Chase Allen led start to finish in winning the IMCA Modified feature, and $2,500, at Kennedale Speedway Park’s Showdown special. (Photo by Karen Davis)KENNEDALE, Texas (Oct. 7) – A wet weekend forecast in Kansas convinced Chase Allen to race closer to home.That decision proved to be good for $2,500.Despite battling brake issues much of the way, Allen led all 25 laps of the Saturday main event for IMCA Modifieds at Kennedale Speedway Park’s Summit Racing Equipment ShowdowThe Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory came ahead of Chris Elliott, Chad Melton, Josh McGaha and Chris Bragg.“I was just the glad the car was turning so good,” said Allen, who built up a sizable advantage before the last caution waved with four laps to go. “We changed our plans to race at Fall Nationals (at RPM Speedway in Hays, Kan.) because it’s hard to drive past a track that’s 15 minutes from your home. I didn’t get to race here as often as I would have liked this year but Kennedale is a track I know pretty well.”Rain the previous weekend had forced rescheduling of the fall special at Kennedale.Fifteen hundred dollar feature winners were Marcus Thomas in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Jay Bransom in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and J.C. Howell in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Thomas, the national champion and a seven-time winner at Kennedale during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, led all 20 circuits in the Sprint Car feature.Thomas stuck to the higher line until after midway, then moved to the bottom following what proved to be the final caution, with seven laps to go.2015 national champ Chad Wilson finished three car lengths behind. Kyle Jones, Anton Hernandez and Coly Wilson made up the rest of a very fast top five.Bransom opted for the inside row two spot for an early restart, caught Dan Day for the lead a couple laps later and stayed in front to the finish of a Stock Car feature that ran green the rest of the way.Working lapped traffic to perfection, Bransom took the checkers ahead of Day and Benji Kirkpatrick. Rounding out the top five were Dillon Smith and Damon Hammond.Howell prevailed in a three-wide battle, getting the lead and the win on the last lap of the Southern SportMod main. Those checkers came in a self-built Smiley’s Racing Chassis ride that had also put Howell in victory lane at Kennedale two weeks ago.“I’ve been busy with business and that was just the third time we raced this year,” he said. “We got a break in the job and got back into dirt trackin.’”Jason Nabors, Jake Upchurch, John Freeman and Michael Martin were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Chase Allen; 2. Chris Elliott; 3. Chad Melton; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Bragg; 6. P.J. Egbert; 7. Marvin Skinner; 8. Jay Bransom; 9. Dillon Pike; 10. Matt Guillaume; 11. Danny Rodgers; 12. William Gould; 13. Jake Henderson; 14. Justin McCoy; 15. Tom Earl Jr.; 16. Cody Shoemaker; 17. Tommy Williams Jr.; 18. Austin Gooding; 19. Pat McGuire; 20. Chris Morris; 21. Dane Burington; 22. Nicholas Littlejohn; 23. Matt Martin; 24. Jason Hunter.Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas; 2. Chad Wilson; 3. Kyle Jones; 4. Anton Hernandez; 5. Colby Wilson; 6. Lucas Scherb; 7. Logan Scherb; 8. Claud Estes; 9. Jason Howell; 10. J.D. Fry; 11. Jimmy Gardner; 12. D.J. Estes Jr.; 13. George White; 14. Tyler Russell; 15. Corby Scherb; 16. Lindell Jenkins Jr.; 17. John Ricketts; 18. Jeb Sessums; 19. Weston Gorham; 20. Britney Bryant.Stock Cars – 1. Jay Bransom; 2. Dan Day; 3. Benji Kirkpatrick; 4. Dillon Smith; 5. Damon Hammond; 6. Tyler Muirhead; 7. Craig Moss; 8. Jason Schoenberger; 9. Aaron Benedict; 10. Caleb Crenshaw; 11. Steven Orebaugh; 12. Randall Kahanek; 13. Jerrett Bransom; 14. Colton Obregon; 15. Travis Norman; 16. Blake Clark; 17. Roman Garcia; 18. Jason Riddle; 19. Justin Bruce; 20. Brad Ekstrom; 21. Don Chamblee; 22. Kirk Martin; 23. Ronnie Ellis; 24. Dennis Bissonette.Southern SportMods – 1. J.C. Howell; 2. Jason Nabors; 3. Jake Upchurch; 4. John Freeman; 5. Michael Martin; 6. Kyle Wisdom; 7. Tyler Muirhead; 8. Karl Rupp; 9. Bobby Ortega; 10. James Skinner; 11. Kevin Manning; 12. Kaden Honeycutt; 13. Casey Brunson; 14. Devin Burgess; 15. Will Fritchen; 16. John Rabozzi; 17. Danny Cavanagh; 18. Bobby Parker; 19. Gary Fox; 20. Justin Shaw; 21. Edmund Goff; 22. Joseph Doremus; 23. Kirk Williams.
By Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Afghanistan will play their inaugural Test match between June 14 and 18 in Bengaluru against neighbours India, the cricket boards announced yesterday.Afghanistan and Ireland joined the ranks of full-member nations of the International Cricket Council last June, taking the total number of Test-playing countries to 12.The Indian board (BCCI) has consistently backed Afghanistan, who played a home match against Ireland last year at a stadium in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi.“Afghanistan and India have been traditional friends, even diplomatically, for ages and it’s only appropriate that Afghanistan opened its international innings in India,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters.Choudhary said Bengaluru was the obvious choice to stage the match bearing in mind the expected weather conditions in other parts of the country in June.“At that point of time in the year, there will be rains almost everywhere, and where there will not be rain, there will be such heat that cricket would be practically impossible during day time,” he said.Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan but the country only gained full one-day international (ODI) status in 2011.In 2015, still suffering from the impact of war and conflict, Afghanistan took part in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also played in the World Twenty20 competition.“The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries. I‘m glad that cricket is now added as another layer,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Atif Mashal said.“The support BCCI has provided to ACB in the last several years has been tremendous – whether it’s backing Afghanistan in ICC while our application for full membership was under consideration or making the facilities available for us, technical assistance. We really recognise it and appreciate it.”ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said the June Test will be a dream-come-true for the Afghanistan players, and would trigger the sport’s growth.“Cricket has a bright future in Afghanistan. We have raw talents, the only thing is we need is to polish them and give them proper exposure,” he said.“Our target is to be a competitive side in Test cricket in the coming three years.”
AN SÍOPA, THE controversial shop at the front entrance to Leinster House, is to reopen as a gift shop selling Oireachtas merchandise over a year after it was closed down.The glass structure, located just inside the main gates of the Oireachtas complex off Kildare Street, was opened in January 2008 after costing some €1.3 million to build, more than half-a-million more than was estimated.The shop, dubbed ‘the most expensive tuck shop in Ireland’, sold snacks, newspapers and Leinster House merchandise but its customer base was limited to TDs, Senators, their staffs and those working in the Oireachtas.Rehab Enterprises, which ran the outlet, closed it in June of last year after deciding that it was no longer viable.The shop is set to be reopened later this year and will sell Oireachtas merchandise to visitors to the home of Ireland’s two houses of parliament, a spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas confirmed.A proposal to reopen it as a gift shop and a tea room was scrapped earlier this summer.The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission had been considering a proposal to spend spend nearly €33,000 to kit it out with a barista coffee machine – costing nearly €10,000 – and allocate staff to work on the premises.But this idea was scrapped with a source saying it was decided not to precede with the idea on the basis that it was neither appropriate nor necessary giving the existing tea and coffee facilities within Leinster House.A spokesperson for the Oireachtas confirmed that there would be no cost to reinstall shelving that had been removed when the premises was closed last year.The gift shop is expected to open sometime in September.Last year: Belt-tightening at Leinster House as Oireachtas ‘tuck shop’ closes
Developers might not be impacted directly by new online trends and global connection speed changes, but a recent report by Akamai emphasized the influence the Internet has on developing applications.Akamai, a content delivery network company, released its second quarter 2016 “State of the Internet” report that gathers data on connection speeds and the impact the Internet has on businesses. A majority of the report features global statistics, including connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.(Related: How developers can exploit the future of the mobile web)The report highlighted global connection speed, stating it decreased 2.3% from the first quarter of 2016 to 6.1 megabits per second. (This was still a 14% increase year over year.) The average peak connection speed increased 3.7% to 36 megabits per second in the second quarter, rising 2.5% year over year.The continued increase of speed is a reassuring trend for online retailers preparing for the holiday season. Developers should also consider changes in global connection speed, especially mobile speeds for their target audience, said the editor of the report, senior director of industry and data intelligence at Akamai David Belson. Global connection speeds can impact the quality of videos within applications, as well as things like multiplayer online games or the amount of data that an app might need to download. “Similar consideration should also be given to fixed connection speeds; while Wi-Fi connections may run at higher speeds between the device (phone/tablet) and the router, that last-mile connection back to the ISP could be a bottleneck,” said Belson.According to him, developers should not assume that users will always have Internet connections, nor should they assume that all users have access to high-speed Internet.Belson said that developers should allow their applications to support IPv6 natively, since some network service providers are moving to only providing IPv6 addresses to end users, which means they are transitioning away from IPv4.IPv4 exhaustion was another issue reviewed in Akamai’s report. This issue was identified at least 20 years ago, which drove the development of IPv6, said Belson.“Due to the way that address space has been allocated over the years, available address space has largely been exhausted in most regions, meaning that networks/enterprises can either no longer obtain new IPv4 address space, or they need to buy it on the open market, potentially at significant cost,” he said.Developers should test their applications to make sure they support both IPv4 and IPv6, and making the latter a requirement on the growing number of mobile network providers like Verizon Wireless, said Belson.“They should also ensure that the applications they are developing are secure, taking the necessary steps to avoid exposing a user’s personally identifiable information, or having vulnerabilities that could be exploited, placing the user’s device at risk,” he said.