Let Us All Rally to Save the Southeast!

first_imgA concerned and visionary non-governmental organization (NGO), Bridge Rural Communities for Trade (BRCT), has raised a renewed alarm about the terrible road conditions in southeastern Liberia that have left that sub-region impoverished, marginalized and cut off.And what leads us to call BRCT visionary is that this NGO is not complaining only, but has challenged southeasterners themselves—their general citizenry, their Legislators and other well-to-do people to rally to the desperate cause and do whatever they can in unison with other concerned and responsive Liberians as well as local and international partners to rally and save the southeast.BRCT’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Gbenimah Slopadoe, told a news conference last Monday, “We must find the resources to do everything humanly possible to restore roads in the affected areas. These areas comprise the entire southeast—Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland counties, where over 600,000 Liberians live [there] and are cut off from the rest of the country because of bad roads.”Mr. Slopadoe is calling on all Liberians, beginning with southeasterners themselves and international partners, to participate in a rally scheduled for March 25, 2017 to raise funds for the rescue of the hapless, suffering people of the southeast.Because of the bad roads affecting the entire southeastern sub-region, transport operators are refusing to travel there. More besides, said reporter Leroy Sonpon III, there is the threat of hunger because the price of rice, the nation’s staple, has risen from L$1,900 to L$3,500; a gallon of gasoline is now L$1,000, up from L$350.We are calling on all Liberians to come forward and rally to this urgent cause to save our southeastern brothers and sisters from hunger, marginalization and poverty by participating cheerfully and generously in the March 25 rally to save the southeast.We are calling on the entire business community, beginning with the Liberian businesspeople, to come forward and participate in this BRCT rally and raise funds to save the southeast.We are also urging the GOL, in particular the relevant Ministries—Public Works, which is itself headed by a southeasterner, Gyude (warrior) Moore, and the Ministry of Defense’s Engineering Battalion, to join the southeasterners and LACE (Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment) to come forward and help the cause.They must be encouraged by BRCT’s willingness to engage in this noble self-help effort. This means the southeasterners are not just crying for help but are first trying to help themselves, hoping that the rest of us will join in rallying to this compelling cause of saving the southeast from poverty and marginalization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kirby Dreher three over after first day of Symetra Classic

first_imgIt was an up and down day for Dreher overall. She started her round with bogeys on two of her first three holes, however rebounded nicely with three consecutive birdies on holes four through six.Unfortunately, Dreher had a bogey on hole seven and found herself at an even par 35 heading into the back nine.The back nine proved to be a struggle for Dreher, as bogeys on holes 11, 15, and 17 left her at three over at the conclusion of the round.- Advertisement -Round two from Charlotte will continue for Dreher tomorrow. France’s Isabelle Boineau is the early clubhouse leader at five under for her round, however a quarter of the field has yet to tee off for today’s round.last_img read more

France into last 16 as Mbappe makes history

first_imgParis Saint-Germain forward Mbappe — aged 19 years and 183 days — underlined his rich talent and claimed his place in the French record books when he poked home in the first half.Didier Deschamps’ side face Denmark on Tuesday with top spot in Group C up for grabs but progression to the next stage assured.In contrast, Peru face Australia with their fate sealed and just pride to play for in front of their passionate and large following that has decamped to Russia.Some Peru fans were in tears even before kick-off — a generation of Peruvians have never known their country in the World Cup before.The South Americans’ last appearance was in 1982 and they made this like a home game, ensuring their red and white dominated the Yekaterinburg Arena.That included the two enormous temporary stands that stretch high above both ends, exposed to the elements, where Peru fans bobbed and bounced to keep warm.Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder who a few days ago called himself “the most criticised player in the world”, flashed a drive wide and defender Raphael Varane did likewise from a header.With 15 minutes gone, Pogba and France began to impose themselves.Antoine Griezmann drove straight at goalkeeper Pedro Gallese after Olivier Giroud — starting in place of Ousmane Dembele — set up the Atletico Madrid forward.Deschamps had clearly told his side, disappointing in beating Australia 2-1 in their opener, to go long and use Giroud’s physicality.Peru’s best outlet in the first half was rampaging full-back Luis Advincula, who had the beating of defender Lucas Hernandez down France’s left flank.Peru, unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Denmark in their first game, took until the half-hour to have their first serious chance, with recalled skipper Paolo Guerrero stinging the legs of Hugo Lloris.France captain Lloris, making his 100th appearance for his country, was a bystander for long periods.On 34 minutes France went in front. Pogba cleverly played in Giroud, his shot took a deflection and looped over Gallese, allowing Mbappe to stab into an open net.New-found confidence ran through the French and Hernandez should have made it 2-0 just before the break.As in the first half, Peru made the better start to the second and midfielder Pedro Aquino arrowed a long-distance rocket onto Lloris’s upright.But for all their possession, Peru — in their distinctive white kit with red sash — caused the French defence few problems.Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti was imperious alongside Real Madrid’s Varane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe became France’s youngest ever World Cup goalscorer to send his team into the last 16© AFP JORGE GUERREROYEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 21 – Teenager Kylian Mbappe became France’s youngest World Cup goalscorer as they beat Peru 1-0 on Thursday to reach the last 16 and condemn the South Americans to an early exit.France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, join Uruguay and hosts Russia in the knockout rounds with one group game to go.last_img read more

Montgomery opens strong

first_imgBishop Montgomery begins play today in the Edison Tournament. Peninsula and South Torrance are among the other South Bay teams scheduled to compete in the tournament. In other nonleague matches … Serra 3, St. Bernard 0: Seini Tukutau had 14 kills and four digs as host Serra won, 25-17, 25-16, 25-7. Christine Barba had 21 assists for Serra (3-0). Simone Mendez led the way for St. Bernard (1-2) with six kills and three aces. Mary Star 3, St. Mary’s 0: Ashley Eppler had nine aces, eight digs and four kills for host Mary Star in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 nonleague win over St. Mary’s. Setter Lauren Costa added 11 assists, two digs and two aces for Mary Star (3-0). Girls tennis From staff reports The Bishop Montgomery girls volleyball team opened its season on the right foot Thursday with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-12 nonleague sweep of visiting Palos Verdes. The Knights (1-0) got strong performances from outside hitters Jen Edmond and Kelly Omatsu. Edmond tallied 14 kills and two blocks and Omatsu had 12 kills and six digs. Setter Christina Cruz added 31 assists and eight digs for Bishop Montgomery, which is ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division II-AA. In a rematch of last year’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals, Palos Verdes lost at Troy, 10-8, in a nonleague match. Palos Verdes’ No. 1 singles player, Brooke Schweyer, won two of her three sets. No. 2 singles player Kathryn Webb also took two of three sets from Troy (3-0). In last year’s semifinals, Troy beat Palos Verdes, 12-6. Palos Verdes appears to be closing the gap on Troy, and the two teams could potentially meet again deep in the CIF playoffs. “Our top two singles players, Brooke and Kathryn, performed well and picked up sets that they were expected to win,” Palos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici said. “In doubles, we played well, but we let a couple of sets get away and that was the difference in the match.” PV (2-1) continues its nonleague schedule Tuesday, when it will host Harvard-Westlake in another battle between two of Division I’s top teams. In another nonleague match … Peninsula 15, South Torrance 3: Hana Chang and Brandea Bunnag swept at No. 2 doubles and Connie Zheng and Lindsey Gerber swept at No. 3 doubles for visiting Peninsula (1-1). South Torrance, which won the Pioneer League last year, fell to 0-3. Girls golf Elianna David shot a 4-over-par 40 for North Torrance in a 218-246 nonleague win over West Torrance at The Links at Victoria. Erica Matsushima added a 41 for North Torrance (3-0). Clara Chai finished with a 42 for West Torrance (0-2) and Lauren Chun added a 48. In another nonleague match … Palos Verdes 248, Chadwick 269: Ally Wilcox led the field with a 44 for Palos Verdes at the Rolling Hills Country Club. Mallika Tamboli shot a 45 for Chadwick (0-1). Boys water polo Tai McDermott scored five goals, but Chadwick fell, 11-9, in a nonleague game at Huntington Beach. Steve Sinclair had five saves in the loss for Chadwick (1-1), which was coming off a triumphant 11-10 victory over Torrance. Sam Mitchell added two goals for Chadwick. Huntington Beach improved to 4-3. JC women’s soccer Samantha Domenick made six saves for El Camino (5-2-1) in a 2-0 loss at San Bernardino Valley (5-0). Stephanie Hall nearly scored for El Camino in the 58th minute, but her rising shot from above the penalty box was knocked over the crossbar. Join the Breeze team Have you ever read a story in the newspaper and said “Hey, I can do that!”? Well, here is your chance to prove it. The Daily Breeze is looking for freelancers/stringers to cover high school football games this season. If you think you’ve got what it takes, and are interested in making a few bucks in the process, let us know. E-mail Tony Ciniglio at tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com or sports@dailybreeze.com for more information.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

LUXURY DONEGAL MANOR HOUSE ADDED TO PRESTIGIOUS BLUE BOOK

first_imgA LUXURY Donegal Manor House has become another jewel in the Donegal tourism crown after being included in the prestigious Blue Book Guide for 2016.With breath-taking ocean views overlooking Donegal Bay, Coolmore Manor House is a luxurious, beautifully restored early 19th century Georgian Structure set on 11 acres of pasture land near Rossnowlagh.Run by Daniela Anna Schwander and Marius Benedikt Schudel, the house attracts visitors from all over the world.  Horses can be rented on the premises for guided riding tours on the beach, in the surrounding countryside or in the available sand arena. Coolmore’s inclusion brings t0 49 the number of Irish hotels, restaurants, country houses and private rentals in one of Europe’s premier collections – membership of which is notoriously difficult to achieve. Brown’s restaurant in Derry has also been included for 2016. LUXURY DONEGAL MANOR HOUSE ADDED TO PRESTIGIOUS BLUE BOOK was last modified: November 25th, 2015 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:2016Blue BookCoolmore Manor Houselast_img read more

DD LIFESTYLE: LET YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY SHINE – INSIDE AND OUT

first_imgRoz Purcell pictured at the launch of the Imedeen – ‘Reveal Your Real’ campaign. Roz has teamed up with skincare brand Imedeen and is calling on Irish women to be confident with their natural beauty. Pic. Robbie ReynoldsShow off your natural beauty with confidence is the message skincare brand IMEDEEN wants to send to Irish women.In a recent survey carried out by the brand, it found that one third of Irish women won’t leave the house without make up.Despite the need to cover up our natural beauty nationwide, 94% of women surveyed say they believe that other women look good without a full face of make-up, pointing to self-confidence issues when it comes to revealing a natural look. 40% of women say they feel most confident when they are fully made up and ready for a night out, which further confirms the need for make-up in order to feel their best.Not surprisingly, according to respondents, a sense of confidence rates as one of the top three attributes to what makes a person beautiful.The survey was undertaken by IMEDEEN as part of the brand’s Reveal Your Real campaign which, with the help of healthy lifestyle fan and model Roz Purcell, is encouraging Irish women to celebrate their natural beauty by taking care of their skin from the inside-out.Rebecca Mines, spokesperson for IMEDEEN Ireland commented on the results: ‘’We know that Irish women are very attached to their make-up bags but also that so many of them want to have the confidence to ‘reveal their real’ a little more often. We are calling on women to strip back the make-up, and reveal their real. After all, 94% of them said they think other women look beautiful with a natural look.” Asked if the campaign was a little harsh on those women who enjoy and want to wear makeup and don’t look like Roz, the spokesperson added: “But of course Roz is a stunning girl and takes great care of her skin, but it doesn’t happen by accident.“She is a champion of the healthy lifestyle and taking care of herself, drinking lots of water, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. Combine that with taking IMEDEEN supplements as she does, the skin is in a much better condition, hydrated and nourished, and has a much more natural glow.“This campaign is not about getting people to stop wearing make up. As Roz herself says, make up is there to enhance beauty and it’s fun to experiment with it and wear it. “The Reveal Your Real campaign is encouraging Irish women to take care of what’s underneath the make up though, so we don’t have to rely too much on it.“Everyone has good and bad skin days, but with IMEDEEN supplements, it makes your canvas much better so make up goes on and often stays on better. It’s amazing, we all wear make up almost all of the time and don’t feel confident without it, and yet 94% of women think other women look great without make up on, it’s really a personal confidence thing.”The research found that Irish women rely heavily on make-up products to look and feel good about themselves with over half (58%) of respondents stating they wear make-up ‘most of the time’ and 70% admitting to wishing they had better skin. Despite wanting to spend more time caring for their skin, 75% of Irish women surveyed admit they spend just 30 minutes or less on their topical skincare routine each day. There are three IMEDEEN skincare supplements available, each tailored to a specific age range.Derma One is formulated to work best on skin aged 25+, while Time Perfection is for 40+ and Prime Renewal is aimed at post-menopausal skin. Each have a different set of active ingredients that complement the skin and replenish vital nutrients.When it comes to pressures to always look perfect, 40% of respondents over the age of 35 feel the pressure to do so, with an increase to 57% of women for those over 45 years.Nearly two thirds (63%) of those surveyed say they feel a significant pressure to look more youthful and 63% say the media is the main source of this pressure. Of those surveyed 35% say that their confidence can be affected by a bad skin day or breakout while 29% say feeling and looking tired really affects how they feel about themselves on any given day.IMEDEEN skincare tablets, when taken daily, are scientifically proven to help improve the skin’s quality and moisture balance levels, to maintain radiance and help ensure your skin is at its best which can allow women to reveal their real with confidence. DD LIFESTYLE: LET YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY SHINE – INSIDE AND OUT was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 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:IMEDEENReveal Your RealRoz Purcellsurveylast_img read more

MOVILLE LADIES PUSH OUT THE BOAT FOR CHARITY!

first_imgA MOVILLE woman and her friends are planning to push the boat out for charity – literally.On Saturday week, June 16th, the Moville Boat Club Ladies will set sail from the Inishowen town on a round trip to Portrush.And it’s all for a good cause of course. “We are trying to raise money for Children’s Sunshine Home & LauraLynn House is a very worthy cause and we would very much appreciate any support donegaldaily readers can give us,” said Yvonne Farren.People can make a donation on the my charity website at the following address www.mycharity.ie/event/yvonne_farrens_event.“Any donation you can make, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated,” said Yvonne.ABOUT THE CHARITY Children’s Sunshine Home & LauraLynn HouseThe Children’s Sunshine Home has been caring for chronically ill children since the 1920’s, providing respite, crisis, transitional and end-of-life care.We are delighted that Ireland’s first children’s Hospice – LauraLynn House officially opened in September 2011 by President McAleese.This allows us to extend our respite and end-of-life care to more children living with a life-limiting and life-threatning condition and their families. There are 42 hospices for children in the UK and none here until now.Unfortunately, we can’t change a child’s diagnosis but we do make the most of short and precious lives.  Our motto is putting life into a Childs day, not days into a Childs life. To see the difference your donation will make please see http://www.sunshinehome.ie/video.html .MOVILLE LADIES PUSH OUT THE BOAT FOR CHARITY! was last modified: June 8th, 2012 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)Tags:MOVILLE LADIES PUSH OUT THE BOAT FOR CHARITY!last_img read more

RORY RETURNS FOR DONEGAL BUT KARL ON THE BENCH

first_imgRORY Kavanagh has returned to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Ulster SFC Final clash with Monaghan in Clones.The St Eunan’s man has been named in the half-forward line as Martin McElhinney is chosen to partner Christy Toye in midfield. Neil Gallagher and Karl Lacey have been named on the bench. However Jim McGuinness current line-up may well change before the 4pm throw-in. RORY RETURNS FOR DONEGAL BUT KARL ON THE BENCH was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalkarl laceyLine-upMonaghanRory Kavanaghlast_img read more

Voters off to polls in regional election

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The mayor’s race has two candidates – incumbent Jim Ledford, who is seeking his eighth term, and Desmond Kester, a supervisor in the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office. Candidates in the City Council race are Jeannette Buteyn, a loan officer; Marta Williamson-Cox Kester, president of the OldTown Homeowners Group and wife of mayoral candidate Desmond Kester; Steve Knight, a Los Angeles police officer and son of the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight; John Lackey, a California Highway Patrol sergeant and member of the Palmdale School District board; John Mayfield, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission; Kathleen Morgan, a peace officer and a nurse; Patricia Shaw, a Palmdale Library trustee; Craig Tappa, a trademark prosecution specialist; and Mark Walters, an industrial engineer. Incumbents Richard Loa and Jim Root decided not to seek re-election. Loa is moving to Sacramento and Root wants to spend more time with the region’s youths. In an Antelope Valley-wide election, voters will decide three seats on the Antelope Valley College board. That race features all three incumbents and three challengers. The incumbents are Betty Wienke, Michael Adams and Steve Buffalo. The challengers are Steve Fox, an attorney; Timothy Hayes, a certified financial planner and former Lancaster mayor; and Angel Rice, a youth services coordinator. Voters will also decide three seats on the Palmdale Water District board. Voting in those races is done by districts. In District 1, the candidates are incumbent Jeff Storm Sr. and Gordon Dexter, a water system manager. In District 2, the candidates are incumbent Ronald Cunningham and Richard “Dick” Wells, a retired fireman. In District 5, the candidates are incumbent Nolan Negaard and Dave Gomez, a Palmdale planning commissioner. In the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District race for three seats, appointed incumbent Maximino Duran and incumbent Fred Heslep are facing retired software engineer Ron Bird; newspaper publisher Charles Brink; educator Geraldine Rose Davis; police Capt. Mark Distaso; health care manager Michael Richard Hughes; parent and educator Deborah Jauregui-Rocha; law school professor Larry Layton; and business owner Leona Ruth Sexton. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, incumbents Al Beattie and Jim Lott are vying for three seats along with business owner Diana Beard-Williams; loan administrator D. Elean Kolbengston; Los Angeles County Raceway owner Bernie Longjohn; minister Roger Price; educational adviser and businessman James Shanbrom; and retired teacher Ira Simonds. In Eastside Union School District, incumbents Charles Cooke and Martha Johnson and appointed incumbent David Eubanks are facing business owner Joanna Gaudi and school maintenance worker John Altin Ginn in a race for three seats. In the Lancaster School District race for three seats, incumbents Keith Giles and Greg Tepe are facing Rebecca Fox, a homemaker, and Diane Grooms, United Way regional vice president. In the Palmdale School District, incumbents Shawny Barcelona, Sandy Corrales and Sheldon Epstein are facing administrative assistant Alicia Dale and high school vice principal Jeffrey Ferrin in a race for three seats. In the Westside Union School District race for three seats, incumbent Christine LeBeau is running against retired school worker Paul Cramer; law enforcement officer John Curiel; parent and engineer Steven DeMarzio; teacher and businesswoman Linda Jones; and parent Joan Sodergren. In the Southern Kern Unified School District race for three seats, incumbents Mario Gutierrez, Ralph Nelson and Robert Vincelette Jr. are facing businesswoman Jean Brazeal and retiree Mike Escalante. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Antelope Valley voters go to the polls today to decides local races that include the Palmdale City Council election, college board and water district races, and a number of school board elections. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters in Los Angeles County who don’t know where to vote can call the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office at (800) 815-2666 or go on the Internet at www.lavote.net. Voters in Kern County can call the Kern County Elections Division at (800) 452-8683 or go online at www.co.kern.ca.us. In Palmdale’s municipal election, voters will decide three seats – the mayor’s post and two City Council seats. The mayor serves a two-year term while each council seat is a four-year term. last_img read more

DD Motoring: Is the new Renault Megane all it’s cracked up to be?

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s motoring columnist Brian McDaid, test drives the new Renault Megane, and shares his memories of his uncle Johnny’s creative, and delicious looking headlights!Love your RenaultWhen I was 3 years old I believed I could eat the headlights on the Renault 8. My uncle Johnny Coyle drove one of these and would arrive home to Letterkenny from Carrick-On-Shannon with his headlights covered with Lucozade bottle wrappers to help him drive through fog! The old RENAULT 8 complete with its tasty headlights.To me they looked like big versions of my favourite sweets, refreshers. And plus the fact, at 3 years old I was just the right height to test my theory and conduct a taste test. I suppose you could say my uncle Johnny drove the first car in Letterkenny with the optional extra of headlight washers.Testing the All New Renault MeganeI thought better not to mention my attraction to Renault headlights when I went to test drive the new Renault Megane this week.The all new Megane can be seen around the roads in Co. Donegal recently. We took a spin up the Mountain Top this week to Highland Motors to see what the latest edition to the Renault range had to offer the motoring public of Donegal. The all New Renault Megane pictured on the picturesque Lough Salt Mountain pass they week. Photo Brian McDaidConal Kelly who is one of the sales team at Highland Motors and a fellow neighbour of mine from Wolfe Tone Place in Glencar, Conal handed over control of a very classic key fob of the all new Renault Megane and gave me a grind on the tweaks onboard.The key just needs to be in your possession and Renault does all the rest. Even as you are approaching the new Megane the two wing door mirrors open out just like the way Mollie my dog stretches to greet me you before I take her out for a run.Inside the Megane and this classy welcome is still in operation. The multi function unit in the middle of the dash flashes the Renault logo followed by a welcome, then fades out to an old style analog clock. The clock seems to say even if your late, you’re not that late. You could easily sit there for a while and watch the welcome continue.We are finally out on the road and as always with a Renault you can feel a great level of comfort from the seats. Over the years I have known friends that have bought nothing but Renault. Many who will be buying these new Megane’s will be able to tell you of having the R19 the the R14 the R12 and even as far back as the R8 or R10 which is roughly the names of the Renault cars that the Megane finally took over from nearly 20 years ago.Two car types in oneOver the years Renault produce both very comfortable cars while the sporting wing were at the forefront of producing some very powerful versions of family cars, Renault now have developed both these options with in their new Renault Megane, with the flick of a button down along the side of the gear stick you can have the best of both worlds within the same car.The Stylish key of the All New Renault Megane. Photo Brian McDaidOn Eco mode everything is geared to driving for economy the main centre dial in front of the driver and everything around it is illuminated in green. Your performance to achieving the best possible economy is shown instantly and also at the end of your journey.The cars will give you a readout and also can compare it with the the best the car has achieved, and also will suggest handy tips to achieving the best fuel economy. Things like checking tyre pressure, removing a roof rail when it’s not in use , small things that create drag which can add up to considerable savings if regularly checked. Sport ModeIf you flick the switch to sport mode the Megane transforms it suspension, its engine sound, and its brake horsepower output to a more firmer setup. Now the dash that was green and everything around it now is illuminated in a sporty red.This colour change is very gradual and even goes down the two sides of the transmission tunnel and along the piping of the doors of the car. This could be a bit of a hindrance if you were unfortunate enough to have back seat drivers on board as they would know by the colour code you have switched to sport and could be ever so helpful in telling you what you’rw doing wrong. What would we do without them?!The clocks of the All new Renault Megane in red for Sport mode. Photo Brian McDaidThese setting do work and change the set up of the car, the Megane I drove had the 1.5 Diesel engine which by the way has become so quiet its hard to tell the difference in the sound of it and a petrol unit, I drove the car in both modes and was starting to wonder if the dash in its green clean colours hypnotise me into going with the flow , relaxing and driving easy, were in sport the red setting and the big rev counter sitting straight in front of you brought out the sport in you.But there is a change with the flicking of the button. I was heading into a long climbing hill and the traffic had slowed in front of me. I had change down from sixth to fifth and shortly would have to change down again. I could see the back log of traffic clearing up a head so instead of making another gear change I flipped the switch from Eco to Sport to see what happened. The car now was competing against the climb if the hill, and my stubbornness not to change it down a gear, The Megane pulled away with ease, I could even hear a slight change in the note of the engine as the Megane gathered momentum which I thought was just class.Summing Up The Renault Megane is with the Renault brand for 20 years now, over the years it has taken over in that it has evolved into a bigger car. I think it may have been the first Renault to have a name and not a number which has served it well.This new Megane is probably a bigger car than the old top of the range Renault 16 of the 60’s and 70’s and that, I think is the secret to survive as a brand, Renault were different when they first appeared on the roads of Ireland in the late 60’s now with all the new brands arriving on the roads.The Renault brand is reassuringly familiar but stylish in a very typical French way. I have always enjoy tasting, I mean testing Renaults range, Headlights and all!Happy Motoring Folks!DD Motoring: Is the new Renault Megane all it’s cracked up to be? was last modified: October 6th, 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)last_img read more