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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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Trail Mix – Travis Book & Jon Stickley Live at The Down Home

first_imgSeven years ago this month, I covered The Infamous Stringdusters when the band played The Down Home, one of the South’s most venerable music rooms, in Johnson City, Tennessee.While working on my review, I chatted with bass player Travis Book. His take on the room has stuck with me ever since, and I am reminded of it every time I step through The Down Home’s doors.“There’s a lot of history, a lot of good times had,” said Book. “It’s kind of like playing inside a Martin D-28.”Travis Book returns to The Down Home tomorrow night with long time friend – and guitar wizard – Jon Stickley. Both of these guys are long time friends of Trail Mix and have been well chronicled here; I chatted with Stickley about his latest record in October, and I last caught up with Book when he was putting together what might be the most epic weekend ever.In between tours with their respective bands – Book with The Infamous Stringdusters and Stickley with his trio – Stickley and Book have taken to playing duo shows. Drawing from their respective catalogs and a collection of tunes purposed specifically for these shows, the duo has crafted a show that allows their individual talents to compliment each other wonderfully, with Book’s baritone and rhythm guitar work allowing Stickley to roam with abandon around his fretboard.I have heard nothing but great things about two recent performances in Brevard and Asheville. I found that praise well warranted after checking out videos for “Long and Lonesome Day” and “Della’s Walk.”The kinship and connection between these two is obvious.Says Book, “Few things make me happier than listening to Jon play the guitar and standing on stage with him is a joy. His love of the music and exploratory spirit are contagious, and he always brings out the best in the people he plays with.”Trail Mix would like to give you the chance to check out what Stickley and Book can get up to when they put their musical heads together. Take a shot at the trivia question down below. A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all answers received by noon tomorrow (Thursday, January 21st).Question . . . . Both Travis Book and Jon Stickley play Martin guitars. Whose Martin is older?You have a 50/50 shot!!!Good luck.Tickets for Thursday’s show are $14 and will available at the door. Music starts at 8:00.Featured image by David Simchock.[divider]More from Trail Mix[/divider]last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 28

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 910; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 907; 3. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 807; 4. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 803; 5. Jeffry Sheppard Jr., Golden Valley, Ariz., 733; 6. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 722; 7. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 660; 8. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 641; 9. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 638; 10. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 632; 11. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 630; 12. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 610; 13. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 603; 14. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 593; 15. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 574; 16. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 573; 17. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 569; 18. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 559; 19. Michael Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., 547; 20. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 538.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 309; 2. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, 270; 3. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 258; 4. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 246; 5. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 245; 6. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 243; 7. Mike Garland, Morrison, Ill., 237; 8. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 232; 9. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 229; 10. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 220; 11. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 215; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 213; 13. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 211; 14. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 208; 15. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 207; 16. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 204; 17. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 202; 18. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 201; 19. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 190; 20. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass, Iowa, 188.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 447; 2. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 440; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 438; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 337; 5. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 328; 6. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 316; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 298; 8. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 269; 9. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 258; 10. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 252; 11. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 249; 12. Dustin Gates, Haughton, La., 239; 13. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 235; 14. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 234; 15. Erin Statler, Carlisle, Pa., 232; 16. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, and Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, both 228; 18. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 212; 19. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 200; 20. Bryson Oeschger, Amarillo, Texas, 199.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 775; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 750; 3. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 721; 4. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 700; 5. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 635; 6. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 604; 7. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 569; 8. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 567; 9. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 566; 10. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 551; 11. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 547; 12. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, both 534; 14. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, 525; 15. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 524; 16. Trent Murphy, Scranton, Iowa, 517; 17. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 505; 18. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 503; 19. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 494; 20. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 491.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 707; 2. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 684; 3. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 657; 4. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 629; 5. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 594; 6. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 591; 7. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 570; 8. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 559; 9. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 555; 10. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 518; 11. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 516; 12. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger, Iowa, 505; 13. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 490; 14. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 489; 15. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 472; 16. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, 469; 17. Derek Hodges, Des Moines, Iowa, 455; 18. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 453; 19. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 448; 20. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 444.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 1,001; 2. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 835; 3. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 739; 4. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 707; 5. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 697; 6. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 682; 7. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 669; 8. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 661; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., and Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, both 651; 11. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 590; 12. Josh Hensley, Atwater, Calif., 571; 13. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 559; 14. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 556; 15. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 546; 16. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 534; 17. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 532; 18. Brandon Dale, Memphis, Mo., 522; 19. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis., 513; 20. Jerry Hinton, Adel, Iowa, 492.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 747; 2. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 587; 3. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 578; 4. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 511; 5. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 495; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 476; 7. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 467; 8. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 459; 9. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 456; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 397; 11. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 390; 12. Jesse Baldwin, Aztec, N.M., 353; 13. Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, 349; 14. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 343; 15. Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, 333; 16. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 327; 17. Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas, 318; 18. Roger Armstrong, Carlsbad, N.M., 313; 19. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 312; 20. David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, 301.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 760; 2. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 740; 3. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 727; 4. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 627; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 617; 6. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 582; 7. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 572; 8. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 558; 9. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 540; 10. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 492; 11. John Girdley, Wayland, Iowa, 444; 12. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 443; 13. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 427; 14. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 406; 15. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 404; 16. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 389; 17. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 383; 18. Colby Kaspar, Norfolk, Neb., 381; 19. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge, Iowa, 379; 20. Codie Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 372.last_img read more

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NCF Hosts Rwanda Female National Cricket Team on a Bilateral Tour

first_img“The relationship we have with Rwandan Cricket is the first of its kind for Nigerian cricket and it is mutually beneficial. We are looking forward to extending it in all ramifications, by exploring different ways we can leverage to grow the game; on the field, including technical and the management capacities for both federations. We also hope the effect would impact the growth of the game across the continent,” he said.In preparation for the Tour, the Nigeria female national team has been camped in Kaduna State for the last three weeks for players to jostle for slots in the team that will engage the Rwandan team in the six encounters scheduled during the visit.Vice President of NCF, Uyi Akpata, stressed that the Rwandan Tour of Nigeria provides an opportunity for the national female team to be tested in skill and depth ahead of the busy schedule they have this year.“We had 24 players camped in Kaduna with the full technical team to train, select and possibly inject newness in the national female team that we are preparing for major events later in the course of the year”To shore-up credibility of the encounter, the NCF has also invited technical officials from Ghana to be part of the technical team for the Series. The Ghana Cricket Association has also acknowledged and confirmed availability of their officials for the Series.Among other things, the Rwandan Tour will also be a boost for the growing interest in the female cricket across the country with 25 states currently involved in grassroots development as well as active participation at intermediary and senior level.Most of the players presently in camp for the Nigeria’s team are drawn from the National youth games for U-15, The National U-17 girl’s championship and that National women’s championship across the country.The Rwandan Tour of Nigeria will see the visiting team take on the home side on six different occasions. The 6-match series will consist of two (2) ODI 40 overs matches and Three (3) T-20 matches.The Nigeria National Female team has also been invited for the first time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Africa Qualifier later in the year in Zimbabwe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is scheduled to host the Rwandan Female National Cricket Team on a one-week Tour of the country from Wednesday January 23rd to Wednesday January 30th 2019. This is the first time ever they will be coming to Abuja.The Tour is the first leg of a bilateral international friendly series between both countries and would take place at the newly constructed wicket pitch inside the National Stadium in Abuja. The return leg is schedule for June 2019 in Kigali.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya, yesterday described the development as a major achievement for Nigerian cricket and a pointer that the strides being made back home by the federation were been noticed across the continent.last_img read more