Trump Says DOJ Should “Rescue” Kavanaugh After New Allegation

first_imgChristine Blasey Ford, a California professor and the first Kavanaugh accuser to come forward, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh also denied that allegation.Trump said at the time that Kavanaugh was “under assault.”Conservatives largely supported Kavanaugh, who was confirmed in October to take former Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat after a 50-48 Senate vote. President Donald Trump is asking the Justice Department to “rescue” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after The New York Times published an excerpt from a new book detailing alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, which he has already denied.The excerpt from “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” written by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, revisits an allegation by Deborah Ramirez that was raised during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process last year.Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party at Yale University, which Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied.The book also contains a new allegation made to Pogrebin and Kelly by a former male classmate who allegedly told the FBI and senators about an incident he witnessed.Trump tweeted Sunday:last_img read more

LSGH, Mapua forge NCAA juniors finals showdown

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Defending champion La Salle Greenhills and Mapua on Monday arranged a finals showdown for the second straight year in the NCAA Season 94 juniors basketball tournament.The top-seeded Junior Blazers inched closer to retaining the championship after dominating Jose Rizal University, 97-71, while the Red Robins topped San Beda, 75-67, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Player of the Week: Standhardinger gives life to San Miguel’s playoff bid Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Hernandez came away with 27 points and 10 rebounds while Policarpio collected 25 points and 13 rebounds for second-seed Mapua. The best-of-three title duel begins on November 6 at Mall of Asia Arena.Inand Fornillos unleashed 18 of his 22 points in the middle quarters, where La Salle took total control of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoel Cagulangan, who erupted for a career-high 39 points in a loss to the Light Bombers last game, added 19 points.The Robins also had their own tandem to turn to against the Red Cubs with both Paolo Hernandez and Jonnel Policarpio finishing with a double-double. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Student discovered dead in dormitory

first_imgGoodstein, who was last seen April 14, had not been attending classes, Young said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAURINBURG, N.C. – Police on Tuesday were investigating the suspicious death of a college student from Santa Clarita who was found dead in his dorm room. The body of Daniel Goodstein, 22, was found Sunday in the dorm at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina after a student smelled an odor coming from the room and called dorm monitors, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported on its Web site. Laurinburg police Detective Chris Young said investigators were treating the case as “a suspicious death” although there was no sign of foul play. Results were pending from an autopsy conducted Monday at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill. last_img read more

Fuentes: Hard work got me elected

first_imgUnofficial returns showed Fuentes with 50.86 percent of the vote, followed at 20 percent by Jose Bonilla Sr., the only Republican in the race. Rounding out the ballot were F. Philip Siordia with 12.4 percent; Eric Rothenay with 11.4 percent; and Margie Carranza with 5.2 percent. The district is heavily Democratic – more than 60 percent of the 112,000 voters. And it has had three members of the Assembly in the span of two years. “In many ways, Fuentes is emblematic of the new Latino politician in California,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “He is young and energetic, he knows how to get things done and he’s ambitious.” Bonilla said he is holding out hope that the results of roughly 500 uncounted provisional and absentee ballots could force Fuentes into a runoff. “I’m not convinced he really knows this district,” Bonilla said. “I know he is known by the people downtown, but I’m not sure he knows the community groups or the chambers or the neighborhood councils and their concerns. He may have had more key endorsements and more contributions than his four opponents, but Felipe Fuentes said Wednesday that it was plain hard work that got him elected to the 39th Assembly District. In the monthlong campaign, he said, he walked precincts, worked telephone banks and met for coffee with voters. “If I had an advantage, it is that I grew up in this area and I have been working in this district almost nonstop since 1999,” said Fuentes, a former top aide to former Mayor James Hahn, chief deputy to Sen. Alex Padilla when he was on the City Council and a consultant to current Councilman Richard Alarcón. “This is the kind of work I wanted to do ever since then. I think having the support I did was helpful, but it didn’t match the hard work I put into this.” “I guess we’ll see what he does,” he said. “For me, I told people we needed an assemblyman who would work on the things that concern them – reducing the costs at community colleges and Cal State (University), the schools that working people go to. “It just seems like we haven’t had any real representation out here for a while. Whoever we have seems to be running for something else.” The political drama of the district has been unprecedented – all prompted by term limits and political ambition. Just days after being elected to the 39th Assembly District seat last November, Alarcón announced his plans to return to the City Council for a third term, under the provisions of the voter-approved Proposition R. Fuentes and former Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez dropped out of the council race to replace Padilla, clearing the path for Alarcón to win and Fuentes to run for his Assembly seat. During its meeting Wednesday, the City Council was asked by Alarcón to approve paying Fuentes $7,500 for consulting work. The request was originally for $20,000, but Alarcón reduced it to reflect the time Fuentes actually worked. “Felipe was able to help explain how the city worked to my staff so we could get to work immediately,” Alarcón said. Alarcón also disputed the notion of Fuentes being anointed to the job because of his political connections. “It’s not like he’s some kid with no experience just starting out,” Alarcón said. “He is very talented. He cares about the district, he works hard and I would be supporting him even if he wasn’t on my staff. It isn’t often you see someone with his talent come along.” For Fuentes, Alarcón said, the move to Sacramento will be a learning experience and one during which he has to resist the temptations of serving in the state Capitol. “It is a very seductive atmosphere,” Alarcón said. “I would encourage him to make sure he comes home as often as he can. He has to be in Sacramento to vote, but other than that, I would tell him to stay in contact with his district.” Fuentes, who is married and has a 3-month-old daughter, said he is aware of that and plans to return as often as he can. “I haven’t even figured out where I’ll be living in Sacramento yet, although a number of people have called up and offered me a room,” Fuentes said. “I am very eager to begin work. I want to get involved in the budget process and make sure we get our fair share and make sure the Valley gets its fair share of the bonds that the voters passed last year.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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

Music opens Armenian soul, history

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Now that (Armenia is) relatively independent,” Barsoumian said, “we are trying to find out and experiment with sound that is closest to our heart and experiences as Armenians, without any impediments.” Dilijan, in its inaugural season, brings together small groups of musicians to play classical music, using the Colborn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles as a venue and operating out of the Glendale office of the nonprofit Lark Musical Society. The series is not dedicated only to compositions by Armenians. It has already featured the work of classical music heavyweights Josef Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms. And many of the 26 professional musicians involved in the project are also not of Armenian descent. Phil O’Connor, 33, who plays clarinet and saxophone, said he has enjoyed being part of the series. “In the chamber music setting, because it’s less people involved, you have more ability for everyone to interject their opinion and … you can develop a group interpretation much more readily than you would in a symphony,” O’Connor said. Artistic director Movses Pogossian, 39, of Montrose is a violinist who made his American debut in 1990 as a soloist with the Boston Pops. A native of Armenia who taught music at universities in Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and Detroit, he is impressed by Los Angeles musicians who are just as comfortable playing at a movie studio as a symphony hall. “Musically it’s the busiest city in America,” Pogossian said. “I think it has the greatest number of great musicians in the country.” On April 21, in a show called “Armenian Genocide Commemoration,” Pogossian and five other musicians will perform the last installment of the Dilijan series. The show comes a few days before the date when Armenians mark the 1915 deportations and killings in the Ottoman Empire that claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. One of the pieces chosen for the evening is a work by the Armenian priest and composer Komitas. He was deported by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 and narrowly escaped death, but the experience put him in an insane asylum and he died a few years later. The April 21 show will also feature work by the living Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian, and the late French composer Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” which was written in a German prison camp during World War II. “Instead of bringing out the dark and tragic in the piece, basically Messiaen is singing the glory to God and it’s an incredibly positive and life-affirming piece,” Pogossian said. On Oct. 20, the series presented a unique show called “Condemned by Stalin,” highlighting three Soviet composers who fell out of favor with dictator Joseph Stalin. They include Aram Khatchaturian, a Russian-trained composer of Armenian descent. “They thought that he was trying to do some advanced modernistic styles,” Barsoumian said. The other two composers were Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. “Their music was going to be checked by people who acted like policemen, music policemen,” Barsoumian said. For more information on the Dilijan chamber music series, go to (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Performing the classics to open a window into the Armenian soul, the directors of the fledgling Dilijan chamber music series have chosen composers who offer turbulent life stories. They include an Armenian priest and composer who ended up in an insane asylum after being deported by the Ottoman Turks in 1915, and a Russian-trained composer of Armenian descent who was sanctioned by the Soviet “music police” for creating pieces deemed too abstract. The Dilijan series has also sought to present the work of emerging composers, especially those of Armenian descent. After Armenia’s long history of being ruled by the Ottoman Empire and then the Soviet Union, the nation’s composers are finally coming into their own, said Vatsche Barsoumian, a Glendale-based creator of the Dilijan series. And as Armenian composers create new music, the series is bringing their work to Southern California audiences. last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed how he was terrified his mother was going to have an argument with Prince Charles when he went to receive his MBE.The Kincasslagh singer, 49, revealed how he and his family travelled to the London Embassy in Dublin to receive his MBE.However Daniel says that because his mum Julia was a huge fan of the late Princess Diana, he was afraid she was going to speak out of turn. “I was terrified she would say something because she was a huge fan of Princess Diana.“At the time Prince Charles was not officially seeing Camilla but it had been rumoured.“I was afraid mum was going to say something to Charles about Diana. Ii the end all she said was that she wrote to his two children when their mother died and nothing else..“He said he appreciated it very much,” revealed Daniel. Daniel opened his heart to RTE host Gay Byrne on last night’s TV show ‘For One Night Only.’Daniel spoke about a range of topics including his love for wife Majella, how he worships Cliff Richard and even how he encountered an inner peace while visiting Medjugorje.He also sang many of his hit songs including I Wanna Dance With You.EndsDANIEL – I THOUGHT MUM WAS GOING TO HAVE A ROW WITH PRINCE CHARLES was last modified: August 6th, 2011 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


first_imgCllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed unanimous support she received today at Donegal County Council for her motion for the re-opening of the 10 beds closed by the HSE in Dungloe Community Hospital.Speaking after the passing of the motion in the Council chamber Cllr Marie Therese said: “This is another step forward for the campaign to have these 10 beds reopened.“Every member of Donegal County Council supported this motion and I think as a representative body of the people of Donegal this speaks volumes for the support for community hospitals in Donegal. She said the campaign had received is overwhelming from all quarters, and the support within the Rosses Region was ‘unbelievable.’Cllr Gallagher went on: “The care given by the staff and management of the hospital has been second to none, and I believe now the people of the Rosses would like to show their support for the hospital facilities and staff.“This issue will not be resolved without the relaxing of the embargo on recruitment, union reps have put proposals to management to have 5 beds reopened as soon as possible, which is very welcome, but the feeling of the people at the local meeting was that not one bed should be allowed to remained closed as the need for these beds is still in our community.“At our public meeting it was agreed to take a number of steps, within the past ten days, a deputation has met with the Local HSE management, we have also met with the Minister of State Dinny McGinley who is also in support of having these beds reopened. A deputation will also meet with the Minister for Health in the coming weeks. “It has also been agreed by the public meeting to have a public demonstration in support of the hospital and that has been arranged for Saturday the 15th of June at 12 noon. And another public meeting will be arranged after all these steps that were agreed are taken to inform the public of the progress made and the next steps to be taken.” POLITICIAN DELIGHTED WITH COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: May 27th, 2013 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:POLITICIAN DELIGHTED WITH COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR DUNGLOE HOSPITALlast_img read more


first_imgMaxi Curran: Was grabbed by fanA GLENSWILLY fan who went onto the pitch during a home match to grab the manager of the St Eunan’s team has been banned from GAA games for 48 weeks.The incident is one of a number still being investigated by Gardaí following the Division One league clash between the clubs in April.During one of the incidents in Glenswilly the fan went onto the pitch and grabbed  St Eunan’s manager Maxi Curran. The fan can appeal the decision.Glenswilly has been fined €500 with an additional €500 fine if there is another breach of GAA rules. The club meets next week to see how it will react to the disciplinarySt Eunan’s went on to win the game 3-13 to 1-07 despite having two players sent off.  GLENSWILLY FAN BANNED FOR A YEAR FOR ATTACK ON ST EUNAN’S MANAGER was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 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:fanGAAglenswillySt Eunanslast_img read more

Astronauts serenaded

first_img The rock icon came up with the idea after learning that NASA’s Mission Control used “Good Day Sunshine” to wake up the space shuttle Discovery astronauts in August with word that conditions were favorable to return to Earth. The wake-up call marked the space station crew’s 44th day of a planned six-month mission in space. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was “Good Day Sunshine” for the International Space Station crew Sunday morning. NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev were treated to a live wake-up call of the Beatles classic in a first-ever concert linkup to the space station. On Earth, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performed the hit and another song, “English Tea,” on Saturday night before a cheering crowd in Anaheim as part of his 11-week “US” tour. The performance was beamed from the West Coast to the space station crew 220 miles above Earth and broadcast on NASA television, which showed live feeds from space. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McArthur and Tokarev bobbed up and down and sipped from squeeze pouches through the show, getting a rousing cheer from the audience. “I can’t believe that we’re actually transmitting to space!” McCartney said. “This is sensational. I love it.” McArthur, who did a couple flips, noted McCartney’s creative achievements and thanked him for playing the songs. “That was simply magnificent,” McArthur said. “We consider you an explorer just as we are.” It is a tradition to wake astronauts up with recorded songs, but this marked the first time astronauts listened to live music from space. last_img read more

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