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  • Limit use of AR-15s to shooting ranges

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why are AR-15s available for sale? Because some people want to have fun. Deer hunters don’t use them. Rabbit hunters don’t use them. Bird hunters don’t use them. Only people-hunters use them outside of shooting ranges. They’re available for sale just so these few people can have some fun.I’m not against fun. I’m against stupidity and senseless slaughter. Fun-seekers should be able to buy this type of weapon with the following conditions: The weapon is to be delivered by the seller to a licensed shooting range. The security of the weapon is the responsibility of the range owner. The owner of the weapon can have all the fun he wants at the range. If he moves, the range owner must transfer the weapon to another licensed range.This way, even wackos can own assault weapons without infringing on Second Amendment rights or endangering the public.Firearm sellers who profit from the commerce of these weapons must be required to document each transaction with both fingerprints and pictures and be responsible for transfer to licensed ranges.I suggest that doing something beats doing nothing. We have been great at doing nothing.Frank ElflandCharlton More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

  • ‘Severe’ hospital bed shortage at China virus epicentre: Officials

    first_imgAuthorities in China warned Wednesday they faced a severe shortage of hospital beds and equipment needed to treat a growing number of patients stricken by the new coronavirus, as cities far from the epicentre tightened their defences.Central Hubei province reported 3,156 new infections, its biggest single-day jump in the outbreak that has spiralled into a global health emergency with cases reported in over 20 countries.Among those new cases was a newborn, diagnosed just 30 hours after being born. Global concerns have risen after the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency last week.The WHO called for $675 million (613 million euros) in donations for a plan to fight the novel coronavirus, mainly through investment in countries considered particularly “at risk”.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to commit up to $100 million.New cases emerged abroad, with 10 people testing positive for the virus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan with thousands on board.Also in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics set for later this year admitted organisers were “extremely worried” about how the virus could affect the Summer Games, but the International Olympic Committee urged calm.Italy announced that passengers from every international flight would be scanned for fevers, while Vietnam joined a growing list of countries banning arrivals from China.Hong Kong, which reported its first coronavirus death this week, said anyone arriving from the mainland will face a mandatory two-week quarantine from Saturday.- ‘Don’t go out!’ -In Hangzhou, some 175 kilometres (110 miles) southwest of Shanghai, fences blocked streets near the headquarters of Chinese tech giant Alibaba — one of the world’s most valuable companies — as a fighter jet circled overhead.The building appeared to be shut down, while deliverymen moved in and out of nearby fenced-in residential areas to drop off groceries. Many people were also seen going out.The firm is based in one of three Hangzhou districts subject to new restrictions that allow only one person per household to go outside every two days to buy necessities.”Please don’t go out, don’t go out, don’t go out!” blared a message on a loudspeaker urging people to wear masks, wash their hands regularly and report any people who are from Hubei — reflecting a common fear that people from the province might infect others.At least three other cities in Zhejiang province — Taizhou, Wenzhou and parts of Ningbo — have imposed the same measures, affecting 18 million people.In the central city of Zhumadian, authorities said one person would be allowed to leave each household only every five days.Residents of the city of seven million were also offered cash rewards for informing on people who came from neighbouring Hubei province.Authorities in Beijing said restaurants could no longer accept reservations for parties from Wednesday. Jitters The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals, and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.The Ministry of Public Security said “political security” was the “top priority” in confronting the epidemic. “We should take strict precautions against and crack down on all kinds of disruptive activities by hostile forces,” security minister Zhao Kezhi said in a briefing.The statement came days after the top leadership admitted “shortcomings” in its handling of the outbreak — local authorities in Hubei have been criticised for initially downplaying the situation.The death toll has steadily increased, rising to 490 in China on Wednesday.But officials have noted that the death rate, at around two percent, is well below the mortality rate of SARS, which killed some 800 people in 2002-2003.Two fatalities have been reported outside the mainland, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.Several governments have imposed travel restrictions while major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.United and American Airlines said Wednesday they have added Hong Kong to their China flight suspensions.Thousands of Chinese tourists risked being stranded in Bali after the Indonesian government suspended flights to and from mainland China.China has reacted angrily against travel bans, noting that the WHO does not advise imposing them.It has accused the US of spreading “panic” in its response to the coronavirus, including its ban on Chinese travellers, and on Wednesday, it took another swipe at Washington.”Panic is more deadly and contagious than any virus,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing.Topics : Despite authorities building a hospital from scratch and converting public buildings to accommodate thousands of extra patients, there was still a “severe” lack of beds, said Hu Lishan, an official in Wuhan, the quarantined city where the virus first appeared — and where doctors are now overwhelmed with cases.There was also a shortage of “equipment and materials,” he told reporters, adding that officials were looking to convert other hotels and schools in the city into treatment centres. As the number of confirmed infections nationwide exceeded 24,000, a growing number of cities have imposed a range of restrictions far from Hubei, as authorities battle to contain the virus that has killed nearly 500 people.Millions of people, from the eastern industrial heartlands to near the northern border with Russia, have been ordered to stay indoors as authorities battle to curb the outbreak. last_img read more

  • The Latest: NHRA suspends season for at least 30 days

    first_imgWith the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. March 16, 2020 ___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ Associated Press The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games. The Latest: NHRA suspends season for at least 30 days 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston. ___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak. The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all. John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___ 11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m. The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid. The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___ The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2. “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

  • Los Angeles Dodgers get first look at Sydney Cricket Ground

    first_imgAdrian Gonzalez ripped line drives to all areas of the park, often scattering his Dodgers teammates in the outfield from the safety of the batting cage. It was just a few hours after arriving in Australia, with his body thinking it was about midnight.Still, the first baseman who led the Dodgers in hits, home runs, RBIs and games played last season did a good job of making Sydney Cricket Ground, the home for two Major League Baseball season-opening games this weekend, sound and look like a real ballpark.The Dodgers and their weekend opponents, the Arizona Diamondbacks, arrived early Tuesday on separate jumbos from the U.S. west coast. It was a 15-hour flight and took the teams across the International Date Line, missing Monday altogether, and putting them in a time zone 18 hours ahead of the one they left behind.Hence Gonzalez in the batting cage was well past his usual bedtime, but looking pretty impressive. “We’re all very excited to be here,” Gonzalez said before the Dodgers’ workout. “We’ll have a few hits, see how the ball carries, but it all looks like a real ball park.”Vin Scully, the 86-year-old Dodgers’ announcer, proclaimed after he got off the plane that “it’s great to be here,” and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his Diamondbacks counterpart Kirk Gibson later gave the ball field a similar thumbs-up.“No question, everyone is saying that having a chance to start the season here in Sydney, to be able to get out of spring training a bit early, it’s great,” said Mattingly. “Let’s get this thing started.”Gibson said he had fond memories of Australia because he spent his honeymoon here in 1985 “and that part worked out pretty good, so I hope this does.”“Of all the historic places we’ve played over the years, you walk in and you can see they’ve put a lot of work into the field,” Gibson added. “And I’ve been told by (Diamondbacks’ Australian relief pitcher) Ryan Rowland-Smith, it’s fair dinkum.” Translated, that means he thinks it’s a pretty good place to play baseball.Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was in the best position to judge the change to Sydney Cricket Ground, having been part of a promotional visit here last year.“When I was here it was set up for cricket matches, but you wouldn’t know that walking out there today,” he said. “Very impressed.”Goldschmidt said he was surprised by the distance in foul territory between the baselines and the stands. That’s in keeping with the natural shape of a cricket ground, where the batting “wicket” is usually closer to the center of the ground and the entire field is in play.“Foul territory, that’s going to be the big difference,” Goldschmidt said. “But baseball stadiums are different in the States, so it’ll just take some adjusting. We’ll work it out in the next few days.”The teams will only have one workout today before taking on Team Australia in a pair of exhibition games — the Diamondbacks on Thursday and the Dodgers on Friday.Clayton Kershaw, who spent time Tuesday stretching in the outfield bullpen, will start for the Dodgers in Saturday’s season opener. Left-hander Wade Miley replaces Patrick Corbin, who has a left elbow injury, as the Diamondbacks starter.Gibson said the Diamondbacks were still waiting for a second opinion on the severity of Corbin’s injury, which could require surgery and put him out for the season.The teams will close out the two-game series Sunday when the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu is slated to start against Arizona’s Trevor Cahill.The series marks the first regular-season games in Australia. Previous MLB season openers were held in Monterrey, Mexico (1999), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001) and four times in Tokyo, most recently in 2012.The weekend games will mark the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game played by the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants at the same stadium.Capacity crowds of about 40,000 are expected for both games at the historic ground where Australia’s cricket teams have played memorable matches for the past century and a half. In keeping with the theme, Goldschmidt and Gonzalez were presented with cricket bats signed by Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke.The two first basemen were asked to pose with the bats, and a few in the crowd chuckled when Gonzalez initially slung it over his shoulder in a very un-cricket like pose. But he quickly adopted an impressive Clarke-like stance for the cameras.Gonzalez also prompted laughter later when he answered a question in Spanish for about 30 seconds. When asked for a translation into English, his response took only several seconds. He smiled and said: “We’re ready to go.”Harvey aims for ’14No matter what the New York Mets think, Matt Harvey is convinced he can pitch at some point this season.The Mets ace had elbow ligament-replacement surgery Oct. 22 and hasn’t thrown a baseball from more than 60 feet off flat ground. New York doesn’t expect him to return until 2015.“I still have in my mind that I want to come back this year, and whether the doctors clear that or the people upstairs have other ideas, my mindset as a competitor is to get back on the field,” Harvey saidy. “Everybody’s always going to so cautious about the recovery, but as a competitor we’re always going to want to get back on the field. If the doctors at that point say it’s fine, my mind is always going to be on the baseball field.”Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and was the NL starter in last year’s All-Star game at Citi Field. Harvey has been making 20 tosses at a time from 60 feet since Feb. 22. The next step in the rehabilitation process is to throw from 75 feet, which he hopes to do by the end of the week.Bee gameA spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees created a buzz.The game was delayed for seven minutes heading into the bottom of the third inning because of a swarm of bees in left field.Red Sox left fielder Mike Carp walked toward the infield to point out the situation to umpires at Steinbrenner Field, and they called out the grounds crew to address the matter.The grounds crew received a large cheer from the fans, who were told to be patient during the stoppage,center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Larisa Ceric won a Gold Medal at the Grand Prix

    first_imgLarisa Ceric, a judoist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, won the gold medal at the Grand Prix in Zagreb.Ceric was free in the first round and, in the second round, defeated the representative of Brazil Camila Yamakawa. In the semifinal match, she defeated Anne M Bairo from France with the maximum result, and in the final match she also defeated the representative of Lithuania Sante Pakenyte.With this result Ceric confirmed her world class standing and has been among the best competitors on the planet in the category +78 kg for many years. This success has brought her 700 new points and in this way she has secured second place in the world ranking list.The men’s senior national team of BiH was led by captain Ibro Miladin, and besides him were Harun Sadikovic, Rijad Dedeic and Aljosa Peric. The best result was achieved by Dedic among the top seven competitors in the category – 90kg, with two victories and two defeats, the Judo Association of BiH announced.At the competition in Zagreb, 300 judoists from 47 countries participated. Nine-time world champion Teddy Riner was the overall winner.(Source: Akta.ba)last_img read more

  • DeGale and Groves set for Liverpool

    first_imgSuper-middleweight rivals James DeGale and George Groves will both be in action at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 9 December after plans to stage their fights at the London Excel fell through.DeGale will defend his WBO inter-continental title against 34-year-old Spaniard Jose Maria Guerrero, who has a record of 29-2-1 and will be fighting in Britain for the first time.The Harlesden man’s European crown will not be on the line as he is penciled in for a February defence of that title against mandatory challenger – and former world champion – Cristian Sanavia, who is not yet ready to fight.Hammersmith prospect Groves will also feature on next month’s bill, but his opponent has yet to be confirmed.Groves is unbeaten in 14 fightsDeGale will be returning to Liverpool almost exactly a year after beating Paul Smith in the same arena to win the British title, which he subsequently lost to Groves on a majority points decision in May.Groves will be fighting only five weeks after stopping Smith in the second round of their recent clash at Wembley Arena.Guerrero’s previous opponents include German Mario Veit, who once challenged Joe Calzaghe for the world title.He lost on points to Veit in one of Guerrero’s two fights outside his native Spain. The other was also in Germany.DeGale and Groves will fight on Merseyside the night before QPR’s match against Liverpool at Anfield.O’Meara was also scheduled to fight at the ExcelAlso on 10 December, Kilburn’s Ashley Theophane fights in Sunderland, where he will defend his British light-welterweight title against English champion Nigel Wright.Light-middleweight Steve O’Meara was due to appear at the Excel to make the first defence of the southern-area title he won with a first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms.O’Meara is now expected to fight on a different December show in the capital, with details to be announced soon.last_img read more

  • South Africa shines in Dakar Rally

    first_img17 January 2012 ‘An unforgettable experience’ “I’ve watched the Dakar Rally on television for many years and it’s always been my dream to compete in this great race. It has been a privilege and an unforgettable experience. It marked the third time the pair has finished on the podium in the Dakar. Previously, they won the event in 2009 and finished as runners-up in 2010. Theirs was also the first petrol-powered vehicle to make it onto the podium since 2009. “Francois did a great job of keeping us on the route, which was a difficult task with our having to find hidden way points each day. This has been almost a life-changing experience and I can’t wait to come back and do it all again.” First, second and thirdOf the many cars that adhered to this future Dakar specification, referred to as class T1.5 in the paddock, the South Africans finished first, second and third, a most encouraging result. Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, competing in the event for the first time, claimed eleventh place, while the Team Overdrive South African Hilux of Lucio Alvarez and Andy Graue ended in sixth position. Johannesburg property developer Corbett and Pretoria businessman Jordaan finished their first attempt on the Dakar Rally in 24th place overall. It is interesting to note that the Imperial Toyota Hallspeed Hiluxes are built for the South African ABSA off-road national championship and their engines are restricted in accordance to regulations that have been accepted internationally, including for the Dakar as from 2013. Team Imperial Toyota continued South Africa’s fine tradition in the Dakar Rally which finished in Lima, Peru on Sunday, with a remarkable performance for a first-time outfit. There was also a strong finish for the Toyota-powered buggy of Mark Corbett and Francois Jordaan. ‘We did it!’“We did it! 3rd place podium! Great team effort, and unbreakable Toyota!” wrote De Villiers on Twitter. OVERALL STANDINGS Corbett and Jordaan competed in the two-wheel drive class of the top T1 car category and were classified fourth in the class and third among the petrol-engined cars. For Alfie Cox, the 2012 race was forgettable. His Volvo XC60RR burnt out on the first stage. However, it was the tried-and-tested combination of Giniel de Villiers and his German co-driver, Dirk von Zitzewitz, which led the way, finishing third overall after an impressive showing in very difficult and testing conditions through Argentina, Chile and Peru. “Words like relentless, gruelling, tough and tenacity take on a whole new meaning on the Dakar,” said a delighted Corbett at the finish in the Plaza de Armas in Lima. Darryl Curtis was the leading South African in the motorbike category, finishing in 22nd place on his KTM 450 Replica. Greg Raaf placed 83rd, while Neil Scott-Williams and Iain Stevenson failed to finish. 1 Stephane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (Mini) 38h 54m 50s2 Nani Roma/Michel Perin (Mini) 39h 36m 46s3 Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota) 40h 08m 15s4 Leonid Novitskiy/Andreas Schulz (Mini) 41h 06m 40s5 Robby Gordon/Johnny Campbell (Hummer) 41h 11m 39s6 Lucio Alvarez/Bernardo Graue (Toyota) 43h 00m 28s7 Carlos Sousa/Jean-Pierre Gracion (Great Wall) 43h 25m 10s8 Ricardo Leal Dos Santos/Paulo Fiuza (Mini) 43h 58m 04s9 Bernhard Ten Brinke/Matthieu Baumel (Mitsub) 44h 06m 04s10 Krzysztof Holowczyz/Jean-Marc Fortin (Mini) 45h 54m 24s11 Duncan Vos/Rob Howie (Toyota) 46h 03m 17s “To finish the Dakar is an achievement all on its own, but to do so in our own car with our own support team is something of which I am immensely proud. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful back-up crew, which included my father, Ernest, and mother, Gaye. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • 50th Sale of Champions

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held on the last day of the Ohio State Fair in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the previous record of $31,000 set in 2013.“The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we’re privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That’s what the Fair is all about,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “I’m eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers. By participating, they are supporting not only the champions here in the show ring, but thousands of other youth exhibitors as well. Funds above and beyond the caps go to the Youth Reserve Program, which allows us to reward everyone involved. We are exceptionally pleased with the $196,000 raised for the Youth Reserve Program at today’s Sale of Champions.”While these Junior Fair exhibitors take great pride in raising a quality animal, the ultimate goal each year is to be awarded a grand champion ribbon. Grand or reserve champion is an immense honor for the exhibitor; and with the Youth Reserve Program and generous buyers, it is rewarding for the entire Junior Fair program.Since 1995, the Ohio State Fair has placed caps on the amounts exhibitors can earn from their exhibits’ sales. Money exceeding the cap amounts is distributed to reward other youth exhibitors through the Youth Reserve Program. The program allots funds for scholarships, the outstanding market exhibitor program, FFA, 4-H, skillathons, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir and other Fair competition winners. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $3,201,530 to approximately 33,600 youth exhibitors since its inception.The bill for the 2017 Sale of Champions is as follows:Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibitor: Addison Jones County: Allen County Sale price: $50,000 Cap: $22,000 Purchased by: Steven R. Rauch, Inc.Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibitor: Montana Hulsmeyer County: Allen County Sale price: $36,000 Cap: $11,000 Purchased by: The Kroger CompanyGrand Champion Market Barrow Exhibitor: Matthew Butterfield County: Butler County Sale price: $41,000 Cap: $10,000 Purchased by: MeijerReserve Grand Champion Market Barrow Exhibitor: Ella Sprang County: Holmes County Sale price: $32,000* Cap: $7,000 Purchased by: Bob Evans Farms, Event Marketing Strategies, Huffman’s Market and Ohio Farm Bureau FederationGrand Champion Market Lamb Exhibitor: Bailee Amstutz County: Union County Sale price: $29,000 Cap: $10,000 Purchased by: The Kroger CompanyReserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibitor: Carly Gump County: Miami County Sale price: $18,000 Cap: $7,000 Purchased by: Huffman’s MarketGrand Champion Market Chickens Exhibitor: LeAnn Regula County: Logan County Sale price: $15,000 Cap: $6,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber PoultryReserve Grand Champion Market Chickens Exhibitor: Zac Ortman County: Perry County Sale price: $11,000 Cap: $4,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber PoultryGrand Champion Market Goat Exhibitor: Paige Pence County: Clark County Sale price: $15,000 Cap: $5,000 Purchased by: AG Boogher and Sons and S & S Volvo and GMC TrucksGrand Champion Market Turkey Exhibitor: Milan Pozderac County: Knox County Sale price: $15,000 Cap: $3,000 Purchased by: Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, Kale Marketing, Cooper FarmsGrand Champion Swiss Cheese exhibited by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., representing the seven dairy champions Exhibited by: Grand Champion Ayshire:  Lane Greiwe, Shelby County Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Keaton Topp, Shelby County Grand Champion Guernsey:  Aubree Topp, Shelby County Grand Champion Holstein:  Kris Ackley, Logan County Grand Champion Jersey: Allison Francis, Darke County Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn:  Somer Reid, Guernsey County Grand Champion Red and White:  Ally Cupps, Champaign County Sale price: $22,000 Cap: $3,000 Purchased by: AG Boogher and Sons and S & S Volvo and GMC TrucksTotal sales: $284,000 Total collected for the Youth Reserve Program: $196,000PHOTOS BY MINDI BROOKHART The Reserve Champion Market Beef was exhibited by Montana Hulsmeyer of Allen County and sold to Kroger for $36,000. 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