Toyota takes a spin at NASCAR

first_img“Everyone was happy to have four cars in the race because that was pretty much what we’ve been saying all along,” White said. “Our expectations were to have four and maybe five cars in the race. We were hoping for somebody to turn up in the top 15 and actually when the wrecks started happening with 25 laps to go, we really thought it might work out that way.” Jarrett was the highest finishing Toyota driver at Daytona. He came in 22nd. Waltrip and Dave Blaney, who drives for Bill Davis Racing, were credited with top 35 finishes. But getting NASCAR fans to accept Toyotas in the series is going to be a challenge. It is only one obstacle the car manufacturer faces. There is the question of how Toyota will affect the economics of NASCAR. Toyota is expected to pour record amounts of money into its programs in pursuit of race wins and championships. There is the question of teamwork. Toyota expects its three teams – Bill Davis Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Team Red Bull – to share information and data. And then there’s the big question of acceptance. Toyota may be based in Japan, but the Camrys are built in Kentucky. At present, they are the only model driven by Cup teams that is actually built in the United States. “But you’re not going to get that across to some people,” Jarrett said. “And I’m not going to try to. That’s not my job to come out here and try to convince everybody that this is the right thing to do for Toyota to be involved.” [email protected] (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We could get into the argument about where the Ford Fusion is built; every one of them are built in Mexico,” Jarrett said. “The Monte Carlos are built in Canada. So we could go through all that stuff and see who is right and who is wrong, but there are a lot of Toyotas that are built in the United States.” International car manufacturers have shied away from racing in NASCAR for more than 50 years. Toyota has made the long, patient journey to reach the Nextel Cup Series ranks. With three teams and seven drivers, Toyota Camrys will race alongside the Cup versions of Ford Fusions, Chevrolet Monte Carlos and Dodge Chargers in Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. “I think it’s good Toyota is coming in,” said Chip Ganassi, who owns a three-car Cup team powered by Dodge engines. “I have some experience with them in Indy Car racing over the years, and they’ll come in and they’ll do it right. They’ll do it in a big way, and the fact of the matter is the sport obviously needs some new interest and new excitement.” Four Toyota drivers qualified for the season-opening Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, owner of a three-car Toyota team, was caught in a cheating scandal that saw him lose his car, his crew chief and 100 driver points. His crew chief was also fined $100,000 and his team lost 100 owner points. Despite the controversy, Lee White, general manager of Toyota Racing Development, said the Toyota teams had a good week at Daytona. Dale Jarrett has his doubts that NASCAR fans will readily embrace Toyota in the Nextel Cup Series. The Japanese car manufacturer makes its debut this year in NASCAR’s top division, joining the ranks of American powerhouses Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. center_img Some will say Toyota has no business being in an American stock-car racing series. Some will say NASCAR is an American sport and has no room for foreign influences. Some will say Toyota should stick to racing in other internationally accepted arenas of motor sports: Formula One and the Le Mans Series. Jarrett, who made the switch from Robert Yates Racing’s Fords to Michael Waltrip Racing’s Toyotas, said NASCAR fans need to embrace the change rather than fight it. last_img read more

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Kwizera scores late as Rayon hold Gor Mahia

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Ephraim Guikan controls the ball under pressure from a Rayon Sport defender during their CECAFA Kagame Cup game at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on July 1, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1- Skipper Pierre Kwizera scored in the 89th minute as Rwandese champions Rayon Sport rallied from two goals down to hold record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia to a 2-2 draw in their opening game of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Sunday.K’Ogalo looked to be on their way to victory after Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno scored in the first half both off Ephraim Guikan assists, but the Rwandese champions came off better in the second half and rallied for a point. Malian forward Ismaila Diarra pulled one back from the penalty spot before Kwizera popped up with the equalizer just a minute to full time.Head coach Dylan kerr fielded his strongest squad for the tie, only switching in defense where Charles Momanyi started ahead of Joash Onyango while at right back, Innocent Wafula was preferred for Philemon Otieno who was rested.-Gukian assistsEphraim Guikan, handed the duty of filling the boots left by Meddie Kagere who left the club for Tanzania’s Simba showed he is just about doing that when he laid in the assist for the opener.His good work on the ball saw him earn space and slice a low cross which was duly tapped home by Tuyisenge. He created the second goal in same fashion, this time Mieno doing the duty of directing the ball on target.However, Gor seemed to have faded off in the second half and the Rwandese took advantage, Diarra who had missed an open chance in the first half scoring from the spot after Mieno’s handball in the 63rd minute.They kept on the pressure and it bore fruit in the sunset minutes of the game when Kwizera finished off an assist from Kevin Muhire to share the spoils.Gor must now win their second group match on Tuesday against Burundi’s Lydia Ludic to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Giants open key series in Chicago awaiting more news from California

first_imgCHICAGO — The Giants will open a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday without an important member of their staff in the dugout.Trainer Dave Groeschner did not make the flight with the team from Arizona to Chicago on Sunday as he traveled to Southern California instead.Groeschner joined outfielder Steven Duggar at Monday appointment with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Southern California before heading to Modesto to watch veteran starter Johnny Cueto make a rehab start Tuesday for the High-A …last_img read more

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Indian Creek Distillery tour of old fashioned whiskey making

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is not easy putting history in a bottle, but Joe and Melissa Duer are have resumed a very old family tradition that allows them to do it at the Indian Creek Distillery in Miami County.“Making whiskey the old fashioned way — not the industrialized way — is an art and flows out of passion and intuition which makes for a very artistic process,” Melissa said.Melissa (Staley) Duer comes from a long line of millwrights and distillers by trade. Joe and Melissa were kind enough to give us a tour of the fascinating old fashioned process of whiskey making.last_img read more

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Farm Science Review inducting Ardrey and Rose into Hall of Fame

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Farm Science Review will induct Clayton W. Rose III and Jerry Ardrey into the 29th class of honorees for the Review’s Hall of Fame, an honor held by 76 others for their contribution to the event. Jerry ArdreyArdrey is a native of London who has been in the automotive sales industry his entire life. He worked for his family business as a vehicle dealer and continued with the industry for his career selling truck bodies and other accessories. Ardrey also served in the Air National Guard. His generosity toward Farm Science Review is evident as he continues to offer wisdom and business knowledge as well as donations, said Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review.Ardrey initially connected with Farm Science Review some 50 years ago by providing trucks for exhibitors that were selling dump beds for grain trucks. After just a few years, Ardrey began working for one of the exhibiting companies and continued selling various dump beds for the next 46 years, attending the Review as an exhibitor. He worked for three different companies in the industry, making sure each company participated as an exhibitor at the Review.“Jerry was a model exhibitor for decades at Farm Science Review,” Zachrich said.“He has always been willing to give honest feedback in a professional manner, both when something is great or needs improvement.”Zachrich credits Ardrey’s industry knowledge with helping Farm Science Review managers market the event.“He saw that the products appealed to not just farmers but also to the implement dealers and commercial agricultural suppliers at Farm Science Review,” Zachrich said.In many cases, the sales Ardrey made while exhibiting at the event were to local governments, including townships, counties and even cities.“Ardrey knew that many of the public officials buying trucks were also farmers,” Zachrich said. “His insights have helped management understand how to market Farm Science Review to a wider audience.” Clayton W. Rose IIIRose, a CPA, has been active with the Farm Science Review since 1969 when he started as a student employee while in high school and continued through his graduation from Ohio State in December 1974.While working in public accounting, he remained active at the Review, managing the gate ticket sales.Starting in 1981, he has overseen the gate sales making sure that the money from tickets sold was accounted for and secure.“He is continually evaluating the ticket sales process and recommending practices and procedures to help make the admissions process run more efficiently,” Zachrich said.Rose was a founding member of the Farm Science Review/Farm Operations Alumni Society and served as its chief financial officer since its inception. He also served as its president. With Clay’s leadership, the society and its members have helped endow six different funds through the Ohio State University Foundation.“Clay’s efforts to consistently improve the admissions process at Farm Science Review are a real blessing,” Zachrich said. “Tickets sales are an aspect of Farm Science Review that will most certainly run smoothly during a busy three days because of Clay’s expertise and leadership in this area.”Rose recently retired from Rea & Associates after almost 44 years in public accounting. He has also served in the Dublin community as a member of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors for 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Dublin for 37 years and the Dublin Irish Festival steering committee.last_img read more

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Incomprehensible failure Auditor general says federal government not improving life for Indigenous

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe federal government’s inability to help improve life for Indigenous people in Canada is an “incomprehensible failure,” according to the auditor general.A new scathing audit report states Indigenous Services Canada has not adequately collected data – and sometimes reported inaccurate data – about the well-being of First Nations living on reserve.With incomplete information on factors like education, income and health, Indigenous Services Canada has also failed to track the country’s progress in closing socioeconomic gaps between on-reserve First Nations and the rest of Canada, the report concludes.“There are so many discussions about the need to close the socio-economic gaps between Indigenous people and other Canadians in this country and we don’t see those gaps closing,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson on Tuesday, after the report was tabled in the House of Commons.“We don’t even see that they know how to measure those gaps.”That also means Parliamentarians who have rubber-stamped funding for Indigenous communities have not had the full picture of life on-reserve.For example, the report states government spent $42 million over four years (2012-2013 to 2015-2016) for a First Nations post-secondary education preparation program.But auditors found only eight per cent of those enrolled actually completed program.“Despite these poor results, the department did not work with First Nations or education institutions to improve the success rates,” said Ferguson.The report also found the department reported inaccurate data to Parliament concerning the number of First Nations students who graduated high school within four years.The department reported almost half of First Nations students (46 per cent) finished high school, on average, between 2011 and 2016.However, auditors found only 24 per cent who started high school in grade 9 actually finished in four years.“These findings matter because, without complete and accurate information, Canadians, First Nations, and Parliamentarians were not fully informed about the true extent of First Nations’ education results or the education gap,” the report reads.The federal government was also “inconsistent” in its funding approach to educating students over age 21. While an elementary and secondary education program was meant for students aged four to 21, a “significant” number of students over the age limit were funded. Yet other older students wishing to return to high school were denied funding.Also, despite 30 years of federal funding to various employment training programs for Indigenous people, the report concludes the federal government failed to track whether more Indigenous people are successfully finding jobs and staying employed.“They didn’t have a definition of what sustainable employment means,” said Ferguson. “Even if somebody got a part-time job or a job for five days working on a construction project, they counted that as one of the clients getting a job, even though it’s very short-term.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said she welcomes the report’s findings, noting the Liberal government is working with First Nations to better track progress on closing socioeconomic gaps.Contrary to Ferguson’s characterization of the report’s findings, Philpott said the gaps are “absolutely comprehensible” considering how Indigenous programs and services have been underfunded for generations.But Ferguson said past governments are not solely to blame.The new Indigenous Services Canada department received $2.6 billion to fund its core education funding budget from the 2016-2017 fiscal year until 2020-2021. However, auditors deemed the department’s analysis to support this amount was “insufficient.”In August 2017, the federal government announced it was splitting Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two different departments: Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.Ferguson said this could be a step towards improving services for First Nations – but we won’t know unless there’s a way to track the outcomes.“What we really need to see is actual changes in results.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Leicester City to honour late chairman with memorial statue

first_imgLeicester City football club have announced that they will hoist memorial statue of their owner late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside of the King Power Stadium, following his tragic death in a Helicopter crash last month.Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five victims that died in a helicopter crash on October 27, after Leicester’s Premier League game against West Ham.After Leicester’s Premier League game against West Ham on October 27, Leicester City chairman aboard with other five victims died in the helicopter crash.While Leicester City confirmed the plan on their official website, Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, Aiyawatt, made another announcement in souvenir programme for Saturday’s match against Burnley.In the programme, as quoted by BBC Sport, Aiyawatt said:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We will never be able to repay what he did for us – for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond.”“We are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy.”“Our continued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new training ground and our planned stadium expansion will help realise his vision for Leicester City.”A special video will be played before the kickoff of Leicester City game and Burnley on Saturday as club players will also wear shirts embroidered with their former owner’s name.last_img read more

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Malware can take ugly leap forward to virtual machines

center_img In July, security sleuths got the ball rolling in reporting that there was a Mac Trojan, dubbed Crisis, intercepting e-mails and tracking web sites. Kaspersky Lab said that it arrives on a compromised computer through a JAR file by using social engineering techniques. Symantec said it was beyond Mac and targeting Windows users. They saw executable files for more than one operating system.For those who follow the well beaten path of tricks that malware authors use to lure victims, it all sounds too familiar. There they are again, the two words, Adobe Flash. Crisis is distributed using social engineering techniques designed to trick users into installing a Java archive file masquerading as an Adobe Flash installer. It makes itself look like the installer and proceeds to deliver a corresponding JAR file to infect the system.But there is something not at all familiar, rather, annoyingly new. “This may be the first malware that attempts to spread onto a virtual machine,” said Takashi Katsuki, a researcher with Symantec. He thinks of it as a very unwelcome leap forward. Malware threats in the past tend to terminate themselves when they find a virtual machine monitoring application, such as VMware, to avoid being analyzed. Instead, this time, the malware authors have embraced VMware. Crisis can look for a VMware virtual machine image on the compromised computer and, finding it, the malware copies itself onto the image using the VMware Player tool. The VMware Player tool allows multiple operating systems to run on the same computer. “VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC,” according to the company’s site. “With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8 developer release, Windows 7, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software and surf the Web.”According to Symantec, though, Crisis does not leverage any vulnerability in VMware’s software itself but merely takes advantage of an attribute of all virtualization software, that the virtual machine is a file or files on the disk of the host machine.The Windows version of Crisis can spread to Windows Mobile devices connected to compromised computers by installing a module on the device. Android and iOS devices are not affected.In sum, the malware can sneak into a VMware virtual machine and drop modules onto a Windows Mobile device using Remote Application Programming Interface.Its payback includes an ability to record Skype conversations, monitor instant messaging programs and track websites visited in Firefox or Safari.Kaspersky Lab’s assessment has been that this is no work of amateurs. Sergey Golovanov, in a July posting, found the modules were written professionally and, “from the code we can see that the cybercriminals developed this Trojan in order to sell it on hacker forums.”Similarly, Intego, an antivirus software company, pegged Crisis as “a very advanced and fully-functional threat,” and noted that some of the malware’s code originated with commercial spying software.Symantec said the malware has infected less than 50 machines. Hackers hitting Macs with virus: industry experts © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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