Customs checks are ‘political vandalism’ to the Good Friday Agreement – Doherty TD

first_imgDonegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to clarify details of discussions with the European Commission over the location of custom checks in Ireland.The call comes as the government plans to enter negotiations with the European Commission to discuss where cross-border trade checkpoints will be located in the event of a no-deal Brexit.But such a move would be ‘a retrograde step for the country and the peace process’, warns Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty. He said: “Any imposition of custom checks is a backward step for this country. The fact that such political vandalism is now being discussed is proof that the interests of the British Government and the peace process are now irreconcilable.“The Tánaiste should not be forced to choose between the single market and the Good Friday Agreement. Any impediment to trade and movement on this island will damage Border communities, harm the economy and undermine the architecture of the Good Friday Agreement.”Deputy Doherty said the government must clarify what checks they are discussing with the Commission and what their purpose will be.He added: “Ultimately, the only sustainable solution to this problem is the removal of the border. While the Government may not want to face up to the fact now, it is incumbent on everyone who cares about the future of this island to plan for its ultimate reconciliation.” Customs checks are ‘political vandalism’ to the Good Friday Agreement – Doherty TD was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Supplementary demands touch 12.95% of budget

first_imgWith supplementary demands worth ₹24,777 crore in the last session of the State legislature before the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government has presented total supplementary demands worth ₹2,05,475 crore in its five-year term.The percentage of cumulative amount of supplementary demands to the total budget stands at 12.95%, the highest ever. It is also well above the suggested range of 5% to 10% suggested by the guidelines of former bureaucrat Madhav Godbole. A supplementary demand is an additional grant to meet government expenditure, outside the annual budget. The supplementary demands presented by the government in the monsoon session of the legislature is focused mainly on the Cooperation, Marketing and Textile Department with allotment worth ₹3,808.71 crore, followed by ₹3,651.13 crore for Industries, Power and Labour department. With respect to grants proposed for Municipal Councils and Zilla Parishads, the Urban Development Department and Rural Development Department were allotted funds worth ₹2,205.57 crore and ₹2,340.42 crore respectively.Among the issue-wise allotments, ₹2,500 crore were allotted for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Scheme (2017), the farm loan waiver scheme. With focus on farmers, ₹387.3 crore provision is made as an assistance to onion producing farmers while ₹320.07 crore is the provision for the ancillary expenditure for purchase of farmers’ produce through Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd.According to Samarthan, an organisation which specialises in analysis of the State budget and provision of supplementary demands, neither the present government nor the previous one has managed to keep the percentage of supplementary demands within the limit of 5% to 10%.last_img read more

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Griffin gets double-double as Pistons beat Grizzlies

first_imgPistons: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night in the third game of a six-game homestand. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Griffin’s first points came when he powered to the basket and made a shot off the glass. He lobbed a nice alley-oop to All-Star Andre Drummond in the second quarter, although that duo didn’t look totally in rhythm together. Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds but sat out some of the crucial possessions late.DISPARITYGrizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn’t thrilled about the difference in free throws. Memphis went 14 of 14, but Detroit was 27 of 37.“The free throws are the bottom line — 37-14. No one can overcome that,” Bickerstaff said. “Our guys compete too hard to be put in this situation every night. We’ve asked the league for help. Maybe someone can sit down with us and tell us what we’re doing wrong.”SMALLER STAFFVan Gundy said before the game that only two of his seven assistant coaches would be on the bench with him. Tim Hardaway had a funeral to attend, and four others were sick.“If anybody wants to sit on the bench with me tonight, we have plenty of room,” Van Gundy said. “That flu is no joke.”ANOTHER DEBUTDetroit received two other players in the trade with the Clippers. Brice Johnson did not play Thursday, but Willie Reed did, picking up three fouls in just 5:22.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Evans was not with the team and missed a second straight game amid trade speculation about his future. Conley has a left heel injury. … Gasol had 19 points and 14 rebounds. … Memphis dropped to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-backs.Pistons: Griffin was the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining gave Detroit a 101-100 lead, and the score stayed that way until the final seconds. Marc Gasol attempted to drive on Griffin but missed his shot, and a wild scramble led to a jump ball between Tolliver and Dillon Brooks with 10.4 seconds left.The Pistons controlled that tip, with Reggie Bullock running the ball down in the corner. Tolliver gave Detroit a three-point lead with a pair of free throws, and then purposely fouled Wayne Selden with 2.6 seconds remaining. Selden made the first free throw and the second went in even though he was trying to miss and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound.Bullock made it 104-102 when he made the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The Grizzlies were out of timeouts, and after Gasol caught the ensuing inbound pass near midcourt, his long attempt at the buzzer wasn’t close.“We can’t say that our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win, the goal has to be to win,” Gasol said. “We have to go out and grab these games when we have the chance.”Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. The arena still didn’t appear full — the Pistons have struggled with attendance for several years — but the atmosphere was lively, especially during the tight finish.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden while going to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — Blake Griffin was Detroit’s best player in his debut with the Pistons.Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and although his new team is still very much a work in progress, the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Detroit traded for Griffin earlier in the week. The Pistons haven’t had much time to work with him, but they were clearly a better team when he played against the Grizzlies.“We were plus-23 with him on the floor in 35 minutes, so we were fairly dominant in that time,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I don’t know why we haven’t gotten to all this in the hour and 15 minutes we’ve had together, but we’ve really got to get our spacing down and understand where we want people to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutT-Shirts welcoming Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin cover the seats at Little Caesars Arena before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Griffin’s teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.“I wanted to just come out and play hard, being very limited in my knowledge of our offense,” Griffin said. “I thought coach Van Gundy did a great job of just putting in five things that we could go to, and we ran them to death, but they worked and everybody just played hard.”last_img read more

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