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Drivers’ lives as fast as their cars

first_img• Photo Gallery: 02/23: NASCAR | NASCAR 2 FONTANA The schedule of a pro athlete can be hectic. But those athletes have nothing on NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers. The drivers began pulling into California Speedway in Fontana late Wednesday night, and they’ll practically be living at the track through Sunday’s Auto Club 500. They’ll do the same thing in two weeks in Las Vegas, and for 34 subsequent weeks. But it’s not like the rest of their week is spent lounging around the house. Because NASCAR is fueled by sponsorship and teams have multiple sponsors Tuesdays and Wednesdays are filled with sponsor and team meetings, media interviews and fan greetings. And that does not include the airline flights (usually from North Carolina) to the race track. Besides practice, qualifying and racing, drivers must also attend area meet-and-greets. Tony Stewart might be found at the Covina, Monrovia or Whittier Home Depot, or Carl Edwards may be seen at the Pasadena Office Depot. “You’re doing stuff you can’t imagine,” said Bakersfield’s Kevin Harvick, who won last week’s Daytona 500. Harvick is a fine example. After winning the series’ biggest race last weekend, he caught a flight to New York, where he was on The Late Show with David Letterman and then on with Regis and Kelly Ripa the next morning. Then it was off to Bristol, Conn., for interviews at ESPN, then to Hollywood, where he made an appearance on the Academy Awards red carpet and taped another late-night television program. “You have no idea,” Harvick said of the hectic life of a Cup driver. “You’re always doing stuff. All you want to do is drive race cars. But then, to do that, you have to be with the sponsors to be successful. You don’t understand how big it is until you actually get involved in it, have to do the things week in and week out.” The drivers don’t generally keep track, but a typical work week can be 80-100 hours. So free time is precious. “Finding an extra two hours is very valuable,” said former Irwindale Speedway veteran David Gilliland, who is making his first Cup start at Fontana. “You don’t have quite as much time for your hobbies. “Your time is much more valuable. This takes up a huge amount of time.” Some drivers’ hobbies feed right back into one of the things they try to avoid, that loss of time. Stewart’s hobby is racing. He is famous for racing midgets during the off-season. He has won the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale, and this year won the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla. Frequently, he says he is on “vacation” during these events and uses the alias “Smoke.” Two years ago, while trying to qualify for the Turkey Night Grand Prix, Stewart refused to do interviews and would not pose for photos, referring to his “vacation” policy. “When I was in the Busch Series and the IRL, you had a very small taste of that attention, fan following,” he said. “As small as it seems, the jump between the Busch Series and Cup Series, I won that first race in the Cup series, my life was basically turned upside down.” But for many of these drivers, this is not a job. “They’re doing what they love,” said Kirstine Curley, a public relations official for 2006 series champion Jimmie Johnson. “I know Jimmie. He’ll work on Mondays (his day off). He’ll go into the shop on Tuesdays.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Major league baseball players go to a city, stay for three or four days and typically go to the ballpark in the early afternoon. NFL players practice all week, fly to their games on Friday or Saturday and are home before Monday morning. NBA and NHL players fly to a city, go to a late-morning or early afternoon practice, then head back to the arena later that night. Once in a while, there might be a television shoot or sponsor’s meeting. last_img read more

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Chelsea and Manchester United told to pay £50m for midfielder likened to Zidane

first_imgValencia have slapped a £50m price tag on Chelsea and Manchester United target Andre Gomes.The midfielder, who has been likened to Zinedine Zidane, is wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.Juventus have already made an offer of £23m, while Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to lodge bids too.However, according to Super Deporte, Valencia have informed interested club Gomes will cost £50m.The Spanish side had initially been ready to consider offers in excess of £30m for the 22-year-old.But, after seeing the level of interest in Gomes, Valencia have now upped their asking price to a staggering £50m for the Portugal international. Andre Gomes in action for Portugal 1last_img read more

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER WOMEN HELD DURING RAID ON HOUSE

first_imgThree men were arrested following a robbery in Carndonagh yesterday afternoon.Three men arrived at a house at The Mullins just after 2pm and tied up three young women who were in the house.They demanded cash and went through the house. One of the women managed to escape and raised the alarm.Gardai arrived quickly and managed to arrest the three men.The men have since been release form custody and a file on the case is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.  THREE ARRESTED AFTER WOMEN HELD DURING RAID ON HOUSE was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:arrestsCarndonaghgangGardairobberylast_img read more

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MORE THAN 100 TRUCKERS MEET IN DONEGAL TO OBJECT TO HGV CHARGES

first_imgMore than 100 truck drivers met in Letterkenny to discuss proposals to charge hauliers a levy on drivers entering Northern Ireland and Britain.The large turn-out voiced their opposition to the proposed legislation which will see truck-drivers forced to pay up to £10 a day to enter the North from April.The meeting, which was held at the Swilly Group headquarters, heard angry opposition to the proposals. Some drivers said that if the proposed legislation comes to pass, they will have no option than to stop driving altogether.Spokesman Christy Gallagher said they now planned to send a delegation to both Leinster House and Stormont in a bid to explain their fears to both Governments.The meeting was attended by politicians including MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher, Junior Minister Dinny McGinley as well as TDs Joe McHugh and Charlie McConalogue, Mayor Ian McGarvey.Also at the meeting was a delegation from Sinn Fein which included Donegal councillors Gerry McMonagle and Gary Doherty. Sinn Fein’s Cllr. Matt Carthy said being from a border region, he knew the devastating impact such a charge will have if it goes through.“However, today’s meeting was an opportunity to hear at first hand the devastating impact this will have by the people whose livelihoods stand to be impacted immediately.“Areas like Donegal will be particularly affected by this regressive measure but this will have the potential to cost jobs across the state and will certainly damage the development of the all-Ireland economy.“This levy will penalise already hard-pressed small and medium businesses. The high price of fuel coupled with this new charge will negatively impact on businesses that utilise haulage firms. Inevitably the costs would eventually come back to hit the average consumer.“The levy has the potential to separate the northern economy from the rest of the island, at a time when the emphasis should be placed upon building island wide trade which generates £2.3 billion for both economies on the island. Increasing barriers to trade will harm both economies. “Sinn Féin have been vocal in our opposition to this move and our representatives, north and south have been to the forefront in highlighting the issue at every elected forum.“The British government needs to amend the legislation to exempt the north from this regressive charge. The Fine Gael government must ensure that they pressurise their British counterparts to stop this charge which has the potential to severely affect the future viability of small and medium businesses especially along the already struggling border region.”MORE THAN 100 TRUCKERS MEET IN DONEGAL TO OBJECT TO HGV CHARGES was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Christy GallagherhaulierslevyNOrthern Irelandtruckslast_img read more

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UPDATE: BUNCRANA ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIM WAS 13-YEAR-OLD BOY

first_imgROAD ACCIDENT UPDATE: The victim of last night’s car crash was a 13-year-old boy, it has emerged.The teenager and his father were struck by a vehicle at Ballymacarry, Cockhill in Buncrana just after 10.30pm.The boy, named locally as Callum Dale, a pupil at Crana College, died at the scene. His father Peter, who is 51, is being treated for his injuries at Letterkenny General Hospital.Although he is understood to be in a critical condition, his injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.Today to road where the accident happened remains sealed off as a full Garda investigation gets underway.Local people in Buncrana – and in Inishowen – are once again numbed and in mourning at another road tragedy. Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said the incident was a tragic accident which has left a huge sense of sadness over the town.“People were looking forward to the bank holiday weekend and suddenly we have been plunged into a huge feeling of sadness.“This is a tragic accident and it has left the town numb with grief,” he said.UPDATE: BUNCRANA ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIM WAS 13-YEAR-OLD BOY was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncranaGardaroad accidentteenage boylast_img read more

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HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’!

first_imgBuncrana 5 04; St. Eunan’s 4 02.The spectators in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather, fine drama and to great commitment from all thirty plus players.Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal from Cathal Óg Wilson. It could so easily have gone the other way. Not thirty seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final minute reflected drama from the throw in by referee Hugo Wallace.Buncrana got the scoreboard ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell got his first of three goals and followed with a couple of points.Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunans net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the Scarvey boys.When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled the Buncrana goal Eunans had taken control. The Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had swept all before them up till this point. They were League and County Féile champs and favourites to complete the treble.The O’Donnell Park manager, Gordon Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a goal with halftime beckoning. Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then nets and equalizes . The end of the first half. All square.Early after the restart Eunans miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana get another three pointer through Cathal Óg .Eunans step up to the mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value of six points. The Letterkenny lads lead by a goal. Buncrana mammies are more worried. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save. And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty points for Buncrana .The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’ memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine players for the future. Both teams were praised by the Donegal County Minor Board for a terrific game of sporting hurling.HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’! was last modified: June 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:14 HUrling ChampionshipbuncranadonegalSt Eunanslast_img read more

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If trade market stays the course, Giants have more to gain as buyers than sellers

first_imgThe … PHILADELPHIA — When the Toronto Blue Jays shipped their staff ace, Marcus Stroman, to the New York Mets on Sunday, the first reaction of many players, managers and executives was the exact same.“What?,” they asked at once.Considered one of the top pitchers available on the trade market, Stroman was expected to move from the Blue Jays to a contending club with a legitimate need for a frontline starter come October.In all likelihood, the Mets’ season will end in September.last_img read more

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SETI Camp Promotes Make Believe

first_img“Every kid loves to play make believe,” wrote Lisa Grossman for Space.com’s “SETI Thursday” feature.  How did Lisa spend her summer?  Playing make believe with 16 undergraduates at a NSF- and NASA-funded SETI camp.  “For many of us, the experience was nothing short of fantasy fulfillment,” she cheerfully said in her report entitled, “How I Spent My Summer at SETI.”  The SETI Institute organized the event.    Her report, in fact, seemed long on make-believe and short on evidence.  For Grossman, fantasizing began in third grade and carried through non-stop to SETI Camp (or, more formally, the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates).I imagined a universe full of tiny, hardy life.  Why not?  Microbes can live comfortably in the most absurdly unfriendly reaches of the planet.  If these little creatures can survive in volcanoes, at the bottom of the ocean, embedded in glacial ice, and even in countless human guts, then they must be able to exist on other planets!  Life must be absolutely everywhere!    I didn’t know then that there was an entire community of scientists who felt exactly the same way.  I certainly didn’t expect that before I’d even graduated from college, I’d be working with them.(Cf. 03/29/2007 entry.)  She mentions what some fellow campers worked on: searching for extrasolar planets, studying the geology of Europa, working on a Mars lander instrument, watching meteors, and other projects.  Nothing Grossman mentioned, though, provided any direct evidence for life beyond Earth.  What the projects did do was to harness youthful euphoria for otherwise mundane research:Another student spent her days studying the geology of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.  Scientists believe that it has a vast liquid water ocean beneath a layer of ice at the surface.  She analyzed images of Europa from the Galileo mission, looking for areas of the surface whose appearance changed over time and trying to determine if those changes are what you would expect if there were a liquid ocean.  She thinks the possibilities for life on Europa are especially exciting.  ’As soon as I heard about Europa, I thought, ‘Oh, awesome.  Let’s look for lobsters!‘’ she said.  So far, she hasn’t discovered any Europan crustaceans, but she’s enjoyed learning more about geology and approaching biology and chemistry from an astronomy perspective.Grossman discussed all the fun the others were having with their experiments – not one of which found any evidence for life out there.  Just the possibility that might play some role in the hunt was enough to make their scientific work a thrill of lifetime.  Why, it’s just like in the movies:All of us got to take a week-long field trip to the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, home of the Allen Telescope Array, where Jill Tarter, SETI’s director of research and the inspiration for Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, explained how the telescopes work and what research they’ll be used for.  Several of us even camped overnight in tents under the array.  It wasn’t very scientifically useful, but it was definitely something to write home about.So the hunting came up entirely empty; “Nevertheless, whether we continue on in astrobiology or not, this summer of playing alien hunters will stay with us.”  Thanks for the memories; sorry about the data.    She ended on a missionary appeal, encouraging readers to spread the word about next year’s SETI Camp.Here’s a suggestion for them.  The name “Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates” is way dullsville and has no catchy acronym.  Nor does it convey what the SETI Camp is all about.  It fails to encapsulate the experience of being there.  They need something that connotes vivid imagery and action, where anything can become vibrant and moving and animated, where even stars, bubbles and volcanos can spring to life.  Maybe they should call it Fantasia.    Should you awaken someone who is enjoying a fun dream?  What’s the harm of a blissful fantasy?  Even if life is never found, and if the evidence continues to go against them (read Michael Egnor’s comments and see the 07/27/2007 and 02/15/2007 entries), why spoil someone’s party? (read Larry Caldwell’s comments).  After all, lots of internet gamers and denizens of Second Life take their fantasies very seriously.  Maybe SETI Camp keeps them away from a life of idleness and crime.  Maybe something good will come from it, like chemistry did from alchemy, even if the hoped-for dream never materializes.  Their youthful zeal will advance our knowledge of extrasolar planets, the geology of planetary moons, the adaptations of extremophiles, and mineral content of meteors, with or without mythical lobsters under Europa’s ice.  And the Intelligent Design community can continue to harvest the irony of Contact (12/03/2005) whether or not the dreamers catch on.  What’s the matter, isn’t this all worth a little taxpayer money?  Still, it’s kind of sad….(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Leadership: What You Accept is the Standard

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now The CEO of the company I grew up in would often chastise employees for walking past a small scrap of paper on the floor. She knew you saw the debris and walked by it without making the little effort of throwing it away. She would confront the person directly, asking them to pick it up and throw it away. If you would ignore the environment, you’d ignore all kinds of other things. Her mindset was, “how you do anything is how you do everything.” In short, she believed that what you accept is the standard.The Best Leader You’ve Ever Had.Two things are true about the best leaders you’ve ever had, regardless of whether it was in business or sports or some other endeavor. There is no doubt that the leader who made the most significant impact on you personally saw something in you that you couldn’t see yourself. The revealed to you your potential and helped you realize it. It’s also true that they had standards higher than you would have set for yourself.It would take many more paragraphs to develop a sketch of the worst leader you have ever had, but it’s likely they were self-oriented, political, fearful, and treated you like a means to an end. What is also true is that they didn’t help you recognize your potential, and they did not raise the standard.Who You AreThe best leaders don’t focus on what you do as much as they focus on who you are. The standard they set is a way to set out the boundaries built on the idea “This is who we are.” The rule is identity, and identity is the standard. They compel their teams to live up to the standard. Good enough is not good enough. Only the standard will do.Over time, the standard maintains itself. It becomes the norm. Over time, the measure becomes the culture, and the culture rejects anything less than the standard. However, that takes time, and it also takes a leader who will not accept something lower than the norm.How the Standard Slips AwayThe standard can suffer entropy. It can deteriorate over time—especially if it isn’t defended from threats.Exceptions: Someone decides that the standard should be lower due to some particular circumstance. Soon after that, others recognize other exceptions. At some point, the exceptions are the new standard.Looking the other way: A leader decides to ignore a few of the people who deviate from the standard. Others notice and choose to follow the lead of those who have abandoned the standard.Lack of accountability: The accountability that was required to create the standard is no more. Because there is no accountability, the standard dissipates. If you don’t care enough to hold people accountable, why should they care enough to maintain the standard?Sabotage: The standard can come under attack from the cynical, negative people on a team who surreptitiously work to convince others that the standard is too high or unnecessary altogether.What You Accept Becomes the StandardThere is a story about an aide to then-Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Kissinger asked for a paper on some issue, and the aide worked tirelessly to deliver an excellent paper. He left the draft on Kissinger’s desk, and later that day found it back on his own with a note that read: “You can do better.” The aide redoubled his efforts and did his best to improve the paper, only to find the article back on his desk with a similar note asking for his best work.The aide worked the entire weekend writing the paper, starting over and did his very best work. Frustrated, he walked into Kissinger’s office and said, “Sir, this is the very best work I can do.” Kissinger replied, “Good. I’ll read it now.”If you accept work that isn’t up to the standard you expect, what you accept becomes the new standard.If you accept a performance less than what an individual is capable of, that level of performance is their standard.The effort you accept from the people in your charge is the level they will exert in the future.If you reject that which is not up to the standard, people will work to improve their work to meet the standard (something I suspect Kissinger knew).Excepting people to perform up to a standard causes them to stretch to produce a better result.I recently heard General James Mattis say that he expected 100% of the people in his charge, not 99%. You might want to believe that the 1% isn’t essential, but isn’t about the 1% as much as it is about the effort, the standard, and identity.Raising the StandardIf you want to raise the standards, you have to go first by raising your standard. You have to increase your expectation of yourself as a leader. You have to commit to helping, coaching, and developing people so they can meet a higher standard. The work here is about the transformation from what you and your team are now and what you will become. This is why identity is such a powerful force.The reason you remember the great teams you were a part of is because the standard was higher than you thought possible—and you and your teammates met it. It was special because you had to grow and struggle to achieve the standard, and then you had to work to maintain it. The fact that few others were willing to hold the standard was proof of its value.If you think back the best leader you’ve ever had, they did not say, “You are perfectly mediocre just the way you are now. Don’t do anything to produce a better result, and don’t do anything to rock the boat. Whatever you do, don’t raise the standard yourself, lest people believe we are capable of more.”What are your standards, and are they high enough to cause everyone to grow and turn in their best performance?last_img read more

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Wizards’ John Wall expected out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

first_imgIf Wall is sidelined for two months, he would sit out more than 25 games and return for the last half-dozen or so of the regular season.He already missed Washington’s past two games, both victories, including 102-96 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn all this season, Washington is 7-6 without their All-Star guard, and 28-22 overall, which puts them fifth in the Eastern Conference.Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. 10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) pauses on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Washington. Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season, the Wizards announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.The team announced the predicted timeline after Wall’s operation on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

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