Van Straten make history with 100th feature win

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Stock Car career wins number one and 100, and a lot of them in between, came at Shawano Speedway for Travis Van Straten. (Photo by A and H Photos)By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (July 29) – On July 14, 2001 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car rookie Travis Van Straten scored his first career feature win at Shawano Speedway.Sixteen years later, Van Straten – now one of the top IMCA Stock Car racers in the nation – scored his 100th feature win at the same venue.  It was the 12th win of the season for the three-time defending track champion.Josh Mroczkowski led early on as Dan Michonski quickly moved to second after starting 10th. Michonski took the lead on lap five while Van Straten worked through the field and joined the top three by lap 10.Michonski, Van Straten, and Nolan went three-wide for the lead on lap 12 with Van Straten taking the top spot. Van Straten led the rest of the way for his historic 100th IMCA career feature win.  Michonski finished second and Nolan was third.In other action, Marcus Yarie won his second local IMCA Modified feature of the season while Jordan Barkholtz won his fourth Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.last_img read more

Golf star Tiger Woods announces plans for a new memoir ‘Back’

first_imgLast Updated: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST Golf Star Tiger Woods Announces Plans For A New Memoir ‘Back’ Tiger Woods announces a new memoir named ‘Back’ in association with publishers Harper Collins. It will account his troubled past to his carrier achievements. 11 months ago Kapil Dev comes out as a golf champion in the AVT Champions Tour FOLLOW US First Published: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST LIVE TV 10 months ago Koepka leads big guns rolling in for PGA Tour’s Asian riches WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Comeback KingWoods won his last Major, the US Open, all the way back in 2008 when he beat Rocco Mediate for the title. Since then, he has been reportedly battling injuries. And just like that, the 11-time PGA player of the year fell from grace. In April 2019, he announced his comeback with a win in the 2019 Masters tournament, which was his fifth Masters win. It leaves him one shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record six Masters win, and three short of his record eighteen Major wins. His performance materialised when it mattered most and almost feels like a throwback to the 2000s. He now has three top-10s in his past four Majors. WE RECOMMENDcenter_img 10 months ago Donald Trump’s Ireland golf course expansion plan gets approval Written By Sujay Chakraborty Also read | (Not) Tokyo Olympics 2020? Venue-spreading In Store To Counter HeatIn the wake of this comeback, he has decided to work with publishers Harper Collins for the aforementioned memoir. The book will start with Woods’ childhood as a prodigy, encompassing his 81 PGA tour wins – the second-highest total in history and his 15 Masters victories. No confirmed release date has been announced as of now. The book is also supposed to visit his devastating injuries and personal troubles with infidelity and subsequent sex addiction in detail. This memoir is going to be the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full cooperation of his friends and family.Also read | Koepka Leads Big Guns Rolling In For PGA Tour’s Asian RichesWoods is returning to competitive golf on October 21 to be part of a skins game with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in Chiba, Japan. He’s also planning to play in the PGA Tour’s new event, the Zozo Championship, that starts October 24. Both of those events are at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. It will be Woods’ first time in Japan in 13 years.Also read | Eliud Kipchoge Nominated For IAAF Male Athlete Of The Year Award 11 months ago Golf: Anika Varma earns 5th spot in Hero Women’s India Open SUBSCRIBE TO US Tiger Woods has made an implausible comeback this year when he won his first Major in over a decade, back in April. Now, the 43-year-old golfer has announced he intends to tell his definitive story through a memoir titled ‘Back’.Also read | After Record World Medal Haul, Simone Biles A Face Of 2020 Olympics 10 months ago Deepika Padukone: All about her family and plans to start a new onelast_img read more

Sports Ministry sends Goodwill Message to Black Stars

first_imgThe Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has on behalf of Government and the people of Ghana sent a goodwill message to the senior national football team, the Black Stars ahead of their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against the Hawks of Togo on Wednesday November, 19, 2014 at the Tamale Sports Stadium.In a message to the team, the Hon. Minister said that the Black Stars must win this match to qualify for Equatorial Guinea in 2015. “I am very confident the team will put the injuries of some of the players behind them and put up a spirited performance to win the match convincingly. I want to assure you that the good people of Ghana are solidly behind you so I urge the team to avoid any complacency in order to qualify for the AFCON 2015”, the Minister said. The Minister also took the opportunity to urge the holders of the Black Stars to ensure that the team is well conditioned and prepared physically, mentally and psychologically ahead of the match.Finally, Hon. Mahama Ayariga asked every Ghanaian to remember the Black Stars in their prayers and appealed to the spectating public to throng to the Tamale Sports stadium in their numbers to support the Black Stars.last_img read more

Web site to cover Earth’s 1.8 million species

first_imgThe MacArthur and Sloan foundations have given a total $12.5 million to pay for the first 2 years of the massive effort, but it will be free and accessible to everyone. The pages can be adjusted so that they provide useful information for both a schoolchild and a research biologist alike, with an emphasis on encouraging “citizen-scientists” to add their sightings. While amateurs can contribute in clearly marked side pages, the key detail and science parts of the encyclopedia will be compiled and reviewed by experts. “It could be a very big leap in the way we do science,” said Cristian Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, one of seven museums, universities and labs to launch the encyclopedia. “This is a project that is so big, not even the Smithsonian could do it by itself. It is a global effort.” Other institutions helping head the undertaking include Harvard University, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, the Biodiversity Heritage Library Consortium, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Atlas of Living Australia. The project will try to be like Mexico’s Conabio compilation of all 70,000 named species in that country, but bigger, Edwards said. For more than a decade, scientists have tried to compile simply a list of all species on Earth, but failed. It’s been too complicated, too expensive and too cumbersome. This effort may succeed where the others have faltered because of new search engine technology. It will scan the Web for scientific information on the Internet and “mash up” all of the material into a file that then gets reviewed by expert curators, said Harvard’s James Hanken, a steering committee member. For scientists, especially those in developing countries, this can open up new worlds of research, said Samper, who has worked as a biologist in Colombia studying South American plants. And that means more science from different areas, he said. Research papers that used to be limited to northern science libraries will be easily accessible in remote Botswana, he said. “The democracy of science can’t be overemphasized,” he added. And the democracy will be spread to people without PhDs. Edwards said the public will be able to send information to scientists that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Sample demonstration pages of the polar bear show what the scientists hope to do. It offers pictures, maps, research and data on the molecular biology, genetics, reproduction diet of the polar bear. The information can be accessed at the “novice” level, which says: “Polar bears inhabit Arctic sea ice, water, islands and continental coastlines.” At “expert” level, it says: Polar bears occur in low numbers throughout their range and are most abundant in shallow water areas near shore or where current or upwellings increase biological productivity near ice areas associated with open water, polynyas or lead systems.” And as new species are discovered each day, they’ll be added, scientists say. They estimate that Earth actually has 8 million species or so, but only one-quarter of them have been identified and named as separate species. After that, long-gone species – the fossil world – will be added. “If we don’t include dinosaurs, we’ll have lost 6-year-old boys,” Edwards said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In a whale-sized project, the world’s scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth’s 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone. The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. Its first pages of information will be shown today in Washington where the massive effort is being announced by some of the world’s leading scientific institutions and universities. The project will take about 10 years to complete. “It’s an interactive zoo,” said James Edwards, who will be the encyclopedia’s executive director. Edwards currently helps run a global biodiversity information system. If the new encyclopedia progresses as planned, it should fill about 300 million pages, which, if lined up end-to-end, would be more than 52,000 miles long, able to stretch twice around the world at the equator. last_img read more