Cox collects career first Modified win at Cottage Grove

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (Aug. 9) – Cottage Grove Speedway hosted Cottage Grove Area Chamber Of Commerce/Pepsi Night at the races Saturday night.In the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature, Kinzer Cox was the car to beat. Despite six cautions throughout the event, retained the lead after each restart.Although he has spent only a handful of nights in a Modified, Cox paced the field for the entire distance to collect his first career victory.last_img

Greek language campaign gaining momentum

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The campaign for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum currently under consideration by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is gaining momentum as a plethora of Greek Australian organisations are intensifying their efforts. State and Federal politicians from both major political parties have also added their voices to that of the Greek communities advocating for the cause.The Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) for Oceania and the Far East organised a meeting on March 27 with the Modern Greek Studies Society of Australia and New Zealand. During the meeting it was decided to produce a document that will outline the educational, cultural and social arguments for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum. The Greek academics who took part in the meeting included: Dr Vrasidas Karalis, Dr Antonis Dracopoulos and Dr Panayota Nazou from the University of Sydney, Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos from Μacquarie University, Dr Maria Zarimis from the University of NSW, Dr Maria Herodotou and Dr Despina Michael from La Trobe University, Professor Michael Tsianikas and Dr Maria Palaktsoglou from Flinders University, Dr George Frantzis from Charles Darwin University and Savvas Papasavvas from the University of Notre Dame. The participants decided to circulate the document to all interested parties for consultation in order to form a final submission that will be sent to ACARA as a collective effort of Greek organisations. It should be noted, that the Australian Hellenic Council is already trying to establish a leading role in the Greek campaign. The SAE initiative followed another meeting that took place in Adelaide on March 25 regarding the campaign to include Greek in the national curriculum. The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), Vasilis Elovaris convened the meeting between Co-Ordinator of SAE Oceania George Angelopoulos, Professor Michalis Tsianikas, SA MP Tom Koutsantonis, Federal MP Steve Georganas and Senator Nick Xenophon. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Victorian Opposition Ted Baillieu sent a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Julia Gillard. Arguing for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum Mr Baillieu wrote among other things: “It is not an overstatement to say that there is no other language or culture to which Europe owes a greater debt for the higher education of its people than Greek. “I am convinced that the inclusion of Greek in the the National Curriculum Policy will equally enrich the cultural profile of Australia and will reinforce the foundations of learning for our school-aged children.”Mr Baillieu’s letter is added to a number of representations made to Mrs Gillard by State and Federal politicians for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum. These representations include among others: Victorian Liberal MP Nick Kotsiras, ALP Victorian candidate for Brunswhick Jane Garrett and Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos.last_img read more

Wild Women Expeditions encourages guests

first_imgWild Women Expeditions encourages guestsWild Women Expeditions encourages guestsA new 11-day itinerary from Wild Women Expeditions plunges guests in a mindful way into India’s wild world. India Jungles and Jewels Adventure tasks small women-only groups to comprehend why, for example, tigers, waiver precariously on and off the endangered species list.“Environmental and conservation challenges can only be met when they are understood,” underscores Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.Helping to make sense of this wild world and the people the travelers meet is Guide Dimple Bhati, who comes to Wild Women Expeditions by way of her home city, Jodhpur, India. Her husband, Tarun Bhati, a naturalist, is the grandson of Kailash Sankhala, one of the first to study tigers in the 1950s and who laid the foundation for Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India. Her own immersion in the wild began while helping manage Kanha Jungle Lodges. More on Dimple Bhati’s.story: ( learning curve begins at Kanha Tiger Reserve in India’s Kanha National Park as participants interface with volunteers who are on alert around their villages for illegal wildlife activities (poachers, illegal wood choppers and those in the bush meat trade). Wild Women Expeditions has access to these volunteers through Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers) that supports responsible tourism as a way to save the tiger and the wildlife and wilderness areas of India and Nepal. Kanha National Park was made famous in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the home of Project Tiger.Haddow notes that the conservation-minded history and accommodations her guests enjoy on this adventure in turn contribute to preserving endangered wildlife. Wild Women Expeditions engages Kanha Jungle Lodge for guests who learn the importance of utilizing indigenous materials. Thanks to Dimple’s interests here, guests mingle with locals while exploring medicinal plants, learn how to drape a sari and apply ritual henna; experience community environmental awareness programs and learn the art of making masala chai. They even help to bathe elephants excused from poacher patrol and tiger-tracking duties. Habitat explorations are on foot and in 4×4 jeeps.Later in the journey, a luxury tented camp, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge in Pench National Park, is a glamping home near a savannah-like environment. Guests may also opt to sleep like a native under the stars in a Machaan, an open-air tent with mosquito netting atop. Villagers gain income when guests choose this sleeping accommodation. Dimple and her husband also look after the crucial tiger landscape here, where under the starry sky, as in Kanha, they spread their message of conservation from the lap of nature.At Satpura Tiger Reserve in Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, a conservation and wildlife-focused accommodation, embraces visitors who engage in jeep, elephant, boat and walking safaris.One night is spent wilderness camping, an experience unique to Wild Women Expeditions. On the last morning, guests canoe on the Satpura River, rife with winged creatures, before transfers to Bhopal airport to connect with international flights home.In addition to tigers, guests may expect to see elephants, cloven-hooved animals and birds aplenty on the trips scheduled Feb. 8-18, Feb. 27-March 9 and Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,995 including accommodations, all meals, sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks escorted by a naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4×4 vehicles, the company of a safari specialist, an English-speaking female tour leader, guided canoe outing, applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. For more information please see details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs, call 1 (888) 993-1222, email [email protected] or visit online at Wild Women Expeditions Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Since its inception, Wild Women Expeditions ( has pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. After 25-plus years, Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women-only than any other company in the world and in more countries (26 in 2018). A high return-guest ratio indicates how hungry women are for baptism-by-wilderness experiences that can be extreme — or not – without men setting the pace. And always there’s a dollop of cultural interface to round out the edges.“What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become confident leaders,” says Haddow.Source = Wild Women Expeditionslast_img read more