HEIGHTENED ANTICIPATION PREPARED WELL “I didn’t surprise myself because I have been training for this for the last months, but coming out here tonight and doing this is really amazing.” Calabar’s assistant coach, Omar Hawes, said Taylor surprises them everyday. “This is how we normally set up our (4x400m) team, it is not a Bloomfield situation why we put him out there, that is where he normally runs in the order. But if Bloomfield is there and he thought he could have gone past Christopher Taylor and won that race, he had a next thing coming. That young man is so talented that everyday he does something new, I am impressed again, he is that special.” The school’s head coach, Michael Clarke, says it is a joy working with the youngster. “He is an extraordinary talent, a wonderful person to work with, and I’m looking to work with him for some time to come.” However, the KC athlete, who admitted that he came into the championships at around 60 per cent and is the only schoolboy many genuinely believe can beat Taylor over the 400m, made sure he conserved this time so that he could participate in the relays. So when both were pitted against each other on the final leg of the 4x400m, it had the entire stadium on its feet in excited anticipation. They were not disappointed, as it was a race for the ages, truly one of the great races of ‘Champs’. When Taylor received the baton approximately 10 metres ahead of Bloomfield, the Calabar fans were celebrating wildly. But the moment Bloomfield got hold of the baton, the noise of the KC faithfuls snuffed out that of their perennial rivals, as Bloomfield – in all his magnificence – rounded Taylor on the backstretch and went on to create a 10-metre gap at the 200 mark. It was then that Taylor made his move. As they headed into the final straight, like David and Goliath, the gigantic Bloomfield began to wane, while the pint-sized Taylor, who always appeared to have energy to spare, stood tall, caught and passed his opponent with nearly 50 metres and sprinted to a clear victory. The modest youngsters told The Gleaner that only God can explain his extraordinary talent and put his win over Bloomfield down to his race strategy. “I can’t say anything about that (talent). God gave me the talent and the speed … you would have to ask God that question,” he commented. “The strategy going into the race (4x400m) was that if I got the baton first, I am just going to maintain my pace, no big outburst of speed, then accelerate in the home straight,” Taylor pointed out. “I was confident in my team and knew that I would play my part, and I just went and executed a perfect game plan in the final of the 4×4, and I give God thanks for the victory,” he said on Saturday night after the event. Everyone knows Calabar High School’s track and field star, Christopher Taylor, is special. However, the just-concluded 2016 Girls and Boys’ Athletic Championships proved much more. The young Calabar athlete burst on to the scene as a 400 metre sensation with stamina to burn and no one in his age ranks close to being his rival, as he broke record after record in the event. This season, however, he revealed that he is a true sprint phenomenon. At the championships, he easily walked away with the Class Two 200m and 400m gold medals, setting records in both events (20.80 in 200m and 46.33 in 400m) in the preliminaries and won the respective finals in 21.24 and 47.76. He also helped Calabar break the Class Two 4x100m record, erasing the old mark of 40.54 set by JC in 2013 with a scorching 40.29. However, it was the young runner’s magnificent run in the meet’s closing event, the 4x400m anchor leg against Kingston College’s (KC) outstanding and talented quarter-miler/sprinter, Akeem Bloom-field, that brought the house down and lifted his stocks among track and field enthusiasts to another level. Bloomfield, the Class One record holder, set the record (44.93) last year, but took no part in the relays.
Kingston College (KC) will take a 1-0 advantage over Bridgeport High in the continuation of their ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup semi-final football game at Constant Spring today.The game was abandoned after the first half because of heavy rains, after KC’s leading scorer Rashawn Mackison had given his team the lead when he converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute.With the rains coming down, the officials decided that the field was not in a good condition to continue play.Hence, ISSA Competitions Officer George Forbes decided that the KC-Bridgeport match would continue today, followed by the feature encounter between first-time semi-finalists Haile Selassie and Jamaica College.”The games will be played tomorrow (Wednesday) at this venue, starting with the first game continuing at 1 p.m. and the unplayed game with JC and Haile Selassie starting at 2 p.m.,” Forbes told The Gleaner yesterday.He also said: “For the spectators holding ticket stubs, they must show it to enter. Those without will have to pay.”GOOD COMBINATIONSBefore the game was called off, KC had the better of Bridgeport, with some good combinations from Mackison, Nathan Thomas, Fabian Grant and Denilson Simpson in attack.The Bridgeport team was on the back foot for the first half. They will have to come better in the second half to contain KC and get back into the game.The Haile Selassie-JC game that was not started yesterday is highly anticipated. The Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Haile Selassie, who knocked out traditional schoolboy powerhouse Excelsior High, will look to take down another top school.In the knockout, the teams will play to the finish, so if a winner is not decided at the completion of regular time, extra time will be played. If there is still a deadlock, penalty kicks will decide the outcome.The winners of each semi-final will advance to the final, which is scheduled for November 26.
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it is working to address the needs of the 57,000 applications it has on record.Minister within the Communities Ministry with responsibility for housing, Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood, is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information that “we can’t get it all in one year, in two or three years, but what I can assure you is that we are working towards that.”She was addressing new landowners in Region Three (Essequibo Island- West Demerara) at the Regional Democratic Council office. The Minister distributed close to 100 house lots to a number of applicants in the region, some as far back as 1989.According to the Minister, there are currently house lots available at Tuschen Village, Essequibo Coast; however, the CH&PA has made submissions in its 2019 budget for some other areas in the region to be made available to citizens.Minister Patterson-Yearwood spoke of the houses that are currently being built at Onderneeming on the Essequibo coast and encouraged persons who areMinister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood.interested to contact the regional office.Minister Patterson-Yearwood said the CH&PA will be focusing on building homes especially for persons in the low-income bracket. She said it has been found that the greatest need for housing is at the low-income level.Houses will be constructed at Prospect, East Bank Demerara, for prices ranging between $3.5 million to $6 million, to meet the needs of low-income earners. The construction of the homes will follow a housing exhibition, which is slated for December later this year.
It was going to be hard to top his MVP performance from last year’s come-from-behind victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, but Vince Young did it and then some. Young scored the game-winning touchdown on an 8-yard run with 19 seconds remaining, his third touchdown of the game. He finished with a Rose Bowl-record 467 yards of total offense. THE GOAT AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 99 Combined career touchdowns by USC’s LenDale White and Reggie Bush, the most by teammates in NCAA history. White and Bush, both juniors, combined for four touchdowns on Wednesday night to break the previous record of 97, set by Army’s Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard from 1943-46. QUOTE “It’s so beautiful, don’t y’all think that piece of crystal is beautiful? It’s coming home all the way to Austin, Texas, baby.” _ Texas quarterback Vince Young, after being handed the national championship trophy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pete Carroll left the game in the hands of his defense when he went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Texas 44-yard line and USC didn’t get the first down. The defense failed. Vince Young led Texas on a dramatic final drive and Vince Young went untouched into the end zone on the game-winning touchdown. A face-mask penalty by Darnell Bing kept Texas’ final drive alive. STAT OF THE GAME
I felt a bit like Louis Hamilton as the beautiful lady gave me a Mercedes baseball cap at the end of my drive! Was I at the F1 track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, or the Circuit de Monaco- Monte Carlo? No, I was at the Circuit of Collooney in Sligo this week as I visited one of the newest and most impressive Mercedes Benz car show rooms in Ireland, Connolly’s of Sligo. Advertisement Someone told me when we put this motoring column back on line last year, don’t be going away and writing about yoks we can’t afford! So why did I follow the three pointed star to Sligo this week?If I said you can own a new Mercedes from as little as €270 per month and with 10% off the price for a limited time, that saying “One time is now” must come in to play, this is a great time to buy a Merc.My MercFor me it doesn’t seem like ten years ago but that’s when I finally decided to buy my second hand Mercedes. It was a three year old E200 kompressor Avantgarde. I was always mad about cars and I dreamed of owning a Mercedes for years and after missing out on a few good Mercs, this car, an 05 E Class sitting on the forecourt at Tony Kelly Cars in Letterkenny whispered, “the time is now Sir.” Advertisement That Mercedes was everything I thought it would be and more. I made a lot of trips from Donegal to Dublin in this car as it just soaked up the miles in style.So on my journey to Sligo it was the E class that I was going to test drive again a decade on.Mercedes is the Spanish for a girl’s name Grace but it was Stacey who was chatting Mercedes to me at Connolly’s in Collooney. She was the sales executive. And she knew her stuff about Mercs.Sales Executive with Mercedes Benz in Sligo, Stacey who had a wealth of knowledge on the Mercedes range old and new, It great to see Connollys showrooms approach for customers looking at and considering buying a new MercedesThe E220 diesel was the car that I wanted to drive that day. My old Mercedes was a E class petrol , which I loved, automatic which is Mercedes at its best.It had 170 bhp back in the day which just made it a great combination for a car if that size. The diesel was easier on fuel but only had 150 BHP on tap back then.Stacey was saying that the New E Class is their biggest seller followed closely by its little sister the C class.I was treated with some fine coffee and individually wrapped biscuits as my sales executive went off to see if she could get an E Class we could test drive. De ja vuAs I was sitting enjoying the coffee, the view of all the fine Mercedes Benz in the showroom and the chapel spire of the nearby town of Collooney. My mind brought me back to a place I was before.Photo Brian McDaidWhen as a young fellow working for the late Andy Hegarty in the late 1970’s in his Ford Garage in Letterkenny, It was the Sligo Rally we headed off to watch one weekend.We also ended up in Collooney with a man named Noel Gordon ( I think ) where Andy looked at two cars he had for sale. One was a Rolls Royce or possibly a Bentley, which we went for a spin in through Collooney as you do.Great memories of Cooloney from years ago and running around the village is a big Rolls Royce of Bentley similar to this, Those were the days.When I think about that now the people of Collooney were probably well used with Noel Gordon in his Rolls in that town. But for me the through of it was class just gliding though the small town in the Silver classic. Back in the present Stacey has pulled up in beautiful Silver E class Mercedes 220 diesel to the front door and comes back into the showroom to give me a run down on features of this fabulous new car.As we head off out and into to the busy roundabout I asked if we could go up through the town of Collooney a spin. I know Stacey was looking at the open road of the dual carriage way as a great place to show off the elegance and the power of this 194 bhp diesel, but she said, “ah grand sure, we will head up through the town then.”The centre conceal of the Mercedes E220 which we drove this week, 195 bhp on tap just makes this car a joy to drive on the road. Photo Brian McDaidI was telling her that I was up here years ago at a garage that I thought was called Riverside Motors, I had no sooner said it when Stacy spotted it from the comfort of her passengers seat.It didn’t look anything like the way I remembered it but I was glad I had got the name correct at least. Much like the day I traveled in style in the back of a Rolls Royce the people of Collooney weren’t putting much pass on this class Silver Merc gliding through the town. I suppose they are well used to it by now, the site of this iconic brand from the nearby showrooms as the sales staff pop up to the Spar shop for a lotto or a paper.The Mercedes is just class to drive, if you could call it driving. No gear stick just the lever on the steering column to put the car into park drive or reverse, not unlike where the gear-lever was on that Automatic Rolls Royce all them years ago. The Avantgarde was the top of the range when I once owned a Merc, now its the entry model , then comes the “Executive” and then on to the AMG.Our car was the base model but what a impression the Avantgarde gave. The two old clocks in front of the driver gave a class retro feel to the Mercedes and where the gearstick once lived now had an F1 look to it.The old type Retro looks clocks on dash of the new Mercedes which we tested this week at Connolly’s of Sligo. Photo Brian McDaidAs we go through the lanes of Sligo we end up back onto the main Sligo to Galway road. Thinking about the many active settings that Merc offer in their cars now before I take off from the junction. I test Stacey on her knowledge of her product, and ask, “are we in sport mode? ”A flick of a switch on the centre console and Stacey replies, “we are now, captain”.On the led display on dash a image of the engine and drive train appear, what looks like the green economy mode turns to red.Suspensions are changed, steering settings change and just before we head off my seat belt just tightens on me ever so little which is part of the setting for sport mode as we let out some of the power of this classy quiet diesel on the open road.ClassAnyone will tell you who ever owned a Mercedes even if you have the option of a tip tronic which lets you change the gears yourself. The joy of driving a Mercedes is letting the car’s technology do the work and just sit in at the wheel and take all the credit for its seamless journey.All too soon we were back at the big three pointed star of Connolly’s showroom. Even if the test drive was over, Stacey wasn’t finished,“It can park its self, you know” she said, “yeh” I said, trying to sound as if I knew all about it. “We’ll try it over here!”, “We’ll try what” I said, “it will fit in there?”I am looking and thinking I wouldn’t get my Fiat Doblo van in there and I could drive it through the eye of a needle. “Just you drive as close as you can to them other parked cars to this car picks up her bearings”, she says.It was bumpers I thought I was more likely to pick up!“Go closer” she said. Think I could feel a domestic coming on here.This car is very well priced at €47,000 but here is me behind the wheel and my passenger Stacey has me worried, I am thinking please Mercedes do not pick up your bearings.Then Stacey says, “that’s it now Brian you can let go of the steering wheel and take your foot of the brake.”The car had picked out a parking space and as I pressed in the button to activate the parking action, and let go of the steering wheel and released that big strong brake paddle.The car starts to cut hard as it reverses into the spot it’s decided to park in. It’s trying to reverse in between a drop dead gorgeous white Mercedes jeep and a Mercedes Coupe both brand new. Both are shining, not a mark or scratch on either of them, yet.It doesn’t look to me that this car has a hope in hell of making it in there, and I tell Stacy that I am going to brake here, (or words of that effect).Stacey is watching the telly which has the reversing camera fitted, she confidently say don’t intervene Brian.The car stops and then heads out of the space. “Where are we going now?” I ask, it will take 9 attempts at it she says then it will give up.On reflection if I had listened to what I thought of the Mercedes ability to making driving the car so effortless, I should have known that this parking system was far more in control than I was ready to believe it was as the car parked itself perfectly.I was amazed, Stacey explained how Mercedes Sales Team all had extensive training on this parking system, which shows with her confidence in it.Professionalism I have to say from the moment I arrived in Connolly’s to I left it I found this approach to looking at and the selling of cars just amazing.Years ago I used to go up the north and had not a notion of buying a car and would land in to a showroom just loving the experience of seeing great cars for real. Maybe it was me but I always found an element of snobbery in them show rooms.I suggested this as a problem for top of the range brands to Stacey on my visit. If anything she said it is now the complete opposite. Buying cars has changed so much. So many different types of would-be car buyers have arrived at our showrooms in Sligo since it opened.PCP makes it possible for motorist to follow their dreams now. I was in Connolly’s Mercedes on Monday the 16th of January which is considered to be the bluest Monday of the year, the only thing blue about that Monday after this brilliant experience was the ever changing interior dash lighting in the classy interior of the E220 Mercedes.And finally…On the day so many years ago when I last visited Collooney looking at cars in a lockup near to the railway line, all them years along the Rolls Royce that we looked at and toured about the town in was one classic, we also looked at another car.Andy Hegarty at the time who changed from an Opel and Renault Dealer to a Ford agency. He was building the Ford brand with his customer base and looked at a rare vintage Ford Model T which he ended up buying that day.A memory to treasure in mooting for me, the day I went to Sligo with the Late Andy Hegarty to the village of Colloney where he bought a Old Rare Ford Model T similar to this. Great times.Later that week that collectors Ford arrived into to the Ford Showroom in Letterkenny which drew great attention all them years ago, I had completely forgotten about that day until I was sitting in the showroom in Sligo this week.What a privilege it seems now to think back of great great memories and to be present the day Andy bought one of the oldest cars built in Ireland, A iconic Ford Model T.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Flying without wings – The new Mercedes-Benz E220 Diesel was last modified: January 26th, 2017 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:collooneyconnollys of sligodd motoringMercedesmercedes-benz e220sligo
A FORMER Finn Harps player who rented a bookies shop which he never actually opened has been ordered to pay €24,700 in back rent to a landlord.Maurice Toland, from St Johnston, had contested a case at the Circuit Civil Court in Letterkenny brought by landlord John Quinn.However a judge said that Mr Toland had attempted to rectify matters and found that Mr Quinn could have done more to prevent the dispute escalating. Judge Petria McDonnell heard various legal arguments about the case.The court heard that Mr Toland and his brother Liam had taken out a lease on the bookies shop on Navenny Street in Ballybofey in March 2008, not long after Liam had leased another bookmakers business to the multi-national giant Ladbrokes.However the brothers never went into business there.Barrister for Mr Toland Sean MacAodh told the court that his client paid five months’ rent and in July 2008 had phoned Mr Quinn to say they had decided not to go ahead and open the bookmakers shop.An independent witness, estate agent Martin McGowan, told the court that he had approached Mr Quinn that summer with instructions from Maurice Toland to offer €10,000 to exit a 24-month lease.Mr Quinn denied discussing this with either Mr Toland or Mr McGowan.However Judge McDonnell accepted their version of events telling the court: “I do accept these conversations took place.”The judge said that in her view, with the economic realities of the time in 2008 and the crash, Mr Quinn should have accepted them and “moved on.”She said the case was unfortunate but accepted that Mr Quinn was still owed monies.Mr Quinn’s barrister argued for 24 months rent, plus 2% interest plus costs in the case.However Judge McDonnell agreed a settlement of 21 months rent, totalling €24,700. She refused to add interest and ordered each side to pay their own costs.FORMER FINN HARPS STAR ORDERED TO PAY €24,700 RENT was last modified: October 18th, 2013 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:BookiesJohn QuinnLetterkenny CourtMaurice Toland
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A man has appeared in court charged with making grossly offensive telephone calls to FIVE different female Gardai at a Co Donegal Garda station.Mark Fair appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. The court was told that Fair made grossly offensive telephone calls to Garda Una Cunningham, Lorraine Crawford, Carol Doherty, Elaine Moyles and Grainne McLoone.All the phonecalls were made on January 22nd and January 25th, 2015 at Buncrana Garda Station.The exact nature and contents of the calls were not disclosed in court during Fair’s arraignment.Fair, aged 28 of Ballinahone, Fahan, was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Elaine Moyles and her husband on January 10th, 2015.Wearing blue jeans and a navy blue shirt, Fair did not speak during his arraignment other than to plead guilty to all charges put to him.He further pleaded guilty to making threats to cause damage to Garda Elaine Moyle’s home.In all Fair pleaded guilty to ten separate charges relating to the disturbing incidents.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client wanted the matter to be dealt with as quickly as possible.He said Fair did not want any probation or community service or any other reports.“I have spoken to my client and he wants to deal with the matter as soon as the courts see fit.“He also does not require any reports,” said Mr Nolan.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said she accepted the guilty pleas on the condition that full facts in the cases be given when Fair is sentenced.Judge John Aylmer remanded Fair in custody to appear before him again next Wednesday, July 25th for sentencing.Man made ‘grossly offensive’ phonecalls to FIVE female Gardai was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:buncranacourtdonegalfemale Gardaigrossly offensiveMark Fairphonecalls
WHAT a great year so far for Donegal GAA.In this video by jacksonsmedia.tv, Stephen Perry from Donegal Creameries – the senior team sponsors – talks about the season…so far. He talks about how a token collect is now underway to get the official county GAA top for €30 along with 300 tokens.And county chairman PJ McGowan talks about the training fund which was set up to get Jim and the lads this far.Click the video to watch.DDTV: DONEGAL CREAMERIES ON A GREAT YEAR FOR DONEGAL GAA! was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
An exciting new computer game set up by a Co Donegal man has become a huge hit amongst gamers.Jellyflug is the brains of Lifford man Jim Murray who has set up a agames company in Derry. Jellyflug is the first game produced by Troll Inc.Jellyflug, which reached number 10 in the games rankings in Ireland, bring gamers into the wonderful world of micro organisms.Gamers can experience hours adventure exploring the microscopic world through the eyes of bacterium.It’s just the first game which Troll Inc and Donegal man Jim hope to bring to the market. DONEGAL COMPUTER GAME COMPANY OWNER HAS A VIRUS OF A HIT ON HIS HANDS! was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 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:Jim MurrayTroll Inc