11 Jan
2020

All Stewart, all the time

first_imgSham, a NASCAR novice, said getting in on the ground floor was part of his attraction to the concept. “This is the tip of the iceberg on how people will watch television 25 years from now,” Sham said. Or perhaps 25 months from now. – From News Services Come Sunday afternoon, Brad Sham will commence calling Tony Stewart’s race at the Daytona 500. While Darrell Waltrip and the rest of the folks at Fox are calling the entire 43-driver field for a national television audience, Sham will be calling Stewart’s race for DirecTV subscribers on Channel 795. At his side will be analyst Ray Dunlap from SPEED Channel. This Tony Stewart channel will have dedicated cameras and microphones to ensure all-Tony, all-the-time coverage. Four other drivers will receive similar treatment. The Daytona day of Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also will be dissected ad nauseum. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

DD Motoring: A look under the hood at the Harvest Rally

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s motoring columnist Brian McDaid gives us an insight into what’s under the hood of some of the competitor’s cars as they geared up for the Martin Howley Memorial Harvest Rally at the weekend.I was chatting to a Glenswilly man this week. I asked him what he thought of Kilcar. With out a hesitation he replied ‘brilliant – just brilliant’. The hairs were standing on the back of my neck, he said. That’s the first time I was ever there!The Glenswilly man was rallying ace Damien Gallagher and both him and his navigator where still buzzing on Monday evening after they finished 5th overall on the Martin Howley Harvest Memorial Rally which included a special town stage through the village of Kilcar twice on Saturday morning. Advertisement Tony Jardine with winner of the Harvest Rally Declan and Brian BoyleThe crew were one out of 160 who competed on one of the best rallies that the Donegal Motor Club have organised in years.Damien Gallagher, a motor mechanic by trade was trying to catch up with a backlog in his workshop on Monday evening as he worked on a Honda Jazz. His navigator Mac Walsh had called into see him. Both were reliving every stage mile of the weekends rally. Damien finished 2nd over all in the modified section and 5th overall in a outright position.His dropped dead gorgeous red escort is now parked on the back of a car transporter and backed in among his customers cars. Damien would have been in second class in Glenswilly National School when his Ford Escort, LZP 651 was first registered in the late 70s.On Saturday morning last the Glenswilly man had nothing to learn and no one from Kilcar could keep with his pace as Damien Gallagher powered his Escort through the town. His engine built by Kevin Gallagher in Rathmullen KGP Motorsport never missed a beat and the sweet sound of the 2.5 unit echoed as his red Escort blasted through the special town stage in Kilcar. KGP Motorsport is the David in ‘David and Goliath’, which his locally developed engines beating the famous Millighton engines to 1st and 2nd in the national section. Advertisement Secret weapon, “Egg over Bumpy”Kevin Gallagher is affectionally known in the modified rallying circles as “The Egg”; his engines are developed from Vauxhall like the unit that is fitted in Damien Gallagher’s Escort. He also develops Toyota and Honda units, his units are both fast and reliable.Damien Gallagher had another development fitted to his escort. And its code-name in Sweden is “Bumpy (Irish) Tar” which is made by a Suspension Specialist, Ohlins, which Rally specialist Case Rallysport in Glenswilly at Newmills are the official distributor and specialist fitter. Philip Case and Kevin Gallagher have produced the perfect mix in suspension and engine development in Donegal for Rallying.Ohlins Bumpy (Irish) tar Ford Escort Mk2 Dampers is as follows;Front: Ohlins TPX (twin piston) plus PDS (progressive bump stop), High speed bump, low speed bump and rebound adjustment, 198mm of stroke with high spec Ohlins steel strut casing, Ohlins or Eibach springs with alloy top mount.Rear: Ohlins TTX (twin tube) plus PDS (progressive bump stop) and Ohlins CSC valve (chassis stability control) 4 way adjustment, CSC, fine rebound, low speed bump and high speed bump. light weight Ohlins alloy casing with Ohlins or Eibach springs. I was wondering if some of Damien’s fellow Glenmen might get their team fitted with this system as they head like Damien did to do battle with Kilcar in the Co Championship this weekend, just a thought!I have to say it was just pure luck that I came across this state of the art suspension set up at the weekend. Covering the Harvest Rally in Killybegs the corner that I decided to take my pictures from had a old thatched cottage at the corner.I got chatting to Joseph Gallagher who was raised in the 300 year old house as a boy. The house was at the end of a big long straight so I had the benefit of watching the cars for nearly a mile before they arrived at my junction.On that long straight there were two bumps and a dip, listening to drivers lifting off the gas and watching how the cars were landing after the bumps drew my attention to Damien Gallagher’s Escort. In his cars set up the bumps seem to disappear as did the car’s reaction to the dip and when his Escort landed at the bend that I was at his car seemed to be on rails, no typical Mk2 Escort inside wheel up in the air craic. All four tyres were on the ground and gripping the tar which I am sure left it easier for Gallagher to push his escort to the limit .And finally… What a rallyA bit like Damien Gallagher’s escort there are days when everything goes right. The Martin Howley Memorial Harvest Rally hit every positive note about the possibilities of what happens when a community like Killybegs and Kilcar and surrounding area put in an all out effort to support an event , not just on the day of the rally but in the run up to it .Mattie Smyth Local Photographer in Killybegs pictured with winner of the Harvest Stages Rally, Declan Boyle at the final on Saturday evening on the Pier Photo Brian McDaidOn Saturday I saw mile after mile of stages grass verges cut in preparation to welcome competitors and supporters to Donegal. Killybegs felt like Monte Carlo with the crowds and the presentation of the town.Someone said Martin Howley done a lot for Killybegs in his short life. His positivity has brushed off on to the people that knew him, both in fishing, area development and Rallying.We have the best locations in a Donegal to host events like this, Clerk Of the Course Karl Reid and his team produced a WRC type event, with crews complementing them on the way they run the event and how professional things like the service area was.Winner of the Harvest Rally, Declan and Brian Boyle pictured as they power past the 300 year cottage of the Gallagher family on Saturday photo Brian McDaidAll this didn’t happen by chance, months of planning paid off for this motorsport event with the only ones complaining was the competitors that decided not to compete at the weekend.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: A look under the hood at the Harvest Rally was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardamien gallagherkevin gallagherKillybegsmartin howley harvest memorial rallyrallylast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Dont forget fitness on holidays

first_imgHealth is wealth, and that doesn’t change even when you’re on a holiday. Experts suggest eating healthy and being conscious of one’s body. About one hour of exercise a day can help you stay in shape even while you have fun.Delhi-based fitness expert and trainer Santosh Sharma shares a few tips to stay fit during a holiday: Avoid visiting a restaurant empty stomach. In such cases people end up eating much more. If you’re starving, eat a piece of fruit or have a glass of juice or water in the hotel itself. Later, while having lunch, fill your plate with lightly dressed salads, fish, seafood and lean meats. Fish and meats are high in proteins and iron. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Don’t eat unhealthy snacks or junk food while travelling. Otherwise, you will end up gaining extra kilos. Pack healthy items like fruits, juices and low-fat yoghurts. Don’t overeat. Order a nice salad as a starter and then either share the main course with your partner or go for selected delicacies. Also, eat slowly and chew the food properly. If there’s a mini bar in your hotel room, then lock it and hide the key. Look for healthier alternatives like local fresh fruits or salads. If you are abroad, then try out some local fruits which you don’t get here. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA glass of wine or a bottle of beer with dinner is fine, but avoid too many drinks after the dinner as it may result in weight gain.Keep a bottle of water and some fruits in your bag so you don’t get tempted when you friends or family ask if you want any ice cream. Take out time and exercise for at least an hour daily even when you are out on a holiday. Nowadays hotels and resorts do have gymnasiums. You don’t need to get up early morning to exercise. Do it when you feel like.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Irate CM lashes out at Manekas comment on death of Lalgarh tiger

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday reacted sharply to Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi’s comment on the killing of the Royal Bengal tiger in Lalgarh.Calling the incident a deliberate attempt to malign the state government, Banerjee said that Gandhi should apologise to the tribal people for her derogatory remarks. The Union minister has insulted the Adivasis, Banerjee said.”I am saddened that a Union minister has made unwarranted comments about a community. She said that Adivasis are poachers and they torture animals. I feel she should apologise to the Adivasi community,” an irate Chief Minister maintained. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe further went on to say: “I completely condemn the statements made by the Union minister. Adivasi brothers and sisters are our assets. Is she aware how many forests and deep forests are there in Bengal?” Banerjee also raised a question on how Gandhi knew that the tiger was killed by Adivasis. “Common people were living in fear for over a month. Police and Forest department officials took all measures to capture the tiger. Drones were used by the Forest department to catch the animal. Villagers who went to collect kendu leaves in the forest were also injured by the animal. Two persons are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. One should know about Bengal’s culture and its people before commenting on an issue,” the Chief Minister reminded. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLaunching a scathing attack on the BJP, she said: “During elections they use Adivasis armed with bows and arrows. They hold Ram Navami rallies with arms. Don’t they feel ashamed then? A few days ago, they had brought Adivasis from Jharkhand, armed with bows and arrows.” At a time when Dalits are being persecuted across the country, her comments reflect BJP’s stand on SC/STs, Dalits, Adivasis and common people of the country, Banerjee added.”She must apologise to the nation. Bengal has a rich culture and heritage. She has no right to insult Bengal and Adivasis. We will not tolerate it. People of Bengal will give a fitting reply,” Banerjee stated.”Did she use a telescope? A tiger died and curious people came to see it. Even when people die, relatives and others come to pay their respects. How can she compare this with Shikar Utsav? She cannot ridicule a tradition of the Adivasi community,” the Chief Minister said.It may be mentioned that Gandhi had said earlier in the day that Bengal is the only place in the country where illegal killing of wild animals is “allowed and encouraged”.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

The Health Care Industry

first_img 6 min read Register Now » When a client checks out a health care site, he is looking for information on physicians, insurance policies the health care provider accepts and medical information about the health concern he has.The EssentialsA health care site should provide easy access to information via menus designed consistently throughout the site. Redesign is a good idea if it’s not been updated for two to three years. Ask your web professional for a fresh design using “CSS” (cascading style sheets) rather than “tables.” This will not only make you sound like an expert, it will help you later on as you focus on improving your site’s search engine optimization (SEO).Have a statement on the home page that also lets the customer know why they should use your business. What sets your services apart and why should they visit your site again? A medical news feed with RSS subscription capability should exist on the homepage as well as the medical facility’s news.Make sure to have complete and up-to-date information on all physicians and health care providers, preferably including contact information for each, a photo and basic background info. This should be on a separate page or pages separating physicians by specialty/department. Also, if different physicians accept different insurance policies, make sure to include that information.Your site needs to become a health resource for the community it serves. Make this a main objective of your site’s concept, strive to become a local authority on health care issues and your traffic will increase exponentially.Update the content on your site monthly especially the homepage. As a rule of thumb update the look and feel of the site every one- to-two years. Don’t get stuck in a hosted content management system with limited capabilities–make sure your web developer is able to add functionality to the site easily as your organization grows, and that he or she is willing to consider other options besides a content management system.Hire an SEO professional with a proven record and ask that he or she concentrate on location(s) to drive searches in the area along with the specialties of the business in order to drive searches by longer-distance customers.Mistakes to AvoidMost medical websites that are not successful in converting customers and not successful on the web have the following issues:Bad design. Messy layouts and inconsistent menus cause visitors to feel lost in your site and surf away in frustration. The site needs to be easy-to-read and aesthetically pleasing (e.g., if your customers are older, consider using white background and larger text). Consult with a web development firm and have them tell you what they can do to improve your site, these services are often complimentary.The site development included “frames.” This is frowned upon by the majority of the search engines out there. A site redesign and SEO is highly recommended.A good site is updated regularly and visitors will notice if it’s not. They won’t feel the need to come back, and repeat website customers relate directly to conversion numbers. Empower people in your organization–make them a part of updating the site rather than having a single individual responsible for the entire site.If your content is insufficient and inaccessible or if most of your content consists of bulleted lists, it’s time to look at reorganizing it and adding more content. There’s no such thing as too much content when it’s properly organized. Make sure each physician has a photograph, contact info and basic bio added to the site. If needed, consider using a professional copywriter who specializes in website copy and can work with your SEO specialist.No search engine visibility. From content to design issues, SEO professionals are often able to tell you what your site really needs. Consider this just as important as having a site designed.Poor marketing. Just like in traditional marketing, you need to have a web marketing plan in place and make sure it drives the customers to the site and provides you with web traffic statistics so you know what’s driving traffic.Places to BeDefinitely promote your site and blog to the search engines and most of the web directories including DMOZ. Stay out of link farm sites. Your SEO specialist will also recommend local sites and blogs where a listing or comments may be beneficial.Look for forums where specific conditions you specialize in are being talked about and offer advice without making it seem as though you’re trying to win business in doing so. In your signature on the forum response add the address of your site and blog as links if permitted. There’s a fine line between a well-crafted response and one that will be perceived as trying to spam the forum.”Medical News” with RSS feed, and “Company News” with an RSS feed should be on the homepage of the site. A blog not only will help promote the site, it will also help provide content for feeds (the homepage company news could use the feed provided by the blog). Feeds like these are great as they can then be syndicated by other sites giving you a much larger exposure or footprint. E-newsletters are fine but the ROI is definitely lower than a blog. Press releases should always be included in the company news as excerpts and/or blogged about and a link given to the page or pages on your site where the full text of the release should exist.Keep in mind that the blog will be read by your customers and not medical professionals, so try to keep their interest up with catchy titles and don’t get hung up on medical jargon.Ask you SEO professional to make sure that your blog has the social networking links shown after each post so your readers can help promote your site. And always ask your employees to frequent and comment on your blog and site, as sometimes their input can be very valuable.Researched and written by Liz Wilson. Additional information provided by UrbanVerve, a leading web development and SEO solutions company and CI Web Design Inc., an innovative web design and development company. 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