SOMERTON, Ariz. – A fourth IMCA division joins the programs each night of Cocopah Speedway’s fourth annual Winter Nationals.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, along with IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, vie at Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7 and Feb. 13 and 14 shows. The Somerton speedplant becomes the first track in Arizona to sanction IMCA Stock Cars in 2015. Feb. 6, 7 and 13 Modified features pay $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start while the Valentine’s Day main event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300. All four races are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. Stock Cars race for $500 to win and a minimum of $100 to start, Northern SportMods for $400 to win and a minimum of $60, and Hobby Stocks for $350 to win and a minimum of $50. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points, will be awarded. There is no entry fee or pill draw fee in any division any night and pit passes are $30 each night. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for six and under. The Winter Nationals bowling tournament is Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Cocopah Wild River. The fanfest party and car show is at the same location beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. More information is available online at www.cocopahspeedway.com or by calling 928 344-1563.
Editor’s Note: A paragraph incorrectly describing Ms. Strickland’s attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act was removed. The Daily Trojan regrets this error. The USC Political Student Assembly and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics launched the first California Politics Roundtable discussion of the academic year. Topics ranged from healthcare to issues of campaign finance.Talking for change · Former State Assembly members Anthony Portantino and Audra Strickland offered their views on a variety of topics. – Zhiliang Zhao | Daily TrojanThe panel included former California Assembly members Anthony Portantino (D) and Audra Strickland (R). Portantino also serves as a mentor for the Unruh Institute’s Visiting Fellows Program.The opening remarks given by the former assembly members included their background, what attracted them to the world of politics and their primary interests. Many of the students present voiced their interest in a future in state and federal politics.“Don’t run for office because you think you can win,” Portantino advised. “You have to have a passion to change things. If you don’t have a passion, don’t run — we’re counting on all of you to change it for the better.”Strickland spoke about her motivations for being involved in politics.“I love knowing that I can make a difference and that my involvement makes a difference in the political landscape,” she said.The first topic on the table, health care, was introduced by Strickland as one of her personal passions.“Health care was one of my biggest concerns when I was in the legislature,” she said.Portantino followed up with remarks expressing discontent with the federal legislature in failing to act quickly on a common-sense approach to fix the healthcare system.“It was the author [of the bill] that determined if it was supported or opposed — not the content. Had they spent more time trying to figure out how to make it work, and less time focused on who the author was, maybe they could have come up with a better proposal,” Portantino said.Another important topic discussed in the roundtable was campaign finance reform.“I am of the opinion that people should be allowed to give whatever they want to give and have it be disclosed,” Strickland said. She explained that Americans should have the liberty to donate however much they want as a basis for freedom of speech in a democracy.Portantino had a differing viewpoint.“What I think we need to strengthen is campaign finance,” he said.Portantino explained that the current system is broken. He understands, however, that most politicians in the legislature benefit from the status quo, so there is no incentive to change it. “We need to lower the thresholds, have more regulation of the Super PACs and independent expenditures,” Portantino said.The panel explained that there are many different loopholes in state laws regarding campaign contributions that certain politicians have taken advantage of. Portantino said some elected officials communicate with potential contributors near the time when a relevant bill is held to a vote.“There are people who push the limit of that type of behavior,” Portantino said.The discussion took a turn when Unruh director Dan Schnur asked the students in the roundtable what upset them about the current American political system when they watched the news or picked up a newspaper. In response to Schnur’s query, Ben Hannani, a sophomore majoring in political science, voiced his concern on how the federal government has reacted to high-profile shootings in the past few years.“There should have been an immediate reaction from our elected officials after the tragedies at Aurora and Sandy Hook — there should be a system in place that can prevent or even attempt to prevent tragedies like that,” Hannani said.The gun control discussion heated up as additional students voiced their opinions on the topic.“After listening to [Strickland] express her political ideologies, I felt like I had someone in a position of power that could voice my political thought,” said Shakay Amirkhanyan, a junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, at the conclusion of the debate.Amirkhanyan mentioned that she was eager to contribute in the first roundtable discussion of the year after enjoying one last spring semester.“Last semester, I participated in my first roundtable discussion and I found it to be so intellectually enriching that I couldn’t wait for the first round table discussion of the Fall 2014 semester,” she said.
Submit StumbleUpon Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Related Articles UK retail bank NatWest in collaboration with GamCare is set to trial a ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme offering counselling sessions to vulnerable/addicted customers inside its high-street branches.NatWest is set to launch the GamCare pilot scheme across 13 branches based in London, the South East and Midlands of England.The bank’s chosen outlets will allow any person to walk-in and book an appointment to see a GamCare counsellor.Launching the scheme, NatWest details that it seeks to support UK health networks tackling addiction, utilising its high-street branches as a first point of contact for treatment support.“Some customers might be uncomfortable going to an addiction centre,” said NatWest’s Head of Lending, Phil Sheehy. “This is an accessible and neutral environment.”Should the scheme prove to be a success, NatWest may move to launch the directive across its 700 branches.Mike Kenward, Development Director of GamCare, stated that the charity would further train NatWest staff to support customers who want help to stop betting. The bank is also offering separate specialist vulnerability training to 600 staff.“The relationship between problem gambling and financial problems is well established, although not enough is known about it,” said Kenwood.Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture Media & Sports (DCMS), has detailed that her department are monitoring the scheme’s development closely.Morgan praised NetWest’s initiative, stating that all businesses have to be socially aware of gambling harms, including banks and social media platforms. Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 REVEALED MONEY impact silverware 2 Asked how he got more out of Pogba in Russia than Jose Mourinho is managing to at Manchester United, the 49-year-old French said: “I think the rest of the world, and certainly in France, has an image of Paul Pogba that doesn’t really reflect who he is.“He’s been in the national team since 2013 and he’s always thought about the collective. There’s this idea that he’s a bit individualistic and only thinks about himself but that’s not the case at all. I think that’s one thing that needs to be said.“Another is that he arrived at the World Cup really prepared and he took on the mantle of leadership, on and off the pitch. He became a bit of a spokesman for the team and he can do that because he’s a good speaker. “I’ve spoken to him about his relationship with the media and I think he’s been unfairly criticised in the past. That’s why there has been this aggressive vibe and he’s had this strained relationship.“But criticism is part of the job and I think you learn to take that on board as you get more experienced. That’s what’s happened with him and I think he’s gained some respect. He joined us ready to become a world champion and he took the whole squad with him.” REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE France coach Didier Deschamps has leapt to the defence of his World Cup “leader” Paul Pogba, describing him as a team player who has been misunderstood by some fans and the media.Deschamps was the guest of honour at the FIFA Football Conference in London, where more than 300 international coaches, including England’s Gareth Southgate and Wales boss Ryan Giggs, gathered on Sunday to discuss lessons learned from this summer’s World Cup. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Deschamps says Pogba is a natural leader Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Deschamps has defended Pogba Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The 25-year-old midfielder capped a superb World Cup campaign with the decisive third goal in the final against Croatia and his overall play for France was far more consistent and disciplined than anything United fans have seen from him since he rejoined the club for a then-world record £89million in 2016.And Pogba’s patchy club form has continued this season – superb one game, sloppy the next, while on Saturday he set up United’s opener only to lose the ball for Wolves’ equaliser.