IMCA response to COVID-19 outbreak

first_img“It is hard to discuss upcoming events or series schedules, given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situ­ation at so many different levels,” Root said. “We will cross each bridge as we come to it and each track will make decisions on what is best for them and we will support them.” “We are in the racing business. We are not in position to second-guess decisions by public health or government officials tasked with safety issues across so much of two countries,” he continued. “We believe it is more important that drivers, fans and track officials follow those recommenda­tions and do what they can to help flatten the curve.” “As always, the most important issue is everyone’s safety – our drivers, our fans, our employees and the people who work at all of our sanctioned race tracks,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “It is difficult to address specifics in what is a dynamic, ever-changing situation, but the decisions we’re making now in response to COVID-19 are based on the best information we have.”  “Numerous state, county or local governments have announced stay at home or social distancing measures to stem the pandemic. Most of the tracks we sanction in 36 states and Canada are un­der some form of mandate,” said Root.  While the IMCA home office in Vinton, Iowa, is currently closed, all staff members are working from home and can be contacted electronically or by phone.  Updates will be posted on Facebook and the IMCA website as they develop VINTON, Iowa – IMCA officials continue to follow developments in the COVID-19 outbreak and have taken initial steps in helping guard the health and well being of members of the racing commu­nity. last_img read more

Major emergency exercise tests Donegal’s reaction

first_imgEmergency services from across Donegal put their teamwork and training to the test today as part of a major emergency exercise which took place in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny. It was organised by the Northwest Regional Working Group for Major Emergency Management which includes the Principal Response Agencies (PRAs) of Donegal County Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE (West).The event, which was code-named Exercise Neptune, involved around 100 participants and was based on a rapidly escalating flooding incident in the Finn Valley area with reported casualties and widespread property damage. It was a ‘table-top’ style exercise, i.e. one where team members meet in a workshop-style setting to discuss their roles and their responses to a particular emergency situation. A moderator then guided team members through the discussion using prompts or ‘injects’ as the scenario evolves.The overall objective of the exercise was to strengthen and develop the co-operation and co-ordination arrangements that exist between the PRAs and their partner agencies, namely the Defence Forces, the Irish Coast Guard, the Civil Defence and the Irish Red Cross, when responding to a major emergency brought about as a result of a severe weather event.Exercise Director, Kevin McGarvey, an emergency planning officer with Donegal County Council, said: “We have spent a number of months preparing for this exercise and it provided a valuable opportunity for the Principal Response Agencies and our partner agencies to test our plans, our inter-agency co-ordination and our preparations for a large-scale flood emergency response.“These types of flooding incident are becoming more and more commonplace and carrying out exercises of this nature will make a big difference to the potential outcomes should a real incident occur in County Donegal anytime into the future.” Pictured at the major emergency exercise in the Clanree earlier today are , Back Row L-R, Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer, Derek Flanagan, Irish Coast Guard, Michael Harrison, An Garda Síochána, Commandant John Anderson, Defence Forces, Martin McKinney, Irish Red Cross, Edel Quinn, HSE. Front Row, L-R: Kevin McGarvey, Donegal Fire Service, Garry Martin, Donegal County Council, Patrick Keaveny, Emergency Response Officer, HSE.Major emergency exercise tests Donegal’s reaction was last modified: September 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house

first_imgGardai at Bunbeg are investigating an incident at Ranafast overnight where tyres on a car were slashed.The vehicle was parked outside a private dwelling and the vandalism was discovered this morning.It is understood Gardai are investigating whether there is any link to the tyre slashing incident on two cars at a private house at Keadue over the holiday period. On that occasion, a total of ten tyres were slashed on two cars and a trailer.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Bunbeg or the Garda confidential line.Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 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)last_img read more

Banyana ready to tackle Tanzania

first_img29 August 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana will wind up Women’s Month with an international friendly against Tanzania at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday evening.They returned from Zambia earlier this week after a 4-0 win over She-polopolo and went straight into camp ahead of the African Women’s Championship in Namibia, which takes place from 11 to 25 October.On trackCoach Vera Pauw said in a statement that her charges’ preparations are on track for the biggest women’s football tournament on the African continent, which will also serve as a qualifier for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, with the top three finishers qualifying to play in the finals in Canada.“We travelled back to South Africa on Monday and we gave the players a day off on Tuesday but the girls are looking great. We will be ready for Tanzania come Sunday,” Pauw said.Amanda Dlamini is recovering well from a knee injury which she suffered in match against Namibia at the Dobsonville stadium on 10 August.Places up for grabsWith Pauw yet to name her final squad to compete at the African Women’s Championship, competition among players for a place in Namibia is stiff.“Everyone is working hard in the team. It’s not going to be easy for the coach to make the final selection as everyone is putting in great effort,” Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk said.African Women’s Championship preparationRunners-up in the last African Women’s Championship in 2012, South Africa qualified for this year’s finals after thrashing the Comoros 13-0 away from home in May. The islanders subsequently withdrew from the return leg of the tie, opening the way for Banyana Banyana to play a number of friendly internationals as preparation for the continental showpiece.In eight outings in 2014, all against African opposition, South Africa has won six matches and drawn twice against Zimbabwe: 2-2 in Johannesburg in April and 0-0 in Harare in July.Banyana’s other results include the 13-0 thrashing of the Comoros, a 4-0 defeat of Botswana on 7 June, a 2-1 win over Namibia in Windhoek on 5 July, a 2-0 victory over the same opposition on 10 August on home soil and the recent 4-0 victory over Zambia in Lusaka.GroupsSouth Africa has been drawn in Group B for the African Women’s Championship finals, alongside Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana. Group A consists of Nigeria, Namibia, the Ivory Coast and Zambia.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Video of giant 747 made out of 20,000 lego bricks

first_imgThe love of the 747 knows no bounds with Jack Carleson building one out of 20,000 lego bricks.In the video below Jack takes us on a full tour of his custom LEGO 747 jumbo jet.SEE our full coverage of the 747s 50th year.This model has a full interior and functioning flaps. It weighs almost 100 lbs and is over 6 feet long. It has a wingspan of 5 feet.last_img

Boeing appoints veteran to head new safety push

first_imgSouthwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft at Victorville, California. Image: KCAL9. Boeing has appointed a 34-year company veteran to head a new organization designed to streamline safety responsibilities across the company.Former Boeing Commercial Airplanes safety security and compliance vice president Beth Pasztor will head a new unit that aims unify safety-related responsibilities now managed by teams across several business and operating units.The Product Safety and Services organization will be responsible for reviewing all aspects of product safety, including investigating cases of undue pressure and anonymous concerns raised by employees.Pasztor will also oversee the company’s accident investigation team and safety review boards as well as the system that allows Boeing staff to represent the US  Federal Aviation Administration in airplane certification activities.Pasztor and other engineers throughout the company will report to Boeing chief engineer Greg Hyslop.The new appointment was one of several actions announced Monday by Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg in response to a five-month review by a special board committee in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes.READ: NTSB says MAX certification underestimated pilot experience.The crashes led to the global MAX fleet being grounded and sparked a review of controversial flight control software known as MCAS.Boeing is finalizing a new version of the flight control software aimed at proving to the FAA the grounded aircraft should be re-certified as safe to fly.The manufacturer is still optimistic this will happen early in the fourth quarter, although the optimism is not shared by a number of its customersIt also needs to convince the flying public, lawmakers and others that it has addressed any problems with its safety culture and processes.“My team and I embrace our board’s recommendations and are taking immediate steps to implement them across the company in partnership with our people, while continuing and expanding our ongoing efforts to strengthen safety across Boeing and the broader aerospace industry,’’ Muilenburg said in a statement.The Boeing chief told Bloomberg News he had considered external candidates to head the new team  before deciding Pasztor’s deep knowledge of Boeing would give her a running start.“She, from a technical qualification standpoint, is the best,’’ he said.Other responses to the committee recommendations by the company include the establishment of a design requirements program “to strengthen a culture of continuous improvement, learning and innovation”The company is also enhancing its Continued Operation Safety Program to raise “the visibility and transparency of all safety and potential safety reports” as well as partnering with customers to ensure flight deck designs continue to anticipate the needs of future pilots.In addition to the board’s recommendations, Muilenburg also announced additional steps to strengthen how it manages safety across the company and its suppliers.These included an anonymous reporting system from  Boeing Commercial Airplanes that had been expanded across the company and was encouraging employees to bring forward potential safety issues to be reviewed by the Product and Services Safety organization.Safety review boards had also been expanded and are now led by senior executives including the chief engineer and business unit chiefs.There were also investments in enhanced flight simulation and computing capabilities that had boosted the company’s testing capabilities.The company gave one example where software engineers over the past several weeks run 390,000 flight hours on the 737 MAX—the equivalent of flying 45 years.Advanced research and development efforts in future flight decks were also underway and were incorporating leading-edge work in human factors and design.“In addition to our focus on a common safety management system, we’re creating new leadership positions with the authority, accountability and transparency needed to make measurable progress; addressing the growing need for talent, pilot and maintenance technician training, and STEM education; as well as investing in areas such as product design, future flight decks, infrastructure, regulation and new technologies,’’ Muilenburg said.last_img read more

The Reload: Elite 2019 QB Target Calls OSU Visit ‘The Best’

first_imgChaney also has offers from Baylor, TCU, Wichita State and OSU. If you’re thinking the schools, geographically, are a little weird, it’s because Chaney recently played for Frisco Liberty in Texas before transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada last July.Findlay Prep has been an NBA talent producing factory over the years, with Avery Bradley, Anthony Bennett, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson claiming Findlay as their alma mater since its origination in 2006.Three teammates offered over the weekendTrinity Christian School prospect Joey Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina, reported a scholarship offer from OSU this week. Baker is a top-25 national prospect in the 2019 recruiting class with close to 20 offers who is considered a North Carolina Tar Heels lean — although his in-state school has yet to pull the trigger on him yet. Baker is an uber-athletic combo forward who can score it and play around the rim.He’s averaging 16 points per game on the Under Armour Circuit and has emerged as his teams go-to scorer for Team Felton. Two of his other Team Felton teammates were also offered over the weekend.Mike Boynton has offered 2020 wing Silas Mason, 2019 guard Joey Baker and 2018 big man Immanuel Bates. All three @TeamFeltonBBall products.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) May 8, 2017Immanuel Bates is a 6-foot-9 power forward with 15 offers from the likes of UConn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Cincy and others. Silas Mason, meanwhile, is an up-and-coming 2020 prospect whose first Power 5 offer is from the Cowboys. Watson is a 6-foot-6 small forward who has the frame and the talent to be a legit Division I player, and it seems OSU is looking to get ahead of that train.Here’s a little scouting of Watson from Phenom Hoop Report, who hosted him for an event last April.“Marcus Watson for CP3 was the true heart and soul of this team. He always came through when his number was called on offense, and was a top tier defender at multiple positions. Blessed with great length and size, Watson could play as a big guard, ideal wing, or even as a stretch big in the right circumstances. Range was excellent extending out past the three-point line; showed great intelligence at all times, really a do-it-all type of player.” [Phenom Hoop Report]2018 big man Reggie Chaney offered scholarshipFindlay Prep big man Reggie Chaney is another hoops target to emerge this week on the radar of Mike Boynton and his staff. Chaney is a 6-foot-7 prospect—typically the size you see in a small forward, especially in the Big 12—but he’s classified as both a power forward and center at recruiting service websites. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors regarding Oklahoma State recruiting.Grant Gunnell calls OSU ‘best visit’The premier quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, has already garnered 25 offers from the likes of OSU, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU and others. And to this point in his recruitment, his unofficial visit to Stillwater is the one that stands out to him thanks to the efforts of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.“They’re the first guys to jump on with me to be the first offer,” Gunnell told Scout of Oklahoma State. “That’s really special to be their first offer. Coach (Mike) Yurich is really awesome. That’s probably the most special visit I took. He put together a video of me in their offense with the same exact plays of me throughout the years. It was probably the best visit.”Gunnell is ranked nationally as the 54th best overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 2 ranked quarterback in the country, closing in on 5-star status. He says he’ll likely release a list of his top schools later this spring. Oklahoma State will be on the list but, as he broke down in the Scout story, he’s weighing options between landing with an air raid system or a pro-style system.“They both have their pros and cons,” he said of both systems. “I think it’s just that. You have to look at how the coach fits well with me and how I want to be coached, the head coach stability and stuff like that.”2019 SF Marcus Watson offered scholarshipA quick description for Watson in one word: under-recruited. (or is that two words?) Watson is a small forward from Clemmons, North Carolina. He holds offers from OSU, Iowa, LSU, Georgia and Mercer, despite being ranked as a top 100 prospect in the 2019 class.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

New OU Head Coach Lincoln Riley’s Ties with Big 12, Air Raid

first_imgFollowing the University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops’ announcement to retire, the school has named offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley as the Sooners’ new head coach:SOURCE: Bob Stoops & #OC AD Joe Castiglione have been grooming Lincoln Riley for this situation for over a year. https://t.co/yGy5Dv3i9R— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017With the hire, Riley becomes the FBS’ youngest head coach at 33 years old, replacing Memphis’ 35-year-old Mike Norvell.“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma,” said Riley in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided.”No one knows if Riley will be a successful head coach, but he was as successful of a coordinator as anyone in the country. Riley, an air raid disciple, used his own variation of the air raid to build one of college football’s best offenses at Oklahoma, and interestingly enough, his history has plenty of Big 12 ties.Riley walked on to Texas Tech in 2002 and played quarterback behind current TTU head coach Kliff Kingsbury. His head coach was Mike Leach, who coincidentally brought his air raid offense to Oklahoma in 1999, which was Bob Stoops’ first year as head coach. Now, Riley takes place of Stoops using an offense of his former head coach — the same offense that won Stoops a national championship in his second year.Got all that?Leach hired Riley as a graduate assistant in 2003, and he moved his way up to assistant coach by 2006. Riley served as the receivers coach, and his fellow (inside) receivers coach, Dana Holgorsen, would eventually bring the air raid offense to Oklahoma State in 2010.But wait, I’m not finished.Riley would then accept the offensive coordinator position under Eastern Carolina’s then-head coach Ruffin McNeil, who was Mike Leach’s assistant head coach from 2003-2009. It’s funny how coaching trees can be so cyclical.Riley has worked with the best air raid coaches in football. His success at OU will be judged much later on, but there’s certainly precedent for young Big 12 assistant coaches, specifically air raid ones, finding a head coaching job. Apart from Leach, Holgorsen and Kingsbury, Art Briles, Sonny Dykes, Dino Babers, Kevin Sumlin and Kevin Wilson all found head coaching jobs by way of both the Big 12 and the air raid. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Favored by 17 Points Over Tulsa in Season-Opener

first_imgBy the looks of it, the line at 72 is a gift from above. But against elite level competition like Ohio State last season, TU managed just 3 points and barely escaped Columbus without a goose egg.If OSU is the elite level team I think most people expect them to be, I would guess their point total next Thursday will look closer to 3 than the 41.2 average they put up throughout their entire 2016 season. So from that, here’s my advice: Take the under on the line (72), and take OSU -17. It’s going to be a rout in favor of the Cowboys. 2016 PPG Avg.36.841.2 2016 PPG Avg. — Non-Con.44.338.5 When Tulsa comes to Stillwater next Thursday, the Golden Hurricane will be doing so as heavy underdogs against the 10th-ranked Cowboys. That much we all could’ve guessed. But Vegas has now acknowledged as much, setting the betting line for the game as OSU -17 at both Bovada and Vegas Insiders.The over/under line is set at 72 at Vegas Insiders.So should you take OSU as the favorite? If 2016 told us anything, it’s that OSU — outside of, well, a game we won’t speak of — did very well against the spread. In fact, the Pokes went 8-5 against the spread in the season, ranking among the top 25 teams in the country according to TeamRankings.com.AdChoices广告Here are the numbers from last season on how each team fared both in the regular season and in non-conference play.center_img OSUTU While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more