John Burrow Jr. has the IMCA Modified point lead heading into championship weekend for the BST CAT Tour. (Photo by Terry Gardner)By Suzan McCoyCALHAN, Colo. – While rain has been a challenge throughout the season, IMCA race teams in five divisions will challenge for BST CAT championships this Saturday, Aug. 12 at El Paso County Raceway in Calhan.The BST CAT Tour features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. This tour has traveled to four different dirt tracks located in Colorado, Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, and Lamar Speedway in Lamar in addition to El Paso County.The leader in the Modified standings is John Burrow Jr. with 247 points, but Greg Sharpe is right behind with 243. A.J. Valim was 10 points ahead of Burrow and Sharpe before the July 3 race at I-76 Speedway; unfortunately he wrecked in his heat race and went to the “B” main.Joe Bellm, BST promoter, got behind the wheel this year to become the Stock Car point leader. John Luck, with only a one point difference, is ready to battle it out with Bellm for first place.Northern SportMod CAT Tour Ryan Moser has a 29-point lead over Danny Concelman. Shad Cooper leads in the Hobby Stock division but blew his engine at Phillips County on Aug. 4 which could open the door for Max Quint. Leading in the Sport Compact is Chad Mann with 209 points, but girlfriend Shalanda Smith is only two points behind. You would not know the two are dating while watching them race.With all the divisions being too close to call, we are excited to get to the track and watch these racers compete for the CAT Tour championship.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies may have already conceded the three-match one-day series to England but bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned that there is still much at stake in tomorrow’s final encounter at Kensington Oval.We’re still playing for points,” Estwick emphasised.”We’re still trying to qualify for the World Cup, so every game is very, very important, so we still have to go out there and look to win the game.”Even though the series is gone, it doesn’t matter. We need points, and we need them badly, so we have to come out on Thursday and put a good performance in.”West Indies currently languish at number nine in the international ODI rankings, one spot outside the automatic qualifying places for the 2019 World Cup in England.If they will fail to make the top eight by the cut-off point of September 30, they will be forced to go through a qualifying tournament involving ICC associate and affiliate teams.Last weekend in Antigua, the Caribbean side suffered two setbacks in the attempt to boost their ranking, losing the opening ODI to England by 45 runs and the second by four wickets.BIG MOMENTSBut despite the defeats, Estwick believes there is no gulf between the quality of the two teams.”We’re not that far away from England,” the former Barbados pacer said.”If you look at the two games, we didn’t play the big moments very well but once we can get those critical moments right, I’m sure we can come up with a win.”With most of their experienced stars missing, West Indies have fielded an inexperienced line-up, with rookies like Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter and Kraigg Brathwaite carrying the burden of the batting.Combined, the quartet has managed just 38 ODIs, with captain Jason Holder the most experienced player in the current side with 51 matches.
The Ebola virus is taking a deadly toll on the northern county of Lofa where the deadly disease initially crossed over from neighboring Guinea. More and more people in that county continue to be victimized by the virus.In a statistical report provided by the Lofa Health Team on the status of the situation in the county, made available to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 13, there were 38 deaths recorded in three days. These include confirmed Ebola cases, probable and suspected. This report covers the three-day period August 8 to 11, 2014. The number of new contact cases within this period (August 8-11) stands at 81.The total deaths in the county since May 29, 2014 to date stands at 221. Lofa is so far one of the most highly affected counties.The update also disclosed that the number of patients presently at the Foya Care Center (August 8-11), one of the two Ebola centers in the country, stands at 81.New reported death amongst health workers (August 8-11) is one, totaling 12 deaths since the outbreak in May.During this period, 45 specimens were taken and tested: 15 were positive, 8 negative and the rest are still pending.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading in the country, especially to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.” Such instructions include constant hand washing; avoiding handshakes and touching in general; immediate reporting of cases of high fever, vomiting and bleeding; and avoiding touching anyone suspected to have the virus.Meanwhile it is being reported that nine members of a single family of 15 were being removed from the Macenta road community, in the capital Voinjama, to the Foya Care Center. This is, however, another worrying concern for the people of Voinjama City, as it wrestles in the grip of the virus.Macenta road community is located just after the Mandingo quarter where eight persons died few days ago, and is also a predominantly Mandingo community.According to sources, six members of this family of 15 had already died from the virus. The nine remaining family members were being taken to the Foya Care Center.President Sirleaf, while declaring a State of Emergency last week, said the Ebola threat continues to grow as a result of ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices. She indicated that these continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.The Liberian President added that actions allowed by statute under the public health law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic, as comprehensively and holistically, as the outbreak requires.The President noted that the scope and skills of the epidemic now exceed the capacity and statutory mandates of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, and the ramifications and the consequences thereof, now constitute an outright national calamity.Health authorities in Lofa County said due to the influx of suspected cases, patients are now being transported in pickup trucks, which have no sirens, rather than the ambulances, whose sirens are causing a lot of trauma for residents.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ebola Situation Report (SitRep) has recorded that since the outbreak of the virus in March to August 11, at least 149 confirmed deaths from 166 confirmed positive victims.Among the 149 have been 37 health workers out of 86, who now fallen prey to the virus.However, the SitRep lists total deaths in confirmed, probable and suspected cases as 355, for the record.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prefers peaceful dialogue to peaceful protest. -Says Liberia’s past is too bitter Ahead of the planned June 7 protest in the country, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cataloged the importance of holding dialogues to settle differences rather than taking the streets with protests.In an interview with LBS Director General on Thursday, May 9, 2019 with LBS Ledgerhood Rennie, on the Bumper Show, Madam Sirleaf said while peaceful protest is fundamental and a constitutional rights for the citizens, care must be taken not to allow sentiments to override the objective of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest.”Though the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) chairman, Mulbah Morlu recently accused her of being one of the architects of the planned June 7 protest, the former President said she preferred dialogue to protest, taking cue from the country’s history.“Peaceful protest is a fundamental and constitutional right, which must always be protected and should not be denied. But let us remember our experience, and how quickly things get out of hands. Let us remember how quickly the unexpected can occur,” she said.She said Liberia belongs to everybody, and that everyone should have equal rights to access equal benefits.Sirleaf added, “What can and should change is the current course. Therefore, we call upon the government to demonstrate the willingness for change and choose the path in these cross-roads that lead to the peace and stability that you have learned over all these years.”“Our government has the primary responsibility for this, and I am glad that our Senate has taken some actions in recent time, and that President Weah, who must lead this effort is also beginning to take some steps toward this objective,” she said.About the challenging economic conditions, Sirleaf said the George Weah-led government should not be solely blamed, “because there is a challenge that is beyond our collective national capacity to address those cardinal issues.”Sirleaf said people should understand that reviving an economy is not an issue of pressing a button of a music player to get it forwarded.“We can find solutions to the problems, only that we need to get people together to start thinking carefully to put together those plans that would enable us to successfully go through,” she said.Madam Sirleaf added, “If we want the administration’s objectives to be met, I don’t think anyone can disagree with me on these points.”The former President thinks that there is a need for Liberians to put their heads together, and that it is good for consultations to go beyond certain specific group on party lines.“I believe that our people will respond to initiatives of peace and dialogue, for they too want a peaceful nation to achieve the objective that would move toward the security that they have long desired,” she said.Sirleaf added, “Liberia has forever been dependent on the exportation of iron ore and rubber to the extent that in the times of high rubber prices, there has been no problem, but by the time the rubber market price drops on the world market, Liberia will experience difficulty circumstances, thus making things difficult for the country.”“We should have done more, but also when we were faced with the same situation in the last years of our administration, we knew that economic diversification was the way to go. We are not doing enough in the agriculture sector as a country, but I think something can be done to alleviate the current turbulent economic crisis,” she said.As the political godmother of the country who is interested in seeing President Weah succeed, Madam Sirleaf advised Mr. Weah to ask for financial assistance from the international monetary Fund (IMF) as well as other financial institutions, including the African Development Bank, rather than being afraid of debts.She added: “I think that all Liberians, first of all should be committed to seeing a better Liberia. Liberians should be willing to contribute. I do believe that we should also have a government that welcomes the exchange of ideas, working together and listening to others, even when they are in the opposition block.”She advised that those in the opposition also have a role to play, and therefore, should be allowed to contribute, because they will also benefit, whether good or bad.“The will benefit or they will suffer. All of them need to put eyes to this thing, and how we can succeed together as a people, because difficulties come to every country at different times under different circumstances, which situation does not call for staging protest of any kind,” Sirleaf said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness is to make an impassioned plea to the county committee tonight to suspend the first round of county championship games.There are eight games featuring some of Donegal’s biggest clubs down for decision this weekend.But McGuinness is to ask for the games to be suspended to allow his county stars to be at their freshest for the Ulster Final against Down in three weeks time. MCGUINNESS TO APPEAL TO COUNTY BOARD TO SUSPEND GAMES was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPJim McGuinnessUlster Final
THAI Holds Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018THAI Holds Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018Yesterday (26 April 2017, 13.30 hours), Air Force Convention Hall – Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance, Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the Company’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018, with the attendance of THAI’s Board of Directors, THAI Management and shareholders, covering the following agenda:1. Operating Results 2017At THAI’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018, the operating results for 2017 (January-December 2017) were acknowledged. THAI and its subsidiaries announced their results for 2017 with an operating profit of THB 2,856 million (29.8% lower than the same period last year) due to 24.2% increase in jet fuel prices, while average passenger yield decreased by 7.7% due to the heavier competition and the reduction of fuel surcharge even through average cabin factor was higher than last year. After deduction of one-time expense which was mainly from the impairment of assets and aircraft and the loss on foreign currency exchange, THAI and its subsidiaries reported the net loss of THB 2,072 million.In 2017, THAI continued to implement the third phase of its transformation plan in 2017; “Sustainable Growth.” which consists of 6 strategies in operation: 1) Develop a competitive flight network, increase profitability and reduce complexity of the fleet, 2) Increase competitiveness and revenue, 3) Excellent service ring building strategy, 4) Competitive cost and efficient operation strategy, 5) Corporate culture building to sustainability and human resources development to excellence strategy, 6) Portfolio management and new business development for sustainability. To do so, THAI launched the direct flight to Vienna, Austria as well as increased the flight frequency in high potential destinations.THAI also increased the regional routes under the brand THAI Smile. In 2017, THAI took delivery of 7 aircraft while decommissioned 2 operating lease aircraft (Airbus A330-300) resulting in a total number of 100 active aircraft in THAI’s fleet as of December 31, 2017, which was 5 aircraft higher than on December 31, 2016. Aircraft utilization increased from 11.5 hours last year to 12.0 hours this year. Production traffic (ASK) increased by 6.4% while passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 14.7%. Average cabin factor was 79.2% higher than last year’s 73.4% which was the highest level in the last 10 years with 24.6 million passengers carried representing 10.3% increasing from last year.In 2017, THAI encountered challenges from higher fuel prices and fierce domestic and international competition from competitor airlines. Furthermore, the Rolls-Royce TRENT 1000 engines installed in the 6 Boeing 787-8 had issues with their turbine blades. This incident occurred not only with THAI but affected all airlines worldwide. Hence, THAI had to gradually ground each affected aircraftin order to send engines for overhaul. As a result, flight service was affected and flight schedule was impacted. This resulted in increased cost and revenue loss from plans. However, THAI is in the process of negotiating compensation for such effects.In 2017, THAI and its subsidiaries had the total revenue of THB 191,946 million, increased by THB 11,389 million (6.3%) resulting from the increase in passenger and excess baggage revenue, freight and mail revenue, and revenue from other activities. The total expense of THB 189,090 million showed an increase of THB 12,604 million (7.1%) resulting from the increase in fuel expense by THB 4,879 million (10.8%) affected by 24.2% rising jet fuel prices and increase of traffic production. However, the fuel risk management performed better than last year. Non-fuel operating expense increased by THB 8,313 million (6.6%) due to the increase of traffic production and passenger traffic. Maintenance and overhaul expenses also increased. Net financial cost decreased by THB 588 million (11.5%), resulting from cash management and financial restructure that began last year. Consequently, THAI and its subsidiaries had an operating profit of THB 2,856 million, THB 1,215 million lower than last year.This year, THAI and its subsidiaries had a one-time cost item that totaled THB 979 million, recognized the impairment loss of assets and aircraft of THB 3,191 million, and a foreign currency exchange loss of THB 1,581 million. Consequently, THAI and its subsidiaries reported a net loss of THB 2,072 million. Loss attributable to owners of the parent amounted to THB 2,107 million. Loss per share was THB 0.97 while last year’s profit per share of THB 0.01.As of December 31, 2017, total assets were THB 280,775 million, a decrease of THB 2,349 million (0.8%) when compared to December 31, 2016. Total liabilities as of December 31, 2017 totaled THB 248,762 million, a decrease of THB 774 million (0.3%) when compared to December 31, 2016. Total shareholders’ equity amounted to THB 32,013 million, a decrease of THB 1,575 million (4.7%) resulting from loss in operating results.2. Distribution of DividendAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved to suspend payment of dividend in reflection of the Company’s financial performance in 2017. The suspension of dividend payment is in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy providing that the Company shall distribute “not less than 25 percent of the consolidated net profit before gains or losses on foreign currency exchange and shall also be subject to the future investment plans, necessity and appropriateness.”3. Selection of Board of DirectorsAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017, the following Directors retired by rotation and resignation: 1. ACM Amnart Jeeramaneemai2. Mrs. Pratana Mongkolkul3. Mr. Pitipan Tepartimargorn4. Mr. Pinit Puapan5. Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira (Resigned on 10 February 2017)At the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following three Directors were appointed for another term:1. ACM Amnart Jeeramaneemai2. Mrs. Pratana Mongkolkul3. Mr. Pitipan Tepartimargorn4. Mr. Pinit PuapanAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following Director was appointed to replace the Director who resigned:1. Miss Sirikul Laukaikul (Replaces Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira)Attending THAI’s Annual General Shareholders Meeting were 1,111 shareholders, representing 1,639,767,531 shares.Source = THAI