Drought deepens

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaTropical Storm Fay brought beneficial rain to Georgia in late August. But a very dry September has led to the return of low stream flows across the state and worsened drought conditions.All streams in Georgia except those originating in the extreme southern counties are extremely low. Most streams in the state’s northern half are at or near record low flows for this time of the year.Because of the extremely low stream flows, many counties have had their drought level classification changed to a more intense drought level.The region now in extreme drought is north and east of a line from Burke, Jefferson, Washington, Hancock, Putnam, Morgan, Walton, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Cherokee, Pickens and Murray counties. This includes the cities of Athens, Augusta, Blairsville, Clayton, Cumming, Gainesville and Madison. Extreme drought conditions occur about once in 50 years.Severe drought now exists north of a line from Screven, Jenkins, Candler, Toombs, Jeff Davis, Telfair, Ben Hill, Wilcox, Dooly, Macon, Schley, Marion, Chattahoochee counties. It includes Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Rome. Severe drought conditions occur about once in 20 years.Moderate drought conditions exists in Appling, Bacon, Bullock, Coffee, Crisp, Effingham, Evans, Irwin, Pierce, Quitman, Stewart, Sumter, Tattnall, Turner and Webster counties. Moderate drought conditions occur about once in 10 years.Mild drought conditions are found in Atkinson, Berrien, Brantley, Clay, Lanier, Lee, Long, Randolph, Terrell, Tift, northern Ware, Wayne and Worth counties. Mild drought conditions occur about once in seven years.Abnormally dry counties are Baker, Brooks, Bryan, Calhoun, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Glynn, Grady, Liberty, Lowndes, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas and southern Ware.The biggest concerns over the next several weeks will be stream flows and soil moisture. Lake Lanier is at a record low for this time of the year. In the Savannah River basin, Clarks Hill Reservoir only has 2.78 feet of usable pool remaining, Lake Russell 1.31 feet and Lake Hartwell 19.57 feet. Since Lake Hartwell is at the top of the basin, its water will be used to support downstream reservoirs and other water needs. Lake Hartwell’s water level is expected to drop significantly over the next several weeks.Farm ponds are showing the lack of rain. Beef and dairy producers are having to move cattle for drinking water purposes or find alternative water sources.Low soil moisture in the fall can be good for harvesting some crops. But not all farmers benefit from the dry conditions. The dry weather will likely prevent some from getting another cutting of hay. It will also inhibit the planting of small grains and over seeding of pastures.The probability for meaningful drought relief over the next couple of weeks is low. October is still in the tropical storm season. But the likelihood of tropical weather impacting Georgia diminishes rapidly as the month progresses. Additional drought information and updates can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Automated weather data across Georgia is at www.georgiaweather.net. Daily rainfall from CoCoRaHS is available at www.cocorahs.org. U.S. Geological Survey data is at ga.water.usgs.gov. Water conservation information is available at www.conservewatergeorgia.net.last_img read more

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January Climate

first_imgAfter a record-setting warm December 2015, January 2016 in Georgia was slightly cooler and drier than normal. While El Niño conditions mean a continuation of slightly cooler-than-normal conditions in February, it should also mean a wetter-than-normal month. Wet conditions through February have the potential to delay farmers and the start of planting season. In January, despite the state being drier than normal, Alma, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia, saw higher-than-normal rainfall, with Alma recording 0.33 inches above normal, for a total of 4.59 inches, and Atlanta recording 0.94 inches above normal, for a total of 5.14 inches. Atlanta recorded the highest rainfall in the state during January. Rain early in the month caused problems with flooding in some locations. A mail carrier’s vehicle was swept away by a flooding creek in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, after the carrier made a wrong turn and drove across a flooded roadway. Fortunately, the carrier was rescued after being trapped in the vehicle for a couple of hours. According the National Weather Service, the lowest precipitation total recorded in the state during January was in Augusta, Georgia, with 1.66 inches, 2.25 inches below normal. Athens, Georgia, received 3.68 inches, 0.37 inches below normal; Columbus, Georgia, received 3.20 inches, 0.65 inches below normal; Macon, Georgia, received 2.52 inches, 1.72 inches below normal; Savannah, Georgia, received 3.13 inches, 0.56 inches below normal; Brunswick, Georgia, received 3.15 inches, 0.07 inches below normal; Rome, Georgia, received 3.37 inches, 1.45 inches below normal; Valdosta, Georgia, received 3.89 inches, 0.68 inches below normal; and Albany, Georgia, received 3.66 inches, 1.16 inches below normal. The highest verified single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers was 2.82 inches near Riverdale, Georgia, in Clayton County on Jan. 22, followed by 2.65 inches near Gainesville, Georgia, in Hall County on the same date. The highest monthly total rainfall was 6.85 inches, observed near Dillard, Georgia, in Rabun County, followed by 6.69 inches near Cairo, Georgia, in Grady County. The Dillard observer also reported the highest snowfall for the month, with a total of 8.5 inches reported. Temperatures across the state were below normal in January. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 42.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.9 degrees below normal; Athens averaged 42 F, 1.5 degrees below normal; Columbus averaged 45.5 F, 1.7 degrees below normal; Macon averaged 44.9 F, 1.4 degrees below normal; Savannah averaged 48.4 F, 1.1 degrees below normal; Brunswick averaged 50.6 F, 0.9 degrees below normal; Augusta averaged 44.2 F, 1.2 degrees below normal; Albany averaged 48.1 F, 1.2 degrees below normal; Alma averaged 48.6 F, 2.1 degrees below normal; Rome averaged 39.5 F, 1.6 degrees below normal; and Valdosta averaged 50.1 F, 0.3 degrees below normal. However, combined with the record-setting warm December temperatures, the winter so far is still well above normal as far as temperature. Two record low daytime high temperatures were set in January. Savannah and Alma both set records on Jan. 23. Savannah reported a daytime high of 40 F, beating the old record of 41 F, and Alma reported a daytime high of 41 F, beating the old record of 42 F. Both of the old records were set in 2003. No severe weather was reported in January in Georgia, although some unofficial reports of high winds were received during the month. The outlook for February and early spring shows the continuation of El Niño-like weather. After the El Niño dies away, a swing to La Niña is expected by late summer, which will increase the chance of dry conditions later in the growing season. The Atlantic tropical season is also expected to be more active than usual in the absence of an El Niño. For more information, please see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East (CASE) blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate, or visit gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to [email protected] to share on the blog.last_img read more

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Biden says fighting for US ‘soul’ after big primary wins

first_imgJoe Biden moved a step closer on Tuesday to a November showdown with Donald Trump, notching up big primary wins over Bernie Sanders, his sole remaining challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination.Biden, 77, the centrist former vice president, cruised to victory in Missouri and Mississippi and scored a resounding win in Michigan, where Sanders, 78, the leftist senator from Vermont, had hoped to make a stand.The race was too close to call in Washington, the other major prize at stake, while two more states were also still counting votes — Idaho and North Dakota. Addressing supporters in Philadelphia as his victory took shape, Biden struck a presidential tone as he declared on national television that he would lead “a comeback for the soul of this nation.””We’re bringing this party together,” he said. “Tonight we’re a step closer to restoring decency, dignity and honor to the White House.”Biden reached out to his sometimes bitter rival Sanders and his supporters, telling them “we share a common goal.””Together we’ll defeat Donald Trump,” he said. Biden’s huge victory in Mississippi where he won around 80 percent of the vote, reflected his popularity among strategically vital African-American voters. He defeated Sanders by 25 points in Missouri.His win in Michigan, the Midwestern industrial state which could be a key battleground in November, was a major setback for Sanders, who narrowly beat Hillary Clinton there four years ago.Barring surprises, Biden now has a clear path to becoming the Democratic standardbearer in a potentially bruising and deeply divisive matchup with the Republican incumbent Trump.The main question remaining is whether Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, will fight to the bitter end as he did four years ago against Clinton or bow out early.Many Democrats accuse the firebrand Sanders and his devoted supporters of damaging Clinton just as she was struggling — ultimately unsuccessfully — against the Trump insurgency.’Tough night’ Sanders did not immediately address Tuesday’s results.But his press secretary indicated he had no intention of pulling out, touting Sunday’s next debate as the chance for America to “see Biden defend his ideas or lack thereof.”Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the charismatic New York congresswoman who is one of Sanders’ most high-profile supporters, said there was no “sugarcoating” the results, however.”Tonight’s a tough night for the movement,” Ocasio-Cortez said.  Adding to nerves in a country on edge after three tumultuous years under Trump, fears of the coronavirus epidemic prompted both campaigns to cancel election-night rallies planned in Cleveland, Ohio.Organizers of the upcoming television debate between Sanders and Biden likewise said they would take the extraordinary step of not allowing the usual live audience.Their caution was at odds with Trump, who has vowed to keep holding his typically raucous rallies despite the concerns about large gatherings.Trump’s campaign manager dismissed Tuesday’s results, saying “it has never mattered who the Democratic nominee turns out to be.”Both are “running on a big government socialist agenda” and Trump “is on an unstoppable drive toward re-election,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said.For Biden, Tuesday’s six-state contest, coming a week after his strong Super Tuesday performance, demonstrated that his once shambolic campaign is gathering strength and is now ready to face Trump.Michigan in particular, which Trump narrowly won in 2016, was targeted by Biden as a place to put down a marker ahead of the November election.Sanders had accused Biden of selling out to corporate interests and ignoring a passionate leftist base.But the former vice president has insisted on steering a centrist line that he says can bring the divided country back together — and it appears to have paid off.- ‘Traditional Democratic coalition’ -Banking on his credibility as Obama’s vice president, he has managed to get out an enthusiastic black vote.With stories of a hard-knock childhood frequently featuring in his speeches, Biden also wants to recapture the blue collar white voters that Trump successfully poached from the Democrats in 2016.”Biden is putting together the traditional Democratic coalition, and that’s still a very powerful one,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political history at Princeton University.In another boost, Andrew Yang became the latest of a string of former rivals for the Democratic nomination to endorse Biden.As the candidate, however, Biden will face an intensely polarized landscape, as illustrated during a campaign stop early Tuesday.Biden was speaking at an under-construction automobile plant in Detroit, when he was confronted by a worker who accused him of planning to take away Americans’ firearms.In the startling exchange, Biden struck back, telling the worker he was “full of shit” and insisting that he supports the constitutional right to bear arms. “I’m not taking your gun away,” he said in the encounter, which Trump backers pointed to as evidence of Biden’s inability to stand pressure — but his own supporters saw as a show of mettle.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Explosion at Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County

first_img Press Release,  Public Safety,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the early morning explosion at Letterkenny Army Depot, just outside Chambersburg in Franklin County:“My first concern is for the expedient treatment of those injured and the safety of those working or visiting Letterkenny,” Gov. Wolf said. “I have been in touch with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which has been working with county emergency officials to be sure the state is doing everything it can to help in this situation.“First responders have been on the scene since just after the explosion and have advised that it was contained to a warehouse area. I am receiving updates to ensure that all needs are being met.” July 19, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Statement on Explosion at Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin Countylast_img read more

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Joseph Mariathasan: The decline of India’s infrastructure buyers

first_imgAs anyone who has travelled around both India and China can attest, India lies a couple of decades behind China in terms of the quality of its infrastructure.This provides both frustrations and opportunities for investors. To create infrastructure that is on a par with China’s will take many years and gargantuan amounts of investment. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has estimated that India required $646bn (€590bn) over the next five years alone, 70% of which would be required in the power, roads, and urban infrastructure sectors.How well money is spent on infrastructure is as important as how much money is spent. To that end, economists and policy makers such as Ajay Shah – a professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi – have long argued that the private sector should play a greater role in financing infrastructure in India.For investors, this sector also offers a potentially attractive and relatively low-risk strategy for taking advantage of India’s undoubtedly attractive long-term growth rates. For India itself, Shah argued that private ownership would give better hardware, as such investors care about what is being built. It would also give better safekeeping of the assets. He argued that private owners would strenuously push for adequate user charges, and act as a counterweight against the biases of the Indian political system in favour of low user charges and hence a burden upon the exchequer. The private sector is willing to walk away from unviable projects, in contrast to governments, which will build infrastructure in respond to political pressures. Shah made the case that Indian public finance would be better off with its balance sheet freed from infrastructure assets, with these instead held by listed utilities companies issuing debt and equity. By accessing global investors it is possible to deliver low-cost financing.With increasing interest in India from foreign investors, it might seem surprising that recent years have actually seen a marked drop in the share of private sector financing of infrastructure projects in India. From 2003 to 2011, there was a massive increase in private sector financing of infrastructure projects. By 2011, there was a stock of roughly $400bn of private infrastructure investment projects that were under implementation, according to Shah.But in the years following, the value of private infrastructure projects receded substantially to the tune of around $80bn in nominal terms. If inflation were taken into account, it would amount to a decline of 25%. In contrast, public sector financing of infrastructure has seen a steady growth since 2011, so the overall level of investment remained reasonably stable.It is not clear why private sector investment has declined. The original logic in favour of greater private participation in infrastructure remains unchanged. As Shah argued, the private sector would use capital more effectively, deliver a better incremental capital-output ratio, and take care of assets better. The compositional shift in favour of public infrastructure projects he saw as a weakness in India. The reason for the shift, he speculated, might be that in the first wave of private sector participation the Indian authorities did not adequately understand that it required complex institutional machinery.Instead of addressing the issues to enable private sector involvement, Shah said there had been an excessive willingness to give up on private sector participation and make do with muscular state-led investment. Such centrally planned projects have their strengths, but as the experience of China has also shown, there is a risk of large investments producing low returns in terms of incremental GDP per unit investment.For foreign investors, infrastructure investment in emerging markets could potentially offer attractive yields with relatively low risks and large capacities, albeit illiquid. India, with its political stability, should be able to provide infrastructure investments at attractive yields and risk levels for long term pension and sovereign wealth funds.It would be a shame both for India and for foreign investors if a framework could not be developed that gave them the comfort to invest in Indian infrastructure.last_img read more

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OEEC: Incorporating sustainability in policy, strategy, and behavior

first_imgHow can you promote a sustainability culture in your organization? How can you communicate effectively to engage millennials in the energy transition? How can the costs of the energy transition be distributed fairly across society?(Left) Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, (Middle) Michiel Ottevanger, Commercial Advisor, Vermilion Energy, (Right) Maarten Bouwhuis BNR Nieuwsradio presenterMaarten Bouwhuis BNR Nieuwsradio presenter discussed these and other questions on how to manage change in support of environmental, economic and social sustainability during the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam last month.In the talk-show, live-streamed on OffshoreEnergyToday.com, we heard from Aldo Scopetti, HSSE-Q Manager, Rosetti Marino SPA, Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management,  Jeroen Overduin, Senior Marketing Communications Advisor, Siemens / TransitieCoalitie, Michiel Ottevanger, Commercial Advisor, Vermilion Energy.Scopetti, from Italian offshore engineering and construction company Rosetti Marino, has shared his company’s way in including millennials in the sustainability story mix, by means of a competition in which a winning team gets to see its proposals on sustainability implemented across the company.He said that while the company could’ve simply hired a professional in the subject matter, they wanted also to see t point of view of the next generation of “our possible leaders.” When it comes to leadership, Scopetti feels one should lead by example and make sustainability part of its overall way of life, and not just focus on it at work.More needs to be done on awarenessOverduin, communications advisor at Siemens feels more needs to be done when it comes to raising awareness about the industry among millennials. He has shared an example where he asked eleven millennials of different nationalities to share their views on the level of the usage of sustainable energy sources. None of them got it right, significantly overestimating the sustainable energy use.He is working on a campaign to engage millennials in energy transition and raise awareness: “Most people don’t realize the scope of the issue and the scope of the solution.”Overduin also feels that a huge structural change needs to happen if we’re to attaining climate goals. He is not a proponent of the idea that simply choosing to shorten the time we spend in the shower, or eat less meat, or turn off the lights will lead to the needed goal when it comes to climate change prevention.Vermillion Energy’s Michiel Ottevanger, himself a millennial, joined the Canada-based company having previously worked for Shell.He moved to Vermillion as he was given an opportunity to work on concrete renewables projects (geothermal and biogas), taking the opportunity to have an “entrepreneurial approach in Vermillion and to make some impact.”He says he partly disagrees with Overduin over the impact of an individual action. He feels the main impact comes from people, and if everybody changed their life a little there could be a real impact.“My goal for this year is to inspire more people to make these changes,” Ottevanger said.Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management was asked about the stories that nobody wants to take on traditional oil and gas studies anymore.Correljé said it’s not exactly nobody but the amount of people going there for oil and gas exploration and production is decreasing.While he sees today’s students as having this natural inclination towards sustainability what he hears from students who are finalizing the studies and are going into the real world, starting to work, it really depends on the kind of company where they work; whether they are confronted with old paradigm with sustainability being something that you have to do…”whereas in other companies it’s already there as a value.”Watch the full talk-show below<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Offshore Energy Today StaffPeople also readOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: System integration across bordersOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Benefits and challenges of offshore platform electrificationOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Hydrogen – the holy grail for transmissionOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: CCS as a lifeline to reaching Paris goalslast_img read more

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Seadrill shares start trading on OTC Markets following NYSE delisting

first_imgThe company filed a Form 25 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 11 June 2020 in order to delist its common shares from the NYSE, which occurs ten days thereafter upon the effectiveness of the Form 25. Seadrill gets NYSE listing warning To remind, Seadrill last April received a continued listing standard notice from the NYSE because the average closing price of its common shares had fallen below $1.00 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days. Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill has transitioned to quotation on OTC Capital Markets following its delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with Oslo Stock Exchange now being its primary listing. However, Seadrill said in June it had decided to rationalize its listing arrangements. Business & Finance Posted: 5 months ago Seadrill announced last Friday the completion of its transition to the United States’ OTCQX Market as part of the delisting of its common shares from the NYSE. Under the rules of the stock exchange, Seadrill has been given a six-month cure period to regain compliance with the NYSE continued listing standard. center_img Accordingly, the company’s last day of trading on the NYSE was on 19 June 2020, which was the last trading day prior to the effectiveness of Form 25. Posted: 5 months ago The Oslo Børs will now become Seadrill’s primary listing, where it will retain its ticker symbol ‘SDRL’. Categories: The OTCQX Market is a well-established U.S. financial market for U.S. and international companies and will provide support to the company’s U.S. shareholders. Seadrill’s common shares are listed and tradable on the highly regulated and highly liquid OTCQX Market as of 22 June 2020. As a consequence, Seadrill moved to delist from NYSE and focus upon the Oslo Stock Exchange going forward.last_img read more

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OA, Batesville team up to ‘Turnover Hunger’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville High School Varsity Football team used the 2017 season to fight hunger.  Last season, the BHS team collected pledges from their fans through which the fans agreed to donate a dollar amount of their choosing for every turnover the Varsity Team forced throughout the season.  31 turnovers later and the team had raised $983 for the Batesville and Holton Food Pantries.As the 2018 football season approaches, the Oldenburg Academy Football team has agreed to join Batesville Football in Turning Over Hunger in our community.  “As a teacher and coach, we see things that other people in the community ordinarily do not see or think about. I can tell you that feeding families on a consistent basis with the Turnover for Hunger campaign in southeast Indiana is something that we should all support. There are students coming to classrooms hungry every day who count on the local schools for their main meals. The Turnover for Hunger campaign will certainly assist the most basic needs of many families and students in the area,” stated Oldenburg Academy Football Coach, Eric Feller.Both football teams are once again looking to the support of their fans, alumni, family and friends to help reach their goal of $15,000 to combat hunger at the eight food pantries serving Ripley County. Individuals may pledge a dollar amount of their choosing to donate for every turnover their favorite team forces in the 2018 regular and postseasons, or donate a flat onetime donation directly to the Turnover Hunger program.  “The Ripley County Community Foundation works hard to assist groups to give back to their community and I’m happy to see the communities of Batesville and Oldenburg embrace that philosophy. No one, especially children should ever have to go hungry. The Turning Over Hunger program embraces what both our communities are all about…caring people who are always happy to lend a hand. Whether you’re rooting for the Bulldogs or the Twisters, there is one thing both fan bases have in common…the desire to make sure families are able to receive the nourishment they need,” stated Batesville Schools Superintendent, Paul Ketchum.There are many ways to participate and donate. Individuals may complete a Turnover Hunger Pledge Form at the football games and return it to the Batesville football concession stands, Oldenburg football parent rep, the Ripley County Community Foundation, 13 East George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006, via email to [email protected], donate online via PayPal at www.rccfonline.org, and/or donate via QR code on your phone during and/or after the games.“The Ripley County Community Foundation works hard to assist every individual or group in their quest to give back to their community.  The RCCF Board of Directors immediately recognized the Turnover Hunger initiative as a way for the community foundation to empower local youth with the tools needed to fulfill their charitable wishes.  The Community Foundation is proud to administer this program for the Batesville and Oldenburg Academy Football teams and hopes the seed planted in 2017 will continue to grow in 2018 and will become a countywide initiative in the future,” stated Amy Streator, RCCF Executive Director.last_img read more

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Blurton, Heger among Soderberg Memorial winners at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept.) – Zach Blurton and Ryan Heger were among those scoring victory honors as 124 cars filled the pit area Saturday night for the Inaugural Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event that closed out the season at Dodge City Raceway Park.While Blurton took URSS Sprint Car honors after apparent winner Taylor Velasquez weighed in light at the scales and Heger topped the season finale in IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for the second year in a row, Josh Appel took the win in United Wireless IMCA SportMods, Ron Hartman rallied from the tail to top the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dan Rogers bested the Thunder Cars and James Phelps won the Hornet finale.Heger emerged from a three-way shootout with Cole Traugott and Van Gemmill over the final circuits for his second win in season finale action in as many years.While Heger worked his way up from the 22nd starting position after heat race problems, Brad Keller and Jack Kirchoff paced the early circuits before Traugott surged into the lead on the 12th round in his bid for a third consecutive win to finish out the Dodge City season. Heger and the elder Gemmill had other ideas though, with Heger taking the checkered flag in the 20-lapper ahead of Gemmill. Beau Davis worked up to third in the final laps, Brendon Gemmill rebounded from mid-race issues to snare fourth with Traugott shuffled back to fifth in the final circuits. Austin Allen crossed the stripe sixth to put the finishing touches on his championship season.In similar fashion, Appel emerged from a multi-car battle over the last half of the race to post his first SportMod win of the year.Brian May paced the initial handful of rounds of the 20-lapper before Jeff Kaup surged into the lead. Trent Kleweno entered the mix at the midway point and held a handful of rounds before Appel battled into the lead for keeps on the 16th lap.Appel took the win ahead of Kleweno, with Kaup securing the title with his third place finish. Jared Baird and Mike Appel rounded out the top five.In Stock Car action, Hartman raced from 17th to take his first win of the season at Dodge City.Michael Pepper raced into the lead five laps into the 20-lapper before being swarmed by a host of challengers, with Hartman emerging with the lead on the 13th lap and then surviving some late challenges for the win ahead of Angel Munoz, Randy Dowell, Pepper and Justin Lewis. Billy Phelps finished off his championship season with a seventh-place finish.last_img read more

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Dozen declared for Derby

first_imgJim Bolger’s Dawn Approach heads a field of 12 for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom. Ruler Of The World, impressive at Chester, will be partnered by Ryan Moore, with Richard Hughes on Mars. Seamie Heffernan receives the leg-up aboard stablemate Festive Cheer, and Colm O’Donoghue is on Flying The Flag. Elaine Burke’s Libertarian is the leading British-trained contender after his win in the Dante at York. German raider Chopin was supplemented on Monday after being purchased by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing Ltd. Andre Fabre, successful two years ago with Pour Moi, runs the unbeaten Ocovango, with Galileo Rock, Mirsaale and Ocean Applause completing the field. Conditions at Epsom have eased considerably throughout the week, with clerk of the course Andrew Cooper now calling the ground good to soft, soft in places. “We’ve had nearly an inch of rain this week. I walked it yesterday evening and called it good to soft, good in places but I’ve walked it this morning and you’d have to call it good to soft, soft in places,” Cooper told At The Races. “The year High Chaparral won (2002) was undoubtedly the softest Derby I’ve had and this year will be similar. I can’t see the Derby now being run on anything appreciably better than good to soft.” The impressive Qipco 2000 Guineas winner remains unbeaten in his seven-race career and will attempt to follow in the hoofprints of his sire New Approach, who won the race in 2008. In an attempt to foil Dawn Approach and their big rivals Godolphin, Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore field five – although Irish Guineas winner Magician has been taken out, as expected. Chief Ballydoyle hope appears to be Battle Of Marengo, winner of the Derrinstown Derby Trial and ridden by Joseph O’Brien. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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