Vickers earns 10th place for Toyota

first_imgAfter a forgettable Daytona 500 last week in Toyota’s NASCAR debut, Vickers’ provided some much-needed credibility for the auto maker, driving his red Bull Toyota over the finish line in 10th place on Sunday. Vickers, didn’t even qualify at Daytona while the four Toyota’s that did finished 22nd, 30th, 34th and 40th. “I think this finish means a lot for Toyota,”? he said. “To be a new team in such a competitive series and come in our first race and get a top 10, I’m so proud of everyone. I think everyone is stoked about the situation.”? With the remaining three Toyotas in Sunday’s race placing 32nd, 33rd and 39th, Vickers’ validation seemed that much more important. But certainly not all important. “On the one hand, given the situation at Daytona and that this is a new team, new manufacturer, I know everybody wants to jump up and down,” said Vickers. “The fact is, we’re all racers and we finished nine spots worse than we wanted to. It’s a tough balance. But at the end of the day, everyone is going to be happy.” Vickers, however, was quick to point out his car’s limitations. To win Sunday’s race, he said the No. 83 Toyota Camry required a different setup, something he wasn’t sure could have been done on pit road. But a top-five would have been attainable with flawless adjustments. Nevertheless, his team took a large step forward on Sunday. FONTANA – Brian Vickers finished nine places short of his goal in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in Fontana. He admittedly wanted to joyously jump up and down. center_img “We didn’t have any problems with the car,” he said. “We learned a lot about the set up and what we can do moving forward.”? Gilliland’s 25thAfter an impressive Daytona 500 showing last week, former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland was a virtual non-factor Sunday, falling a lap behind the leaders early and never recovering on the way to 25th place. The driver of the M&Ms Ford ran in the middle of the pack virtually the entire race after starting 40th. “It’s not what we hoped for, but we came out of here with a 25th-place finish,” said Gilliland. “We weren’t good when we unloaded and we just never got where we needed to be.” As for the comparison between 25th place Sunday and an eighth-place finish at Daytona, Gilliland said nothing else compared either. “Just a different track, different tires,” he said. “Everything’s different.” Penalties for allThere were 17 penalties handed out Sunday, including Tony Stewart’s for exceeded the 55 mph pit-road speed limit while leading the race on lap 158. Stewart dropped to 23rd, sacrificing a two-plus second lead while enduring the pass-through penalty. Dave Blaney was hit twice in a row on the 91st and 112th laps for pitting before pit road was open and speeding on pit road. Gilliland’s lone penalty was for exiting the pits too fast on lap 194. 160Want 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

7th annual Peace Region wildlife count in January

first_imgThe count first began several years ago after the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations received complaints from local farmers and ranchers about wildlife communities causing agricultural crop damage. The Ministry wanted to change hunting regulations for certain wildlife populations, but first had to collect information on specific species population densities. The region has been sectioned into 25 square kilometre survey blocks in the areas of FortSt. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope to help keep an accurate count of wildlife in the Peace Region. Volunteers record any wildlife they see, including predators and unhealthy or diseased animals. The main focus is on ungulates, as well as sharp-tailed grouse. Volunteers are asked to sign up for one of the two days by contacting FrontCounter B.C. in Fort St. John at 250 787-3415 or Julie Kline at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations at 250-787-3294 or email at Advertisement –last_img read more

Chelsea FC transfer news: Huge money striker bid and defender update

first_imgChelsea might have already got two transfers in the bag but they’re still ready to dip back into the market once again.Striker Michy Batshuayi has joined in a £32million deal from Marseille, while they have also snatched N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City for £30million.New manager Antonio Conte still has rebuilding to do, though and is looking at defenders and forwards as he attempts to create a title challenging team.But what’s the latest news doing the rounds on possible movement in and out of Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow above to see the latest Chelsea transfer news… Andreas Christensen – The Danish centre-back is currently halfway through a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and has impressed in the Bundesliga with Kicker rating him as one of the best in the division. Following his performances, the German side have tried to land him permanently but Chelsea have knocked back their opening £14.25m. 5 5 5 Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer rumours… – Chelsea have seen bids of £50m and £62.7m turned down by last season’s Champions League winners, after they bought the striker back from Juventus. Even though the huge offers have been dismissed, the Daily Mail believe Antonio Conte is still keen on doing a deal for the 23-year-old. Diego Costa – In better striker news for the Blues, though, they seem set to hold onto their current first choice hitman. Atletico Madrid have been trying to take him back to the club to add another dimension to their forward line but they appear to have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the player. 5 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – If the Blues do give up on signing Morata, it appears their next target is former Chelsea striker Lukaku. The player was sold to the Toffees two years ago for £28m and now they could have to spend up to £65m to take him back to Stamford Bridge. 5 Victor Lindelof (Benfica) – Renato Sanches took most of the plaudits with the Primeira Liga champions last year but Lindelof’s rise through the ranks was also a vital factor in their success as he made 25 appearances in all competitions after finally breaking through aged 22. He can play at centre-back or right-back and Chelsea are tempted to activate his £25m release clause instead of splurging nearly double that on Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.last_img read more


first_imgThe festive spirit was out for all to see when the Annagry Choir along with Fr Herrity dropped in to the Annagry Day Centre.As well as a touching mass, residents of the centre were treated to some beautiful music.The residents of the centre also enjoyed the singing of Tony Rodgers. All pictures by kind permission of Catherine Paterson.  ANNAGRY GETS INTO THE FESTIVE MOOD was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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:Annagry Day CentreFr Herritylast_img read more


first_imgMeenreagh 5k 2012  Place Race Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 831 17.40 MARK HOY SM Finn Valley A C2 832 18.21 JAMES SPEIGHT SM Finn Valley A C3 639 18.27 MARCO CONNOLLY SM Unattached 4 454 18.39 SHANE MC NULTY SM Finn Valley A C5 470 18.56 MICHAEL PENROSE M40 Finn Valley A C6 620 18.57 OISIN GALLEN JM Finn Valley A C7 641 19.03 PATRICK HYNES FOY SM Unattached8 483 19.06 MARTIN IRWIN M40 Finn Valley A C9 658 19.11 SHANE GALLAGHER JM Unattached10 463 19.11 GERARD GALLAGHER SM Finn Valley A C 11 830 19.11 TOM THOMPSON M40 Finn Valley A C12 465 19.29 NOLEEN PORTER W40 Finn Valley A C13 681 19.29 MC GLYNN PATRICK SM Finn Valley A C14 473 19.31 MICHAEL GALLAGHER M40 Finn Valley A C 15 492 19.35 RAYMOND DOHERTY M40 Finn Valley A C16 651 19.38 PATRICK PENROSE JM Finn Valley A C17 485 20.01 BRENDAN IRWIN SM Finn Valley A C18 471 21.05 MICHAEL PENROSE JUNIOR SM Finn Valley A C19 664 21.28 KIERAN MC HUGH SM Unattached20 450 21.29 ANDREW SCANLON M40 Finn Valley A C21 914 21.50 WALTER BLACKBURN SM Unattached22 854 21.54 JAMES MAGUIRE SM Unattached23 852 21.57 CATHERINE DOOHER SW Unattached24 589 22.03 NIALL GALLEN SM Unattached25 669 22.06 SHAUN BOYCE SM Unattached26 475 22.11 NOREEN BONNER W40 Finn Valley A C27 496 22.16 KEVIN MC GUIRE SM Finn Valley A C28 429 22.25 MARTIN ANDERSON M40 Finn Valley A C29 488 22.32 AILISH PATTON SW Finn Valley A C30 665 22.38 AOIBHINN MC HUGH JW Finn Valley A C31 452 22.55 ASHLEAN MC GEEHAN SW Finn Valley A C32 847 22.58 SINEAD MC CONNELL SW Unattached33 686 23.00 OLLIE REID SM Unattached34 481 23.15 MARY HIPPSLEY W40 Finn Valley A C35 927 23.21 GORDON RULE SM Unattached36 650 23.23 LAURALEE PENROSE JW Finn Valley A C37 846 23.34 EAMONN MC CONNELL SM Unattached38 434 23.43 CRONAN SCANLON SM Finn Valley A C39 838 23.45 KIERAN COYLE SM Unattached40 477 23.46 EAMONN CONOLLY SM Finn Valley A C41 886 23.48 CONOR MC GILL JM Unattached42 479 24.00 MARIA MC GONAGLE SW Finn Valley A C43 858 24.02 EVELYN MC GEEHAN SW Unattached44 433 24.13 JAMES NASH SM Finn Valley A C45 484 24.20 BARRY IRWIN SM Finn Valley A C46 697 24.45 ANDRIAN O’ DONNELL SM Unattached47 699 24.45 BRENDAN MC ELHINNEY SM Unattached48 866 25.14 CAROLINE MC GUIRE SW Unattached49 499 25.23 SINEAD KENNY SW Unattached50 425 25.27 SAMANTHA WILKINSON SW Finn Valley A C51 636 25.30 MARY HARROLD SW Unattached52 844 25.38 MARY CARLIN SW Unattached53 923 25.39 CONOR GALLAGHER JM Unattached54 652 25.52 BRIDGEEN CANNON SW Unattached55 845 26.07 JAMES PATTON JM Unattached56 933 26.12 JACK BRADLEY SM Unattached57 688 26.18 CARL HOUSTON SM Unattached58 432 26.25 KATHLEEN O MAHONEY SW Finn Valley A C59 613 26.33 MARTIN BROWNE SM Unattached60 848 26.42 HELEN MC MENAMIN SW Unattached61 868 27.01 KERRY ROWAN SW Unattached62 834 27.04 MARY MC GRANAGHAN SW CASTLEFIN63 436 27.09 KEVIN DEVLIN SM Finn Valley A C64 427 27.27 MARY MARTIN W40 Finn Valley A C65 696 27.30 ANNEMARIE GIBBONS SW Finn Valley A C66 444 27.35 KIERAN MC HALE M40 Finn Valley A C67 944 27.39 NOEL DOOLEY SM Unattached68 693 27.41 BRENDAN MARTIN SM Unattached69 437 28.02 MARGARET DOHERTY W40 Finn Valley A C70 638 28.02 PAURIC HARROLD JM Unattached71 849 28.06 LISA MC DAID SW Unattached72 999 28.09 LEONA MC GEE SW Unattached73 924 28.10 JENNIFER PEARSON SW Unattached74 867 28.13 DENISE MC GAHERN SW Unattached75 867 28.13 ANN MC BREARTY SW Unattached76 936 28.16 SEAN O’ DONNELL SM Unattached77 661 28.22 DYLAN GALLAGHER JM Unattached78 943 28.25 PATRICIA DOOLEY SW Unattached79 853 28.39 HUGO MAGUIRE SM Unattached80 875 28.44 GARY FRIEL SM Unattached81 446 28.45 BERNIE MC GUIRE SW Finn Valley A C82 431 28.45 SIOBHAN BYRNE SW Finn Valley A C83 698 28.56 DEIRDRE MC GARRIGLE SW Unattached84 822 29.03 JULIE MC NAMEE SW Unattached85 495 29.05 MARGARET MC CONNELL SW Finn Valley A C86 812 29.47 MAIREAD GALLEN SW Unattached87 925 30.00 ANDREA MC GOWAN SW Unattached88 591 30.01 BRID GALLEN SW Unattached89 859 30.05 CORINA CAMPBELL SW Unattached90 926 30.08 HILIARY PEARSON SW Unattached91 876 30.10 SIOBHAN FRIEL SW Unattached92 835 30.11 ANNMARIE O HAGAN W40 Individual93 438 30.14 SINEAD MC CRORY SW Finn Valley A C94 498 30.21 PAULA JENSEN SW Finn Valley A C95 656 30.24 CIARA MC BRIDE SW Finn Valley A C96 817 30.31 DEIRDRE BROWNE SW Unattached97 640 30.48 CORMAC SCULLY SM Unattached98 684 30.56 MARY GALLAGHER SW Unattached99 655 31.09 WENDY SCANLON SW Finn Valley A C100 820 31.35 LISA MC GLINCHEY SW Unattached101 445 31.46 MARTIN DOLAN SM Finn Valley A C102 821 31.57 DENISE MOSS SW Unattached103 840 32.07 FINTON MANGAN SM Unattached104 461 32.11 MARIE MC MENAMIN SW Finn Valley A C105 856 32.39 CONOR COLLINS JM Unattached106 441 32.40 SINEAD COLINS SW Finn Valley A C107 685 32.42 TERESA MC KELVEY SW Unattached108 645 32.45 JACK GALLAGHER JM Finn Valley A C109 449 33.10 SHARON SCANLON W40 Finn Valley A C110 860 33.21 BRIDGEEN GALLEN SW Unattached111 675 33.27 AMIEE GIBBONS JW Unattached112 435 33.51 MARIA DEVLIN SW Finn Valley A C113 668 33.56 SHAUNA PATTON SW Unattached114 662 34.08 DARRAGH GALLAGHER JM Unattached115 646 35.16 BEN GALLAGHER JM Finn Valley A C116 448 35.18 ANGELA MC CONNELL SW Individual117 934 35.18 OLLIE DOHERTY SM Unattached118 447 35.18 DARRAGH CROSSAN SM Lifford A C119 935 35.18 TOMMY MC GLINCHEY SM Unattached120 442 35.53 HELEN DOHERTY SW Finn Valley A C121 871 35.53 CHRISTOPH MC BREARTY JM Unattached122 622 35.55 JOANNE PATTON SW Unattached123 837 35.55 JOHN MC MENAMIN SM Unattached124 986 35.55 JOANNE MC MENAMIN SW Unattached125 877 36.29 KIM MARLEY JW Unattached126 677 36.29 ANDREW GALLEN JM Unattached127 680 37.11 GALLEN PATRICIA SW Unattached128 810 37.11 BETTY GALLEN SW Unattached129 841 37.16 JORDAN GALLEN JM Unattached130 430 37.55 MICHELLE MCDAID SW Finn Valley A C131 592 38.00 ABBIE GALLEN JW Unattached132 842 38.14 YAZMIN GALLEN JW Unattached133 674 38.28 ELIN GALLEN JW Unattached134 683 38.28 LOUISE HOWARD SW Unattached135 931 38.37 AOIFE DOHERTY JW Unattached136 642 38.57 PADDY GALLEN SM Unattached137 920 39.53 MEGAN GALLEN JW Unattached138 921 39.59 ANDREA GALLEN JW Unattached139 843 40.52 CLAUDIA GALLEN JW Unattached140 883 40.52 RUTH REID SW Unattached141 657 41.22 EMMA BRADLEY SW Unattached142 870 41.32 SIOBHAN MC BREARTY JW Unattached143 916 42.42 PATRICIA O’BRIEN SW Unattached144 915 42.59 YVONNE DUFFY SW Unattached145 907 43.00 PADDY KELLY SM Unattached146 908 43.01 ANN KELLY SW Unattached147 911 43.02 GLEANOIR KELLY SW Unattached148 864 43.02 BRIDGET GALLEN SW Unattached149 865 43.05 MARY MC GLINCHEY SW Unattached150 695 43.09 ANGELINA MARTIN JW Unattached151 922 43.15 JAMIE GALLEN JM Unattached152 690 43.16 BERNIE MARTIN SM Unattached153 910 43.32 SIOBHAN RUSHE SW Unattached154 909 43.33 RHONDA GILLESPIE SW Unattached155 928 44.10 ELIZ GALLEN SW Unattached156 930 44.30 EVEYLN QUINN SW Unattached157 881 44.33 BERNIE MARLEY SW Unattached158 873 44.38 PATRICK MC BEARTY SM Unattached159 673 45.05 CALVIN HARVEY JM Unattached160 882 45.05 BRONAGH BOYLE JW Unattached161 874 45.05 SHANNON FRIEL JW Unattached162 913 45.16 ALICE BOYLE SW Unattached163 929 45.25 MARY MC GILL SW Unattached164 885 45.25 OLIVIA REID SW Unattached165 932 45.49 MONINNE BRADLEY SW Unattached166 455 45.49 MARGARET REID SW Finn Valley A C167 601 46.08 AIMEE DOHERTY JW Unattached168 617 46.08 BRIAN MEEHAN SM Unattached169 919 46.08 ANN MEEHAN SW Unattached170 618 46.22 CLAIRE MEEHAN SW Unattached171 918 47.52 KAREN DILLON SW Unattached172 607 48.06 EITHNE BROWNE SW Unattached173 614 48.06 MARGARET MELAUGH W40 Unattached174 676 48.08 TOMMY GALLEN SM Unattached175 679 48.35 GALLEN ROISIN JW Unattached176 649 48.35 F SCANLON SM Unattached177 647 48.50 MARY SCANLON SW Unattached178 884 48.50 TERESA GALLAGHER SW Unattached179 643 49.10 SHANE GALLAGHER SM Finn Valley A C180 632 49.10 BRID ALEXANDER SW Unattached181 600 49.12 SALLY DOHERTY SW Unattached182 878 49.30 GERALDINE MARLEY SW Unattached183 879 50.37 FIONA BYRNE SW Unattached184 851 51.50 EAMON MOSS SM Unattached185 850 51.50 PATRICIA MOSS SW Unattached186 912 52.00 ONAGH KELLY JW Unattached187 615 52.22 KEVIN GALLEN SM Unattached188 880 52.22 CHARLIE BYRNE SM Unattached189 872 55.59 ANNIE CALLAHAN SW Unattached190 839 55.59 ANN WHITE SW Unattached191 861 56.15 PATRICK GALLEN SM Unattached192 594 58.55 BERNADET MC ELCHAR SW Unattached193 671 58.55 JOSEPHINE HARVEY SW Unattached194 937 58.55 JOHN PAT CONNOLLY SM Unattached195 634 59.07 TOMMY MC ELCHAR SM Unattached196 478 60.41 EAMON MC GARVEY M40 Individual197 863 68.22 AISLING METCALF SW Unattached198 823 68.45 LIZ GALLEN SW Unattached199 813 68.45 STEPHEN KENNY SM Unattached200 862 68.45 PATRICK REIDERBAUGH SM Unattached201 825 69.22 EILEEN METCALFE SW Unattached 202 824 69.22 TERRY METCALFE SM Unattached 203 968 70.22 LIAM GALLEN SM UnattachedTotal 203ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM THE MEENREAGH 5K was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn 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first_imgA Donegal based independent activist has called for widespread international opposition to the G8 summit which is planned to take place next year in County Fermanagh.The call by Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig comes following the announcement by the British Prime Minister David Cameron that the summit will be held at the Lough Erne golf resort near Enniskillen on the 17th and 18th of June 2013.Next year’s G8 Summit, which is the first to be held in Ireland, is a meeting of the leaders of the world’s top eight wealthiest countries and will be attended by amongst others, US President Barack Obama, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladamir Putin. Criticising the event, Mr Mac GiollaEasbuig said it was important there was mass opposition to the summit and said such events were the starting point for many of today’s global problems.“People need to realise the reasoning behind this summit”he said. “This is a gathering of the leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries,whoseprimary objective is to create the conditions for global corporations to exploit human and natural resources for profit. Their manifesto is essentially the perpetuation of global inequality and it is a manifesto enforced through exploitation and war”.Micheál continued, “we witness the devastating impact of the global elite’s policies every day. In Europe, for example, in order to rescue a failed private banking system,workers and their communities are being driven into poverty; public services are being privatised; and pay and working conditions are being slashed.”“Meanwhile, with the full backing of the United States, Israeli bombs currently rain down on the civilian population of Gaza. Over 100 Palestinians have been slaughtered by the Israeli Occupation Forces, including dozens of women and children. It is an affront that war mongers such as Barack Obama will come to Ireland next June to plan the next phase of their war games and profiteering.” ‘’It should be noted that Britain is the current chair of the G8 and so its government selects the location of the summit. I would like to remind David Cameron and the British government that Fermanagh is not part of Britain’’.Mac Giolla Easbuig concluded by saying that in the coming months he hope to see a groundswell of opposition to the G8 summit and calls on all progressive groups and individuals to get involved and publicly voice opposition to the G8 taking place anywhere in Ireland.“It is crucial that we mobilise mass opposition to this summit both here in Ireland and internationally. Those across the globe who oppose war and the exploitation of human and natural resources to boost the profits of global capital come to Fermanagh next June and show determined opposition to the G8 and all it represents.“This is not simply about the people of Ireland, but is in fact an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that our problems are indeed global, but must be resolved, not by the global elite, but by the global dispossessed.’’ DONEGAL ACTIVIST CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO OPPOSE G8 SUMMIT MEETING was last modified: November 21st, 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:G8 SummitMICHEAL MACGIOLLA EASBUIGOPPOSITIONlast_img read more


first_imgJust fifteen minutes after we sent out an SOS, Tess the black and white springer spaniel has been found.Tess has been found after our SOSThe family pet went missing in the Glencar Scotch area of Letterkenny just after 6.30pm this evening.Her owner Chris Toal contacted us and asked us to put the word out on missing Tess. Just a few minutes ago Chris came back to us with some great news.“Within 15 minutes of the story going on your website we got a call from a lovely woman to say she had seen Tess recently in the Windmill View area.“We drove there and spotted her – thanks to your website and your quick response to get the message out. I really appreciate it,” said Chris.We’re happy to oblige Chris and just delighted that you got Tess back safe and sound. Dog gone – that story had one happy ending!A HAPPY ‘TAIL’ AS TESS IS FOUND! was last modified: June 16th, 2013 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:DOGfoundletterkennymissingTesslast_img read more

Not a bear but a marshmallow

first_imgHis deep raspy voice and gruff exterior belied the warm disposition of Jack Thompson, known to many of his Lake View Terrace neighbors as “Papa Jack.” Thompson died of occupational emphysema at his home, the J-Bar Ranch, on May 2 — his 73rd birthday. “Your first impression was that he was a big, old bear,” said his wife, Barbara Thompson. “But he was just a great big, huge marshmallow. “Some people told me that they were scared to death of him when they first met. I took one look at him and I was pixilated, like Bambi. We were ‘second-time-arounders,’ but we learned from our past and we were meant for each other.” Barbara Hartman met Thompson when he bought Wilshire Awning, where she worked as a bookkeeper. They were married on April 24, 1976. Thompson had planned to retire when he closed the business in 1977, but found himself in demand as an awning consultant for the Hilton Hotels chain, Los Angeles International Airport and other businesses. Born on a ranch in Liberal, Kan., Jack Gilbert Thompson “tried everything and worked everywhere when people could do that,” his wife said. Thompson worked in the oil fields and as a lumberjack, drove a big-rig truck and picked pears and, thanks to a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, was a reporter for a Houston newspaper. He also studied to become an Episcopal priest. “Horses and our horse ranch was what he loved most,” Barbara Thompson said. “Lake View Terrace is the home of the cowboys and he loved the big, open spaces. He took one look at the big, empty ground and said, ‘That’s it.’ We started the ranch in 1976.” The J-Bar is a boarding and breeding horse ranch. He also owned Rawhide Ranch Facilities, which specialized in corrals and other ranch equipment. “He was the toughest guy you’d ever meet. He was the stereotype of the cowboy,” said stepson Ron Bozarth Jr. “He was a tremendous role model for me through his actions, the basic Golden Rule. He told me to always stay tough. He was a big-hearted guy.” Thompson was at one time an active member of the homeowners, horse owners and improvement associations in Lake View Terrace. He was a founding member of the East Valley Optimist Club. “He was loving, giving and serious. He was definitely understanding as a parent,” said stepdaughter Vickie Josefsberg. “Whenever someone needed something he got to it and got things done. But he never wanted the recognition for doing something. He was quiet, supportive and he had a soft heart.” In addition to his wife and stepchildren, Thompson is survived by six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, David. A memorial service was held Saturday. Donations in his memory may be sent to The St. Francis Academy (Father Bob’s Home for Boys), P.O. Box 1340, Salina, Kan. 67402-1340. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want 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

Another milestone for KAT-7 telescope

first_img29 September 2011The Square Kilometre Array South Africa team have reached another milestone with the completion of the seven antennas of the prototype KAT-7 and the delivery of the telescope’s first astronomical image.South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The KAT-7 is a prototype for the MeerKAT radio telescope array, an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, being built by the SKA South Africa team on the Karoo Astronomy Reserve outside the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province.First astronomical imageLast month, SKA South Africa announced that all seven of the KAT-7’s dishes had been fitted with “cold” radio receivers, signaling the successful completion of the telescope antennas.The first astronomical image – of the galaxy Centaurus A, whose intense radio emission is powered by a massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy – has already been made using cold receivers on all seven KAT-7 dishes.According to SKA South Africa, the resulting image was much more sensitive than a preliminary image made with just four of the KAT-7 dishes fitted with un-cooled receivers in 2010.“The radio receivers and all their components are cooled to about 70 Kelvin (minus 203 Celsius) in order to reduce the ‘noise’ which is inherent in all radio (and TV) receivers,” SKA South Africa said in a statement. “This allows the telescope to see much fainter objects than it would if the receivers and ‘feeds’ operated at room temperature and were not cooled.”‘Early science’ for the MeerKAT and SKAThe improvement would allow the KAT-7 to perform “early science” in preparation for the MeerKAT and the SKA.“These preliminary observations will be focused on the needs of the MeerKAT large survey projects, and include imaging of nearby galaxies and work on radio transients and pulsars, for which KAT-7 is well suited.”The KAT-7 is testing technology for the MeerKAT, which is in its early construction phase and is due for completion in 2016.The MeerKAT, besides being an important step towards the realization of the SKA, will be among the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, providing African scientists and engineers with a cutting-edge instrument for revolutionary science and technology.“This latest milestone in the development of the KAT-7 telescope has again been achieved on schedule,” said MeerKAT project manager Willem Esterhuyse.Esterhuyse commended the technical staff on the site – Siyabulela Tshongweni, Sibusiso Wakhaba, Andre Walker and Matthys Maree – all of whom have been trained in their special high-tech skills by the SKA SA project.The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder for the SKA in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Clover cover crop helping with weed control (so far)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the trees are planted in the spring, a major source of summer labor on my family’s Christmas tree farm is weed control.Weeds can rob young trees of exposure to sunlight, moisture and nutrients. The first year of planting trees on the farm (many years ago) we did not emphasize weed control and lost nearly the entire crop.Since then my dad, brothers and I have spent countless hot, buggy, summer hours mowing between trees. This is most important in the youngest trees, which are also the easiest to mow off while riding on a mower. Imagine looking for an 8-inch tall tree in 8-foot tall weeds. Mowing takes considerable time and fuel and can also cause significant damage to larger trees by breaking branches and scarring the trunks. We do some spraying, which helps, but there are drawbacks and limits with that weed control method as well.As an experiment, we are trying a Dutch white clover cover crop planted ahead of tree planting. We have been told the Dutch white clover’s short stature and aggressive natureMowing between the trees is time consuming, costly and can lead to damaged or mowed-off trees. This is the first mowing of 2016 and the weeds are towering over the young seedings.This will likely need to be mowed 2-3 more times this year.smother weeds while allowing even the smallest trees exposure to the sun. The thick clover also holds in moisture, keeps the soil cooler and fixes nitrogen, all of which can benefit the trees.We seeded the clover in spring of 2015 for both the 2015 and 2016 tree crops. In the first year (last year) the clover got established, but the weeds still required regular mowing. This year, though, the clover seems to have really filled in and looks to be doing what it is supposed to do. So far, about the only plants competing with the clover are the dandelions, which are not a huge issue around the trees.The clover has the potential to save tremendous time and money if the clover eliminates the need for majority of the mowing and spraying. It could also really improve the quality and survival rate of the tree crop. I am very interested to see how the weed control holds up through the rest of the growing season and in coming years.last_img read more