Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston. Although there were long stretches when it seemed impossible that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics would meet in the Eastern Conference finals, they’re set to clash for the third time in four years.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)CLEVELAND — Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.The Eastern Conference’s top two teams have been intertwined for more than a year — from a summer blockbuster trade, from opening night, from afar.ADVERTISEMENT However, Irving’s awkward reunion with James was quickly overshadowed by Hayward, Boston’s big free-agent signing, grotesquely breaking his ankle just feet from the horrified Cavs bench. As Hayward left on a stretcher, the Celtics’ season seemed to be riding to the hospital with him.Boston, though, showed grit and reeled off 16 straight wins before injuries resurfaced. Marcus Smart had thumb surgery and the Celtics lost Irving, who needed more knee surgery and won’t get a crack at dethroning James.Irving will watch this series from the bench. Thomas is much farther away.He spent the first two months in Cleveland trying to get healthy, but wasn’t the same when he came back and never connected with his new teammates.With Thomas a mess and the season slipping away, Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded him on Feb. 8 to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Altman didn’t stop there, dealing Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah for Rodney Hood, sending Dwyane Wade back to Miami and acquiring point guard George Hill from Sacramento.Three days after the trade, the new-look Cavs beat the Celtics 121-99 in Boston as Hill, Clarkson and Hood combined for 44 points to the delight of James, who seemed rejuvenated after weeks of moping.He’s now on a mission as he prepares to face the Celtics for the seventh time in the postseason. James is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 games in these playoffs, which has included him making two buzzer-beaters, scoring 45 points in Game 7 to oust Indiana and dispatching Toronto with shocking ease.“LeBron’s on just a ridiculous run of play,” Stevens said. “We know that it’ll be quite a challenge.”The Celtics may not have anyone of James’ stature, but they have a complete team that’s clicking. Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two of the game’s rising young stars and Cleveland native Terry Rozier has emerged as a postseason menace, filling in for Irving and quickly winning over Boston fans, who have dubbed him “Scary Terry.”Lue knows the Cavs have their hands full. It’s hard to process how much has changed for these teams since they played last May.Major moves, injuries, upheaval.After the Cavs beat the Celtics in five games in last year’s conference finals to advance to their third straight NBA Finals, there were no hints the two franchises would ramp up their rivalry with a trade that caught their entire league, well, off-guard.The Cavs succumbed to Irving’s trade demand — he was tired of playing in James’ shadow — and sent the All-Star to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, a first-round draft pick, forward Jae Crowder and center Ante Zizic. The 5-foot-9 Thomas had bravely carried the Celtics in the 2017 postseason despite a balky hip and broken heart following his sister’s death in a car crash.With so many subplots, the league scheduled Boston at Cleveland in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “They’re well-coached,” Lue said. “Despite all the circumstances of guys getting hurt with Kyrie out, with Gordon being out for the whole year, they just keep plugging guys in and keep playing. (Boston executive) Danny Ainge has done a good job of getting guys in that fit that mold of Celtics basketball and they’ve been playing well.”Especially the 20-year-old Tatum. He averaged 23.6 points in Boston’s series win over the Philadelphia 76ers, who didn’t do enough to slow him down.That now falls on Lue, who has known Tatum — or “Little Jay” as he called him — since he was a kid. They’re related on Lue’s grandfather’s side of the family.“He’s not scared, he’s not afraid and he’s always been that type of kid,” Lue said. “He wants these type of moments and he’s taking advantage of it. With Kyrie and Gordon going down and him having a chance to play the minutes he’s been playing, starting and playing in the playoffs the way he has, he’s taken full advantage of it. But he’s never been scared, he’s never been afraid of the big moment. You can see that.”Six years ago, a 14-year-old Tatum posted a picture of himself, wearing a replica Kobe Bryant jersey, with James on Twitter and asked Cleveland’s superstar to follow him.Lue smiled when shown a picture of his cousin.“Now look,” he said. “That’s crazy.”So is another Boston-Cleveland final. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Although there were long stretches this season when it seemed at least unlikely, and maybe impossible, that the Celtics and Cavs would reach the conference finals, they’re back again and meeting in the playoffs for the third time in four years.The series everyone wanted. The one few expected to see.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd yet here they are: the odds-defying Celtics, guided by baby-faced coach Brad Stevens and prospering without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, versus the Cavs, who despite a massive roster makeover in February are rolling as 33-year-old LeBron James enhances his legend with every game.“There’s been a lot that’s happened throughout the season with us and for them,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said Thursday as Cleveland prepared for Sunday’s series opener in Boston. “Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it, but are here now and have to lay it all on the line.” MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tim Hardaway, Brian Scalabrine to visit Manila for NBA PH 3×3

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The culmination of the 3×3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams will be held at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.Hardaway, a five-time NBA All-Star who is also an assistant for the Detroit Pistons, is looking forward to his return to the hoops-crazy Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s a great feeling to return to the Philippines and get reacquainted with the passionate Filipino fan base,” said Hardaway. “NBA 3X celebrates the vibrant culture of basketball, which will be in full display for fans to experience throughout the weekend festivities.”Scalabrine, meanwhile, is ready to experience the Filipinos’ love for the game for the first time. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Traveling to the Philippines for the first time is an exciting opportunity to experience how the game is played on this side of the world,” said Scalabrine. “As a basketball fan and analyst, I’m looking forward to interacting with the fans and sharing my knowledge with the talented athletes at the NBA 3X event.”The Detroit Pistons Flight crew will also pay the Filipino fans a visit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls points to a teammate in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 13, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNBA great Tim Hardaway and former NBA forward Brian Scalabrine are headed to Manila to grace the 2018 NBA 3X Philippines festivities from August 25-26.It’s has been a tradition for the league to bring NBA players to the annual 3-on-3 tournament event, which is now in its eighth year in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins NCAA: Miranda saves JRU in win over EAC View commentslast_img read more

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Govt tables Telecoms, PUC Bills in Parliament

first_imgAfter much anticipation and expectation, Government has finally taken the Telecommunication and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Bills to the National Assembly.The Bills were tabled by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes on Tuesday. They were read for the first time.Earlier this month, Minister Hughes told Guyana Times that she intended to have the proposed legislation presented to the National Assembly before the end of the month. However, at the time, the Bills were with the Attorney General (AG) Chambers for legal vetting.The Bills were then handed to Cabinet for final review before presentation to Parliament. GTT currently holds a 20-year plus monopoly over the telecommunication sector and stakeholders, particularly Digicel, have long been calling for this control of the telecoms market to be broken.The Telecoms Bill, which was first introduced in 2011 and revised in 2013, was with a Special Select Committee in the 10th Parliament and was near conclusion when Parliament was prorogued in 2014. The Bill is among 12 others that were recalled in the 11th Parliament.Meanwhile, under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, the Telecoms Bill underwent a new set of consultations with the two main players in mobile service and other stakeholders including the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and several Non-Governmental Organisations before it was submitted to Cabinet for review.Government had even appointed two overseas consultants – Janice Brendman and Geeta Ragubir – to complete the work on the Bill. The Telecommunications Bill seeks to create a competitive regime in the telecommunications sector. It provides for an open, liberalised and competitive sector that will be attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving the activities of the current participants.By creating this competitive environment for telecommunications, the Bill is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices for consumers. The Bill also specifically addresses the expansion of telecommunication networks and services into unserved and under-served areas, through the institution of a new universal access/universal service programme, in an effort to further national and regional social and economic development.At the launch of Digicel’s 4G Internet service earlier this month in Bartica, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Kelly urged the immediate passage of the Bill, noting that a liberalised telecommunications sector in the country will stimulate competition, which will in turn result in better services for customers.Kelly added that once the Telecommunications Liberalisation Bill passes, Digicel will take immediate steps to introduce cheaper services such as Internet rates and international calls as well as the possibility of landline services.Meanwhile, in a more recent interview with Guyana Times, CEO of GTT Justin Nedd said his company is ready to relinquish its hold on the telecoms sector. He pointed out that this will provide a level playing field for all the players in the sector. “I believe that the sector is already liberalised, though not formally, but once the Bill is passed and assented to law, everybody will have to play by the same rules, report to the same regulator, pay the same taxes and I believe we are ready for that because we have been doing it for decades,” the CEO stated.When asked about the impending competition that will follows the break of the 20-plus year monopoly that the company has over the sector, Nedd posited that GTT has been competing with its main opponent Digicel for several years on many fronts and so customers can expect only better things.last_img read more

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‘New Hearts’ for Christmas

first_imgThree Liberian children have received the best Christmas gift ever: an opportunity for a new lease on life through the collaboration of Dr. Endele Tefera (Pediatric Cardiologist, Liberian College of Physician and Surgeon – LCPS) and Dr. Edwin Francis (Pediatric Cardiologist of the Lisie Hospital located in Cochin, India), who are happy for these children to receive free corrective surgeries for their conditions.Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, a pediatric consultant at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, had earlier diagnosed the children with the conditions for which she sought the assistance of the Lisie Hospital. The children, she observed, were suffering from a congenital heart disease commonly known as a “holein the heart,” a condition that can cause a child to experience a variety of symptoms including weakness, poor growth and shortness of breath. Congenital heart disease leads to a reduced quality of life and often a shorter life span if lifesaving surgery is not done. “Bradley, Samuel and Pewee faced many challenges and would have succumbed to this illness had this opportunity not come,” Dr. Camanor told the Daily Observer yesterday at the JFK hospital.In Liberia, she said, ‘a hole in the heart’ is often a difficult diagnosis to treat due to the lack of facilities and specialists to further perform open heart surgery.“We, Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, Dr. Udhayashankar Kanagasabai, the Liberian Pediatric Cardiac patients and their families with grateful hearts would like to appreciate the individuals and organizations that worked tirelessly as a team and contributed financially to ensure that these three children get the heart surgeries they most needed in a foreign land. They are Lisie Hospital, Cochin, India, John F. Kennedy Medical Center Pediatric Department and Administration, the Ministry of Health of Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva and the Indian High Commission to Liberia, the Royal Air Maroc, Sahara Travel, APSEN Medical, Mrs. Anandani of Raj Enterprises, Kelvin Sambola of Lord Kelvin Forex Beuaru, Sam Mitchell, Corinal Hotel and the Daily Observer newspaper.On the assistance to the ailing children, Dr. Camanor said, “Every child deserves to grow well and healthy,” for which she thanked the individuals and institutions for giving the children this opportunity to seek advanced medical treatment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rosamond commute takes flight

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Most people have a car or SUV parked in the garage. Scott Loftin has three airplanes. The 50-year-old aviation enthusiast is a resident of Rosamond Skypark, a tidy subdivision on the edge of the Mojave Desert where single-family homes are adjacent to hangars, and airplane noise isn’t considered a nuisance. Three days a week, Loftin, a biomedical engineer, revs up the engine of his Glasair RV-6 or Cessna 152 and rumbles down a nearby runway to begin his commute to San Jose or Los Angeles. “There’s more to it than the time factor,” he says. “It’s the mystique of flying to work.” There are some 560 skyparks across the country, ranging from fancy to comparatively modest, with an additional 20 planned. The popularity of the communities is largely driven by aviation buffs such as Loftin, who are looking to use their planes more than just on the weekends. Actor John Travolta lives with his Gulfstream II jet and Boeing 707 at an exclusive airpark in Florida that includes a country club and inn and the nation’s longest private residential runway, at 7,550 feet, according to the community’s Web site. Rosamond, on the other hand, consists mostly of empty-nesters and retired couples who have saved over the years to afford the unusual lifestyle. The neighborhood includes colonial and ranch-style homes distinguished by sprawling backyards that lead to cavernous hangars housing anything from $90,000 two-seater experimental planes to gliders. Built in 1986 with 60 lots, the privately owned subdivision has three vacant spots left, starting at $195,000. Houses average about $400,000. Obeying an honor system, residents and visitors typically avoid departures and arrivals early in the morning and late at night. Without an airport tower, pilots navigate backyard taxiways on their own and radio each other before taking off and landing at the 3,600-foot public runway. In the sky, they follow standard visual flight rules and remain under constant monitoring by the Federal Aviation Administration. John Wilson moved to the skypark nearly 20 years ago, looking for a bigger home and a place to park his Cessna 182. Before retiring in 2001, he flew daily to Burbank Airport, then drove six miles in traffic to Hollywood, where he worked as manager of technical facilities at a television network. “Flying was the shortest part of it,” said Wilson, who averaged his air time at about 30 minutes. “All the time, I’d look down and shake my head and sympathize with all the people down there … I’d say, Glad I’m not down there.” Wilson, 67, said he also saved almost a dollar a gallon on gas by flying part of the way. While the shorter commutes are a boon, residents say the camaraderie of the community is what keeps them there. “In a regular neighborhood, everyone does different jobs. In this environment, we have a common interest,” said John Manduca, president of the Rosamond Skypark Association. “We’re all pilots. We speak the same language.” They also look out for each other and their planes. Many airparks, including the one in Rosamond, have numerous fences and padlocks. Airplanes are almost always kept in hangars, and if they are outside, residents say, they are disabled so no one can steal them. “People want to know who is near their airplane, what is happening to it,” said Dave Sclair, publisher of Living With Your Plane, an online newsletter that tracks residential airparks. Above Rosamond, planes crisscross the sky, carrying residents to and from work, away for vacations or on joy flights. Jim Payne, who manages Northrop Grumman Corp.’s test-flight operations for the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance plane at Edwards Air Force Base, is frequently among the fliers. Payne uses his two-seater Van’s RV-6A to commute 24 miles to his office on the base. “Every morning there (are) several thousand people waiting to get into Edwards,” said Payne, “and I’m doing 150 mph over the gate.” last_img read more

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Poyet: Keeping Cattermole at Sunderland was my best piece of transfer business

first_img Lee Cattermole in action for Sunderland Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes convincing midfielder Lee Cattermole to stay with the Wearsiders has been his best bit of transfer business in his first 12 months at the club.Poyet had to ward off fierce interest from Premier League rivals Stoke City for the 26-year-old’s signature in January and pulled the plug on Cattermole’s proposed £5 million switch to the Brittania Stadium.Cattermole ended up playing a key role in the Black Cats’ successful fight against relegation last term and Poyet has admitted he made the right choice to keep the former Middlesbrough man at the club in a last-minute change of heart.He said: “In transfer windows, it’s the best decision I have made. I’ve got no doubt about that.“I’m sure, with all respect to Stoke and to Catts, he’s happier here. His reaction to the decision was spectacular.”Cattermole, who has been a key player in a defensive midfield role at the centre of Poyet’s 4-1-4-1 system, is set to start against the Potters on Saturday at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland search for their first league win of the campaign. 1last_img read more

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Man City referred to UEFA financial body in fair play probe

first_imgUEFA began a new probe after further allegations were made in German publication Der Spiegel last year.The reports alleged that City, bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, had set up sponsorship deals to circumvent regulations limiting how much money owners can put into a club.City could reportedly face a season-long ban from the Champions League if they are found to have breached the regulations but it is not known if chief investigator Yves Leterme supports such a penalty.UEFA introduced the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules to prevent clubs that qualify for its competitions from spending beyond their means and avert what then-president Michael Platini called “financial doping” within the game.“The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation,” UEFA said in a statement on Friday.“The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on 7 March 2019 for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets.”The club immediately responded, saying in a statement the accusation of financial irregularities “remains entirely false”.“The decision (to refer the case) contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process,” the club added.– Serial winners –City were bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 and the club have since been transformed into serial winners after decades of under-achievement.A win against Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final would secure the first domestic treble in English football history after the club, managed by Pep Guardiola, won the League Cup earlier this season and retained their Premier League title.The Premier League said in March it was investigating financial matters and academy player recruitment at City.Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain have faced a similar UEFA probe over the 400 million euros ($449 million) spent to sign Brazilian forward Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe.But in March, the Court of Arbitration for Sport backed the French club against UEFA.CAS upheld PSG’s appeal against a decision by UEFA to reopen a probe into the club’s compliance with FFP regulations.UEFA had originally cleared PSG of wrongdoing.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City celebrate their 2018/19 Premier League title triumph © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 16 – Manchester City said Thursday they were “disappointed” but “not surprised” after being referred to UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber for alleged breaches of financial fair play rules.In 2014, the Premier League champions were fined £49 million (Sh6.4bn) and subjected to squad, wage and spending caps in a settlement agreed with football’s European governing body following a previous breach of the rules.last_img read more

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Arsenal fans will hate this

first_imgArsenal and West Ham fans have been singing it about Mesut Ozil and Dimitri Payet all season and now Tottenham are using Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ for Dele Alli.The 20-year-old has become a huge favourite of the White Hart Lane faithful this season since arriving from MK Dons in a £5m transfer, but the chant, which is being heard more and more, is likely to annoy Spurs’ London rivals.Every club is guilty of ‘borrowing’ songs from other sides, however, but it doesn’t stop accusations of stealing.Spurs fans were in full voice in their 4-0 win at Stoke and could be heard singing about Alli again, which you can see in the video below.And in case you were wondering, the lyrics go like this: ‘We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, I just don’t think you understand. He only cost five mill, he’s better than Ozil, we’ve got Dele Alli’.last_img read more

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Burbank council to consider lot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As part of the proposal, officials are also considering an agreement with Burbank Community Church for 40 more spaces that would be available to residents Monday through Saturday. In return, the city would reconstruct the church’s parking lot. “There’s not enough parking in Magnolia Park,” said Sam Asheghian, president of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association. “Anything will help. We need it and they will approve it.” In September 2004, the City Council approved a plan for the Magnolia Park area that calls for parking improvements, marketing and promotions, events and street maintenance around Magnolia Boulevard, Hollywood Way, Chandler Boulevard, Clark Avenue and Buena Vista Street. Officials hope the project will generate nearly $1.3 million over five years. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Burbank City Council meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 275 E. Olive Ave. BURBANK – The City Council tonight will consider setting aside more than $775,000 to build a lot in the parking-starved Magnolia Park area. Officials are talking with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power about leasing some of its property for more parking on the south side of Magnolia Boulevard at Kenwood Street. It’s part of the city’s plan to improve parking in the Magnolia Park area, which is undergoing a revitalization. “Parking has been cited as the No. 1 concern of property owners,” wrote Jack Lynch, the city’s senior project manager, in his staff report to the council. “It has also been an impediment to attracting restaurants to the area.” 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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DD Motoring: The end of an era; the late Derek McMahon

first_imgHad there never been a Derek McMahon, the Donegal Motor Club would have been a boring place. Derek shot from the hip, and was on board from the start of motorsport in Donegal and was proud to put our county locally and internationally on the map. That was how “Big D” as he was known worked.The Donegal Motor Club held its first rally in the hills near Cranford outside Milford in the early seventies. It’s no coincidence that Milford, Derek’s home town was where the MotorClub’s seeds were sown.Derek was one of the top Donegal drivers in the earlier years, driving a Hilman Imp Stiletto before a brief season in a RS2000 MkI and then on to his great drives in  Avengers and Sunbeams. These brands complemented his car dealership, Mc Mahon Bros. in Milford and Letterkenny. Advertisement The late Derek Mc Mahon pictured his with his son Arthur at the homecoming for Mini To Monte Carlo. The Mc Mahon’s sponsored all my fuel through Donegal Oil Co. and Shell for the charity run from Letterkenny to Monte Carlo in aid of the Donegal Hospice in 2005. Photo Brian Mc DaidThe trend in Donegal back in them years  for so many to rally Hilman Avengers and Talbot Sunbeams  was  influenced by Derek rallying these cars. Derek famously cleaned one of the old street water pumps out of its roots with his rally car while competing on the rally through the streets of Ramelton one year.For Derek McMahon his motorsport career started in Milford but Derek was a regular in motorsport sponsorship forming his racing team in the late seventies, Derek McMahon Racing . He was a familiar face around the racetracks of Europe.One of the drivers to benefit from Derek’s team was Derek Daly who was sponsored by him in the 70’s.An extract for ‘Motorsport Magazine’ in 1979 reads as follows;  Advertisement “The large figure of Derek McMahon – the figure behind Derek Daly’s early career – is a welcome sight in Bolton for he is linked with a three-car equip of new Chevron B47s for Bernard Devaney (another quick refugee from FF1600 and the Emerald Isle), Swede Stefan Johansson and Marlboro-sponsored Eddie Jordan. All  were competitive at Silverstone.”Derek Daly’s journey to F1 was thanks to the support of Donegal’s Derek Mc Mahon. The other man mentioned in that passage was Eddie Jordan who went on to become the first Irish Man to have a Formula 1  racing team . Eddie Jordan never forgot Derek’s support in them early years and Derek was one of the guest invited on TV when Jordan was honoured in ‘This is your Life’. Milford’s “Big D” was as comfortable sitting in Milford as Monte Carlo and was known through out the Motorsport world and will be sadly missed.Rest in Peace Derek.This week’s car review; Hyundai launch their new hybrid the IoniqI recently tested  the Hyundai Ioniq,which was on show at the open day at Terence Diver’s showrooms in Letterkenny.  I  found it hard enough to find the Ioniq parked in a row of new Hyundai i35s,  apparently that’s just the way Hyundai want it. They want their hybrids to look main stream like the rest of their range.  There were two versions on show; the hybrid version and the all electric version. I managed to get a drive in the Hybrid in between customers waiting to get a spin in the new motor. The hybrid is very stylish on the road and seemed to get a lot of attention.The classy looking Hyundai Hybrid which we gat a chance to drive this week. Photo Brian McDaidWhen I am in a hybrid it never seems that bad sitting in a traffic jam because the car is not wasting any fuel and the automatic gearbox comes into its own to move the car with the least amount of  pressure on the driver. We soon are out on the open road and the Hyundai produced a good turn of power from the combination of it 1.6 petrol engine and electrical motor.The interior of the new All Electric Hyundai which is on show at Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidThe manufactures claim over 80 miles per gallon in ideal situations which will be one of the great benefits of running this car day to day. The other big benefit will be how little impact it will have on the environment,  which is a big concern to everyone unless you’re the president in waiting of America,  Donald Trump!I will be doing a longer test in the Hyundai Ioniq in the new year, but for the short time a had the car away from  the busy showroom at the weekend, I was well impressed. Our car was finished in a beautiful white and the the over all shape is just class looking especially around the tailgate. The other thing that makes this car very normal to drive is the option on the six speed automatic gearbox  to switch to manual which in turn converts the speedometer to rev counter in the middle of the dash. It puts the driver in control. It’s worth saying and a sign of things to come that now the new automatic gearbox which by the way  does so much more now than just changing gears are easier in fuel in a hybrid than even the manual mode is.And finally .. racing McRea round McAdoo’s I recently came across an old photo I took of the late and great Colin McRea when he graced our county to compete in the Donegal Rally a couple of years back . On the week running into the rally my editors were asking me to keep an eye out for  the Scotsman so we would have a photo of him for the front of our local papers to preview the upcoming rally that weekend.I wasn’t having much luck getting him and was in the process of picturing Donegal’s big hopeful that year, Paul Harris. I arranged to meet Paul in Ramelton, telling him my about my lack of luck with McRea. As I was taking his picture Paul let a roar out of him, ‘there he’s there, there he’s there!’I looked around  and we could see the famous Scott going whizzing past us. I quickly took Paul’s picture and made a hopeful pursuit in the chance of catching McRea.  On the straight out of Ramelton I could see the Lexus than McRea was driving passing the slower moving traffic. Every time he passed a car I was able to slot into the space he overtook from. By the time we got as far as McAdoo’s corner at the end of the long straight I was on his bumper.A relived Colin McRea pictured as he poses for a photo outside the Milford Inn many years ago when he competed in the Donegal Rally. His is pictured with his co-driver Nicky Grist who both through the person looking for to take their photo was the police. they were pictured with Dermott Hannigan from Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidSo now I am thinking how am I going to get him stopped?  I could see what look like his famous co-driver Nicky Grist in the passengers side looking at a map, but now he was looking at the map as it they were tourists! As we arrived on the outskirts of Milford , McRea made a late decision to turn off into the Milford Inn and I made an even later decision to follow him.They sat in the car for a while before getting out. I decided to leave the camera behind me and go over and ask their permission to take a photograph of them, rather than grasping a fan-like photo of them, I knocked on the window on the Lexus they were driving and Colin McRea rolled down his window, introduced myself from the local paper,  and asked if I could get a photo of them  “Aye Nah problem”,  was the reply for the famous Scott .Then he bust out laughing, and with a relived voice he said ‘he thought you were following us cause you were the police!’It was great to meet Colin and his co driver Nicky Grist that day who were pictured with local man Dermott Hannigan.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: The end of an era; the late Derek McMahon was last modified: November 17th, 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:brian mc daidcolin mcreadd motoringderek mc mahonelectric carhyundai ioniqmcadooslast_img read more

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