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first_imgThe Most Popular Driver Award presented by the National Motorsports Press Association and sponsored by Hooters is the only major NASCAR award to be determined solely by fan vote. This year, it will be the responsibility of the fans to choose a worthy candidate to succeed Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the award for the past 15 years.With Earnhardt Jr. retired, now is the time for fans to choose a new people’s champ — and actually it’s three champs because an award will be given out not only for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ most popular driver, but also for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.RELATED: Vote now for the Most Popular Driver!The polls are open and will remain open until noon ET on Nov. 27. Vote at the link listed below — or bookmark https://www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver — early and often. Fans can submit one vote per day. A vote shared on Facebook and/or Twitter will count as double, so be sure to jump on social media, let your friends know who you are voting for and use #MostPopularDriver.The winners for the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will be announced on Nov. 27. Then, the winner for the Monster Energy Series will be announced on Nov. 29 during the postseason banquet in Las Vegas.Good luck with your decisions as you determine the outcomes for these major NASCAR awards!MORE: See past Most Popular Driver Award winnerslast_img read more

first_imgRussian Formula One star Daniil Kvyat has provoked mixed reactions among blacks, refusing to kneel in sympathy for the fight for social equality.The campaign was supported by the leadership of Formula 1, but the Russian twice did not follow his colleagues in showing solidarity.“All the athletes are united in the fight against racism. We showed it by wearing special T-shirts before the competitions. But to kneel … I don’t like it. I’m not brought up like that. We Russians don’t kneel. After all, it’s all a matter of personal choice and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with that, “Quiat said.last_img read more

first_imgToday, the O’s will send RHP Dylan Bundy to the mound to face LHP JA Happ of the Yankees. (MASN Orioles)Please follow and like us: Here is today’s lineup in the Bronx: Last night, the Orioles’ pitching allowed eight runs, while the offense showed few bright spots like home runs by Anthony Santander and Stevie Wilkerson. The Baltimore Orioles look to avoid a four-game sweep against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. last_img

first_imgThe increase in budget for the Criminal Justice System and the police services will support the priorities of fighting crime and ensuring that the criminal justice system functions efficiently. The Department of Police has reprioritised R2.5b over the MTEF to improve detective and forensic capability. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development receives R1.2b for the revamp and modernisation programme. These increases recognise the rights of South Africans to access efficient and well-resourced criminal justice services in accordance with the Constitution.As a developing country SA requires investment in critical infrastructure projects that will have a catalytic impact on the economy. In this regard Brand South Africa welcomes the announcement that over the next 3 years R827 billion is planned to be spent by the fiscus and state-owned companies on infrastructure.Minister Gordhan also emphasised that in order to achieve socio-developmental objectives, the 2013-14 budget allocation of R430b for construction of schools, hospitals, clinics dams and electricity distribution networks is, among other imperatives, intended to encourage business to keep investing in our economy and seize the opportunities around us.Minister Gordhan indicated that the NDP acknowledges the global shift of economic power from West to East, while also highlighting the rise of Africa. Brand South Africa welcomes the Minister’s announcements on a number of proposed measures to relax cross boarder financial regulations and tax requirements for companies. “This is an important step to enabling trade and supporting regional integration” says Miller Matola, Brand South Africa CEO.Note to EditorsBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.For more information, please contact:Maredi Mogodi+27 11 712 5057Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comENDS.last_img read more

first_imgLike SDN, this trend towards using a software strategy to simplify the base storage hardware components is being called Software-Defined Storage (SDS).   SDS is about separating out storage management features from storage devices.  The idea is that cheap commodity storage units could be controlled at the software layer to enable storage functions like de-duplication, replication and thin provisioning. How to reduce data storage costs?  Some think that data storage hardware needs to be dumbed down.  Similar to the work being done on Software-Defined Networks (SDN) to dumb down networking hardware components like routers and switches, some are trying a similar approach with storage devices.  Work being done by Facebook on the Open Compute Project is one example.  The Register recently described work being done by Frank Frankovsky, who leads the Open Computer project at Facebook, as an attempt to simplify data storage by eliminating “vendor-specific frippery and feature froth in favor of raw, vanilla stripped-down, back-to-basics hardware features that deliver low cost, low power use, high performance and cost-efficiency in hyper-scale data centers.” It’s estimated that there will be 4 zetabytes of information created this year and 2 zetabytes of that will be saved on some sort of storage medium.  How much is that?  A lot.  EMC estimates that the in 2013 that the data storage market will be a $100 billion business.Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst for Aberdeen Group, found that businesses spend about 12 percent of their IT budget on data storage and that their needs are currently doubling every year.  He said that “The demand for storage is growing at an unprecedented rate… You think about what percentage of your IT budget go towards storage, and now start doubling that every two years, you’ve got to rob from other portions of your IT budget or you’ve got to figure out smarter ways to deal with this.”center_img Keith Norbie, vice president of Nexus, said that “The whole reason the term exists is to give storage the play the software-defined networking movement has.  The problem is, we already have software-defined storage. But we lacked the ability to really define it.”last_img read more

Shelby Lum / Photo editorKevin McGuff is scheduled to begin his Ohio State coaching career on Nov. 8 when he leads the women’s basketball team on the road to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown.McGuff, who joined the Buckeyes in April from the University of Washington, will face a tough non-conference schedule that includes seven NCAA tournament teams.Highlighting the non-conference slate is a showdown with the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies on Dec. 1 in Springfield, Mass. The game is scheduled to be the feature contest of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge and will be aired on ESPN2.OSU will also play Monmouth Nov. 22, Marist Nov. 23, and Bowling Green Nov. 24 as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge. The Buckeyes will then finish the month with a home game against Lehigh on Nov. 27.OSU will play Florida Atlantic on Nov. 10 in their 2013-14 home opener. Next, Virginia Commonwealth travels to Columbus Nov. 14 to take on the Buckeyes.Next up, OSU will face a stiff challenge when it hits the road to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Nov. 17. The Bulldogs made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last season and return two of their top players in Tiara Griffin and Shacobia Barbee.After closing out the Hall of Fame Challenge against Connecticut, the Buckeyes will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins on Dec. 5 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. OSU will then come home for two games against Gonzaga Dec. 8 and Army Dec. 13.The final non-conference road game will take place against state rivals Cincinnati on Dec. 15. The Buckeyes finish their non-conference slate with three home games against Tennessee Martin Dec. 17, Appalachian State Dec. 20 and North Carolina Central Dec. 29. read more

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez (54) throws the ball during a game against the Kansas City Royals Sept. 17 at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTFor those of you who are Cleveland Indians fans, the following, while not unexpected, is becoming an unfortunate reality.Chief Wahoo might very well be on his way out of Cleveland forever.In recent years, the Indians organization has come under fire from the Native American population for its Chief Wahoo logo. Some say Chief Wahoo is racist and should be retired, never to be used again as a representation for the Cleveland ball club. While I understand the reasoning behind it, I am not for it.Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland in the early to mid- 1990’s, my family and I were die-hard Indians fans. My father split season ticket packages with his co-workers so we could see former players Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton and others dominate the American League Central and all the while, the team sported the Chief Wahoo logo.In recent years, the Indians have noticeably started to phase out Chief Wahoo and incorporate a more conservative block-C on their uniforms. As recent as 2011, the Indians demoted Chief Wahoo from their away ball caps and introduced a red block-C on the traditional navy blue cap.Chief Wahoo still appears on the home ball caps and on the sleeve of the game jerseys. However, now even the batting helmets, which had never donned anything but Chief Wahoo, are beginning to be overrun by the rather bland block-C.The Indians are not the only professional sports organization under fire for their controversial Native American representation.The Washington Redskins of the NFL have also been heavily scrutinized for their portrayal of their nationally-known Redskin logo, which shows a more realistic (compared to the cartoonish Chief Wahoo) maroon-faced Native American with feathers running down the back of his head.While I am sure we can all understand the uncomfortable position the Indians organization must be dealing with, I have to think that ultimately the organization would not want to disappoint their fans.If that is the case, we can hope Chief Wahoo will hang around a little longer. read more

Ohio State captain and senior Erin Langermeier (10) fights for the puck in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterThe Bemidji State women’s hockey team will try and spoil Ohio State’s senior weekend with an attempt of a season sweep of the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday in Columbus.Meanwhile, No. 9 Ohio State (17-11, 11-9 WCHA) will strive to send its seniors out with a win and protect home ice for the last time in the 2018-19 regular season against Bemidji State (10-16-2, 7-9-2 WCHA), which has gone 10-7-1 since gaining its first two wins against the Buckeyes on Nov. 9-10.“Their goaltending has stepped it up big time,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. Bemidji State redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Bench might have the second lowest save percentage in the WCHA at .914, but her 29 saves against No. 1 Wisconsin on Feb. 1 allowed the Beavers to prevail in a 2-1 upset win.The Buckeyes know the feeling all too well, for they came into Bemidji, Minnesota, ranked No. 4 before dropping their November road series against Bemidji State, which entered the series winless in its first 10 games.“There’s no reason other than the fact that we weren’t ready,” Muzerall said. “Whether it was we undervalued them because of their record or we just came out to play pond hockey.”Six different Beavers scored against Ohio State in the series, with strikes coming from each of Bemidji State’s top three goal-scorers: sophomore forwards Clair DeGeorge and Paige Beebe and junior forward Jacqueline Kaasa.Ohio State senior forward Erin Langermeier said the Beavers will not be facing the same Buckeye team that took those 2-1 and 4-2 losses.“I think we took them a little lightly,” Langermeier said. “You want to respect them and I think we lacked that a little bit. We’re going to want revenge so bad.”The Buckeyes are coming off a road sweep of St. Cloud State that saw 4-0 and 5-0 Ohio State victories to stop its five-game losing streak.Muzerall said the wins were imperative for getting the Buckeyes back in position to make a late postseason run, for they currently sit outside the top eight NCAA tournament qualifying slots.“It built confidence that we can score, it built confidence that we can play defense and those were the two areas we were struggling in,” Muzerall said. “I think that’s going to give us momentum.”Ohio State senior forward Madison Field said the wins allowed freshman goalie Andrea Braendli to get back in rhythm after the Swiss Olympian had taken the bench amid tumultuous goaltender play during the Buckeyes’ skid.“I think she was kind of getting in her head a little bit,” Field said. “I think she needed those two shutouts to get out of it. It was really big for her to get those shutouts and get back on her feet with some confidence.”Not only did the shutouts and 50 combined saves win Braendli renewed confidence, they also earned her NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week and WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Tina Kampa won an award of her own this week when she was named WCHA Defenseman of the Week after blocking 13 shots in the win against Wisconsin. Kampa is third in the WCHA with 62 blocks this season.Despite Bemidji State’s 2-9-2 season road record, Muzerall said her players need to believe the Beavers are a team to contend with, or else they will face a second sweep to the second-lowest scoring team in the league.“They’re always unpredictable and undervalued,” Muzerall said. “That makes them a little dangerous.”Ohio State’s senior weekend series against the Beavers begins at 6:07 p.m. on Friday at the Ohio State Ice Rink and will continue at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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