HOW MUCH IS THAT GATOR IN THE WINDOW?GAVEL GAMUT By Jim RedwineI like dogs. I like cats. And while I have no desire to get close and personal with most of the rest of Mother Nature’s critters, such as snakes and spiders, I still find them interesting. With such, my general attitude is let’s just go our separate ways.I do not know of any heroic acts by cats, but the positive actions by dogs are legion. In my family, our Chow dog was a firm babysitter that kept an eye on Mom’s four kids as she did the laundry. And my Uncle Bud’s dog, Whizbang, waited by the front gate of my grandparents’ farm every day for two years until Uncle Bud came back from the War.As for me, my dog Dandy was sometimes the only friend I had when I committed some sin such as failing to complete a chore Mom or Dad has assigned to me. Dandy was not judgmental. He kept wagging his tail at me even when the rest of the cruel world wagged its finger.And when it comes to depression, it hit home to Peg and me to have to say goodbye to our Schnauzer, Haley, after sixteen good years. We have not been able to try to replace her yet.I bring up these points to show you, Gentle Reader, I am sympathetic to people who rely on their pets for emotional and even physical support. Seeing-eye dogs and large dogs and small horses that help disabled persons to have independence by aiding peoples’ movement are truly a blessing.And, when it comes to Emotional Support Animals, I am fully supportive of allowing people in need to rely on a loving, loyal and well-trained, safe, animal, even in public. Now, as to sharing my seat on an airplane, bus or train with someone else’s overly protective or not quite potty-trained ESA animal, my position is the owner can probably make it through the trip alone as well as I can. Hey, we all have emotional problems dealing with public transportation.Anyway, a trend that appears to become an epidemic is the proliferation and diversification of the number and type of animals people claim are essential to their emotional health. Of course, these people and even those in charge of public transportation seem to have no concerns for the rest of the world who must accommodate the ESP folks. Also, what veterinary college or medical school did the doctors who certify some of these ESPers go to?For example, sixty-five-year-old (you might think he’d know better) Joie Henney of Pennsylvania and Joie’s medical doctor (go figure) have declared Joie needs the love and affection of an alligator for his ESP animal. Wally is what Joie named the five-foot-long gator with razor sharp teeth and a powerful tail. Joie takes Wally to public parks and Walmart on a leash. He also enjoys wrestling with Wally and getting whacked by his tail.Apparently, Wally has his own emotional troubles because Joie now has added a smaller, younger gator for his own and Wally’s depressed moments. Wally may grow up to sixteen feet long and 1,000 pounds. Joie pets Wally and even sleeps with him. And believe it or not, Joie has a real girlfriend and seventeen grandchildren. Well, he has them for now.Joie says the Gators make him feel better. Maybe so. But I suggest that a pet rock or a Chia Pet plant may work out better over time.Want to read other Gavel Gamut articles? Go to www.jamesmredwine.com Or “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooksandKnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Harvard and the University of Michigan have formed two partnerships designed to encourage economic opportunity in Detroit and to fight the national scourge of opioid addiction.The partnerships were announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) as Harvard President Lawrence Bacow headed to Michigan to speak at the Detroit Homecoming, a yearly gathering that brings high-profile former city residents back to reconnect with their roots and to network with other Detroiters. Bacow grew up in nearby Pontiac.“I am delighted that Harvard will be partnering with one of the country’s leading public research universities to make progress on issues that are among the most pressing of our time,” Bacow said. “Our teams will bring research-led insights to the issues of economic mobility and the opioid crisis, and, working with Mayor [Mike] Duggan and his team, seek to translate those insights into action.”University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said the collaboration brings together expertise from the two educational institutions and the community to help make a difference on key societal issues.“Our new partnership seeks to devise the best solutions to two of society’s biggest challenges,” Schlissel said. “By uniting community partners, policymakers, and top researchers in a sustained collaboration, we are creating a critical mass of expertise that has tremendous potential to achieve lasting positive impact.”The Detroit-focused partnership pairs the Equality of Opportunity Project — led by Harvard’s William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics Raj Chetty, Harvard economics Professor Nathaniel Hendren, and Brown University Associate Professor John Friedman — with the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative, the city of Detroit, and community partners. It seeks to create interventions that can improve the livelihoods of low-income Detroit residents.The project expands current efforts by the initiative, led by H. Luke Shaefer, with the Harvard researchers applying expertise in economic opportunity research, advanced computing, and statistical methodology to provide fresh perspectives on the challenges of stagnant economic mobility and intractable poverty.The effort draws from the Equality of Opportunity Project’s work examining opportunity in America and the shifting forces that determine whether ordinary Americans succeed or fail economically. Using large sets of de-identified administrative data, the project has illustrated the decline of American economic mobility, the impact of race on children’s economic prospects, and other challenges to achieving the American Dream.Along the way, Chetty and colleagues have explored some of the most enduring beliefs and myths about American society, from the effectiveness of social programs intended to raise children out of poverty to the relative “stickiness” of childhood socio-economic status.David Williams, Equality of Opportunity Project’s policy director and a former senior adviser to Duggan, said he expects the Harvard contribution to have a two-pronged impact. First, Harvard will bring its data-analysis resources to support and enhance efforts by the city and the University of Michigan. Second, he said, project researchers will collaborate with their colleagues at the University of Michigan to use the project’s big-data approach and statistical methodology to determine where children are succeeding or failing on a neighborhood scale. They will pair that information with local data sets to understand those neighborhoods better, allowing researchers to find, for example, places where children are succeeding despite a lack of resources.Those neighborhoods can then be studied to understand what systems and methods are working and to derive lessons that can be applied elsewhere. The effort also will allow researchers to identify the areas struggling the most, Williams said.“We’ll look at interventions large and small that will have the biggest impact,” he added. “We really feel like we have some unique resources that we can bring to the table.”The two universities’ efforts will build on neighborhood revitalization, housing affordability, and youth-focused initiatives already announced and being implemented by Duggan’s office.“We are trying to build a comeback that includes all Detroiters, and we welcome the support of these two prestigious institutions in that effort,” Duggan said. President Bacow goes to Washington Raj Chetty returning to Harvard Harvard’s new leader tells audience he’ll be a vocal advocate for public service, higher education Treatment access seen as dangerously inadequate in crisis that continues to claim dozens of lives a day Pulling our punches in opioid fight Related Will rejoin Economics Department, where he’ll work to leverage research on inequality into policy solutions The second partnership pairs the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network in work to find scalable solutions to the epidemic. The opioid-directed effort will begin with joint policy summits in Massachusetts and Michigan that will bring together experts from public health, medicine, government, criminal justice, and other fields to examine, share, and build on approaches that have proven successful.“The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Massachusetts has one of the nation’s highest death rates from opioid overdoses,” said Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle Williams. “We look forward to working with policymakers, experts, and our colleagues at the University of Michigan on measurable, practical solutions to address this public health emergency.”At Michigan, Chad Brummett, director of the network and an associate professor of anesthesiology, will head the effort, while at Harvard, the work will be led by Mary Bassett, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Professor of Health and Human Rights and director of the Harvard Chan School’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.Bassett, former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is among many Harvard affiliates committed to fighting the addiction crisis, which has reached historic highs.“There’s the immediate problem of ensuring people don’t die of opioid overdoses, which, at least in New York City and across the country, have hit historic levels,” Bassett said. “New York City has never documented as many overdose fatalities as it has in 2017, and that’s true across the country.”Bassett said that many disciplines have to be involved in the search for solutions. Recent approaches, for example, have shifted from those emphasizing criminal-justice cases to health-based approaches emphasizing treatment and rehabilitation. Increased prevention will require input from many different areas of expertise to be successful.“Prevention, obviously, is the most enduring way out of this epidemic,” Bassett said. “It will require more, certainly, than just a criminal-justice response, but it will also require more than a purely clinical response.”
As millions prepare to celebrate Diwali across the world, Asian football fans have spoken of its importance and how the game could play a bigger part in the festivities.Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a time when families and communities come together, lighting candles and fireworks, as part of the traditionally elaborate celebrations.- Advertisement – 0:50 Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda explains how lockdown has changed his plans for Diwali this year, and his hopes for next year’s celebrations However, with coronavirus restrictions in place, most of this year’s celebrations will be curtailed, leaving people potentially feeling further isolated and alone.Nilesh Chauhan, co-founder of Villans Together, an Aston Villa supporters’ group that champions diversity and equality, believes clubs could certainly do more to make supporters feel connected during these turbulent times.Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Chauhan said: “There’s always a cultural background that everyone has got and Diwali is a part of people’s lives and it can be part of football. – Advertisement – 1:17 – Advertisement – The Premier League can attract millions of fans in India if they increase the profile of the Diwali festival, says Bournemouth’s Hindu defender Dinesh Gillela Surinder Aujla, who works for West Bromwich Albion’s Foundation as well as being chair of Apna Albion, a West Bromwich Albion’s Supporters Group, agrees, but also believes it is very much dependent on the make-up of the club in question.“Each club will do its own celebration but it depends on the demographic of that club and what the local community is and how integrated they are,” Aujla said.“A lot of the football clubs have a charity arm and they are the ones that do a lot of the outreach programmes as well.“Certainly from a West Bromwich Albion point of view it’s a big area for Asian families, Indian families, Sikh families, Hindu families so there is a lot of work that goes on locally.” “Football can celebrate Diwali and there are major organisations that can shout out about Diwali and wish everybody a good Diwali.“In this current situation where we can’t be with our families we could have big organisations and big social media players shout out about it a bit more – support about it would have been great today.“Villa always do a shout out on Diwali and on any other religious event and other clubs do and should do the same.“It’s great to see because clubs have supporters from all genders and backgrounds and to have your clubs support it means a lot.“Villa actually make their own personal images with an embedded Villa badge which really means something – it shows the club are really supporting you and you feel connected and people feel connected. It’s massive.” – Advertisement –
IMCA Modifieds – 1. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 806; 2. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 699; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 676; 4. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 664; 5. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 637; 6. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 7. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 600; 8. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 598; 9. Jeffrey Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 596; 10. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 563; 11. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 504; 12. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 502; 13. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 493; 14. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 488; 15. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 465; 16. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 461; 17. Don Banker, Austin, Texas, 442; 18. Don Gumke, Jamestown, N.D., 439; 19. Beau Begnaud, Spring, Texas, 435; 20. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark., 430. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 700; 2. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 529; 3. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 527; 4. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 508; 5. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 492; 6. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 483; 7. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., and Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, both 459; 9. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 405; 10. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 391; 11. Denny Berghahn Jr., Plattsmouth, Neb., 375; 12. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 363; 13. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 340; 14. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 338; 15. Ryan Whisenant, Stephenville, Texas, 292; 16. William Creese, Springtown, Texas, 275; 17. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 273; 18. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 259; 19. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., and Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., both 258. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 421; 2. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 386; 3. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 383; 4. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 373; 5. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 364; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 336; 7. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., and Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., both 329; 9. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 327; 10. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, and Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, both 315; 12. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 306; 13. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 297; 14. Nathan DeRagon, Peoria, Ariz., 289; 15. Eric Knutson, Slater, Iowa, 268; 16. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 259; 17. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction, Iowa, 256; 18. Joe Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., 253; 19. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 245; 20. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 243. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 495; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 440; 3. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 424; 4. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 421; 5. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 415; 6. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 409; 7. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 408; 8. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 400; 9. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 367; 10. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 361; 11. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 350; 12. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, 346; 13. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 345; 14. Nathan DeRagon, Peoria, Ariz., 321; 15. David Norquest, York, Neb., 314; 16. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 303; 17. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 297; 18. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 296; 19. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 293; 20. Joe Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., 292. IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 225; 2. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 117; 3. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 115; 4. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 114; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 112; 6. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 88; 7. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 80; 8. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, and Dylan Schmer, Aurora, Neb., both 78; 10. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, and Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., both 74; 12. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 73; 13. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 72; 14. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, and Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., each 71; 17. Brandon Queen, Keokuk, Iowa, and Mike Smith, Kellogg, Iowa, both 67; 19. Ray Raker, West Burlington, Iowa, and LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill., both 66. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 903; 2. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 737; 3. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 682; 4. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 640; 5. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 631; 6. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 594; 7. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 565; 8. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 561; 9. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 528; 10. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 508; 11. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 487; 12. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 482; 13. Michael Egurola Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 471; 14. Ty Weidner, Chandler, Ariz., 464; 15. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., 447; 16. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont., 430; 17. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 412; 18. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 405; 19. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 400; 20. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 394. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 338; 2. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 303; 3. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 297; 4. Nick Sweigart, Myerstown, Pa., 265; 5. Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, 264; 6. Kyle Rasmussen, Clovis, Calif., 258; 7. Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., 253; 8. Michael Pombo, Easton, Calif., 252; 9. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 251; 10. Brooklyn Holland, Fresno, Calif., and Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., both 249; 12. Cale Reigle, Newport, Pa., and Devin Adams, Lebanon, Pa., both 245; 14. Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas, and Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., both 239; 16. Dustyn Welch, Bryan, Texas, 226; 17. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 223; 18. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 222; 19. Mauro Simone, Fresno, Calif., 221; 20. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 219. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 882; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 836; 3. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 682; 4. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 677; 5. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 668; 6. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 577; 7. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 571; 8. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 570; 9. William “Joey” McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., 531; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 517; 11. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 511; 12. Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, 505; 13. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 474; 14. Douglas Kennemer, Rhome, Texas, 413; 15. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 401; 16. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 390; 17. Ryan Powers, Joshua, Texas, 385; 18. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 376; 19. Dennis Losing, Apache Junction, Ariz., 375; 20. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 372. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 848; 2. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 823; 3. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 820; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 609; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 605; 6. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 477; 7. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 421; 8. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 415; 9. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 403; 10. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 394; 11. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 383; 12. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 333; 13. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 298; 14. Jared Baird, Norman, Okla., 292; 15. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 285; 16. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 277; 17. Clyde “Mike” Land, Waco, Texas, 273; 18. Kyle Robinson, Pilot Point, Texas, 270; 19. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 266; 20. Gerald Henderson, Georgetown, Texas, 260.
2019/20 CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEDuro IkhazuagbeTwo-time champions Enyimba FC yesterday hammered Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso 5-0 in the second leg of the first round of this year’s CAF Champions League to set up second round clash with either Rayon Sports FC of Rwanda or Sudan’s Al-Hilal Omdurman. Stanley Dimgba of Enyimba against Baye Ibrahim Niasse of Raja during the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup match between Enyimba FC of Nigeria v Raja Club Athletic of Morocco on October 3rd 2018 at Enyimba International Stadium,Aba© Kabiru Abubakar/fotodezamora The People’s Elephant had lost the first leg 0-1 away last week before dismantling the Burkinabes yesterday in the game played behind closed gates on the orders of CAF. The Aba stadium lacks electronic score board, adequate flood light as well as CCTV cameras.Reuben Bala and Stanley Dimgba scored a brace each with substitute Stanley Okorom also on the scorers sheet as Enyimba raced away in celebration.However, the result was the opposite for Nigeria’s other representatives in the competition as Kano Pillars were bundled out by Ghana’s Asante Kotoko.The Sai Masu Gida who won the first leg 3-2 at home in Kano lost 2-0 yesterday to the Porcupine Warriors inside the Baba Yara Stadium in Accra to crash out 4-3 on aggregate.Asante Kotoko’s reward for reaching the final qualifying round of the 2019/20CAF Champions League is a date with Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel next month.The last time Kotoko reached the group stage of the CAF Champions League was in 2006.The first leg will be in Kumasi on the weekend of 13–15 September and the return leg in Sousse a fortnight later.Etoile du Sahel last won the competition in 2007.In the CAF Confederations Cup, Enugu Rangers will face the winners of the AS Pelican (Gabon) and AS Maniema Union (DR Congo) tie in the second round. Rangers will first play away.The first legs will hold between September 13 and 15 with the reverse fixture two weeks later. On Saturday, former winners Orlando Pirates of South Africa suffered an early exit from the CAF Champions League after a 2-1 aggregate defeat to debutants Green Eagles of Zambia.Orlando Pirates, who won the trophy in 1995, went into their home match trailing 1-0 from the first leg of the preliminary round tie.It started well for the hosts, when a Happy Jele header on the hour put the Buccaneers 1-0 up to level the tie overall.Their second-leg advantage lasted just one minute before Amit Shamende scored for Green Eagles to make it 1-1 on the night and 2-1 to the Zambians on aggregate.The defeat completed an unsettled week for Orlando Pirates who are currently being guided by caretaker coach Rhulani Mokwena following the departure of coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.In contrast, Micho, now coach of Egyptian giants Zamalek, enjoyed a winning Champions League night with his new club as Zamalek trounced Dekedaha of Somalia 6-0.Mostafa Mohamed and Mahmoud Shikabala bagged a brace each as Zamalek completed a record-equalling 13-0 overall triumph.RESULTSEnyimba 5-0 Rahimo FC(Enyimba 5-1 aggregate)Kotoko 2-0 Kano Pillars(Kotoko 4-3 aggregate)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram