Drivers in all divisions except the Late Models planning to compete at the Sept. 2-7 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s must pre-register online. The form for pre-registration can be found at www.imca.com and www.raceboone.com under the Super Nationals menu. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Sept. 6 while races of champions and main events for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks are on Sept. 7. “We began the on-line registration process last year and it helped speed up the entire process immensely,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “It made it considerably easier for our staff to prepare for Super Nationals leading up to the event and streamlined much of the actual week of Super Nationals for IMCA and Boone Speedway employees.” Drivers who do not already have a MyRacePass account can create one when they go to that link. Late Models following the Deery Brothers Summer Series crown the first champion of the week on Labor Day. Sport Compacts run their complete program on Sept. 3. The Prelude and each night of Super Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Drivers must also pre-register to reserve pit stalls and to compete in the Aug. 31 Prelude at Boone Speedway. Pit stall application links are on Super Nationals menus on both IMCA and Boone Speedway websites as well. Entry fees for the 37th annual Super Nationals remain unchanged at $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts. BOONE, Iowa – Online registration for the biggest and best event in all of dirt track racing is underway. Northern SportMod pilot Ron Hults of Truro, Iowa, was the first driver to pre-register for the upcoming Super Nationals.
“It was a pleasure coming here. I think all the members are proud of themselves for assisting in this project, I think it was a great experience as well….”, the words of Golden Jaguars’ striker, Vurlon Mills, who was among six team members assisting in the construction of a house being built by Habitat For Humanity Guyana Inc. (HFHGY)The partnership between the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), via the Golden Jaguars, and HFHGY saw the team members, last Saturday, assisting in the laying of boards for the floor of the house owned by Ms. Lynette Cambridge at Farm, East Bank Demerara.The work was supervised by the on-site contractor and HFHGY’s staff,including Nakasi Fortune, Volunteer Programme Assistant.The collaboration, the first of its kind with HFHGY, is part of the public relations programme being pursued by the GFF as a lead-up to the 3rd round matches of the Scotia Bank-CFU 2016 Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship scheduled for Suriname (Oct 8) and the Leonora Stadium, Guyana (Oct 11).The other team members who participated in the HFHGY partnership were Andrew Nestor, Cash London, Pernel Schultz, Colin Nelson and Daniel Wilson.Habitat for Humanity mobilizes local leadership and resources to help people access decent and affordable homes. Typically, volunteers and home partners work together to build or renovate houses. In this process, Habitat forgoes making a profit on loans through interest, putting value instead on meeting human needs.The Golden Jaguars will today journey to the mining town where they will be featured in a caravan in the Town after which they will head to the Mackenzie Sports Club ground for a light training session. Today’s activity kicks off at 16:30 hrs and all are invited to meet and interact with the players and also watch them train.
China wants to control the narrative. Even outside the country, China can do just that through its harsh penalties for those who dare to speak against the government. Blizzard’s decision tells e-athletes, “Keep your mouth shut and play.” Blizzard also stated that the content of Blitzchung’s message did not have an effect on the penalties enforced. Given the recent events concerning the NBA and China, that’s hard to believe. As his punishment, Blitzchung had to forfeit all of his current season prize earnings and was issued a year-long suspension. These are private entities, and if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t want players kneeling during the national anthem, he can make that law if he wants to. Blizzard made Blitzchung an example. He is an example for professional players to limit themselves to solely the game when they are “on the clock.” This situation shares some similarities with the recent NBA controversy of the past week. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey received harsh criticism after he tweeted in support of the Hong Kong demonstrations. The difference: It was the Chinese government and sponsors taking action against Morey and the Rockets, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Silver actually backed Morey’s right to voice his opinion. Several days after handing down the ban, Activision Blizzard issued a statement in an effort to clear the air around the actions of pro players. Sam Arslanian is a junior writing about esports. He is also a former sports editor of Daily Trojan. His column, “Plug & Play,” runs every other Wednesday. “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time,” Blitzchung said in Mandarin in an interview while wearing a gas mask and a pair of goggles. “Esports exist to create opportunities for players from around the world, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds, to come together to compete and share their passion for gaming,” the statement read. It’s the same argument as the Colin Kaepernick kneeling situation. How much authority does the league or company have? Technically, all of it. Above all, it must ensure that it doesn’t disturb or attempt to influence the gaming community. The difference between the NBA and Activision Blizzard is that Silver backed free speech, citing that it is not the NBA’s place to police what its people say. This portion of the statement sounds harsh, but the company’s intent is understandable. Foremost, Blizzard doesn’t want to look like it supports what its players say, and it is willing to limit its players to just playing the game to ensure that it doesn’t cross any boundaries. What this likely comes down to, as everything in the modern world does, is money. Activision Blizzard has a massive player base in China, and a significant portion of its professional players are from there. Activision Blizzard needed to act fast; it did that with a snap-call ban. No warnings, no discussions, nothing. It sounds like Blizzard will only limit what players say when they are appearing on official Blizzard content. What happens if the protests continue or grow and more players start speaking out? Does Blizzard let them do that on their own time? Will Blizzard want outspoken activists on its roster? How will it react if the Chinese government pressures it? While everyone was focused on the situation between China and the NBA over a week ago, esports had its own controversy. Activision Blizzard, the maker of Hearthstone, banned Chinese Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai from competitive play after he verbally supported the Hong Kong protests on a Hearthstone official stream. Silver’s decision tells players, “We want you here for who you are.” “Moving forward, we will continue to apply tournament rules to ensure our official broadcasts remain focused on the game and are not a platform for divisive social or political views,” Blizzard’s statement read. In the same way, Activision Blizzard can prevent players from supporting the Hong Kong protests if it chooses to do so. It may not be morally right, but it’s not illegal. The answer is unknown, but Blizzard needs to make it very clear to its players what they can and cannot say and when they can and cannot say it. The last edition of this column discussed the importance of community within the burgeoning industry of professional esports. Blizzard’s short-fuse reaction has damaged its reputation — even though it later reduced the ban to six months and gave Blitzchung his prize money. Players shouldn’t have to look over their shoulders every time they speak their minds.
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