Kyle Busch emerged from a shootout with one lap remaining in the stage to secure a Stage 2 win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in the Consumers Energy 400.RELATED: Race leaderboard | Stage 2 resultsBusch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota led just one lap in the second stage — the final one — after a late-stage restart. The outcome marked Busch’s series-leading ninth stage win this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Stage 1 winner Martin Truex Jr. held on for second place in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota at the end of Stage 2. Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.Pole-starter Brad Keselowski, who had led a race-high 67 laps by the end of Stage 2, survived a prolonged spin with the Team Penske No. 2 Ford on Lap 115. Keselowski avoided contact with the outside wall and continued with minimal damage.WATCH: Keselowski goes for a spinThat caution period set up a one-lap shootout to the stage finish, which ended in a three-car crash involving Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola.Sunday’s event — the 23rd of 36 points-paying races this season — is scheduled for 200 laps (400 miles) at the 2-mile track. 8Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports3 2Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing9 2Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing9 5Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing6 4Joey LoganoTeam Penske7 6Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports5 3Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske8 7Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske4 STAGE 1Martin Truex Jr. showed early strength, driving from the back of the pack and fending off teammate Denny Hamlin for a Stage 1 victory Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.RELATED: Stage 1 resultsTruex — making his 500th career start — led 15 of the 60 laps in the opening stage. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota dropped to the rear of the field in pace laps after inspection trouble, but Truex made up the ground quickly and scooted to the front with a fuel-only pit stop. The effort marked Truex’s third stage win of the Monster Energy Series season.Hamlin led six laps and was a close second in the opening stage of the Consumers Energy 400, his JGR No. 11 Toyota just 0.138 seconds behind at the green-checkered flag. Pole-starter Brad Keselowski in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford led the opening 39 laps and finished third in the first stage. Joey Logano and William Byron rounded out the top five.A pair of contenders ran into early trouble. Jimmie Johnson was forced to pit road on Lap 15 after a scrape with the Turn 2 retaining wall. Two stops for repairs and tires dropped the seven-time champ’s No. 48 Chevrolet to last place, seven laps off the pace at the end of the stage.MORE: Johnson off early paceKevin Harvick also made an unscheduled stop while running in second place, puncturing a tire on the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford after running over debris. Harvick recovered to finish sixth in the stage. FinishDriverTeamPoints 10Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing1 9Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing2 4Joey LoganoTeam Penske7 1Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing10 3Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing8 7Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske4 10Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing1 1Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing10 8William ByronHendrick Motorsports3 6Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing5 5William ByronHendrick Motorsports6 FinishDriverTeamPoints 9Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports2
Share Special to the PRESSThere is an important Public Forum regarding future development of the northern beaches of Cameron County on South Padre Island coming up Wednesday, Oct. 28!In 2009, after Hurricanes Dolly and Ike decimated the Texas Coast Lines and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Fund, the 81st Texas Legislature passed legislation that required Texas Coastal Communities to come up with Erosion Response Plans to promote resilient development and reduce the risk of public expenditures in protecting development and infrastructure associated with these communities. The mandate read, “…to reduce public expenditures for erosion and storm damages. The plans may include provisions for establishing a building setback, protecting public beach access and the public beach easement, and procedures for preserving, restoring, and enhancing critical sand dunes that are necessary to protect public and private property from storms and erosion.”Unfortunately the Cameron County Dune Protection Committee completely flipped the script on the idea of the plan and came up with a plan that actually moved the minimum state building setback lines 120 feet closer to the water and endanger beaches that have some of the highest erosion rates in Texas. In spite of a study called “Cameron County Erosion Analyses” by Bill Worsham of LJA engineering and Peter Ravella of PAR Consulting, which concluded that the County would be looking at between $30 million and $78 million per five miles of beach at five year intervals because of this proposed Erosion Response Plan, the County Commissioners Court still approved the plan. However, the plan was thankfully rejected by the Texas General Land Office (GLO). After several years of negotiations that went nowhere, essentially because of the lack of cooperation by the County Dune Protection Committee, the state has declared Cameron County ineligible for CEPRA and CMP funds that they desperately need to help manage their coasts and beach parks until they draft a new plan.In this case, the Commissioners Court has now responded by bypassing the County Dune Protection Committee, which has now cost one developer $850,000 in fines and the County more than $20 million in damages on just two projects they have approved ignoring state regulations and deed restrictions, and hired PAR Consulting run by Peter A. Ravella, who researched and published the original study originally rejected by the Commissioners, to come up and help implement a new Erosion Response Plan.This process starts with a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Cameron County Commissioners Courtroom located at 1100 E. Monroe in Brownsville. The basics of the new plan will be presented and public input will be sought. The Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter encourages all who can make the meeting to please attend, get educated and provide your comments.More information can be found at the PAR Consulting Website created for the Cameron County Erosion Response Plan at www.CameronCountyERP.com!Thank you for your concern on the future responsible development of our beaches!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedDune Hugger: Erosion Response PlanSpecial to the PRESS The northern Cameron County Beaches of South Padre Island are open for development and the state required Erosion Response Plan (ERP) is in the process of being worked out with an emphasis on public input. This public input should include Cameron County Commissioners and other Decision…December 11, 2015In “News”County to hold 2nd ERP public forumSpecial to the PRESS On Dec. 15, Cameron County stakeholders are invited to come to the Cameron County Courthouse to learn more about the state-required Erosion Response Plan (ERP). By participating in the development of the ERP, landowners, developers and beach lovers will all have a chance to influence the…December 11, 2015In “News”Dune Hugger: Erosion Response PlanBy ROB NIXON Special to the PRESS On December 15, Cameron County, PAR Consulting and Applied Coastal Research and Consulting held their second public forum on the new Cameron County Erosion Response Plan (ERP). As I have mentioned before, the purpose of the state mandating Counties and Cities to come…December 18, 2015In “News”
Vanderbilt will face a different offense on Saturday in Charleston Southern’s triple-option attack, but the Commodores aren’t changing a thing defensively.“We’re going to keep the same game plan, just go out and attack,” safety Jahmel McIntosh said. “There is no change in our game plan or how we prepare for this game.”Charleston Southern (5-0) is the only Vanderbilt opponent that relies primarily on a triple-option offense. Coach Derek Mason said it does not change how Vanderbilt (1-5) approaches the homecoming game, but some extra time will be spent going over assignments in defending the triple-option.“You’re able to teach it in phases so that guys understand when I’ve got dive, when I’ve got quarterback and when I have pitch,” he said.Related: James Franklin testifies in Vandy rape caseClimer: Vandy QBs a ‘roller coaster’But Mason said the structure of his 3-4 defensive scheme will not change because defending the option is much like facing a spread offense that runs a zone-read option play between a quarterback and running back. But in the triple-option offense, the third option is a pitch man in the backfield rather than a wide receiver catching a bubble screen in a spread offense.“It’s still the same structure, so you don’t change what you do,” Mason said. “It’s still the same configuration in terms of the inside guys playing the inside. … It’s the same scheme, same dynamic, except now it’s all run versus the possible pass component (in a spread).”Charleston Southern ranks 21st in rushing offense in the Football Championship Subdivision, averaging 215.2 yards. But the Buccaneers also have passed for 196.4 yards off play-action throws from triple-option looks.Mason said he has used multiple quarterbacks on the scout team in practice to emulate a triple-option offense, even putting kick returner/defensive back Darrius Sims behind center for a few snaps.Mason’s most recent experience against the triple-option came last season as defensive coordinator at Stanford.“We beat Army pretty convincingly (34-20),” Mason said. “We understand how to defend it, and it’s more about having a disciplined defensive attack and understanding what you’re getting — who has dive, who has quarterback, who has pitch, and then understanding that the play-action (pass) is going to come off of it. And when the play-action comes, eyes have to be right, guys have to be in position.”Quarterback Austin Brown, a UAB transfer, has rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 859 yards and eight scores. Running back Christian Reyes has rushed for a team-high 350 yards and four TDs.Related: Vandy not helped by tough scheduleRelated: Ex-Vandy, UT players sue over use of imagesReach Sam Brown at 615-259-8010 or on Twitter @Bearded_Sports.VANDERBILT (1-5) vs.CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (5-0)When: 6:30 p.m. SaturdayTV/radio: SportSouth/1510-AM, 95.9-FM, 560-AM
26 May 2006South Africa is to focus on less costly wireless networks as it moves to roll out a broadband infrastructure across the country that is “robust enough” to cater for all socio-economic, business and research needs.And state-owned company Sentech, Africa’s largest broadcast signal distributor, is to “form the core” of South Africa’s wireless broadband rollout, Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said in the National Assembly on Thursday.While Sentech would be the driver of this infrastructure rollout crucial to meeting the communication needs of a growing economy, this would coincide with the strengthening of a liberalised policy environment that would seek to attract other investors to wireless broadband infrastructure.Affordable accessJustifying the use of Sentech to push wireless broadband networks, the communications minister said in her budget vote speech, that international experience had shown that where adequate broadband infrastructure existed, access to it was more affordable.“Experience has also shown us that where adequate infrastructure is in abundance, this has been as a result of direct and deliberate government intervention, particularly so in developing countries.“Consistent with Cabinet’s declaration that ours is a developmental state we have decided to examine the contribution that the assets of state-owned enterprises can make to achieve affordable broadband access in our country.”The reason for the emphasis on wireless broadband – as opposed to the backbone cables that link South Africa’s business centres – is because of the great costs involved in digging trenches for the rollout of the fibreoptic cables that transmit the data-carrying digital signals.‘Less costly’With the need to provide broadband access to the country’s remote and rural areas, “wireless broadband networks are less costly to roll out as they do not require the digging of long trenches”, said the minister.Sentech, already a leading company in the provision of converging communication solutions, is to be the vehicle for this.On top of this, its wireless broadband infrastructure network is to be expanded beyond its current footprint to enable it to carry voice to the end user, making full use of its multimedia licenceDiscussions on an appropriate funding model for the commercially-driven state-owned enterprise were being finalised, said the minister, adding that this would take into account “the fact that Sentech provides and should continue to provide both public and commercial services”.Eassy accessAnother major development regarding broadband rollout is the development of the Eassy cable that will finally complete the broadband infrastructure surrounding the continent.This cable – the Eastern Africa Submarine Sea Cable commonly referred to as Eassy – involves 23 African countries including South Africa, which is a co-initiator of the project, and more than 30 African companies under the coordination of NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission.With fears over costs of access to this cable – due to be completed by next year – already being voiced by some of the smaller telecommunications players in the continent, as well as potential consumers, the minister moved yesterday to restore broad confidence in this major project that should drastically reduce telecommunications costs along Africa’s eastern flank.With ministers of the 23 countries participating in the Eassy project meeting in Johannesburg in two weeks’ time, Matesepe-Casaburri said she had taken a policy decision to support “the application of open, non-discriminatory and affordable access to these networks”.Electronic communicationsThe new Electronic Communications Act, with its references to “essential facilities” would regulate access by local operators to international communications networks.To support this non-discriminatory access, Matsepe-Casaburri announced her backing of the use of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) as a business model for the development, ownership and maintenance of the cross-border terrestrial and submarine cable segments of these networks.South Africa’s mobile operators would now be invited to participate in the project, she said, adding that the self-help principle of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development had won the day.The Electronic Communications Act has been signed by the president and gazetted, with a date yet to be determined for it to take effect in law.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Officials hope 80 per cent of the airberlin workforce will stay employed. Photo: Christian Brinkmann/airberlin. Bankrupt German carrier airberlin will cease long-haul flying by October 15 as leasing companies progressively withdraw widebody Airbus A330 jets.The airline on Monday cancelled its Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service and said it would axe its Hamburg- Munich and Cologne/Bonn- Munich services from September 29.The moves come as the board is negotiating to carve up the company between preferred bidders Lufthansa and Britain’s easyJet. Among those also bidding was British Airways parent IAG.Talks are set to continue with the suitors until October 12 and the parties are not revealing the purchase price. However, German media have reported creditors expect the sale to realise 250-350 million euros.“Further adjustments to the flight plan will follow in the coming days,’’ airberlin said in a statement. “Stable flight operations are a prerequisite for the successful completion of the forthcoming transactions and subsequent transfer into new ownership.”Officials overseeing the break-up of Germany’s second biggest carrier hope that up to 80 per cent of employees will stay in work as part of the deal.They said an offer from Lufthansa for turboprop arm Luftverkehrsgesellschaft Walter (LGW), the Austrian holiday airline NIKI and parts of airberlin would save several thousand jobs.EasyJet’s offer to take over some of the airberlin fleet “will also create job opportunities for new employees’’.“We are on the way to achieving good job prospects for around 80 per cent of our colleagues with our bidders,’’ said airberlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann.“Furthermore, there is currently great demand for qualified employees on the labour market.“The Federal Employment Office will therefore inform our company headquarters in Berlin about available vacancies.”Airberlin entered administration after loss-making Gulf carrier Etihad, which owns almost 30 per cent or the carrier, refused to stump more cash. It was kept flying thanks to a 150-million-euro German government bridging loan the administrators are now optimistic can be repaid.Lufthansa has indicated it would take about 3000 of the airberlin’s workforce of more than 8000 as it looks to secure more than 70 single-aisle planes, including 38 it already leases.However, the chief representative from administrator Kebekus and Zimmerman, Frank Kebekus, cautioned that the carrier had “not yet achieved the aim of the negotiations”.In what appeared to be a move to short circuit any backlash from staff, Kebekus warned any move to threaten the stability of flight operations would endanger the negotiations.Almost 200 pilots called in sick at short notice earlier this month, causing the company to cancel 110 flights.Insolvency administrator Lucas Flother also rejected suggestions that politics had played a role in the in selecting investors as “completely absurd’’.“In fact, such attempts would be pointless and inconsequential,’’Flother said. “I would simply not allow such a thing to happen.’Bids for airberlin technick, the carrier’s maintenance arm, are due by October 6 and several parties are said to have expressed interest.
With backing from the Sunlight Founation, non-profit CorpWatch launched CrocTail yesterday, an application to provide easy access to data from several hundred thousand publicly traded companies. We heard about it via Dion Hinchcliffe, a respected enterprise 2.0 consultant and blogger for ZDNet. CorpWatch has also released the API they used to create CrocTail, one of only two to build structure around the filings data from the SEC’s own EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) search system. The other, SEC Watch, was released in early March. CrocTail is an easy to navigate and well-formed usage of the data from this API. It has a complete company profile, a map of all subsidiaries, and a tree of the complete corporate structure.In its mission to watchdog corporations, CorpWatch also has implemented a wiki previously, but CrocTail takes a different approach by automating the creation and visualization of information on companies. With the dual release of CrocTail and the API used to build it, a powerful new resource for both the public good and business intelligence has been created. Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
This blog post is meant to discuss some of the considerations for performance tuning your Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 (“Nehalem-EP”) series based server. I’d like to do this by discussing the un-boxing process.Step 1. Place the box on the floorStep 2. Open the boxStep 3. Carefully remove the server.Step 4. Plug the server into a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.Step 5. Plug the server into the wall socket.Step 6. Power on the server.There. You are done tuning your Nehalem-EP based server for performance. “Really?” you ask? Well mostly. There are some considerations and I’ll discuss them. I can speak to this subject as I was asked to tune this class of system using the TPC-Cand TPC-Ebenchmarks.BIOS / Firmware / DriversIt is very important to remember to update your system’s BIOS, firmware, and OS drivers before you do any deep performance tuning. I cannot over state the importance of this step. Your system’s manufacturer should be able to provide the latest BIOS and firmware associated with your server. OS drivers are available through many sources these days. Typically these can be downloaded from OS vendors, hardware vendors, from the Linux open source community, or the platform’s manufacturer.A good example of this is the SATA driver associated with the ICH10. The ICH10 is part of the chipset that supports Nehalem-EP. I recommend going to Intel’s website and using the Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver for the SATA controller.Understand your systemLast year, Nehalem launched for the desktop market segment. Now it is time for the server market. The Nehalem-EP processor is meant to be used in dual processor (DP) socket systems. Nehalem-EP is the follow on to the Intel Xeon Processor 5400 (“Harpertown”) series. However, Nehalem-EP is really very different from Harpertown. The Nehalem-EP processor is based on the Intel Core i7. The Nehalem-EP processor inherits the same architectural features as the Intel Core i7. Once you understand these features, then you can better tune your system for performance. L3 Cache:Nehalem-EP uses a level 3 cache. Depending on which SKU you are using it can be 4MB or 8MB in size. If you are interested in performance, then I would encourage you to pick the larger cache size SKU. Hyper Threading Technology:If some threads is good then more threads is better. This is where Hyper threading technologycomes in to play. Nehalem-EP provides this technology out of the box. So, on a typical DP server this will give your system 16 threads of processing goodness.Intel Quick Path Interconnect:Nehalem-EP supports a CPU interconnect known as Intel Quick Path Interconnect (QPI). This interconnect is the replacement for the Front Side Bus of old. QPI provides a point to point link to each of the processors and the Intel X58 chipset. The Nehalem-EP supports QPI speeds of up to 6.4GT/s. This provides a theoretical bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s. This is a welcome shift for Intel’s designs for the future.Turbo Boost Technology:As with the desktop SKUs of Nehalem, the Nehalem-EP supports Turbo Boost technology. This technology will run the CPU at a higher frequency than its rating. It will increase the frequency in steps of 133MHz until it achieves its upper thermal and electrical design requirements. Turbo Boost Technology is dynamic. In other words, the processor will decrease its core frequency if the temperature is too high. If your application is sensitive to core frequency changes and does not fully utilize all cores, then it may benefit from this technology.Integrated Memory Controller:Another key feature of Nehalem based processors is that they have the memory controller integrated into the processor. This allows for much lower memory latencies. The Nehalem-EP supports three channels of DDR3 memory. It is important to talk about DDR3 memory and population on Nehalem-EP based servers. As mentioned before Nehalem-EP supports three channels of memory and supports 800, 1067, and 1333 MT/s memory speeds. Those speeds are dependent on how many channels are populated with DIMMs. For instance, 1333 MT/s is supported in a single DIMM per channel configuration. 1067MT/s is supported in a single DIMM per channel and two DIMMs per channel configuration. 800MT/s is supported in all configurations. These speeds are based on dual ranked DIMMs. If you plan on filling up all the memory slots with as many DIMMS as possible you will end up running at 800MT/s. So, here is the consideration. Does your application need all that memory or could it use less memory running at a higher speed? If the answer is yes to the latter, then perhaps running two DIMMS per channel at 1067 MT/s is the best configuration.To wrap things up here, we have looked at the new and Nehalem architecture, the importance of BIOS/ firmware/ OS drivers, and memory population. Your application’s performance will vary, but I hope I have given you some things to narrow down your performance testing. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. For more great performance methodology tips please check out Shannon Cepeda’s blogposts on performance tuning.
It all started the way most inane exchanges on social media start, with a “if ______ RTs this” promise. This time it was if Baker Mayfield RTs this, I’ll get a tattoo of Baker Mayfield.If @baker_mayfield6 rt’s this I’ll get a baker tattoo— † Holzhammer (@KCH0LZ) May 28, 2017So what do you think a college kid who rocks a fu manchu and gets arrested for running from the cops is going to do?Of course he’s going to RT it.Then the not aptly named Mr. Brightside had to follow through on his word. If we’re being honest here, you were already getting a Baker tattoo, Mr. Bright, you just wanted to see if you could get some love from him in the process.And that’s how the most OU tattoo of all time was born.He really did it. ? pic.twitter.com/WgkJ0EcjY2— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 3, 2017I guess if you’re going to get an OU quarterback tatted on your leg, you might as well go full Boomer and get the fu manchu on there, too. So then Baker messaged him and invited him to Norman for a game … there has to be an NCAA violation in here that applies to, say, the beginning of November, right?My Hero messaged me.. tattoo was worth the pain @baker_mayfield6 pic.twitter.com/CqXEMIOJOp— † Holzhammer (@KCH0LZ) June 3, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Chelsea striker Abraham set to commit to Englandby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham is set to commit his international future to England.The Daily Mail says the Football Association have requested Abraham’s medical records for Chelsea – a clear indication that he is under serious consideration for October’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Gareth Southgate announces his England squad on Thursday, with Abraham hopeful his excellent start to the season will be enough for him to land a recall.Nigeria have tried to convince Abraham, who has two friendly caps for England, to switch his international allegiance.As of yet, the striker, who is 22 on Wednesday, is yet to publicly clarify which country he wants to play for.But it is understood Abraham, who qualifies for Nigeria through his father, will answer England’s call if he is picked by Southgate this week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea manager Lampard tells Abraham: Don’t relaxby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has challenged Tammy Abraham to continue scoring goals.The 22-year-old netted in his first Champions League goal in Wednesday’s win over Lille, his eighth in ten appearances this season.Abraham is currently keeping Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud on the bench, and Lampard wants to see him continue.”Tammy’s performance was more of the same of what we are seeing,” Lampard said in his post-match press conference.”He’s hungry for goals, physical, gives everything for the team, has quality with the ball at his feet and, while there’s improvement to be had, he’s showing that.”It’s competitive, the minute Tammy’s levels drop then we will look to [Olivier] Giroud or [Michy] Batshuayi to see if they are pushing him and if they can come in and make a difference.”But at this moment in time, Tammy is doing really well. That’s his first Champions League goal and hopefully we will see many more and performances like this.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say