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The Bryan brothers, to the rescue of the United States in Davis

first_imgTwins Mike and Bob Bryan return to the Davis Cup and will probably be the important exponents of the United States workforce which is able to face on March 6 and seven in Honolulu, towards the Uzbekistan workforce in the first qualifying spherical of this competitors.The US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) launched final evening the listing of gamers that can signify the nation in this qualifying spherical for the last part of the Davis Cup 2020 that will probably be performed once more in Madrid. The large information was the return to an official listing of the Bryan brothers, in one of their final participations in this competitors earlier than their withdrawal.The North American workforce will probably be accomplished by Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul, all of them positioned in the ‘top-100’ of the ATP rating. Mike and Bob Bryan return to this competitors after in 2017 they introduced that they’d not return to it, to make method for brand new gamers. They began in 2003, and shared gear with Andy Roddick. Since the starting of their profession each have achieved a complete of 118 titles, together with 16 Grand Slam, 4 Nitto ATP Finals and one Olympic gold in London 2012.The captain of the American workforce and former participant, Mardy Fish, has declared in the official media of the USTA itself that the Bryan brothers “need to win, though additionally it is anticipated to be a recognition of his profession in the Davis Cup. “Figures equivalent to John Isner, Sam Querrey or Jack Sock have left a brand new and proficient technology of tennis gamers who study and advance by leaps and bounds. Exactly, the final to enter the ‘Prime-100’ has been Tommy Paul, who rose to quantity 70 in the previous few weeks. All of them will combat subsequent March for the United States to attain the last stage in the Magic Field.last_img read more

Miner charged with damage to property

first_imga miner on Thursday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged with damage to property.Anthony Ward, 27, of Lot 40 Goed Fortune, West Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 16, 2016 at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara he unlawfully and maliciously damaged one 40 inch TCL television, one refrigerator and other household items to a total value of $773,000, property of Marcia Kewuley.According to Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers, the virtual complainant (VC) Kewuley, and defendant Ward, have been in a common-law relationship for two years.On the day in question, the defendant accused the VC of infidelity and threatened to kill her. He also damaged the listed items.The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence, the value of the items, and the fact that he has a pending matter at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.However, the defendant told the Magistrate he was willing to pay for the items.Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 and the matter transferred to the Providence Court for June 9, 2016.Additionally the defendant was ordered to report to the Providence Police Station every fortnight until the conclusion of trial.Magistrate McLennan also advised the VC to apply for a protective order.Anthony Wardlast_img read more

Cummings Gives US$18K to PATEL

first_imgMr. Cummings (center) flanked by PATEL officials, one of them displaying the US$18k cash donationContinues to Impact Liberians Despite Defeat Although the Alternative National Congress (ANC) admits that the election results caught them completely by surprise, obtaining a tumbling total of 112,067 votes amounting to 7.2 percent of the total votes cast on October 10, 2017, the ANC Standard Bearer, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, is still relentlessly in the vanguard of positively contributing the social-economic progress of the country.Continuing his efforts to empower Liberians, Mr. Cummings has donated an initial US$18,000 to the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL), to help with the establishment of its secretariat.PATEL is a coalition of Liberian business organizations and is the largest trade union with the aim to organize, nurture, and defend Liberian entrepreneurs by creating a better socio-economic environment where Liberians will own and run their economy.By this recent donation, its believed Mr. Cummings is determined to focus on the welfare of the Liberian people and particularly Liberian business people — consistent with his stated commitment to empower Liberians from being spectators to major players in their economy, as he has frequently remarked.“My contribution to PATEL is part of my commitment to continue to engage Liberia and uplift my fellow countrymen, by helping to build the private sector and Liberian businesses. Liberians for too have long been spectators in their economy, and I believe this has to change, and PATEL is advocating for that change”, Mr. Cummings said with a smile.In response, the Spokesperson for PATEL, Mr. Dominick Kamara, said: “We are thankful to Mr. Alexander B. Cummings for his commitment to Liberian businesses and PATEL. This truly illustrates his commitment to Liberian businesses and entrepreneurs. We appreciate him supporting a grassroots organization like PATEL, and hope that together we can advocate for a more enabling environment where Liberians can own their economy again. The funds will go a long way in helping to shape the future of PATEL and helping us achieve our objective.“The funds will be used to setup the organization’s secretariat, pay the organization’s rent for two years and help the organization continue its mission of ensuring policy makers create and foster a more sustainable business environment for Liberians.”Another empowerment to Liberians was in the amount of US$10,000 to Liberian Marketing Association to fund a nursery for the children of market women at Rally Time Market.Cummings said the donation was intended to help “educate the children.”PATEL ‘s  StrikesIt maybe recalled PATEL came into the limelight in February and April 2017, staging two protests aimed at halting commercial activities in order to draw attention to issues facing business owners.PATEL called on the government to address the following issues: the continuous hiking of the U.S. Dollar against the Liberian Dollar, the high tariff and incidental tariffs being placed on Liberian businesses, petty traders having their goods seized, high municipal taxes and garbage fees, the need for Liberians to be given exclusive retailing rights, and a call for the Commerce Ministry to open Import Permit Declaration for Liberians to import sugar, rice, and other products.The strikes paralyzed Liberian businesses for three days and successfully drew government’s attention and saw the president convene a meeting with her Economic Management Team to address some of the issues. She also met with some business organizations, though not with PATEL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishermen Elect CMA Officials

first_imgChairman-elect, Mr. P. Nyantee Sleh (left), of Point Four Beach, celebrates with colleagues.The management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has elected officials of the Core Management Association (CMA).The exercise followed an intense campaign that brought ten fishing communities in Montserrado and Bomi counties together.The election was held in the Ballroom of the Monrovia City Hall, with fishing folks from Point Four, Tomah Town, Banjor, Kpekor, ELWA, Bernard Beach, West Point and Degbe Beach. The aim is to provide opportunity to all the fishermen within the two counties, to elect their own leadership to spearhead the operations of the CMA.Following the casting and counting of ballots by the 90 delegates, the CMA elections comprising representatives from the office of Montserrado County Superintendent, the office of the Collaborative Development Authority (CDA), and the Ministry of Labor, the Chairman of the election commission, Eric Vage, who is also the Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, announced P. Nyantee Sleh of Point Four Beach as winner of the chairmanship, defeating Jangar Kanneh of Tomah Town and Thomas J. Palay, Sr., of Point Four Beach, with 40 votes against 32-14 votes respectively.Sleh is the former president of the Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association (LAFA), the mother body of all Artisanal Fishermen in the country.Mr. Sleh won along with James J. Logan of Banjor Beach as secretary general, Neji Sonnie of Kpekor Beach as treasurer, D. Nimely Fannieh of West Point Beach as co-chairman, Abraham B. Warkies of ELWA Beach as financial secretary, and Annie Doe as Chaplain for Montserrado and Bomi Counties CMA’s leadership.This is the first of its kind in the two counties as the first CMA leadership was elected few years ago for fishermen in Grand Cape Mount County to elect their own leaders. This is the second CMA leadership within the Liberian fishing sector that has conducted such an exercise.The election will give the officials legal recognition to negotiate for sustainable management and good governance of the fisheries industry under the CMA jurisdiction.“The reason is to ensure a sustainable source of livelihood for the coastal communities, provision of voice and a platform for fishing communities to participate in decision making in the administration and governance, establishment of a framework for coordination, planning and implementation of interventions for socioeconomic advancement of the fishing communities, NaFAA said in a statement shortly after the election.NaFAA National Director-General commended the delegations from the fishing communities for the peaceful conduct of the elections and at the same time pledged the entity’s support to the new leadership.Madam Emma Glassco said NaFAA’s dream has been realized following the conduct of successful elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Hot Skull”, “Rambo” before High Court for murder of Brazilian gold miner

first_imgAs the High Court trial into the 2016 murder of Mario Pozzer, a Brazilian gold miner commenced on Monday, several witnesses are expected to take the stand to offer evidence into the matter in which Roberto Miggins and Quasi Benjamin are the accused.Murder accused: Roberto Miggins (left) and Quasi BenjaminMiggins, called “Hot Skull”, and Benjamin, also called “Rambo”, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between October 12 and October 13, 2016, they murdered Pozzer, also called “Gaucho”, in the course of, or furtherance of a robbery.Respectively, Attorneys Adrian Thompson and Ashley Henry in association with Nigel Hughes are representing the accused persons in the matter while the State’s case is led by Prosecutor Sarah Martin in association with Teriq Mohammed and Tuanna Hardy.Testifying at Monday’s court hearing was Gavin Campbell, a former employee of the now dead man, who recalled that on October 12, 2016 around 12:00h, they had washed down production and taken a break for lunch.Campbell told court that he was the General Manager at the time and further recalled his co-workers being paid individually, and after some time his boss left the mining location, with gold in his possession, on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), to travel to Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).According to Campbell, the now dead man did not return the following day, which prompted him to make several phone calls to enquire of his whereabouts.Upon receiving a subsequent call, Campbell, without hesitation, left the mining camp with other workers and headed in the direction Pozzer took.The court was told that while walking, Campbell and his co-workers discovered the now dead man lying face down with a wound to his head, alongside his body was the ATV, but the bag of gold was missing.Campbell disclosed that the Police were contacted and the man’s body was later removed; a few days after, Campbell was taken to identify the body for a post-mortem to be conducted.Under cross-examination by Benjamin’s Attorney (Nigel Hughes), the witness admitted that he was aware that Pozzer carried a shotgun in his possession for protection, but further denied knowledge of observing the deceased with same on the day in question, since he (Pozzer) would normally hide it.When asked how he knew the weapon was hidden, Campbell responded that a search conducted at the mining camp by Police ranks unearthed the weapon as he was present.Meanwhile, Edwin Ali – another former employee – in his testimony, recalled being in the company of Campbell when the body of their employer was discovered lying on the road. Ali stated that the body bore a wound to the head, further stating that he was present when the post-mortem examination was conducted.The trial is set to continue today, with the remaining witnesses.last_img read more

Murder accused jailed for trafficking marijuana in prison

first_imgJailed: Odel Roberts…fined $30,000Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty on Friday handed down a three-year jail sentence to a 23-year-old Sophia, Georgetown resident, who is currently on remand for murder, after he pleaded guilty to a narcotics trafficking charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Odel Roberts of Lot 124 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, admitted that on July 3, 2019, at Camp Street Prison, Georgetown, he had in his possession 102 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution’s case presented by Seon Blackman stated that Roberts was escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to receive medical attention. According to the prosecutor, while at the health facility, the murder accused was given a box of food by a relative, which he took to the prison.However, Police conducted a search on Roberts upon his return to the prison and the illegal drug was found concealed in the food. He was cautioned and the present charge was instituted.Nevertheless, Roberts maintained his innocence as he blamed Police ranks present for not checking the food when he collected it. On Friday, Roberts was jailed for three years and a fine of $30,000 was imposed.Roberts remains on remand for the 2015 murder of a Sophia businessman. He was committed to stand trial for the murder in May 2018. It is alleged that on May 1, 2015, at Sophia, East Coast Demerara, he murdered Shawn Amys.Amys, who owned and managed a small grocery shop at his home, was confronted by bandits just before 11:00h on the day in question. According to reports, the now dead man was in his home when he heard the dogs barking and ventured out of the house to investigate.He was then confronted by two armed men who forced him into the house and shot him while demanding money and valuables. The gunmen made off with $40,000 in cash along with jewellery.Amys was rushed to the Georgetown Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

High demands force Govt to monitor mercury imports

first_img…“limited” amounts to be made availableRestrictions will soon be placed on large amounts of mercury imported to Guyana, as the Natural Resources Ministry has embarked on a process to monitor the movement of the substance, owing to the numerous hazardous effects and health risks.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanNatural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman on Thursday indicated that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pesticide Toxic Chemical Control Board would have played an integral role in the development of a framework and official document that will be signed in a week’s time.With this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stakeholders will have to present valid reasons for importing mercury, as well as gain the permission of all the entities.Mercury, which is also known as quicksilver, is extremely toxic as is any compound derived from it. Inhalation of its vapour will result in harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal. The product is used primarily in the mining sector.As such, Trotman insisted that the product cannot be imported without valid reasons. In some cases, persons have desired to have thousands of kilograms of the substance shipped or transported to Guyana.“It really says that you just can’t import mercury into Guyana. You have to have the permissions of the three entities. They are working in collaboration with each other…We’re monitoring what is stocked in hand. We’re going to ensure that there is a limited amount at all times and not an open invitation process,” he said.The Minister opined that this move will impact the sector. There are also views that some of the imported mercury is carried across the borders to other countries.“How is it going to affect the sector? I think it will in a positive way. We’re seeing requests for importation. Last year, I refused to give permission for 30,000 kilograms of mercury to be imported from Mexico. I wondered what would one want with 30,000 kilograms of mercury. That’s one importer. There are multiple importers. We have business to believe that some of it is moved across borders,” Trotman explained.Last February, Trotman had revealed that even as Government tries to mitigate the harmful effects of mercury on the environment, some villages are, in fact, complicit in the use of mercury and the destruction it causes.Trotman made this revelation during the Minamata Convention – a stakeholder session set up to develop strategies for eradicating mercury use. According to the Minister, villagers and Toshaos in some mercury-scarred villages are facilitating the miners responsible.The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.Meanwhile, Trotman had also spoken of a model mercury-free operation; a project that could be taken on through the provision of mining blocks. He noted that a number of blocks could be distributed to the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) for this purpose.In 2018, the discovery of high levels of mercury in the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) laboratory in Georgetown had led to Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services being contracted to conduct an independent investigation on the effect of the emission. In the case of mining personnel, a reading showing levels of 0-6 micrograms per litre is considered safe while 7-10 is high and above 11 is dangerous.last_img read more

Kenya pulls out of hosting CECAFA due to financial constraints

first_img“We have decided to cut down on the events that we are doing. We are not going to host CECAFA Senior Challenge this year. We have asked CECAFA to relieve us of that opportunity so that this year we don’t have to do any major even because obviously of how our finances are,” Mwendwa said in a press briefing at the federation headquarters.He disclosed that the Federation is struggling to pay up debts accrued from the previous regime and at the same time battling with up to 12 cases in court.Also on the Federation’s neck is an accumulated bill of almost 156mn shillings, two being claims of former coaches while one is a claim from the tax man over failure to remit PAYE (Pay As You Earn) for its employees.“Our case against Adel Amrouche is at CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) after we appealed when a one man bench at FIFA awarded him 600,000 Dollars (Sh60mn) earlier in the year. We will fight the appeal and see how it goes,” Mwendwa said.“Bobby Williamson has also gone to the labor court and his claim is Sh55mn. KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority) are on our case and he claim is that between 2012 and 2015 FKF did not remit PAYE for its employees which accumulated to Sh24mn which with penalties became Sh41mn. We have been trying to negotiate and see what we can do,” Mwendwa disclosed.-Training coaches, Youth development-Mwendwa remains confident that Kenya can give its shot and be one of the two qualifiers to next year’s showpiece. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe now says because of all the legal battles they are facing and paying off previous creditors, they have been forced to prioritize and their areas of concern will be on training of coaches, youth development, leagues and national teams.“Those are our priorities and we will stick with them. We will try keep the ship as lean as possible to make savings and keep afloat, the challenges are many but we are hopping that when the sports fund is available we can attack them through those means. We are also talking to government to see whether they can be of help anywhere,” Mwendwa disclosed.This year, FKF’s biggest budgetary allocation will be around the Harambee Stars as they play Ghana next month, a venture that is said to be costing in the region of Sh16mn, home and away ties to Ethiopia, a home tie against Sierra Leone and an away trip to Ghana in the 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers.Mwendwa remains confident that Kenya can give its shot and be one of the two qualifiers to next year’s showpiece.-AWCON hosting rights-“I will not blame the government because I think they have been very helpful to us but we are talking with them. I had conversations with the minister because I went there to get guarantees when we were presenting documents to CAF and he has promised to do something,” Mwendwa added. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Mwendwa has admitted that the Federation had approached CAF to ask for hosting rights for November’s African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), but the continental body rejected the same due to facilities.At the moment, only Kasarani Stadium can host any international match with Nyayo closed while Machakos, Bukhungu and Afraha are yet to tick the right boxes to host a continental event.“We all know that it is only Kasarani which fits the bill but I was hoping that probably Machakos would, but there are a few aspects that let us down there. The reason we asked to host this was because a third team gets the chance to play at the World Cup next year and I was hoping our Starlets can get that chance,” Mwendwa said.He also hinted that the federation has been frustrated with the lack of facilities, especially with those earmarked for CHAN yet to be completed. Nyayo has been closed down since last September and works have slowed down due to budgetary issues.“I will not blame the government because I think they have been very helpful to us but we are talking with them. I had conversations with the minister because I went there to get guarantees when we were presenting documents to CAF and he has promised to do something,” Mwendwa added.Meanwhile, CAF will make a decision next month on whether or not to strip Ghana of the hosting rights for the Cup of Nations with the West African country still in a leadership vacuum after the resignation of top officials over a corruption expose early this year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (left) with CECAFA Secretary General Nick Musonye (right). Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Kenya has pulled out of hosting the 2018 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup that was scheduled for December, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa announced on Tuesday.CECAFA had agreed to hand the hosting rights to Kenya after it successfully staged the tournament last year across three venues, but Mwendwa on Tuesday disclosed that the federation will find it tough funding it due to tough financial strains.last_img read more

2 killed in foggy highway pileup

first_imgACCIDENT: Route 99 looked like `something out of a movie,’ following a crash of more than 100 vehicles. By Garance Burke The Associated Press Officials identified one of the victims as Travis Rogers, 26. A 5-year-old also died but has not been identified, Arnold said. The two victims were traveling in separate vehicles when the chain-reaction collisions occurred around 7:45 a.m. CHP Officer Paul Solorzano Jr. described the scene as “something out of a movie, walking up and seeing all the cars mangled and crushed.” Rescuers had to extract several people trapped in the wreckage, and paramedics transported more than three dozen patients to the hospital with injuries, Fresno City Fire Department spokesman Ken Shockley said. The freeway’s northbound lanes around Clovis Avenue were shut down indefinitely as investigators worked to determine the cause of the crash. Traffic backed up for miles south of the wreckage. Southbound lanes remained opened. The freeway was expected to reopen by 9 p.m. Saturday. Hours after the accident, the freeway was littered with smashed cars and trucks, broken glass, auto parts and blood. A big rig carrying stacked crates of live turkeys was stranded in the middle of the normally busy highway. Cindy Ramirez, 21, of Selma, said her purple Mazda pickup truck was rear-ended as she was driving to her job washing windows in Shaver Lake. “Everybody was trying to miss everybody, but it was impossible not to get hit,” Ramirez said. “I’m fine physically, but I keep thinking about all of the things that could have happened.” Omar Macias, 33, was hauling asphalt from Bakersfield to Elk Grove when his truck was caught in the pileup. “I got out to check on people at first, and then I heard more crashes around me, so I got right back in,” said Macias of Bakersfield. “I feel OK, but I don’t what OK means right now. People got hurt.” Even as investigators interviewed dazed drivers on the roadside, crews began sprinkling sand on the freeway and sweeping up shattered glass. Thick seasonal fog known as “tule fog” typically occurs in Central California in the late fall and winter. “There was probably two-foot visibility in the fog when I got here. It was really bad,” said Mike Bowman, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “It looked like chaos. Cars were backed up on top of each other.” Micky Padilla of Porterville was driving with his family to a baptism when they heard the sound of metal screeching, struggled to brake and slammed into a Nissan Maxima. Padilla ran out and found a man bleeding in a white pickup. The man was still breathing minutes later when firefighters arrived, but later died on the highway, Padilla said. “It was just bang, bang all around us,” Padilla said, shaking his head as he stood next to a puddle of blood on the blacktop. “I can’t believe I still have my wife and my kids. Someone was looking out for us.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre FRESNO – A 61-year-old man was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after two people were killed in a massive morning pileup in dense fog that involved more than 100 cars and trucks, the California Highway Patrol said. Eighteen big rigs were involved in the massive pileup on Highway 99 just south of Fresno as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the heavily traveled roadway, CHP officials said. CHP Officer Kirk Arnold wouldn’t identify the man who is being held in Fresno County jail, and said the cause of the crash was still being investigated. “He has not been said to have been the cause of (the crash), he is just a person who was involved in the collision who was taken in for DUI,” Arnold said. The CHP was still investigating the crash Saturday evening. Arnold said felony charges would be filed against the man if he is found to have been responsible for the pileup. last_img

AS EU/IMF PRAISE IRELAND, DOHERTY INSISTS POLICY IS DOOMED TO FAIL

first_imgSpeaking today in response to the latest quarterly review by the EU/IMF & ECB of Ireland’s EU/IMF support programme, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said  “implementing a failed programme is not an indicator of success.”At the end of its third quarterly programme review mission, the ‘Troika’ has “assessed the programme to be on track and in their view all targets in the programme to date have been met”, according to a statement from the Department of Finance.Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department Ajai Chopra said the IMF welcomed the statement earlier this week from Eurozone ministers, who said they were ready to take further measures, including extending the flexibility and scope of the European rescue mechanism, to deal with Europe’s debt crisis. However Donegal TD Pearse Doherty was furious with the ‘spin’ on the story.He warned: “Today’s report card by the EU/IMF and ECB is not good news for Ireland. Meeting EU/IMF targets is no measure of economic recovery. Implementing a failed EU/IMF austerity programme is not an indicator of success.“We are told that the purpose of the so called support programme is to fix the public finances and enable Ireland to return to the markets in 2013. The target for public spending cuts and tax increases for budget 2012 is meant to be €3.6 billion.“However only six months in and the Government has revised this figure up to €4 billion. It is likely that the final figure will be higher again when the budget is announced in December.” FAILINGMr Doherty said the programme is also failing to meet its objective of assisting Ireland to re-enter the bond markets in 2013.He went on: “When the Government last hosted the EU/IMF and ECB in April to review the austerity programme, yields on 10 year Irish bonds were at 9 per cent. Today they have exceeded 14 per cent.  Taken alongside the rating agency’s downgrade of Government bonds to junk status this week, it is clear that a return to the bond markets in 2013 will be impossible unless there is a change of direction.“While the EU/IMF and ECB are telling us that the austerity programme is on track, it is clear that it is not working. The reason is very simple. You can not solve a debt crisis with more debt and you can not end a recession with increased austerity.“The domestic economy is still in recession with GNP down 4.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Unemployment continues to rise with 457,948 on the live register. Consumer spending continues to fall, inflation continues to rise and personal indebtedness continues to rise, pushing more and more people into economic hardship and poverty. “These depressing facts tell us clearly that EU/IMF imposed austerity is crippling our economy, strangling any possibility of social or economic recovery and delaying any return to the bond markets.“Meanwhile the Government continues to borrow billions of euros at high interest rates to pay off senior unguaranteed bondholders.“The cost of these failed policies is being borne by ordinary people. Cuts to Special Needs Assistants, cuts to winter fuel allowance and other social welfare payments, closure of emergency services in rural hospitals, and attacks on wages of low paid workers are all a direct consequence of this EU/IMF austerity programme.“We need a new approach based on burden sharing to reduce our debt burden and investment to create employment and stimulate social and economic recovery.” Yesterday Deputy Doherty revealed European governments would make €13 BILLION in profits from loans to Ireland.AS EU/IMF PRAISE IRELAND, DOHERTY INSISTS POLICY IS DOOMED TO FAIL was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BAILOUTEUIMFPearse Doherty TDPROFITEERING BY EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS ON THE BACKS OF THE IRISHlast_img read more