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Aviation industry neglected – Travel Span CEO

first_img… calls for incentive packages to encourage stabilitythe withdrawals of major airlines from the local market over the years have left devastating impacts on the economy, yet the government seems unbothered by the risks and concerns existing in the aviation sector, Chief Executive Officer of Travel Span Nohar Singh indicated.During an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Singh pointed out that though many credible airlines abruptly pulled out from the market after making huge investments, no action has been taken to examine the reasons or circumstances behind those bold decisions, and to determine what preventive or remedial measures could be put in place to address the situation.“Guyanese have seen airlines come and airlines go. We have lost several really major airlines in this country. North American Airlines was a very reliable service; Delta. We were literally blessed to have Delta in this country. Someone could get on an airplane in India or any part of the Middle East or Africa and check in just once with their bags and then in Guyana. We lost that airline,” he highlighted.Singh contends that the question that must be asked but not being discussed is, “why are we losing these airlines, why are they coming in and then going out? We need to talk about that, we need to look at the reasons why and understand the airline business in a bigger context,” he urged.The concerned stakeholder explained that the airline business is not a “one man” show but rather, all players including government must contribute significantly to ensure stability in the sector, especially in light of the fact that the sector contributes tremendously to the economy.“The benefits from the airlines spreads from so many different areas. We did a study of the 1038 passengers who came into Guyana in 2015, and of every passenger who comes in, they bring in an average of US$1500 into the economy, and for the diaspora market, it’s even greater because they build their homes and they take care of their families,” he noted.“But just using that figure US$1500, this is a very important part we need to look at… that in itself brings approximately US$172 million into the economy, and who benefits? You have that VAT that comes out of that, you have the taxi drivers, you have the hotels, you have the restaurants, you have the stores, everyone benefits,” he explained.Reinforcing his statements, Singh argued that in real economic sense, for every dollar that is spent in the economy, its impact is usually about six times the initial amount.“So if you take US$172 million from 1038 passengers and you multiply that by six… so the point I am trying to make is that there are so much benefits that come in from the airline, then why are we not looking at the airline from a different perspective where it is not the airline alone that should take the risk and there is the perception that the airline makes all the money,” he posited.The Travel Span CEO asserted that the perception is wholly incorrect, simply because if the airlines were pocketing all the profits then they would stay in Guyana and continue to operate for greater revenue.Singh pointed out that the only airline that has been able to stay in Guyana is Caribbean Airlines, because it has the support of its government.“Every year their government gives them over US$100 million and the government sees it fit to give them the support because their government understands the importance of the airline and they understand the economic benefits of it,” he explained.According to reports, Caribbean Airlines used to receive hefty fuel subsidies from the government of Trinidad and Tobago, however, it no longer does. Despite losing its fuel subsidy, the state-owned company was still listed in budget documents to receive a $400.7 million subsidy from the government.Commenting on the situation, Singh observed that Guyanese always talk about wanting stability and reliability in airline services however, decision-making stakeholders pay little attention to the circumstances under which the airlines operate to determine how best these demands can be met.“We also need to play our part and understand the benefits of the airline whereby the government, tour operators, and all the beneficiaries need to be able to work with the airlines to be able to share and mitigate some of those risks then you will see longevity and then you will see growth,” he stated.Singh explained that by creating an environment that fosters permanency among airlines, arrivals will eventually increase and so will the money flowing into the economy.The CEO outlined that the first step is for the key players in the field, particularly the government, to understand the benefits of the airline sector in order to be better informed when developing policies and incentive packages to encourage investments.“Then you will be able to develop a financial formula that works for the government, that works for the private sector, and that works for the airline so that everyone benefits from that same pool of economic activities,” he stated, noting that it is a progressive undertaking.“It’s not ‘oh you come airline and I’ll give you that and that’. It’s something that you sit down and you work it out based on the size of the market and potential for growth, how are we going to get people here, what’s the product, what are we going to sell; are we going to sell tourism? We have to be able to say look, we are competing with (other countries), what is our product level to Barbados, etc,” he explained, pointing out that stakeholders need to examine the various aspects of the venture and establish a formula that works for everyone.In this jubilee year and looking ahead to the next fifty years, the Travel Span CEO said it is time Guyana looks at aviation in a greater context.Passengers disembarking Eastern Airlines at the Cheddi Jagan International Airportlast_img read more

Youth bedeviling Blue Devils

first_imgEveryone around college basketball wants to know what’s wrong with Duke, which is precisely why everyone around college basketball is either a Blue Devils fan or carries a strong dislike or hatred for them. The consensus seems to be Duke being ranked in the top 10 and being a contender for the Final Four is a birthright, and stumbling along like every other program is unimaginable. The reality is that Duke lost J.J. Redick and Sheldon Williams and could not replace them, mainly because they are irreplaceable. So why was Duke sitting at 18-7, and tied for sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, heading into Wednesday’s game at league-leading Boston College? Simple – its only senior is Josh Pagliuca, and he has played 12 career games. And while junior DeMarcus Nelson leads the team in scoring (14ppg), Duke’s next six top scorers are freshmen and sophomores. “They’re young,” Maryland coach Gary Williams said. “You don’t lose Sheldon Williams and J.J. Redick, two of the best players in the country last year, and not have to get some experience for your players coming in, no matter how good they are. “Duke has some good players that will continue to improve, and they’re still playing with the same energy level all the great Duke teams have played with. They’re close.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gets his just due in the criticism department for coming off whiny after disappointing NCAA Tournament losses, but the reason for the national hubbub is his high level of success. When the Blue Devils fell at Maryland on Sunday, it pushed their losing streak to four games. That is the longest losing streak for Duke with Krzyzewski on the bench, although Duke lost sixstraight during the 1994-95 season when the coach took a leave of absence because of back problems and exhaustion. Bob Gaudet was on the bench for the final five games of that streak. center_img “I think I should have been credited with all the losses,” Krzyzewski said. “Overall, the bottom line is, I’m responsible, even though I’m not there. That’s the way I looked at it, but it doesn’t make any difference to me. I wouldn’t want the wins. Let’s put it that way. But you can give me the losses.” Now, losses to Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina and Maryland have put Duke in another unfamiliar spot. And, no, we’re not talking about being on the NCAA’s bubble. Duke will win 20 games this season, and that will be enough for another dance ticket. The Blue Devils are not ranked by the Associated Press for the first time in 201 polls. But neither the NCAA Tournament nor the polls are of concern. “I think right now, with this team, and we’ve basically done that with all of our teams, just concentrate on the job at hand,” Krzyzewski said. “If you don’t take care of the job at hand and attempt to do as well as you can, then the big picture will always be not as good.” The toughest part for Krzyzewski is trying to get out of the funk. In the first three games of the losing streak, Duke had double-digit leads. “Losing, and how you lose; is it lack of effort? Is it lack of belief? Is it lack of work?” Krzyzewski said. “No, it’s none of those things for our guys. They believe. They work hard.” Zig-Zaggin’ to NCAAs: The NCAA selection committee could have an interesting decision when it comes to Gonzaga. After seeing their 50-game home winning streak come to an end Monday against Santa Clara, the Bulldogs are in second place in the West Coast Conference. Although Gonzaga (18-9, 9-3) has victories against North Carolina and Texas, its RPI was No. 57 heading into the week. The selection committee usually takes injury and suspension into consideration for choosing teams, and the Zags are without second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Josh Heytvelt (15.5ppg, 7.7 rpg). Heytvelt and teammate Theo Davis were arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. The Bulldogs, usually a lock for the 65-team field, might have to win the WCC tournament to get into the NCAAs. Adding to that difficulty, the Zags won’t have the home court to rely on;this year’s WCC tournament is at the University of Portland. Nice decision: Think television might be regretting a decision before the season to switch the days UCLA plays the Washington schools to end the season? If the original schedule remained, the first-place Bruins (21-3, 10-2) and second-place Cougars (21-4, 10-3) could be meeting March 3 in Pullman, Wash., to decide the Pacific-10 Conference title. But TV wanted a marquee matchup between UCLA and Washington to end the season, so the order of the trip was flipped. So the March 1 game in Pullman will come on a Thursday, and could still be for the conference title, while the Huskies (16-8, 6-7) could be battling for an NCAA berth in the season finale with UCLA. Brian Dohn covers college basketball for the Daily News. His column runs Thursdays. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Arsenal latest: Arsene Wenger calls for ‘strong response’ after Southampton humbling

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident the quick Christmas turnaround will be welcome by his team as they look to bounce back from their Boxing Day humbling at Southampton.With rivals Leicester losing to Liverpool, the Gunners had the chance to climb to the top of the Premier League table with a victory at St Mary’s, only for the Saints to cruise to a 4-0 home win.Shane Long netted a brace and Jose Fonte also found the net with a header, but the star of the evening was summer signing Cuco Martina, who opened the scoring a sumptuous outside of the boot finish which he curled around Petr Cech and into the top corner.There is little time for Arsenal to wallow, though, as the hectic festive period means they take on another south-coast side just 48 hours later.The Gunners host Bournemouth on Monday and, while the Cherries will no doubt look to ratchet up the pressure, Wenger is confident of a positive response at the Emirates Stadium.“These players have fantastic spirit and they can show that in 48 hours,” the Frenchman side after the 4-0 hammering.“We are in a job where we have to respond. We want to respond from disappointments.“Unfortunately, there’s no possible career without disappointment. Nobody, not even the best players in the world, can have that.“It’s down to how you respond and I trust my players to respond in a very strong way on Monday.”Wenger certainly will not be taking Bournemouth lightly and praised the promoted side ahead of a match which could see the Gunners belatedly reach the Premier League summit.Surprise leaders Leicester do not face Manchester City until Tuesday, but Wenger is not concerned about starting 2016 in pole position.“I said before the game, whether we are one point behind or one point in front it is not too important,” he said.“It is the quality of our performance that counts and we were not good enough to win the game [against Southampton]…they made the game very physical.“We lost too many challenges and that explains why we lost the game. I must say they were sharper than us in the challenges and on that front we’ve got to look at what we can master.“Decisions of the referee you cannot master, but our own behaviour we can and on that front I believe Southampton looked stronger in the challenges and we lost too many tonight.“We have just to look at that. On the other side, we can’t dwell too much because in 48 hours we play again.“We are disappointed and frustrated, but there’s only one way to respond in 48 hours.” 1last_img read more

Toros repeat as CCAA champs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre CSDH won thanks to a goal by senior Jose Serpas in the 19th minute and a suffocating defense that held down the potent Sonoma State offense in a game played at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday. The loss avenged a 2-0 defeat to Sonoma State on Oct. 5. “We played good the first time we played them, but not our best,” Flanagan said. “We had a different game plan today trying to attack them more and find some empty space, getting them to chase. And our kids executed it well and made the plays when we needed them to. Sonoma State (18-3-1) controlled the game over the first 15 minutes, but the CSDH defense and sophomore goalie Derby Carrillo were up to the challenge. CSDH (16-3-1) started to turn up the pressure when Kevin Gallaugher headed a crossing pass just wide of the net in the 17th minute of the game. Less than a minute later on another Toros corner kick, senior Julio Madrial’s crossing pass was headed into the middle of the goal box by Gallaugher perfectly setting up Serpas, who headed the ball past Seawolves goaltender Brook Johnson to give CSDH a 1-0 lead 18:07 into the game. MEN’S SOCCER: Serpas scores only goal in win over Sonoma St. By David Rice Correspondent The Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s soccer team made head coach Joe Flanagan’s birthday celebration extra special as the Toros won their second consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championship, 1-0, over Sonoma State. “It’s about time I got a goal as I haven’t gotten a goal recently,” Serpas said. “But it was well worth the wait. The play was in slow motion as I saw Julio’s kick, then Kevin got up in the air and won the ball and set it up in the middle for me. And I happen to be there in some empty space and was able to head the ball down and in the goal. “It was the greatest feeling to ever to be a part of this win in front of our home fans.” Sonoma State kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the contest, but every time the Seawolves had a good scoring chance Carrillo was there to make the big save to stop the threat. Carrillo, who had four saves, was the winning goaltender for the second straight year in CCAA championship game. Last year as a freshman Carrillo was forced into service midway through the first half of the title game due to an injury to the Toros’ starting goalkeeper, in a game CSDH won, 2-1, over Cal State Los Angeles. Carrillo said this year’s victory was just as special, but he has a larger goal in mind for the Toros. “Sonoma is a great team, and I just tried to make myself big to minimize their chances to score,” Carrillo said. “It’s a good feeling to win a second consecutive championship, but I want to win a national championship this season. We know we have got a long way to go, and while we are going to celebrate tonight, tomorrow is a new day and we have to get ready for our next game.” Flanagan echoed his goalie’s thoughts about the upcoming NCAA Championships. “By winning today hopefully we can host next week and be the No. 1 seed,” Flanagan said. Chico State captured its first ever CCAA women’s championship earlier in the afternoon, defeating Cal State Los Angeles, 2-1, in penalty kicks. 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

New Year’s Eve Events

first_imgSOUTH BAYeventsNEW New Year’s Eve Ball. Celebrate with Astrid and Freddy Beck, Dream Police. Dinner, 5-8 p.m., show, 9 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. Alpine Village Inn, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., (310) 327-4384, www.alpinevillage.net.New Year’s Eve with Ron Thompson and the Resistors.12/31 7 p.m. with reservations, 8:15 p.m. without. Cafe Boogaloo, 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 318-2324, www.boogaloo.com Jay Leno and guests. 7 and 10 p.m. $125-$165. Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 372-1193, www.comedyandmagicclubNew Year’s Eve with Cafe R&B.12/31 Live music, 9:30 p.m. $20. Harvelle’s, 100-J Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, (310) 406-1931,cq www.harvelles.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSan Pedro Brewing Company. New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. 331 W. Sixth St., San Pedro, (310) 831-5663, (310) 831-4915, www.sanpedrobrewing.com.New Year’s Eve with Mitch Perry Band. 9 p.m. Starboard Attitude, 202 Redondo Beach pier, (310) 379-5144, www.starboardattitude.com.New Year’s Eve 1980s-style. Whale & Ale, 327 W. Seventh St., San Pedro, (310) 832-0363 or www.whaleandale.com.New Year’s Eve Events:Live music. 8 p.m.-12/3112:15 a.m. 1/1Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach. Free. (310) 318-0280. Dinner-dance. Dancing to live music; champagne; party favors. 7 p.m. Dalmatian-American Club, 1639 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro. $65. (310) 831-2629, www.dalmatianamerican.com.cqFireworks. Five-minute display over south jetty of marina, Marina Del Rey. Begins at 11:59 p.m. Best view from Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, (310) 305-9545,cq http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.cqJazz at Sea. Social club presents sixth annual New Year’s Eve at Sea aboard Fantasea One yacht. Live music, dancing, buffet, midnight champagne toast. Board at 8:30 p.m., depart at 10 p.m. return at 1:30 a.m. Dock 52, Marina del Rey. $100 in advance. (310) 535-9479, www.jazz-at-sea.com.Queen Mary New Year’s Eve Stars & Lights Celebration. Entertainment includes jazz, swing and salsa bands; dancing; fireworks. Doors open at 6 p.m., salons open at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. $89. (562) 435-3511, www.queenmary.com; (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com.Mardi Gras Carnivale. New Year’s Eve party transforms the Orange County Fairgrounds into New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, with music by Louis XIV, the Donnas and Smile Empty Soul; battle of the bands; dancing; food; parade floats; costume contest; circus and sideshow performers; fireworks. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. $75. (714) 241-9055, www.nyecarnivale.com, (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.comCarlos Mencia. The Honduran comic, star of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia,” jokes his way through the end of 2007. 7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. $45-$75. (213) 480-3232, www.ticketmaster.com.Majestic Yacht Cruise. Live music; DJ; full open bar; appetizers; and a midnight fireworks show highlight the New Year’s Eve 2008 Majestic Yacht Cruise. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leaving from 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. $175. (714) 595-5946.Delta Nove. Delta Nove will play two sets as part of the evening’s New Year’s Eve concert. Blue Cafe, 210 Promenade, Long Beach. $20. (562) 983-7111.160Want 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

DEAL OF THE DAY – NEW YEAR SPECIAL AT GALLAGHER’S HOTEL

first_imgGallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny is one of many Donegal hotels trying to help people make their euro go further.So what about this for an amazing New Year’s Eve deal?Why not glam it up at Gallagher’s this New Years Eve with two nights accommodation, full Irish Breakfast plus Gourmet 5 course evening meal Package? The evening includes a red carpet arrival, Mulled Wine Reception, a 5 course gourmet dinner plus complimentary bottle of Wine, with our resident pianist before ringing in the New Year in McCarry’s Bar with live entertainment till late.All this @ ONLY €129.00 per person sharing! No that’s not a mistake – that’s the actual price.So if you live in Limerick or, for that matter, Letterkenny – you know where to call for a great start to the New Year at unbeatable value!DEAL OF THE DAY – NEW YEAR SPECIAL AT GALLAGHER’S HOTEL was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GALLAGHER’S HOTELNEW YEAR SPECIALlast_img read more

DONEGAL COMPUTER FIRM PRESSES RIGHT BUTTONS AS IT CREATES 20 JOBS

first_imgAn American software company has given Donegal a huge vote of confidence by creating 20 jobs at its firm in Letterkenny.KeyedIn Solutions, based at the LYIT, has announced it is to establish its European Software Research and Development Centre in the town.The high-tech jobs will be created over the next three years and further growth is also predicted thereafter. Chief Technical Officer with KeyedIn Solutions, Eugene Blaine, said they are a high growth company who were impressed by the people of Donegal.“Donegal is a great location for KeyedIn due to the proximity of the Department of Computing at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and availability of top talent in that area,” he said.Although only set up a year ago, the company now employs 100 people worldwide.Local Labour party Senator Jimmy Harte said the announcement confirmed Letterkenny is an attractive location for computing and software companies to set up home. “The presence of the LYIT and the large employers such as Pramerica has attracted the attention of multinational software companies.“It’s a vote of confidence in the town and in the county. The skills are here and this shows that we can attract sustainable employment that deals globally,” he said.Joe McHugh TD has said that KeyedIn Solutions’ decision to establish its European Software Research and Development Centre at CO-Lab at the LYIT campus gives a sustainable boost to the local economy and will enhance Letterkenny as an industrial hub that is a national leader in technology and software development.“The decision by KeyedIn Solutions (Minnesota, USA) to establish its European Software Research and Development Centre in Letterkenny is a vote of confidence in Donegal and enhances Letterkenny as a hub town that is a national leader in technology and software development.“KeyedIn Solutions has announced 20 new positions, with additional plans for further investment ahead. The company is an emerging early stage technology company with market roots in the USA, Europe and South America. This is a sustainable new industry for Donegal. “KeyedIn Solutions’ decision to invest in Donegal is a vote of confidence in the IT skills of the local workforce and is a vote of confidence in LYIT, which continues to produce highly skilled IT graduates. The jobs will be located in Co-Lab on the LYIT campus. Staff have begun moving into the new premises in the last 10 days.“Donegal has many highly skilled IT graduates working in cutting-edge companies around the world. The political objective is to create the economic environment for potential start-ups like KeyedIn to locate in the northwest, in order to attract our highly skilled young people to come back home,” he said.DONEGAL COMPUTER FIRM PRESSES RIGHT BUTTONS AS IT CREATES 20 JOBS was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:20 jobsKeyedIn SolutionsLYITlast_img read more

CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: SKY MONEY SHOULD GO TO SUPPORT CLUBS, BUT GAA DID DEAL FOR WRONG REASONS

first_imgYou’ll need one of these to see 14 GAA gamesBY DONEGAL DAILY ANALYST CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: The GAA and Sky: Sell Out or Good for our Games?On page 180 of the GAA’s Constitution, the following statement defines the lowest outlet of the association, oft described as its most important facet and indeed its bedrock, “The Club is amateur and non-profit making in status. Any surplus income or gains shall be reinvested in the Club, and there shall not be any distribution of Club assets, in cash or in kind, to members or third parties.”Fair enough. Working from the lowest level up then surely the entire association is amateur and non-profit making? If this is the case, then the new television deal with multi-national broadcasting giant Sky is a hugely positive development for the GAA. It will mean more revenue, more exposure, more promotion and going by the constitution it will mean more money for your local club. Or will it?There’s been plenty of debate on the subject over recent days and until we start seeing games during the summer and until we see the GAA’s balance sheet we won’t know for sure the impact of the deal.Of course the GAA has received large sums of revenue from its previous and existing broadcast rights holders but why threaten to upset the grassroots of the association for the same level of finance as has been there already?With this in mind, it can be assumed that the Sky deal surely trumps the previous TV3 one vastly, otherwise why bother? Personally from the actual broadcasting perspective I’m looking forward to seeing what Sky has to offer.The professionalism, style and ingenuity they bring to sports coverage is to be admired although putting a Pat Spillane-esque figure in front of a ‘SkyPad’ like Jamie Redknapp or Will Greenwood might be a step too far for the moment.At the minute RTE, TG4, Setanta and BBC provide excellent coverage on our games but Sky will surely raise the bar and bring even more to the analytical side of matches.We’ll also have new presenters, new pundits, new studio layout and new features with which to watch our coverage.Also, they might be able to add something different to the GAA’s idea of half-time entertainment; at times it can be cringe-worthy, with last year’s unveiling of the new GAA mascot (an Irish Terrier named Fionn, just in case you didn’t know) at Croke Park during the All-Ireland Semi-Final a classic example. Us Ulster Gaels might even be spared the predictable criticism that comes the way of our footballers whenever Pat and Colm are on the airwaves – we might get something new instead of the usual ‘typical Ulster defensive’ football regardless of score line or the quality of fayre on offer or the ‘playing football the way it should be played’ guff when any of the traditional aristocrats are in action.So this is all well and good if you happen to be a Sky Sports subscriber or if you don’t mind paying to get the extra matches.But for many people this may not be an option.A Sky Sports package will set you back something like €50 per month depending on what package you choose and with only three to four exclusive games to be shown a month that’s a lot of money per game. The GAA’s main argument in defending their decision to effectively choose Sky Sports over TV3 is that it will widen their audience abroad and make it easier for the Irish overseas to see their national games – for me this just doesn’t wash.As part of the latest round of TV deals, all matches that are televised this side of the world are shown free to air in Australia, by an Australian company. So Gaels at home have to pay for around 1/5 of live games every year while anyone living Down Under gets the lot for free.Matches will also be widely available in the US while for the past four years UK firm, Premier Sports, offered matches to ex-pats in Britain for a set monthly fee of £9.99 (a lot cheaper than a Sky package).So the only change there is that Sky will cost more for those living in the UK. The GAA also announced that RTE will provide an enhanced digital online service allowing those abroad to see more games via their website – why then the need for Sky?The obvious reasoning is that this deal is about money; nothing wrong with that except for the fact that we saw earlier that the GAA are not a profit-making organisation, at least they’re not meant to be.Approximately 80% of income is said to be put back into clubs and counties around the country – if this continues then its boom-time for clubs but as Manus Boyle said last week, he doesn’t recall any entry in the Killybegs’ club accounts stating a figure received from Croke Park; I’d say he’s not the only one.Generally clubs only receive money from Croke Park if they are building facilities or upgrading grounds – why not give every club in Ireland a set amount on the back of the investment coming from Sky?While it is great that clubs can get access to funds for capital projects, many rely on lotto income, membership receipts and small-scale fundraising just to stay afloat – why can’t they receive some money even if it is not going to be spent on a big capital undertaking? They could treat their members to playing gear, a trip away, clear some debt or do whatever they see fit.Taking all the viewpoints into consideration, the Sky deal shouldn’t be that much of a change for Gaels up and down the country, or around the world. Many other supposed apocalyptic changes have taken place within the organisation such as the removal of ‘The Ban’ or the opening up of Croke Park and we still have the GAA as strong as ever, if not stronger.However, deep down I think a lot of Gaels feel an uneasiness about the Sky deal; there are plenty of plus points and what is not in question is that the GAA has never been better run and its leadership is first class. All in all though the gut feeling is, this deal has been struck for the wrong reasons.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: SKY MONEY SHOULD GO TO SUPPORT CLUBS, BUT GAA DID DEAL FOR WRONG REASONS was last modified: April 8th, 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:Cathal MacSuibhneGAASky deallast_img read more

GRIDLOCK AT HOSPITAL AS NEW MEDICAL WARD REMAINS CLOSED

first_imgStaff at Letterkenny General Hospital say there is gridlock in the hospital this morning.Letterkenny General HospitalThere are a number of patients in corridors and the accident and emergency department is also overcrowded.The new 18 bed Medical 5 Ward, due to open three weeks ago, is still not functioning. Management has blamed a lack of staff for not being able to open the facility.However hospital staff claim nurses are refusing to work in the unit because they are being offered only a 20 hour week run over three month contracts.A staff member, who has 20 years service in the hospital, said she has never seen it as bad.“It’s simply gridlock and it’s this way every Monday and Tuesday. A major pattern is building up and nothing is being done about it. “These are dangerous working conditions and the staff are at the frontline in dealing with patients.“Management need to do something about this before the hospital falls to its knees. This is no way to run a hospital,” she said.And not for the first time Letterkenny General Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today.The latest figures from Irish Nurse and midwives Organisation) shows there are currently 31 people on trolleys – and a further 20 people are on trolleys while a further 11 are ‘in wards’. GRIDLOCK AT HOSPITAL AS NEW MEDICAL WARD REMAINS CLOSED was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:casualtygridlockLetterkenny General Hospitalovercrowdingwardslast_img read more