Does Manny agree with Freddie Roach?

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Freddie Roach, the famous American trainer who pushed Manny Paquiao all the way to full superstardom, says he wants the legendary Filipino warrior to do a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn—then hang up his gloves.Nothing new there. It was not the first time Roach had voiced that wish for Pacquiao, the only eight-division world title winner in boxing.There was more urgency in what Roach told ESPN Deportes over the weekend: “I hope he (Pacquiao) goes forward with that fight, and after that, he retires.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Lady Realtors notch 1st wincenter_img MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson First things first: Does Pacquiao honestly want to fight on?Next: Would Pacquiao, who claimed he had been set up in that losing stand against Horn, still care to return to Australia?It would help if they could get Pacquiao’s side on the Roach proposal.So far, there has been no reported conversation or dialogue between Roach and Pacquiao after the fighting Filipino senator lost his WBO crown to Horn in Brisbane last July.Based on a postchampionship dugout report, Pacquiao and Roach failed to talk to each other. The beaten Filipino superhero stood before the mirror attending to his hairdo, while Roach stayed at a distance and cooled his heels inside the dressing room.Anyway, it was reported later that Pacquiao had agreed to do a rematch (last Sept. 12) in Brisbane.However, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum would next report that Pacquiao had suddenly pulled out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThere are two sides to the proposed rematch.One side says Horn urgently needs the fight in order to culminate his championship victory, which continued to be questioned by various sectors.Pardon this, but there are also experts who felt Roach needed the rematch in order to clear the landscape. These experts felt that the Pacquiao-Horn fight could’ve gone either way; unfortunately Roach, who insisted on a KO finish, was clearly outplotted and outclassed by Glenn Rushton, the millionaire trainer who molded obscure Horn, a former schoolteacher, into a world-class boxer.(AMAZED: US President Donald Trump stood and applauded the splendid presentation by select Filipino artists during the Asean Summit gala dinner at MOA in Pasay City on Sunday. Among the performers was the multiawarded Mandaluyong Children’s Choir of City Mayor Menchie Abalos. Mabuhay!) Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

GCCI President slams Govt for underperformance in mining, quarrying industry

first_imgThe decline in the mining and quarrying industry has resulted in dismal economic performances, primarily in the labour intensive sectors, and this has had further spiralling effects in relation to consumption in Guyana.GCCI President Deodat IndarThis is according to outgoing President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, who at the 129th annual general meeting of the Chamber stated that more could have been done by the Government in its budget for this year to cushion such effects.“We to some extent are a little disappointed that our recommendation for a stimulus in the 2019 Budget to recover from job losses and to spur economic growth were not adequately addressed in the budget for 2019. Taxation in 2018 continued to grow as you see in the budget for 2019, extracting about $200 billion out of the economy and that is expected to grow in 2019 to $223 billion. And those figures are from the budget,” he stated.According to Indar, while there has been some move afoot to widen the tax base, the total tax rate an individual (a consumer) and a company pays remains high: in excess of 40 per cent in the former, and a 25 per cent in the latter.However, he explained that the GCCI welcomes the reduction in the manufacturing and non-commercial rate by 25 per cent and views this as a path in the right direction. Some regional countries have lower tax rates in comparison to Guyana so the reduction in this tax rate is welcomed, the GCCI President said.“We are pleased to some extent to see some of our recommendations are placed in the 2019 Budget with our consultation and they were taken on board and we are very happy for those especially when it comes to the aircraft engines and so on in the tourism sector. We find that some component parts of the aircraft and so on there were some ease in terms of tax paid on them, and the waivers of duties and VAT on equipment which utilise on alternative energy technologies, renewable energy options and items that would harness renewable energy. So those things are welcomed in terms of the development of Guyana.”Economic growth and improvements in hospitality servicesAdditionally, Guyana’s economy is estimated to have grown by 3.4 per cent in 2018, with a notable growth in the construction sector attributed to investments in the oil and gas sector.“This continued increase in construction activities as a labour intensive sector or an industry provides employment for areas of all categories of workers- skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled. And 2018 also recorded marginal increases in agriculture, fisheries and forestry which combined in total expected to grow by 1.1 per cent,” he noted.According to Indar, in the area of tourism and hospitality, there is much more than can be done here in Guyana and it is to that end that the GCCI is pursuing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between itself and the Chamber of Commerce from Barbados.“The Barbados Chamber of Commerce gave their interest to partnering with the GCCI so maybe in another 30 days we will have an MoU with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce… especially in the area of making sure that the skills in the hospitality and tourism sector is transferred into Guyana. As you know we have a lot of foreigners trotting our land these days and the hospitality industry can use some help in terms of the level of service, what are the areas that we need to expand and improve on. I believe that that MoU with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce could provide some help to our members who are in the hospitality sector,” he added.last_img read more

BC Forest Service Sending Crews to California

first_imgt Service is sending crews and aircraft to help the State of California with its wildfire crisis. Information Officer Gwen Eamor says unit crews and aircraft were dispatched today. [asset|aid=97|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Gwen Eamor – fire crews to Cali_1_Pub.mp3] The fire fighters are from the Kamloops, Coastal and Southeast Fire Centres. They are expected to be in California for 14 days.- Advertisement –last_img

Three Premier League sides exit League Cup

first_imgBut the hosts were reduced to 10 men after just 18 minutes as Rod McDonald was dismissed for a second yellow card and second-half goals from Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez secured a 3-1 win to spare Pellegrini’s blushes.Cardiff’s poor start to the season on their return to the top flight continued with a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Championship side Norwich.Saido Berahino scored his first goal since February 2016 to send Stoke into the last 32 with a 2-0 win over Premier League Huddersfield.Southampton edged out Brighton 1-0 in the only all-Premier League tie of the round thanks to Charlie Austin’s winner two minutes from time.Leicester cruised past Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town 4-0 with Rachid Ghezzal registering his first goal for the club.Bournemouth, Fulham and Wolves also eased into round three over lower league opposition in MK Dons, Exeter and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.Crystal Palace needed Alexander Sorloth’s first goal for the club 20 minutes from time to edge out Swansea 1-0.Frank Lampard’s Derby were thrashed Hull 4-0, but Marcelo Bielsa tasted defeat for the first time as Leeds boss, losing 2-0 at home to Preston, while Aston Villa also went down 1-0 to League One Burton Albion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Pellegrini secured his first win as West Ham manager © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – West Ham survived a scare from League One Wimbledon to register Manuel Pellegrini’s first win in charge and progress to the third round of the League Cup as Premier League sides Cardiff, Huddersfield and Brighton bowed out on Tuesday.The Hammers have suffered three straight defeats to begin their league season, despite former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss Pellegrini being backed with nearly £100 million ($128.7 dollars) in the transfer market, and went behind inside two minutes at Kingsmeadow through Joe Pigott’s header.last_img read more

Charlie Lake Fire Department called out for Carbon Monoxide Alarm

first_imgThe Charlie Lake Fire Department firefighters cleared the scene once the monitor met a zero reading.10 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Tender 2, and Squad 1, and Rescue.Payette shares, the firefighters opened all the windows and set up fans. “The Fire Chief was so kind and informative as were all of the firefighters. We can’t thank them enough,” said Payette.According to Payette when the gas person attended their home the following day to turn the gas back on they shared, a vacuum had been created in the home by having the portable a/c unit running with the windows closed, which sucked the exhaust from the hot water heater.Advertisement Payette said, “We are safe and so are the dogs, at least we know our carbon monoxide detectors work.” CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – On May 27th, 2019, the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 5:53 pm to respond to a carbon monoxide alarm.Photo by PayetteDania and her husband Greg Payette were cleaning their home and doing laundry when Dania started to smell a weird smell in their laundry room. She shares she thought it was the marinade from the jerky Greg was making but that wasn’t it.- Advertisement -Dania goes on to say they were smelling all around the dryer and the hot water when all the alarms in the house started blaring a carbon monoxide warning. “I was starting to feel a little light headed so we immediately went outside and called 911,” said Payette.Upon arrival, the firefighters used monitors to located the cause of the alarm, shut down the gas to the structure, and continued to vent.“The fire department arrived very quickly and had us move across the street for safety,” said Payette “They suited up and went in and the carbon monoxide readings they were getting were pretty high at 50-51 (I don’t know what kind of unit of measurement they use).”Advertisementlast_img read more

Super Salah shines as Liverpool hit Roma five

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah ripped apart his former club with two goals and two assists as Liverpool beat Roma 5-2© AFP Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Mohamed Salah came back to haunt former club Roma in spectacular style with two goals and two assists as Liverpool stormed towards the Champions League final with a 5-2 semi-final, first-leg win at Anfield on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino also scored twice and Sadio Mane netted Liverpool’s other goal to make up for missing a series of gilt-edged chances as the scoreline did anything but flatter the hosts. Roma produced one of the finest comebacks in Champions League history by overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.They will need to do the same in the return leg on May 2, but the visitors were at least given a lifeline when Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti grabbed two vital away goals in the final 10 minutes.Liverpool will rue their missed chances and poor late defending, but remain well on course for a first final in 11 years.Mohamed Salah celebrating his second goal. Photo/COURTESYThe hosts’ early rhythm was disrupted when Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was stretchered off with a nasty-looking knee injury, which could threaten his World Cup dreams with England.Moments later, the visitors were inches away from the opener when Aleksandar Kolarov’s long-range strike slipped through the grasp of Loris Karius and came back off the crossbar.However, Liverpool soon settled and should have put the tie beyond doubt before half-time.Mane blazed over when clean through on goal and then skewed wide when teed up by Firmino.Salah’s first sight of goal then brought a smart save from Alisson before Mane’s frustrating night continued as he was flagged offside when he did put the ball in the net from Andrew Robertson’s low cross.– Unselfish superstar –Despite scoring twice, Mohamed Salah kept celebrations muted against his former club. Photo/GETTYRoma have now lost their last four Champions League away games — shipping 13 goals in the process — and were punished by the man they sold to Liverpool for what now seems a bargain 42 million euros (£37 million, $52 million) last year.Nine minutes of the first half remained when Salah picked the ball up just inside the Roma area and was given far too much time by Juan Jesus to cut inside onto his favoured left foot and curl the ball with unerring accuracy into the top corner.The chances continued to come for the hosts, but unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp not all of them fell the way of Salah as Dejan Lovren headed a glorious opportunity against the bar before Alisson got down to parry Georginio Wijnaldum’s powerful strike.Brazilian number one Alisson has been in stunning form but even he was powerless as Salah struck again in first-half stoppage time with a trademark dinked finish over the advancing ‘keeper.Chasing a first ever Champions League hat-trick, Salah would have been forgiven for going for goal as he bore down on Alisson once more 11 minutes into the second period.But he showed why he is considered one of the game’s more unselfish superstars by squaring for a relieved Mane to convert from close range.Substitute Diego Perotti’s late penalty gave Roma hope ahead of the second leg© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTESalah wreaked more havoc five minutes later when he sped past the helpless Jesus and pulled the ball across goal for Firmino to tap home.Firmino then rose highest head home James Milner’s corner to take Liverpool’s fearsome front three’s combined tally for the season to 88.Roma’s night seemed to be summed up when midfielder Kevin Strootman and coach Eusebio Di Francesco became engaged in a blazing row after the fifth goal went in.However, Klopp’s decision to withdraw Salah 15 minutes from time backfired as the tie swung back Roma’s way in the final stages.Firstly, with nine minutes left, Dzeko slotted home his 21st goal of the season as Lovren got caught underneath the ball.Moments later, Anfield was stunned when Milner was punished for handball inside the area and Perotti coolly slotted home the resulting penalty.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Christians return to holy town on holiday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn his Christmas homily during Midnight Mass, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah delivered a politically charged appeal for peace and love in the Holy Land – and independence for the Palestinian people. “This land of God cannot be for some a land of life and for others a land of death, exclusion, occupation, or political imprisonment,” said Sabbah, the first Palestinian to hold the position of top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land. In his homily, Sabbah criticized religious extremists and lamented the dwindling number of Christians. “To all of you Christians in this land, you who are tempted to emigrate, you who are the object of everyone’s preoccupation, I say to you what Jesus told us: Do not be afraid,” he said. In the years following the 1993 Oslo peace accord, Bethlehem attracted tens of thousands of tourists for Christmas. But the number of visitors plummeted after the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in 2000. Tourism has begun to recover in recent years as fighting has slowed. This year, it got a boost from the renewal of peace talks last month at a summit in Annapolis, Md. BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Encouraged by renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Christian pilgrims from around the world converged on Jesus’ traditional birthplace Monday to celebrate Christmas – a palpable contrast to the sparse crowds of recent years. The diverse mix of people included festive American tourists, clergymen in brown flowing robes and Palestinian scouts wearing kilts and playing bagpipes. “I’m Catholic. I always wanted to see the beginning of Christianity, the whole history. It’s something you grow up with,” said Kristin Obeck, a 37-year-old schoolteacher from Richmond, Va. Despite the festive atmosphere, a heavy police deployment, the presence of Israel’s massive separation barrier and unease among Bethlehem’s ever-shrinking Christian population served as reminders of the lingering tensions in the region. While many celebrants appeared to be curious teenagers and other local residents, Israeli tourism officials said they expected about 20,000 visitors to cross from Jerusalem into neighboring Bethlehem. They said that was an increase of about 50 percent over last year, though well below the peak years. Tourism workers handed out sweets and flowers to pilgrims, and smiling Israeli soldiers posed for pictures with travelers. Bethlehem’s governor, Saleh Tamari, said all of the town’s 5,000 hotel rooms were booked. “If you can’t be with family, it’s good to be here where it all went down,” said 23-year-old David Collen of Hickman, Neb., who is studying the Middle East at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Tiago Martins, 28, from Curitiba, Brazil, said the new peace talks had prompted him to visit Bethlehem for the first time. “The idea that it’s a Christian city makes me more calm, and I think going to the West Bank is more comfortable since Annapolis,” Martins said. Priests and monks, tourists, Palestinian families and police mingled in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, the site where tradition holds Christ was born. Vendors hawked beads, inflatable Santas, roasted peanuts, cotton candy, steamed corn and Turkish coffee while city residents watched the festivities from balconies and rooftops. A four-story cypress tree, strung with lights and red and gold ornaments and topped with a yellow star, towered outside the church. Children strolling through the square wore red-and-white Santa Claus hats, with some in full Santa regalia. Balloons bobbed from vendors’ stands and strings children clutched in their hands. After nightfall, the square was lit in a sea of red and yellow lights and Christmas stars. “This year is much better than the last seven years for tourism,” said shopkeeper Jacques Aman, whose wooden handicrafts shop offered crosses, rosaries and nativity scenes. “The atmosphere is better in general. There is relative calm, from the security standpoint.” Palestinian scouts, some wearing kilts and berets adorned with pompons, marched through the streets playing drums and bagpipes. Throughout the evening, choirs and orchestras performed hymns and Christmas carols in a multitude of languages. Speaking to reporters as he came out of prayers at a Bethlehem mosque, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed hope that the renewed peace talks will bring about a Palestinian state in the coming year. “We hope that this year will be the year of independence for the Palestinian people. God willing, this will be the year of security and stability and economic prosperity for the Palestinians,” he said. Sabbah began Christmas celebrations with his annual procession from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. He could only enter Bethlehem after passing through a massive steel gate in Israel’s separation barrier – a stretch of concrete slabs built to keep suicide bombers from reaching Israel. Israeli mounted policemen escorted Sabbah, in his flowing magenta robe, to the gate, and border police clanged it shut behind him. The barrier was just one of the reminders of the area’s lingering troubles. Years of violence with Israel, infighting among rival Palestinian factions and economic hardship caused by the barrier have all contributed to the departure of a growing number of Christians from Bethlehem. Officials say from 35 to 50 percent of the town’s 40,000 people are Christian, compared to 90 percent in the 1950s. 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

Violence seen in rare spot: Old Pas

first_imgJust don’t tell that to an unidentified guy from Downey, who left a light tip at the 35er in early September. When the sap walked out of the tavern he was stabbed, said Pasadena police Lt. Keith Jones. “Apparently our victim ran up a tab and when he left what the bartender thought was a menial tip, a few words were spoken,” Jones said. “Somebody who was in the bar followed him out and stabbed him one time.” Longtime residents of Pasadena remember when Old Pas was a cesspool of seedy pawn shops, seedier massage parlors and back-alley dope deals. Somebody realized that the real estate was pretty valuable and West Colorado Boulevard was transformed. In a follow-up piece to the shooting that ran in Friday’s newspaper, staff writer Todd Ruiz wrote: “As the city’s economic engine, Old Pasadena is one of the most heavily policed parts of town.” I’ll bet the people living in Northwest Pasadena just love reading that. After all, there have been 10 homicides in Northwest Pasadena since the last Tournament of Roses. Eleven if you count the officer-involved shooting. Twelve if you count a shooting death in nearby Altadena. Following Wednesday’s incident, Bogaard wanted to make it clear that the city’s “record for safety and security” on New Year’s Day “is stellar.” No doubt some of you who plan to line the Colorado Boulevard parade route are going to find that out. Among the items prohibited by Pasadena police are tortillas, Silly String, marshmallows, eggs, shaving cream and couches. They spread this stuff out at a news conference Friday just to make sure you know how to behave on New Year’s Day; on national television; in Pasadena. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 Frank Girardot is city editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Visit his blog at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOh, and it happened in the week leading up to the one thing that makes Pasadena better than the rest of eastern Los Angeles County – The Tournament of Roses Parade. In the end, 18-year-old Marcus Cole of Claremont was arrested after he was grabbed by passers-by who chased him down Colorado and held him until police arrived. A 23-year-old Arcadia resident was taken to Huntington Hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. He’s expected to recover. In one published report, a Pasadena police lieutenant called the incident “unique” and “bizarre.” And it was. Especially if you buy Mayor Bill Bogaard’s line that nothing violent ever happens in Old Pasadena. Which is mostly true. Sometime late last week, it became obvious to me that Pasadena city officials are big Bob Dylan fans. What else would prompt them to seemingly exclaim universally, “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right.” That appeared to be the reaction of officials in the hours after a Wednesday evening shooting in the heart of Old Pasadena. The shooting stemmed from what has been described as a drug deal gone south. Its only relevance otherwise is that it happened near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue about 7:30 – the peak dinner hour. last_img read more


first_imgFollow the shamrocks to Letterkenny – Celebrating all things Irish with the Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade – Letterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Letterkenny’s St.Patrick’s day parade is one of the biggest in the County and this year it is hoping to get entries from a wide range of businesses, community organisations, sports clubs and bands. at the launch are Kerry O’Donnell and Pascal Blake, Letterkenny Mayor,get into the spirit of the event withToni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Gerard Grant, Chamber President and Anne Condon, Letterkenny Chamber. Photo Clive Wasson Letterkenny Chamber has launched its countdown to the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Letterkenny’s St.Patrick’s day parade is one of the biggest in the county and this year it is hoping to get entries from a wide range of businesses, community organisations, sports clubs and bands. With just a month to go to this national holiday that is celebrated all over the world Letterkenny Chamber President and Chamber members were joined by The Town Mayor, Paschal Blake to formally launch this year’s parade.Speaking at the launch Chamber President Gerard Grant said St. Patrick’s Day is an important event in the calendar for Letterkenny.“This year it once again falls on a weekend and we expect large crowds in town to celebrate. The Letterkenny Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny. This year we are appealing to sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies to get involved, the more people we get involved the more colourful and lively the parade becomes. This year we are keen to celebrate international culture so if you are looking for a theme why not take on that as a theme.“Letterkenny Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and at this stage we want to acknowledge the financial contributions already pledged for this year from large and small businesses and ask other businesses out there to offer their support. “It is a real voluntary effort by members of the Chamber and we are proud to play our part in this important day. But this year we really want to make it even more vibrant, colourful and lively and we want to remind people that an entry doesn’t have to be a full scale float, we love to see clubs and societies dressed up walking along the street, this can be every bit as effective. If you have thought about entering and want to know more please do let us know. ”The Parade starts at 3pm on Monday 17th March preceded by entertainment on the viewing platform at Market Square. The parade makes its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance. Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500.To enter a float or for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email ALL THINGS IRISH WITH THE LETTERKENNY ST.PATRICK’S DAY PARADE was last modified: February 19th, 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:Letterkenny ChamberMayor Pascal BlakeSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more


first_imgTHE manager of Letterkenny General Hospital Sean Murphy is furious at cheap booze sales in Co Donegal – after 26 admissions to the Emergency Department in just one night.Yesterday revealed that the drink-related admissions left under pressure staff struggling to cope last Wednesday evening.Further to calls by NW Alcohol Forum for action to control low cost selling of alcohol in Letterkenny the HSE has announced that 26 people presented to the Emergency Department in Letterkenny General Hospital last Wednesday night with alcohol related conditions. It is understood that many of these had been availing of a 98 cent drink promotion in a local nightclub.Mr John Hayes, HSE Area Manager for Donegal said: “We have been increasingly concerned at the growing practice of low cost selling and its impact on both the health of the population and the demands on our services. With this most recent experience in the General Hospital.“I truly worry that the situation will escalate unless action is taken to stop promotions that fuel our binge drinking culture.”In Ireland the Chief Medical Officer recommends low risk weekly drinking limits of 11 standard drinks for women and 17 standard drinks for men. The prices on offer in the nightclub promotions mean that a woman will potentially hit her daily limit for as little as €3 depending on the alcohol content of the drink. Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager at the Hospital said: “Our Emergency Department provide excellent service to everyone that enters the unit, often in pressurised and demanding circumstances.“It is unfortunate that on Wednesday night, staff in the unit had to cope with a large surge in demand for services on top of the usual workload, largely attributed to these 26 alcohol related presentations that were effectively avoidable. This extra demand had a direct impact on the waiting times for other patients in the department.“Thankfully we were able to assess and treat all those who presented with positive outcomes. I would call however on the key stakeholders in our community to act now to prevent potentially more serious harm next time.”During the summer the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland called for a minimum price for alcohol to help prevent the abuse and misuse of alcohol and the irresponsible sale and promotion of alcohol.he local experience of low cost selling is very much an attempt to compete with the off-licence sector that can significantly undercut the price in licensed premises. Eamon O’Kane, Director of the Alcohol Forum said: “I welcome the HSE decision to publicise the impact of low cost selling in Letterkenny.“Whilst everyone sympathises with the economic pressures facing many alcohol retailers, stock must be taken of the consequences of dangerous promotion. I recently presented to Letterkenny Town Council on the need for strategic management of the night-time economy. The experience of front line staff in the Emergency Department further evidences this need. The Alcohol Forum remains committed to working with all local stakeholders to address this issue.”Echoing the calls for local action, John Hayes added: “There are many people and agencies with a vested interest in achieving a balanced role for our alcohol in our society.“I would ask them to engage with the Alcohol Forum and the HSE in a concerted action to review what is currently happening and to implement steps that will ensure no repetition of last Wednesday night. This is a major social challenge and I hope that others will join with us to address it.” Yesterday Letterkenny Mayor Gerry McMonagle expressed concerns at the sale of cheap drink in the county and is understood to be calling a meeting of various organisations to discuss the issue.Our previous article is here: MANAGER’S ANGER AT CHEAP BOOZE ADMISSIONS was last modified: October 25th, 2011 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:admissionsalcohol salesLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more