That said, the Devils have played around a 91-point pace for nearly 20 games and have stabilized some of the problems it had in that horrible start. Not convinced they’re selling this early.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 30, 2019Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston reportedly said on ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ that if the Devils look for a trade partner, the Oilers, Avalanche, Blues and Canadiens may show interest. New Jersey’s asking price? Two first round picks (one may be conditional) and a team’s top prospect.MORE: Four possible destinations for New Jersey Devils’ Taylor HallThrough 24 games, the Devils sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-11-4 record (22 points). The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and Taylor Hall may be on several teams’ wish lists.According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the New Jersey Devils have started to listen to offers for Hall. It may not mean anything in the short term, but LeBrun reports that Devils general manager Ray Shero is considering all possibilities. Should Hall be dealt to another team, LeBrun expects conditions to be placed on the agreement that would see New Jersey acquire further assets should Hall re-sign with his new club.If and when he’s dealt, I would expect the deal to have a conditional nature to it so that if he re-signs with his new club there will be additional asset(s)… Either way, this isn’t necessarily a deal _ if it happens _ that must wait until the Feb. 24 deadline….— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 30, 2019NHL free agency 2020: Taylor Hall, Alex Pietrangelo headline UFA classHall, 28, is in the final season of a seven-year, $42 million contract and thus could be an attractive option for a team looking to acquire a high-scoring veteran ahead of the postseason. The Calgary, Alta. native won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2018 following a career-high 93 points (39 goals) for the Devils, but missed most of last season with a knee injury.The former Edmonton Oilers forward leads New Jersey with four goals and 21 points so far this season.A potential landing spot for Hall may be Colorado, with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reporting that New Jersey scouted the Avalanche “at all levels” this season.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Alexander Street shootingMurdered: Mahendra PersaudMurder accused, Raul VeraThe man who allegedly shot and killed Wakennaam businessman Mahendra Persaud was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Raul Vera was not required to plea to the indictable charge, which stated that on April 19, at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown he murdered 26-year-old Persaud during the course of a robbery.Magistrate Fabayo Azore adjourned and transferred the matter for reports and fixtures until May 16.According to reports, Persaud who would usually travel to Georgetown to purchase goods for his family’s business was about to enter a store to transact business at about 11:00h, when he was pounced on by a gunman who demanded that he hand over his money.Persaud resisted the bandit’s attempt to relieve him of the bag he was carrying and was shot once to his chest.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he subsequently died.
― families mourn their loss A fourth victim succumbed to his injuries on Thursday after the fatal collision in the vicinity of Loo Creek, Linden-Soesdyke Highway which claimed the lives of three people on Wednesday evening.Dead: Alexander “Dave” PrimusDead is overseas-based Guyanese Louron Mendonca, 23, of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Raul Aaron, 38, of 748 Section C, Lot F, Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD); Alexander “Dave” Primus, 52, a taxi driver of Lot 6 Self Help, Amelia’s Ward, and Dextroy Griffith, 23, of 64 Self Help, Amelia’s Ward, Linden, a mechanic attached to Roraima Airways, were the persons who reportedly died on the spot on Wednesday.Griffith’s wife, Whitney Plowell-Griffith, 23, who is said to be about four months pregnant, and Mendonca, 22, along with Arletta Kellman, 47, of Speightland, Lower Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden were all admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in a serious state, following the accident on Wednesday.They sustained trauma and broken bones, among other injuries. Plowell-Griffith,Dead: Louron Mendoncawho remains a patient of the LHC, suffered head injuries, a broken arm and dislocated hip. She is said to be in a stable condition. Mendonca, who succumbed to internal injuries, was the great nephew of Primus and one of the passengers travelling in his car, a Toyota Spacio with licence plate HC 5326, which collided head on with motor car PRR 7151, driven by Aaron.Kellman, Griffith and his wife Whitney were the other occupants of Primus’s car, which was completely destroyed. While information remains sketchy,Guyana Times understands that Primus had attempted to overtake a container truck and ended up in the lane of the car driven by Aaron. At the time of the collision, it was reportedly raining and visibility was poor. A son-in-law of Kellman recalled driving behind the two vehicles on the Highway, but noted that they quickly disappeared into the darkness.Dead: Dextroy GriffithAs he got closer, he realised that two vehicles had collided and he saw his injured mother-in-law. With only one vacant seat in his vehicle, he reportedly collected the injured Kellman and rushed her to the hospital.The others were picked up shortly afterwards and rushed to the hospital. However, Primus and Griffith, along with the driver of the other vehicle, were pinned and had to be pulled from the wreckage by firemen who were summoned to the scene. One eyewitness told this publication that the bodies were severely damaged and it took the firemen quite some time to pull them from the wreckage.At the homes of the deceased on Thursday, family members mourned their deaths. Griffith’s mother, Suzette LaRose has not yet come to grips with the death of her only son. A family member told this publication that she continued to be in denial over his passing, refusing to believe that he has died.Dead: Raul Aaron“She said she doesn’t accept that,” the family member noted.Griffith’s mother-in-law, Diane Plowell said he and her daughter Whitney, who is an employee attached to the Bureau of Statistics, Georgetown, would always travel to Linden together. She indicated that the couple, who shared two children together, aged five and two, were scheduled to celebrate their first wedding anniversary on January 16, just a day before Whitney’s birthday. While the couple worked outside of Linden, they both lived in Plowell’s home at Amelia’s Ward, Linden. According to Plowell, her son-in-law, who was a skilled mechanic, secured the job at Roraima Airways about three months ago and the couple would travel daily. She said the couple were now starting to build life together and were in the process of securing an apartment in Georgetown to be better able to provide for the family.“They were going to move first and then the children would follow…A year ago we were planning a wedding, now we are planning a funeral,” she said solemnly.Plowell added Griffith never liked travelling in the front seat of vehicles, but in this case, not even the back seat was safe. As such, she urged drivers to be careful on the roadways, especially when overtaking on the highway.“They got to start being careful. I drive that highway, so I know. You have to be careful,” she stressed.Plowell described Griffith as a very quiet, nice individual who was loving and caring to his wife and family.“I don’t know how she’s going to move on, or how we’re going to move on. Now when their lives were just starting to get stable…a wrong move to get into a particular transportation cost them. All she’s (Plowell-Griffith) worried about now is what will happen to her and the children.”Griffith is survived by his wife, children, mother and two sisters.Meanwhile, Primus’s wife, Rachel, told Guyana Times that she last saw her husband, who was also a former Policeman, alive around 10:00h on Wednesday, before he left for work.“The next call I got was that he crashed. His nephew told me that he crashed. So we were going down to see if we could tow he, not expecting that…My neighbour came to me and she was like, ‘oh my God Rachey, Dave died and they got to cut him out the vehicle.’ I started screaming and I said it can’t be Dave dead because my husband is not a careless driver,” she noted.Primus added that her husband whom she had known for 17 years was not known to be reckless. She said her husband was diabetic and would often joke about dying on the bed next to her.“I would always tell him, Dave, be careful. If you’re tired, come home. Or wherever you have to go, you go and get your rest. Whenever you can, you come home,” Primus said tearfully. She described her husband as a loving and caring individual. He is also survived by his seven children.Deceased’s documents found at Amelia’s WardPrimus said her husband’s great nephew Louron was staying with the family at Amelia’s Ward, since he travelled to Guyana from St Vincent some time ago to secure his United States visa, which he had uplifted prior to the accident on Wednesday. The documents, along with his bag, she noted, were discovered at Lover’s Lane, Amelia’s Ward, which led to her belief that the car was raided. Primus said given the distance the documents were found from the accident, she suspected that they were taken there by someone. She said Mendonca also had approximately $60,000 in his possession which he had received from overseas which has not been recovered. She added that only the receipt has been found. Primus said persons were also unable to recover some documents for her husband’s car at the scene.
Attorney General Basil Williams is abusing the legal system while at the same time “unlawfully” using State funds and resources in relation to the recent court action filed challenging the validity of former Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud’s vote on the no-confidence resolution since he has dual citizenship as well as an impending challenge on the 33 votes that were used to pass the motion tabled by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Sunday evening, Nandlall made reference to an article published in a local newspaper on Sunday.According to Nandlall, the article quotes the Attorney General as disclosing that the court challenge to the no-confidence motion is fixed for January 15, for hearing. He said that Williams is further quoted as saying that “the Government’s case would be two-fold – Persaud’s alleged disqualification from voting given his Canadian citizenship and that 34, rather than 33 votes, constitutes the majority required for the no-confidence motion to pass”.In the article, Nandlall said, Williams further explained that the staff of the Attorney General Chambers were involved in Senior Counsel Rex McKay’s preparations of the dual citizenship aspect of the case. He added that with regard to whether 34 or 33 votes constitutes a majority, Williams is quoted as saying “Obviously, we are gonna file in relation to that. Whether I file as Attorney General or a citizen files or the AFC files or the PNC files, we’ll see.” He further noted that the article goes on to say that, “He insisted that it doesn’t matter who files the case…”Against this backdrop, the former Attorney General pointed out that it was common knowledge that the case filed questioning Persaud’s qualification to sit in the National Assembly was filed by a private citizen, Compton Herbert Reid. Nandlall outlined that Reid was not part of the Government of Guyana and has sued the Speaker of the National Assembly, Charrandas Persaud and the Attorney General.“So, the Attorney General [Basil Williams] has disclosed to all the world that the Attorney General/Government is the driving force behind the case filed by Compton Reid (who is, merely, a nominal Applicant); that the Attorney General/Government has used Public Officers and State resources in assisting in the preparation of this case; and I have no doubt that the Attorney General/Government is using public funds to retain the lawyers, who have filed the case,” Nandlall asserted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe further contended that the Attorney General is using public funds and Officers from the Attorney General Chambers to prepare and file a case against himself. However, according to the former AG, it does not end there, since Williams has signalled his intention to repeat this in a second case to be filed soon.Nandlall said that this time, AG Williams plans to do even worse since he mentioned that it does not matter who files the case, whether it is the Alliance For Change (AFC), the minority party in the coalition Government; the People’s National Congress (PNC), the leading party in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU); the Attorney General, or a private citizen.“Presumably, again, he will use public funds, public resources and Public Officers to fund and prepare a case, which will be filed by his political party or its coalition partner or by a private citizen against himself! One will note that it is clear that the Attorney General is blissfully unaware of the several transgressions to which he has confessed, including the most vulgar misuse of public funds, public resources and Public Officers. He recognises no distinction between political party and Government. He ignores, completely, the abuse to which he is subjecting the legal process,” Nandlall posited.He went on to say that there is no doubt that the Attorney General either planned to consent to judgement or not defend these “incestuous litigations” funded by taxpayers’ dollars. In fact, the former Attorney General questioned how his successor could defend these cases “conscientiously” since, after all by his own admission, he has caused them to be filed and contributed to their preparation.“Not only is this an unlawful use of public funds and public resources, but this strikes at the heart of every ethical principle known to the legal profession and it reduces our legal system and indeed, our constitutional democracy, to nothing but an abysmal circus,” Nandlall declared.According to the former AG, the country has finally descended to its lowest and must be the undisputed laughing stock of the Commonwealth.
– Advertisement -Below are the latest road conditions from Drivebc.ca. If you spot any issues on the road, let us know by emailing email@example.com or post on our Facebook page.Highway 103 Both directionsAdvertisement Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Fort St. John to British Columbia and Alberta Border (67.2 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:40 am PST. (ID# 193631) [View on map]Highway 2 Both directionsConstruction 3 km north of Pouce Coupe to 2.5 km south of Junction with Highway 97 North, in Dawson Creek (6.6 km), 6:30 am to 7:00 pm daily until further notice. 20 minute delay expected. Updated on Wed May 6 at 12:10 am PDT. (ID# -52535) [View on map]Highway 2 Both directionsSlippery Sections from British Columbia and Alberta Border to Junction with Highway 97 North, in Dawson Creek (41.6 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:58 am PST. (ID# 193637) [View on map]Highway 29 Both directionsSlippery Sections from Tumbler Ridge to Hudson’s Hope Bridge (163.9 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:55 am PST. (ID# 193635) [View on map]Highway 29 Both directionsCompact Snow with Slippery Sections from Hudson’s Hope to Halfway River Bridge (36.8 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:47 am PST. (ID# 193632) [View on map]Highway 49 Both directionsSlippery Sections from Dawson Creek to British Columbia and Alberta Border (14.7 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:57 am PST. (ID# 193636) [View on map]Highway 52 Both directionsSlippery Sections from Tumbler Ridge to Arras (98.7 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:53 am PST. (ID# 193634) [View on map]Highway 52E Both directionsSlippery Sections from Tumbler Ridge to Junction with Highway 2, in Tupper (144.4 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:53 am PST. (ID# 193573) [View on map]Highway 77 Both directionsCompact Snow with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 97 to British Columbia and Northwest Territory Border (138 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:09 am PST. (ID# 193621) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsCompact Snow with Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 39, south of MacKenzie to Junction with Highway 52 in Arras (228.1 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 5:01 am PST. (ID# 193639) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsConstruction 40 km north of Junction with Highway 2, in Dawson Creek to 12 km south of Taylor (40 m), 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat through Nov 30. Updated on Tue Sep 1 at 5:12 am PDT. (ID# -54599) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsConstruction at Taylor 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat until further notice. Southbound passing Lane closure in effect. Expect minor delays. Updated on Tue Jul 7 at 5:41 pm PDT. (ID# -53813) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsSlippery Sections from Junction with Highway 39, south of MacKenzie to Taylor (299.7 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:59 am PST. (ID# 193638) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsConstruction at Taylor 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat until further notice. Updated on Mon Aug 31 at 4:26 pm PDT. (ID# -53814) [View on map]Highway 97 Both directionsCompact Snow with Slippery Sections from Mile 83 to Fort Nelson (304.4 km). Updated Sun Nov 1 at 4:00 am PST. (ID# 193620) [View on map] Most areas of the B.C. Peace received several centimetres of snow overnight Saturday leaving many roads with compact snow and slippery sections.Sunday’s forecast calls for another 2 to 4 centimetres before the snow ends Sunday evening. The Fort St. John Fire Department posted on Facebook late Saturday that they had responded to several collisions but did not release any specific details. Multiple accidents this evening. Please be aware that road conditions are poor and drive safe.Posted by Fort St. John Professional Fire Fighters Association on Saturday, October 31, 2015
SUICIDE leaves behind bewildered relatives and friends who are left to cope with the aftermath.Thankfully there are some great charities out there such as Living Links.And this weekend Kellys XL shop at Illistrin and the local community are getting together to raise much-needed funds for the charity which has done so much to help people in Co Donegal. The 5k walk and run leaves from the shop at 3pm this Sunday, with registration from 1pm.Entry fee is €5 for walkers, €7 for runners – or €10 for a family, running or walking on a fully marshalled route.It’s an ideal opportunity to stretch the legs, get a better 5k time for the more serious runners – and of course raise money for Living Links.And when you get back to Kelly’s XL, free refreshments will be provided. Donegal Daily is proudly supporting this initiative.* If you have been bereaved through suicide, go to www.livinglinks.ie COPING WITH AFTERMATH OF SUICIDE: UNIQUE 5K EVENT THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 12th, 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:5k charity walk5k runIllistrinKellys XLliving links
A Donegal-based Garda who sexually assaulted a fellow female officer and harassed another at a local Garda station has been given a six month jail sentence and fined a total of €10,000.Letterkenny District Court.Married father-of-three Kevin Corby showed no emotion as sentence was passed at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. Corby then had his jail term substituted for 240 hours community service.Corby, who is in his mid-30s and originally from Co Leitrim, had been found guilty of the offences by a jury back in October and the case had been adjourned for sentence.The offences took place while Corby and the two female victims were working as part of a team in a North Donegal Garda station in 2010 and 2011.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said the public needed to have the trust of those people who wore a uniform – be it green or blue.He said Corby, with an address at Stranorlar, Co Donegal, must have realised the impact his harassment was having on his two female colleagues describing his actions as “persistent and consistent.”He said the job of a Garda was a stressful enough one without having to have the added pressure of harassment or sexual assault.But he said the probation report into Corby was positive and to ask the court for the “pound of flesh would be a bit extreme.”He fined Corby €5,000 on each of the harassment charges and sentenced him to six months in jail but substituted that with 240 hours community service.Both of Corby’s victims sat on the opposite side of the courtroom from him.Their victim impact statements were not read out in court but Judge John O’Hagan did read one line from the statements.It read the were “tormented and sickened by the remarks and sexual innuendo.”The court heard how Corby was now suspended on three quarters of his pay.Superintendent Jimmy Coen, who oversaw the investigation, said there will now be a separate internal enquiry carried out by the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.Various references were read out to the court by defence barrister Peter Nolan on behalf of Corby including letters from a priest, the chairman of a GAA club and an ex-Garda.Mr Nolan said his client had become something of a pariah and his original circle of friends had dwindled.He was also asked to stand down from his local GAA club.However he said his client was still of the opinion that the whole affair centred around horseplay.The court previously heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex-life and their weight.The women said they dreaded going to work because of the alleged harassment and one of them even tried to take her own life.He jibed them about needing to “get a good ride” and not eating too much or they wouldn’t get a man.The court also heard how Corby, on two different occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pushed his groin up against them.He was said to have pushed himself up against one of the women from behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.One of the women also claimed that he put his hand into her garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.On another occasion, while in a patrol car, Corby put his hand on one of the female Garda’s leg and then moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn’t do it then he would.However, the court also heard from three different male gardaí who also worked with Corby in the same station.One of the gardaí said he had never heard such remarks in his numerous years as a serving member.Another said he told Corby to give it a break after he “crossed the line” with the female colleagues.Barrister for Corby, Peter Nolan said previously that the case was a “storm in a teacup” and “political correctness gone mad”.He also referred to the fact that one of the female gardaí had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas – just weeks after some of the alleged incidents.“If you are going to join the guards then you have to be able for a bit of banter. This is a ridiculous case for prosecution to bring before the people of Ireland.“If we were all to be done for putting our hands on someone’s knee then we would all be in jail,” he had said.But State barrister Patricia McLaughlin had asked the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent.The jury unanimously found Corby guilty of one charge of sexual assault and two charges of harassment leading to yesterday’s sentencing.Corby’s wife hugged him as Judge O’Hagan passed sentence but the accused showed no emotion.On the opposite side of the courtroom, one of Corby’s victims broke down in tears.DONEGAL GARDA WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED COLLEAGUE FINED €10,000 was last modified: February 3rd, 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:donegalharassmentJUdge John O’HaganKevin CorbyLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assault
EXCLUSIVE: Environment and Community Minister Phil Hogan tonight vowed to save services affected by the closure earlier today of Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta.In a statement to donegaldaily.com, the Minister said: “It is understood that, following their analysis of their financial situation, the Board of MFG concluded that they had no other option other than to cease trading.“Department officials, in conjunction with Pobal, are working to ensure a co-ordinated approach is taken to the outstanding technical issues in relation to finalising funding and payments. “The Department is anxious to define ways to ensure that Gaeltacht residents do not lose services and will explore alternative methods for the delivery of these services as a matter of urgency.”The closure of the organisation, as we reported this morning here: (https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/09/08/gaeltacht-stunned-by-closure-of-funding-group/), has devastated the Donegal gaeltacht and six other gaeltachta around the country.Here in Donegal it has hit minibus services on the islands, school bus services and even the insulation of the homes of elderly people.Fifteen staff have lost their jobs and more than 80 others are now out of work as funding has stopped. MFG faced financial ruin because of a number of legal cases in Donegal and Galway which cost hundreds of thousands of euro after MFG lost the unfair dismissal hearings.Tonight Deputy Pearse Doherty said the Government needed to explain why it didn’t appear to know that MFG was in trouble when “everyone else did.”He insisted: “There are serious questions especially as many workers had been on protective notice. That should have set alarm bells ringing.”Deputy Doherty said he had met workers today and they were ‘utterly devastated’ and had been ‘left high and dry with no point of contact.’Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle has called on the Government to release emergency funding to allow the re-instatement of the Rural Transport Programme following the closure of MFG Teo. Deputy Pringle said: “Many people in the Gaeltacht were devastated this morning to discover that their vital school and other transport services were not running.“The announcement yesterday evening by the board of MFG that they were winding up the company triggered the removal of the service by Pobal. Pobal contract the rural transport to MFG and they informed the providers that the service was being removed last night.”Deputy Pringle said he had spent today in talks with Pobal in a bid to get the transport scheme running again. School bus services and minibus services on the islands have been hit.The Independent TD said: “I have been in contact with Pobal today to demand that the rural transport be re-instated as a matter of urgency. They have informed me that they hope to have it back as soon as possible and will be working to achieve this’ continued Pringle. “As it now appears that the staff of MFG have been on protective notice there was plenty of time for Pobal to put a contingency plan in place, there seems to be a complete lack of joined up thinking on this matter through the Department of Transport and Pobal.“It is a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. The Government has serious questions to answer.”MFG CLOSURE: MINISTER VOWS TO SAVE SERVICES was last modified: September 8th, 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)
Audio Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/msg-6.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The reality of the danger facing Donegal mountaineer Jason Black hit home today as his group’s sister climbing tam were hit by an avalanche. One person is missing presumed dead. Simply click on the arrow to hear Jason’s report for Donegal Daily.K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: SADNESS FOR JASON BLACK AS SISTER-TEAM HIT BY AVALANCHE was last modified: July 20th, 2015 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:donegalJason BlackK2