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Next step takes KMJ Performance to title sponsorship role for IMCA state program

first_imgTitles are determined by drivers’ total points earned in their first 40 starts at all tracks in each state. One hundred and ten state kings, and queens, were crowned each of the last two years.  STORY CITY, Iowa – A company that already ships thousands of orders weekly to drivers all across the country is the new title sponsor for one of IMCA’s broadest based and most popular awards programs.  The Story City, Iowa, chassis and high performance parts manufacturer and distributor had given awards to special events competitors in 2019, its first season of IMCA sponsorship. KMJ has signed on as title sponsor for the state awards program through 2021. More than 100 drivers will earn KMJ Performance State Championships this season and receive their choice of a $200 gift certificate good toward the purchase of any four shock package, $250 off the purchase of any Victory or Assault chassis, or $50 off any parts purchase.  “This is a great new direction for the KMJ program and with so many different parameters for racing in every state, the pursuit of a state championship will be something all drivers can uniformly strive for in 2020,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are excited to partner with KMJ and look forward to crowning a record number of state champions this year.” “We wanted to get our name out more last year and I believe we accomplished that. Sponsoring the IMCA state championship program is a good next step and I’m eager to see what these next two seasons bring,” KMJ owner Tony Hofbauer said. “The state championship program reaches drivers throughout the country. We ship out 5,000 packages a week to drivers across the united states so it correlates with what we’re doing now.”  Information about Assault and Victory chassis and all KMJ products is available at the www.kmjperformance.com website and on Facebook.  Nine hundred and fifty-six different drivers have won one or more of the 1,485 state championships awarded by IMCA since 2000.  Hofbauer started Assault Race Cars with Randy Havlik in 2017 and bought both Victory Chassis and Zero 1 Shocks in 2018. In addition to corporate, manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Story City, KMJ also has a high performance parts retail location in Ames.last_img read more

Nancy L. Baize – Brookville

first_imgA celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Friends may visit with the family from 3p.m. until time of service.  Cremation will follow. Nancy L. Baize, of Brookville, was born on March 18, 1946 in Andersonville, a daughter to Russell and Elizabeth Wingler Quinlan.  She married Thomas (PeeWee) Baize and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2008.  Nancy worked at Visteon for over 20 years, and was a member of Legacy Christian Church and the Brookville American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and her pet bird as well as gardening, cooking and caring for others.  On December 3, 2019 at the age of 73, she passed away surrounded by loving family. Survivors include her son, Tim (Kay) Baize of Cabot, AR; daughter, Janeen (Steve) Robertson of Shandon, OH; 7 grandchildren, Nacole Baize, Sheena (Bill) Willis-Sample, Steven (Lila) Robertson, Danitza (Shelby) Sailor, Abby Sue (Alex) Payne, Shelby (Tyler) Bell, and Richard Spivey; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, John (Barbara) Quinlan of Blooming Grove and Roger (Charlene) Quinlan of Metamora and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Melissa Spivey and Tisha Baize; two great-grandchildren, Noah Robertson and Serenity Miller; three sisters, Frieda Masters, Janie Howard and Mary Bruns, and two brothers, Michael and Richard Quinlan.center_img Memorial donations can be directed to FC CAN.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal memory please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Nancy Baize.last_img read more

Gardai warn public over burglar gangs as clocks prepare to go back this week

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have warned the public to be extra vigilant as the clocks prepare to go back on Sunday – a period they say is the most lucrative time of the year for burglar gangs. They said gangs like to take advantage of the extra hour of darkness in which to operate.A spokesperson for Gardaí in the county said: “The clocks go back next weekend and the evenings will be long and dark. There are simple steps we can take to ensure that our homes are not easy prey for a burglar. “Lock all doors and ensure that windows are shut when your home is empty. Consider locking doors when you are at home also as a habit.“Get good lighting for outside your home (The dusk to dawn light is a great security feature as it automatically illuminates as soon as darkness falls and turns off again when it is bright).“Consider getting a monitored alarm for your home. Ensure that you supply your eircode when having it installed as in the event of emergency services having to attend at your home, this will ensure a swift arrival.“Don’t keep large amounts of cash at home. If you have valuable jewellery then please invest in a safe and have it screwed to the floor or wall in a hidden location. Keep all valuables in it especially when leaving your home.“Check in on elderly neighbours over the coming months and advise them in relation to home security. Advertisement “Report any suspicious activity in your area to your local Garda Station.”Gardai warn public over burglar gangs as clocks prepare to go back this week was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

2003 National Orders awards

first_img3 December 2003Forty-one South Africans – and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions – have received the country’s highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the newly instituted Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery on some of South Africa’s “ordinary” heroes and heroines – ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things – at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.The new orders and decoration – each awarded in gold, silver and bronze categories – complete the country’s new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.For more on the new orders, see Orders for ‘ordinary’ peopleSpeaking at the ceremony, Mbeki said the new orders “represent the nobility of human endeavour.“The distinguished South Africans we honour today are fit and proper persons to receive these awards, because they occupy an important place among those of our people who are the handmaidens of our liberty, who represent our creative talent, who manifest the national gift of courage that rises with danger.“For all time, these men and women will be admitted as esteemed members of these orders, and recipients of the decoration, subject to the precedence and authority of our national anthem, our national flag, and our national coat of arms, which represent the highest symbolic repositories of our common nationhood.”Confronting ‘clear and present danger’First to take the podium was game ranger Sam Nkomo, who received the Mendi Decoration for Bravery (silver) for rescuing two tourists who were being attacked by elephants at a resort near Madikwe in North West in July 2003.Slabbert Leonard, who saved eight members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions from drowning after their bus plunged into the Saulspoort dam while they were on their way to a rally on May Day this year, also received the Mendi Decoration (silver).Another recipient of the decoration – in the gold category – was not an individual, but all members of the South African National Defence Force involved in rescuing over 14 000 people from the floods that ravaged neighbouring Mozambique in 2000. South Africa’s role in the rescue and relief effort was lauded by Mozambique and the international community at large.Another group award – in the silver category – was made to the members of the former South African Defence Force involved in rescuing all 587 passengers and crew aboard the Oceanos, which sank off the coast near East London in 1991. The mission has since become a textbook illustration of maritime rescue professionalism, studied by many rescue centres across the world.Two posthumous decorations in the gold category were awarded to Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Basil February, one of the first South Africans to sacrifice his life in the armed struggle; and to Petros Linda Jabane, also an Umkhonto we Sizwe fighter, whose last-ditch stand against apartheid security forces led to his becoming known as the Lion of Chiawelo.Mendi Decoration for Bravery: more on the recipients & their storiesAll the recipients, Mbeki said, had “confronted clear and present danger, with full knowledge of the potential harm to themselves, to save human life and limb … By their deeds, they reaffirmed our philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am because of you’.”Leonard said that he never thought his “bravery” would result in his being honoured, as he had performed an ordinary act as part of his involvement with the National Rescue Institute.“I never though it would come to this. This such an honour for me”, Leonard said, adding that if he had to do it again he would do it “with my eyes closed!”.Nation buildingThe Order of Luthuli – for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace – was awarded in the gold category to the late freedom fighters Charlotte Maxeke, Patrick Molaoa and Alfred Nzo, as well as to struggle veteran John Nkadimeng.In the silver category, posthumous awards went to Jafta Masemola, Archie Gumede, Matthew Goniwe, Cissie Gool and Mthuli Ka Shezi, while former Black Sash leader Mary Burton and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Phillis Naidoo were at the ceremony to receive their awards.Other recipients in the silver category were liberation theologian Father Albert Nolan, Winnie Kgware – first president of the Black People’s Convention formed in 1972 – and Afrikaner academic Prof Willie Esterhuyse, who facilitated negotiations between the African National Congress and the apartheid government in the late 1980s and early 1990sLekgau Mathabathe (posthumous) and Jasmat Nanabhai became members of the order in the bronze category.Order of Luthuli: more on the recipients & their storiesPhillis Naidoo, dedicated her award to her sons Sha and Shdhan, whom she lost during the struggle against apartheid, and the “thousands of sons and daughters of the struggle”.“I lost two sons in the struggle”, Naidoo said. “I can’t say we thought we would make it, all I know is that we had to struggle, but here we are. So this award is for my boys and everybody who can’t be here – Masemola, Gumede, Cissie, so many people have died, and this is for them.”Mbeki praised the new members of the order, saying: “All of them have sacrificed much in their own lives, and yet some, their very lives, so that all our people can enjoy the right to live in a society free of oppression, racism and bigotry. All of them have been standard bearers for freedom who have blessed us with the gift of liberty.”Human imagination and talentThe Order of Ikhamanga – for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport – was awarded to some of South Africa’s most famous artists, writers, sportsmen and women, as well as to some that are not as well known.Artists Dumile Feni (gold), Gerard Sekoto (gold), Cecil Skotnes (gold) and Gladys Mgudlandlu (silver) became members of the order, along with writers Bessie Head (gold), Olive Schreiner (gold) and Alex La Guma (gold) and actor Ken Gampu (silver).Princess Princess Magogo ka Dinizulu, regarded as an authority on Zulu music and remembered as one of Africa’s greatest composers, musicians and singers, received the award in the gold category, while film maker Lionel Ngakane – who passed away just a week before the awards ceremony – received the award in the silver category.Among the sports men and women to receive the award were some of the pioneers of non-racial sport in South Africa: footballer Steve Mokone (gold), boxer Jacob Ntuli (silver), cricketer Basil D’Oliviera (silver), cricket and rugby player Eric Majola (silver), middle distance athlete Sydney Maree (silver), and cricket and rugby player Goolam Abed (bronze).Others to receive the award were golfing great Gary Player (gold), swimmer Penny Heyns (silver), high jumper Hestrie Cloete (silver), paralympic athlete Zanele Situ (silver), and boxer Gerrie Coetzee (bronze).Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone is regarded as the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced. He became the first black professional in Europe when he signed up for English club Coventry City in 1955. He went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later Torino in Italy. In 1959 he was elected Europe’s best soccer player.Jacob Ntuli was the first black South African boxer to receive world acclaim – at a time when black boxers were severely restricted in South Africa. He became the first black South African to win an Empire championship (the forerunner to the Commonwealth title) in 1952, effectively making him one of the best two or three flyweights of his time, an achievement confirmed when Ring magazine selected him as its top-rated flyweight.Order of Ikhamanga: more on the recipients & their storiesMbeki said that the country’s “leading cultural workers and sportsmen and women” had all contributed “to the pride we as a nation feel in our achievements that celebrate our inner African and human soul”. Their achievements, Mbeki said, were representative of the country’s “wealth of human imagination and talent”.‘A new South African identity’Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony, the chancellor for the orders and director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, said the new orders reflected a new South African identity.“We (as South Africans) are engaged in the quite extraordinary actualisation of the nature of society in South Africa and what we should be like in the future”, Chikane said.Speaking during the ceremony, Chikane said: “It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation. I believe that ours is privileged to occupy such historic space.“We are privileged … to be part of this historic act of conceiving and designing new national orders and the new coat of arms for this new democratic country. We are privileged as a generation to be part of the conception and design of a new national flag as well as develop a new national anthem.“We are privileged to be part of the process of self-creation, of defining who we are and what we want to be.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Upcoming, The Social Events Database, Is Planning Its Rise From The Dead

first_imgUpcoming will use APIs provided by Twitter and Foursquare for authentication, network graph, and place name database. In order to follow and share events with friends, people will have to use Twitter to login to Upcoming.“I’m probably going to focus on Twitter to start. The relationships on Twitter are more conducive to the community that works on Upcoming, rather than Facebook,” Baio said in an interview. “When you follow people [on Twitter] it’s more about shared interests than it is about that you knew them once in your life.”When Upcoming first launched, there was no way to pull in a place database—people had to add their own locations, including states, cities and venues. Now with Foursquare’s massive collection of places, users won’t have to add a new place each time an event is created.Facebook is currently the most popular way for people to create events and invite friends, but its system is flawed. Not everyone has a Facebook account, and as social networking becomes more fragmented, friends don’t just live in one place—for instance, there are a handful of Twitter friends I’d want to invite for drinks, but they’re not my friends on Facebook. Facebook events are limited to your Facebook friends, and it’s not a great way to find and meet new people.Eventbrite, another massive events website, also has shortcomings. While it’s great for organizing large, official meet-ups, it doesn’t create much of a community. It’s also less-than-ideal for small, personal events. Putting People Over DataUpcoming, if successful, could offer a serious alternative to Facebook events. But it won’t be like Facebook. Baio said he won’t collect data like photos, events and personal information and sell it to advertisers.“I’m extraordinarily sensitive to ads and traditional ads—it’s just not something I’ve ever had any interest in and I feel like you should own your own data,” he said. “You’re putting stuff in, it’s not just data at that point. In the case of Upcoming, people were putting in their memories.”Baio said while he might consider using email as a login option for those who would prefer to remain anonymous, the social graph that Twitter provides would give users a better way to find and follow events from people with whom they share similar interests.Now that the new Upcoming is fully funded, Baio will get to work. There’s no precise launch date yet, but he hopes to have a public beta available by March 2015.  Images courtesy Upcoming Kickstarter Way before Facebook events became a standard for managing social gatherings, there was Upcoming.org. Launched in 2003, Upcoming was a way for you to track events you planned to attend, invite your friends, and see the events they were going to. Upcoming was one of the first sites that used the concept of social networking to go beyond pages and profiles, and it focused primarily on art and technology events around the world. The founders sold it to Yahoo in 2005, and like many companies so acquired, Upcoming got shut down last year, following years in which its service had merely slumped along.Yahoo, however, recently offered to sell Upcoming.org back to its original founder, and now it’s ready to make a comeback—this time, promising not to make the mistake of selling a company users love.And it’s using new social technologies that weren’t available the first time around.A New Social Event ExperienceAndy Baio, founder of Upcoming, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday to bring back the social events manager. The campaign achieved its goal of $30,000 in just 90 minutes. Baio is the former CTO of Kickstarter, so it makes sense for him to launch his new venture on the crowdfunding platform.His campaign is half nostalgia, half promises of a new and better Upcoming—one that leverages our social networks to find events that our friends and contacts are excited about. Anyone who remembers Upcoming as a place to find and connect with friends can appreciate the homage to its historical mission; new users may just be interested in a social events manager that doesn’t rely on Facebook. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Foursquare#Kickstarter#twitter#Upcoming#Upcoming.org#Yahoo Related Posts selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Kingcome looks to the future after flood nearly washes out community

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn September 2010 the people of Kingcome, B.C. experienced a massive flood like no one in the community has ever witnessed.A daring rescue saw most villagers taken by helicopter to safety in neighbouring Alert Bay.But more than a dozen people spent a harrowing night in a school as a river rattled the floorboards.Two years later the village has been rebuilt but not everyone evacuated that day has returned.The event forced the people to take stock. Environmental, social and economic issues threaten the existence of a home that has stood for thousands of years.Kingcome is the home of APTN’s Rob Smith and he has this [email protected]: @kingcomevjlast_img read more