LATEST STORIES The 23-year-old’s new calling makes thinking about a return to competition in time for the 2020 Olympics seem trivial.“This is the focus,” Raisman said.A focus that has turned her into an unexpected symbol of strength for others who share their experiences.“Unfortunately sexual abuse is far too common,” Raisman said. “I’ve realized how many people are affected by it and it’s disgusting. That’s why I want change.”Raisman has become an increasingly outspoken critic of USA Gymnastics, blaming the governing body for a lack of oversight on Nassar’s conduct. The 54-year-old spent nearly 20 years as the team doctor for the U.S. women’s elite program, often working with athletes one on one. Raisman declined to get into specifics about the abuse she was subjected to, but her experience falls in line with what many other have claimed against Nassar: that he touched them inappropriately while describing it as proper treatment.ADVERTISEMENT It’s Chapter 22, titled “The Survivors.” In it, Raisman outlines how she was abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, how he “groomed” her by presenting himself as a friendly ear and how she feels he was empowered to continue over the course of years by those in charge at USA Gymnastics.Raisman spent weeks working on the section, revisiting it again and again, trying to get it just right. Or at least as close to right as she can get.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I put in a ton of thought whether how I wanted to come forward about this,” Raisman told The Associated Press. “What I realized at the end of the day is that I want change and I want people to understand what exactly abuse is. It’s very complicated. It’s very confusing. I didn’t know that I was being abused because I was manipulated so horribly.”In the process, Raisman discovered the abuse Nassar committed against other female athletes — including allegations from Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas — is a very small part of a much larger problem that extends far beyond the actions of just one man. It’s why she took those painful memories and put them on paper, to share with the world that, as she says over and over again: “It’s not OK. It’s never OK.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gymnast Aly Raisman poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport. AP FILE PHOTOThe people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest. When she pitched her autobiography “Fierce” to publishers last summer shortly after the 2016 Olympics, she intended to focus on her journey from tenacious prodigy to champion. And while all of that is in there, the part of her experience that’s resonated the most since the book’s release earlier this month is the one she wasn’t sure she’d be able to share.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault in Michigan on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) and will face at least 25 years in prison. He still faces additional criminal charges and has been named in more than 125 civil lawsuits filed by former athletes. Nassar’s downfall began following reporting by the Indianapolis Star in 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of USA Gymnastics’ more than 3,500 clubs across the country.Raisman has not taken any legal action against Nassar, though she’s not ruling it out. Her larger concern is educating young athletes and their parents on the warning signs while loudly clamoring for change. She has seen a familiar pattern repeat itself over the last 18 months: another gymnast comes out claiming abuse by Nassar, and USA Gymnastics follows with a news release attributed to no specific individual that praises them for their courage.One of the most decorated Olympic athletes of her generation doesn’t just want words. She wants action.USA Gymnastics has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure in March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who takes over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport over the summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.It’s not enough for Raisman. She points out Penny wasn’t fired but instead forced out. Though Nassar’s relationship with USA Gymnastics officially ended in 2015 after an athlete came forward about potential abuse, he was still allowed to continue working at Michigan State University while also volunteering at a USA Gymnastics-affiliated club.“That is just unacceptable to me,” Raisman said. “(That gym) is a part of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics is responsible for kids at that gym. Instead of doing their job, they let Larry keep working there.”Raisman would like to see more extensive change in leadership at USA Gymnastics. She never imagined being an agent for change as she dreamed of the Olympics while growing up in Needham, Massachusetts, but she’s embracing the role as she comes to grips with her own victimhood.Chapter 22 wasn’t the end, only the beginning.“I’m still, as you see, processing it,” she said. “I’m still at a loss for words. I’m having so many people come up to me, telling me they had similar experience, that they filed a complaint and it was ignored. 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…rob 3 familiesPolice in Berbice are investigating three robberies that occurred on the Corentyne over the weekend, and were committed by bandits carrying guns.Reports are that the robberies occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.According to information reaching this publication, on Friday at about 22:15h, three masked men — two armed with handguns and the other with a cutlass –robbed a Maida Farm family of two golden finger rings valued $40,000, two cellular phones, four Brazilian bangles valued $20,000, and cash of $6,000.Reports are that 46-year-old Scarlette Ishmael, her 51-year-old husband and their teenage daughter returned home, and as they drove into the yard, they saw three masked men therein.Ishmael reportedly opened the door, rushed into the house, and hid herself in a wardrobe. Her teenage daughter ran towards the gate, but one of the bandits discharged a round in her direction and she fell to the ground. She was dragged back to the car.The men demanded cash and jewellery from her, and she handed over a bag containing the jewellery, phones and cash.The men then made good their escape.On Saturday at about 01:45h, at Maida Farm, Corentyne, three masked men — two armed with handguns and the other with a cutlass – went to a house, where they robbed the family of four cellular phones valued at $250,000, one laptop computer, jewellery and $53,000 cash.Reports are that a teenager was asleep alone in the upper flat of the two-storey building when she was awoken by one of the masked men. The teen jumped out of bed and bolted for the front door screaming.Ravin Doobay, 33, who was on the lower flat of the house, went to investigate; but as he headed up the stairway, he was confronted by the gunmen, who pushed him down the stairs. The men then tied his hands behind his back. Elroy Johnson, 46, who was in the lower flat, was also taken captive, beaten and tied up.The men then ransacked the house, but made good their escape as the teenager ran for help. Police arrived, and combed the area, but came up empty-handed.Johnson, who received minor injuries, was treated at the Port Mourant Hospital and sent away.Investigations revealed that the bandits gained entry to the home through the back door of the lower flat of the farmer’s home.Meanwhile, on Sunday at about 23:00h, a Fyrish Village couple was on a motorcycle in front of a grocery store when three men approached then and blocked their path. One of the men held on to the bike and slapped the motorcyclist. Another one pulled his girlfriend, Shavanie Sudoo, 22, off of the bike, and took away a cellular phone and $15,000. The matter was reported to the Police.Based on information received, one person was arrested and the stolen articles were recovered. That person is currently assisting with the investigations. (Andrew Carmichael)
…to meet with President today…as Granger agrees to Opposition Leader’s terms for meetingToday will mark one of the most crucial meetings yet to take place between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, as both parties have agreed to engage in meaningful discussions aimed at ironing out issues specifically related to setting a date for the next General Elections.The meeting is set to take place at 11:00h at the Ministry of the Presidency. News of this confirmed meeting was received late Tuesday evening, when Minister of State Joseph Harmon responded to a letter from Jagdeo setting out certain conditions under which he was willing to meet with the President.Harmon said, “The content of these letters have been conveyed to the President who advises that he is prepared to meet with you on Wednesday, March 6 at 11:00h at the Ministry of the Presidency and to discuss the issues raised in your aforementioned letters,” the Opposition quoting a section of the letter they received.In a missive written to Harmon on Monday, March 4, Jagdeo said the parliamentary Opposition agreed to extend the deadline for General and Regional Elections, but only if the Government adheres to certain requests, including having elections before the expiry of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.As part of that arrangement, the Opposition Leader has proposed that no new contracts should be awarded by the State, after March 21, 2019, when the Government becomes unconstitutional.Further, Jagdeo is requesting that no new agreements, loans, grants, land leases, or any other such agreements or contracts be signed after March 21, 2019. In addition, he wants no abuse of State resources for partisan activities/purposes; and access of the State-owned media by all contesting political parties.The Opposition Leader stated in his correspondence to the President his party’s willingness to lend its support for the two-thirds majority required for an extension beyond March 21, 2019. However, Jagdeo asserted that the Opposition would only agree to that if the Government agrees to those terms.Following the passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, elections are to be held within three months according to the Constitution; that is, by March 21, 2019. The only way this deadline for the polls can be extended is through a two-thirds majority vote in the National Assembly, which demands concurrence by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP); otherwise, the Government becomes illegal.But the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has insisted that it is unprepared to hold elections before the constitutionally due deadline. As such, Jagdeo informed the President that his proposal to have before April 30, 2019, is “reasonable” and “feasible” with a claims and objections period, “provided that GECOM acts in good faith and in conformity with its mandate and the Constitution”.Jagdeo had said in that missive if the President finds favour with the proposal, he will meet with him today as requested, to which the President has agreed to. But he also proposed that the meeting focus exclusively on the date for these elections. The Opposition Leader however reminded that the date by which the Government becomes illegal is fast approaching.IntegrityHowever, the Opposition said it is the view of many people that nothing positive will come out of the meeting today given the track-record of duplicity of the Granger Administration thus far.“The Opposition Leader shares some of these misgivings. Nevertheless, having been approached by many Guyanese, civil society bodies and members of the diplomatic corps to make one last attempt to avert the constitutional crisis that the President, with a complicit GECOM, is leading our nation into, the Leader of the Opposition is prepared to make one more good-faith attempt in the interest of the nation, and, will attend the meeting,” a statement from the Opposition added.The Opposition said this will be the last attempt by the parliamentary Opposition to offer the Government a way out of the constitutional crisis and to keep Guyana in the democratic fold of nations.It said if the meeting fails, the true nature of the Government will be seen by all those who urged the Opposition Leader to meet.“Tomorrow (today) will be a test of the integrity, credibility and sincerity of the President; he will be tested as to whether he can be trusted “as a man of his word” to put our nation, its future and its people first on a foundation of constitutional and parliamentary democracy. This will be a test as to whether the Constitution or ‘power lust’ wins out,” it asserted.Respect the ConstitutionLast week, Jagdeo made clear his intention that he does not plan to meet with the President unless an election date is announced by him. He said the two agenda items listed in the missive are issues that are covered by the Constitution and therefore he sees no need to be meeting on those issues.“It is a waste of time to go there for another PR (public relations) opportunity where we shake hands and people believe oh, everything is going fine, we’re in a normal situation. Unless election and the time and elections date are on the agenda, there’ll be no meeting,” he asserted.Jagdeo noted that the Constitution provides for the role of the National Assembly and for the funding and gives GECOM the discretion to use the funds that they have at their disposal which is a lump-sum.When questioned as to whether he thinks he should attend the meeting in the interest of the country and its people, the Opposition Leader responded saying he will not accede to any act of bullyism and dictatorship. Rather, the Government should respect the Constitution.“Moving this country forward can only be done in a context where we respect our Constitution and the laws of Guyana. It can’t be done with impunity when one side believes they can violate every law, every ruling of the court and when the time comes, use patriotism,” Jagdeo added.Initially, Jagdeo said his party will not support an extension to the time for the holding of elections beyond the 90-day period following the passage of the No-confidence Motion.GECOM had given July as a timeline for the hosting of elections, but at the same time, it stated that the present voters’ list would expire on April 30.Although the Opposition has been calling for elections within the constitutional time frame, which the GECOM chair accepted in his letter to the President, the Government claimed that it was up to GECOM’s readiness that determines the date. Even without the Commission voting for house-to-house registration, the Commission has placed ads to facilitate this six-month process without the concurrence of the PPP Commissioners. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
As the flooding in Black Bush Polder reaches day five, there has been no intervention from the health department in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).This has led to residents expressing concern over health issues and the spread of disease, after floodwaters in Yakusari kept rising since Friday last. Residents who reached out to Guyana Times express worry over the spread of diseases since many pit latrines in the area are inundated. After five days of being under water, no one from the health department has gone to Yakusari, which is the village worst hit by the floods. In some sections of the residential areas, there is a stench emanating from the water. Speaking with this publication, Dharmindra Debesarran, a father of five, said he is very worried about the situation. The area is a farming community and the continuous water on the land is killing the crops. The school yard has remained under water for five days. Some farmers cannot do anything to assist themselves. Balwansingh Somar, another affected resident, rears chickens, which have been forced to live in the water – a situation which is leading to their demise. “Twenty-five foul dead out fuh me because of the flood. My dog can’t come in me own yard. He ah sleep outside,” he related. Adding to the burden is the fact that the pump at Number 43 Village is also out of operation. Since the water began to rise on Friday last, residents have pointed an accusing finger at the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) which has responsibility for the three main canals which drain the four polders. Some of the sluice doors are silted while outfall channels at Adventure, Eversham and Number 43 Village are all blocked with silt.After the two Polders of Johanna and Yakusari were inundated on Friday, efforts were made to clear the Yakusari main drainage canal of vegetation.A resident pointed out that he used to pay over $15,600 as land taxes to the Black Bush Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) for the small plot of land where he lives but nothing has been done to improve the drainage in the community. He added that now the tax has increased to $48,600 but yet the community’s drainage is non-functional.Some farmers related that their entire crop has been lost as a result of the flood. “One overnight rain fall and it duck out everything,” a farmer told this publication. Officials from the regional administration have since visited the community on several occasions, monitoring the cleaning of the vegetation in the canal but the floodwaters are still high. A resident told Guyana Times that the hymac deployed to the area has to be repaired more often than it actually works.
The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce will be holding another ‘Business after Hours’ event.On Wednesday May 4, the Chamber will be holding the meeting at Patch Java Coffee House beginning at 5:30 p.m.- Advertisement -The Chamber will welcome guest speaker Tom MacDonald, the executive director of the Local Government Management Association.MacDonald will be discussing the top 10 issues facing B.C. local governments in 2011, as well as the role of local government administrators.One such issue that Macdonald will discuss is the use of social media and the effects it has on local governments.The meeting is open to the general public, but due to limited seating, the chamber is requesting anyone who wishes to attend to please RSVP. To reserve a seat, please call the Chamber office at 250-785-6037. Advertisement
RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFC Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Na Ceithre Maistiri 1 – 7 0 – 11 Ard a Ratha Na Ceithre Maistiri 1st R 2nd L Line: E Mc Hale/R Mc Callig07-Oct-2012 Gleann Suilli 2 – 9 0 – 7 Gaoth Dobhair Gleann Suilli 1st R 2nd L Line: D Langan/E Mc Feeley The All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Aodh Ruadh 2 – 14 0 – 11 Naomh Brid Fr Tierney Park 1st R 2nd Leg Line: J O Donnell/P McKeeverRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Gleann Fhinne 2 – 9 1 – 11 Bun Dobhrain Pairc Ghleann Fhinne 1st R 2nd L Line: C Doherty/C FoyCentra Supermarkets Division 3 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 1 – 13 1 – 16 Naomh Columba MuffRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 07-Oct-2012 Cill Chartha 10 – 1 1 – 12 Naomh Adhamhnan Pairc Tamnaigh Kilcar 1st R 2nd L Line: A Mullin/T GallagherThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Urris 0 – 8 2 – 15 Termon Urris Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh 1st R 2nd L Line: S Faulkner/P Mc GonigleRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Gleann Fhinne 1 – 14 0 – 10 Bun Dobhrain Pairc Ghleann Fhinne07-Oct-2012 Cill Chartha 0 – 5 4 – 5 Naomh Adhamhnan Pairc Tamnaigh KilcarThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 10 0 – 8 Naomh Brid Fr Tierney ParkCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 3 – 3 3 – 23 Naomh Columba MuffRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Na Ceithre Maistiri 2 – 8 1 – 12 Ard a Ratha Na Ceithre Maistiri07-Oct-2012 Gleann Suilli 0 – 7 1 – 20 Gaoth Dobhair Gleann SuilliMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Columba 2 – 10 1 – 14 Naomh Padraig Leifear Glenties Davy Brennan Memorial S.F. Line: R Mc Gonagle/D CallaghanMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Na Rossa 0 – 12 2 – 8 Milford Pairc DooeyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Sean MacCumhaills 1 – 8 1 – 15 Naomh Micheal Sean MacCumhaills 1st R 2nd L Line: J Mc Ginley/B TreartyMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Letterkenny Gaels 2 – 9 1 – 14 Moville Moville Carrick FieldThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Burt 1 – 7 1 – 9 Buncrana Hibernian Park Burt Prelim 2nd L Line: j Farren/SP DohertyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Naille 0 – 6 0 – 12 Naomh Conaill Naomh Naille 1st R 2nd L Line: J Mc Glanaghey/A MullinMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Colmcille 3 – 12 1 – 11 Robert Emmets Pairc ColmcilleRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Cloch Cheann Fhaola 0 – 9 1 – 9 An Chlochan Liath Pairc Naomh Fionnan Falcarragh 1st R 2nd L Line: L Mc Conaigley/M DorrianMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Ultan 2 – 8 1 – 12 Convoy DunkineelyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Na Cealla Beaga 0 – 10 1 – 7 Gaeil Fhanada Fintra 1st R 2nd L Line: M Mc Shane/C DohertyThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Termon 1 – 7 1 – 5 Naomh Mhuire Termon Line: S Coyle/J O DonnellRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Cloch Cheann Fhaola 2 – 7 3 – 3 An Chlochan Liath Pairc Naomh Fionnan Falcarragh06-Oct-2012 Na Cealla Beaga Gaeil Fhanada Fintra VoidMarley Coach Hire Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Letterkenny Gaels 1 – 7 4 – 11 Moville Moville Carrick FieldThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Burt 1 – 2 2 – 12 Buncrana Hibernian Park BurtRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Sean MacCumhaills 1 – 6 1 – 13 Naomh Micheal Sean MacCumhaillsMarley Coach Hire Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Ultan 1 – 7 3 – 2 Convoy DunkineelyRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Naille 0 – 3 3 – 14 Naomh Conaill Naomh NailleRESULTS – DONEGAL SOUTHU-13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Oct-2012 Naomh Conaill Aodh Ruadh Naomh Connaill Conceded by Aodh RuadhU-13 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2012 Kilcar 5 – 8 2 – 10 Killybegs KilcarRESULTS – DONEGAL NORTHMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Convoy 3 – 8 2 – 3 St Michaels O Donnell Park-Letterkenny final extra time if neededKavanaghs Supervalu Ballybofey U/15 Division Two ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Oct-2012 Red Hughs 1 – 12 2 – 6 Fanad Gaels Burt-Hibernian Park final extra time if neededMarley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2012 Buncrana 5 – 6 5 – 13 Sean MacCumhaills Scarvey-BuncranaMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2012 Fanad Gaels 3 – 6 7 – 10 Carndonagh Fanad Gaels Portsalon shield semi final extra time if neededMarley Travel U-13 League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Oct-2012 Naomh Padraig Muff 4 – 6 4 – 4 Urris Carndonagh Final extra time if needed05-Oct-2012 Glenfin 3 – 8 1 – 3 Robert Emmets Pairce Taobhoige shield final extra time if neededMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment03-Oct-2012 St Michaels 1 – 7 2 – 4 Letterkenny Gaels Dunfanaghy01-Oct-2012 St Eunans B 4 – 9 5 – 8 Letterkenny Gaels O Donnell Park-LetterkennyMarley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment01-Oct-2012 Termon 2 – 3 5 – 6 Gaoth Dobhair The Burn RoadMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment01-Oct-2012 St Michaels 5 – 10 3 – 5 Fanad Gaels DunfanaghyALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 7th, 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 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Well done to the U18 Girls who won their two games in the first of the Regional Board Blitzes hosted by Warriors on Saturday.The girls will have 2 more blitzes to see who makes the Final. The boys will also have 3 blitzes and the dates should out soon for them.Scores were Warriors 43 Donegal Town 53, Kilcar 27 Donegal Town 50. Mvp was Grainne Gillespie who scored 32 pts and was terrific in both games with Kelly Harron also playing very well. BASKETBALL: DONEGAL TOWN U-18 GIRLS IN BLITZ SUCCESS was last modified: November 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BASKETBALL: DONEGAL TOWN U-18 GIRLS IN BLITZ SUCCESS
CHICAGO — In his Triple-A debut last week, the man tasked with bringing the heat could feel the heat.It wasn’t the 94-degree weather at a 7 p.m. first pitch that made Logan Webb nervous before he took the mound for the Sacramento River Cats.For the first time this year, the crowd was mostly gathered because of his presence.Webb grew up in nearby Rocklin, Calif. and said he had a large group of family members and dozens of friends in attendance at Sacramento’s Raley Field on Monday, August …
It may well come to pass that the travails of Qantas will be a watershed for Australian work practices. The oft quoted saying that Australians are not prepared to pay for the salaries and conditions they enjoy is becoming truer every day.Aviation is the most global of all industries and, like it or not, every time a foreign airline touches down at an Australia airport it imports the labour costs and work practices of that country from low cost Indonesia to high cost Europe.Qantas’ immediate problem is the emergence of rival Virgin Australia, with lower staff costs and greater productivity, into the premium domestic market, a market it has enjoyed a monolpy on for the past 10 years. Virgin has strong foreign airline backers with deep pockets, whereas Qantas is struggling to attract investor interest.The new threat has been the catalyst for lobbying the Australian government for help after Virgin Australia raised $350 million, mainly through its foreign partner airlines. In Australia Qantas, under the Qantas Sale Act of 1995, is restricted to 49 per cent foreign ownership whereas Virgin Australia has split itself into two entities, domestic and international. Under Australian law the domestic operation can be 100 per cent foreign owned, while the international arm must remain 51 per cent Australian controlled.For years Qantas has traded on – and charged a premium for – its superb safety record. In the movie Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, playing Raymond Babbitt, uttered the now famous words that “Qantas never crashes”.The movie came out in 1988, at a time when Qantas was at the top of its game with well over 40 per cent of the traffic into and out of Australia.Government policy was to protect the national carrier from foreign competition; an airline which taxpayers owned and which was selling tickets at a premium to adoring travellers at a time when well-known airlines like Pan Am, Alitalia, Korean Air, and Continental Airlines were having many accidents. In 1989 there were 231 accidents and incidents, which made Qantas’ unblemished record shine.The landscape is starkly different today. For 2013 the number of fatal crashes involving IATA members is close to zero.Today only about 25 per cent of travellers list safety as a major consideration when choosing a flight, with most citing price and frequency as the two most important aspects. These are factors in which Qantas is behind, particularly on the international front. As a result only 16 per cent of international travellers into and out of Australia are choosing Qantas.Product, price and planesAustralian travellers have been deserting the airline for years. Initially it was because of cabin offerings. Malaysia Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific started the rot snubbing IATA by offering free drinks way back in the late 1960s. Qantas and other airlines reluctantly followed.Fast forward to the early 1990s and Singapore Airlines led the way with seatback videos for economy passengers. Emirates and Virgin Atlantic were also early adopters of entertainment for all. Inextricably, Qantas was stoic in its resistance. This website and the author then pleaded the case for premium economy to the late James Strong, who said the airline could not “make the business case”, despite the fact that Australians are the second tallest people in the world behind the Dutch and fly the longest distances after the Kiwis.Premium economy is a no-brainer, as the airline has now discovered, just as business class was when Qantas introduced it in 1979.While price has always been important in the last two decades it has become critical as travel becomes more affordable to budget conscious travellers.Internationally we have seen UTA, Alitalia, Lufthansa and KLM, to name a few, withdraw from Australia because they could not compete with the new breed of Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines. Qantas itself quit a host of Asian cities for the same reason using first lower cost Australian Airlines and now budget Jetstar to serve these markets.In the last ten years the Middle-East giants Emirates, Qatar and Etihad have stolen traffic with lower fares, superb in-flight product and extraordinary networks.Now, a newer breed of airlines with even lower costs such as AirAsiaX and China Southern have entered the fray with rock bottom prices, and in the case of the latter, an excellent product.This unshakable trend combined with continued globalization begs the question: Can Qantas survive in the international space without endless government support?Recently the airline’s virtual monopoly on domestic business class has come to a shuddering halt with the morphing of Virgin Blue into Virgin Australia with a premium product.For Qantas it is a double nightmare. The Virgin A330 business class product is superior and the new upstart has reduced the fares. The latest government index shows that the business class fare which has remained stable for the past ten years has dropped 40 per cent in the past two years.Once Qantas boasted it was the first around the world with theSuper Connie and the first with the 707 outside the USA, while it (Trans Australian Airlines) was amongst the initial airlines to order the 727 and DC-9 and of course, the 747.Today it is not even a participant in the latest technology such as the 777X and it is cancelling orders because it cannot afford the 787. Not buying the 777 has robbed the airline of the most versatile, fuel efficient and reliable aircraft ever built.Within Qantas, it is now recognized that buying the A380 was a mistake because the super jumbo is simply too big for the airline when travellers are demanding point-to-point services and high frequency.It is difficult to see how Qantas can undo the damage done by these bad choices – at least in the short term.ProductivityThere are many that say that Qantas is not an airline but a committee. Harsh possibly but at so many touch-points, one can see many layers of management structure. This is of course is inevitable when you have been in business for 93 years.That inefficiency runs right through the airline in varying degrees from the high profile pilots to baggage handlers.In the US decades of inefficiency have been wiped out by airlines entering Chapter 11 with every major US carrier seeking to reorganise its labour invoking that blunt instrument. The result has been, for example, a 40 per cent decline in pay for pilots since 2001.It would be wrong however to single out any one group for comparison or sacrifice, suffice to point out that the average wage cost at Qantas is $92,000 while at Emirates it is $47,000 and for Singapore Airlines $42,000. And one would guess that the productivity at those two foreign airlines is significantly higher.While it is dangerous to compare short haul airlines with long haul airlines as the metrics are vastly different, the gap between the average salary is vast.But the debate on the efficiency of Qantas must also be a debate about all of Australia’s work practices and salary perks such as weekend and penalty pay rates, 17.5 per cent leave loading and such anachronistic institutions as long service leave. Many reading this would not even understand the origins of long service leave which began in South Australia and Victoria in the 1860s as a scheme that allowed civil servants three months or more leave to go home to Britain after 10 years’ service in the colonies. The lengthy time off was dictated by the long ship journey to and from Australia. Long service leave became widespread in the 1950s and no other country incorporates such a right into their labour market regulations.Holiday leave loading’s origins are just as bizarre relating to the fact that employees cannot earn overtime while they are on leave.But changing work practices and increasing efficiency will only come if Qantas can change its culture and that is a far bigger task. Charles Darwin wrote that “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” This idea was alluded to by former British Airways and Ansett CEO Rod Eddington when he warned in a 2004 interview with the author that achieving that responsiveness is extremely difficult.“Changing airline culture is like trying to perform an engine change inflight,” Eddington said at the time. When Eddington arrived at British Airways in 2000 he found that the staff did not perceive the need to change because the airline had a low cost airline called Go. He found that staff believed that Go mitigated or even eliminated the need for further adjustments at the mainline.“My staff told me that Go was the solution,” he said. “I said I could possibly accept that if Go was making £300 million a year, which is what our European division was losing.” He notes that it was difficult to change this mindset until Go was sold off to easyJet. “Once we sold Go, the staff at BA really focused on making the changes necessary to make BA itself competitive.” Similarly with Qantas it can possibly be argued that the success of Jetstar is having a negative impact on the need for change at the mainline operation.Surveys have shown that another reason for the resistance to change is that although employees agree change is needed, they do not believe they themselves need to change. For example, at an American Airlines management conference in the late 1990s, all participants were polled on a series of questions. More than 90 per cent responded positively to the proposition that management, colleagues and subordinates needed to change, but 90 per cent responded in the negative to the item “I need to change.”Another perspective is added by Nawal Taneja, chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation at Ohio State University in his book Simpli-Flying. “The problem for culture change is that you have to see death right between the eyes before the impetus to change becomes strong enough,” said Teneja. And while the notion that the government will help Qantas stays alive then change may be near impossible.One of the major problems in changing staff culture is how do you strip out complexity, notes Taneja. He says that airlines have added enormous complexity to their operations and processes over time and staff are ingrained with these systems. “Enormous fleet and network complexity and labor contracts have been built around these complex systems and processes.”“Unfortunately for legacy airlines, many passengers now are not willing to pay for this complexity given the increasing availability of low-fare service by the LCCs.”And Taneja warns that many of the structural changes we have seen are permanent and global.Taneja adds that there has been a massive transformation of the industry and the change is equivalent to what the former co-founder of Intel called “a strategic inflection point” which is an event that changes the way we think and act. The change is also global exemplified by the growth of LCCs in the Asia-Pacific region, something considered impossible only ten years ago.Another perspective on the challenge of change is the enormous emphasis on safety in airline culture built around strict management systems and attention to detail, which is the opposite of flexibility and flair. Airlines such as Qantas have built up a rigid model over decades for very sound reasons but the question must be asked whether they are as relevant today.Qantas like so many legacy carriers has evolved out of a military base and much of the management style, marketplace orientation and paraphernalia of culture still reflect an authoritarian, hierarchical and command-and-control worldview.Successive management teams have sidestepped taking on the more militant unions to address gross inefficiencies and ludicrous perks which dog the airline. Over the past 10 years, the launch of low cost Jetstar and a monopoly in the domestic business class market courtesy of the demise of Ansett, have masked the need for massive restructure. But that has all changed!There are no levers left to pull in the cockpit as passengers will no longer pay top fares. They now have alternatives in price and product – in fact better alternatives in many cases.Market shareAt the root of the fare war between Virgin Australia and Qantas is the capacity war instigated by the latter in defense of its refusal to move from a 65 per cent line-in-the-sand strategy for the domestic market.It should be noted that Qantas only won that market share after Ansett collapsed. Prior to this, it had survived with excellent profits on a 50 per cent market share which makes the whole strategy hollow at best. The 65 per cent market share concept was born out of aviation’s S-curve theory which argues that airlines that have a frequency-share advantage garner a disproportionate market and revenue share. But that thought process had its roots in a 1972 study when low cost carriers did not exist.A recent McKinsey & Co study for IATA says the relevance of the S-curve is waning. The report by Urs Binggeli and Lucio Pompeo found that the “S-curve principle must be applied in a more tailored and specific way than in the past, especially in markets where there is LCC competition.”It noted that in the trade-off between efficiency (e.g. higher aircraft utilization and larger aircraft) and schedule quality, the balance is moving towards more efficiency, as the S-curve premium will be further eroded through the continued growth of LCCs.And in a warning at the heart of the battle in Australia it added that “frequency matching and escalation, which has often led to overcapacity and price wars, is becoming obsolete in many markets, potentially paving the way for a better balance of supply and demand.”The report said that the S-curve principle has been “hard-wired” in the heads of many network planners for decades. “Nevertheless, times are changing and airlines need to take stock of what does and doesn’t work.”However Business Spectator’s Stephen Bartholomeusz makes the point that while “at face value it would seem less painful to cede market share to Virgin ….. the risk in that option would be that it would transform the S-curve into an S-bend.”Bartholomeusz argues that “because its [Qantas’] cost base is significantly higher than Virgin’s, Qantas needs to capture a disproportionate share of higher-yielding fares. To do that – to dominate business travel – it has to have a frequency advantage, which means it has to more than match Virgin’s capacity increases. Its dominance of the high-yield end of the market feeds into its frequent flyer program in a self-reinforcing fashion and that combination also provides volume and yield for its international business.”And of course with lower costs, would Virgin’s CEO John Borghetti be happy to share 50 per cent of the market with Qantas – an airline that passed him over for the top job in 2008? Probably not!No matter what the government does with the Qantas Sale Act, or even if it steps in with a bank guarantee or a buy-in, Qantas is doomed if it does not aggressively address its cost base.Mr Bartholomeusz is spot on in his commentary when he says: “In other words, the entire Qantas business model is built on that domestic market dominance and that dominance has, until now, enabled its domestic business to remain consistently and highly profitable despite its otherwise uncompetitive cost base.”The final words are for former Virgin CEO Brett Godfrey who said in 2004: “This year we will carry as many passengers as Ansett, with one third the staff.”And that staff was being paid approximately half the average of Ansett employees. Perhaps today Qantas is Ansett Mark 2 but the difference is there is still time for Qantas to reinvent itself.
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