UK: Royal Navy to Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

first_img April 4, 2012 Training & Education UK: Royal Navy to Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee View post tag: Diamond Appropriately enough, HMS Diamond has a part to play in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the Thames in early June.In London, men and women from all three Services are taking part in the ceremonial events planned for this summer to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule.The spectacle of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is at the heart of the weekend, with almost a thousand small ships and vessels forming an escort for the Royal Barge, which will carry the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.Two of HMS Diamond’s seaboats (Pacific 24s) will form part of the marine escort, alongside four ORCs (Offshore Raiding Craft) driven by the Royal Marines of 539 Assault Squadron (539 ASRM).There will be two of the Navy’s P2000 fleet and two Naval Picket Boats from Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth on hand to accompany the procession along the Thames on Sunday June 3.The flotilla is expected to be one of the largest ever assembled on the river, and will cover a route of some seven miles, starting at Battersea and ending at Tower Bridge.Each of the boats and craft taking part will be issued with the Pageant Flag to be flown at all times during the waterborne procession – the flag comes in three different sizes, with a burgee or sticker for those vessels that cannot carry a flag.One of the music herald barges will contain a Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to play supporting music for the waterborne parade.Of course, the RN’s premier musicians will be called into service elsewhere over the Jubilee celebrations – RM bandsmen, along with Army and RAF counterparts, will be heard along the processional route on Tuesday June 5 when the Queen will attend St Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving.More than 1,000 personnel from all three Services will be arrayed along the capital’s streets for the carriage procession through the heart of the city on Tuesday June 5.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 60-gun salute from Horse Guards Parade to coincide with the procession, and a Guard of Honour from 1st Battalion Irish Guards will perform a feu du joie (fire of joy) on the Queen’s return to Buckingham Palace when she steps onto the Balcony.General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, said:“I am delighted that so many members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces have the opportunity to be part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. “Our Service personnel have a unique relationship with the Queen, and I know that those taking part, and their families, will remember these celebrations with great pride. “The whole of the Armed Forces will be celebrating in their own way, wherever they are serving around the world.” The Thames Pageant is part of a tradition of lavish regal celebrations upon the Thames – a history that is being marked with a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.On April 27 the Museum is launching ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’, guest-curated by historian David Starkey.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 04, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: celebrate View post tag: Naval Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy to Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee View post tag: Queen’s View post tag: Jubilee View post tag: Royal View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

“Why couldn’t we create a monorail?” says County Councillor

first_imgOxford students’ wishes for a monorail could be granted, if only after 2020, following an announcement by county council leader Ian Hudspeth.Speaking at the “Connecting Oxfordshire” event, he explained that the existing infrastructure in Oxfordshire is likely to come under further strain in the near future, with 86,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes predicted to arrive in the county by 2031.“There are exciting times ahead”, he said. “Towns across Oxfordshire are going to increase in size, with places such as Bicester set to double in size over the next ten years. We are also seeing the technology and knowledge industry Science Vale Oxford really take off and the county council needs to lead the way in developing the supporting infrastructure.”He added, “We can’t rule out ideas that might seem fanciful, such as creating a passenger service on the Cowley branch line, a mass transit system into Oxford. And why couldn’t we create a monorail connecting key locations around the city’s ring road?”A car-free, “boulevard piazza” on St. Giles was also proposed. Hudspeth said that this would, “really give a different feel to the whole city centre.”Samuel Kim, a medic at St. John’s, told Cherwell, “Dodging cars on St. Giles’ is always a thrill, but if we do get a piazza future students will certainly enjoy the reduction in mortal peril to get to G&D’s”.This proposed transport link from the city centre to Banbury Road could grant students at St. Hugh’s and LMH the monorail promised in LJ Trup’s “personifesto” last year.Some students contacted were concerned about the potential visual impact of the project, however. A senior member of the Oxford University History Society said, “Oxford’s historical beauty is a great draw for both prospective students and tourists alike. Hopefully, they can find a way to implement the monorail in a way that will both complement the visual image of our city and provide a great boost for its efficiency.”Oxford city centre currently has a high traffic volume, with 180 buses per hour using the High Street and 80,000 vehicles using the ring road every weekday.The proposed changes would extend an existing, £800 million plan to improve transport in Oxfordshire that includes a new railway station at Water Eaton, alongside improvements to existing stations at Oxford and Didcot.last_img read more

Students vote overwhelmingly to retain subfusc

first_imgStudents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping subfusc, with 75.8 per cent opting to keep the dress code compulsory for examinations. A similar margin of students chose to keep mortarboards and gowns mandatory too, with 78 per cent voting in favour.Marking the highest ever turnout in the student union’s history, 8,671 students voted out of a student population of 21,345 meaning 40.6 per cent of students voted.A total of 6,403 people voted to keep subfusc, 2,040 voted against and 103 abstained. 6,242 voted to keep gowns and mortarboards, with 1,759 voting against and 128 abstaining.In a tighter result, the question of whether to move OUSU Statutory Elections from Michaelmas to Hilary Term saw 2,445 votes in favour and 1,455 voting against. However, a large proportion of voters (3,986) abstained. The Returning Officer confirmed to Cherwell that the elections will now move to Hilary, as abstentions do not count as votes in OUSU referenda. The referendum, called by OUSU, ran from 8am on Wednesday to 6pm this evening and asked students whether or not subfusc should be required for University Examinations. In a separate question, students were asked whether gowns and mortarboards should be required for exams too.Subfusc has been a longstanding tradition at Oxford University and is currently required to be worn at matriculation, University Examinations and graduation. It consists of a dark suit, skirt or trousers, a white shirt or blouse, black shoes and a bow tie or ribbon. A referendum on subfusc in Oxford was last held in 2006 in which 81 per cent of the4,382 voters chose to keep the full academic dress.The debate surrounding the motion focussed on several issues including access, comfort, and gender. Campaigners arguing for the ‘No’ campaign had labelled it restrictive and elitist, focussing on the compulsory nature of the dress code. Members of the ‘Yes’ campaign on the other hand had argued it promoted a community spirit and ‘levelled the playing field’. Harrison Edmonds, leader of the Save Subfusc campaign, hailed the significance of the referendum result. “The issue has been put to bed for the foreseeable future. I think the high turnout shows that this is an issue many Oxford students care heavily about. It has also vindicated my belief that subfusc is egalitarian and a great unifier. “I think that there are valid concerns that have been raised over negotiating with the proctors and the rules of what constitutes subfusc, and I hope to help get OUSU more involved in rectifying those concerns.”Writing on their Facebook campaign page, Subfusc OFF commented, “We at Subfusc OFF are of course very disappointed by tonight’s result. However, we want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to the debate.“We still believe that the arguments for making subfusc optional hold and we hope that more people’s minds will change over the coming years. To all those that voted to make subfusc optional, thank you for your support. We also wish all those who are currently sitting their exams the very best of luck.”Returning Officer Joe Smith commented, “I’m really pleased with the engagement in the referenda. This is the highest turnout for any English university student union on record, which is astounding!“Congrats to the Campaign Leaders and OUSU for getting such a high turnout. I hope this engagement will be carried on and I’m pleased to say these elections were carried out fairly, democratically and properly, which is always nice to see in a Trinity term referendum!”OUSU President Louis Trup told Cherwell, “It’s amazing that there has been such a high turnout in these referenda. It shows that students care about how Oxford works and will be vocal on the issues they care about. This means that OUSU needs to keep asking questions that interest people and then campaigning for the changes wanted.“I hope students are taking a greater interest in OUSU and remember that it is here for whenever you want something in Oxford to change.”last_img read more

IS IT TRUE MAY 4, 2016

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that the DMD and  the ERC also want to replace the existing roof on the vacant CVS building on North Main?IS IT TRUE DMD and ERC also want someone to bid on mold remediation on this property?   …they want  someone to install new mold resistance framing material,  reinstate the areas that has been removed?  …install new mold resistance drywall into the areas that has been removed?  … finish the walls smooth to accept paint and Install new Mold Resistance primer paint on the repaired areas?  … DMD and ERC states that the paint shall be Porters Paint or of equal quality?  …it look like someone at DMD wrote a bid package that may favor a certain brand of paint? IS IT TRUE DMD and ERC also want someone to bid on doing general repairs on this $600,000 vacant and dilapidated CVS Property located on North Main that they purchased back in 2015?IS IT TRUE we wonder when the hard working taxpaying citizens of this community will finally stand up and tell the Mayor, Evansville DMD Director and ERC  to stop wasting our hard earned money on political pork barrel projects?FOOT NOTE: Todays “Readers Poll” question is:  Do you feel that party leaders should refrain from endorsing candidates in the primary? IS IT TRUE the hard-fought Republican  primary race for County Commissioners came out much as we expected?  … Cheryl Musgrave handily defeated Alex Schmitt the “hand-picked” choice of Mayor Winnecke, and GOP Chairman Wayne Parke?  …the failure to beat Cheryl Musgrave does make us wonder if the Winnecke-Parke“ machine” is as powerful as its previous success indicates, or if they have just had run of coincidental good fortune?IS IT TRUE we had hoped that we could give our readers a full analysis of yesterday’s election results but because of the ten voting machines that were improperly shut down we will wait to until they are checked out?IS IT TRUE we predicted that the race for Indiana House District 77  would be close?  …that 212 votes separate Ryan Hatfield, the “connected” and well-funded young candidate and Lori Sherman, who ran a grass-roots campaign on about 10% the size of Hatfield’s budget? …union backed Brandon Lee Ferguson trailed far behind the two leaders?  …we still say that any of the three there candidates would serve us well in Indy?IS IT TRUE  he wind of political change has finally hit Warrick County?  …Warrick County  voters voted out two Republican incumbents  Commissioners running for re-election  yesterday.?  …the voters also got rid of an incumbent recorder and a at-large Warrick Council Councilman? …Dan Saylor won the Warrick County Commissioner District 1 seat from Republican Rick Reed with 51 percent of the vote?  …Robert “Bob” Johnson Jr.  pulled a major political upset by beating Warrick County Commissioner President Don Williams in the District 3 seat, with 56 percent of the vote?IS IT TRUE In the Republican Presidential Primary race in Indiana proved to be Ted Cruz’s Waterloo?  … it looks like John Kasich will continue to run against Donald Trump, so we will continue to be treated to the GOP sideshow?IS IT TRUE the Bernie Sanders victory on the Democratic side of the contest was something of a surprise, but is too little too late barring some unusual circumstances?  …we look forward to hearing what our readers have to say about the coming General election?IS IT TRUE back in  July 7, 2015 the Department of Metropolitan Development sent out bid packets for lease of real property commonly known as 800 North Main Street, Evansville Ind.?IS IT TRUE in July,  2015 DMD advertised that the minimum offering price to lease the vacant CVS building on North Main has been set at  mere One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1500.00) per month for a term of twelve months?  …  does it look like the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County are getting a reasonable return on their investment on this property? IS IT TRUE that the most recent DMD RFP request for the old CVS  property states that the furnaces shall be “TRANE” package units or have equal quality and have a 10-year or better heat exchanger warranty.?  …this RFP also states these units shall Install a new programmable thermostat, “Honeywell” model or equivalent?  …doesn’t it look like someone at DMD wrote a bid package that may favor a certain brand of Heating and Air unit?last_img read more

moe. Announces 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgToday, moe. has announced their 2018 fall tour dates, bringing them coast to coast this October. The tour will begin in Portland, Oregon on October 10 at the Crystal Ballroom, bringing the Buffalo jammers to Eugene, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Missoula, Montana in the Pacific Northwest. From there, the tour will continue through Fargo, North Dakota on October 15th, Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 16th, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 17th.Moe. will stick around Chicago, Illinois for three nights at Thalia Hall from October 18th through 20th, with a special three-day VIP ticket available that includes a signed poster, meet and greet, happy hour soundcheck, and more. The fall tour will continue through Cincinnati, Ohio on October 25th and conclude at Jefferson Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 26th. Pre-sale opens tomorrow at 10 am local time, with a public on sale beginning on Friday at 10 am local time.This coming weekend, moe. will return to the celebrated San Rafael, California venue, Terrapin Crossroads, to kick off their summer tour. Initially scheduled for three nights across June 29th to July 1st, back in mid-May, the band added an additional show on Thursday, July 28th, due to popular demand. For the first three nights of the run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, moe. will team with a special guest, the famed Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, before Sunday’s performance on July 1st, during which moe. will split the bill with the full Terrapin Family Band.The band will continue their California tour with dates in Santa Cruz, Solana Beach, Los Angeles, and Pioneertown before heading for Colorado, where they’ll perform in Aspen on July 11th. This Aspen show comes ahead of the band’s highly anticipated return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12th with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. After this monumental fan-favorite show, moe. will head eastward, with new dates announced in Omaha, NE; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; and Lafayette, IN. moe.’s summer tour will end with a performance in Akron, OH on July 19th ahead of a performance at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. For more on upcoming moe. dates, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

The poetry of achievement

first_imgOn a warm summer evening, 30 high school students from the greater Boston area gathered for the Crimson Summer Academy’s (CSA) annual poetry slam, raising their hands high in the air or leaping to their feet and snapping fingers enthusiastically to show their support for their peers.The young scholars spend three consecutive summers on the Harvard campus, amid a stimulating mix of classes, projects, field trips, and cultural activities to achieve their dream: success at college.“The mission of the program is to help talented, low-income high school students gain access to first-rate colleges and universities,” said Maxine Rodburg, director of the CSA, who has directed the program since its inception in 2004. “From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, they attend classes, and we schedule special events for a few nights per week. Student success results from building a strong community, so we’ve built a culture in which people can get to know each other well and encourage each other.”While the average family income of most scholars is just $28,000, all 158 CSA graduates have gone on to attend college, and 94 percent complete their degrees in four years. Some scholars have even attended Harvard.“The Crimson Summer Academy’s long-term investment in our youth is life changing,” said Jeffrey Young, superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools, “and the Cambridge Public Schools are proud to be collaborating with Harvard on this very important project.”“One hundred percent of CSA Scholars are attending college today, regardless of family income, cultural background, or challenging circumstances,” added Young. “Through this program, Harvard has given local students the tools, skills and confidence they need to achieve the goal of going to college and pursuing their dreams.”At the slam, student Tyler diBenedetto’s poem brought the crowd to its feet with cheers and snapping fingers. A sophomore at East Boston High School, this is his first summer with CSA.Inez Khan of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School reads a poem to students in the Crimson Summer Academy at Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall.“CSA is an amazing program,” diBenedetto said. “It really gives kids who don’t have the opportunity to go to private schools the chance to get ahead of the game. The courses we take here are already advanced, so that will help us through high school. And after high school, we get a grant toward college. But that doesn’t even touch on the relationships we’re building here, and that’s the best thing about the program: the people. The community is so strong, and that’s what makes it such a rewarding, powerful experience.”Along with the CSA scholars, more than 20 college undergraduates — seven of whom this year are CSA graduates — serve as mentors, working and living alongside the scholars and living with them during the summer. “We stay in very close touch with all our graduates,” Rodburg said,  “before they enter college, during their college years, and even after college. We have a very strong network of alumni.”“I was part of the first cohort of students with CSA in 2004,” said Jide Olanrewaju, an alumnus at the poetry slam to lend his support. Olanrewaju, who was at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, said, “I remember it was a very exciting opportunity, and a very different atmosphere from high school. I came here for three summers as a scholar, and then won a grant that allowed us to come back as junior mentors to the incoming scholars. “Olanrewaju, who studied architecture and urban design at Hampshire College and graduated in 2011, said, “CSA was fundamental in my going to college,” he said. “Just the exposure of learning at Harvard and seeing that there’s much more to the world, that there are so many opportunities and resources for you to develop your dreams, that is what it’s all about. There’s a sense of connection, belonging, and community in these relationships that you’ve built over the years — a sense of guidance. This program has given me a sense not only of the importance of education, but also giving back.”CSA mentor Suryani Dewa Ayu ’15, who graduated from CSA in 2010 and performed her own poem at the slam, said CSA was pivotal in her attending Harvard.“CSA is a family,” Ayu said. “It’s a network of people who really support each other, who are constantly in contact, checking up on you, encouraging you, and seeing how you’re doing. It’s such a phenomenal program, and I’m so glad to be back here, interacting with the kids.”Program mentor Jiovani Robles delivers a poem with gusto.Jiovani Robles, a 2009 CSA graduate, a senior at Wesleyan University, and a 2012-13 Gates Millennium Scholar, is a CSA mentor this summer and emcee of the poetry slam. “CSA is a program that really pushes you,” he said. “It allows students to really think about what they want to do for the future and helps them think for themselves. And by bringing them onto the Harvard campus, it exposes them to college life.“The people in this program are a real inspiration,” he said, looking around the crowded room. “This is a whole new generation of scholars. I’m so impressed with the work they did tonight, and the passion that they have for the program and each other.”last_img read more

US Intercepts “Narco Sub”: Colombian Officials

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2009 A US warship intercepted a submersible believed to be linked to the drug trade off Colombia’s Pacific coastline, Colombian officials said Saturday. The USS Simpson, a guided missile frigate, immobilized the craft and detained four men aboard, the Colombian Navy said in a statement. The move was authorized as part of an agreement interdicting sea crafts transporting drugs signed between Bogota and Washington. The four Colombians aboard the “narco sub” opened the valves when they saw the Simpson and sank their vessel, the statement read, noting that such crafts can transport up to 12 tonnes of cocaine. The Colombian Navy has intercepted, sometimes with help from other countries, 39 submersibles, including six in 2009, thwarting “the transportation of more than 30 tonnes of cocaine abroad.” Security officials report an increase in the use of locally-built submersibles which can be at sea for up to 14 days and have a range of up to 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles). The vessels, often made of fiberglass, glide under the ocean surface with only the cockpit and the exhaust tubes extending above the water and are difficult to detect with radar or sonar.last_img read more

New 91 products proud holders of the label “Croatian island products”

first_imgOn Hvar, on May 26, 2018, the ceremony of awarding the label “Croatian island product” was held at the Arsenal Gallery in Hvar, and which was presented with plaques of the label “Croatian island product” (HOP) for 2018.The label “Croatian island product” can be awarded only to traditional and innovative products produced by island producers, awarded annually, in the form of plaques and models, to producers who have their headquarters on the islands and who make nominated products on the islands.This year, the label “Croatian island products” was awarded to 57 manufacturers for 91 products and production lines.The project was launched in 2007 with the intention of encouraging the production of original and quality island products, and so far 297 producers have received the Label, of which 26 eco-producers, 28 producers with a geographical indication and eight producers with a designation of origin, for 971 products and product lines with 24 islands.Our identity, history and culture are represented by products from 24 islands (Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Pag, Krk, Lastovo, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Prvić, Ugljan, Mljet, Šolta, Žirje, Pašman, Iž, Murter , Olib, Kornat, Rava, Silba, Zlarin) and the Peljesac peninsula. These are food (wines, brandies, liqueurs, olive oils, cheeses, desserts, fish, salad marinades, jams, honey), cosmetics and clothing products, as well as souvenirs and intangible heritage.It is interesting to note that 20 percent of tourism revenues have just been generated on the islands. Namely, on the islands where every thirtieth inhabitant of Croatia lives, almost 26 million overnight stays were realized, ie a quarter of all overnight stays in the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike

first_img Share The union says it wants fresh talks with the airlineVirgin Atlantic pilots have voted to go out on strike for their first time in the airline’s history, in a dispute over pay.The Balpa union said 97% of its members voted in favour of industrial action, from a ballot turnout of 94%, a result it said was “overwhelming”.The ballot was called after year-long pay talks with the company broke down.Balpa said it was open for fresh talks with the airline. Virgin Atlantic has yet to comment.‘Hugely disappointed’Jim McAuslan, Balpa general secretary, said the “huge” vote in favour of strike action sent a clear message to Virgin Atlantic’s majority owner, Sir Richard Branson.“Pilots do not want to strike and are hugely disappointed by the company’s approach. There has been no UK pilot strike for 32 years,” he added.“But there comes a time when even moderate people say ‘enough’.”Balpa said that Virgin Altantic’s pilots had not had a pay rise since 2008, and were being offered a below inflation deal for 2011.“We do not want to inconvenience the public and hope that Sir Richard will use some of his undoubted Virgin flair to settle this,” Mr McAuslan said.BBC News Share LifestyleTravel Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike by: – June 21, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Fast Shafts All-Star candidates number 73 with regional and state champions, specials winners

first_imgRichie Gustin, Clay Hale, Bobby Hogge IV, Wyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott and Clay Money.  Already on the ballot were Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Oregon state champ Bricen James, Jet Racing Central Region champion Jordan Grabouski and Side Biter Chassis North Central Region king Tom Berry Jr. P.J. Egbert, Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski and Kevin Green. And Robby Sawyer, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Brandon Smith, Andy Strait, Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil and R.C. Whitwell. Newly vote eligible are Dirt Works Eastern Region champion Matt Szecsodi and Razor Chassis South Central Region and Oklahoma state king William Gould, also winner of the Texas Big 4 special at Grayson County Speedway.  And special events winners already on the ballot were Smith, Grabouski and Steven Bowers Jr. State champions joining the ballot are Eric Barnes in Illinois, Cory Craver in Montana, Cory Davis in New Mexico, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon in California, Junior Flores in Idaho, Kelsie Foley in Arizona, David Goode Jr. in Texas, Josh Goodwin in Florida, Clay Hale in Missouri, Wyatt Howard in Utah, Mitchell Hunt in Michigan, Aaron Johnson in Minnesota, Josh Long in Wisconsin, Wade Manning in Wyoming, Bob Moore in South Dakota, Tom Quint in Colorado, Anthony Roth in Nebraska, Andy Strait in Nevada and Marcus Tomlinson in North Dakota.  The 73 All-Star candidates on the 2020 ballot now include: Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Steven Bowers Jr., Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick, Cory Craver, Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss and Ethan Dotson. Putting their names on the candidates’ list with special events victories were R.C. Whitwell, in the Duel In The Desert at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track; Hunter Marriott, a double winner at Cocopah Speedway’s Wes Hurst Memorial; P.J. Egbert, at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Fall Classic; and Josh McGaha, in the Southern Challenge at Abilene Speedway.  VINTON, Iowa – The crowning of regional and E3 Spark Plugs State champions, as well as four special event winners has added 25 IMCA Modified candidates to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Brad Pounds, Tom Quint, Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample and Jim Sandusky.  Drivers winning state crowns and who were already All-Star candidates include Drew Armstrong in Arkansas, Clay Money in Kansas, Kelly Shryock in Iowa and Brandon Smith in New York.last_img read more