URSS readies for inaugural Ernie DiCroce Memorial

first_imgBYERS, Colo. – The 2016 URSS IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series will invade Colorado Motor­sports Park Saturday night, July 30 for the inaugural Ernie DiCroce Memorial.Gates open at 5 p.m. with a concert by School Of Rock. Races kick off at 7 p.m.A stellar field of drivers from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma will be ready to hit the clay once again as they shoot it out for the top prize.Colorado Motorsports Park is located 44 miles east of Denver on I-70 exit 316.The top five in national points are Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton, Darren Berry, Brian Herbert and Jed Werner. The Colorado top five are Austin McLean, Blurton, Justin Medlock, Brian Hardman and Clint Shubert.DiCroce was founder and former owner of AAI Speed Equipment and Machine Shop, along being a former car owner for several drivers, Leland McSpadden, Jan Opperman, Doug Wolfgang, Joe McCarthy and Keith Rauch among them.With daughters Gina and Christy, DiCroce ran AAI Speed Equipment in Arvada for more than 20 years. In 2001, he was voted in as a Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Associa­tion for his support. Racers would gather at AAI to work on their cars, buy parts or fuel as well as bench racing.last_img read more

King to hold town hall in Clear Lake Wednesday

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — North-central Iowa congressman Steve King will be holding a town hall meeting tomorrow afternoon in Clear Lake. The Republican from Kiron will meet with constituents in the Lakeview Room in the City Park Bandshell for an hour starting at 2 o’clock. The event is open to the public.last_img


first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman says the county is falling behind because of its dreadful internet connections.Dragon’s Den star Peter Casey says he couldn’t do international video interviews from his Inishowen recruitment company base – because they couldn’t guarantee the connection.He said it was 2010 before we got anything consistently better than dial-up – and today, while a major provider offers a fibre optic system capable of 50 Mbps (megabits per second), “by the time it gets to our copper-wire “last mile”, it’s reduced to 6.5 Mbps down and just .5 up – far behind just about any internet-intensive businesses elsewhere on the planet.” Said Casey: “We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet.“However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ (in Lisfannon) with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.“This also reflects badly on our reputation as a high quality provider.“I grew up in Derry and came to know and love Donegal from a very young age. “I’ve invested my money, mind, heart and sweat here. My business is here. Although it’s a business that depends more than many on digital connectivity, it is still here.“But the digital infrastructure the Government has promised us for a long time now is not. And that, for me, is a major problem.”He said Dubliners on cable can get internet connections 50 times faster, complaining: “The democratic proposition that the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to access information, education, and commercial opportunity is a myth.“Internet access depends as much on physical space as it does on cyberspace. The best speeds are delivered by fibre or cable. Live at any distance from urban Ireland, and you won’t get anything approaching the fastest service.“Rural Ireland is on the wrong side of a vast digital divide. On the right side is well-connected continental Europe as well as urban Ireland. Those of us in the country? We’re a world away from both places. A third world away, in fact. “Take a look at the amount of empty business premises in the typical village or town these days.“We cannot let this go on. A recent World Bank study found that for every 10-percentage-point increase in the penetration of broadband there is an increase of 1.3 percentage points in economic growth.“Broadband is essential to business and very good for any country. If only the cities have it, the countryside suffers economically, culturally, and politically. Disconnected, lovely towns and quaint villages become places to leave.“We are always boasting about our highly educated work force, but there is not much point in training people if they cannot communicate with each other and the rest of the world. “This digital inequality between urban and rural communities is making the economic inequality between these regions even greater.”In a weekend article Casey warned: “Quality, high-speed broadband is a necessity rather than a privilege in today’s society, and should be available in all areas, not just the largest.“Otherwise, we are in danger of creating fast Ireland and slow Ireland, the latter seeing areas such as Donegal continuing to slide to the bottom of the economic table.”DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: August 25th, 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:buncranaDragon’s DeninternetLisfannonPeter Caseylast_img read more