Van der Linde’s racing career rocketing up

first_img11 February 2014Kelvin van der Linde, the hottest South African property in motor racing after convincingly winning the international Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Championship in Europe in 2013, will take his burgeoning career to the next level with a full-time drive in this year’s ADAC GT Masters Championship.The 17-year-old phenomenon, who comes from an illustrious motor racing family, will again alternate school clothes with racing overalls for another year as a member of the Prosperia C Abt Racing team, winners of the 2013 team title and headed by former ADAC GT Masters champion and former DTM (German Touring Car Championship) driver Christian Abt.Famous circuitsVan der Linde will contest all eight rounds of the series, which features four-hour races at famous circuits like Zandvoort in Holland and the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring in Germany.He will share driving duties with top young Danish Porsche Cup and GT Masters driver Nikki Thiim, 24, in an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. Their competition includes Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW Z4 GT3s, Chev Camaro GTs and Chev Corvette GT3s, Ford GT3s, Mercedes- Benz SLS AMG GT3s and Nissan GT-R GT3s.The opening round takes place over three days at Oschersleben in Germany from 25 to 27 April. Each round consists of Friday practice and qualifying, with a race on each of Saturday and Sunday.‘Very happy’“I am naturally very happy to have secured this drive with the Prosperia C Abt Racing team,” Van der Linde said in a statement.“I am pleased that it keeps me in the Volkswagen family. It will be another steep learning curve for me after last year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup baptism of fire. This is taking my motor racing career to another level and will bring me closer to my longer term objective of competing in the DTM.”Meteoric riseVan der Linde’s seemingly meteoric rise to prominence in motor sport has actually not happened overnight. He already has eight years of national and a year of international competition under his belt. He started his career at the age of nine in karting and won the first of his two national karting championships at the age of 12.In 2011, at the age of 15, he competed for the first time in senior circuit racing and became the youngest-ever class and overall winner of the regional Goldwagen Challenge for production Volkswagens. That same year he finished third in the Volkswagen Cup national championship and was declared Rookie of the Year.He was already a rising star at the end of 2012 after convincingly winning the Volkswagen Cup one-make series for young Polo racers. At the age of 16 he succeeded his uncle Etienne as the youngest-ever winner of a senior circuit racing national championship.He then put himself firmly in the international spotlight with his convincing overall victory in the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup, a support series to the DTM in Europe.FIA InstituteLast year he also won selection as Africa’s representative in the FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy, where he has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous participants in the Academy who have gone on to drive in Formula One and the World Rally Championship.Van der Linde won his place on the fully-funded Academy programme after an exhaustive selection process in which he demonstrated his ability not just on the track but also in terms of fitness and understanding of safety and vehicle dynamics.He will have a busy year juggling his grade 12 studies at Dainfern College in Johannesburg, the FIA Young Driver programme and the eight rounds of the ADAC GT Masters championship.‘I’m up for the challenge’“I’m up for the challenge,” asserted Van der Linde. “Last year was a busy year for me, with both home and school responsibilities here and contesting the Scirocco R- Cup in Europe. I managed quite well.“I’m living my dream to become a successful professional racing driver, but I also realise the value of a good education. It’s not easy, but then nothing that is worthwhile is easy. You have to put in the hard work and be totally dedicated. I feel very privileged to have all these wonderful opportunities and I intend to make the most of them.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Asks Manufacturers to Hold Off on Google TV Debut at CES

first_imgTags:#Google#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It looks like there’s been an interruption in Google’s regularly scheduled programming. The company has asked three separate television makers to hold off on their Google TV debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month after receiving a round of lukewarm reviews.Already, both Sony and Logitech have released Internet-enabled TVs and Google TV devices, but Google has asked other companies to hold off until it can “refine the software”, reports The New York Times. According to the Times, “Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard.”Google just released one such refinement last week, introducing a voice-controlled Android remote app, enhanced controls over split screen viewing and refined movie searches. The biggest feature of last week’s update, however, was a Netflix app that was actually worth using. No longer do Google TV users need to use a separate device to choose content to view on their Google TV. It’s problems like this that left many early users complaining that Google TV wasn’t ready for prime time and it seems that Google has heard that message.An unusable Netflix app, however, is just the beginning. As Janko Roettgers points out at GigaOm, Google TV is missing several features that would make it a whole, usable product, such as apps. It also needs to differentiate itself and embrace the idea that it is indeed a cord-cutting device and not just a tool for users to enhance pay TV service. (Currently, Google TV only works with Dish Network, further limiting its attractiveness to potential users.)According to the Times, “TV makers have been asked to hold off on releasing products until Google completes the new version of its software, adding features like an application store,” which means we aren’t likely to see more Google TV devices until some time in early 2011.last_img read more

Evaluating Military Family Programs to Achieve Better Results

first_imgFor access to the podcast as well as related resources, check out the links below.–Doing Translational Research: Evaluating Military Family Programs–The Military Projects, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research Today we’d like to feature the podcast, Doing Translational Research: Evaluating Military Family Programs from Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). The research at BCTR works to address the most pressing human problems and translate their research into practice. The purpose of the Doing Translational Research podcast is to feature conversations from researchers, practitioners and others involved in translational research and explore their work in a way that connects to the professionals in the field.Dr. Brian Leidy – Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research – Director of The Military ProjectsIn episode 8, Evaluating Military Family Programs¸ Karl Pillemer interviews Dr. Brian Leidy, Director of The Military Projects at BCTR. The Military Projects program has been doing research and evaluation of military programs for 25 years. The program develops outreach, public awareness materials, training and education for professional development, as well as offering evaluation expertise and technical assistance to a variety of family support programs in all branches of the U.S. Military. The results of their projects have influenced practice and policies that continue to improve the quality of life for military service members and their families by building resiliency and preventing/reducing risky behaviors.According to Dr. Leidy, military communities have a very specific set of problems and issues that they face, because they are the most racially, ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse community that exists in today’s world. In the last 25 years, the family support programs that have developed are responding to the challenges facing this community which,“…changed dramatically in 2003 with the 2 major Gulf Wars, Iraq & Afghanistan, the level of troop involvement and the way they returned. Roughly 2 million service members were deployed and roughly 300,000 returned with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, physical injuries. This changed family support programs in the military.” (Leidy)Dr. Leidy states that there are programs to address these problems but the issues that now have a higher focus are the secondary effects on families of service members who have experienced these problems, such as financial issues, family separations, or child/spouse abuse.If you think back to the post-Vietnam War era and the challenges those soldiers returned to, then compare them to the soldiers of today, the needs of military communities have  become clearer in recent decades, resulting in the a whole new range of support programs.Dr. Leidy says that most of the evaluations run by The Military Projects are for family support programs. These programs are effective and meet the needs of those that they work with, their biggest challenge is engaging their target audience. The Military Projects focus on what the barriers are for those that need access to family support programs. When evaluating these programs “the focus should not be on outcome evaluation – but process evaluation. You can be 100% successful with everyone that goes through your program, but if you are only engaging 40% of your target audience – you are only 40% successful.”We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Leidy and asked if there any advice he can provide for professionals that are challenged with accessing their target audience. He stated that “the biggest obstacle to success is the inability to engage the right individuals – they may not identify with the goals of your program, or there is a stigma attached to your services.” He suggested strategizing to determine how to best reach the individuals that are disengaged. “One way to get to the target audience is not to focus on the deficit but to go the route of asset building. For example, 4-H is a gateway to get families into the system – [the educators that work with 4-H] recognize when families need help with finances, substance abuse, etc.” Communicating your mission to local 4-H educators (or any organization) may help you to use that organization as an asset, which will help to fill your deficit. Of course not everyone has children so 4-H may not work for those individuals – in which case your strategy may require a varied approach to building capacity.The ultimate message here is that the evaluation process can strengthen the impact of programs for military families and add value that can lead to further support and resources in the future, but the strategy lies in evaluating the process before the outcomes.last_img read more

Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Compound Clips for Music

first_imgWorking with music in FCPX? In this exclusive Final Cut Pro X video tutorial we share a trick for quickly replacing temp tracks with final versions.Often editors will cut up a single piece of temp music into different parts to create their own custom edit of the track. When using production music (like tracks from Premiumbeat.com) you can use temp (watermarked) versions of the tracks in your project to try out before licensing a high resolution version. So, if you’re working in Final Cut Pro X you may be wondering what the easiest way to swap these temp track for a final version – so that it replaces every instance of the track in your timeline.In the following video tutorial we show you how using compound clips in FCPX is an easy way to swap out any track:When cutting a piece of music into your FCPX timeline there is TWO things you will want to do first:Place the cut of music in a secondary storyline(using the shortcut Command + G)Make the cut of music a compound clip(using the shortcut Option + G)Then, when you’ve decided to use the track for your project, swap it out in FCPX with the temp by opening up the compound clip, overlaying the full/final version and mute the temp version. It’s as simple as that. The compound clip is the key to swapping out the temp music for the full resolution track.Got more Final Cut Pro X tips to share or questions about this tutorial? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

10 of Stuart Scotts Most Memorable Clever Catch Phrases

On television, Stuart Scott represented Black people’s creativity, soul, mind, humor, style and overall culture. That’s part of the legacy he leaves behind as an ESPN personality—a quick-witted, clever, smart and engaging broadcaster who made you smile as you watched sports highlights, using everything from pop culture to street slang to get across the point in an entertaining way. Not everyone can do that. Only a few can, in fact. Scott might have been the best at it. Here are 10 of his on-air catch phrases that made you smile.“You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get The Heck Outta Here”Anyone who has partied at a nightclub has heard the deejay, near the end of the event, use that expression. No one heard it on television until Scott used it to describe a buzzer beater or strike out in baseball.“See, what had happened was. . . “Hilarious. Ever try to awkwardly explain to someone an error in that way? Sure, you have. Scott came with it when a player made a particularly glaring mistake. The humor of it lightened the magnitude of the miscue. read more