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Desiderio cites lack of familiarity with Go for Gold despite solid debut

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Wild Fastlane finish sets WrestleMania main event Luckily for Go for Gold, UP coach Bo Perasol gave Desiderio the green light to see action in the developmental league as he seeks “to gain more experience,” something which he hopes to get in this foray with Go for Gold.“This is my last season in UP and I feel that I still lack in experience. So I’m happy that coach Bo and the management allowed me to play,” he said.With two games remaining in their schedule, the Scratchers are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.Desiderio very well knows how tough the task is, but he is keeping his fingers crossed that this partnership of his with fellow “23-for-23” cadet J-Jay Alejandro and ex-pro Jerwin Gaco will eventually bear fruits and reward them with a spot in the quarterfinals.“We’ll continue to fight. As long as there’s a chance, we’ll take it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Go for Gold wraps up its eliminations assignment against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum next Monday and against AMA Online Education on April 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings PBA IMAGESPaul Desiderio admitted that his unfamiliarity with Go for Gold showed in its 88-91 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We fell short in the end,” he said. “I’m still feeling my way with my teammates because I’m just practicing with them for two days. I’m still adjusting.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Scratchers mounted a belated rally from 15 points down, 79-64, midway through the payoff period and got to within one, 89-88 with 11.4 seconds remaining, before faltering in the end game as Desiderio lost the leather and forced Justin Gutang to heave the desperation three at the buzzer.Still, it was a solid return for Desiderio, who finished with 15 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, while also grabbing two rebounds and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe arrival of the UP scorer to the Go for Gold lair may seem like a match made in heaven given the circumstances between the two parties.Since Kent Salado’s MCL injury in the first game of the conference, the Scratchers have been hell-bent in finding someone to bolster their guard rotation late in the eliminations. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READlast_img read more

Painters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Fuel Masters forward Jason Perkins forced extra time with 13 seconds remaining in regulation and James Yap’s deep three fell short as time ran out.Yap struggled mightily with only two points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field after coming into the game averaging 16.3 points.“He (Yap) had wide open shots but he just couldn’t make them,” Garcia said.Fortunately for Rain or Shine, Rosales picked up the slack with a career-high tying performance to give the Painters a big lift.Perkins led Phoenix with a career-best 27 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds in a losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points while Raymond Almazan and Rey Nambatac scored 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Rain or Shine, which climbed to 6-1 and pinned Phoenix its first loss in six games.“They never gave up and they fought their hearts out,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad blew a 14-point lead it built late in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told them in the fourth quarter when they (Phoenix) came back that it’s bound to happen.”Mark Borboran nailed the game-clinching basket with 12 ticks left after Alex Mallari cut the Painters’ lead down to two, 96-94, with under 40 seconds to go. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine gained the top spot after escaping Phoenix, 98-94, in overtime in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters relied on their depth anew with five players finishing in double-figures led by Beau Belga and Kris Rosales, who each had 16 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Liberia’s Jury System: A Matter for Serious Constitutional Discussion

first_imgThe Judge of Criminal Court B of Montserrado County, Her Honor Nancy F. Sammy, has issued a most disturbing revelation that should immediately grab the attention of the Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Francis Kporkor, and the entire Supreme Court Bench.Judge Sammy, in her remarks opening her court last Monday, said court officers were in the habit of “demanding” money from individuals in order for those persons to serve on jury panels.But our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, reminded courtofficers that jury service is “a civil duty that enables a citizen to attend a court trial and help a judge to determine who is guilty or innocent.”Judge Sammy underscored her warning by insisting that “Court officers have been demanding and receiving payments from individuals in order to place them on the jury.””This practice must be discontinued,” she demanded,” because anybody or any court personnel who engages in this unwholesome behavior will face the wrath of the court.”Turning to the empanelled jury for this session of her court, Judge Sammy gave them this patriotic juridical charge: “It is in accordance with our Constitution and Statue that you have been summoned from the various districts of Montserrado County to be with us in this term of court.  Your being with us is to perform a civil duty for our beloved country.”The erudite and faithful judge further explained to the jurors,”[This] means that you will be with us for the next 42 days to perform your civil duty with impartiality, so as to render a true verdict in each case, predicated upon the evidence and the controlling law.”Do not come to perform this duty with a mindset to render verdicts that are contrary to the evidence and the applicable laws before you for reward or hope,” she added, warning that such jurors do so at their “own peril.”In this editorial, we have quoted extensively from Reporter Davis’ article in order to highlight for the benefit of the public and the Supreme Court bench Judge Sammy’s grave concern about jury tampering and where it begins–right in the court itself, with the involvement of the very court officers who should be guardians of judicial equity and rectitude (integrity). This vile, despicable habit of jury tampering seems to have become a permanent fixture in Liberian jurisprudence.  It has made it next to impossible for the government to win any case in court, for some of the vilest personalities in our society accused of blatant corruption have for this identical reason, gone scot free because they had a lot of money to pay the jurors.The ink had hardly dried on Judge Sammy’s written remarks when we published three days later a story revealing that “jury tampering” was overshadowing the murder trial of Jefferson Dahn, the defendant accused of allegedly stabbing to death Ms. Antoinette Nettie Peters, on January 3, 2013.Judicial Correspondent Davis reported that two of the jurors in the case, Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah, were at different times seen in conversation with murder defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family members.Accordingly, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court A in which the trial is being held, has removed the two suspected jurors from the case, according to Correspondent Davis.Judge Dixon must be commended for this bold move to cleanse the jury of suspicious elements and we pray that this decisive action on his part will serve a warning and a deterrent to this jury and all other juries.The overriding question with which the three branches of the Liberian government and the people of the country themselves must wrestle is whether or not the jury system has served its usefulness in Liberian jurisprudence.  In a country riddled with poverty and corruption, it has become increasingly clear that people’s peers cannot be trusted in exercising impartial and trustworthy judgment in judicial matters.There are just too many instances of jury tampering, involving not simply court officers but lawyers, too, as well as other key officials of court.Do we, or do we not need a referendum on the efficacy of the jury system in Liberia?  This, it seems to us, is a matter for serious constitutional discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Street Sellers Call for Gov’t Support

first_imgA group of street sellers have called on the Government of Liberia to help provide or explore avenue that would seek to empower them and their parents in the time of difficulties.They expressed this concern comes after government  decided to control or stop children under the age of 18 from selling in the streets, which many are forced to do  as bread winners of the family.The Government of Liberia said it was unfortunate for children under the ages of 12, 14 15 and 17 to be used by parents as a bread winners for the home, describing this as troubling for the government and people of Liberia in general.Speaking yesterday to some of the street sellers on Broad Street, one of the sellers, Robert Sackie, a 4th grade student from the Group of 77 in Monrovia, said that since  government called on parents and children to leave the street, they must provide empowerment for parents.According to Robert Sackie, a 12-year old who lives on Camp Johnson Road, central Monrovia, “My father was not working to help provide for the home. My mother and I have to sell for the family to survive in this difficult time,” little Sackie said.Little Sackie, who sells eggs opposite the Sport Commission on Broad Street, said, he was not happy with the condition of being among cars and selling eggs but called on the government to be more forceful in providing necessities for children,  especially those whose parents  have little income or none at all.Also speaking, Jenneh Sasraku, 15, and a seventh grade student, said she was forced by her aunt to sell in the street as a way of helping to provide food in the home, while using  part of profit  for school’s fees.   She has been doing this since leaving her parents in Grand Cape Mount County.“My aunt has said, if I don’t sell lime, she will not pay my school fees. I know that this business of running in the street, among cars selling lime is not good for me. She called on the government to help our family with jobs and reduce school fees in order to enable us to go to school and focus on our education,” she asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Domestic violence – A practical solution

first_imgDear Editor,As I sit here, I am saddened by the news of another needles life lost because of domestic violence. Almost every news site I visit features the story of the most recent victim. Countless persons continue to express their utter disgust or anger that this problem continues to plague our society.Yesterday’s incident, which occurred at Limlair Village, Corentyne Coast, East Berbice, was the last straw for me. I now feel compelled not just to speak of the issue, but also offer and highlight simple and practical solutions to this epidemic. I call it an epidemic because it is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in our society, and that is the definition of an epidemic. I believe that what we see being manifested by the actions of some men almost daily is the end result of men dreadfully lacking coping skills and not truly understanding their roles.If you were to examine all the domestic violence cases that resulted in the demise of women, you would realise that domestic violence is not common only to a particular ethnicity or demographic. Instead, what is common is that, in every case, the man did not understand his role, and failed to cope with the situation.Men should have been equipped with this vital information, like so many other teachings they received, from a very young age. While many might argue that this should have been taught in the home, the almost daily heinous and callous acts being committed by men against women tell that this is not happening.The genesis of this epidemic, like I said, is lack of coping skills and men not knowing their roles. My question therefore is: Why not address this from a tender age? There is a famous colloquial expression which says “you need to bend the tree while it is still young”. Coping skills and other practical life skills should be incorporated with the other subjects being taught in the school system.While I am not trying in any way to undermine its importance, research would have shown that, after leaving high school, over 85% of people do not utilise in their everyday living most of the theories they would have learnt in school. However, 100% of persons leaving high school would need life skills which, in most cases, they weren’t taught or didn’t learn from home. If teachers can now spend ten to fifteen minutes daily with their students teaching them these skills, I believe this would greatly aid the students as they get older. Ultimately, in time, this would inevitably lend to a reduction in domestic violence and casualties resulting from this epidemic in our society.Further, to aid the older men, I strongly suggest that Government, more specifically The Ministry of Social Protection, be more proactive in its approach to tackling the problem. Outreaches and establishment of more counselling centres manned by qualified volunteers, social workers or ministers of religion would provide alternatives.The above are my thoughts. It is my desire that, even if not implemented, at least my recommendation can start, in regard to this epidemic, a national conversation that leads to steps being taken or put in place to end this dreadful situation.Domestic violence most stop!!!Sincerely yours,Shorlan Christianlast_img read more

Tottenham midfielder set for Sevilla switch?

first_imgSevilla have joined the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue.The France international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Sociedad in the transfer window, after failing to secure a regular first-team place under Mauricio Pochettino.But reports in French newspaper L’Equipe claim Sevilla also want to recruit the 26-year-old as they look to strengthen their midfield.Capoue could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane in January after falling down the pecking order behind Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli and Ryan Mason.Pochettino has not ruled out the possibility of players leaving before deadline day on Monday, but said he wanted to get the Capital One Cup semi-final out of the way before he focused on any transfer activity.However, with Tottenham securing their place in the final, the Argentine coach could now allow Capoue to leave the north London club. 1 Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue last_img read more

PL stars unlucky to have missed out on the PFA shortlists

first_img 6 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, which you can download for FREE here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter @SportMagUKFew could quibble with this month’s PFA Player of the Year shortlist of Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet and Jamie Vardy. Admittedly, Anthony Martial and Eric Dier might have scratched their heads at their absence from the nominations for young player of the year (though Dele Alli will likely win the award anyway). Yet the list for the full award is strong.In this craziest of Premier League seasons, however, there are – at least – six more players worthy of recognition.REVEALED: PFA ANNOUNCE SHORTLIST FOR TEAM OF YEAR 6 6 Danny Drinkwater: Leicester – Pretty much any of Leicester City’s starting XI could make a case for being in the Premier League team of the season, but 26-year-old Drinkwater has been the man keeping their midfield ticking. Less eye-catching than the hyper-industrious N’Golo Kante, but no less important, Drinkwater has established himself as an own-brand Sergio Busquets (Sergio Digestive Biscuits, perhaps). His passing is accurate, he’s seemingly always in space to receive the ball, he breaks up play and he’s a tireless runner. Fully deserves a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad for this summer. David De Gea: Man United – click the arrow above, right, to see five other players Sport magazine consider very unlucky to have missed out on the PFA awards – Retaining the Spaniard for this season has been Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s best piece of business, although admittedly the competition isn’t exactly fierce. The 25-year-old has saved United’s skin many times this season. Four Premier League keepers have made more saves, but it’s the manner of some of De Gea’s stops that draws the eye: impossibly quick reactions, aided by that unique feet-first style that often sees him kicking away close-range efforts. The one member of the squad fans can trust. Until he goes to Madrid. Kevin De Bruyne: Man City – The Belgian might look better suited to the lead role in a live-action Tintin film than the hustle and bustle of Premier League football, but he’s brought a fresh touch of class to a settled, weary Manchester City side. De Bruyne’s season has been interrupted by injury, but he’s still scored 17 goals for club and country since his arrival from Wolfsburg, with six goals and nine assists in the Premier League. At his best, the Belgian can dismantle teams with Velcro-control and perfectly weighted passes. If De Bruyne is the shape of things to come at City, the future is bright. 6 6 Virgil van Dijk: Southampton – The imposing Dutch centre-back is only a couple of months too old for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. That this comes as a surprise is testament to the maturity and leadership the 24-yearold has displayed since joining Ronald Koeman’s side from Celtic in a £13m deal. Van Dijk has won 143 aerial duels this season, according to Squawka – more than any other defender in the league. He’s bolstered a mean Southampton defence – the sixth best in the division – and has scored three goals, including a last-minute equaliser against Sunderland. Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham – Defending is a lost art. A cry heard not just in this league, but around the world. A decade or so ago, names such as ‘Maldini’, ‘Cannavaro’ or ‘Bramble’ sprang instantly to mind when thinking of the world’s best players (let alone defenders). Now? Not so much. Yet with Alderweireld, Tottenham have been able to rely on a rock-solid, ever-present this season. The Belgian defender is a central reason why Spurs have by far the meanest defence in the league. Fine with the ball at his feet too, this is the kind of footballer you want to build your whole defence around. 6 Odion Igahlo: Watford – There are a few strikers we could pick here. It says everything about the superhuman standards Sergio Aguero sets that he has 20-plus league goals this season and it’s considered par. Jermain Defoe’s 13 league strikes have kept Sunderland afloat. However, we give Watford’s Nigeria forward Igahlo the edge. Not for his 14 league goals, nor his crack partnership with Troy Deeney. No, he’s here for ‘the scoop’ – the trick that sees his fleet footwork fool defenders and thrill fans. As Sport says to Mr Whippy in our dealings with him: one more scoop please, maestro.last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana’s John Hutchinson chalked up another win with a sensational points win over hometown favourite Gerard Healy on last night in front his delighted travelling support at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the World Title eliminator bill featuring Tyson Fury aired live on Channel 5.The rugged 26-year-old endured a tough and torrid time in his debut victory this August in Mayo against Connacht fight Darren Cruise. But it was a different script in Belfast as Hutchinson’s improved fitness ensured that he was able to outwork and outpint the more experienced Belfastman in a 12 minute toe-to-toe war that earned the accolade of ‘Fight of the Night’.Hutchinson, who boxes out of the legendary Breen Gym in Belfast, disposed with the usual ‘feeling out’ process as the green-clad ‘Buncrana Banger’ crossed the ring after the first bell, bobbing and weaving his way into close quarters and began to lash away at his foe.Healy immediately responded with a number of doubled up jabs and long right hooks in an attempt to thwart Hutchinson’s wave of attacks but the Donegal fighter piled forward laying on as much pressure as he could to take the first round.The second round saw much of Hutchinson’s best work as the landed a number meaty shots at close quarters when Healy attempted to push the pace. The momentum swung back in favour of the Antrim man in the third round as Healy bit down on his gumshield and found his second wind. Hutchinson needed to win the fourth and final round to ensure he maintained his unbeaten record. The action was more akin to a bar-room brawl than an Olympic Final in the last as both fighters were desperate to stake a final claim on the bout.The pair traded blows in equal measure and heads clashed as the blood and thunder encounter made its way into the final minute of the contest.Hutchinson, roared on by a large band of Donegal supporters, then found an extra reserve to pin his opposite number against the ropes and fired off a volley of head and body shots which was enough to seal the victory in the eyes of referee John Lowey, who scored the bout 40-37 in Hutchinson’s favour.“It was a hard fight and he was a better man tonight than his previous performance. But I thought I was the busier boxer, and when I did ‘box’ as I should’ve been I was quicker and beating him to the punch but I got drawn into a scrap and let the occasion and emotion get to me,” said a critical Hutchinson.“I knew he was confident and coming for the win, but I was well prepared for this one. It was a true toe-to-toe fight and all-action, but I enjoyed it, I enjoy those types of fights more than I should and so do the fans but I enjoyed the result even more.“It was another fantastic win away from home and caps off a great year for me, it can only get better next year and I have to commend everyone from home that came up for the fight and supported me because they really pushed me over the line at the end,” acknowledged the ‘Buncrana Banger’. “The scorecards gave it to me by a very wide margin, but that doesn’t tell the full tale of the fight. Gerard and I are good friends and he is a genuine warrior and pushed me hard in every round. Some of his team weren’t happy with the result so maybe we might have a rematch sometime next year if there is any lingering doubts with his team.“But we have our own plans and for now I will relax and enjoy Christmas. We have options to go and fight in England and even Dubai so we will see how those pan out and make a decision on the next step in the new year. I plan on it being a big year for me and hopefully I will start targeting some titles,” ended a jubilant Hutchinson.BUNCRANA’S HUTCH OVERCOMES HEALY TO KEEP PRO-BOX CAREER FLYING was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jail adds beds after complaint

first_imgCASTAIC – With the addition of 420 beds at the Pitchess Detention Center, every inmate in the county jail system now has a bunk and a mattress. Settling a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened barracks at the Castaic jail complex that were shuttered because of budget cuts. But overcrowding problems persist, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, Pitchess supervisor. Some 70 percent of the county jail population is composed of men and women awaiting trials, sentencing or other hearings before heading to state prison. “Court cases can take a long time,” Rodriguez said. “Once they are adjudicated and sentenced to state prison, we do our best to see they are processed as quickly as possible and sent to the state prisons. But some of the problem is getting the state to take their prisoners when they are facing the same issues of overcrowding.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Three jails make up the Castaic complex, two are maximum-security and one houses minimum- and medium-security inmates. Pitchess is home to about 8,200 inmates; there are nearly 20,000 inmates in the county system. To further relieve overcrowding, the county is working to also reopen the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, closed when Sheriff Lee Baca responded to 2003 budget cuts and released 2,600 low-risk inmates who had served portions of their sentences. After county supervisors approved $78 million in the 2005 budget for the Sheriff’s Department, portions of the East Facility at Pitchess were opened in March. A dormitory in the South Facility, closed in 2001 to cut overtime costs, remains closed. “Another issue is that we have several hundred deputy and correctional vacancies,” he said. “We’ve been able to get recruitment kick-started; we’ve opened the training facility at College of the Canyons and we’re hoping to fill those positions. “There’s only so much we can do with a limited number of beds, considering the population growth and budget issues.” last_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has slammed the budget – saying the government is repeating mistakes on the past.The Sinn Fein finance spokesman delivered the following speech. Here it is in full:Despite all the promises, the rhetoric and the spin of the last few weeks what you’ve presented today Minister is the epitome of the boom bust politics of the past. USC/CGT/CATThe cut to the USC and changes to PRSI will put more than three times more in the pocket of someone earning €70,000 a year compared to the average worker.  For those earning €25,000 you are giving them a meagre €227 annually yet for individuals earning over €70,000 you’ve put over €900 back into their pockets.By reducing Capital Gains Tax by 13 percentage points for some over night and reducing tax on wealth this government has hallowed out the tax base for the long-term. You truly have stolen Fianna Fáil’s clothes Minister.  This is the kind of giveaway Budget that Charlie McCreevy himself would be proud of.By reducing the USC in an unequitable way, cutting CGT and raising the threshold for CAT, and reducing corporation tax, you are hollowing out the tax base for the long term- reducing the state’s coffers by 882 million euro – and you are doing so in a manner that is deeply dishonest.Nuair atá tusa ag caint faoin faoiseamh seo atá á tabhairt agat do pinsinéirí nó do tuismitheoirí atá ag tabhairt aire do leanaí le míchumais diana, níl tusa ag insint dóibh an fhírinne ná nach bhfuil rún agat na tacaíochtaí seo a chur ar fáil go fadtéarmach.That is the folly of boom bust politics.You have set your face against meaningful long-term investment in Ireland’s infrastructure and frontline services.This means your growth policy is just not credible. Today you tell us that your ambition for frontline services is that they make do with what they have, and you stand over your policy to starve health, education and childcare of the resources necessary to deliver public services we can be proud of, and that are conducive to growth.Today’s budget hold no resemblance to the Proclamation or to the Democratic Programme.You have not delivered equal rights and equal opportunities to all Ireland’s citizens, in fact you have resolved to only pursue the happiness and prosperity of the top 14% – stuffing €181.9 million into her pockets through USC reduction throwing a few crumbs from the table to everyone elseThis is not the future that the women and men of 1916 envisioned for their country. Today’s budget offered this Government a real opportunity to finally break from the failed politics of the last 20 years, instead you have copper-fastened it.Taxation measuresYou’ve increasing the threshold of inheritance tax to €280,000, one of the few mechanisms in the taxation code to capture wealth.Let us be very clear about who benefits in the main from this budget.Fifty per cent of workers in Ireland earn €28,500.So when you tell us that your budget seeks to alleviate the taxation pressure on salaries of around €70,000 what you are in fact telling the people is that this budget is targeted towards the top 14 per cent of earners.There is a deep inequity in Ireland’s taxation system.€181.9 million of tax reduction are going to the top 14% of earners.The bottom 10 per cent of earners spends 30 percent of their income on direct and indirect taxes. The top ten per cent spend 29% of their income on direct and indirect taxes.This is the outcome of your previous budgets where you moved taxes on income to flat indirect regressive taxes.It is because of this deep inequity that Sinn Fein has committed to ending the water charges and abolishing the family home tax.Tá ceann amháin de na rátaí pá is isle againn anseo in Éirinn sa domhan forbatha, agus tá tearcfhostaíochta agus neamhshláine post le feiceáil go forleathan.The best you could rustle up for the low paid is a meagre increase of 50c in the national minimum wage and you remain mute on the need for a living wage.In real terms there has been no increase in the Minimum Wage since 2007.Sinn Féin would increase the Minimum Wage by €1 per hour bringing a full time minimum wage up to €19,572 a year, and we would increase employee and employer PRSI bands in line with this increase.We support the introduction of the Living Wage and as the largest employer the state should lead the way. We have provided for the introduction of a Living Wage across the civil service, and want to see this extended across the public sector as well as all commercial and non-commercial semi-state bodies.It is a nonsense for anyone on the government benches to claim that this budget is a budget with families and small businesses in mind.It is budget for the elites, for multi-nationals and high earners. It is anti-sustainable growth, it is anti-investment, and its anti-public services.Fiscally recklessnessIt is also fiscally reckless Minister. Ireland has one of the lowest tax to GDP ratios in Europe.That is why we have low investment in public services and higher costs of living. You like Fianna Fáil have increased out of pocket expenses for families and in many instances have placed basic services and fundamental needs out of reach for whole swathes of the population.What more basic need is there than a home.Last week a little girl was interviewed for a radio segment on family homelessness. In describing her experience of living in a B&B she said – “I don’t like it here. I’m not looking forward to Christmas. I don’t know how Santy is going to get in, and I dunno where we are gonna go.”The interviewer then asked her what it is like in her head when she wakes up in the B&B in the morning.The little girl replied, “Well, sad and worried. And I feel like, bad, cause when you are just going down for breakfast you’re just sitting there with your Da eating your breakfast with no friends or anything.”This little girl is not alone. There are 1,500 homeless children and their families who are living this experience every day.One in eight children are now going hungry, are without warm clothes or are homeless or living in substandard housing.So after waltzing in here Minister with a book full of measures that hallow out the taxation base and throw a few crumbs in the direction of our public services and infrastructure – spare a thought for this little girl, and the tens of thousands of children like her.She is the direct consequence of your policies.So what are the other outcomes of your policies Minister?Child poverty has risen under your watch.Income inequality has risen under your watch.Family homelessness has risen under your watch.You’ve even managed to bring the public health system to a new level of catastrophe.There are record numbers waiting for treatment with 401,000 patients on the outpatient waiting list and 69,000 are waiting for inpatient or day case treatment.300 patients are left languishing on trollies on any given day, and it is now the norm for children to wait two years to be assessed by a speech and language therapists, and there are up to 130,000 families on the housing waiting list.Inequality is your badge of honour Minister.Inequality is not just about the most vulnerable in society, it has a deeply damaging knock on effect for low and middle income families, as well as the wider economy.InvestmentTake the housing crisis.This crisis is a grand culmination Minister of a failed government policy pursued by this government and the last.You abandoned the provision of all housing to the private market with social housing completions as low now as they were in the 1930s.This astonishing failure has resulted in an upwards pressure not only on supply but also on the costs of homes in Ireland, for rental and purchase.Like so much of government policy you’ve failed to deliver a strategy that delivers a solution for all families, be they in need of social, affordable or private homes.Tchíonn muid na fadhbanna ceanna sa chorás sláinte, agus nuair atá soláthar seirbhísí oideachais do paistí le riachtanais speisialta nó míchumais i gceist,  tchíonn muid é seo arís maidir le curám leanaí inacmhainne agus inrochtana.You have no ambition, no vision, and no hunger to deliver the type of transformative change that will improve the lives of all our communities.On entering government you slashed the capital budget by €750 million, and despite the fiscal space available to you in 2015, and the economic environment to increase the tax base you have offered up a meagre €180 million  extra in capital expenditure in next year’s budget.Sinn Féin’s alternativeSinn Féin has set out a very different vision to the Government parties and Fianna Fáil.We want to deliver a fair recovery – one that invests in Ireland’s future for the long term and for the benefit of all.We will deliver a recovery that ensures all children experience equality of opportunity be it in their education, in their access to supports and services and in their career choices as they pass into adulthood.We want to grow an economy that is rooted in fair play. Where workers earn a decent wage and small businesses can flourish and expand.This cannot happen by chance, and without a stable and fair tax base we cannot provide the necessary investments in education, childcare, health and infrastructure to secure stability and sustainable growth.They’ll tell us they can take €882 million out of the tax base AND tackle hospital waiting lists, the prohibitive cost of childcare and provide long awaited mental health services.This is of course rubbish. It’s the politics of old. It is as dishonest as it is wrong.Sinn Féin’s Budget 2016 document sets out an ambitious alternative, because we are ambitious for what we can achieve in Government.Unlike the parties who have held the reins of power in this institution equality is the cornerstone of Sinn Féin’s political and policy choices.Societies that are more equal do better. Their public services are delivered more efficiently. Education is better. People are healthier. Income differentials are lower. Social cohesion is stronger. Taxation is fairer. Enterprise is more innovative.The list goes on.We want to stem the tide of mass emigration of our young people. A reduction in the USC will not in itself bring our young men and women back.It is the lack of decent jobs and secure career paths, access to affordable housing and accommodation and the costs associated with health and childcare that continue to act as a barrier to their return.And who could blame them.Sinn Féin wants to take this challenge head on. We want to invest €1.7 billion in public services in 2016.It is only by tackling the underinvestment in health, tackling childcare costs and delivering affordable housing that we can entice our emigrants back.CHILDCAREWe welcome the government’s decision to provide funding to deliver access to the free pre-school year for children with a disability, and the additional preschool year.The free pre-school year is universal in name only as children with special needs are prevented from attending as the necessary supports are not provided. That is why Sinn Féin in its budget proposals has provided for 1,000 SNAs for the pre school year.11 per cent of early-years services were forced to refuse a child with additional needs last year.Our budget proposals also provided for an additional six weeks maternity benefit that can be taken by either parent, as well as two weeks paternity leave and an increase in Child Benefit. We welcome the fact that the Government has followed our lead in these measures.EDUCATIONWe must put investment in education centre stage. The Minister for Public Expenditure has the nerve to come in here today and trump up new teaching posts. The reality is he jhas allocated just €24 million in new spending measures. Everything else is demographics.Year after year children and poverty agencies have highlighted the increased costs for parents to put their children through an education system that is supposed to be universal.The damage this government has done to the education system is far reaching.Over the course of your first three budgets you cut the education’s funding by nearly half a billion euro.Cuts to resource teaching hours and guidance teachers have been particularly regressive hitting vulnerable kids the hardest.You’ve hiked up the costs of third level education for struggling families by €750 a year; reduced the income thresholds for third level grants; you cut the back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance by a third for primary school children; introduced fees for apprenticeships and cuts funding to the third levels, VECs and a range of higher education bodies.Sinn Féin would reverse the cut to Guidance teaching creating 700 additional posts, restore resource teaching hours providing 1,183 extra teachers for children with special needs and reduce primary class sizes putting 250 additional teachers into the system.We would also increase funding to the school meal programme, the school book grants scheme and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.We would reduce the third level contribution fee by €500 going some way to ensure third level education remains within the grasp of struggling working families.HEALTHIn health you cut services by over €2.5 billion over the course of your first three budgets. Is it any wonder that the crisis has deepened across the system?You’ve targeted mental health, children’s services and disability services, increased the threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme by 20%, increased prescription charges for the least well off, and cut front line posts by up to 10% and slashed regional drugs related initiatives by 12%.Sinn Féin would invest an additional €383 million in health, ensuring this investment targets areas of most acute areas of need, above the amount needed to cater for demographic pressures.We have provided for over 1,900 additional frontline posts including consultants, nurses, midwives, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists.We also provided for an automatic medical card for children with significant medical needs arising from serious illness or disability, and invest in Emergency Departments, maternity care, mental health and disability services, dental care for workers and medical card holders, and increased emergency ambulance cover.You’ve provided just 18m in new health spend when demographics and the pay restoration measures of the Lansdowne Road Agreement are accounted for!!!!Garda numbersNot a single new Garda was trained between 2010 and 2013. A paltry 200 new recruits were taken in last year and the numbers for the last two years won’t even cover the retirements. So 600 gardai in 2016 sounds like a lot but as the Minister herself acknowledged retirements are roughly 400 each year.  Since entering Government the so called party of law and order has cut the strength of the Garda Síochána by nearly 10%. That is a shocking record by any standard.Closure of Garda Stations saved less than 1 million euro.Sinn Féin would invest in community policing by training an additional 1,000 Gardaí to ensure the strength of the force gets back to where it was before Fine Gael got its hands on the Department of Justice.Tá na postanna úra seo i dtaca le Foireanna Túslíne, 6,500 ar an iomlán, tá siad i dteannta le na postanna a bhí de dhíth sa bhliain 2016. Tá €300 milliún curtha san áireamh sa pácáiste infheistíochta Shinn Féin le haghaidh athruithe déimeagrafacha  a láimhseáil.HOUSINGWe also set out an ambitious capital investment of €400 million, two thirds of which is to be directed to tackling the housing crisis head on.The additional €69 million announced today for housing by government is miserly, making it roughly just under a quarter of what you cut from housing budget in 2012. Again in 2013 you halved funding to local authority housing, and another 10% in 2014.Minister, you and your colleagues have a neck to come in here with a tear in your eye after yet another homeless man has died on the streets of our capital city.What exactly is it going to have to take before you acknowledge the scale and depth of crisis in emergency and social housing?Sinn Féin understands the scale of the challenge ahead and that is why we have provided an extra €300 million investment for 2016 in social housing delivering 1,680 units in addition to existing government plans.It is incredulous, and quite frankly disgusting for any government Minister to suggest that the state has a minor role to play in tackling the housing crisis.This is not even an issue of EU fiscal restraints. If you declared a Housing Emergency flexibilities could and would be secured with our EU partners to enable the state increase its investment in social housing and emergency accommodation keeping us within the debt and deficit rules.How many Jonathan Corrie’s have to die before you declare an Emergency Housing Crisis?Rent certainty/Mortgages/NAMAYou haven’t even announced Rent certainty as part of the package today. In the meantime while you’ve fiddled around landlords have hiked up rents and 1,500 children and their families are now homeless as a result.It is telling that despite all the fist waving and threats that again today we see the bank levy is not to be touched. Nor are we to have legislation to let the Central Bank set a cap on rip- off mortgage rates.The message today for the 300,000 thousand mortgage holders with Standard Variable Rate mortgages is “you’re on your own”.When I proposed legislation to allow the Central Bank cap mortgage rates you said “let’s wait and see”. Well, we have waited and we can see that the banks have barely nudged.  You called in the troops to vote down my Bill but promised action would be taken. It hasn’t been. The bank levy will not be touched despite the increased profitability of the banks.Only one lender has made meaningful reduction in its SVR. Now the Minister has given up and said people should shop around. You said if the banks didn’t budge you would increase the levy or legislate for a mortgage cap to be implemented by the Central Bank. You have done neither.How can a family in negative equity just change lender?As always the banks win, the people lose out. It is still Frankfurt’s way.NAMAYou’ve announced a plan for NAMA to build houses like you’ve discovered the earth is round.Welcome to what the rest of us have been calling for for years.What is presented today illustrates another failure to tackle in full the housing crisis. There is no plan except to rely on developers. It appears that what is being proposed makes no provision for social or affordable housing.Maybe you’ll listen to us now on the other policy measures we are proposing to deal with the housing crisis.And then there is the crisis in domestic violence supports, which the government has not highlighted in its announcements.Sinn Féin has also provided an extra €20 million for emergency homeless accommodation and €5.45 million for women’s refuges.In July of this year Tusla reported that 80 per cent of women fleeing domestic violence were turned away from Dublin refuges in the first three months of this year.Without these services, such as the Cuan Álainn refuge in Tallaght due to close by the end of the year due to a lack of funding by government, women and their children are forced into a stark choice of returning to an abusive and violent partner or become homeless.INCOME INEQUALITY/SOCIAL PROTECTIONIncome inequality has also deepened under Fine Gael and Labour. Of course we expected this of a Fine Gael government but for it to happen under a Labour coalition is astounding.Labour has abandoned average workers and the vulnerable in equal measure.We have a Labour Minister for employment who has refused to take action on low hour contracts, on the high levels of low paid insecure work,A Labour Minister who has refused to even acknowledge the scale of bogus self-employment in the construction sector and has limited the work of the Low Pay Commission to focus almost solely on the minimum wage and not on the wider issues surrounding low pay and income inequality.And then there is the Labour leader, who in her role as Minister for Social Protection regularly lectures us all on the deserving and undeserving poor.She has set her sights on lone parents and the unemployed youth for particularly punitive cuts.Unlike the Labour party Sinn Féin believes the vulnerable, the unemployed and low income households need support if they are to improve their circumstances in life, and that is why we have invested €289 million in tackling income inequality and providing employment activation measures that actually work.Restoration of the Respite Care Grant cut is welcome but why did families have to endure the cut, and the myriad of cuts to social welfare and disability cuts in the first instance.SUPPORTING BUSINESSIreland is a nation of small and micro-businesses with the majority of workers employed by these companies.Government takes an either or approach to indigenous and FDI enterprise, and its enterprise and innovation policies lean heavily towards the multinationals’ at a cost to small business.Microsoft Ireland is one of the largest exporters in the state producing €18.22bn in software exports, and it employs roughly 1,200 people in Ireland.Irish food and drink exports were approximately €10.5 billion in 2014, yet this sector employs about 102,000 people.Sinn Féin supports growth and investment in the FDI sector, however we need to ensure Ireland’s enterprise strategy accurately reflects where the potential jobs growth is.Sinn Féin called for a €500 tax credit for the self-employed introducing a level of fairness for businesses be they farmers, carpenters or young entrepreneurs.We welcome the government’s decision to introduce this credit.We have doubled the trading online voucher scheme, dealt with the unfair exclusion of the self-employed from the Start Up Relief for Entrepreneurs, eased the administration of the tax system for businesses, provided support for Ireland’s indigenous craft beer sector and set out improved access to public procurement contracts for small and micro businesses.We are the only party on the island pursuing a strong island economy to deliver greater cross border and export trade for Ireland’s small indigenous businesses, as well as the creation of a border economic development zone.ConclusionI’ll conclude with this Minister.It is remarkable that after four and half years of deep cuts to education, to health, to social protection and increased unfair taxes targeting struggling families it is only in recent weeks that Labour has finally found its voice.Not one of ye has had the courage of your party’s founding principles to stand up to Fine Gael’s conservative Tory agenda since entering government.Instead you have become their greatest champions, and not for the first time.What a difference a term in government makes.In the closing days of the 2011 election Labour strategists reduced their entire campaign to a single message – elect us and in government we’ll soften the sharpest edges of Fine Gael.Who can forget the Every Little Hurts advertisements?Far from putting manners on your coalition partners ye have become more Fine Gael than Fine Gael themselves.That is until it was your own head on the block – and lo and behold your glorious leader, Labour’s very own Countess of Grantham, is throwing her weight around like there is no tomorrow.It appears your demands most moderate are, you only want to save your own hides.Thousands of families have no roof over their heads, homeless people are literally dying on our streets, the health system is on the verge of collapse, child poverty is on the rise and a Labour coalition government has managed to deepen inequality on a scale not seen for decades.Sinn Féin has set out a detailed and ambitious political alternative that puts investment centre stage – investment in services, in infrastructure, and in small businesses. All of this can be delivered through fair and sustainable taxation.We hold dear the values and aspirations of the 1916 leaders, and we are committed to seeing them delivered upon in 2016.BUDGET 2016: PEARSE DOHERTY’S SPEECH IN FULL – ACCUSED MINISTER OF ‘BOOM-BUST’ POLITICS was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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:budget 2016Pearse Dohertyspeech in fulllast_img read more