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Australia: Ford Performance Racing Drivers Visit HMS Coonawarra

first_img June 14, 2012 View post tag: Naval Australia: Ford Performance Racing Drivers Visit HMS Coonawarra Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Ford Performance Racing Drivers Visit HMS Coonawarra View post tag: Coonawarra View post tag: Navy View post tag: Visit Training & Education View post tag: drivers View post tag: performance View post tag: Ford View post tag: News by topic View post tag: racing View post tag: Australia Ford Performance Racing drivers Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom swapped the wheel of their high performance V8 Supercars for one of Navy’s 7.2m Zodiac sea boats in a visit to Darwin’s patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra yesterday.The visit included a special autographing signing for kids from HMAS Coonawarra’s adopted family cancer charity Camp Quality after the sea boat drive.Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom, driver of Car 5 Orrcon Steel said driving the jet powered Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat was “a bit different to a ski boat”.“I wish my ski boat handled like that” he said. “They stop and turn on a dime and you generally don’t expect that from something that floats!”Will Davison, driver of the number 6 Tradingpost FPR Falcon said the half an hour drive wasn’t enough.“I’d love another hour on the water just to build my confidence and see what the boat can do” he said.Last year the Royal Australian Navy announced a five year partnership with Ford Performance Racing (FPR) which will give two of the Navy’s Marine Technical Sailors the opportunity to embed in the FPR Team and work as mechanics for ‘Team Navy’, every year, until the end of 2016.Petty Officer Marine Technician Clint MacGregor and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ashley Schmidt are the current members of the Marine Technician Outplacement Program in FPR and made their first track appearance at the Clipsal 500 motor sport carnival in Adelaide.“They’re very much part of the team and the work they do is integral to our success” said Frosty.“As a high performance racing team, what we do is quite specialised and quite demanding” he said.“We share a synergy with Navy like that, and although the cars and boats are vastly different the boys have brought their dedication and discipline to the team and their work ethos is fantastic”.Leading Seaman Schmidt said the Outplacement program was the opportunity of lifetime.“We’re learning all the time, but the drivers seem to be just as interested in what we do in Navy as we are in them”.Will Davison said having the Camp Quality kids on base made the visit extra special.“The track gets pretty busy and I am delighted we had some quality time with them”.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 14, 2012; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

NAMILCO Football returns to Grove Playfield this weekend

first_img… Grove/Diamond NDC assists with ground preparationsCOMPETITIVE football action is set to make a grand return to the East Bank of Demerara this weekend when the ongoing GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Intra-Association Under-17 League resumes following almost three months of inactivity due to rain which rendered the field unplayable.But, thanks to the efforts of the Grove/Diamond NDC who worked closely with the East Bank Football Association and the Grove Hi Tech Football Club, the Grove Playfield is now set to host matches again.Saturday from 10:00hrs Diamond United will play their first match of the league against Soesdyke Falcons who blasted Herstelling Raiders 11-0 in their first match which was played on June 4.The feature clash on Saturday will see Grove Hi Tech, 4-1 winners over Agricola Red Triangle also on June 4, taking on Herstelling Raiders from 12:00hrs.On Sunday, Agricola Red Triangle would be aiming to notch their first win of the competition when they engage Yarrowkabra Jaguars, the newest club on the East Bank, but who have already shown they are up to the task of competing with a come-from-behind 3-3 draw with fellow Linden Soesdyke Highway side, Kuru Kururu Warriors on June 5.The main attraction from 12:00hrs will see Mocha Champs match skills with Kuru Kururu Warriors in what is anticipated to be a keen contest.Players have been eager to get back into competitive action and fans and supporters can look forward to a weekend of entertaining action.last_img read more

Mason City man accused of assault arrested

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of assaulting a person back in October has been arrested. 36-year-old Travis Kummer is accused of assaulting a victim in the 1200 block of 4th Southeast on October 14th. Kummer allegedly punched the victim in the face before beating them with a metal chair leg. The victim was knocked unconscious, suffered a broken eye socket, a cut lip, was bleeding profusely and required surgery. Kummer was arrested early this morning and charged with two counts of willful injury causing serious injury. He’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10,000 bond.last_img

Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

first_imgIn this June 21, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat players including LeBron James, top center, celebrate after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Miami. As he walked off the court for the final time last season, LeBron James shouted to no one in particular, “Keep doubting me! I need it!” He and the Heat seem to have plenty of doubters now, and James knows there’s only one way to prove them wrong. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship.The NBA?No way.More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, the cream of the regular season in the NBA always seems to rise to the top of the rim come playoff time.In the last two decades, all but three titles have been claimed by teams that had at least the fourth-best overall record in the league. So maybe the two-time defending champion Miami Heat have some reason to worry: They were No. 5 this season.“For the most part,” Atlanta’s Kyle Korver said Friday, “the best team wins.”The Hawks, therefore, have no chance. Not with the worst record (38-44) among the playoff qualifiers. Not in this league, which tends to weed out the sort of surprises you see in the one-and-done NCAA tournament — where a No. 7 seed (Connecticut) beats a No. 8 seed (Kentucky) for the championship. Or in the NFL, where a team getting hot at the right time can spring a major surprise on the right day.The NBA is best-of-seven through four grueling rounds; but, then again, so is the NHL, which also requires 16 playoff wins to take the championship. Baseball, for that matter, has the same format for its league championship series and World Series. Why, then, do those leagues produce far more surprise champions than the NBA?“There’s not a hockey goalie who can get hot or a pitcher who can be dominating and change a series,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer theorized. “In the NBA, it’s hard to go against the numbers. It just doesn’t happen as often.”If you’re going by the numbers, top overall seed San Antonio (62-20) or Oklahoma City (the next-best record at 59-23) are the most likely teams to be celebrating after the final game.That’s not to say LeBron James & Co. might as well call it a season. In an interesting twist, the last champion to finish outside the top four during the regular season was … the Heat.That was in 2006, before the Big Three united in South Florida. Led essentially by Dwyane Wade, Miami went 52-30 during the regular season and finished second in the East, a staggering 12 games behind Detroit. But the Heat upset the top overall seed in the conference finals, then beat Dallas for the title.Still, history shows that’s a major anomaly in the NBA. Over the entire history of the league, stretching back to 1947 when it was known as the Basketball Association of America, the teams with the most regular-season victories have hoarded 32 championships. Those at No. 2 have finished on top 18 times, a staggering 50 of 67 titles.Naturally, those entering this year’s playoffs with lower seeds would prefer to stay away from that cold, hard fact.“With all due respect to a good question,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose Mavericks were the last team to qualify in the West, “it’s a question to ask some other historian.”OK, here goes.Beyond the top four, there’s not much reason for hope — a mere five titles in NBA history.The fifth-best team has pulled out a couple: the aforementioned Heat and the 1969 Boston Celtics, the last hurrah for the NBA’s greatest dynasty. Detroit had only the sixth-best record before it won the title in 2004. The team formerly known as the Washington Bullets was eighth best before a surprising run to the championship in 1978. And, finally, there’s the Houston Rockets, who were sixth in the West and 10th overall before they won the crown in 1995.But even that last one wasn’t a huge shocker: The Rockets were showing their age, but they were the defending champs and had a pair of future Hall of Famers in Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler. Not exactly some Cinderella team that caught everyone off guard.This sort of top-end dominance isn’t as pronounced in the other major team sports.In the NFL over the last two decades, only five teams with the best regular-season record have gone on to win the Super Bowl. During that same span, there have been just as many champions from the wild-card ranks. More recently, there was a run of three straight titles by teams that had no better than the eighth-best record during the season, a streak finally broken this year by the top overall team, the Seattle Seahawks.Of the last 20 Stanley Cup winners in the NHL, there have been the same number of champions that finished with the best regular-season record as those who didn’t even crack the top four (six apiece). Most notably, the Los Angeles Kings celebrated in 2012 after being the very last team to make the playoffs out of the Western Conference, with only the 13th-best record overall.In baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals slipped into the playoffs in 2006, also with just the 13th-best record overall, and went on to claim an improbable World Series title. Heck, they had a worse record than five teams that didn’t even make the postseason but benefited from a weak division.In those other leagues, you sound more believable when you say everyone starts 0-0 at playoff time.In the NBA, most teams have already been eliminated.Before they even play a game.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963___AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon in Dallas, Joseph White in Washington and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more

Nelson shows off power at Sprints Regatta

first_imgPreney won gold mixed quad with Elizabeth Lund, Joanne Segur and Chris Smith along with the top prize in the Men’s singles.Meanwhile, Segur, combining with Preney in mixed quad, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in women’s doubles and gold in women’s quad.Lund won gold in mixed quad, women’s doubles and women’s quad.Steve Knight of Nelson won a gold medal in men’s doubles and silver in men’s singles while Petra Kromer took gold in women’s quad.Pat Desjardins, a native of Nelson who now lives in Victoria, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in men’s singles and gold in men’s doubles.The Nelson Sprints regatta hosted 65 rowers from Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club in Idaho, Kelowna Rowing Club, Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, South Cariboo Rowing Club and Vernon Rowing Club. Races were held in both Masters and Junior Events; Singles, men’s doubles, Ladies doubles, mixed doubles, and the same configuration for quad races. There were 22 races in the 1000-meter distance course that started on the opposite side of the Kootenay Lake near the Prestige Inn, ending at Lakeside Park. Local rowers won a host of medals at the 2014 Nelson Sprints Regatta held Saturday on the waters of Kootenay Lake.The trio of Dominique Preney, Elizabeth Lund and Joanne Segur, pulled in nine medals combined to lead Nelson.last_img read more