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The global tax system is broken, says Nobel prize winner

Business News - 19 hours 53 min ago
It's time for a complete overhaul of the global tax system to ensure each company pays their fair share, says Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Cooper loves New Mexico home

Twisted Rodeo - 22 hours 38 min ago

When Jake Cooper isn’t roping around his Stephenville, Texas, place, he can be found on the ProRodeo trail as one of the elite team ropers in the game.

But that’s not necessarily his home.

“Monument (N.M.) will always be my home and my hometown,” said Cooper, one of three children born to Jimmie and Shryl Cooper. “We live in Stephenville because it’s more central for rodeos, and I’d say half the top 15 guys live around there.

“If you want to be the best, you have to be around the best.”

Jake Cooper

Jake Cooper

Both are certainly the case. This season, Cooper is among the top five headers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings, competing primarily with heeler Tyler McKnight of Wells, Texas. It’s a return to the top of the game for Cooper, who last qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2007 while competing with his twin brother, Jim Ross.

“It feels great to be in a position like this,” said Jake Cooper, one of seven cowboys that are part of the Tate Branch Auto Group “Riding for the Brand” team. “I haven’t roped good the last few years, and I had some struggles with some horses. It’s really early in the season to get too excited, but I feel great about the start and feel great about the year.”

He should. His hope is to stay among the top 15 through the rest of the regular season and earn a spot in the NFR field. After eight years away from ProRodeo’s grand finale, he would welcome the change.

Of course, it helps to have sponsorship arrangements like he has with Tate Branch Auto Group, which has southeastern New Mexico dealerships in Carlsbad, Artesia and Hobbs.

“It makes it so much easier on us out here on the road with help like that,” said Cooper, who joins Jim Ross; tie-down roping brothers Clif and Clint Cooper and their legendary father, Roy Cooper; steer roper Marty Jones; and two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy. “I got to know Tate a little bit because Jim’s had the relationship for a couple of years. It’s a great opportunity for us to be involved with a guy like Tate, who supports rodeo and what we do.

“Not only does it make the financial burden less, but having a guy that’s easy to talk to and is a spiritual guy like my dad is great, too. This really has the feeling of family.”

Branch takes a familial approach to the arrangements with the cowboys, all of whom have New Mexico ties. Jake Cooper, Jim Ross Cooper, Clint Cooper, Roy Cooper and Jones have specific ties to Lea County in the state’s most southeastern corner, while Muncy is from Corona; Clif Cooper is the lone Texas-raised cowboy in the bunch, but he has other ties to Lea County through Roy’s family.

“Having grown up around rodeo, I know what kind of sacrifices these guys make to compete at the top level,” said Joby Houghtaling, the Tate Branch Auto Group’s director of operations. “We’re very excited to support these guys, the sport of rodeo and the lifestyle they live. We want them to know they’re part of our family.”

That seems to be a common theme for many of the “Riding for the Brand” cowboys, but it’s especially true for Jake Cooper. Less than a decade ago, he and Jim Ross became the first set of twins to compete together in team roping at the NFR. Of course, they’re just carrying on a heritage passed down from their father, 1980 all-around world champion Jimmie Cooper, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee.

“This is a lifestyle for me,” Jake Cooper said. “Guys ask me all the time how long I’m going to do this. This is all I’ve ever done. Since I was 12 years old, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s a way of life for me, not really a job.

“I’m 30 now. I’ve grown up. Dad told me it was a hard life out here. You’ve got to love it, and I do. He used to tell me when I was a kid that he loved to rope with me.”

In early May, Jake Cooper returned to Monument and spent a week with his family. He and his dad roped together much of that time.

“There’s nothing that makes me happier than roping with him and spending time with him,” Jake Cooper said. “It’s great that he can still compete and do stuff along with us.”

As he prepares for the busy summer run, Jake Cooper knows the struggles that come with competing in rodeo full time. Only the top teams at each rodeo will earn a check, so it’s vital that he and McKnight battle through any adversity and excel at the right times if he plans to return to the NFR in 2015.

If he qualifies for Las Vegas in December, he will rope for the largest purse in the history of the sport’s championship event, with go-round winners earning more than $26,000 each night for 10 star-filled days in the Nevada desert. Just making it to Sin City would put him in position to claim that elusive, yet coveted world championship.

“It’s a little early to be talking about a gold buckle,” he said. “That’s been my goal since I was a kid. That’s every guy’s goal, especially growing up with my dad having one. It’s almost like that World Series ring; it’s that instant respect you get from every rodeo cowboy.

“It’s going to take a lot more hard work. Hopefully if all the right things fall in place, we’ll get to do it.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

San Angelo Rodeo hires Carr firm

Twisted Rodeo - 22 hours 49 min ago

SAN ANGELO, Texas – “Rodeo Town” is living up to its Texas roots in a bigger way.

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association has hired Texas-based Pete Carr Pro Rodeo as its stock contractor for the February 2016 event.

“The rodeo committee has voted to move forward with Pete Carr,” said Justin Jonas, the executive director for the association. “Pete Carr has shown us the commitment and concern imperative to putting on a premier event, as San Angelo has grown accustomed to over the past 84 years.”

SanAngelo-LogoCarr has been recognized as one of the top producers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, having received multiple nominations for Stock Contractor of the Year. Each of the past two season, the Dallas-based firm has had more animals selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than any other contracting company in the PRCA.

“The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo has a great tradition, and we’re excited to be part of such a classic event in our sport’s history,” Carr said. “We’ve been fortunate to be part of this exciting rodeo over the last couple of years. It’s an exciting time for me and our company.”

One of the most original and prestigious rodeos in Texas will kick off its 12 performances on February 5th, 2016. Over the years, the San Angelo Rodeo has grown from 8 to 10 and now has a dozen performances. “Rodeo Town” celebrates the rodeo’s heritage with more than 97 percent of the seats sold out each year

From a West Texas town of only 110,000 people, this caliber of rodeo and livestock show is a combination of excitement and entertainment that is unheard of anywhere else in the event community.

“They definitely love their rodeo in San Angelo,” said Carr, the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year. “The association does a great job of putting on a great event for the fans out there.”

The rodeo committee will work closely with Carr and his team on producing the event, which is scheduled for February 5-20 at Foster Communications Coliseum. This past February, reigning PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year Dirty Jacket guided NFR qualifier Jessy Davis to a 93-point ride to win the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Cinch Shoot-Out.

Dirty Jacket is just one of four Carr horses to be named the world champion bareback horse, joining MGM Deuces Night, Big Tex and Real Deal. The 11-year-old bay gelding is one of 27 Carr animals selected to buck at the finals in 2013 and ’14, a record number of animals coming from one contracting company.

That kind of talent combined with the historic San Angelo Rodeo should be the perfect mix.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Enrique Iglesias injured in concert mishap with a drone

Health - 23 hours 37 min ago
Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is seeking treatment after a drone cut his hand during a Saturday concert.
Categories: Health

Iglesias injured in concert mishap with a drone

CNN World - 23 hours 37 min ago
Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is seeking treatment after a drone cut his hand during a Saturday concert.
Categories: International News

Bulldog Signee Teaira McCowan Named Parade All-American

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 21:17
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Teaira McCowan is coming to Mississippi State with some additional hardware as she was named to the prestigious 2015 Parade All-America Girls Basketball Team.

Ellen Pao to appeal discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 20:55
Ellen Pao is appealing her gender discrimination and retaliation suit against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

UPDATED STATS: 23 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 19:41
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-three former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including six currently playing in Major League Baseball.

Why Caitlyn Jenner chose Vanity Fair for her debut

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 19:30
Caitlyn Jenner likely chose Vanity Fair to reveal her new identity because of the credibility, elegance and permanence of a print magazine -- particularly that magazine.

South Korean woman in contact with MERS patient dies

CNN World - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 19:05
A South Korean woman who had contact with a patient diagnosed with MERS has died of symptoms that are a hallmark of the dreaded respiratory virus, South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare said Monday.
Categories: International News

On CNN's 35th birthday, Ted Turner calls it 'my greatest career achievement'

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 18:59
CNN's 35th anniversary on Monday was commemorated by its famous founder, Ted Turner, who said he "couldn't be prouder of the network we built from the ground up."

Track & Field Ranked in Top 15 Going Into Nationals

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 18:44
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Heading into the biggest track and field meet of the year, the Mississippi State men's and women's teams both landed in the Top 15 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings.

Drag queens lead "real names" protest at Facebook

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:51
Fully decked-out drag queen activists descended onto Facebook's headquarters Monday demanding to be heard.

Retailer loses headscarf case

CNN - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:50
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who has sued retailer Abercrombie & Fitch when the store failed to hire her because she wore a head scarf in observance of her religion.
Categories: National News

The more the merrier

CNN - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:46
This is something I don't find myself saying very often: I agree with Karl Rove.
Categories: National News

Bidding for lunch with Warren Buffett tops $1 million

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:44
Act fast. This offer probably won't last long.

Officers shoot man stuck in water

CNN - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:07
Highway patrol troopers in Oklahoma fatally shot a man whom they had been trying to get out of high water, authorities said.
Categories: National News

Billionaire: Hillary Clinton 'craps' on hedge funds

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:38
Billionaire Leon Cooperman isn't voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

FBI wants to make smartphones less safe, say Congressmen

Business News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:15
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