Alpacas and their enthusiasts descended upon Keble College last week for the World Alpaca Conference.Over 180 delegates from 18 different countries attended the conference which celebrates the versatility of the alpaca, an animal closely related to the llama, and the multiple uses of its famously soft fleece. It was the first time the event had ever been held in the UK.Alpaca owners came in their herds to the conference, which included events such as talks on Alpaca health, fleece testing and workshops about breeding alpacas and processing their fleece.The alpacas, meanwhile, grazed on the grass outside, much to the amusement of Keble’s students, who are prevented from walking on the lawns in Michaelmas and Hilary. Domestic Bursar, Janet Betts, conceded that “it would have been difficult to fine the animals anyway”.Later, the delegates moved inside for a fashion show in which alpaca fleece garments, including ponchos, scarves and dresses were modelled. The fleeces of the alpacas brought to the conference were also judged. “Pinkney Angelica” was labelled the winner, having already secured first place for her “Champion Fleece” in last year’s Heart of England Fleece Show.The conference, organised by the British Alpaca Society, aims to promote the use of alpaca fleece in Britain. All profits are set to go to Amanti, a charity for Peruvian children, which thanked the BAS “for their generous support”.One delegate commented that she’d like alpaca “to become part of everyone’s vocabulary”. Another delegate, Chris Goffrey, said that the conference was really “a big deal” as it was bound to put “the UK alpaca community on the map.”Kishan Koran, a first year PPEist, commented that there was “something beautiful and majestic about the idea of alpacas in Oxford”. However another student questioned whether “having an Alpaca conference in 2012 is a smart idea,” as it is a year widely regarded to be “the year of the Mayan Alpaca-lypse.”
WILLISTON, N.D. (July 12) – Another big Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified event ended with Hunter Marriott holding the big check.Marriott led all 25 laps of Tuesday’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour main event at Williston Basin Speedway and earned $2,200. He pulled away from the rest of the pack following the initial start and again after the only caution of the contest, on lap 10.Lucas Schott was a distant second while 2014 tour champion Jeff Taylor used multiple lines in racing from 10th starting to third.Jason Grimes started 17th and finished fourth; rounding out the top five was Jason Wolla.Marriott was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Seventy-four Modified drivers from a dozen states and Canada were entered at Williston. Eight states and Saskatchewan were represented in the main event.Joren Boyce, a former Modified tour champion, passed Matt Speckman on the fourth circuit and led to the end of the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Three cautions slowed the early going but the race stayed green the last 17 laps. Boyce beat Speckman across the stripe by a car length. Andrew Altenburg was third.Features at Williston were the first held in the 27th annual tour, following rainouts at Jamestown Speedway, Nodak Speedway and Estevan Motor Speedway.The tour is at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on Wednesday, July 13. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps follow the 6:30 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 7 p.m.Dacotah Speedway at Mandan hosts both the Thursday, July 14 tour date and the Friday, July 15 $10,001 to win Legendary special for IMCA Modifieds.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray; 6. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 7. Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; 8. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 9. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 10. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 11. Tyson Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 12. Troy Heupel, Williston; 13. Chris Schroeder, Williston; 14. Travis Hagen, Williston; 15. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa; 16. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 17. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 18. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Mike Hansen, Dickinson; 20. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 21. Josh Wolla, Minot; 22. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 23. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Mike Hagen, Williston; 25. John Flory, Williston; 26. Jamall Wold, Arnegard; 27. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 28. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 29. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa.Heat winners were Hank Berry, Schott, Hatlestad, Bragg, Alvarado, Marriott, Jason Wolla and Tom Berry Jr.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Schroeder; 2. Laney; 3. Grimes; 4. Ruter; 5. David Brown. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Taylor; 2. Heupel; 3. Josh Wolla; 4. Hagen; 5. Wold. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Dotson; 2. Turnbull; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Mari; 5. Pfeifer. 4th “B” feature – 1. Thornton; 2. Hansen; 3. Hagen; 4. Scholpp; 5. Flory.Provisional – Noteboom.Stock Cars – 1. Joren Boyce, Minot; 2. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 3. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; 4. Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 6. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 7. Chris Ellis, Stanley; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston; 9. Jake Nelson, Williston; 10. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 11. Joe Flory, Williston; 12. Rob Stenvold, Minot; 13. Brock Beeter, Minot; 14. Bill Jones, Lignite; 15. Jordan Durward, Grand Forks; 16. Dave Swallers, Williston; 17. Michael Vennes, Minot; 18. Derrick Linghor, Williston; 19. Mike Gotch, Regina, Sask.; 20. Scott Yale, Minot; 21. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 22. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 23. Tim Sorenson, Williston; 24. Blaine Durward, Trenton.Heat winners were Boyce, Altenburg, Hortness and Speckman. “B” feature winners were Zevenbergen and Dalton Flory.
WORLD governing body of football, FIFA, has confirmed that the Guyana Football Federation Inc. (GFF) has the right and authority to decide the composition of its competitions, including the Elite League.Four clubs have breached their obligations under the 2015 GFF Constitution by boycotting the 2016-2017 Elite League, after the GFF Executive Committee decided to include a further two teams in the league.In a letter to the GFF dated 1st February, 2017, FIFA’s General Secretary Fatma Samoura said: “It is within the power of the GFF Executive Committee to change the regulations of the Elite League, including determining the number of participating Clubs, unless there is a binding written agreement between the GFF and the Elite League which would state otherwise – to the best of our knowledge, however, such an agreement does not exist.”FIFA’s confirmation follows a similar move by the regional body CONCACAF.The GFF Executive Committee, elected with a mandate to reform football in Guyana, took the decision to expand the Elite League in order to broaden the geographical reach, commercial potential and competitiveness of the league, and to accelerate the development of football across the country.In her letter, Samoura referred to Article 36.2.i. of the GFF Constitution, which states that it is within the powers of the GFF Executive Committee to “draw up regulations governing the conditions of participation in and the staging of competitions organised by the Federation, including the playing schedule.”
Due to the All Ireland Under 21 final in Semple Stadium tomorrow night there’s just one nights racing action in Thurles.Tonight’s 10 race card features the final of the Track Poker Players A3/A4 525 yds stake worth €1200 to the winner.There are also three 570 races on the card in A5/A6, A3/A4 and A1/A2 grades as well as an Open Sprint Race over 360 yds.