Bubbling Kitten for Sweet Ruckus Trophy at Caymanas Park

first_imgTODAY marks the final racemeet before Christmas, and with the 10-race programme offering a $5.4 million Pick-9 carryover, a payout in excess of $8 million looks a real possibility.Three trophy races will be run on the afternoon, including the annual renewal of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, with a purse of $850,000.The other trophy races on the card are the round-five Stewards’ Cup for maiden two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Restricted Allowance II for the Titania Trophy over 1100 metres, which is confined to fillies and mares.The Philip Feanny-trained BUBBLING KITTEN, who impressed in the Dye Job Sprint, over 1200 metres, on December 12, renews rivalry with the runner-up and then-favourite, BLUE DIXIE, in a small field of six, and judging from the manner of her victory, she looks hard to oppose.Dye Job SprintBUBBLING KITTEN beat BLUE DIXIE by all of six and a half lengths in the Dye Job Sprint, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:13.1 under former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who again has the ride.With the tongue tie fitted for that race, the bay filly, by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Shanna D, showed good speed to dispute the early lead with RALLY BABY and skittered away on entering the straight for a facile win, behind splits of 23.0 and 46.1.She is still extremely fit, and with the additional furlong no obstacle, should lead home Gary Subratie stable companions BLUE DIXIE and GOLDEN GLORY.Subratie indicated last Saturday that BLUE DIXIE had some minor issues for the Dye Job Sprint, but is expecting a better race today, and has called up outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson to try and make a difference. BLUE DIXIE looks a safe exacta horse.I also like the well-advanced newcomer, SIR RAJA BABA (working well) to lead home EQUUS in the Stewards’ Cup, in which nine two-year-olds will run; fleet-footed FIRE ALARM ahead of COMMANDING AVIATOR in the Titania Trophy; MESSITHEGREAT to recoup losses in the sixth; CRUCIAL VALOR in the seventh; and PRINCESS SHEMIKA to stave off CHEERS in the eighth.last_img read more

Baseball’s World Series to start October 23

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Both National League Division Series will be scheduled to begin October 4, and the first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two American League games and two more National League contests, will be held on October 5.The National League Championship Series will start on October 12 and the American League Championship Series will start on October 13.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins A seventh game, if needed, would be played on October 31.The World Series has ended in November in each of the past three years, concluding on November 1 last year when the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With the regular-season scheduled to end on Sunday, September 30, any needed tiebreaker games would be played on Monday, October 1.The National League wild-card game will open the playoffs on October 2, with the American League wild-card game the following day.center_img View comments Hyundai scion donates $3.5M to get South Korea a new football coach Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ A general view as a World Series Championship flag is raised in left field prior to the opening day game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets Kauffman Stadium on April 3, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFPMajor League Baseball is set to crown a World Series champion in October, according to the post-season schedule released by the commissioner’s office on Thursday.The best-of-seven championship series between the National and American League winners will start on October 23 in the home ballpark of the contender with the superior regular-season record.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Van Gaal unhappy with Manchester United’s pre-season tour of US

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has revealed he is unhappy at being forced to drag his Manchester United squad across the United States on their pre-season tour.United kick off their pre-season campaign in the early hours of Thursday morning against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.It will be the first game of a two-and-a-half-week long tour that could see United travel almost 13,500 miles if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup – the pre-season tournament which includes some of the best clubs in EuropeAfter the game in LA, United travel to Denver, Washington DC, Detroit and they will then make the three-hour flight to Miami if they top their group, which contains Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.In between the matches, the players have to appear at sponsor events while they are also duty-bound to conduct interviews for the club’s in-house TV channel.It all seems too much for Van Gaal, who made his annoyance perfectly clear at his first pre-match press conference in the US.When asked whether United’s commercial commitments were impinging on football matters, the Dutchman said: “More or less, yes because we have to prepare the season and when you have a lot of commercial activities also for the players, and you have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you have also jet lag, and that is not very positive for a good preparation.“But the tour was already arranged so I have to adapt, I shall adapt.”Van Gaal has only been in place for a week, but he has already made his disquiet about United’s commercial activities clear on two occasions.As well as Tuesday night’s complaint, Van Gaal said at his unveiling: “Within two days I know already how important Manchester United is, but also how important the sponsors are and I have to work and prepare a team and I have to adapt to this big club. It will not be easy.”Van Gaal’s blunt and honest assessment flew in the face of comments made his boss Ed Woodward less than 24 hours earlier.Responding to the comments made by Van Gaal at his unveiling, United’s executive vice-chairman said on Monday: “It doesn’t disrupt the football club.”Woodward said he was open to discussions with Van Gaal about where he thought the club should go on tour next year.Keen to maximise their profits and broaden their fan-base, United have been on long-haul tours for the last 10 years.Last summer they clocked up 23,000 miles travelling between Australia, Thailand, China and Japan.The club have been keen to tap in to the Asian market in the last few years and South Africa, as well as the States, has been a regular destination for the squad in pre-season.Van Gaal has made it clear he will not accept such a draining tour as the current one next summer.“Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation,” the Dutchman said.When asked if he would like a shorter tour next year with less travelling, Van Gaal said: “Yeah, I hope that. They have already said that to me. And I am very confident that it shall be.”The message to the club’s hierarchy was clear from Van Gaal – ‘I am the boss and I know how to get the best out of these players’.last_img read more

12 new tools to help your business

first_imgAnswer: Small business is a vibrant and expanding universe – and an attractive market for many companies. I’m bombarded with a steady stream of product, service and solution announcements targeting business owners, including online applications, technology, software or new twists on old concepts. Here are 12 new things that small business owners, home-based businesses and startups will find interesting: 1) FREE ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE: QuickBooks Simple Start 2008 is full-featured (not a trial) accounting software that’s free and easy to use. It’s intended for first-time users and lacks powerful features of QuickBooks itself. But it’s still a great tool to track sales, expenses and data for customers and vendors, plus produce estimates, invoices and more. Visit quickbooks.intuit.com. 2) LOW-COST WEB SITE ANALYSIS TOOL: For an affordable ($21.95/year) new way to gather info on your Web site, check out AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonTheCounter.com. It offers instant reports that include traffic figures, plus the visitor’s browser and operating system, which sites or search engines brought them there, and keywords used. 3) CREATE CUSTOM PHOTO LABELS: Seiko, which pioneered single-label smart printers, has new software that lets you take photos directly from a webcam to create custom labels with text and photos for name tags, security badges, inventory identification, envelopes, files, storage boxes, bar codes and other office applications. Visit www.siibusinessproducts.com. 4) LOW-COST VIDEO ADS: AditAll is a new Web-based platform for small and mid-size businesses to create, customize and distribute video ads. Average costs for AditAll video ads range from $300 to $700, well below costs of creating quality videos other ways. It’s also a distribution channel for video and audio content producers and developers. Advertisers can post a request for specific audio/video needs; producers can then create/post clips for potential purchase. Visit www.aditall.com. 5) USE WEB-BASED PERFORMANCE REVIEWS: Many biz owners dread paper-based employee reviews. Some are finding a better way, online. SuccessFactors (www.successfactors.com), Halogen (www.halogensoftware.com) and Softscape On-Demand (www.softscape.com) are popular solutions targeting small biz. 6) COLLABORATE ONLINE: Office Live Workspace, now in beta, will be a new place to store, share and access your Microsoft Office documents and preview them from almost any computer, even if it doesn’t have Office installed. Pre-register (free) now to become one of the first to try it out. Open and save files directly from Word, Excel and PowerPoint. No more flash drives or sending docs by e-mail. Invite others to your workspace. You control who can view and edit your docs. Great for group projects. No downloads; just sign up and go. It’s free, from Microsoft. Visit officelive.microsoft.com. 7) GIVE YOUR COLLECTIONS A BOOST. Got overdue invoices? Bill Collector in a Box is new, low-cost ($99) PC software that puts a complete bill collection solution on your desktop. It gathers all past-due accounts in one place and automates the steps to get paid. When combined with online services, it’s like having your own in-house debt collection agency. Visit www.billcollectorinabox.com. 8) A NEW PHONE COMPANY: Phone.com offers virtual office phone service geared to businessowners and professionals who operate from home, multiple locations or off cell phones. Get one number (including vanity toll-free) to reach all locations. Quick online signup. No equipment to buy or maintain. Rates start under $10/month. Offers custom recordings, customer queues, menus, voicemail, forwarding and much more. 9) RECYCLE OLD TECH SAFELY: Have you delayed recycling or disposing of outdated hardware due to security concerns? Storing and tracking old PCs costs your business money. Dell Recycling and Asset Recovery is an under-the-radar service that helps small businesses recycle all PC brands easily and securely. You can register online to have the equipment picked up. Dell can also help resell still-valuable assets. Visit www.dell.com/smbrecycle. 10) DIVE INTO DASHBOARDS: George S. May International has launched a new series of industry-specific management “dashboards” for small biz. They work in concert with QuickBooks. Check ’em out at GSMdashboards.com. 11) LOOK BIGGER WITH VIRTUAL OFFICE SOLUTIONS: For fast info on “going virtual” with all or a portion of your business, check out Davinci Virtual’s new interactive Web site where you’ll find a video presentation, news articles on virtual offices and helpful tips. Visit www.davincivirtual.com. 12) MANAGE MONEY ON THE MOVE: Quicken personal finance software will soon be available in an Apple iPhone version for $3 per month. Visit www.quicken.com. Daniel Kehrer (editor@business.com) is editor of Business.com and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business. 2007 Business.com, Inc. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino backs summer signing to replace suspended Spurs star

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits starting the season without Mousa Dembele is a blow but believes new signing Victor Wanyama is ready to fill the void.Dembele will miss the first four games of the Premier League campaign as he serves the remainder of a six-match ban following his altercation with Chelsea striker Diego Costa in May.Tottenham lost both games Dembele missed at the end of last season, one of them against Wanyama’s Southampton.Wanyama is likely to be handed his Spurs debut against Everton on Saturday and Pochettino is confident the Kenyan can step into Dembele’s shoes.“It’s true that Mousa was important for us last season. It’s a big loss for us for the first few games but we need to deal with that,” Pochettino said.“It is a concern but it’s not fair to say that the team dropped performance because Mousa wasn’t in the team. It was about (the absence of) Dele Alli too and the team.“It’s an opportunity for Victor. I think Victor is a player that knows us and how we work and the philosophy and it was easy for him to develop his quality, his skill in the team.“From day one of pre-season, he felt very comfortable and settled in the team. This is a good help for us.”Pochettino is confident Tottenham can match last season’s surprise title challenge but their task may prove more difficult this season, with all of their top four rivals making expensive additions this summer.Spurs must also negotiate a testing Champions League campaign, which Pochettino admits will offer less room for rotation than the Europa League.“It’s a big challenge,” Pochettino said.“It’s true that in our training sessions always we try to push more because now we need to spend more energy than before.“Maybe when you’re in the Europa League you can rotate the squad and the team, but now in the Champions League they all want to play, they are all excited to play. Victor Wanyama is expected to make his Spurs debut on Saturday 1last_img read more

Mehdi Benatia receives apology after ending interview over racist insult

first_img1 The 30-year-old Morocco international was speaking to reporters Italian broadcaster Rai has apologised after Juventus defender Medhi Benatia cut a television interview short after claiming to hear a racist insult in his earpiece.The 30-year-old Morocco international, who was born in France, was speaking to reporters following Juve’s 1-1 league draw with Torino on Saturday, when he ended the interview abruptly.Footage published on gazzetta.it shows Benatia saying: “Which stupid person is speaking? They called me a s***** little Moroccan.” He had been discussing disciplinary decisions during the game.Rai called the comments “unacceptable” but insisted they were not uttered by one of their employees.A statement published on the broadcaster’s online press portal read: “Rai is genuinely sorry for the regrettable episode of racism that involved Juventus player Benatia during the ‘Calcio Champagne’ broadcast, which fortunately was not audible to viewers.“Rai has put in place all the necessary checks to identify the person responsible for the incident and at the moment we can say that the unacceptable phrase was not uttered by an employee of our company.“The investigation continues, but considering the gravity of the situation, Rai stands in full solidarity with the footballer and with the club he represents.”Benatia is on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich and has made 14 appearances in all competitions as Juve attempt to complete a Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia treble.Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari was last week dismissed during a league game in Cagliari after walking off the pitch in protest at the yellow card issued when he complained to referee Daniele Minelli about racist abuse from the stands.The subsequent suspension was overturned by the Italian football federation and Muntari was an unused substitute during Pescara’s home defeat to Crotone on Sunday.last_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA News: ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB SEVENS: The club takes part in the All-Ireland Junior Sevens in Dublin on Saturday. A feast of football starts at 10am on Saturday morning with 32 teams from around Ireland and overseas compete to come out as All-Ireland Junior Club Football Champions for 2015. Good Luck to Mark and all players taking part.INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF: Urris play Burt in Buncrana on Wednesday night at 8pm in this play off game. Support appreciated on the night.MATCH “N” WIN: September 10th: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 8, 16, 19 & 21. €15 winners:John Grant, Upper Ballyliffin.Kathleen Friel, Dunaff.Marie & Nuala C/0 Bingo.Catherine Kelly, Dunaff.Olivene Harkin, Tullagh.Jackpot next week €1,820. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.U16 GIRLS: Urris home to Malin on Tuesday , please check our Facebook page for time. U13 GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL: Our U13 girls lost to Naomh Colmcille on Friday night last. Our girls home to Buncrana on Saturday September 19th: U12/13 girls training on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 3.30pm in Straid.U13 BOYS: U13 Boys beat Naomh Colmcille in Newtown on Sunday, final score Urris 5-11 N Colmcille 5-05. Well done boys. Next match away to Moville on Sunday at 11.45am. Training for U13 boys in Straid on Tuesday’s at 6pm.DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Bingo on Sunday October 18th with €1,000 to be won on the 9th page!!! and Gigs & Reels on October Bank Holiday weekend. More details to follow.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.GAA NEWS: WIN OR BUST AS URRIS FACE BURT IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more


first_imgPEARSE DOHERTY has launched a scathing attack on the Government’s budget.The Donegal TD and Sinn Fein Finance spokesman delivered his speech to Dail Eireann in the last few minutes.This is what he said in full: Minister, for the last number of weeks people across the state have been gripped by two emotions – hope and fear.They are hoping that the budget you announce today will make things better.That it will bring jobs; that it will help rebuild our broken economy; that it will improve our health and education systems; and that it will ease the burden they’ve been carrying since 2008.But they are also fearful; fearful that you will do what you did last year; that will you continue to repeat the mistakes of Fianna Fail; that you will continue to make ordinary people pay for the bad decisions of bankers and politicians. Minister, people want this government to succeed. Even those who voted against your government, who did not want you in office want you to succeed.Like the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people, I have shared their hope that this budget would be different, that it would break with the failures of the past, that it would chart a new course, that it would make things better.But Minister, today you have dashed all of our hopes; you have confirmed all of our fears; despite your best attempts to spin what you have announced today, one thing is crystal clear.If I closed my eyes during either of the government speeches, I could have been listening to Brian Cowen or anyone else from the Fianna Fail delivering the budget announcement.Fine Gael and Labour have swallowed the Fianna Fail policies on the economy hook, line and sinker and you’re now implementing them with gusto. As I listened to you Minister, I wondered if you are living in a different reality to the rest of us.Your failure to truly grasp what families across this state are going through is shocking.***I have met these people Minister. They are living from week to week. And they are barely getting by.They are the mothers who go without dinner so their children can eat. They are the fathers who stand in the dole queue, trying to keep their pride and wondering will they be able to meet the bills coming in.They are the elderly people who gave their lives and their taxes to this state and are now living in poverty. Their help is stripped from them in every single budget – yet they still hold themselves with dignity.***I am embarrassed to stand in this chamber, where we are honoured to be elected to serve, and hear your government so badly let down those people and pretend that their suffering is not real.What has been delivered in this house today is a bill to the families of Ireland. It is a bill that picks up the tab for Labour, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – three parties that have caused, deepened and lengthened the recession.Both Labour and Fine Gael stood on this side of the chamber in December 2010 and lambasted Fianna Fáil for imposing four austerity budgets in a row.Eamonn Gilmore said Fianna Fáil had introduced cuts that broke new ground in political stupidity. Then you cross to that side of the house and introduce two more austerity budgets yourselves.You’ve implemented over €7 billion in taxes and cuts after riding into office on a wave of public support for an end to austerity.So much for the brand new dawn.Few families have been untouched by this crisis, whether by emigration, unmanageable mortgages, bills they can’t meet or job losses.You clearly think that those families have more to give.So you hit them with a family home tax and Child Benefit cuts and increased motor charges and hikes in the price of cigarettes and alcohol.Minister, as someone tweeted earlier, because of your budget today, it will now cost people more to get to work, where they’ll be paid less, to take back to the home, that now costs more to live in.Tá an Nollaig buailte linn. Ar fud na tíre beidh cathaoireacha folmha ag tábla an dinnéar i mbliana.Nuair a thug sibh isteach an buiséad deireanach, bhí míle agus cúig chéad duine ag fágáil an stáit gach seachtain.I mbliana tá míle agus sé chéad ag fágáil, an chuid is mó acu óg, agus iad ag cuardach poist a gheall bhur rialtas dóibh, gealltanas a bhris sibh.Minister, the biggest cut you inflicted here today is a cut to people’s expectations.It’s clear you are removed from the suffering of ordinary families. It’s clear you don’t understand what they are going through and what their lives are like.There is no forgiveness though, for not bothering to read, or else choosing to ignore the many reports that are put on your desk telling you what people are going through.The Irish League of Credit Unions just a few short months ago revealed that the number of people who are left with €100 or less at the end of each month after essentials has risen to over 1.8 million people.Half of all adults are struggling to pay their bills on time.Eight out of ten people are worried that they will not be able to cope with the increasing energy costs this winter.You have cut Child Benefit. You have cut the Back to School Allowance. You’ve cut the household benefits package.You’ve reduced the length of time for job seekers’ benefit – once again punishing people for losing jobs and not being able to find others because you won’t create jobs.You’ve reduced the redundancy rebate.You’ve increased the A&E admission charge and the cost of prescription medicine. Medical card holders now have to pay treble – €1.50 for prescription charges. You’ve lowered the medical card threshold for over 70s.You’ve cut the carers’ respite grant.You’ve increased pupil teacher ratios and increased the third level fees. The Labour Party is well on its way to reversing the free education policy. Yet another broken pledge.Minister, there are parents in every county who will have felt the blow of this budget in the pit of their stomachs.Parents who know their children intend to emigrate next year.Parents who have had to borrow from money lenders to pay for Christmas.Parents who will be despairing at how to feed their families now that Child Benefit has been cut once again.Minister, Child Benefit is the payment that is keeping many families just at the water line.For many working families it is the only assistance they receive from the state.***They will take the blow quietly because so many of them feel utterly defeated. After shouting so loudly at the ballot boxes for change 22 months ago, a quiet despair has now settled into homes across the state.***You are responsible for that despair.You will try to dismiss what I’m saying here tonight, just as you dismiss the many calls from the groups outside, and organisations that represent the vulnerable and the struggling.You will say there is no alternative, but there is.You may not have bothered to read it, but the Sinn Féin alternative budget set out a full list of measures, €2.7 billion in taxes and over one billion in savings, which allowed for a €3.5 billion deficit adjustment. These are detailed measures costed through parliamentary questions to your Department of Finance and other relevant departments, excepting of course, the wealth tax which you refuse to cost.The big difference in our approach and yours, is that we know the €3.5 billion can be achieved without harming families.Colm McCarthy famously said once that the government had not run out of compassion, it had run out of money. He was wrong.You’ve run out of principles. You’ve run out of ideas.Today you raise over €1 billion through a family home tax, motor tax and excise duty increases.Your family home tax will be the straw that breaks many families.The so-called mansions tax is nothing more than a gimmick and a poor one at that.If I’m struggling to feed my children, if I can barely keep the roof over my head, it does not matter to me if the millionaire in the house next to me is paying a few quid more in his family home tax if I still can’t afford to pay mine.Minister, you could have introduced a wealth tax that asked for a contribution from the very wealthiest in our society. That taxed the net wealth over €1 million at 1%, wealth made up of all property.Tell me Minister, how is it exactly you’re broadening the tax base when you’re going back to the same families every year and saying ‘give us more’?You could have introduced a new PRSI rate for employers on income paid over €100,000.Instead you chose to abolish the PRSI weekly threshold of €127, meaning an extra €264 tax a year.You have also increased PRSI from self-employed – but what will they get for it?Minister, you have made so much of your pledge to protect people’s incomes. You claimed that under your government, people could take comfort in knowing what they would bring home each week.We called on you to change you policy of protecting all tax rates and bands to only protect those under €100,000 per annum. We asked you to increase the rate of tax for those earning over €100,000.We also asked you to take all those earning the minimum wage out of the USC. People earning €17,000 a year spend every cent into their local economy. Taxing them has the dual effect of hurting their quality of life and hitting their local economies change. Our proposal would have put €10 a week back in their pockets, or over €500 a year for 296,000 people.Instead, you have gone after those people for €264 a year. Minister, the person on €200,000 will not feel the impact of €264 a year. The person on €18,000 will feel it more than you can imagine.This measure will bring you in €289 in a full year, but a 48% new tax rate on income over €100,000 would have brought you in €365 million. That would have been progressive Minister.You could have called for changes to the tax treatment of private pensions. Your changes to the private pension tax reliefs do not go far enough and don’t even apply until 2014.You have been successfully lobbied by an industry and the Labour Party has spectacularly u-turned on its own policies.We called on you to standardise pension and other tax reliefs, because it has been revealed time and time again that the top 20% of income earners avail of 80% of the tax reliefs paid. Instead, you will allow people to continue to claim tax reliefs up to 41% for private pensions.What a short memory the Labour Party has. You were barely in the door before your rally cry changed from tax the wealthy to tax everybody but the wealthy.You’ve even taxed maternity benefit – you want to tax children before they’re even born!People in the middle have been asked to give again and again with nothing in return. So let’s look at two people, Micheal and Grainne. They are lucky enough to each have a job paying just under the average industrial wage and they both need a car to get to work. They have four children and their eldest is in university. Let’s see how much they’ve been squeezed.You have just sent them a bill of €1700By applying PRSI to the first €127 of Michael’s and Grainne’s salary you are charging them an extra €528 a year. On top of that their family home worth €200,000 will now be taxed to the tune of €405. The child benefit they rely to make ends meet will be slashed by €456 next year. The Band C 2009 family cars they need to get to work and to school will be taxed by another €60 each. Next year to educate their eldest child they will be charged an extra €250 in student contribution fees. Michael and Gráinne are being charged over €1700 this year after years of struggling and working hard.Minister, if that family don’t have their eldest in university, but if they are in receipt of the Back to School allowance, their bill is now €1,900.You take that family Minister, and tell them it’s a fair budget. Tell them this budget is a measure of success.A fair budget? High earners measuresMinister, one of the more cynical things you have done here today is try to spin the notion that this budget is fair because you have implemented some measures that affect higher earners.I welcome the fact that you have introduced some of Sinn Fein’s proposals in this budget. The increase in capital taxes, the higher USC on pensions, PRSI being extended to other forms of income, the lowering of the CAT threshold and the increasing of CAT and CGT – these are measures that are fair and I only wish you had implemented them last year.Some of these measures are so blindingly obvious, I can’t understand why you did not implement them last year. Better late than never I suppose.But Minister, let’s not cod ourselves. These measures are a drop in the ocean compared to the pain you have inflicted on ordinary families today, pain that is inflicted on top of successive budgets that have singled out middle and lower income households and targeted them.A fair budget is not just tackling high earners. A fair budget is protecting people who can’t give anymore and you have not done that.You stand here today Minister and you use the excuse of limited resources to make the wrong choices.We know this state is spending more than it takes in. That’s creating a bill that has to be reduced.Sinn Féin sent you proposals to reduce it. We provided you with choices that added up to €3.5 billion and allowed for new money to spend on restoring and protecting the rights of children and families.Wealth tax instead of family home taxA Aire, inniu tá úinéirí tí buailte go fabhtach agat leis an cháin maoine.Tá thar céad míle duine faoi ualach trom ag riaráistí morgáiste. Tá 1.8 milliún duine a bhfuil níos lú ná €100 le spáráil acu ag deireadh na míosa.Agus tá tusa i ndiaidh cáin éagórach nach féidir a íoc a bhualadh anuas ar na teaghlaigh seo.We asked you to choose a wealth tax instead of a family home tax.Fianna Fail put the family home tax on the table. You did not have to run with it as your policy.This tax is a fiasco waiting to happen.In 1994 Enda Kenny opposed the introduction of such a tax. He said, and I quote, “It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a person’s home”During the 2011 election campaign Eamon Gilmore promised not to introduce a family home tax on residential homes. He said, and I quote, “We have to remember that many people have already paid a family home tax on their residential home in the form of stamp duty.”Fine Gael and Labour were elected into office on the basis of these promises.Today you are breaking these promises. There is only one word for this; hypocrisy.Hundreds of thousands of families will be unable to pay this tax. Many more that do will be pushed even further into financial stress and poverty.Your proposal will also hurt the economy. It will take money out of the pockets of those people who keep the local economy alive. This will cost jobs.This tax is anti-family and anti-jobs.We are talking about people’s homes. You call it a property tax, but property is everything – it’s houses, shares, horses, yachts. Your tax is on people’s homes. People need their homes. A home is not a luxury.You want to tax people for having a roof over their heads, even if they have contributed already and are continuing to contribute to economic recovery.What’s more Minister, most people’s houses are owned by the banks.Most people have to pay massive mortgages and for those who bought in the last decade, what they’re paying is essentially dead money. It’s payments on a house that’s worth half of what they borrowed to buy it.So many young families bought houses because they were encouraged, cajoled and bribed into doing so by government and banks.A lot of these people paid stamp duty at the time of buying their homes, multiple thousands in many cases.Your family home tax will not take into account what people earn.You faced massive resistance on the Household charge. That was a €100 charge and families said ‘we cannot pay it and we will not pay it.’Rather than hear the message, you sent threatening letters to those families.Your exemptions for the property tax are pitiful and we all know they will result for social housing recipients in more rent, as councils pay the charge.The idea that you would chase people into the grave for this unjust tax is repulsive. Your deferral for people on this family home tax will come at a cost of 4% interest. So they’ll be chased for the debt and charged interest on it.Nobody who will struggle to pay this charge cares if other countries have family home taxes.Those other countries haven’t had a property boom and crash like ours.They don’t have huge household debts, like ours.Their taxes pay for free health, free education and decent public services.Our taxes pay for the mistakes of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour. Our taxes pay for bankers’ salaries and bondholder bailouts.Minister, a comprehensive wealth tax, is the way of the future. Look abroad and see what your finance minister peers are doing in France, in Spain, in Iceland.Cut politicians pay not Child BenefitWe asked you to cut the wages of politicians and top ranking civil servants rather than cut Child Benefit.Despite your tinkering with allowances, the basic TD salary is €92,000 a year. You yourself Minister earn €169,000 basic salary a year and you still receive your ministerial salary.Your government is not really in a position, is it Minister, to tell a low or middle income family that they can manage without €10 a month in Child Benefit? More, if they have subsequent children.I can’t imagine any of you have to look into the recesses of your kitchen cupboards for ingredients for dinner, the way a lot of mothers and fathers were doing this afternoon as you delivered your speech.And believe me, there’s many a family who can make €10 stretch a long way.These parents have already suffered successive Child Benefit blows.Now you’ve cut that payment to €130, a cut of €120 per year for a family of one child or €240 for a family of two.***What is it that happens to Labour and Fine Gael when you get into government together? You seem to be overcome by an incredible urge to make children pay.It was a tax on children’s shoes in the ‘80s, now you want to slash the benefit that keeps children in shoes.Do you just not like children, Minister?***Tax reliefs versus excise duty reliefA Aire, tá scéal mór déanta agat de nár bhain tú le rátaí cánacha ioncaim.Ach ón lá inniu amach, tiocfaidh ardú ar bhillí cánacha daoine. Ní dhéanann sé mórán difir de ghnáth theaghlaigh cé acu de na cánacha a ardóidh tú. Is í an cheist atá tábhachtach nó cé acu atá níos mó nó níos lú airgid ina bpócaí ag deireadh gach seachtaine.We asked you to end the generosity of higher tax reliefs for high earners and instead put resources into reducing the excise duty on petrol and diesel.Today Minister you have increased motor tax and changed VRT.You have increased carbon tax which will put up the cost of fuel.The AA calculated that an average family’s fuel bill has risen from €142 a month in January 2009 to €300 in January 2012 for the same amount of fuel.Motorists have been squeezed from every angle by successive budgets introduced by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour and you want to squeeze them more.Just this week, people saw the costs of public transport increase. That’s biting at people who are paying more just to get into work.In rural Ireland, that choice isn’t even there. They have to run a car because your government and Fianna Fail refused to invest in public transport. And between the fuel hikes, the motor tax hikes and the VRT change you’re implementing a policy that for many families makes it too costly to leave their homes.You have abandoned rural Ireland and let me be clear, the people of rural Ireland know it.I will say, on the issue of fuel, I’m happy you have agreed to a rebate on fuel tax for the haulage industry, as we called on you to do in our jobs document in October. Hopefully it provides some relief to transport firms.Tax super pensions versus home help hours restoredMinister, we asked you to increase the taxable amounts from the super pension pots so you could restore the almost one million home help hours cut by your government this year.There are thousands of people who every day do a job without any help or acknowledgement from the state.They spend every waking hour and many an hour at night when the rest of us are sleeping taking care of elderly, infirm parents, or severely disabled children.They have no nights out, no holidays.Their ability to work in full time paid employment is stripped from them and the small carers’ allowance they receive is under constant threat.They are the unrecognised heroes. The only respite available to them is the few hours of home help they get in a week which lets them get to the post office, to the chemist, or to the grocery store.You’ve taken away the ability for many people to live an independent life – home help was their chance to stay in their own homes and not be, in their words, a burden on the state.Again, you’ve taken the Fianna Fail policy of placing the heaviest burden on the shoulders of those who can manage it the least.Choices ignoredYou had choices Minister, but the only choice you made was to ignore that fact.And then you couch your budget measures in lectures on deficits and numbers and targets and you claim that we’re getting there.***Getting where, Minister?A 3% deficit in 2015 won’t fill a child’s belly.It won’t put clothes on that child going to school.It won’t warm the house of an elderly couple, who face the choice every day between heating or eating.***A Aire, ní chruthaíonn preas ráitis ó rialtais poist. Is infheistíocht atá de dhíth chun daoine a fháil ar ais ag obair.Tá an neamart iomlán atá déanta agaibh in infheistíocht i bpoist ag cur deireadh le slí beatha daoine.Le bliain anuas, cailleadh 5,800 post níos mó ná a cruthaíodh.O tháinig Fine Gael agus Lucht Oibre i gcumhacht, tá 20,000 níos lú post sa gheilleagar.For the last four years you and Fianna Fail have attempted to fix the economy through austerity. It is not working.You cannot starve your way out of a famine.You have to invest in growth and invest in jobs.The record levels of unemployment have seen our tax receipts collapse and our social welfare spend go through the roof.We both know it’s a problem, Minister, so why do you refuse to do anything about it?Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil all talk the talk on growth. They talk a great deal on the need for jobs in the economy.But you do nothing!SF planSinn Féin sent you a jobs plan in October which set out a strategy for investment in the economy that would create thousands of jobs.We showed you how a €13 billion stimulus could be paid for, through the National Pension Reserve Fund, through the European Investment Bank, the Private Pension industry and by not cutting the capital budget.We identified all the areas where the state needs to get the shovel in the ground from:· Building new schools and primary care centres· Rolling out broadband· Rebuilding the sugar beet industry in the South East· Investing in Knock Airport and Belmullet’s wave energy centre· Deepening the harbour at Rosslare· Regenerating Cork docklands, and Limerick and Dublin housing projects· A multi-million euro investment in upgrading our water structure· And funding the A5 to fully open up the North West for business.We identified the obstacles faced by businesses trying to keep people in jobs and create some more, like upward-only rent contracts, unbearable high overheads and red tape.We called on you freeze utility costs for businesses.We called on you to tackle the licence delays for businesses.We called on you to introduce a job retention fund for businesses.It was an idiot-proof guide to job creation but we clearly aimed it over your heads, because you still don’t seem to be able to grasp the link between government investment and jobs.Today, you have cut €500 million from the capital expenditure budget.You may as well have packed the bags of the 5,000 young Irish men and women who would have and should have got the construction jobs that €500 million would have created next year, but are now destined for Canada and Australia.Minister, Fianna Fail in office turned on the emigration tap. You’ve refused to turn the tap off.The people who leave our shores are more than just numbers.***A young woman contacted me recently, having just emigrated to Canada with her husband and two young girls.She told me how her parents had described their leaving as being like a ‘death in the family’.That they mourned her leaving that night, like they had mourned her brother dying several years ago.She spoke of her distress at inflicting that on them, of taking their grandchildren away from a close knit family, and her frustration at feeling like she had no choice.Her story is familiar but no less shocking – the mortgage that became unaffordable when the jobs were lost, the reality of a dole queue for the first time, the desperation as the reminder letters started to come in the door, the multiple strained meetings with banks and the knowledge that the sums didn’t add up.Minister, that young family have uprooted their whole lives and moved to the other side of the world.They’ll spend Christmas alone this year and her facebook page, like so many others, is full of best wishes and messages telling her how much she is missed.Her goodbye from this state was a letter from the Department of Social Protection looking for confirmation of her flight details so they wouldn’t overpay her Child Benefit.***If ever proof was needed of the lack of compassion this government has for ordinary people, this story is it.Yet you have an abundance of compassion for the bankers of this state.As you tell people yet again that they need to pull their belts a little tighter, the fat cats in the banks’ headquarters are loosening theirs a notch, after another year of creaming it at the expense of the taxpayers.Just last month I revealed that nearly 3,000 staff at banks we have bailed out are still paid over €100,000 every year.326 receive more than €200,000; 104 receive more than €300,000; 48 receive more than €400,000 and 27 receive more than half a million.They are salaries that most people can only dream of.These are the same bankers who continue to preside over a banking system which shows no compassion for its customers, the taxpayers who bailed them out.Instead of passing on rate cuts from the ECB to mortgage holders, they hike up their fees.They massage their figures on lending to small and medium enterprisesThey are the same banks who have to date received over €64 billion in capitalisation from this state.While you don’t hesitate in the slightest to spoon out the tough medicine to families today, when it comes to bankers’ pay and perks you wring your hands and cry helplessness.In today’s budget you had an opportunity to use the tax system to claw back some of the pay-outs and payoffs to the bankers and politicians who wrecked our economy.Minister, you have announced a 3% increase in the Universal Social Charge on pension income over €60,000 per year for people over 70 years of age.I have no doubt that some Government backbenchers, particularly in the Labour Party, will try to spin this measure as a meaningful tax on the very wealthy in our society.There are 160 retired bankers from the covered institutions who are receiving annual pension payments in excess of €100,000 per year.How many of these are over 70? Sean Fitzpatrick is not. Brian Goggin is not. Eugene Sheehy is not. Colm Doherty is not.These were the men that ran Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and Anglo Irish Bank into the ground.And what of the former Fianna Fail Ministers who bailed out these bankers? Former Taoisigh living the high life on lavish pensions while ordinary people bear the brunt of the crisis they Minister, there is no impediment to cutting bankers’ pay.In opposition, you and Labour called for bankers’ pay to be capped at €250,000.Indeed it was only Micheal Martin and Michael McGrath and the rest of the gang in Fianna Fail that opposed cuts to bankers’ pay and wanted to protect their lavish salaries and perks.I presented you with legislation last month that would enable the state to claw back a large amount of the money paid to them without breaking any contracts, merely by applying a levy on excess payments.Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are like the three wise monkeys when it comes to bankers’ pay: ‘See no cuts for the bankers, hear of no cuts for the bankers and speak of no cuts for the bankers’.People at home aren’t fools Minister. They are well wise to the fact that today you’ve put together a package of measures that will slash and burn their income to the tune of €3.5 billion, a figure similar to the €3.1 billion that you will put into Anglo Irish bank next March.Just as you did last March and then March before.You might try to do an Arthur Daly on the figures and duck and dive with bond notes, but the reality is, after your grandstanding about not one more cent, you’ve poured money into the banks. Over €21 billion in recapitalising and over €6 billion to Anglo.You’ve no problem coming in here and making demands of the Irish people – telling them they have to give more and live on less.Why don’t you make demands of the banks?BUDGET 2013: PEARSE DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT – HIS SPEECH IN FULL was last modified: December 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUDGET 2013: PEARSE DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT – HIS SPEECH IN FULLlast_img read more


first_imgA man accused of stealing more than €21,000 from his bank through payments by cheque to a number of businesses in Donegal and other counties over the course of just six consecutive days has been sent forward for trial.Gearoid Leonard (25) of Knockdoe, Claregalway, was brought in custody before Judge Mary Fahy at Monday’s sitting of Galway District Court where Garda Evelyn Barrett gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the accused in relation to 24 counts of theft from AIB, Tuam Road amounting to a total of €21,221.Inspector Brendan Carroll told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to Leonard being sent forward for trial to Galway Circuit Criminal Court. Offences committed in businesses in Donegal include theft through fraudulent transactions of €480 from Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Falcarragh, €120 from Centra Boyce, Dunfanaphy, and the theft of €26 from Next and €199 from Dunnes Stores, Retail Park, Letterkenny, on April 17, 2010.The following day, there were similar charges of €110 from Macs Mace, Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny, and two incidents of stealing €35 from Milford Inn, Milford, Donegal.Leonard is accused of theft from his bank through fraudulent transactions with the largest single amount being €6,850 from the Hanley Oaks, Rahoon, Galway, on April 18, 2010.He is also charged with theft on five different days – from April 16 to April 21, 2010 – totalling €3,000 from Topaz, Tuam Road, Galway. There were also charges of theft through fraudulent transactions from A1 Parts Ltd, Tuam, Galway, of €1,000 on April 19, 2010, and a further €1,570 the following day. Leonard is also accused of going to Texoil Ltd, Galway, and carrying out a fraudulent transactions of €1,500 on April 19 and a further €1,500 the following day as well as committing similar offences at Park Tyres, Galway Road, Tuam, on April 20 to the sum of €1,500. Other Galway matters include the theft of €29 from West Wing Steakhouse, Kilmore, Tuam, on April 18, 2010.MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING €21,000 FROM HIS BANK was last modified: May 30th, 2013 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