The Donegal Independent county councillor who set down a motion calling on the Government to abolish water charges says blocking water meters and other protests is not the answer.Councillor Frank McBrearty said people must stand firm if they are serious about not paying for their water and to ht the Government where it hurts – in their pockets.In a statement to Donegal Daily, Cllr McBrearty said Irish Water is a utility company and the reality is that when a utility company is owed money it will follow people until they recuperate what they are owed. “The confusion and fear out there among the public in having to pay more has to stop as we can’t pay anymore and this is why I advocate that every household in Donegal not to pay their water charges as this will force the Government to abolish them.“I am asking people to think long and hard about non payment and what it really means. If you can’t afford to pay for something you can’t pay or as some people say you can’t take blood out of a stone.Cllr Frank McBrearty“We must not deflect away from the boycott and in my opinion the distraction of other events such as the protests at the installation of water metres are not helping. The campaign is not about water meters or Irish Water, it is about the taxation of our natural resource of water, which belongs to us the Irish people.“If people want to really protest then they should join me in Dublin on the 10th December with the many others that will be there. Anyone who is unsure or confused about their rights concerning water charges or have any questions why I have taken this stance can get my contact details from Donegal County Council,” he said.The Raphoe councillor’s motion calling on Donegal County Council to pass a resolution calling on the Government to abolish water charges on Residential homes and that the Government fully commits to holding a referendum to not privatise our natural resource of water, which belongs to the Irish people received huge support. Advertisement Cllr McBrearty described it as a historic day.“I thought long and hard about the wording of this very important Motion due to the imminent crises of water charges facing every household in Donegal in the New Year. “The first battle we have to win in this unfair war, is the abolishment of water charges and this is why I chose the words very carefully in my motion to abolish water charges.“Cllr Ciaran Brogan, who is the party whip for Fianna Fail, requested me to amend my motion and to insert abolish Irish Water. I had no problem with Cllr Brogan putting this to the members if he so wished.“I objected to my motion being amended because I felt it was a deflection away from the real issue and why I requested the special meeting in the first place, which is every household in the country is facing huge bills for water in 2015.“We, the Irish people have endured enough because of the failure of politicians and our Governments over many decades and we cannot pay anymore for their mistakes. We the people will win this campaign to abolish water charges if we all stand together and not pay them.“If this government truly represents us, then they will abolish water charges. Local government is where democracy begins and the elected members of Donegal County Council, who have a clear mandate to represent the people of the county at local government level have spoken on behalf of the people who elected them in May of this year, and said “we want water charges abolished”. “I believe that the public are smart enough to know that we have not got the power to abolish Irish water and that if this is to happen it can only happen at National level.”He added that political parties should now clearly state their positions on Irish Water and where they stand on abolishing it.“It is my firm belief that local authorities across the country should never have lost the responsibility for our water services but the reality is that Irish Water is probably here to stay and this is why I have called on the Government to not privatise what belongs to the Irish people.”“People power is the ultimate weapon in this fight for Justice and it is a fight for Social Justice, remember Nelson Mandelas fight for freedom and the words of Martin Luther King who said “A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”. NOT PAYING THE WATER CHARGES IS THE ONLY WAY TO SEND OUT MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT – McBREARTY was last modified: November 17th, 2014 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)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartyIrish Watermotionprotests
Australia were looking to reach their first Davis Cup Australia were looking to reach their first Davis Cup final since winning the trophy for a 28th time in 2003, Australian captain Wally Masur had hinted yesterday he was thinking of throwing veteran Lleyton Hewitt in against the two-time Grand Slam winner to see if the former world number one could deliver a famous victory. However, he opted to keep faith with world number 23 Tomic, who had delivered success in his opening singles encounter with Dan Evans on Friday. Murray opened the tie with an ace and it set the tone for the early part of the set as some incredible returns saw him break Tomic in the fourth game. Murray survived one break point as he was serving for the set at 5-3, but a double fault followed by an unforced error allowed Tomic to break back. However, Murray recovered and with Tomic serving to send the set into a tie-break, the Brit found himself with three set points. The 22-year-old Australian saved the first two but a brilliant drop shot left Tomic stranded and sealed the first set for Murray. The two-time Grand Slam winner at times appeared unplayable in the second set. After breaking the Tomic serve early on, Murray held his service game to love to seal the second set 6-3. With the finishing line in sight, Murray found some extra reserves to step up a gear in the third set and twice broke Tomic to serve for the match with his opponent sending a return wide to seal the win and send the home crowd wide. AFP SSC SSCadvertisement
Virat Kohli’s maiden IPL century went in vain as Gujarat Lions, poweredby Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 50 off 39 balls, thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets to go top of the league table. (Scorecard)Highlights:Gujarat Lions innings:19.30 IST: What a dramatic last over from Shane Watson! Started with a no-ball, then a wide and a wicket too! But the Australian couldn’t stop Gujarat from getting a fantastic 6-wicket victory over RCB. Gujarat Lions win by 6 wickets! Kohli’s ton goes in vain. 19.20 IST: Good last over from Kane Richardson in an otherwise expensive day. He finishes off with 53 runs in 4 overs and a wicket. Gujarat 160/3 in 18 overs 19.18 IST: Dropped! Richardson puts down a brilliant opportunity to dismiss Dinesh Karthilk. Kohli is not happy. Gujarat 156/3 in 17.3 overs 19.15 IST: Superb over for Gujarat as Abdullah gives away 12 runs. Gujarat 154/3 in 17 overs19.09 IST: OUT! Big wicket for RCB! They have got their man as Raina departs for 28. Chahal gets the breakthrough. Gujarat 140/3 in 15.4 overs 19.01 IST: Gujarat Lions are racing away with the game right now! Both Raina and Karthik are looking solid in the middle. Gujarat 136/2 in 15 overs 18.53 IST: Gujarat Lions are comfortably placed in the chase. They need 68 runs in 48 balls. With Raina and Karthik at the crease and also some fair bit of batting yet to come, Gujarat can definitely make a game out of here. Gujarat 121/2 in 13 overs18.48 IST: Big over for Gujarat Lions – 11 runs off it. Gujarat 113/2 in 12 overs 18.40 IST: Four! Raina takes the charge and brings up the hundred for the Lions! Gujarat 100/2 in 10.4 overs advertisement18.30 IST: OUT! Shamsi gets his man! Tossed up ball on the pads, McCullum looks to workthat on the leg side but gets a leading edge back to the bowler. Shamsitakes a good return catch to pay send off to the dangerman. Gujarat twodown as both the openers back to the hut. Gujarat 87/2 in 9 overs18.17 IST: It’s raining Fours and Sixes in Rajkot! McCullum is going berserk, hits Richardson for 25 runs! Gujarat 72/1 in 6 overs 18.13 IST: OUT! Kane Richardson gets the breakthrough! Change of pace does the trick as the dangerous Dwayne Smith holes out to de Villliers at long-on. RCB get their first success as Gujarat 47/1 in 5.2 overs18.10 IST: Good over from Watson, restricts the run flow to some extent. Gujarat 47/0 in 5 overs 18.05 IST: Runs coming thick and fast for the Lions here. RCB’s strategy of playing spinners initially has gone wrong it seems. Gujarat Lions 41/0 in 4 overs 18.00 IST: Another fantastic over for the Lions. Smith completely dominates leggie Chahal, middles him for a Six and four to get 16 runs off the over. Gujarat 31/0 in 3 overs 17.55 IST: Big over for Gujarat Lions! 12 runs come off Kane Richardson. Gujarat will need some more overs like this. Gujarat 15/0 in 2 overs 17.52 IST: SIX! Smith sets off, hits Kane Richardson for a maximum over long-on. Kohli is also back in action. 17.50 IST: Leg-spinner Chahal bowls a superb first over – gives away just 3 runs. Gujarat Lions 3/0 in 1 over 17.49 IST: There’s no Virat Kohli on the field now. He is getting some treatment for the cramps he suffered in the first innings. 17.46 IST: Here we are with the Gujarat Lions’ chase! Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith come out to open the innings. RCB start with spinner Chahal. Royal Challengers Bangalore innings:17.28 IST: SIX, Four, Four off Bravo on the last three balls of the 20th over! Hundred for Kohli! What an innings from the captain! It’s his first century in IPL and T20 cricket! RCB post an imposing total of 180/2 in 20 overs 17.22 IST: FOUR! What a shot from Kohli! Kulkarni is at the receiving end again! 100-run stand comes up between Kohli and Rahul. RCB 163/2 in 19 overs 17.20 IST: Maiden fifty for KL Rahul in 34 balls! He was drafted in to the playing XI after Mandeep’s injury and made the most of it! 17.13 IST: Another good over for Bangalore. Praveen Kumar gives away 16 runs off it. RCB 144/2 in 17 overs 17.12 IST: KL Rahul is coming up with some specials of his own! Hits Praveen Kumar over mid-wicket for a boundary. 17.07 IST: Consecutive SIXES from KL Rahul off Kulkarni! Wonderful from the young man! Kulkarni gives away 13 runs! RCB 128/2 in 16 overs 17.02 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot from Kohli off Bravo! The 50-run stand between the Kohli and Rahul is up now. RCB 115/2 in 15 overs16.55 IST: Fifty comes up for Kohli off 40 balls. That’s a captain’s knock! Fourth half-century this season for Kohli and 23rd overall in IPL. RCB 104/2 in 14 overs16.53 IST: SIX! First maximum of the match. Rahul shimmies down the track and lofts it over Jakati’s head a maximum. advertisement16.48 IST: Shadab Jakati bowls a brilliant over, just 4 off it! RCB 85/2 in 12 overs 16.44 IST: A good over from Jadeja, gives away just 5 runs. RCB 81/2 in 11 overs 16.31 IST: WICKET! Pravin Tambe strikes as he removes AB de Villiers for 20. Tambe hurls it on the stumps, AB tries to play that inside out shot over the cover fielder but doesn’t get elevation on that one as the ball goes straight to Suresh Raina. RCB 59/2 in 7.4 overs16.26 IST: 50 comes up for RCB in 6 overs! Kohli, de Villiers dictating terms to Gujarat bowlers. 16.22 IST: Good over for RCB – Tambe gives away 11 runs off his first over! RCB 38/1 in 5 overs 16.20 IST: Lovely timing! Kohli welcomes Pravin Tambe with consecutive boundaries off his first two balls. RCB 35/1 in 4.2 overs 16.17 IST: FOUR! Hammered! Full on off, some width on offer too from Kulkarni and de Villiers waits deep in his crease and slams it past covers for a boundary.RCB 27/1 in 4 overs16.15 IST: Consecutive boundaries from Kohli to end the over of Praveen Kumar. RCB 19/1 in 3 over16.10 IST: OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni draws first blood, gets rid of Watson, who holes out to Jadeja. Fuller ball on off, bit of slow and Watson tries to go high and handsome straight down the ground but it goes high up in the air towards coverpoint after that top edge. Jadeja takes it with ease after covering bitof distance from cover-point. Gujarat get their first wicket. RCB 9/1 in 2 overs16.08 IST: FOUR! Fuller ball on the pads from Kulkarni, Watson flicks that to deep mid-wicket just wide of Smith for the first boundary of the match. First boundary of the innings.16.07 IST: Mandeep Singh injured himself after the toss. #RCB get KL Rahul in, who was dropped16.05 IST: A brilliant over from Praveen Kumar – just 2 off it! RCB 2/0 in 1 over 16.00 IST: Here we go! Virat Kohli and Shane Watson will open their batting proceedings. Praveen Kumar will bowl with the new ball. Let’s play!15.58 IST: The umpire is wearing a superhero-like protective shield on his hand. Never seen this before! 15.42 IST: Playing XIsGujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shadab Jakati, Pravin TambeRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Kedar Jadhav, Kane Richardson, Iqbal Abdulla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Yuzvendra Chahal 15.35 IST: Quotes! Suresh Raina: We would have bowled first. When you play against Kohli, you have to bat second. Instead of Dale Steyn, Smith is playing. Jakati is also coming in. Hopefully, we can bowl well and chase later on.Virat Kohli: Yes, I finally have won a toss. The track looks hard and we back our 3 spinners. We needed more composure when we lost those 2 games. The bowling unit is looking more confident. We have added three spinners. The leggie coming in for Patel. Jadhav to play instead of KL Rahul. 15.30 IST: Toss! Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bat against Gujarat Lions. advertisement15.15 IST: We’re 15 minutes away from the big clash between Suresh Raina’s men and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. The clash looks to be a mouth-watering one as both sides have big-hitters in their ranks. Preview: Gujarat Lions will aim to bounce back from Thursday’s 10-wicket thrashing when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.Sunrisers Hyderabad halted Gujarat’s three-match winning run with a crushing win in which they completely outplayed the hosts. And the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions believe that was a poor day in the office and they need to come out all guns blazing against a RCB side that is coming off a confident triumph over Rising Pune Supergiants.Despite the loss to Hyderabad, Gujarat are second in the league points table, while Bangalore are one place behind them with two wins from four games.Gujarat failed to find a hero barring captain Suresh Raina, who scored 70 on that night. And with the left-hander’s knock, the management must be feeling relaxed as he ended a run of under-performance.All eyes will be on in-form Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far before a duck against Hyderabad.His opening partner, retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hasn’t really fired yet, barring a 49 against Pune and he will be keen to make an impact as West Indian Dwayne Smith is waiting for his chance.Other batsmen in the team are wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner.Gujarat’s bowling is also strong and has delivered keeping its reputations in tact. Medium pacers Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dale Steyn, Bravo and Faulkner have been complemented well by spinners in the form of Shadab Jakati and Praveen Tambe.However, they should expect another tough day as they will be up against a RCB side that is full of batting stars. Led by Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who is in his peak form having scored 75, 79, 33 and 80 in the past four matches, RCB boast of an envious line-up.Even though West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle is yet to return since leaving for the birth of a baby girl, AB de Villiers is there to entertain the Rajkot fans. The South African maestro is also in form, hitting 82, 55, 29 and 83 in the past four matches respectively.If you get rid of Kohli and de Villiers, then there are Shane Watson, young Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh and Stuart Binny who are some of the cleanest hitters of the ball.Watson’s medium pace bowling is raising enough suggestions that the 34-year-old Australian’s nternational retirement was premature as he has picked up six wickets with economical figures.