IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings through Aug. 6

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 794; 2. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 793; 3. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 789; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 788; 5. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 787; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 781; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spen­cer, Iowa, 778; 8. Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., 774; 9. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 765; 10. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 757; 11. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 754; 12. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 744; 13. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 732; 14. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, 721; 15. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 718; 16. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, 707; 17. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 704; 18. Josh Sidles, Emmetsburg, Iowa, 703; 19. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., and Miciah Hidlebaugh, Adel, Iowa, both 687.  IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 776; 2. Logan Duffy, Independ­ence, Iowa, 753; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 708; 4. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 701; 5. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 669; 6. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 625; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buf­falo, Iowa, 623; 8. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 611; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 599; 10. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 597; 11. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 590; 12. Rob­ert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 585; 13. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 580; 14. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 571; 15. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 569; 16. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 555; 17. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 545; 18. Jon Haase, Plainview, Neb., 492; 19. Jeff A. Aikey, Ce­dar Falls, Iowa, 482; 20. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 480.  IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 744; 2. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 676; 3. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 674; 4. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 644; 5. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 636; 6. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., and Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., both 573; 8. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 545; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 528; 10. Mitchell Dvorak, Stuart, Neb., 511; 11. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 472; 12. Christopher Thram, Sanborn, Minn., 469; 13. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 455; 14. Jason Danley, Lincoln, Neb., 451; 15. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., 430; 16. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 415; 17. J.D. Johnson, Maize, Kan., 410; 18. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 402; 19. Taylor Velasquez, Turpin, Okla., 392; 20. Gunnar Pike, South Bend, Neb., 387.  Junior National Champion – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 788; 2. Dallon Murty, Chel­sea, Iowa, 779; 3. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 755; 4. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 753; 5. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 747; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 720; 7. Cade Rich­ards, Lincoln, Neb., 711; 8. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 704; 9. Jack Bransom, Bur­leson, Texas, 694; 10. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 678; 11. Jay­den Larson, Mankato, Minn., 669; 12. Jerret Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 668; 13. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 666; 14. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 659; 15. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., and Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., both 658; 17. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 648; 18. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 19. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., and Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, both 594. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 798; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 789; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 787; 4. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 783; 5. Dal­lon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 779; 6. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 757; 7. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 756; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, and Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., both 755; 10. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 752; 11. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 751; 12. Aus­tin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 744; 13. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 742; 14. Jake Masters, Graettinger, Iowa, 741; 15. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 733; 16. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 731; 17. Dustin Mooney, Forney, Texas, 728; 18. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 725; 19. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 721; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 711. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Boyd, Texas, 797; 2. Da­mon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 742; 3. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 720; 4. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 678; 5. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 668; 6. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 665; 7. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 649; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 648; 9. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 640; 10. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 630; 11. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 599; 12. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 572; 13. James Skinner, Bur­leson, Texas, 553; 14. Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., 513; 15. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., and Tommy Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, both 505; 17. Jason Hubbert, Belton, Texas, 503; 18. Tate Butler, Yu­kon, Okla., 498; 19. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, 488; 20. Bradley Poor, Hawley, Texas, 484.center_img Lady Eagle – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 752; 2. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence, Iowa, 711; 3. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 691; 4. Kel­sie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 678; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 648; 7. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 594; 8. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 574; 9. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 561; 10. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 555; 11. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 496; 12. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 488; 13. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 480; 14. Krissy Car­penter, Aztec, N.M., 474; 15. Brook­lynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 459; 16. Megan Hatley, Newark, Texas, 457; 17. Han­nah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 423; 18. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 422; 19. Stephanie Span­gler, Dove Creek, Colo., 395; 20. Shyanne McCulley, Brandon, S.D., 363. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 752; 2. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 742; 3. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 739; 4. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 729; 5. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 725; 6. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 722; 7. Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., 700; 8. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 694; 9. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 689; 10. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 633; 11. Caine Mahlberg, Dunlap, Iowa, 619; 12. Greg Kohl, Fort Ripley, Minn., 608; 13. Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn., 595; 14. Den­nis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 573; 15. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 572; 16. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 561; 17. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 557; 18. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 555; 19. Nathan Kohl, Fort Ripley, Minn., 552; 20. Brandon Hartmann, Fairmont, Minn., 541. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 796; 2. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 794; 3. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., and Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, both 791; 5. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 769; 6. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 766; 7. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn., and Gage Neal, Anamosa, Iowa, both 765; 9. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 764; 10. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 760; 11. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 755; 12. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, both 746; 14. Rusty Montagne, North Sioux City, S.D., 741; 15. Alec Fett, Algona, Iowa, 740; 16. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., and Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, both 737; 18. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 729; 19. Jake Sachau, Manning, Iowa, 728; 20. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 726.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 794; 2. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 793; 3. Tom Berry, Des Moines, Iowa, 792; 4. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., 788; 5. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 781; 6. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 778; 7. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., and Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., both 770; 9. William Gould, Calera, Okla., and Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, both 767; 11. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, and Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, both 764; 13. Aa­ron Johnson, Brainerd, Minn., 761; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 759; 15. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 758; 16. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., 755; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 746; 18. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 745; 19. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 744; 20. Nick Meyer, Whitte­more, Iowa, 742.last_img read more

Yobo: Liverpool Deserve to Be Crowned Champions

first_imgIt has been suggested by a few players and legends that Jurgen Klopp’s men could miss out on the title if the English top-flight is abandoned. However, Yobo feels it would be unjust if the Reds are denied the top prize.The former Toffees defender, who spent 10 years on Goodison Park between 2002 and 2012, argues their massive lead in the log and impressive form are good reasons why they should be awarded the title.“If I want to be sentimental (as an Evertonian), I could have said I don’t want them to win it,” Yobo told Goal.com yesterday.“But I love football and for the interest of global football, and the way Liverpool have played, they deserve to win the Premier League title. 25 points is not a joke.“From the way they played last season, winning the Champions League and losing the league to Manchester City by one point – on that note, it would be unfair if they are not crowned as champions.”Yobo became Everton’s second player to feature in all 38 Premier League games without missing a single minute, during the 2006-07 season under David Moyes.He later joined Fenerbahce, initially on loan from Merseyside, and would go on to spend two years with the Turkish giants where he won two Turkish Cups and one Super Lig title.In February, he was appointed the Nigeria senior national team assistant coach where he would work under German tactician Gernot Rohr.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has said that Liverpool deserve to be crowned 2019-20 Premier League champions whether the coronavirus illness brings this season to a premature end or not.The Reds were on course to end their 30-year wait for the English top-flight diadem before the Covid-19 outbreak put the league on hold.Recently, Football Associa-tion Chairman Greg Clarke disclosed it may not be possible to complete this season’s campaign amid the ongoing pandemic.last_img read more

Getting Greener: Retrofitting an Old Building to Reduce Energy Use

first_imgBy Ken AdneyThere’s a truism in business – what you don’t spend, you don’t have to earn.  Of course, there’s another contrary truism, you have to spend money to make money.  I hate that.  Fortunately, when it comes to making energy improvements, both turn out to be true.First, some background.  My business, Furniture Works, is housed in a 6,000 square foot concrete vault built in 1936.  The lighting was old metal halides and T12 florescents, hung willy-nilly from a 20 foot ceiling. The heat (there was no cooling) was supplied by two massive gas blowers.  Here’s a given- it was expensive to heat in the winter and impossible to cool in the summer.The other coincidence is that Puget Sound Energy incentivizes energy saving.So I was delighted when I met Josh Cummings from Thurston Energy who told me that PSE would rebate 60% of the replacement of the lights (both labor and materials) with T8 fluorescents.  The rebates come directly from PSE.  Thurston Energy handled the bidding process for the job and US Electric came in with the lowest price and, lo and behold, it was a return on investment in just 1.4 years.  Yep, I could get behind that.Next, we started looking at the rest of the building with Scott Bergford of the Northwest Energy Team.  The roof leaked, so we knew that had to be done.  By putting in new, more reflective torch-down, we could also reduce heat gain in the summer.  It is boring to say, but we also reframed the windows and patched the air leaks in the building.  Heating the building during the winter months no longer leaks outside.Then the gas blowers had to go (well, at least get turned off) so we installed a ductless pump.  This is a rooftop compressor (in your home, it would go alongside the house) and 4 units inside: 2 floor mounted (Samsung) and 2 wall mounted (Fujitsu).  A typical home would need just one or 2 wall mounted units.  They’re electric (alas, no PSE rebate on these) but they’re cheaper to run and will provide cooling in the summer.  Ductless is a bit of a misnomer because the inside units do need piping to run the coolant to them (from the compressor), but they don’t require the standard ductwork of a furnace.  They also have built-in air filters, so the quality of air is continually improving and they are blissfully quiet and the quality of the heat is impressive.Then we repainted, inside and out, with a moisture proof paint that helps provide a better seal against air and water leaks. And we’re adding some awnings to keep the summer sun out.  The building has single pane windows, far too expensive to replace with double panes, but there’s a new window film coming out that’s clear (so it won’t obstruct looking in or out of the windows) and it bounces the sunlight back out and the inside heat back in.So, where I am heading with all this?  First, although it far easier to build green from the ground up, and there are marvelous technologies available now.  It is nice to know that there are energy efficiencies that we can add to our homes or buildings, no matter how old or of what construction was originally used. Second, all it takes is some imagination (and a few bucks) to save money, get more comfortable, and reduce the size of footprint we make.Ken Adney of Furniture WorksKen Adney owns Furniture Works in downtown Olympia, selling an eclectic mix of gently used and new home furnishings. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Tumwater Baseball League Registration Open

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Parks and RecreationBelieve it or not, baseball is just around the corner.  Tumwater Parks & Recreation’s spring baseball league is open to boys and girls, grades K-3, who attend a Tumwater school or reside within TSD boundaries.The league has two divisions of play for grades K/1st and 2nd/3rd.  Season runs March through mid-May and all players receive full uniforms (shirt, hat, and pants).  Online registration is available.  Visit www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/online-registration to create a customer account and register.Volunteer coaches needed!  Coach’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at Tumwater City Hall, 6:30pm.  Coach’s packets available online and at Tumwater Parks & Recreation.Registration:  Monday – Friday, January 4 thru February 19   (Uniforms available for sizing                      at registration)Location:        Tumwater Parks & RecreationGrades :         Kindergarten-3rdFee:              $79 per player through February 19.   Fee after Feb 19: $89 per player after                      February 19.Registrations after February 19 will be processed only if space is available and assigned to teams/schools needing players.  For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation: (360) 754-4160. More detailslast_img read more

Haberdasher Hangs His Hat Again in Sea Bright

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnSEA BRIGHT – In a sense, Brian George is back home.After three months in temporary quarters in Rumson, the longtime area haberdasher has moved his Northshore Menswear shop back to the borough in a new location at 1127 Ocean Ave.After refurbishing the space, George is now ensconced in a building he has nicknamed “big yellow.Brian George, owner of Northshore, stands in his new store at 1127 Ocean Ave. days before moving back to Sea Bright.“If you’re looking for us, just look for the ‘big yellow’ building,” he said recently with a smile as he was preparing to move back to Sea Bright.The store will continue to sell men’s “traditional clothing with a twist,” but is now reintroducing fashion for females. George previously sold women’s clothes but jettisoned that part of the business about eight years ago.When the official grand opening of Northshore is held on Saturday, April 6, George hopes to have space for four lines of women’s apparel – Vineyard Vines, Tori Richards, Island Company and Castaway. “My daughter, Mary, helped me put these lines together,” he said.Meanwhile, Northshore customers have been buying menswear in a makeshift store at 45 River Road in Rumson, in space meant for offices and using the men’s room to try on clothes.The space and his loyal customers have been good to George. The building is the same one he occupied 30 years ago – in three offices on the second floor – when he first opened his store and his customers have followed him there since his Sea Bright store at 1080 Ocean Ave. was substantially damaged and his entire inventory swept out by the tidal surge of Super Storm Sandy.“When the threat of the storm came, we never anticipated what would happen would happen, not in our wildest dreams,” George said. “The year before was Irene and all we got moisture.”Though he prepared for the Oct. 29 storm by putting merchandise higher up and boarding windows, the surge – coupled with extraordinary high winds – broke through. It filled the store with about 8 feet of water and then tore the shop’s contents out through huge gaping holes broken open by the tide along the building’s side wall.George’s merchandise and store fixtures, including two pool tables, were swept away.“I didn’t even have a chance to think … because we were going into the Christmas season. This is the retail business and the fourth quarter is 40 percent, sometimes 50 percent, of your sales and so I couldn’t afford to miss December,” he said. “I had nothing left.”George’s vendors were helpful and after about two weeks of planning and restocking he put together the temporary shop.George had flood insurance so he was able to pay the bills on merchandise that had just washed away and then started anew.He moved into the Rumson building on Dec. 1 and spent three months there. He closed the shop at the end of business on Feb. 27 and was expected to move the contents Feb. 28 and reopen March 1 in Sea Bright. “It has really worked out,” he said.George initially moved to Sea Bright about 10 years ago. He started in the building occupied by Cono’s Sea Bright Pizza, which he owned. When he sold that, he moved to 1080 Ocean Ave.Now he is in a building he has “always loved.” He calls it a “classic building … and it hasn’t changed much.”George has overseen the renovation of the space. There are white cabinets, hardwood floors, Oriental rugs and traditional mahogany furnishings.“I’m very proud of the way it looks … It’s nice and clean and kind of beachy,” he said. “We’re really excited.”George is a big supporter of Sea Bright. As an officer in the Businesses of Sea Bright group, he has high hopes for its rebuilding.“Believe it or not, behind the scenes in some of these buildings, there is cleaning up being done,” he said. “There is progress going on. But, the lifeblood of the town is in the downtown business district. Even the governor said, if the business district gets together, the whole town will feel better.”George is working to do just that.“I think Sea Bright will be better than ever. It’s just going to be a matter of time and people have to be patient.”last_img read more

Keeping the Lights On and the Fires Out in Monmouth Beach

first_imgBy Jim McConvilleMONMOUTH BEACH _ There are two lights on either side of Bill Marsh’s driveway that are unlike any others on the street. They may not be illuminated every night, but when he flicks them on from a switch in his living room, a smile unfolds across his face. The lights are warm with history, and their soft light ignites the clearest of memories.A natural storyteller, Marsh glows with excitement as he recounts the tale of his more than 50-year residence in the same house, 70 years as a firefighter and decades of dedication to his family and community.“While I was in service, I saved up $400,” he said. “I wanted a motorcycle but my father didn’t want that for me, so he took it to the borough hall and bought this lot. I tore down two old houses and started building this one in 1950.”Marsh went to Long Branch High School but left early to join the Navy. Returning in 1946, he joined the borough’s fire department, a company he was active in even before leaving for military service.“A lot of the original firefighters left and they let the kids help,” he said. “I started when I was about 12. It was quite a thing to get mixed up with the fire company years ago. Close to a hundred members when I first started.”Honored last month for 70 years of service in the Monmouth Beach Fire Department (MBFD), Marsh has dedicated his life to the community. He became fire chief in 1960 and began serving as the borough electrician in 1965, two positions his father, Herbert Marsh, also held.ill Marsh, bottom row, center, with a group of fellow Monmouth Beach firefighters on Sept. 13, 1947, helping the Red Bank Fire Department celebrate its 75th anniversary. Back row, from left: James R. Maney, Harry West, Chief Walter Roe, Robert Burns. Middle row: Walter Mihm, Ira Miller Jr. and Andrew Nilsen.Marsh’s work as an electrician and firefighter became a family affair. His late wife, Myrtle, would often drive the dump truck while Marsh would haul out a stepladder to climb and replace the burned out bulbs in the streetlights on Ocean Avenue. His son-in-law, Kevin Keeshan, and grandsons, Brian and Kevin, Jr., are also members of the MBFD. In fact, the Monmouth Beach Fire Department roster is dotted with Marsh names.Marsh recounts tales of rescues during massive house fires and harrowing floods as if they were just another day at the office. When asked about his proudest moment as a firefighter, he modestly struggles to talk about himself. He settles on autumn 1960, when Hurricane Donna had flooded most of the town.“Johnny Peterson lived on Johnson Street, and he was handicapped,” Marsh said. “I picked him up from his bed, carried him out and got him in the rowboat. I rowed him back to the fire department.”Even when discussing the fire department and his life in Monmouth Beach, Marsh can’t help but credit the others who helped to shape the town, as well as his beloved, “Myrt.” The two met in North Long Branch School; she was a Girl Scout and he was a Boy Scout. She started the Lady’s Fire Auxiliary in Monmouth Beach. Once, when a meeting was delayed because the trucks had not been pulled out, Myrtle got into the truck and pulled it out of the garage herself. To this day, she is the only woman to ever drive a MBFD truck.Marsh describes the difficulties of fighting fires years ago in a small town. “The water mains weren’t as big as they are now,” he said. “We had to lay out how we were going to attack if we had fires. The fire at the Monmouth Beach Inn we pumped out of the river and used the main on Riverdale Avenue.”He became an instrumental member of the truck committee that secured the department’s first 100-foot tower truck.Now, a month before his 90th birthday, Marsh is optimistic about the future of his hometown department.“You gotta be young,” he said. “We still have kids that are active. They play ball in the summer. We’ve got a good team.”When asked what it meant to serve the community for so long, he answered without hesitation.“I never looked at it like that,” he said. “I just did my job. When the whistle blew, you’d go.”The lamps on either side of Marsh’s driveway offer a dusty glow in the blue winter afternoon, a reminder of the duty they once accomplished. When turned on, they shine the same golden light they once shined over Ocean Avenue. They are the same lamps that Marsh once stood on a stepladder to replace, while Myrtle kept the dump truck running below.last_img read more

Recent events add urgency to quake readiness meeting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week PASADENA — Mother Nature has provided emergency responders, scientists, engineers and transportation and utility operators with much to discuss lately. At the semi-annual meeting of the Earthquake Research Affiliates at Caltech on Friday, speakers addressed not only the recent return of magnitude-5.0 temblors in California, but also major quakes in Pakistan and off the coast of Sumatra as well as the affects of Hurricane Katrina on buildings along the Gulf Coast. The overriding message was the importance of a focus on emergency preparedness. Lucy Jones, the U.S. Geological Survey’s scientist-in-charge for Southern California, started the meeting by rattling off a list of the area’s three earthquakes greater than magnitude 5.0 and four others above magnitude 4.5 that have hit since April. “We finally started having some fives again in Southern California,” she said. Three of those quakes occurred in a swarm between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 in an area that seismologists call the Brawley Seismic Zone near the Salton Sea — an area once considered a hotbed for earthquakes, but which has been relatively quiet for the past 20 years. “There was a time when the Imperial County was by far the seismically most active part of California, in the ’70s, and it’s possible that we could be headed back to that,” she said. Jones then switched topics to compare the Los Angeles Basin and the fault system which runs along the front of the San Gabriel Mountains, with the area that has been devastated by the magnitude-7.6 earthquake, which struck along the western edge of the Himalayan mountain front on Oct. 8. Because a piece of California is tectonically having difficulty pushing around the bend of the San Andreas fault, “We end up with a very similar sort of structure (as in Pakistan) with a big fault and a basin with a lot of people sitting out in front of it … Just like Islamabad, you put L.A. out right in front of that fault with a nice basin to amplify the shaking.” She said “at some point we’re going to have a similar earthquake. Hopefully we’re going to have better buildings.” center_img Jones emphasized that she wasn’t predicting that the big one would strike soon. “We’re talking about this because of it happening elsewhere, not because we think it’s more likely here,” she said. An earthquake along the Sierra Madre-Cucamonga fault system is expected about once every 5,000 to 8,000 years. “Whether or not it’s an apocalypse depends a lot on the decisions we make between now and then, which is why we have meetings like this. Because we still have over 100 buildings that are just as bad as anything elsewhere in the world, but we could choose to get rid of them, we could choose to retrofit them. We could also choose to continue to support our emergency managers,” she said. Keith Porter, a member of the professional staff in Caltech’s department of civil engineering, and Craig Davis, a water works engineer with L.A. City Department of Water and Power, highlighted the importance of continual inspection and update of facilities to help minimize the effects of disasters. Porter helped survey the damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted on New Orleans and Mississippi and found that the type of damage mirrored that caused by earthquakes. “Earthquakes and hurricanes are inevitable,” he said. “Losses are not.” Davis echoed that idea when discussing Southern California’s dams. The state’s Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams oversees 1,230 dams, including 102 in Los Angeles County. Davis said “Dams can be made to be safe.” But he noted that water retaining dams are in and of themselves a potential hazard and “safety doesn’t just happen. It requires a lot of diligent work to ensure an extremely low probability of a problem.” So again, he said, the inspectors need support to continue monitoring the structures. Kimm Groshong can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

After Effects Tutorial: Vector Tree Animation

first_imgThis simple animation for creating trees in After Effects is simple and perfect for seasonal projects.In this After Effects tutorial we get down with some foliage – creating an animated grove of trees with a simple flat design style. Using only shape layers, a few keyframes and a simple AE expression you can dynamically animate the creation of the tree. Bonus: because the trees are vector based you can scale them without any loss of quality.Check out this After Effects tutorial here (best viewed full screen):There’s many applications for a simple tree design, but it seems especially fitting for a fall, holiday or Christmas themed project.This is a beginner to intermediate After Effects tutorial, so you don’t need to be a motion graphics expert to dig in. It utilizes a number of fundamental techniques, so it’s great practice if you’re just starting out in AE.How will you use this After Effects tree animation?Share your thoughts, experiences or suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Knights, Lions relish unlikely team-up in NCAA All-Star Game

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “When we’re opponents, we’re opponents, But we know [the Letran players] are good. Here, we’re teammates, so it’s really different for us,” Bolick said. “But this game showed us how smart they are on the court because they were able to adjust. I’m so happy that I was able to have fun playing with them.”Being on the same team was also an eye-opener for players from the two rival schools.“We know that when we’re facing them, they won’t back down. But it really surprised me that when you’re with them, they’re really kind,” said Bolick.“We’re just rivals on the court. Outside the court, we’re all friends,” Nambatac said.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: LeBron uncorks ‘Silver Bullet’ MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “The rivalry was suddenly gone,” said Red Lion Javee Mocon. “We really helped each other out to get the win against CJ Perez because they’re really strong.”The Saints forged a bond between the Red Lions, who had Mocon, Robert Bolick, and Davon Potts, and the Knights, who were represented by Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, as they, together with standouts from Perpetual, St. Benilde, and San Sebastian, dealt Perez his first taste of defeat this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the players themselves said that the union really wasn’t difficult at all, sharing that being rivals is what actually made playing together easy.“Bolick and I have known each other since high school so we know each other’s games. We just enjoyed the game and it resulted well for us because we really had a chance to play together,” Nambatac said. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt took an unlikely alliance between longtime rivals to finally take down the league-leaders.Stars from San Beda and Letran conspired on Friday as they headlined the Saints’ takedown of Lyceum-powered Heroes in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, 84-80.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Nextlast_img read more

Petta: Sasikumar to play a cameo in Rajinikanth film

first_imgThe cast of Rajinikanth-starrer Petta seems to be getting bigger with each passing day. The film, directed by Karthik Subbaraj has Rajinikanth, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Trisha, Simran, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simhaa and Malavika Mohanan in important roles.The latest addition to the cast of Petta is actor-director M Sasikumar. He has been signed on to play a cameo role in the action-drama. It has been reported that actor joined the team in Varanasi to shoot his portions for the film.According to sources, the actor will be returning to Madurai on Friday after wrapping up his portions.After returning to Tamil Nadu, Sasikumar will begin work on his next project as a solo lead. He has teamed up with Sundarapandian director SR Prabhakaran for Kombu Vatcha Singamda.It was only recently, Sasikumar was roped in to make a guest appearance in Gautham Menon’s Enai Noki Paayum Thota, which stars Dhanush. In the film, Sasikumar will be seen as Dhanush’s elder brother. Enai Noki Paayum Thota, which has been in the making for two years, is expected to hit the theatres on Diwali 2018.Meanwhile, the Petta team completed a long schedule in Lucknow before heading to Varanasi. Trisha and Malavika Mohanan are part of this schedule.The makers released the second look poster of the film on October 4 in which Rajinikanth was seen sporting a handlebar moustache.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Petta stills leaked, security beefed on setsALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth vs Akshay Kumar: 2.0 trailer is finally outlast_img read more