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MORE FANS SLAM RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL

first_imgEVEN more rock fans have vowed not to return to the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon.Donegaldaily has been bombarded with fans who say the gig is over – for them at least.Many are disgusted that the Bank Holiday weekend has turned into a drunken escapade…rather than a tribute weekend. Typical of the reaction is George Malvin who agreed with others that the series of shows had turned into a freak show.“It has turned into a horrible event that shows Ballyshannon in the worst light possible,” he said.“As I returned towards the campsite on Saturday evening, a youngster walking towards me pulled out his ***** and started urinating.“He didnt stop, he just kept walking towards me without any shame. I’ve never seen such bad behaviour anywhere else in the world, and I have been to a lot of festivals. “Maybe its time to honour Rory Gallagher by taking his name off this travesty of a festival.”Repeated attempts to get a response from the organisers has failed.Were you there? Good or bad – tell us by email on [email protected] FANS SLAM RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL was last modified: June 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:Ballyshannonrory gallagher festivallast_img read more

Raptors 113, Warriors 93: NBA Finals-worthy preview? Not on this night

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors did not offer an NBA Finals preview. Instead, they displayed regular-season sluggishness.The Warriors fell to the Toronto Raptors 113-93 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, marking two distinct differences from when they played nearly two weeks ago. Unlike their three-point overtime loss in Toronto that Steve Kerr called “the most entertaining game of the year so far,” the …last_img

Ratings and post budget speech outlook

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 25 February 2019 – Since Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presented the budget speech last Wednesday, media commentary has focused on several dimensions of the public response to priorities outlined therein, and interventions announced to deal with the country’s broader economic and financial outlook.Brand South Africa welcomes the 2019 budget, which, if read in conjunction with President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, provides clear indications of government’s intention to create a conducive environment for growth, increased investor confidence, ease of doing business in South Africa, and fiscal discipline.Minister Tito Mboweni indicated in the Budget Speech that, “Our determination to regain our fiscal prudence will form the basis of our economic recovery… Restoring our finances and fixing our state-owned enterprises will take great courage.”The two themes that emerge from the 2019 Budget Speech, revolved around 1) acknowledgement of challenges, and 2) commitment to change. This was made evidently clear by the Minister’s insistence on the need to take the bitter with the sweet, and thus to engage interventions, and structural reforms, which will set the country on a path of recovery.Media reports following on the Budget Speech, for example, refer to the concerns expressed by credit ratings agency Moody’s, that focus on government’s limited fiscal flexibility, in a challenging economic environment of continued slow GDP growth.The crux of concerns raised by economic analysts, is what they see as an erosion of South Africa’s fiscal strength since the October medium-term budget. Furthermore, due to serious challenges at key SOEs, they expect government deficits to increase in the long term.Brand South Africa would like to caution against pre-emptive pronouncements on the outlook for South Africa’s credit rating prior to the final announcement by Moody’s, expected on 29 March 2019. As indicated by the Minister, steps announced in this budget pave the way for immediate and long term interventions which will not only stabilise the country’s fiscal position, but will address concerns related to SOEs.In the restructuring of ESKOM and as it reviews SOE’s, government will consider the sale of non-core assets and pursue Private-Public Partnerships. This can improve efficiency, and in the long term reduce reliance on state funding. In managing the public wage bill, the first step is to allow older public servants to retire early which is projected to save the state more than R20 billion over the next three years whilst creating employment opportunities.In his State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa indicated that South Africa wants to be in the top fifty nations in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. In order to stimulate growth, Minister Mboweni mentioned “Government’s policy actions aim to end the uncertainty that has undermined confidence and constrained private sector investment. The R300billion worth of pledges made at the Investment Conference last year demonstrates that there is pent-up private sector demand if we grab hold of the opportunity.”In a statement released by Business Leadership South Africa, post the budget speech; “In BLSA’s view, the recommendation to this year’s budget was its commitment and credible action in cutting back on wasteful expenditure, reducing the public wage bill, decisively eradicating theft of public resources, and the deliberate focus on debt and debt servicing costs”“We are encouraged that our Finance Minister unambiguously declared that there are no freer lunches for SOE’s –and executives as well as individuals”, said Mohale, CEO of BLSA. He added that “SOE’s must be self-sustainable and not dependent on government handouts since support for Eskom will come with tough conditions. This must not just be for Eskom but all other SOE’s and municipalities, because there is simply no room within this fiscus to spend our way out of a growth constrained environment”.Based on both the State of the Nation, and Budget speech it is clear that government is committed to addressing the fiscal position.Yesterday, the President released a statement announcing the establishment of a Special Investigations Unit Tribunal. This Unit will be responsible for fast-tracking investigations on corruption and irregular expenditure in the private and public sectors. At least seven judges have been appointed to lead these investigations. This once again proves the commitment to root out corruption in all sectors.Brand South Africa remains confident that efforts to capacitate the economy, will ensure a turn-around in the economic performance of the country. Citizens are encouraged to unite and support the nation brand. The time to stand together is now.//ENDS// About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote  pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation building.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live benefits everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates, individuals, NGOs, government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Patna High Court withdraws judicial work from senior judge

first_imgThe Patna High Court has withdrawn all judicial work from a sitting senior judge of the court Rakesh Kumar who had in the course of hearing a corruption case against a former IAS officer on Wednesday highlighted the state of corruption in the judicial system. A 11-judge bench also suspended Justice Kumar’s order and ruled that no action ordered by him would be taken.“All the matters pending before Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rakesh Kumar, sitting singly including tied up/part heard or otherwise stand withdrawn with immediate effect,” read a notice issued by the chief justice of the Patna High Court on August 28. “The registrar will implement the order forthwith subject to further orders with regard to the formation of the bench,” the bench said in the notice, which came into the public domain on Thursday. The bench also observed that their fellow judge had no “jurisdiction to pass such an order on a case that had been closed”.“The registrar (list) will inform as to how and in what manner Cr. Misc. No. 4117 of 2018 that had been disposed of finally earlier was listed on Thursday at Sl. No. 1 under the heading ‘To be mentioned – Tied up’ before Justice Rakesh Kumar,” the bench said in the notice.The Bihar Advocate General Lalit Kishore told journalists in Patna that the bench had also made strong observations and expressed serious concern over the long order passed by Justice Kumar in which he had raised questions over the majesty of the court and integrity of judicial system.Before his elevation as a judge, Justice Kumar had served as a CBI counsel in the Patna High Court during hearings on the multi-crore fodder scam case against the then chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad . On Wednesday, while hearing a corruption case against retired IAS officer K. P. Ramaiah, Justice Kumar in his 20-page order had questioned how the former officer was granted bail in a corruption case when the High Court as well as the Supreme Court had earlier rejected it. Mr. Ramaiah was accused of financial misappropriation of ₹5 crore in the Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission when he was its CEO. “A corrupt officer like K. P. Ramaiah secured bail as a vacation judge heard his case in place of the regular judge of the Vigilance Court,” Justice Kumar said in his order.“In normal course, I would not have passed such order, but since last few years, this Court is taking notice of the fact that in Patna Judgeship, things are not going in its right perspective,” Justice Kumar observed, while adding that the manner in which Mr. Ramaiah was granted bail required a deeper probe as it had raised questions about the judiciary. Justice Kumar also ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the District Judge, Patna, to check the veracity of a news report. Further while calling for a report within four weeks, he also ordered an inquiry into whether on the date of granting bail to Mr Ramaiah, the regular vigilance court judge was on leave due to a genuine cause or had gone on leave in a calculated way. The District Judge was also asked to examine the record of cases disposed of by the in-charge judge in the last six months.In his order, Justice Kumar also raised questions about the judiciary and said that the full bench of the Patna High Court had taken a lenient view every time the case of any judge from the lower judiciary came up. “Despite my opposition, a judge facing serious charges was let off with minor punishment instead of exemplary punishment,” Justice Kumar said in his order. He also made scathing remarks about taxpayers’ money being spent on renovation of judges’ homes. “There were instances of crores of the taxpayers’ money being spent on renovation and furnishing bungalows of judges as well as nepotism,” he said in the order. Further, Justice Kumar ensured that a copy of his order be sent to the Chief Justice of India, the Prime Minister’s office and the Union Law ministry.last_img read more

Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena drained the huge go-ahead three from the left corner with 9.2 seconds to spare and Ateneo escaped with the thrilling 80-78 victory over La Salle in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Though the lengthy forward was unable to complete the four-point play, Matt Nieto secured the offensive board and drilled the insurance freebies with 7.1 ticks left as the Blue Eagles downed the famed Green Archers for their third win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena finished the game with nine points, none bigger that his lone three of the game, to go with five rebounds, and two blocks.Anton Asistio heated up for Ateneo as he went 4-of-5 threes to wound up with 13 markers.Mike Nieto missed out on a double-double with his 10 points and eight boards, Raffy Verano also got nine points, three assists, and two boards, and Jawuan White had nine markers and two rebounds in the win.It was a nip-and-tuck battle between the fierce foes, with the Blue Eagles losing grip of a 73-68 lead with 2:31 left to play.Ben Mbala willed La Salle back in the game and even put the green side ahead, 74-73 with a huge putback off Ricci Rivero’s fastbreak miss in the final 18.7 seconds. But the Green Archers had no answer for the flawless free throw shooting from the Blue Eagles as they fell to a 4-3 record in the preseason tourney.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena 3 and a foul! #Filoil2017 pic.twitter.com/0dDcdtFeSX— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) June 11, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What ‘missteps’? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Good contributions from all over the team. It was a big shot by Thirdy,” said coach Tab Baldwin. “We don’t want to rely too much on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.” The Cameroonian big man paced La Salle with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Aljun Melecio got 20 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:ATENEO 80 – Asistio 13, Mi. Nieto 10, Verano 10, Ravena 9, White 9, Black 6, Tio 5, Ikeh 5, Go 4, Mendoza 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Porter 2, Tolentino 1.LA SALLE 78 – Mbala 23, Melecio 20, Rivero 8, Santillan 7, Gonzales 7, Baltazar 6, Caracut 5, Tratter 1, Tero 1.Quarters: 22-18, 36-33, 53-51, 80-78. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more