More pit parking in the works for 34th Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – It’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.With another division added to the program, IMCA and track officials have been pro-active in mak­ing sure there’s enough pit area parking for the 34th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, to be held Monday through Saturday, Sept. 5-10 at Boone Speed­way.In particular, the pits will be expanded to include the cell phone tower area south of the existing pit area. Divisions that run complete programs on a single day – the Southern SportMods on Monday, Sport Compacts on Tuesday and Deery Brothers Late Models on Thurs­day – will all have reserved space in that area, which will also accommodate overflow in all other divisions.Modifieds and Stock Cars can move in before their qualifying resumes on Friday.“We have addressed a number of issues at Super Nationals to be as accommodating as possible and pit parking has been number one,” said IMCA President Brett Root, also citing turn one seating and bleacher seating adjacent to the hot pit. “We need to get drivers on and back off the track as efficiently as possible. It’s a balancing act to say the least.”“We are making the appropriate adjustments with the flow between the pit area and the track,” he added. “It will be a big improvement and people will see that.”Turn one grandstand seating will be available each night of Super Nationals and Root anticipates the expanded pit area to have no effect on layout of the camping area.Forms for Super Nationals pre-entries, pit parking, camping and the duffers’ golf tournament will be posted soon on both the IMCA (www.imca.com) and Boone Speedway (www.raceboone.com) websites.Beginning this year, drivers who reserve pit stalls must also complete the pre-entry process.“This will give us a better idea of who is coming to Super Nationals and car counts for each divi­sion,” Root explained. “It also eliminates the extra work that goes with selling pit spots without knowing who actually goes there.”Pre-tech starts Sunday, Sept. 4 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. Southern SportMods crown their first-ever Super Nationals champion on Labor Day Sept. 5.“There’s a lot of excitement from the standpoint of Southern SportMod drivers who have wanted to be part of Super Nationals,” Root said. “Some of them might get to Boone early enough to hot lap on Saturday or they can use Sunday as a travel day.”“We hope to get a good turnout of Southern SportMods,” he continued. “We are putting together very good contingencies for them.”The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 9. Races of champions and main events for Hobby Stocks, SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds are Saturday, Sept. 10.“We may start later on Saturday,” Root said. “We got most of the bugs in the final day program worked out last year so we might push our start time back to 3 p.m.”last_img read more

Clinical trials for SA anti-malaria drug

first_img29 August 2012The development of a single-dose anti-malarial drug by the University of Cape Town (UCT) could help Africa and the rest of the world tackle a disease which claims almost a million lives a year, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.The new molecule, developed by UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D), was selected last month by Switzerland’s Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for further development.It will now undergo a lengthy period of clinical trials and has the potential to become a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria and might also be able to block person-to-person transmission of the parasite.Pandor said the compound has already been found to be a complete cure for animals infected by malaria. The department had provided R25-million in funding for the development of the drug.African researchers finding solutionsThe development of the drug has also helped train 10 local scientists and helped cement relations with international partner the MMV, which is based in Switzerland.Pandor lauded the research partnership between the MMV and the H3-D centre and said it was essential to see African researchers involved in finding solutions to African problems.She said South Africa had recently made significant progress in developing the basic sciences that underpin infectious disease research in the fields of immunology, virology, bio-chemistry, microbiology and genetics.With the majority of the more than a billion people infected by communicable diseases located in developing countries, new research into neglected diseases was crucial, Pandor said.The director of H3-D, Kelly Chibale, said the new drug was important, especially as others had proved ineffective in tackling parasites that had become drug-resistant.“When we tested this molecule in animals that are infected with parasites, with a single low dose of this molecule, we could cure the infection completely,” Chibale said.‘A unique research initiative’The H3-D team – with help from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Australia’s Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation and India’s Syngene – spent 18 months developing a candidate molecule suitable for pre-clinical development.Chibale commended the Science and Technology Department for its research chairs initiative, saying his research chair had afforded him the time to put together a team to carry out the research into an anti-malaria drug and was geared to training the next generation of researchers.“This is not something that would have happened if I had been carrying a heavy load of teaching commitments and I think this is something unique and special about this country [the research chairs initiative],” he said.The MMV’s chief scientific officer, Tim Wells, said that if all went well, the drug could expect to hit the market by 2020. He added that the clinical development phase would take around seven years – costing about R20-million a year.He said the aim was to make it available to ordinary Africans, at affordable rates of less than a dollar a dose.Wells added that although a vaccine for African malaria was being developed for 2015, there would still be a need for medication in a drug form.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash

first_imgSmash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck PLAY LIST 01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending Articles02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NLEX, which bounced back from its first loss in style last week, tries to get another winning streak going and put its retooled roster to the test yet again when the Road Warriors clash with Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Change of heart on the SEAG SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Game time is 7 p.m. with the Road Warriors hoping to inch closer to the first quarterfinal slot even as Phoenix Petroleum tries to stop the bleeding when it battles Meralco in the 4:15 p.m. game.Cyrus Baguio plays his first game reunited with old mentor Yeng Guiao at NLEX.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater, meanwhile, will not be easy pickings as the Elite got a much needed shot in the arm the last time up when Henry Walker arrived and led them to their first win.The Bolts, meanwhile, try to regroup after being dealt a first loss by the Road Warriors. View comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

9 months agoZenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract termsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes has agreed terms, it has been revealed.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, after victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, declared he wanted to see a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after his departure for AS Monaco.Gazzetta dello Sport says Paredes has been lined up by the Blues and already settled personal terms.Now Chelsea must reach an agreement with Zenit over a fee for the Argentine.An opening offer of £27m has already been lodged. last_img read more