FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE a loyal reader sent us an article published in the AARP Public Policy Institute Fact Sheet on January 23, 2017? …we feel this article could be of interest to our readers so we decided to publish it? …this article states that the Medicare program protects consumers by limiting how much physicians and other health professionals can charge Medicare patients? …the fact sheet describes Medicare’s “balance billing” rules for physician services and related rules for physicians who choose not to accept Medicare payment and instead have “private contracts” with all their patients who have Medicare? …attached is the link of the summary Fact Sheet in this article? … Read the Fact Sheet (PDF)? …attached a link explaining Medicare’s current rules limited “balance billing” and private contracts provide important financial protection for consumers. Without these protections, Medicare beneficiaries would likely face higher out-of-pocket costs.IS IT TRUE we are told that city employees unpaid medical payments for the several months to area healthcare providers are being deferred for payment during the first half of 2018?IS IT TRUE we expect the annual State Board of Accounts audit is scheduled to be released any day now? …we are hearing it’s an interesting read?IS IT TRUE members of the Evansville City Council better keep their eyes open concerning the last half of the $12,550,000 advance payment that the city receives from Tropicana? …we are told that the City Controller has transfer those funds in the General Fund instead of the Riverboat Rainey Day Fund?IS IT TRUE several years ago EVSC’s hired Cox Law Firm to encourage debtors to paid what they owe EVSC for past books and cafeteria debts before taking them to Small Claims Court? …that Cox Law firm agreed that they wouldn’t charge EVSC if they have to take the debtors to Small Claims Court for judgement? …another part of the agreement with the EVSC states that Cox Law firm will only be compensated for sending demand letters and negotiating with defendants to make arrangements before taking debtors to Small Claims Court? …that Cox Law firm over the past several years has negotiated with individuals that owe money to the EVSC with success? …we commend Cox Law Firm for not being over aggressive “Dog The Bounty Hunters” debt collectors but are still able to collect a good sum of money owed to the EVSC?IS IT TRUE many people are wondering what kind of political deals that members of the Evansville City Council are cutting in order to determine the leadership position for 2018? …we predict that the new leadership makeup of City Council for 2018 will surprise anyone?IS IT TRUE if you feel members of our law enforcement don’t have a hard and dangerous job please that time and read the EPD Daily Activities report posted in the CCO? IS IT TRUE owners and employees of local hotels were recently invited to the 2nd annual Evansville/Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau “Roasted PIG FEST”? …that the Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Bob Warren felt it was ok to spend lodging tax money to purchase a $1,200 roasted pig for this event? …we think is was nice for the CVB leadership to give a “Thank You” party for those who help generate lodging tax money used to help promote tourism in Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE we wonder why didn’t Mr Warren ask local hoteliers to help cover the costs of his “Roasted PIG FEST” event?IS IT TRUE recently a holiday open house was held at the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse? …the refreshments were paid for by businesses who rent space in that building? … that Kristin Comer, Superintendent Of County Buildings didn’t use local taxpayers money to put this event on? …we give five (5) cheers to Kristin Comer, Superintendent Of County Buildings for putting on this event without using one dine of taxpayers money?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Lloyd Winnecke recently hosted a holiday reception at his Civic Center office? … the refreshments served at this event were donated by local restaurants, and the Mayor’s political campaign fund paid for additional items used at this social function? …we are also impressed that the Mayor ask individuals that attended this event to bring food item to be given the Tri-State Food Bank? …we give five (5) cheers to the Mayor for not spending taxpayers money on this holiday reception and for encouraging people to donate food to the Tri-State Food Bank?IS IT TRUE one of our staff members wanted a specially designed diamond neckless for his wife for Christmas? …we recommend that he go to Kruckemeyer and Cohn Jewelry store on North Burkhardt Road in Evansville? …he commissioned Aaron Haire to create a one of a kind diamond neckless? …yesterday our staff member showed us the finished product and all we can say is “WOW”? …we were also surprised to hear how affordable this uniquely designed diamond neckless was? …if you are looking for someone to design a one of a kind diamond gift for your love one at a reasonable price drop by Kruckemeyer and Cohn Jewelry store and ask for Aaron Haire?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Which local tax increase or reduction did you dislike the most?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. 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The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management has extended a “Code Blue” advisory for all of Cape May County to March 9, allowing people to seek shelter in local warming centers during the cold weather.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees or lower with clear skies or 32 degrees or lower with precipitation.Please be aware that there may be people in your municipality who require temporary sheltering during this advisory period.People seeking temporary shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the County Homeless Hotline at 1-877-886-1325 or 1-609-886-1325.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our office. Additional information regarding the Code Blue advisory can be found on the Cape May County website at capemaycountynj.gov. A Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population.
University of Georgia scientists have discovered a proteinin fire ants that may lead to a new way of using their own biologyagainst them.The protein is linked to red imported fire ants’ senses ofsmell and taste.”We discovered two variants of a protein found in fireants and noticed that one was found only in multiple-queen colonies,”said Ken Ross, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”That’s what piqued our interest two and a half yearsago,” Ross said. “It made us wonder whether this proteincould affect the social behavior and structure of the colony.”The Secrets Lie in the DNATo unravel the mysteries of this unfamiliar protein, UGA soughtfunding from the National Science Foundation and hired MichaelKrieger, an evolution biologist from the University of Lausannein Switzerland.Krieger, an expert in the molecular biology of ants, beganworking to sequence the protein gene.”I isolated the protein and used this information to determinethe DNA sequence of the gene,” Krieger said. “Once Igot the gene, then we could really get to work.”Krieger and Ross cross-referenced the protein’s DNA with otherDNA sequences in a national data bank.”We were able to find similar proteins, and that’s howwe deduced that this particular protein is a type of odorant-bindingprotein,” Ross said.The DNA sequence revealed the protein is related to the ants’senses of taste and smell. “We found that this protein allowsthe ant to capture odors from its environment and transport themto the neuroreceptor,” Krieger said. “Basically, ithelps the ant sense its environment.”Controlling Ants’ SensesAnts use their senses of smell and taste to regulate the numberof queens in colonies and regulate the social structure.”We don’t know how the protein affects the abilities ofdifferent ants to smell and taste,” Ross said. “Butwe know the ants smell and taste queens, recognize them individuallyand either accept or don’t accept them as egg-laying queens. Andnow we’ve discovered a protein that is likely involved in thisprocess.”As with most scientific research, the outcome could have beenmuch different.”It could have turned out to be a protein that regulatesthe numbers of segments in the ants’ antenna and that wouldn’thave been useful,” Ross said. “As it turned out, itmade perfect sense. This doesn’t rule out that there are othergenes involved in the ants’ sensory process. There are likelyto be. But this one is very important in terms of regulating thesocial behavior.”Ross admits this was a risky project.”The probability of finding the gene that codes for thisprotein was actually very low, so we’re very pleased that it turnedout,” he said. “There are a lot of things that couldhave gone wrong. But, after all, we got the funding from NSF becausethis project was a risky one.”How many queens are there?To continue research into the protein’s potential, Ross andKrieger need more time and more funding.”It could be applied as a pest control method if we canbind an artificial compound that competes with the natural pheromone,interrupting the ants’ senses,” said Krieger. “Thisway we could make the ants see and smell queens that aren’t thereby sending them false signals. This would disturb the whole socialorganization.”If the ants smelled the presence of too many queens, Kriegersaid, they would get agitated and begin killing other ants inthe colony.The researchers also found the newly identified gene in otherfire ants found in South American and the United States.”It’s a rather general phenomenon we’ve found in fireants, but it has unbelievable potential,” said Ross. Ants use their senses of smell and taste to regulate the number of queens in colonies and regulate the social structure.
Dozens of Haitians joined the protest to demand improved living conditions, lower fees on documents that would allow them to apply for naturalization under Dominican law, and reduced taxes on goods imported from the Dajabón region. Haitian National Police used tear gas to repel the violent demonstration, and no Dominican diplomats were injured. A little more than a month later, on January 2, hundreds of Haitians pelted the Dominican Consulate in Anse-á-Pitres with stones, demanding the release of several fishermen detained by the Dominican Navy for illegally entering Dominican territorial waters, according to Crionline. The Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic and the country’s police are undertaking a security initiative known as “Operation Shield” designed to provide additional security to the nation’s diplomats in neighboring Haiti in order to prevent a recurrence of recent attacks on Dominican Consulates. The Dominican Consulate remained closed during the attack. No injuries were reported. Several Dominican Military Commanders from the Army, Navy, and the Specialized Border Security Corps (CESFRONT) also attended the meeting, in which coordination and cooperation mechanisms were established to allow the government of President Danilo Medina to provide the public with confidence and assurance that Dominican diplomatic personnel and interests will be guaranteed, according to the MIREX. The Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic and the country’s police are undertaking a security initiative known as “Operation Shield” designed to provide additional security to the nation’s diplomats in neighboring Haiti in order to prevent a recurrence of recent attacks on Dominican Consulates. Security in Haiti improved after violent attacks “Thanks to Operation Shield, which started in late December, the border has been reinforced, and the country also has a strategic plan to evacuate its consular staff in case of risk situations in Haiti,” Lt. Gen. Muñoz Delgado said on January 20, according to a report in Dominican daily Primicias. Operation Shield “is going well on land, at sea and in the air under the command of the Army, Navy and Air Force,” Muñoz Delgado said. “Reinforcement operations and greater border controls along the entire border have been established with more than 600 new soldiers assigned to CESFRONT and Army brigades in the area.” On January 11, Dominican Defense Minister, Lieutenant General William Muñoz Delgado, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Navarro; Ruben Silié, the Dominican Ambassador in Port-au-Prince; and the five consuls accredited in Haiti in order to outline a series of actions aimed at “ensuring the safety of Dominican diplomatic personnel and infrastructure in the neighboring nation,” according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX) reported. This, in order to contain future protests that “may disturb the peace and tranquility along the border with Haiti,” Dominican Major General Matos de la Cruz said on January 8, according to according to media reports. As a consequence of the security initiative, which was launched about two weeks before the January 11 meeting, the Dominican Military and police forces have improved security for consular officials in Haiti, as well as along the border between both countries, where additional Dominican Troops and police have been deployed. A little more than a month later, on January 2, hundreds of Haitians pelted the Dominican Consulate in Anse-á-Pitres with stones, demanding the release of several fishermen detained by the Dominican Navy for illegally entering Dominican territorial waters, according to Crionline. Dozens of Haitians joined the protest to demand improved living conditions, lower fees on documents that would allow them to apply for naturalization under Dominican law, and reduced taxes on goods imported from the Dajabón region. Haitian National Police used tear gas to repel the violent demonstration, and no Dominican diplomats were injured. This, in order to contain future protests that “may disturb the peace and tranquility along the border with Haiti,” Dominican Major General Matos de la Cruz said on January 8, according to according to media reports. The Dominican Consulate remained closed during the attack. No injuries were reported. “Thanks to Operation Shield, which started in late December, the border has been reinforced, and the country also has a strategic plan to evacuate its consular staff in case of risk situations in Haiti,” Lt. Gen. Muñoz Delgado said on January 20, according to a report in Dominican daily Primicias. On January 11, Dominican Defense Minister, Lieutenant General William Muñoz Delgado, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Navarro; Ruben Silié, the Dominican Ambassador in Port-au-Prince; and the five consuls accredited in Haiti in order to outline a series of actions aimed at “ensuring the safety of Dominican diplomatic personnel and infrastructure in the neighboring nation,” according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX) reported. The security initiative came as a result of two attacks on Dominican consulates in Haiti in a span of 33 days. Security in Haiti improved after violent attacks By Dialogo February 02, 2015 As a consequence of the security initiative, which was launched about two weeks before the January 11 meeting, the Dominican Military and police forces have improved security for consular officials in Haiti, as well as along the border between both countries, where additional Dominican Troops and police have been deployed. Operation Shield “is going well on land, at sea and in the air under the command of the Army, Navy and Air Force,” Muñoz Delgado said. “Reinforcement operations and greater border controls along the entire border have been established with more than 600 new soldiers assigned to CESFRONT and Army brigades in the area.” In addition to protecting Dominican officials in Haiti and securing the border between both countries, the Military’s objective is to ensure that civilians feel confident visiting their country’s diplomatic facilities in Haiti. On December 1, an angry mob attacked the Dominican Consulate in Juana Méndez, because a Dominican truck driver who had lost control of his vehicle fatally struck a 6-year-old Haitian girl on November 30, according to local daily Panama Post. Rescue workers transported the driver to the Dominican Republic for medical care, but some protestors demanded that he be tried for the killing in Haiti. On December 1, an angry mob attacked the Dominican Consulate in Juana Méndez, because a Dominican truck driver who had lost control of his vehicle fatally struck a 6-year-old Haitian girl on November 30, according to local daily Panama Post. Rescue workers transported the driver to the Dominican Republic for medical care, but some protestors demanded that he be tried for the killing in Haiti. The security initiative came as a result of two attacks on Dominican consulates in Haiti in a span of 33 days. Several Dominican Military Commanders from the Army, Navy, and the Specialized Border Security Corps (CESFRONT) also attended the meeting, in which coordination and cooperation mechanisms were established to allow the government of President Danilo Medina to provide the public with confidence and assurance that Dominican diplomatic personnel and interests will be guaranteed, according to the MIREX. In addition to protecting Dominican officials in Haiti and securing the border between both countries, the Military’s objective is to ensure that civilians feel confident visiting their country’s diplomatic facilities in Haiti. It is undeniable that the knowledge of international events is important for people who want to be well informed. It’s better for all the Dominicans to look for protection from the Dominican government since given the issue of racism, they are not guiding our country and we’re not talking about skin color because all of us Dominicans are black. Rather we’re taking about our country’s homeland territory which is free and independent. Haiti, look for support from other countries in this cheap way it’s no longer about us defending our color but rather our flag our country and our homeland Hi, good day, finally our republic has started to cover the role of the defense and the kidnapping of our citizens in and out of our country. The Haitians have taken advantage of our humility. It’s time for our homeland to garner respect. Being humble does not mean we’re weak. We’re going to bring our military and police forces into action, and above all, our immigration. So many departments with people who do nothing. It’s time for them to do something for their country… you are VERY wrong when saying that all Dominicans are black, go and do some actual research before saying such a bold statement.
Caroline Hedwall holds a one-shot lead in Dubai as she searches for a seventh Ladies European Tour title. Watch the final round live on Friday from 3pm on Sky Sports Golf and the Sky Sports YouTube channel By Ali StaffordLast Updated: 05/11/20 7:46pm – Advertisement – Lee birdied six of her first eight holes on her way to a joint-low round-of-the-day 65 to get within two of the lead, while former world No 1 Lydia Ko is three strokes back alongside France’s Celine Boutier.Bronte Law posted a second successive 70 to move inside the top-10 and Charley Hull got back to level-par for the tournament with a three-under 69, while Georgia Hall is in the group on one over.Who will win the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic? Watch the final round on Friday from 3pm live on Sky Sports Golf or via the Sky Sports YouTube channel. Starting from the sixth hole due to a shotgun start, MacLaren cancelled out a bogey at the seventh to pick up a shot at the par-three 12th and make three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the 15th, before adding further birdies at the third and fifth.- Advertisement – Caroline Hedwall maintained her bogey-free start to the week to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. Hedwall held the overnight lead after making a hole-in-one on her way to a bogey-free 65 at The Emirates Golf Club, with the Swede following it up with a two-under 70 to get to nine under and retain a narrow advantage heading into Friday’s final round.The six-time Ladies European Tour winner registered birdies at the 13th and 16th alongside 16 pars to stay ahead of Meghan MacLaren, with world No 9 Minjee Lee two strokes back in a share of third alongside Germany’s Laura Fuenfstueck.- Advertisement –
But Hahn insisted he was not acting under pressure from President Donald Trump, who has been pushing hard for a vaccine, saying one might be ready before US elections November 3.”This is going to be a science, medicine, data decision,” Hahn said. “This is not going to be a political decision.”Three Western drugs makers are well along with their Phase 3 clinical trials, involving tens of thousands of participants.The three are AstraZeneca, which is partnering with Oxford University in England; Moderna, collaborating with the US National Institutes of Health, and the Pfizer/BioNTech alliance. Topics : By the nature of the trials it is difficult to predict when reliable results will emerge.Half of the participants in such trials receive an experimental vaccine, while the other half are given a placebo. Under normal procedures, test administrators must wait — probably for months — to see whether there is a statistically significant difference in the infection rate of the two groups.As the world desperately awaits an effective vaccine against the deadly virus, China and Russia have already approved vaccines without waiting for the conclusion of trials — drawing criticism from public health officials in other countries, including the US.Hahn also said that an emergency authorization would not necessarily cover everyone — it might be granted for specific, high-risk groups.”Our emergency use authorization is not the same as a full approval,” he said.Hahn has faced mounting criticism from the medical community that he has given in to political pressure from the Trump administration, largely involving two incidents.In March, the FDA gave emergency authorization for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 after Trump repeatedly praised its use; the authorization had to be withdrawn in June after serious side effects emerged.More recently, Hahn delivered a far too optimistic appraisal, during a news conference with Trump, of the effectiveness of convalescent plasma against the virus. He said it could save 35 out of 100 patients; the more likely number, experts said, is five in 100.”It is f-ing outrageous to expedite *any* approval of a #SARSCoV2 vaccine, irrespective of @SteveFDA’s subservience to Trump,” Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, said on Twitter.”We will not know about safety for many months.” The head of the US Food and Drug Administration raised the possibility in an interview published Sunday that a future vaccine against the coronavirus might be given emergency approval before the end of trials designed to ensure its safety and effectiveness. A request for such extraordinary approval would have to come from the vaccine developer, Stephen Hahn told the Financial Times. “If they do that before the end of Phase Three,” which involves large-scale human testing, “we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination.”
Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) has filed the final assessment of the impact on fish for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project to Natural Resources Wales as part of marine license procurement process.Following discussions with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and its external fisheries advisers, the impacts on fish have now been modeled using an Alternative Draw Zone (ADZ) methodology, TLP informed.“Based on the Monte Carlo analysis conducted on the ADZ models, an approach agreed with NRW’s fisheries advisers, the results show that impacts on both marine and migratory fish species are likely to be very low, and much lower than the figures established by NRW in November 2016,” TLP said.This agreed assessment approach is in addition to the IBM encounter rate and STRIKER injury rate models that were submitted for the Development Consent Order (DCO) application and considered by the Secretary of State when the DCO was granted, according to TLP.To remind, TLP and NRW entered dispute over the predicted fish death rates caused by the lagoon late in 2016.TLP argued that NRW’s figures, which were interpreted as having ‘major adverse effects’ on the fish in the area, were ‘misleading’ and that the effects were demonstrated to be minimal.As the Welsh government’s body in charge of sustainable management of its natural resources, NRW decides on issuing marine licenses which are required before starting marine works for any project.“NRW will now agree their consultation process before confirming timescales for a decision. We very much hope to receive the marine license from NRW for this transformational project in early 2018,” TLP said.TLP believes that the potential impact on migratory and marine fish species, along with associated assessments under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations and Water Framework Directive, are the only remaining issues to be addressed before the marine license can be determined.The proposed £1.3 billion Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, with the capacity of 320MW, comprises 16 hydro turbines, and a six mile breakwater wall.Once constructed, it will be capable of generating electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years.
The maintenance aims to ensure thereliability of distribution lines to avoid further serious damage that couldresult to major power interruptions, said Ceneco officer-in-charge JoseTaniongon. On the other hand, the National GridCorp. of the Philippines informed member-consumers of Negros OccidentalElectric Cooperative of maintenance activities on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.at the Sipalay substation. Roel Venus, chief of CenecoMember-Consumer Integrated Services Division, said the election in District1-Bacolod North, District VI-Bago City and District IX-Silay City will be onMarch 14 while that in District IV-Bacolod East, District V-Bacolod West andDistrict VIII-Talisay City will be on March 21. In another development, Ceneco isscheduled to hold an election for new members of the board of directors in sixdistricts of its franchise area on March 14 and 21. According to Central Negros ElectricCooperative (Ceneco), there will be maintenance activities today from 8 a.m. to5 p.m. at the Sum-ag Feeder 2. Twelve candidates have filed theircertificates of candidacy./PN BACOLOD City – Power interruptions arescheduled today (March 7) and tomorrow (March 8) in parts of Negros Occidentaland this city.
Dillian Whyte has revealed that Tyson Fury’s real name is Luke and he changed it to sound “harder”. The Gypsy King, 31, lists his full name as Tyson Luke Fury. That has boosted his brand and helped secure meetings with legend ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. But 32-year-old Whyte insists his team have evidence that he has switched his Christian names around to sound like the Baddest Man on the Planet. He told SunSport: “My real name is Dillian. I know his real name is Luke. “He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder. People can have a little look around on the internet and see for themselves. “In boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke. “A lot of what Tyson does and says is a game, you can never take anything he says seriously or at face value. “He might say he wants to fight me sometimes but how can you trust a man who doesn’t even use his own name?” He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder… in boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke. Loading… Whyte is holed up in a Winnebago in Brentwood to prepare for his fight with Russian dangerman Alexander Povetkin on Saturday. A 12th consecutive win will earn him the WBC’s diamond belt and secure the shot at the main belt Fury currently holds. Fury has flipped between promising Whyte his hard-earned shot and vowing to ditch the title if the sanctioning body forces him to face the Body Snatcher. So Whyte went on record to tell SunSport he is the hardest travelling, biggest banging, real road warrior around. He said: “I drove 40-hours with my three dogs out to my training base in Portugal for a 22-week camp away from home for this fight. “Now I am living in a caravan for a week before fighting a dangerous Russian, in an Essex field, on the side of the motorway. read also:Joshua reveals what he told Fury in Marbella ahead of next year’s fight “I will fight anyone, anywhere and that is why I am the real Gypsy King and I have even got my flat cap to prove it. “Tyson Fury likes to tell people that he is but let’s see. “Fury had a privileged upbringing, went to a posh school in an expensive area and lives in a lovely house. What kind of gypsy is he?” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods return to Knoxville Raceway for the 24th annual Harris Clash on Thursday, July 16.Top prize for the Modifieds is $2,000 while Northern SportMods run for $1,000 to win.Twenty-four cars will qualify for the Modified feature, which doubles as a Hawkeye Dirt Tour event; one past champion’s provisional will be given to the most recent winner who is licensed and competing in weekly IMCA events but who does not qualify.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region, Allstar Performance State and Hawkeye Dirt Tour points will be awarded for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.The Modified feature will be 25 laps and pay a minimum of $250 to start. The Northern SportMod feature is 20 laps.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes and the drivers’ meeting starts at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $30.Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a waiver, signed by a parent or guardian, to get into the pit area. That waiver form can be downloaded from the Knoxville Raceway website and must be printed in color. The person the waiver is intended for must be present at time of sign-in.Registration forms can be downloaded from the www.bobharrisent.com website.More information is available by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 231-1748 and at the www.bobharrisent.com and www.knoxvilleraceway.com websites.Chris Abelson of Sioux City is the defending Modified Clash winner.The Harris Clash is the second of back-to-back Hawkeye Dirt Tour events next week. The series is at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Wednesday, July 15.