Hoddle reveals he had seven ribs broken while getting CPR following heart attack

first_imgGLENN HODDLE broke SEVEN ribs during eight minutes of CPR following his heart attack in October 2018.The Tottenham icon suffered a cardiac arrest in BT Sport’s East London studios and his life was saved by sound engineer Simon Daniels’ heroic actions.3 Glenn Hoddle revealed he broke seven ribs during CPR after his heart attackCredit: Rex Features3 Sound engineer Simon Daniels performed CPR on the Tottenham legend for eight minutes in October 2018Credit: Rex FeaturesThe former England international was struck on his 61st birthday and claims he is now “friends for life” with Daniels after his noble intervention.Hoddle “died for 60 seconds” when he fell and smashed his head but Daniels rushed to his aid and performed CPR until help arrived.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamMore than a dozen people phoned for an Ambulance and the ex-England manager was eventually airlifted to hospital.Speaking alongside his new pal on this morning’s ‘Good Morning Britain’, Hoddle said he feels absolutely great.He told host Richard Madeley: “I think the sign of a good CPR is how many ribs you break, and he broke seven, so he did a good job. He did a great job.”After Hoddle admitted he “would not be sitting here today” if it wasn’t for Daniels, the sound engineer quipped: “Well I’ve now got on my CV that I broke Glenn Hoddle’s ribs.”The 62-year-old pundit admitted he doesn’t remember most of the fateful day but invited Daniels to his house around three months later.3 Hoddle claims the pair are now friends for lifeCredit: Rex FeaturesHe said: “I remember asking Simon, saying how many of these have you done?”And he said: ‘No you’re the first.'”I thought he did loads of them you know but everyone said he was absolutely fantastic and of course I owe him my life.”We’re going to be friends for life obviously.”Fans online were quick to praise the pair after the interview aired.One tweeted: “We take the mick out of Glenn Hoddle something horrible on here – great to see him on the road to recovery after his heart attack.”Former Spurs midfielder Micky Hazard also posted: “Wow sitting watching @GlennHoddle, what a hero his friend Simon was, as well as everybody involved with saving Glenn’s life.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”Today Hod looks just amazing and to us all Glenn you are and will always be Ghod. Love ya X.”And Lizzi added: “Great to see you & Simon Daniels on @GMB @GlennHoddle looking fit and healthy.”Thank you Simon.”We take the mick out of Glenn Hoddle something horrible on here – great to see him on the road to recovery after his heart attack. pic.twitter.com/Ucwy6tqrRp— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) February 17, 2020 Wow sitting watching @GlennHoddle on tv am, what an hero his friend Simon was as well as everybody involved with saving Glenn’s life. Today Hod looks just amazing and to us all Glenn you are and will always be Ghod. Love ya X— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) February 17, 2020 Great to see you & Simon Daniels on @GMB @GlennHoddle looking fit and healthy. I was devastated on the day of your heart attack. I have been a lifelong @SpursOfficial fan since I first saw you play as a child. #COYS thank you Simon 🙏🏻— Lizzi (@lizzilouspurs) February 17, 2020center_img José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man Citylast_img read more

Super Bowl 50: Watch the quarterbacks

first_imgSANTA CLARA, California (AP):Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment?For all the golden tinge the National Football League (NFL) is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal with the dynamic defences bent on humbling them.There can’t be a better storyline than a five-time MVP likely to take his final snaps with a championship on the line. Except, perhaps, the league’s rising star carrying his franchise to its first NFL title in the face of detractors.Throw in those defences: Denver rank first overall in many statistics and certainly in intimidation, with a pass rush capable of neutralising any air game; Carolina make game-changing plays to the tune of a league-high 39 takeaways and a plus-20 turnover margin.Add in a pair of coaches at the peak of their NFL careers, a relatively new stadium with nearly all imaginable technology, and a half-century of America’s biggest game and the intrigue metre hits the stratosphere.”If you have any appreciation for the game, and certainly you have watched Super Bowls, played in the Super Bowls, have a sibling that has played in the Super Bowls,” Manning says, ,”it does make it maybe even more special.”QUARTERBACKS: Manning, in his fourth Super Bowl, has been quiet on whether this will be the end of one of the most prolific and entertaining careers in sports history. He’s 39, has been plagued by injuries for much of the last five seasons, and, win or lose, has nothing left to prove.”I think it is important to use all of your experience to your advantage,” Manning says. “I think you can always refer back to prior situations and two-minute drives, or a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The more experience you have, you can use that to help you.”Newton doesn’t have that background yet. But he was the NFL’s most dominant and sometimes most polarising player this season. No one has more fun playing the game than the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, 2011 top overall draft pick and 2015 All-Pro quarterback who threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10.If Manning represents the old guard, Newton with his celebrations, dabbing and just plain coolness is the future.Some media compared Newton to Usain Bolt.”Really?” Newton says, entertained by the comparison. “I got the opportunity to meet Usain last year. He was a cool guy. He was like real cool, you know? Like internationally cool. I’m just locally cool, you know?”Bolt owns a vault full of gold medals. Newton goes for the gold of Super Bowl 50. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).last_img read more

Teng says he’s still adjusting despite another impressive showing in Aces win over Picanto

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Westbrook’s signature shoe hits Philippine shelves Teng finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in the game as he led Alaska to its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.The former La Salle star, however, said that the triumph wasn’t just due to his effort alone as the whole Aces squad “picked things up in the second half.”“We all knew we had to step up in the second half to get this win and we needed this win for our next games,” said Teng as he now braces for a showdown with Ginebra next Sunday.“I think were ready for the challenge and we’re up to it. We’re practicing really hard and I think we’ll be ready by that game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFour games in and Jeron Teng wouldn’t deny that he still has struggles adapting to coach Alex Compton’s system in Alaska.“I’m still feeling my way. It takes time to be 100 percent familiarized with the system, but I’ll get there with the help of the coaches who are teaching me a lot of things, and my teammates who are helping me out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Compton, however, begs to disagree as he sees the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft thriving.With the Aces struggling to find their rhythm in the first half, it was Teng, who triggered the pullaway in the third quarter, where Alaska turned a 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 advantage at the end of the third frame.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 folk“He’s just always had a knack for dominating,” said Compton of Teng after the Aces blew out the Kia Picanto, 102-65, on Sunday.“He has Alvin (Teng)’s body so he doesn’t have a rookie body. You know how rookies come in and they have to learn how to bang with the big boys? It seems like Jeron’s whole career, even when he went to the next level, he was immediately still one of the big boys. His physicality, he’s inserted that and he helps us in rebounding and getting to the basket. He draws a lot of contact, and the kid’s got a knack for scoring and attacking the basket. We were very happy with the pick we had.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 awardlast_img read more

Opposition MP points to gaping holes in Budget 2019

first_img– says no solid plan for oil, business sectors announcedWhile the coalition Government has boasted about the 2019 Budget being the largest ever financial blueprint that outlines plans for that fiscal year, the Parliamentary Opposition has combed through the document and has found several issues which it claimed were not taken into account.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has described the discovered issues as “gaping holes”, which he has said points to the lack of vision that the Government has for the country’s growth and development. He also said Government seems to be oblivious to the concerns of Guyanese.Nandlall has said that, at minimum, the average Guyanese had expected the 2019 budget to at least attempt to rectify this depressing situation and chart a new course for the country. But, instead, it is a “compendium of highly questionableOpposition MP Anil Nandlalldata and a recitation of projects and policies sophistically packaged.”Nandlall said all of this is done with the intention of deceiving Guyanese people into believing that the budget would transform the economy, empower the citizenry, and build sustainable communities for the good life.“I say ‘questionable statistics’ because while the Minister (Winston Jordan) boasts about presenting an early budget, he omits to tell us that the statistics he used are extracted from the Mid-Year Report, with a projection of how he estimates the different sectors will perform for the remainder of the year 2018,” he added.The former minister noted that Budget 2019 makes no reference to a national developmental plan. However, Nandlall posited that the Finance Minister has skillfully managed to package this “farce attractively and with great sophistry. A little probing beyond this glittering exterior reveals how hollow and empty the budget is,” he said.Oil and gasDuring his budget speech, the Opposition MP also noted that Minister Jordan did not mention a word about the fundamentally important local content legislation for the oil and gas sector. Neither did he make any mention whatsoever of the Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill.“These two pieces of legislation will constitute the foundation necessary to properlyNandlall said: “How can we prepare for first oil in 2020 as projected by the Minister, when, in 2019, we do not have these indispensable mechanisms in place?”manage and scrutinise this sector to ensure that Guyana gets its fair share. After all, we are starting out with the most lopsided Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) ever negotiated,” Nandlall posited.Understandably, he said, people are anxious to know the plans which the Government has for the oil and gas sector, for there is no doubt that this sector has the potential to transform the life of every single Guyanese in record time.At the same time, he said, Guyanese are much aware that without the proper regulatory framework, competent management, and strong oversight, we can be visited with the “resource curse” that has befallen so many oil-producing countries in the Third World.“How can we prepare for first oil in 2020 as projected by the Minister, when, in 2019, we do not have these indispensable mechanisms in place? These are gaping holes in this budget,” he added.Foreign direct investmentsNandlall said there was no mention whatsoever of an incentive scheme to attract foreign direct investments. He posited that the incentive schemes that were established under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration for both foreign and local investments have all been dismantled.In fact, the former Attorney General said, many of these investors are currently being pursued by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to recover concessions granted under the PPP.“This budget does nothing to make Guyana an attractive investment climate. Yet the Minister craftily says, and I quote, “GO-Invest had facilitated approximately $73.8 billion in proposed investments, anticipated to create 1,700 jobs across the Coastal Region and Region 9, in sectors such as agriculture, light manufacturing, services, forestry and tourism. To date, $44 billion of the aforementioned proposed investments has been approved. In 2019, GO-Invest is targeting between $60 and $80 billion in investments.” Nandlall said that with all the billions the Minister has referred to, and in all the sectors he has mentioned, he has not said that a single dollar has been invested or will be invested in 2019.According to him, that is the guile and sophistry of this budget. “The budget speech of the Minister is replete with illusory statements like these, intended to fool the Guyanese people,” he added.last_img read more

Tractor driven by ‘drunk’ teen crushes man to death

first_imgA Lindener is now dead after being crushed to death by a tractor after he and his friends ended their drinking-spree.Dead is Rondell Jacobs of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are the incident occurred at about 22:00h on Saturday at the 72 Miles Kaburee Main Access trail.According to reports, at about 14:30h, a 30-year-old man employed to operate the tractor along with his teenage co-worker left their location at 58 Miles Potaro to head to 72 Miles.Along the journey, the duo allegedly began consuming alcohol and at about 17:00h, when they arrived at their destination, they met Jacobs who was in the company of another male.The tractor driver invited Jacobs and his friend to join him and the teenager to “have a few drinks” at a nearby shop.This publication understands that five hours later, the 17-year-old, who was highly intoxicated, took the keys to the tractor and commenced driving.Jacobs was standing on the left sideboard of the tractor while the other two men were sitting on the fuel tank at the back of the vehicle.While heading in a Northeastern direction on the 72 Miles Access trail, the drunk teen tried turning at a junction, but the unevenness of the road caused the tractor to tilt to the left.As a result of this, Jacobs reportedly fell off the tractor and landed on the roadway. The teen continued driving and parked the vehicle a short distance away after he realised that he had driven over the man.According to the police, when ranks arrived at the scene, Jacobs had an open laceration to the left side of his head along with bruises to the left rib area.A beer bottle was also found lying on the right side of the now dead man.Meanwhile, the teenager along with the two other men are presently in police custody. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Muir starts fast, but can’t finish

first_imgThe win sent Valencia (15-11) into a first-round matchup against No. 10 seed Chaparral of Temecula. The Mustangs finished the season 14-13. “It’s very disappointing because we thought we were reaching a peak,” Saulny said. “We don’t really have a consistency to our team and we tend to let teams into the game,” Saulny said. The Vikings, trailing 18-13 early in the second quarter, outscored the Mustangs 17-5, capped by a 9-0 run, to take a 30-23 halftime advantage. “We came out hard, but Valencia took over the momentum and kept it the whole second half,” said Jackson, who collected 11 points. Muir, trailing by as many as 11 points, cut Valencia’s lead to 53-50 on a short jumper by Chris Johnson with 4:13 to play in the game. The Mustangs didn’t score again as the Vikings closed out the game with 14 consecutive points. “You could feel it coming because they hadn’t had a run since the beginning of the game,” Valencia sophomore guard John Otavka said. “We just stayed poised and buckled down on defense.” Austin Judson led the Mustangs with 12 points. Otavka paced Valencia with 21 points. Ralph Anumba scored 16 and Shane Vereen added 11. “They played as a team and we were playing like individuals,” Saulny said. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Valencia vs. MuirPASADENA – With a team that has a tendency of falling behind early, Muir High School’s first-year boys basketball coach Eric Saulny knew the importance of a strong start Wednesday against visiting Valencia. The Mustangs gave their coach the quick start he was hoping for, but couldn’t sustain the momentum in a 67-50 loss to the visiting Vikings in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA wild-card game. center_img Poor shooting and some costly turnovers down the stretch sent the Mustangs home. “To work so hard and come this far, it’s very heartbreaking to lose like this,” Muir senior guard Wendell Jackson said. Things appeared to be headed in the right direction as the Mustangs jumped to a 15-6 lead late in the first quarter by attacking the basket. Muir, however, got away from penetrating the lane and started to rely on outside shooting, a reliance that proved costly. Valencia, which defeated Muir 60-58 in the ninth-place game at the Chaminade Christmas Tournament on Dec. 30, withstood Muir’s initial onslaught and cut the Mustangs’ lead to 15-11 after one quarter. last_img read more

U.S. survives blackout

first_imgNEW YORK – So you may have heard: Paris Hilton was ticketed the other day for driving with a suspended license. Not huge news, even by celebrity-gossip standards. Here at The Associated Press, we put out an initial item of some 300 words. But it actually meant more to us than that. It meant the end of our experimental blackout on news about Paris Hilton. It was only meant to be a weeklong ban – not the boldest of journalistic initiatives, and one, we realized, that might seem hypocritical once it ended. And it wasn’t based on a view of what the public should be focusing on – the war in Iraq, for example, or the upcoming election of the next leader of the free world, as opposed to the doings of a party-going celebrity heiress/reality TV star most famous for a grainy sex video. Then Hilton was arrested Tuesday for driving with a suspended license – an offense that could conceivably lead to jail time because she may have violated conditions of a previous sentence. By that time, our blackout was over anyway, so reporting the development was an easy call. (On the flip side, we never got to see what repercussions there would have been if we hadn’t.) Also by then, an internal AP memo about the ban had found its way to the outside world. The New York Observer quoted it Wednesday, and the Gawker.com gossip site linked to it. Howard Stern was heard mentioning the ban on his radio show, and calls came in from various news outlets asking us about it. On Editor and Publisher magazine’s Web site, a reader wrote: “This is INCREDIBLE, finally a news organization that can see through this evil woman.” And another: “You guys are my heroes!” We felt a little sheepish that the ban was over, and braced ourselves for the comments that would come when people realized it wasn’t permanent. We also learned that Lloyd Grove, former columnist for the New York Daily News, had attempted a much longer Paris Hilton blackout. He began it a year into his “Lowdown” column and stuck to it, he says, for two years until the column was discontinued last October – except for a blind item (no names) about Hilton crashing a pre-Oscar party. So was Grove attempting to raise the level of discourse in our society by focusing on truly newsworthy subjects? Well, not really. “The blackout was a really heartfelt attempt on my part,” he says, “to get publicity for myself.” A trait that Hilton, it must be said, has turned into an art. Grove thinks the so-called “celebutante” achieved her unique brand of fame because she boasts an irresistible set of traits: wealth, a big name, beauty with a “down-market” appeal, and a tendency to seem … oversexed. “This is what mainstream society celebrates,” he says. “She is, in the worst sense, the best expression of the maxim that no bad deed goes unrewarded in our pop culture.” One measure of Hilton’s fame: She was No. 5 last year on the Yahoo Buzz Index, a list of overall top searches on the Web site (her ever-so-brief buddy Spears is a perennial No. 1). In every issue Another is that US Weekly has at least a mention or a photo in just about every issue. “People now come to expect to see pictures of her,” says Caroline Schaefer, deputy editor of the celebrity magazine. “They’re intrigued by her unshakable self-esteem. People are fascinated by that.” Jeff Jarvis, who teaches journalism at the City University of New York, decries the “one-size-fits-all disease” afflicting media outlets, who feel that “everybody’s covering it, so we must, too.” Even The New York Times, he noted, had substantial coverage of a hearing concerning where Anna Nicole Smith – perhaps the one person who rivaled Hilton in terms of fame for fame’s sake – would be buried. “That disease leads to the Paris Hilton virus spreading through the news industry,” says Jarvis, who puts out the BuzzMachine blog. So what have we learned from the ban? “It’s hard to tell what this really changes, since we didn’t have to make any hard decisions,” says Jesse Washington, AP’s entertainment editor. “So we’ll continue to use our news judgment on each item, individually.” Which means that for the immediate future, if not always, we’ll still have Paris.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No, editors just wanted to see what would happen if we didn’t cover this media phenomenon, this creature of the Internet gossip age, for a full week. After that, we’d take it day by day. Would anyone care? Would anyone notice? And would that tell us something interesting? People noticed It turned out that people noticed plenty – but not in the way that might have been expected. None of the tens of thousands of media outlets that depend on AP called in asking for a Paris Hilton story. No one felt a newsworthy event had been ignored. (To be fair, nothing too out-of-the-ordinary happened in the Hilton universe.) The reaction was to the idea of the ban, not the effects of it. There was some internal hand-wringing. Some felt we were tinkering dangerously with the news. Whom, they asked, would we ban next? Others loved the idea. “I vote we do the same for North Korea,” one AP writer said facetiously. The experiment began Feb. 19. A few days before, the AP had written from Austria about Hilton’s appearance at the Vienna Opera ball, just ahead of her 26th birthday. We didn’t cover her weekend birthday bash in Las Vegas. During “blackout week,” the AP didn’t mention Hilton’s second birthday party at a Beverly Hills restaurant, at which a drunken friend reportedly was ejected by security after insulting Paula Abdul and Courtney Love. And editors asked our Puerto Rico bureau not to write about her visit there to hawk her fragrance. However, her name did slip into copy unintentionally three times, as background: in stories about Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and even in the lead of a story about Democrats in Las Vegas. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal is set to see forty post offices closed if the current social welfare contract is lost to An Post, the Irish Postmasters Union has warned this week. This suggests that over 7% of the targeted closures across the country are in Donegal.Despite comments by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte this week that the Government has no plans to close any post office, few in the Donegal postal service are assured in any way by those comments since plans are already in place to farm out a range of services to Tesco and other commercial enterprises. The Postmasters Union says the Govt plan for protecting the service is effectively a recipe for doing nothing.The Union has challenged Pat Rabbitte that if he is serous about the future of the service, he should rescind immediately the contract with Tesco and Supervalue to deliver a “Post and Pay” service at their branches nationwide.The Union and supporters, many from Donegal gathered outside Leinster House on Wednesday when a Dail motion proposed by the 16 members of the Technical Group of TDs was debated.County Donegal now has 77 post offices and the Irish Postmasters Union has told the Tirconail Tribune that at least half of these will close under the proposals now being considered by An Post. The Postmasters Union has challenged this week’s comments in the Dail by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte that the Govt. has no plans to close any post office.Brian McGann, General Secretary the IPU speaking on Sean O’Rourke’s Show on RTE Radio on Wednesday said that while the social welfare contract had been secured by An Post for the next two years, the Government was urging recipients to use the banking service and this would decimate the service.Calling for Govt action Mr. McGann said that no single Department can solve this issue – it needs a combined Government approach, he claimed. He noted the Minister’s comments regarding An Post having to tender for business contracts.However, Mr.McGann pointed out the Government needs to ensure that the network has a level playing field on which to compete.“The driving licence renewal contract was an example of where the network could have been used very effectively. We have experience of passport renewals – we could have offered the service of driving licence renewals using the same model. However, severely restricting the number of locations for the provision the driving licence renewals to 34, effectively prevented Ireland’s network of 1,150 Post Offices from having a fair opportunity to compete for the business” Mr. McGann stated. He says the postmasters are very concerned that no plan is in place that signifies the commitment of the Government on the future of the post office network.The Grant Thornton Report has called on the Government to take action to secure the future of the Post Office network by highlighting the devastating impact, both social and economic, on communities across the country if the network collapses.Mr McGann called on An Post to pull back from establishing an alternative network in partnership with Tesco.“The possible partnership with Tesco is unacceptable to the Union and we have sought an urgent meeting with the company to express our concern and opposition to the development. We will not tolerate the establishment of a network that we believe will ultimately destroy the Irish Postmasters,” Mr McGann stated. Pat Rabbitte has told the Dail this week that An Post was a commercial State company and received no exchequer subsidy.He highlighted issues the network ignored “at its peril” including when business activity moved from the High Street to nearby shopping centres.He also warned that business would suffer without electronic services.“There really isn’t much point in expecting the world to stand still while An Post remains committed to over-the-counter business.”The TD’s along with Pat Rabbitte stand accused of waffling and using flowery language that ignores the reality of the crisis facing half the country’s post office network.The Postmasters Union (IPU) argues that 557 Post Offices nationwide would close down if the contract is lost in the next couple of years.The Grant Thornton Report has found that by 2017 there would be a decline of 557 Post Offices (48%) in the network, which has 1,150 Post Offices at present. Urban and rural communities would be hit by the closures that would follow the loss of the social welfare contract.In recent years many of our towns and villages have been decimated by the loss of the garda station, the post office, creamery office and the sad toll of emigration. In more extreme cases, the pub and the local shop have closed their doors, victims of emigration and changing consumer habits. In many locations across Donegal it is a struggle to find an ATM.This indeed is the rule rather than the exception of life under the new regime of the Enda Kenny led Government where sound bites are the only response to the most serious concerns in our midst. The Government and Sate agencies surely must have a social responsibility towards the entire country.While we need to continue to invest capital expenditure into the larger urban areas, we cannot simply ignore entire counties, communities and constituencies in the West of Ireland.The general secretary of the Irish Postmasters’ Union, Brian McGann, has said that immediate government action is now needed to ensure the viability of the Post Office.Rural Ireland needs as many post offices as can probably be kept viable. The two-year social welfare contract is currently held by An Post with possible extensions for up to four additional years.However the Government is committed to moving to electronic payments as part of its eCommerce strategy and this is causing serious concern to the 1,150 postmasters around the country.Commenting on the report’s findings Irish Postmaster Breid Gallagher, who represents Postmasters in Donegal, said immediate Government action was required to ensure the viability of the Post Office network into the future.She says: “We may have won the contract in theory but the business is being diverted away on a daily basis. We cannot survive if this continues. We know that the Programme for Government contains a commitment to maintain the network of Post Offices but we are in no doubt that the network is under serious threat. There is no plan in place to ensure that that commitment is honoured and we need one urgently.”Breid Gallagher also expressed the Union’s grave concern that An Post is partnering with Tesco to develop an alternative network that will seriously impact on the network.This development, which is a result of Government inaction on maintaining the Post Office network, would destroy the network within two years, she predicted.“The Union will resist this move, by direct action, if necessary,” she warned.DONEGAL COULD LOSE 40 POST OFFICES IN SHAKE-UP WARNS UNION was last modified: February 27th, 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:An PostBreid GallagherdonegalPostmaster’s Unionlast_img read more


first_imgA number of Finn Valley AC athletes and coaches will be on International Duty in the next few weeks.Bernie Alcorn will travel to EYOF in Utrecht, Holland. Bernie will manage a large team of Irish athletes with John McGrath.The European Youth Olympic Festival will take place from the 23rd to the 29th July in Trabzon, Turkey and is a stepping stone for athletes to compete in the Summer Olympic Games in future years. FVAC’s Junior Athletes John Kelly (shot) and Fellan McGuigan (hammer) will travel to the World Youth championships in Donetsk, Ukraine this week 10-14th July.FVAC’s stalwart Neil Martin will travel to European Juniors in Rieti, Italy as Junior Team manager, Neil a seasoned Irish team manager as managed numerous junior team in the past ten years.Also traveling to Rieti for the European Juniors is Sarah Collins, Sarah who has also won the National Junior 5000m last week returned for the USA where she is a student at Providence College. Sarah will competed in 5000m. European Junior Championships, which will be held in Reiti, Italy from 18th to 21st July.Moving on to Senior Duty, Patsy McGonagle will travel to Moscow Russia in Mid August as Irish team Manager for The World Athletics Championships. Patsy the 3 time Olympic team manager will travel to Moscow with a team of around 20 athletes. Patsy will be doing his usual daily blog on the happenings at the world champs, from meeting Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah to the Progression of the Irish athletes and life in Red Square, Russian Style.The world Championships will take lace on 10-18th August Moscow, Russia FINN VALLEY ATHLETES AND COACHES DUST OFF THEIR PASSPORTS FOR INTERNATIONAL DUTY was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINN VALLEY ATHLETES AND COACHES DUST OFF THEIR PASSPORTS FOR INTERNATIONAL DUTYlast_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly are to be named Club of the Year at the Donegal County Board Banquet tomorrow night.The county champions are expected to celebrate after a terrific year both on and off the field.And to celebrate the club are to push the boat out –for its supporters. The club are to face Ardara this Sunday and it has been decided not to charge admission for supporters.The day will be a celebration of the club’s win and also a thank-you to fans who have followed the team for the past year and beyond.A spokesman said “It’s going to be a great day and everyone is really looking forward to it.“We are a relatively small club but we certainly punched above our weight last season. “We are hoping as many people as possible come along on Sunday because it will be a real celebration of the club at all levels but especially for the underage teams.“Hopefully it won’t be long when those players are collecting the senior title for us again,” he said.   GLENSWILLY TO BE NAMED CLUB OF THE YEAR was last modified: March 29th, 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:Club of YeardonegalGAAglenswillylast_img read more