‘I don’t believe in luck’: NASCAR champion Joey Logano gets real on racing

first_imgMay 26, 2019 /Sports News – National ‘I don’t believe in luck’: NASCAR champion Joey Logano gets real on racing Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCourtesy Joey Logano(CONCORD, N.C.) — The first time reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano got behind the wheel was when he was 6 years old. He tore up his Connecticut neighborhood in a go-kart, a Christmas present given to him by his parents.That go-kart changed his life.Logano, who drives the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, stunned racing fans last November when he clinched the NASCAR Monster Energy cup series championship as the underdog, beating out rivals Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. Logano was the youngest driver to win in 15 years and his victory was the first cup series title for Ford Motor Co. in 14 years.Being a champion hasn’t changed the lithe, unassuming and affable Logano.“The goal last year was to win the championship,” he told ABC News at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina, before the All-Star Race. “The goal this year is to win the championship. The pressure you put on yourself really doesn’t change.”Logano, 29, latched on to NASCAR early, watching the races at a young age and convincing his parents to invest in his burgeoning hobby. Racing — not college — was his dream.“I sign my name Joey Logano RCD. Race Car Driver,” he said. “I feel like I have a degree in racing. No one really ever said, ‘Hey, you should have a backup plan.’ My plan was to be a professional race car driver. I was 15 years old when I got signed up [to drive] a race car for someone else. My eggs were all in one basket. I had to make it work.”Logano has won one race so far this season, securing a spot in the playoffs beginning in September. He said his sole focus is defending his NASCAR title. But Logano recognizes that every driver has a shelf life.“I don’t want to go out there and run 15th every week,” he said. “I am not going to have fun doing that. I love winning. I hate losing even more. I know at some point I am going to lose a little bit of that edge … and may have to work in different ways to keep that edge. We have seen drivers racing into their mid-40s and be very competitive. I still have a long ways to go in my career.”When asked if he would consider trying his luck in Formula One, the pinnacle of European motorsports, Logano was circumspect.“I would like to try it. I am not sure I would actually want to do that for a living,” he said. “I don’t want to say never. For me, I grew up loving NASCAR racing. My passion lies in stock cars. We’re not worried about ripping a wing off. We’re going to rub fenders and it’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to laugh about it or maybe throw punches afterward.”He would, however, jump at the opportunity to test his limits and stamina in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the oldest automobile races in the world.“I would love to try that,” he said with a smile. “Hopefully someday that can happen.”These days Logano’s free time is limited, even in the off season. When he’s not with his wife Brittany and 16-month-old son Hudson or attending sponsor-related events, he can be found tinkering with his own cars: a Ford F-150 Raptor truck, 1924 Model T and Ford GT supercar.“I bought a Ford GT a couple of years ago,” he said. “That was a pretty big splurge but totally worth it. I’ve put some miles on it. VIN number is 22 [his racing number]. So it’s a real special car.”To NASCAR fans, the drivers are the celebrities. But in reality the sport is a team effort and hundreds of people can work on one driver’s car. If Logano performs poorly in a race, he shares the blame.“I make plenty of mistakes, believe me,” he said. “My car’s not always perfect either. We have 400 employees at Team Penske building race cars. There are so many people that go into this. I am just a piece of the puzzle.”Some drivers believe in good luck rituals before a race. Dale Earnhardt would reportedly enter and leave a building through the same door. Sterling Marlin ate a bologna sandwich. Others refuse to shave on race day. Not Logano.“I’m not superstitious at all,” he said. “I don’t believe in luck.”Men still heavily dominate NASCAR and this year’s roster is no exception. Superstar Danica Patrick, who retired from racing in 2018, helped inspire young girls to pursue motorsports. But more needs to be done to increase the number of female drivers, Logano argued.“I think it would be very healthy for the sport,” he said. “There are a few females coming up right now that have a good amount of talent.”As for that NASCAR trophy, Logano is finally looking forward to bringing it home.“The championship trophy is on tour. To be honest I don’t know who has it right now,” he said with a laugh. “We decided to give everyone on the race team the trophy for a week to take home. I know it’s going to get scratched up, things are going to happen, but it will have some cool stories, neat pictures and I wouldn’t have it without them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Majerus Set to be Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday

first_img Tags: National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame/Rick Majerus/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKANSAS CITY – On Sunday, Nov. 24, former University of Utah head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus joins elite company when he gets inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class alongside two other coaches and six players.The enshrinement can be seen through a live-stream on both Twitter and Facebook thanks to the CBHOF and NABC. The induction ceremony for the 2019 class is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. (MT).Majerus, who also coached at Marquette, Ball State and Saint Louis, is joined by a pair of former coaches in Homer Drew (Bethel, Indiana-South Bend, Valparaiso) and Lute Olsen (Long Beach State, Iowa, Arizona). Meanwhile, the players being inducted include Indiana’s Calbert Chaney, Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti.“This is a very well-deserved honor for Rick Majerus and a great source of pride for Utah Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “His legacy of success as head coach of some of the most successful teams in the history of Utah Basketball will now be recognized in the National College Basketball Hall of Fame, and we salute Coach Majerus on his induction.”The late Majerus won a total of 517 games and remarkably, had just one losing season in 25 years as a head coach. He reached the postseason 17 times (13 at Utah), including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 at Utah). He won 10 conference titles in 13 years at Utah, and took the Runnin’ Utes to the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1996, and the Elite Eight in 1997.“During his time here at Utah Coach Majerus was simply one of the best coaches if not the best coach in the country,” said Athletics Director Emeritus Dr. Chris Hill, who hired Majerus in 1989. “We are thrilled that he is receiving this tremendous honor. When you look back at the ‘Majerus Era’ it is so amazing what he and his teams accomplished.”Majerus’ most memorable season came in 1998, when he led Utah to 30 wins and an appearance in the national championship game. He earned five WAC Coach of the Year awards and was named the National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times in 1991.Majerus, who coached the Utes from 1989-2004, ranks third all-time in school history with 323 wins while roaming the sidelines at Utah. His .773 (323-95) overall winning percentage ranks first among coaches at Utah with at least 100 wins, and his .779 (152-43) conference winning percentage ranks first overall as well. He also tallied a school-leading 17 NCAA Tournament victories at the U. November 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Majerus Set to be Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday Written bylast_img read more

MEU Disembarks USS Ashland in Japan

first_img MEU Disembarks USS Ashland in Japan Back to overview,Home naval-today MEU Disembarks USS Ashland in Japan Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 27 to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).Ashland completed an array of exercises throughout her patrol, which began Jun. 3, that culminated in the bi-annual, joint-force exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in addition to providing aid to Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made land fall.Ashland’s final mission will be to offload the embarked 31st MEU’s Amphibious Assault Platoon and Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 7 in Okinawa.Ashland and its embarked 31st MEU and NBU 7 are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG). BHRARG is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”16780″]Image: US Navy View post tag: asia August 28, 2015 View post tag: Japan View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Okinawa View post tag: Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: USS Ashland View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Professors accused of transphobia lead women’s equality programme

first_imgTodd has also supported Woman’s Place UK, an organisation which campaigns for sex-segregated spaces and promotes discussion about the impact of the Gender Recognition Act on cis women. The group has been criticised by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights, who called the group a “trans-exclusionary hate group”. The campaign’s pledges labelling WPUK as such were signed by politicians including Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Dawn Butler, and Emily Thornberry. The Oxford Martin School has appointed the Professor of Modern History Selina Todd to lead the new programme ‘Women’s Equality and Inequality’. Along with co-lead Professor Senia Paseta, she will “identify drivers of individual upward mobility and of generational uplift that can help to eradicate educational and economic inequality for women around the world”, according to a statement from St Hilda’s College. Neither Professor Todd or Professor Paseta responded to requests for comment.  It further states that the appointment of Todd and Paseta “reinforce the feeling amongst trans students that the University does not care about their wellbeing”. A spokesperson for the Oxford SU LGBTQ Campaign told Cherwell: “Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign of course welcomes the foundation of this programme, but finds the involvement of Selina Todd, whose anti-trans beliefs and activism is well-known, to a project that aims to help ‘eradicate educational and economic inequality for women around the world’ very troubling. Professor Todd and Professor Paseta both co-signed a 2018 letter to the Labour Party regarding the Party’s inclusion of transgender women within their all-women shortlists. The letter claimed that this stance was “asserting gender identity over sex-based exemptions” and did not uphold women’s rights to “sex-segregated spaces”. The letter continued that “we will not tolerate women being slurred with the misogynist insult TERF [Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist] or being called ‘cis’ against their will”. Professor Todd, whose writing includes research on working-class history, feminism, and inequality, has previously been accused of transphobia due to her self-described ‘gender-critical’ beliefs and is a “strong supporter” of Women’s Place UK, an organisation criticised by trans-rights groups.  The Oxford LGBTQ Student Union Campaign have previously described Woman’s Place UK  as “transphobic”, arguing that they are “threatening trans people’s rights and safety”. Professor Paseta said: “We are delighted to launch the Oxford Martin Programme on Women’s Equality and Inequality. We agree with Hilary Rodham Clinton that ‘women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century’. Our research on women’s social mobility aims to contribute to the eradication of educational and economic inequality for women around the world.” Selina Todd was disinvited from the Oxford International Women’s Festival in March on the basis of her views of gender identity. The Oxford University History Faculty criticised the decision, saying they could not “accepted the exclusion” of Selina Todd and that “it is not always straightforward to balance the rights of women with the rights of trans people”. Prior to Todd’s invitation being withdrawn, feminist writer Lola Olufemi dropped out of the event, mentioning Todd’s views on transgender women as a reason. In a statement published by St Hilda’s College, Professor Todd said about the Oxford Martin School research: “We’re very proud that Oxford will be home to this new research programme on women’s equality and inequality. The idea for this initiative grew in part from a St Hilda’s research initiative called ‘Mind the Gap’, which brought together academics at all levels, including students, to discuss shared concerns in the research of inequality. That cross-disciplinary focus will also characterise this new research programme in Oxford’s Martin School.” “When trans women of colour and those in the global south experience vastly higher levels of unemployment and poverty, this raises serious questions about the project’s commitment to uplifting all women rather than a select few.” An open letter to the University, signed by 400 students in its first 48 hours, speaks out against “two professors with a history of transphobia” leading the Oxford Martin School programme. It asks Todd and Paseta to “publicly commit to including trans women in their research.” The open letter states: “We also fear the beliefs of these professors will negatively affect the scope and quality of research with which they are associated, resulting in the minimisation or neglecting of trans related issues.” Image Credit: David Levene and Eyevine.last_img read more

Snow totals from this weekend’s winter storm

first_img Pinterest Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast: IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather St. Joseph IN-Elkhart-Lagrange-Steuben-Noble-De Kalb-Berrien-Cass MI-St. Joseph MI-Branch-Hillsdale-Williams-Fulton OH-Defiance-Henry-Including the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, New Carlisle,Walkerton, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Lagrange, Topeka,Shipshewana, Angola, Fremont, Kendallville, Ligonier, Albion,Auburn, Garrett, Niles, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Fair Plain,Benton Heights, Buchanan, Paw Paw Lake, Dowagiac, Cassopolis,Marcellus, Sturgis, Three Rivers, White Pigeon, Mendon,Coldwater, Bronson, Hillsdale, Jonesville, Litchfield, Bryan,Montpelier, Edgerton, Wauseon, Archbold, Swanton, Delta,Defiance, Sherwood, Hicksville, Napoleon, Deshler,and Liberty Center329 AM EST Sat Jan 30 2021WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO7 PM EST SUNDAY…* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches.* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and northwest Ohio.* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Sunday.* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Slow down and use caution while traveling. WhatsApp Previous articleStueben County Police arrest suspected molester at South Bend bus stationNext articleAt least two suspects arrested after break-in at Ace Hardware store in St. Joseph Township Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – January 30, 2021 1 593 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Twitter Sunday: Heavy snow early. Snow showers through the afternoon. High 33.Sunday Night: Few snow showers overnight. Low 22.Monday: Snow ending before sunrise. Mostly cloudy. High 30.Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 32. Twitter Google+ Snow totals from this weekend’s winter storm (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Michiana is snow covered and travel is slow on this Sunday morning, Jan. 31. The heaviest snow will continue to fall early this morning, and gradually becoming lighter through the late morning and afternoon. There won’t be much more of an accumulation of snow this afternoon. The snow will gradually taper off overnight.Temperatures are in the upper 20s to start the morning, with a high around 33 this afternoon.It is still windy – some snow is being blown around as it falls. We have heavy, wet snow. This is good for building a snowman, but make sure you don’t overexert yourself when you shovel.The roads could still be a bit snowy, Monday morning, so you may need to extend your commute time. Otherwise, the week starts quiet Monday through Wednesday. Thursday another system will pass, but with temperatures in the upper 30s, it will be a mix of rain and snow before turning to all snow Friday morning. Google+last_img read more

News story: London seminar: Understanding and use of trauma informed practice (13 February, 2019)

first_img Understanding and use of trauma informed practice seminar slide pack Request an accessible format. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. featuredDr Kieran McCartan │ Professor of Criminology │ University of the West of EnglandandLisa Rowles │ Director of Innovation & Evidence│ Khulisa(Plus pre-recorded input from a service user discussing their experiences and the role of trauma in their journey)Experience of trauma, especially psychological and emotional, is universal and impacts on all areas of human functioning, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.Trauma is often an “underlying” condition informing other problematic presentations, (e.g. drug/alcohol misuse/difficult behaviours). Trauma-informed practice builds on the foundation of awareness, understanding and responsiveness to the impact of traumatic events in the lives of both service users and professionals. This free seminar offered an overview of current national and international research on adverse childhood experiences, trauma and problematic experiences.Expert Practitioners and a former service-user then discussed the real world challenges faced and what services need to be commissioned to increase the resilience and wellbeing of those affected.Please see the attached slide pack for further informationcenter_img If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. PDF, 2.14MB, 28 pageslast_img read more

Alana Spencer opens shop and bakery in Aberystwyth

first_imgRidiculously Rich by Alana owner Alana Spencer has opened a bakery and shop in Aberystwyth, Wales.Spencer, who won the 2016 series of BBC’s The Apprentice, marked the opening of the premises on the Glan yr Afon industrial estate with a launch party, including a champagne reception, Ridiculously Rich cakes and music from a local harpist and choir.The shop opened to the public on Friday 18 October, selling a selection of Ridiculously Rich by Alana cakes.Spencer shared a video on social media of the queue outside before the opening, alongside the caption: “Still can’t get over I had an actual queue of people waiting for me when we opened the doors for the first time yesterday!”Spencer and her new bakery team will work at the bakery from Monday to Friday, with the shop open for the public to purchase cakes on Fridays from 11am-7pm. The shop will sell the Ridiculously Rich by Alana core range, as well as some exclusive cakes.Spencer recently bought Lord Sugar out of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana business following what she described as “an exciting, crazy, scary few months while the final details were being agreed”.last_img read more

New Sharon fire kills woman and dog

first_imgThis story was updated on Nov. 24.NEW SHARON – A woman and her dog perished in a fire early Saturday morning; New Sharon Fire Department Chief John Welch said they received the call at 2:45 a.m. yesterday morning.Several departments responded to the call of an engulfed home including Farmington, Wilton, Rome, Industry, Chesterville and Temple. By the time they arrived on the scene, the home, at 198 Mile Hill Road, was completely destroyed according to Welch.The state Fire Marshall is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but Welch said it likely started as a chimney fire, or was caused by the electric space heater that resident Shaina Shaylin-Begin, 59, often used. The Fire Marshall reported on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that there is no indication of foul play.“It wasn’t a good setup to begin with, and we had told her that,” Welch said.The woman, whose identity has net yet been released, often kept the space heater next to her bed, and in the same room as the wood stove, according to Welch.The scene was cleared at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning after having closed Route 27 for several hours.last_img read more

Railroad Earth Delights Milwaukee And Covers “Catfish John” [Photos]

first_imgLast night, Railroad Earth rocked Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater for a fun Friday night show. From the instant they took the stage, they played with heart and enthusiasm, beginning the night with “Like a Buddha” and not letting the energy down from that song on. Throughout the show, the band ebbed and flowed from Americana to bluegrass, from folk to rock-n-roll, with the ease of a greased wheel.The second set contained a great opening section that saw “Black Elk Speaks,” “Black Bear,” “Stillwater Getaway,” and “Blazin’ A Trail” all segue into one another flawlessly. The encore was a real treat. Covering a song well-known in the jam scene as performed by Jerry Garcia, the band rocked a “Catfish John” much to the crowd’s delight. The band displayed another great night of music and demonstrated that Railroad Earth continues to produce great live shows. You can check out photos from the show below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Railroad Earth | Pabst Theater | Milwaukee, WI | 3/24/2017Set One: Like a Buddha, Happy Song, Drag Him Down, For Love, All Alone, Any Road, Right in Tune, Where Songs Begin -> Fisherman’s BluesSet Two: Black Elk Speaks -> Black Bear -> Stillwater Getaway -> Blazin’ a Trail, Daddy-O, Goat, A Day in the Sand, Farewell to Isinglass -> Grandfather Mountain, Butterfly and the Tree, Long Way to GoEncore: Catfish John Load remaining imageslast_img read more

#TFD16 Wrap Up: How the OpenManage Team Met 12 IT Bloggers…

first_img…and lived to talk about itWe make no secret about the customer-focused design behind our PowerEdge servers. It’s a pretty simple approach; tell us what you need, and we’ll build it. Need servers with enough processing prowess to power deep learning? We’ve got you covered. Looking to stock your astrophysics lab with enough compute power to study black holes and unlock the secrets of the universe? Meet the R740.So when given the opportunity to talk shop and swap ideas with some of the biggest influencers in the industry, we couldn’t pass it up. Last week we had the pleasure to host a group of 12 bloggers, analysts, authors, and IT experts as part of Tech Field Day 16. We got to share our innovations in server automation and absorb some invaluable feedback on where the industry’s headed, how demands are evolving, and where our solutions have room to grow. Here’s where the conversation went, and what we learned along the way.Our day began with a look at our systems management portfolio from Kevin Noreen, our senior director of product management. He unpacked some of the challenges and frustrations that have crept into today’s IT infrastructure; the sluggishness of rolling out new services; the overwhelming complexity of the data center; and the disruptions and loss of revenue that results from frequent downtime. Kevin then went into how we’re focused on solving these issues by simplifying and automating the entire process with management tools that unite the PowerEdge portfolio.We then hit the ground running with in-depth demos of iDRAC9 and OpenManage mobile from Doug Iler and Manoj Malhotra. Our TFD guests were quick to live Tweet their thoughts on the updated web-based UI, remarking on its speed and simplicity – even joking that a tool this fast couldn’t possibly be iDRAC. When they got a hands-on look at OpenManage Mobile and its anytime/anywhere capabilities, some pointed out how great power (unfortunately) often comes with great responsibility.Our product manager for embedded management automation, Paul Rubin, then went deep into RESTful APIs, Redfish, and the unique challenges of customers he calls “the automators” – those migrating from vendor-specific consoles into the world of multi-vendor data centers who would benefit the most from automation. Paul covered how we’re working to pair the right tools with open, industry standards to bring simplicity to the most complex environments.Brian Doty, our sr. consultant on PowerEdge management was next up with an overview on our next-generation OpenManage Enterprise tool. An update on our popular OM Essentials, released in beta back in 2011, OM Enterprise provides full lifecycle management of Dell EMC servers, as well as monitoring of 3rd party storage, compute and networking. Like with our web-based iDRAC9, a lot of the social conversation focused on the improved interface and a bit of recognition for the empathy behind everything we do.Our final presentation from Ray Hebert sparked the day’s most engaging conversation, with our delegates sharing their views on where the industry is headed, and our experts giving their take on how we’re responding to the changing landscape. If you watch one video from Tech Field Day 16, make it this one.Overall, our influencers were open and honest with their feedback on what we’ve done right, and where we need to course correct. That shared knowledge and the willingness to listen and learn more is what made TFD16 such a monumental success.Share your questions, feedback, victories, and failures with us at @DellEMCservers and let’s keep this conversation going.last_img read more

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