we’ll run four classes every week and two others every other week. We won’t have an intermission unless we absolutely need one so we can run a smooth show and get everybody home at a decent time.”Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and non-sanctioned 305 sprint cars are on weekly programs at 34. Sport Compacts and mod-lites will alternate Saturdays while a local truck class follows a limited schedule, usually in conjunction with special events.34 has sanctioned the Modified and Stock Car divisions with IMCA since 2006, the Northern SportMods since 2011. Features paying $1,000 to win for each IMCA division will be scheduled, with the Modified race a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.“It was important for me to sanction with an organization with a good set of rules that were right there in black and white,” Stevens said. “What really sold me on IMCA is that they are well-run and well-organized. Everyone there is very professional and that made the transition very easy for me.”Stevens raced a go-kart before crewing for different Late Models drivers, the first of them being friend Brenton Slocum, and had promoted the annual special event held in Slocum’s memory since its inception.He founded the Brent Slocum Foundation, which has awarded some $50,000 in scholarships to area high school graduates.Touring IMCA Late Models are at West Burlington for the 50th time in Deery Brothers Summer Series history on July 3. Fireworks will follow the pre-holiday show.“Deery Brothers has done so much for this series. It’s a fantastic series and it’s been around forever. Series like this don’t stick around if they’re not good,” Stevens said. “It means a lot to us that 34 Raceway has held more series races than any other track.”34 will also partner with the Slocum Foundation in the Aug. 4 High 5 For Kids Night.“Getting more kids interested in racing will help the sport grow,” explained Stevens. “We want them to be able to come over and meet the drivers, sit in John Oliver’s car, talk to Bill Roberts and have their picture taken with Dennis LaVeine.”Fans will get their first look at 2018 rides during the indoor car show at Deery Brothers in West Burlington from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on March 18. An open practice will be held March 24.Modified points earned at 34 figure in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region.last_img read more

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Geistlinger & Hayes: Your College Football briefing for Saturday, Nov. 19

first_imgThe Badger Herald Sports section’s weekly double feature is highlighting all of the weekend’s biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday.For any fellow college football junkies out there, feel free to chime in via Twitter with questions, comments or requests to @BHeraldSports for the column going forward.Football preview: Struggling Purdue’s problems augmented by No. 6/7 Wisconsin matchupTo say the University of Purdue’s football program has been stuck in a rut the last decade or so would Read…No. 7 Wisconsin (8-2) at Purdue (3-7)Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, INWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19TV: ABC (Channel 607 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Wisconsin (-28.0)The University of Wisconsin comes into this week’s throw down with the Purdue University Boilermakers holding steady at No. 7 in the College Football Playoff Poll.Despite last Saturday’s demolition of the University of Illinois and multiple losses from higher ranked squads, the Badgers failed to move up. However, this lack of respect nationally should give some on-field motivation to the Badgers who come in as four touchdown favorites.Though Purdue is a wonderful place to learn about proper in-text citations, it is a terrible place to observe quality football games, as Wisconsin has won their last 10 games against the Boilermakers by an average of almost 23 points. Look for the Badgers to pad their schedule and build some clout with the selection committee with a massive victory this Saturday.Geistlinger: Wisconsin 52, Purdue 7Hayes: Wisconsin 30, Purdue 10Football notes: Last Saturday served as reminder for Badgers to never overlook lesser opponentsFive of the top 10 teams in last week’s College Football Playoff Poll, including three of the top five, suffered Read…Lock of the Week: No. 8 Penn State (8-2) at Rutgers (2-8)Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJWhen: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19TV: BTN (Channel 664 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Penn State (-27.5)Penn State University received a huge boost to their Big Ten championship hopes last week after University of Michigan’s surprising loss. With a couple more wins and another Michigan loss, the Nittany Lions will improbably find themselves heading to Indianapolis with the chance for a Playoff berth. Luckily they match up this week with Rutgers University, a team whose incompetence on the gridiron is truly hard to comprehend or describe. Penn State has won 6 in a row, and with added motivation they have no time to toy around with the Scarlet Knights on Saturday. A four touchdown line will not be enough as the Lions will continue their unlikely march up the national rankingsGeistlinger: Penn State 48, Rutgers 14Hayes: Penn State 42, Rutgers 7 No. 23 Florida (7-2) at No. 16 LSU (6-3)Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LAWhen: Noon Saturday, Nov. 12TV: WatchESPN / SEC Network (N/A on Residence Hall Cable)Line: LSU (-14.0)This delayed matchup between Louisiana State University and the University of Florida has been a long time coming. After the original 2016 chapter of the series was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, it appeared as though it may not have even happened. If not for the two school’s massive SEC checkbooks, LSU and Florida would be playing non-conference games against Presbyterian College and the University of Alabama respectively this week. Now that each of those schools has been awarded a heft half-a-million dollars a piece, the stage is set for Saturday night in Baton Rouge. If this game were played back on Oct. 29 like it was originally set for, I would have favored the Gators. But two weeks later and the Tigers are rolling behind a reutilized Leonard Fournette rushing attack. Tiger Stadium is more commonly known as “Death Valley” for a reason; LSU takes it big.Geistlinger: LSU 23, Florida 16Hayes: LSU 31, Florida 10Geistlinger’s Upset Alert:No. 22 Washington State (8-2) vs. No. 10 Colorado (8-2)Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, COWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19TV: FOX (Channel 617 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Colorado (-6.5)This Pac-12 battle will pit University of Colorado’s premier defense (17.9 points per game, 9th best nationally) vs. a Washington State University offense that has been barnstorming their opponents for 43.7 points and 385.5 passing yards per game (2nd and 10th best in the country). With both teams currently in first place in their divisions, we could see these two squads match up again in the Pac-12 championship a few weeks from now, with a Rose Bowl berth on the line. In this week’s game, however, I think Washington State is being undervalued. Though Colorado is 12 spots higher, both of these teams have built their rankings by beating up on inferior competition, and neither possesses a win over a Top 25 team. This game should be fairly even, but look for Washington State and its explosive offense to steal an upset win on the road.Geistlinger: Washington State 27, Colorado 24Hayes: Colorado 35, Washington State 31Hayes’ Upset Alert:  No. 11 Oklahoma State (8-2) at TCU (5-4)Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TXWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19TV:  FS1(Channel 672 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: TCU (-5.0)Oklahoma State University has flown under the radar ever since being plastered across every sports network in the country for all of the wrong reasons in week two when a last-second Hail Mary pass by Central Michigan University turned into a crushing Okie State upset. This Saturday they head into Fort Worth to take on Texas Christian University as a quiet No. 11, just barely looking into the top 10 from the outside. Don’t let TCU’s four losses fool you, the Horned Frogs can turn it on. TCU also needs only one more win to be bowl eligible, and the Cowboys will give it to them.Hayes: TCU 34, Oklahoma State 24last_img read more

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Cuban Nurses Depart for Trinidad and Tobago to Help Fight COVID-19

first_imgCMC Edina Clara Byfield Cooper, a nurse with 30 years experience, said patients are like family, and she hopes that her work in Trinidad and Tobago will meet the expectations that Cuba and the Revolution have placed on it. The ceremony was attended by Marcia Coba Ruiz, Deputy Minister of Public Health, and Ana Teresita González Fraga, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment. She said among the objectives of those who leave for this internationalist mission are to return to the country healthy and with their duties fulfilled, as well as to share with the people of Trinidad and Tobago their experiences in confronting the pandemic. Ramírez Díaz has denounced the campaign of the United States government to discredit the value of Cuban health workers noting that the Cuban medical workers, who are also members of the Henry Reeve International Contingent, were saving lives. In Trinidad and Tobago they will have to work with patients in the intensive care services, according to Anabel González Miranda, a graduate in nursing and a pediatric intensivist.center_img HAVANA, Cuba – The first group of 11 female nurses left Cuba on Friday for Trinidad and Tobago as part of the efforts in helping the country prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Coordinator of the group, Yaquelín Ramírez Díaz, said that the nurses will work with the professionalism that characterizes Cuban medicine, and will face the pandemic together with the health professionals in Port of Spain. Teresa Amarelle Boué, a member of the Political Bureau and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women, in her farewell speech, emphasized the opportunities that the Cuban Revolution has given to women. She told the Cuban News Agency that is why they have received courses on how COVID-19 behaves, what the necessary protective measures are and the protocol for caring for the sick.last_img read more

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Boys to get access to HPV vaccinations soon – Public Health Minister

first_img…lauds Guyana’s immunisation successWhile underscoring the importance of immunisation which helps to protect people from various diseases, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence lauded the successes made thus far in ensuring that Guyanese of all ages are covered under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), but not without mentioning the challenges the country also faces.Minister Lawrence was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the Maternal Child Health (MCH) – Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) Quarterly Review Meeting which was held at the Pegasus on Monday. The forum focused on maternal and child mortality, as well as immunisation.In recognition of the benefits of immunisation, there has been need to extend immunisation coverage worldwide, especially in low income countries which have the highest maternal mortality rates.Attendees of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) Quarterly Review Meeting which was held at the Pegasus on Monday.Minister Lawrence noted that Guyana has registered great success with support from various stakeholders but there will always be a need for improvement and further expansion.She observed that with the constant bordering traffic and increasing outbreak of diseases such as measles and yellow fever, there is an urgent need for more active monitoring and surveillance of what is happening.While significant strides have been made on the coast, access to remote areas of the country remains a hindrance to the process, the Minister reported.“I wish to state that the potential and sustainability of our country are strongly linked to a healthy nation. I want to reiterate that monitoring and appropriate management of our health systems are intrinsic to us making substantial progress,” she told the participants.Equal accessGuyana is among the countries that have benefited significantly from the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) initiative in procuring vaccines for children. Currently, 17 vaccines exist in the Public Health Ministry’s vaccination schedule to which every child has equal access.Minister Lawrence said that the campaign is reaching many girls with a strong focus on young adolescents, particularly in the hinterland. “We are not trying to stop our girls from having children in the future, but stopping them from having cancer,” she explained.In announcing that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines will be given to boys and girls now, the Minister said that it is hoped that more people could become advocates and speak to people in churches, mosques, temples and clubs, educating them on the work regarding immunisation.Guyana was successful with its immunisation programme over the decades. This has come about with the strategies used to combat preventable diseases particularly in children.According to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Guyana’s EPI was initiated during the late 1970s with vaccinations against 6 diseases namely: measles, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, diphtheria and tuberculosis. The last case of yellow fever was in 1968, and measles in 1991.At the end of 2017, the programme now offers additional antigens against the following diseases: yellow fever, Hepatitis B, mumps, heamophilus influenza, rubella, rotavirus and pneumococcal, meningococcal and Human Papilloma Virus. This programme has expanded from a child immunisation programme to a family immunisation programme.PAHO in collaboration with the Ministry has been making efforts to strengthen surveillance and conduct vaccination mop-up activities in the bordering and outlying communities.last_img read more

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