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September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Mena, Ark., company gives cylinder head sets to national IMCA Late Model and IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car rookies of the year, and to the Deery Brother Summer Series rookie of the year. Manufacturer of the Official Cylinder Heads for IMCA Late Models, Brodix begins its 23rd season as a sponsor of the sanctioning body. Information about Brodix-made cylinder heads and intake manifolds is availa­ble at the www.brodix.com website, by calling 479 394-1075 and on Facebook. “IMCA is committed to a competitive weekly Late Model program and Brodix has been an instrumental part of that plan for 23 seasons,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We will continue to promote the IMCA Late Model spec engine as fundamental to our rules package and appreciate Brodix continuing to spearhead that vision.” National rookies of the year in 2018 were Shawn Cooney in the Late Mod­els and Casey Burkham in the Sprint Cars, while Chad Coyne paced first-year competitors in the Deery Series. Those awards will be presented during the national banquet in November. Drivers in both divi­sions are required to display two Brodix decals on their race car and submit rookie applications to be eligible. MENA, Ark. – Three IMCA drivers earning rookie of the year honors earn post-season awards as well from Brodix in 2019. last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgChelsea could recall Romelu Lukaku from his season-long loan at West Brom in January, The People suggest.The Blues have an option to take the striker back and are tipped to do so if he does not get a regular starting place for the Baggies.The People also say Daniel Sturridge plans to reject loan offers and would rather leave Chelsea on a permanent basis in January.Liverpool were interested in a loan deal for Sturridge earlier this year and are expected to make another attempt to sign him when the transfer window opens, but the forward is apparently not keen on a temporary move.And The Sun on Sunday report that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleaded with owner Roman Abramovich to do whatever it takes to keep Ashley Cole at the club.Meanwhile, Fulham are plotting a £12m bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, according to the Sunday Mirror.Bent has been dropped and stripped of the captaincy by manager Paul Lambert and it is claimed Fulham will offer the player a way out of Villa Park.It comes after Whites boss Martin Jol indicated he would like to sign Bent, saying: “If your club wants to be top 10, you need strikers such as Darren Bent, who’ll score 15-20 goals a season.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFernando Torres after scoring goal againstVålerenga at Ullevaal Stadium, Norway.(Image: Philip Gabrielsen)Looking at the performances of Spain in recent times and considering the players that they’ve had at their disposal throughout their 44-year trophy drought, it’s been an almost bizarre wait for success.However, their current squad, with the likes of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres leading its line, seems to be a golden generation, primed to make up for lost time.The 25-year-old marksman of course can take great credit for bringing an end to Spanish suffering, but what are his theories on why it took so long for them to make the breakthrough on the international stage?“We’ve always gone into major tournaments as one of the favourites but we always faltered along the way. There was always something missing,” Torres says.Asked what that missing element might have been, Torres suggests, “ambition, especially in the quarterfinals when we often lost”.“I think that the semifinal against Italy [in 2008] is when we really won the European Championship,” he says. “And then in the final against Germany we went in as giants and showed to ourselves that Spanish football is going through a great period and we now have to make the most of it.”Make the most of it La Roja Furia (The Red Fury) certainly have, they are currently ranked number one in the world on the back of being unbeaten since February 2007. They have also made an impressive start to the 2010 Fifa World Cup preliminaries as they currently sit atop Europe’s Group 5 (with a full haul of points from four matches), ahead of Turkey and Belgium.Taking all this into consideration, they should be good bets to triumph – should they qualify – at South Africa 2010 then. “El Niño”, though, feels that it would be better if they, as a team, were a little more circumspect than that.“I think there are bigger favourites than us, even though we are the European champions,” Torres says. “There’s always Italy, Germany, France and, above all, Argentina and Brazil. Those are teams that have already won Fifa World Cups; national sides that always get to the latter stages and they will always be the favourites in these kinds of tournaments.“Maybe Spain deserve to be included now after the European Championship and given our form in the qualifiers. What we do know is that more and more teams are respecting us, just like we used to respect other sides. You can see that out on the pitch.”What makes Spain’s continuing excellent form ever the more remarkable is that they’ve done this despite experiencing a change of coach. After their European triumph, Luis Aragones vacated the post and former Real Madrid manager Vicente Del Bosque assumed it. Interestingly, Del Bosque had not had a senior coaching job since 2005 but Torres feels he did well to not fix that which was not broken.“The new coach has given continuity to the ideas of his predecessor. He is also trying to exert a little of his own influence on the group but he has made the most of what was already in place. I think he was very wise to stick with what was working but I think that we can still improve.“He’s trying to make us even better but there’s a strong case for not making too many changes when things are working well,” Torres says.Of course, Torres, with 18 goals in his 59 caps, will be vital to their prospects in South Africa come 2010; but he is well aware that there’s also the not-so-little matter of this year’s Fifa Confederations Cup to compete for.“It’s the first time we’ve qualified for the Fifa Confederations Cup and we’re looking forward to it. As with every competition at this level it’s sure to be a great event and it will be excellent preparation for the Fifa World Cup next year.”“Can they win this too?”, will be the question on everybody’s lips come June 2009. Torres hedges his bets when he says, “We’ll try to be at our best and hopefully the fans in South Africa, as well as supporting their own national side, will adopt Spain as their second favourite team.”Beyond that, the likeable Madrilenian suggests, people should just wait and see.“I’ll be looking forward to seeing them in June for the Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa. Ke Nako!”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup Update MagazineRelated articlesFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa Cup World Cup ticket frenzy Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness Winning the World Cup of branding Useful linksFifaReal Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish)last_img read more

December 15, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Guest author Steve Hamm is a strategist, writer and videographer in IBM’s corporate communications department.Last September, when Typhoon Sanba smashed into the Korean peninsula, it packed winds so strong that they sent rocks flying through the air like missiles and caused massive power outages. “Hwangsa” storms, carrying dense clouds of yellow dust from China’s Gobi Desert that are sometimes loaded with heavy metals and carcinogens, sweep across the peninsula from West to East.9.3 Petabytes Of Storage For The KMAMenaced by such destructive weather phenomena, South Korea is upgrading its national weather information system with the goal of understanding weather patterns better and predicting better the location and ferocity of weather events. The upgrade being installed by the Korean Meteorological Administration increases the agency’s data storage capacity by nearly 1,000% to 9.3 petabytes, making it Korea’s most capable storage system.The KMA project dramatically illustrates today’s big data phenomenon and its impact on weather forecasting. Thanks to the rapid spread of sensors and satellites, and to the increase in computer number-crunching speeds, it’s possible to forecast weather changes more accurately and with improved detail – potentially saving thousands of lives and safeguarding property. Increasing evidence of climate change worldwide is prompting governments and scientists to take action to protect people and property from its effects. But to take effective action, they need to know understand a lot more about the weather – everything from what’s going to happen tomorrow to what’s coming next year. For instance, leaders of the city of Hoboken, N.J., in the United States, which flooded badly last fall during Hurricane Sandy, are considering building a wall around Hoboken to keep the tidal Hudson River at bay. The problem is, if they don’t build high enough the wall could end up turning the city into a giant bathtub rather than keeping rising waters out.Listen To Deep ThunderIBM Research scientists are working to bring the most sophisticated data analytics to bear on weather forecasting. Their long-term weather analysis project, called Deep Thunder, combines data with sophisticated mathematical algorithms and computing power.The scientists established at test bed in the New York City metropolitan area, where they set up a three-dimensional grid of thousands of blocks. That makes it possible for them to run calculations that produce very precise weather forecasts for a particular locale. Using this capability, the team was able to predict with remarkable accuracy the snowfall totals in New York City during the mammoth snow storm that blanked the northeastern United States in February – and also to predict accurately when the snowfall would start and stop.Blame It On RioThe IBM Research team is putting their algorithms to work on behalf of cities around the world. For instance, Rio de Janeiro, because of its climate and terrain, has recurring flooding and landslide problems in many hilly neighborhoods. The researchers used data describing the physics of the atmosphere to create a mathematical model of how storms are likely to unfold in Rio. With it, they can predict up to 40 hours ahead of time how much rain will fall in a particular location — with 90% accuracy.In recent months, the Deep Thunder team, lead by Lloyd Treinish, has developed new techniques for ingesting many more measurements from weather sensors. The team is also extending its technology to new applications, including agriculture and wind farming.For detailed and super-accurate weather information to have maximum impact, it has to be accessible by a large number of people. That’s why IBM has created iPad and cloud applications that deliver the power of Deep Thunder to people’s hands wherever they may be. Hopefully, by the time Rio hosts the summer Olympics in 2016, practically everybody who attends will be able to get their hands on Deep Thunder data so they know exactly what to expect when they venture out to the various game venues.Note: This post originally appeared on IBM’s Smarter Planet blog. IBM provided the storage hardware and software for the KMA project. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Big Data#Government#IBM#international steve hammcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more