first_imgIRVINE, CA – Joseph “Corky” Coker, president of Coker Tire Co., and former chairman of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), has been awarded the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) 2006 Street Rodding Achievement Award. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The annual NSRA award, presented at the HRIA banquet at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas, each year recognizes and honors a business, company or individual in recognition of their outstanding support of the street rod industry. “I’m extremely pleased to have been chosen for this honor,” said Coker as he accepted the distinctive NSRA award trophy. “I’d like to thank all of the people within the industry as well as the collectors, professional restorers, and especially the end-user enthusiasts who appreciate and use our specially developed street rod products. We are determined to help keep more of these marvelous cars on the road and properly maintained so they can be handed down to a new generation of street rod enthusiasts.” In 2005 Coker received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hot Rod Association for his unrelenting commitment and dedication to the preservation and expansion of the sport of Hotrodding. He was also recognized as the Automotive Restoration Market Organization’s (ARMO) “Person of the Year” for his achievements in the restoration industry. In 1997 Coker was elected to serve on the SEMA Board of Directors and was elected chairman of the board in 2003, making him the trade organization’s first chairman to come from the Restoration/Street Rod segment of the automotive aftermarket. Advertisement As an avid supporter of the hobby of collector vehicles, including a personal collection of more than 70 hot rods, classic cars and vintage American motorcycles, Coker regularly participates in car shows, cruises, rallies and swap meets. He was quick to recognize collectors’ growing demands for “hard to find” tires that were no longer commercially available. In the early 1970s he began to develop an astounding array of specialty tires for antique vehicles from the 1890s to muscle cars of the 1970’s. In less than three decades, Coker turned a small division of his father’s Chattanooga, TN, BFGoodrich dealership into what is today the world’s leading supplier of vintage and specialty tires. “Corky’s dynamic personality and leadership qualities have been and will continue to be felt within and beyond the street rod industry,” said the NSRA’s Jerry Kennedy, who presented the trophy at the banquet. “The National Street Rod association is pleased to honor the man that has made a major commitment to ensure that our vehicles of choice can ride on the tires that give them the ‘right’ look and performance they deserve.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via AP Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via APIvory Coast’s top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago.The constitutional council also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month’s presidential election.It cleared only four of the 44 candidates for the October 31 presidential election.The other candidates cleared were former President Henri Konan Bédié from the historically dominant PDCI party, Gbagbo’s former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and Kouadio Konan Bertin, a dissident from Bédié’s party.Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara after the 2010 election sparked the bloody conflict in the former French colony, formerly a beacon of stability and prosperity in the region.Around 15 people have died in violence since Ouattara, 78, announced last month that he would run for a third term.Although the constitution limits presidents to two terms, Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.The president had previously committed to not running again, but he changed his mind after the sudden death of his anointed successor, prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, from a heart attack in July.Related President Kabila promises peaceful elections Cote d’Ivoire rejects election bids of ex-president Gbagbo, ex-rebel leader Sorocenter_img Ex-Chadian president forcefully arraigned in Senegalese courtlast_img read more

first_imgWet weather welcomed the world champion’s to the southeastern city of Curitiba, where Spain will be based throughout the tournament.Spain opens its defense against the Netherlands on Friday in Salvador, with Chile and Australia also opponents in Group B.Players and staff were whisked straight from the plane into an awaiting bus, which then took the team to its hotel and training facility at local club Atletico Paranaense, on the outskirts of the city.Unlike in South Africa four years ago when banners and flags welcomed their arrival, there were no indications that the World Cup champion was in Curitiba apart from signs at the training facility.last_img read more

first_imgThe college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPN FPI RankingsESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to produce before it during the day the woman law student who had gone missing after levelling harassment allegations against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, and was found in Rajasthan. The apex court was informed by the counsel appearing for the state government that she was found in Rajasthan on Friday and was being taken to Shahjahanpur to meet her parents. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After a bench of justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna asked the state’s counsel to apprise it as to when the woman can be produced before the court, the lawyer said that she, along with the police team, is enroute to Shahjahanpur and has reached Fatehpur Sikri. The counsel said that if the court asks the authorities to produce the woman before it on Friday itself, she can be brought within two-and-a-half hours. After hearing the submissions, the court directed the state government to produce the woman before it during the day. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench said it would interact with the woman in-camera and the bench will assemble after that to pass appropriate orders. The top court had taken cognisance on its own in the matter after a group of lawyers had written a letter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi requesting him to do so. The Shahjahanpur police had on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. The woman also spoke about threat to her and her family’s life in the video clip. Her father had filed a complaint with police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The woman’s father had alleged that she went missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram. The group of lawyers, in a letter addressed to CJI Gogoi, had requested him to take suo motu action based on media reports that the student had gone missing for the past three days. “Your lordships, we the undersigned members of the legal fraternity and practising lawyers of this court are extremely disturbed and concerned about the wellbeing of the girl concerned. We as a society cannot allow another ‘Unnao case’ to happen. This court has been interfering in letter petitions when it comes to protection of human rights,” the letter said. In the Unnao case of Uttar Pradesh, a 19-year-old woman, who levelled rape allegations against MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, had suffered critical injuries in a road accident, along with her lawyer in Raebareli district in Uttar Pradesh on July 28. Her two aunts died in the incident and her family alleged that the accident was an attempt to eliminate her.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A subsidiary of Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. says gold production at its Tanzanian operations plunged 45 per cent last quarter as it grappled with export restrictions from the country.London-based miner Acacia Mining, owned 64 per cent by Barrick, says the drop in production resulted from reduced operations at its Bulyanhulu mine and producing mostly from lower-grade stockpiles at its Buzwagi mine.Production totalled 120,981 ounces for the quarter ending March 31, down from the 219,670 ounces the company produced last year.Acacia reduced production at both mines after the Tanzanian government imposed export restrictions on gold and copper, while the company is also still facing a potential $240-billion tax bill from government.Barrick Gold said last October that it had negotiated a deal with the Tanzanian government that would include profit sharing and a $380 million goodwill payment, but discussions on a potential resolution continue.The company’s production was in line with the lowered guidance it posted earlier this year, when it announced an $815 million impairment charge on the complications.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that found the courts have jurisdiction to determine the damages Canadian National Railway Co. must pay after breaching its service obligations to a Prairie grain shipping company during a bumper crop five years ago.The case goes back to a complaint filed by Calgary-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. to the Canadian Transportation Agency.Dreyfus said CN failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan to ship the record 2013-2014 grain crop.The agency ruled in favour of Dreyfus and CN filed an appeal, arguing unsuccessfully that the transportation regulator did not take into account the exceptional size of the crop, the effect extreme cold weather had on the rail system or demands from other grain companies.CN also argued before the Federal Court that it lacked jurisdiction to consider damages based on the railway’s confidential contract with Dreyfus.The decision Thursday by the appeal court rejected that argument. The tribunal did not disclose any damages to be paid by CN. Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgSrinagar: A gunfight started on Thursday between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town.Police said that security forces began a cordon and search operation in Warpora area following information about the presence of some militants. One of the militants lobbed a grenade.”The militants suddenly fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter which is going on,” a police officer said.As a precaution, authorities have suspended mobile Internet service in Sopore town.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal player Paul Merson believes Maurizio Sarri must drop goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to send a strong message to other players.Kepa blatantly refused to be subbed off in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City, which sparked controversy at the club.The Italian manager has tried to calm the incident by insinuating it was a misunderstanding ahead of a crucial game against Spurs on Wednesday night.However, Merson who played under George Graham has advised Sarri to learn from his former boss by replacing Kepa with Willy Caballero.“I think the manager has to stay strong and tell him he’s not playing – he’s got to,” he said on Sky Sports Debate.“If you’re the manager then you’ve got to tell him you’ve shown me no respect otherwise the rest of the players will be thinking ‘wow, come on’.”Merson equally opened up on how he was instantly punished by Graham after disrespecting the former Arsenal manager.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.🗣️ Kepa and Maurizio Sarri speak out as Chelsea announce that Kepa has been fined a week’s wages for his actions on Sunday pic.twitter.com/RR0aXItLWX— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 26, 2019“I laughed at him once and I didn’t play for two months,” he said.“And, we played Huddersfield in the League Cup and I walked straight down the tunnel. I didn’t play for a month after that. I didn’t show enough respect and got punished so you don’t do it again, although I have done it twice… so maybe don’t use me as an example!“You’ve got to give your manager the respect.”last_img read more

first_img Funeral remarks point to a non-suicidal Conrad Howell Residents in disbelief over Howell autopsy findings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2015 – On Saturday, the author of the national song of the Turks and Caicos Islands – Reverend Dr. Conrad Howell – will be laid to rest. Tonight, there will be a ‘Night of Brass Tribute’ at the Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills at 7pm for the late pastor, who was found dead in bushes near his home on September 12; the circumstances of his demise remain mysterious.‘This Land of Ours’, performed by Clement Howell High School’s choir, is the unofficial national song and accompanies ‘God Save our Queen,’ the official national anthem of the country at every major event and special ceremony. It was written in 1995, and while it was never officially adopted, the National Song gained popularity particularly during the Michael Misick administration.The funeral service for Rev Dr. Conrad Howell will be held at Paradise Baptist Church in Five Cays; Howell was 53 years old when he died. Recommended for you Related Items:conrad howell, laid Conrad Howell toxicology results still pendinglast_img read more