Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mike Tyson. AFP FILE PHOTOCALIFORNIA CITY, California, United States — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur.TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile (177-kilometer) drive north of Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCalls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday. /cbb Thomas starting soon with Cavs but will miss Boston game Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Where President Edwin J. Barclay Died and Was Buried

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I have read an article in Front Page Africa on Edwin James Barclay (1882-1955), Eighteenth President of Liberia (1930-1944), in which the so-called “expert” historian, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, writes that “former President Barclay and former President William V.S. Tubman had a feud where Barclay was accused by the Tubman Government [of] plotting against the state. As a result, Barclay was arrested and sent to prison where he remained and fell ill and died.”  (This quotation is taken from Barclay Redux…Front Page Africa April 30, 2014.I observe that in the same article for May 1, 2014 the section on Barclay’s alleged arrest, imprisonment, illness and death in prison have been taken out).  I have also heard   your ”EXPERT” Historian, Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, former Minister of Information, (on Charles Snetter’s radio station) telling  Front Page Africa that in 1955 “former President Edwin Barclay refused the  involvement of the government in his funeral rites and was buried in a quiet ceremony on his farm after his death in the U.S.  This was a result of a bitter feud between Barclay and the W.V.S.  Tubman era.”  Why would Emmanuel Bowier give such false information to Liberians and the world?EDWIN JAMES BARCLAY WAS NEVER SENT TO PRISON.  HE DID NOT DIE IN PRISON AND HE DID NOT DIE IN THE USA.  HE DIED IN A BED AT THE DU SIDE MEDICAL CENTER near Harbel, on the Firestone Plantation.Edwin Barclay and his doctor travelled in a small plane from  the James Spriggs Payne Airfield to the Du Side Medical Center for medical treatment and that is where he left us for a much better place on November 6, 1955. My husband and I with many others were at the airfield to see him off. When the little plane taxied near where we were standing, he was looking straight ahead and I wanted him to see that I was there.  I had several names for him but he enjoyed the story about Chesterfield and snakes. I yelled, “CHESTERFIELD!”  He started to look around.  My husband said, “He is looking for you.”When he saw where I was he gave me a big smile and wave, which I returned. I have never forgotten that smile and the wave.  I admired the man and listened to his stories and as he did not have many visitors,  he did have someone to listen to his stories. At this time I was living three doors from his house and could drop by anytime.Another name I sometimes called him was “Lone Star” and when I talked about how he wrote that brilliant song, he would tell about the inspiration for other things he had written.His body was driven by road to his farm and I was one of those assigned to be there to receive the body and make preparations for the burial. It was a beautiful ceremony with his family, friends and neighbors.  Everybody at that funeral wanted to be there. Neighbors brought chairs, etc. Among the relatives working with us was his first cousin’s daughter whom he educated in France, Mrs. Antoinette Louise Padmore Tubman, wife of President William V.S. Tubman.Sometimes I wonder whether EDWIN James Barclay was not a genius. To have written The  Lone Star Forever at nineteen years old was quite a feat.To have a local politician refer to him as “a jill cup thinker” is sycophancy at its highest level—sycophancy seems to be a Liberian thing.Continue to rest in perfect peace, “Chesterfield,” “Lone Star,” “Cousin Eddie.”  You did not treat with them—you ignored all of them. You did your best for Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo flays Govt on atrocious record with local authority bodies

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo opined that while the Government can be given credit for the holding of Local Government Elections, it cannot boast of upholding local government democracy.“They have an atrocious record in dealing with local government bodies,” he remarked during a press conference at Freedom House on Monday.Jagdeo was at the time responding to President David Granger’s accusation against the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for “waging civil war” at the local government level.The President was at the time expressing disappointment in the PPP/C elected Councillors decision to “boycott” a conference that was held at the Marriott Hotel for Neighbourhood and Regional Democratic Councils.But Jagdeo explained that the Councillors had legitimate reasons for declining to attend the conference, and they duly expressed those concerns in a correspondence to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In reading the letter the Councillors dispatched, Jagdeo showed that they had concerns over the lateness in the arrival of the invitation but more importantly, the lack of consultation before the organisation of such a meeting.“We shall oppose the creation of any bodies which will impinge on or dilute the constitutional or legal power or authority of the elected regional democratic municipal councils,” Jagdeo said in reading an excerpt of the letter.He explained that the Councillors expressed the preference not to attend the conference because they did not want to convey the impression of endorsing the creation of such a body until it is properly arranged with adequate notice.The Opposition Leader indicated that it is unreasonable that the Head of State got upset over the democratic right of the regional representatives to not attend the conference and contended that in doing so, it is not a demonstration of waging civil war.“It’s not civil war, he has to learn to respect the elected officials and elected officials have no obligation to turn up when the President turns up. They are not employees of the State,” he emphasised.Further, the PPP General Secretary highlighted several other instances where the Government has undermined the local government democracy.He alluded to the instance where the Communities Minister had stepped in to install bodies of his personal liking, authorities who were not reflective of the popular vote in those Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and the township of Mabaruma. Though the court intervened and quashed Bulkan’s appointments, ordering that the proper procedure be followed, the problem is yet to be rectified.Jagdeo also pointed to the delay in the establishment of the local government commission.“The local government commission is an important part of the entire system of local government so the Minister, in spite of the fact that the PPP has submitted its nominees for the past maybe six to seven months, has refused to put the local government commission body into effect… What effectively they are doing, they are stacking the place, hiring people who are hardcore [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU supporters so by time the local government commission is put in place, these individuals would be entrenched in the local government system,” the former President stated.Additionally, he said there have been a number of instances where Regional Executive Officers (REOs) have been acting with impunity and in defiance of the elected representatives of their respective regions without any sanction from central government.Another incident he highlighted is Government’s establishment of towns without widespread consultation with the people.“One of the tenets of good governance, particularly when you are changing the system of organisation, it is to consult with people… You can’t unilaterally change their form of organisation and expect them to kiss your feet every time you go visit them,” he stated, referring to the recent establishment of townships in Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma.The Opposition Leader also noted with concern the Administration’s intention to establish more capital towns as well as the creation of new NDCs, once again, without proper consultations with the people who stand to be affected.Jagdeo also drew attention to the disruption of regional meetings by APNU/AFC aligned Councillors.“If the President is serious about local government democracy, then he needs to wean in his thugs,” the Opposition Leader asserted.last_img read more

Farm Assessment Review meeting in Dawson Creek tomorrow night

first_imgFarmers in the Peace area will get a chance to have their say in how farm properties are assessed at a meeting tomorrow in Dawson Creek.The Farm Assessment Review panel which has been touring across BC for the last month will be making a stop in the city tomorrow night at 6:30pm in the Kin Arena. The meeting will allow the province to consult with local farmers on how they can streamline and improve the farm assessment process. John Rustad, chair of the Review panel says he’s happy with the results of consultation meetings so far.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=472|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c2243bc2b65b87e6afc3c5c3ba2e6ea8-Rustad_1_Pub.mp3] The consultations are the result of a Ministry of Small Business and Revenue decision late last year to conduct a comprehensive review of BC’s farm assessment policies. The review hopes to address concerns about the policies that were raised by farmers and their communities.Panel members include Karen Goodings, chair of the Peace River Regional District. More information is available at www.farmassessmentreview.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Football League supports Wycombe’s decision to fit players with GPS trackers after safety complaint

first_img Derek Adams 1 The Football League has supported Wycombe’s decision to fit their players with GPS-tracking devices during Saturday’s home defeat to Plymouth.Pilgrims boss Derek Adams complained in the tunnel before the game at Adams Park when he spotted Wycombe’s players wearing the performance monitors under their shirts and kick-off was delayed for six minutes.Wycombe provided match referee Tim Robinson with a letter from the Football League which authorised their use and the players were allowed to wear the devices, but Adams was critical of the decision after the match.Adams said: “It’s a hard object and a dangerous bit of equipment if somebody goes into the back of another player to head the ball.“I noticed in the tunnel and alerted the referee. I don’t think it should be allowed. I’m not sure what the ruling is but someone could head it, it could get pulled or somebody could even get choked.”But a Football League spokesman told Wycombe’s official website: “Following FIFA’s decision to permit players to wear Electronic Performance and Tracking System devices under the laws of the game, The Football League has also sanctioned their use in its competitions.“Clubs were notified of this rule change in writing before the start of the current season and the matter was explained to club managers at their annual pre-season meetings.“Any club seeking to use EPTS devices is required to notify the League and provide relevant details relating to how they will be worn and used. To date, 19 clubs, including Wycombe Wanderers, have registered their intention to use these devices.”last_img read more

2nd crash brings death and injury

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The California Highway Patrol has the driver in custody and is investigating. By The Associated Press TEMECULA – A firefighter was hit by a car while treating an accident victim, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Paramedic Bob Genn was treating the victim of a traffic accident when he was hit by another car at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. The driver also ran over and killed the person Genn was helping. Genn, 49, was admitted to Inland Valley Hospital with a collapsed lung, several broken ribs and numerous scrapes and bruises. last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: Five realistic alternatives to Hector Bellerin

first_imgArsenal are set for another summer of speculation surrounding right-back Hector Bellerin.A return to Barcelona for the player, who joined the Gunners back in 2011, is being reported, as it was last year, although Bellerin has attempted to pour cold water on the speculation, tweeting: ‘Don’t believe everything you read…”Whether a move is imminent for the Spaniard or not, Arsene Wenger will no doubt have a shortlist of possible replacements for his star, but who could they be?Here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at the statistics, and thanks to our friends at WhoScored, found five realistic players Arsensal could sign to replace Bellerin without breaking the bank.Click the right arrow above to see our suggestions… 5 5 Cedric Soares (Southampton) – The Portuguese star has impressed over the last two seasons at St Mary’s with Chelsea and Barcelona both, reportedly, expressing an interest in signing him. Statistics show he makes 2.1 more tackles per game than Bellerin, while with the ball at his feet, Soares also makes 0.5 more key passes per match, but lacks when it comes to his passing accuracy, but this may well be due to the fact he makes more crosses than the Spaniard, and more long balls. Either way, as a proven Premier League player, Soares could be high on Wenger’s list of possible replacements. Ricardo Pereira (Porto) – Slightly skewed by some performances as a right winger on occasion in Ligue 1 with Nice over the last two years, Pereira still represents an intriguing option for Arsenal this summer. Capable of playing as a right-back, or right wing-back, he’ll be a fit for the styles Wenger currently uses. He, like most in the position, betters Bellerin’s statistics in defensive situations, but also matches the Spaniard when it comes to offensive output. Pereira, who is reported to have a €25m release clause, makes 0.4 key passes per game more than the Arsenal man, and just 0.2 dribbles per game less than the lightning quick Bellerin. His passing success is also very similar making him a prime target for Arsenal. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) – A regular for the Serie A high-flyers this season, the Albanian will be used to neat possession based play and this is reflected in the statistics. Hysaj completes, on average, 16.7 more passes per game than Bellerin, and overall has a higher pass completion percentage. He does, though, play less ‘key’ passes, but makes more accurate long balls and crosses, per game. Defensively you can see differences between the players as Hysaj wins 2.1 tackles per game, compared to Bellerin’s 0.7, but the latter does make 0.2 more interceptions compared to the Albanian, while Hysaj is also dribbled past less, but Bellerin’s attacking nature makes him more productive, with the Spanish starlet scoring once and getting four assists, with Hysaj managing just one assist in Naples. He would be a solid and assured replacement if Wenger wants to toughen up his defence. 5 5 Davide Zappacosta (Torino) – One of the players who closely matches Bellerin’s profile, is Italy international Zappacosta. Defensively, he just nudges ahead of Bellerin in terms of tackles completed per game (1.5 compared to 0.7), while he 0.2 interceptions per match more than the Spaniard. The Italian also outperforms the Arsenal man when it comes to both shots per game, and key passes. His passing accuracy is 1.8 per cent lower than Bellerin’s, but he makes 1.4 more crosses per game, so depending on Wenger’s preferred choice of striker next year, Zappacosta could be a good option for a fairly low fee. Youssouf Sabaly (Paris Saint Germain) – He might not be the most glamorous name when all the options are considered, but, on loan at Bordeaux, has some decent statistics. Like Bellerin, Sabaly managed four assists last season but looks capable going forwards and back along his flank. Defensively, in a team which finished sixth, Sabaly made, by some distance, more tackles and interceptions than Bellerin, while also make 2.1 clearances per game more than the Spaniard. Even offensively the PSG man completes more key passes and dribbles, although only marginally (0.3 and 0.2 per game, respectively). He would, though, be a risky signing for Wenger, given his inexperience at a high standard. 5last_img read more

Report: $50 billion needed to fix county roads, landfills

first_imgWith crumbling streets, gridlocked traffic and mounds of trash, Los Angeles County’s deteriorating infrastructure needs $50 billion in upgrades over the next five years to meet growing demands, a statewide engineers group said Thursday. Of nearly a dozen infrastructure systems studied, the county’s streets, highways and urban-runoff systems received the lowest grades – D’s – while its solid-waste system got a B-plus. Flood control, wastewater and port systems got B’s. Giving the county an average grade of C-plus, the American Society of Civil Engineers warned that significant problems are on the horizon for the infrastructure unless there are changes in attitude and funding. “If the county doesn’t begin to make repairs now, if there is a failure, it could cost five times what we are talking about,” said Harvey Gobas, chairman of the Los Angeles County Infrastructure Committee and past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Los Angeles. In addition, streets continue to deteriorate, and neither the county nor city of Los Angeles has been able to commit enough money to overcome years of neglect, the report said. Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the county has spent about $1.5 billion on infrastructure improvements in the past five years. “The areas that we are responsible for, we have been investing quite a bit of money in infrastructure,” Janssen said. “The Public Works Department has also put up $60 million in clean water requirements, which is only a down payment on a much larger bill. “We have been able to maintain roads in the unincorporated areas, but there hasn’t been much money to improve or add roads.” William Higley, deputy director of the county’s Department of Public Works, said $4.5 billion in transportation revenues has been diverted to the state’s general fund over the past three years. Higley said the department spends about $180 million a year on county roads now, down from $210 million three years ago. “Overall, we’re seeing a reduction in our ability to invest in our roads, highways and infrastructure,” Higley said. Gobas warned that the cost of making upgrades will only get more expensive as time passes. Just two years ago, the group estimated that the county needed to spend $4 billion a year on improvements. Aides to the Board of Supervisors said the report would be reviewed to determine what steps should be taken to deal with the issues. While the county should look to the state and federal governments for help, Gobas said officials also need to face the prospect of paying for the necessary improvements. “When it comes down to it, it’s a matter of priorities that our residents and officials have to set,” Gobas said. Melinda Barrett, who heads the public affairs group for the county’s Public Works Department, said the agency concurs with the group’s overall assessments. “This is an important document for the public to be aware of the need to maintain our system,” Barrett said. “Unfortunately, this is one of those things that when everything is working as it is supposed to, no one thinks about. The only time anyone pays any attention is when there is a failure. “We are spending a lot of time and money thinking about and dealing with these issues, but it’s important for the public to realize these programs need a consistent level of funding.” Infrastructure systems that received higher marks reflected the county’s ability to either keep up with or slow a decline in services, the report said, noting that even with the problem of diminishing landfills, the county’s solid-waste system earned the highest grade of B-plus. The county’s 5,731-mile flood-control system – which earned a B – proved itself during the winter’s near-record rainfall, but the report said the facilities are aging and need repair. The wastewater system – which also got a B – also is effective, although repairs and maintenance remain a concern. The port system earned its B because of its overall operation, the group said while noting the need for improvements in everything from access roads to wharves. The D given to the urban-runoff system was based on an assessment of how well the county’s seven watersheds meet state water-quality standards. The average was pulled down by the Ballona Creek, Dominguez Channel and Santa Monica Bay watersheds, which each received a failing grade for violating water-quality standards, with no plans to make improvements. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, who has long stressed the need for infrastructure investments, told the engineers that statewide support has declined dramatically. Richman said that under former Govs. Edmund G. Brown and Ronald Reagan, infrastructure projects comprised 15 percent of the state budget. Today, he said, it represents less than 3 percent. “Hopefully, this update will help motivate citizens, civic leaders and elected officials to secure consistent funding for the area’s long-term infrastructure needs,” said Chris McKenzie, executive director of the California League of Cities. Staff Writer Troy Anderson contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The report card, released at the group’s annual meeting at the University of Southern California, comes as population growth increases pressure on county facilities, despite millions of dollars in recent improvements. Gobas said traffic and landfills are among the most pressing problems. “This confirms what everyone who is sitting in traffic knows – it’s just gotten worse and worse,” Gobas said. “And on landfills, what we see is we are running out of landfill space and no one wants one. “It is the classic not-in-my-backyard mentality. But we have to put the trash somewhere and it looks like it will mean more and more traffic to get the trash trucks to where they have to go.” The report said officials have failed to deal with short-term transit improvements such as bus service, as well as long-range planning for mass-transit systems. last_img read more

Fischer Breaks School Record In The Indoor 5,000 Meters

first_imgFischer’s time of 13:55.27 in the indoor 5,000 meters bested the previous record held by Bulldog great Brogan Austin by more than four seconds. Last week at the Meyo Invitational, Fischer set the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters. AMES, Iowa – Drake University track and field senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) broke his second school record in as many weeks Friday evening at the Iowa State Classic. “It’s great to see Reed racing so well when his focus is on his training during the indoor season,” said Drake co-interim head coach Dan Hostager. “He nearly won his heat in a photo finish in just his second real race of the season and there’s lots of big things ahead for him this season.” 5,000 Meters29. Kyle Brandt, 15:23.81 Long Jump8. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-8 Fischer’s time was the 14th fastest on the day and one of the top times in the nation as he and the Bulldogs competed against some of the nation’s top teams at the Iowa State Classic including athletes from programs like Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin in addition to Missouri Valley Conference foes like UNI, Illinois State and Bradley. 3,000 Meters12. Joshua Yeager, 8:29.25 200 Meters12. Mary Young, 25.0817. Mariah Crawford, 25.36 Friday Results 3,000 Meters17. Mykaela Cole, 10:19.04 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)16. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9922. Caulin Graves, 7.1128. Nihad Ejubovic, 7.46 Story Links 200 Meters16. Caulin Graves, 21.92 – PR18. Demetrius Shelton, 22.1435. Nihad Ejubovic, 23.2736. Malik Metivier, 23.37 High Jump11. Tamar Mosby, 5-3 Other Bulldogs competed on the track in preliminary heats of the 60 meters and 200 meters with Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) and Mariah Crawford taking 12th and 13th in the 60 and 200 meters, respectively. 5,000 Meters – Invitational14. Reed Fischer, 13:55.27 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)13. Mariah Crawford, 7.9119. Bryce Lang, 8.45 The Bulldogs return to the Iowa State Classic for the second day of competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, with events starting at noon inside ISU’s Lied Athletic Recreation Center. In the field events, the Bulldogs had a pair of eighth-place finishes in the long jump as Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) was eighth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 22-8 while Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) was eighth in the women’s field at 18-1. In addition to Fischer’s school record, the Drake women’s distance runners got a personal best from freshman Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) in the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 10:19.04 to finish 17th in the talented field. Joshua Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) was 12th in the men’s 3,000 meters in 8:29.25. Iowa State Classic – Feb. 10Ames, Iowa – Lied Athletic Recreation Center Weight Throw23. Michael Dolan, 50-8.75 Long Jump8. Taryn Rolle, 18-111. Brittani Griesbaum, 17-3.5 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DD Motoring: New wheels for the next generation

first_imgMany’s the child that has dreams of what they want and what they will do when they grow up, and as this old black and white photos shows taken nearly twenty years ago – dreams can happen if you put in the effort!Eoin Kelly pictured nearly twenty years ago in Hegarty’s Old Ford Garage in Ballymacool as a child with a copy of a brochure of the new Ford Focus which was launch on to the Irish market.Eoin Kelly in 1999 in Hegarty’s Autos Service in Letterkenny at the launch of the Ford Focus. Photo Brian McDaidAnd the same young Eoin pictured this week as he gets ready to get behind the wheel of his first new Ford. Advertisement Owen Kelly pictured at the wheel of his first new car a Ford Fiesta ST line Euros boast Photo Brian McDaidEoin is a grandchild of the late Andy Hegarty who started his own business in the 1960s in Ballymacool. Before that Andy Hegarty started off in the motor business as a store man in McClean and McLaughlin’s garage in Letterkenny where Benny Sweeney’s is located now.In Andy’s day Mc Clean and Mc Laughlin’s were Volkswagen Dealers before they became Ford dealers and like Eoin, Andy also bought himself a new car which was a VW Beetle from the garage that he worked in.Words of advice from his two uncles, Owen Kelly get ready to go on the road with his first new car. He is pictured with with his uncles Paul and Andrew Hegarty from the Ford Garage in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidEoin is serving his apprenticeship as a mechanic with Ford at Hegarty’s in Letterkenny. His first car was a secondhand Ford Mondeo Diesel and now the young motor mechanic is moving to petrol with the purchase of this two-door fiesta one litre Eco boost.He is pictured with his two uncles Andrew and Paul Hegarty as he gets the keys of his Fiesta and also gets some words of advice for his journey on the road ahead in his new motor. Advertisement Words of advise from his two uncles Eoin Kelly gets ready to go on the road with his first new car, He is pictured with with his uncles, Paul and Andrew Hegarty from the Ford Garage in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidPride and joy 100 years agoDr. Henry Maurtin Johnston was considered to have the best car in Donegal a century ago.He was the local doctor in Stranorlar. His car was his pride and joy and nothing was spared in the upkeep and the maintenance of it. As a local doctor his car may well have been seen out in public a lot but it wasn’t the only car in Co Donegal at the time.Dr Johnston was the 47th person to register his car and received his number IH 47.The two letters of the registration of Johnsons’ Motor Car IH on the car on the left and Dr. Johnston pictured on the right with the light coloured waistcoat at a get-togetherThe car became famous locally when it was ambushed by the IRA in 1920 to transport arms and when down in local history when a local poet from Ballybofey, Willie Gillespie wrote a song about the whole incident.Then the band the Dubliners made Johnston Motor Car a worldwide name in the 60s when they uncovered the old ballad and recorded it. In the song it is suggested that Dr. Johnson wasn’t impressed that his car was taken to transport ammunition.But privately the thing that really annoyed him was that his fine well-tuned car was described as having a din from it.Dr.Johnston who at one time was considered to have the best car in DonegalWillie Gillespie a local poet from Ballybofey who penned the song Johnston’s Motor Car shortly after the event and was made famous world wide by the Dubliners in the 1960’sI suppose the din worked well for Willie Gillespie to rhyme with Glenfinn!Perhaps Dr. Johnson would have been happier if his car was taken through Gweedore and Willie Gillespie could have included you could hear the Rolls Royce Roar going through Gweedore. (I don’t know if it was a Rolls Royce by the way but would love to know what make of car it was.) The words of the song by Willie Gillespie that made Johnston’s Motor Car famous.Keeping up with the JonesesKeeping up with the Joneses over a century ago in Co. Donegal, as far as cars were concerned was down to two people, Charles Earl of Leitrim from Mulroy Bay near Milford and Captain White from Lough Eske Castle.The Earl of Leitrim started the ball rolling by buying and registering the second and third car ever in Donegal getting IH 2 and IH 3. Captain H.H White from Lough Eske Castle near Donegal Town replied by buying and registering 3 cars taking the numbers IH 34, 40 and 44.Not to be out done Charles Earl of Leitrim registered another car getting the number IH 48, so between them they owned six cars which was 25% of the cars owned by people living permanently in Co. Donegal.Of the first 50 cars registered in Co Donegal half of them were registered to people living in neighbouring counties, with Strabane Co Tyrone the most popular location. The most interesting registration other than that of IH 47 which belonged to Dr. Johnston from Stranorlar – the man who got the very first registration in Co Donegal.Dr Johnston at the wheel of his fine car which was the 47 car to be registered in Co. Donegal.Number 1The first ever car registered in Co. Donegal went to a man with an address in Treankeel Lodge, Letterkenny. The only place Treankeel comes up on the present day map of Donegal points towards the Brennagh area of Glenswilly.His name was “Sydney Richardson Christie Miller” which would certainly silence the odd nick name up the Glen if that was where he actually did live permanently!With the help of the Co. Museum this week and curator Judith Mc Carthy we managed to trace a man with the exact same long-winded treble barrel name who was recorded on the census for the Essex area in England at that time. If this was the same man who registered the first car in Donegal, he more than likely was over in Donegal on a long holiday or staying with friends indefinitely.Sydney Richardson Christie Miller was a man of means and his claim to fame was that he was the owner of a rare collection of priceless books, poems and aires which were collected by his uncle who was a member of parliament. His family made their fortune as hat makers called “Christy’s London” going as far back as 1773 and still in business today. When Sydney passed away in 1931 there was over £300,000 in his will.One thing looks certain from the record of cars registered in Co. Donegal starting in 1903 over one hundred years ago was that Donegal was the location for the well-to-do to come and stay in as guests in the many big houses or to own a second residence judging by the variety of addresses.The sad part on the flip side of this coin for the majority of Donegal at this time there were only starting to recover from the devastation that the famine subjected them to.The Irish population lost one million people through starvation and related diseases and lost another million of if population to emigration in great famine of 1845-49.DD Motoring: New wheels for the next generation was last modified: February 21st, 2018 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 daidcarsdonegalhistorymotoringlast_img read more