Major grants boost for county Limerick projects

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience The Lough Gur centre which will feature in the lecture Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Facebook Email Print Previous articleCannabis seized by Limerick gardaiNext articleFriars’ Gate’s welcome for Fred and Alice Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Minister Patrick O’ Donavon launches Virtual Tour of Lough Gur Advertisement The Lough Gur centreA GRANTS bonanza, which will be worth almost €18 million, has been announced for the county to help fund projects ranging from a state of the art athletics hub to resurfacing a car park.The multi-million figure is calculated when matching funding for various projects is taken into account.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of Limerick City and County Council were informed at their September meeting last Monday that among the major projects being funded are the Lough Gur Greenway and Solstice Park which will benefit from a €1.1 million allocation.The Great Southern Trail, is set to benefit from a €1 million allocation and €500,00 has been set aside to fund the installation of 70 CCTV cameras to combat rural crime and anti-social behaviour at various locations around the county.A regional athletics hub, to be based in Newcastlewest will get €452,000 and the Murroe sports facility will get €500,000.€853,032 has been allocated for building and restoration works at Nicholas Street in Limerick City centre.Smaller projects include €247,000 for a pedestrian bridge in Kilmallock and €51,000 for a social cohesion project in Rathkeale involving the settled and Traveller communities.€250,000 has been set aside for village renewal in Patrickswell. €109,250 has been allocated to each of four areas for improving public areas through mending footpaths and other public works.The allocations are going to Adare/Rathkeale, the Metropolitan District of Limerick City, Newcastlewest and Cappamore/Kilmallock.The money is being allocated under various headings and comes from council coffers and Fáilte Ireland’s tourism promotion budget.After announcing details of the funds, Council chief executive Conn Murray said that the projects chosen for funding “will improve tourism, leisure and urban renewal across county Limerick while increasing the attractiveness of Limerick as a place to live, work and visit”. NewsMajor grants boost for county Limerick projectsBy Bernie English – September 22, 2016 990 Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead TAGSfeaturedgrantsGreat Southern TrailLimerick City and County CouncilLough Gur last_img read more

Members sound off on lawyer advertising

first_imgMembers sound off on lawyer advertising Members sound off on lawyer advertising Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Anyone curious about the difficulties facing the Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004 didn’t have to wait long to get a sample at the panel’s recent public hearing.Meeting June 24 at the Bar convention in Boca Raton, the task force invited anyone interested to come and speak their mind about the problems and benefits of attorney advertising.First up was state Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who introduced a bill earlier this year — and which passed the House but didn’t get heard in the Senate — that would have restricted advertising that urged potential clients to file a lawsuit.Simmons said the legislature does have concurrent jurisdiction with the Florida Supreme Court over such things as lawyer advertising. He also said under a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision the Bar, while it may not ban ads, can require more disclosures that will make advertising less attractive for attorneys.Next up was Jacksonville attorney William Harrell, president of the First Amendment Society, which includes advertising agencies as well as law firms that advertise.Referring to Simmons’ presentation, he told the task force, “Almost nothing David said was correct.”And so it went. Some speakers praised advertising and the Bar regulations; others condemned it and said Bar rules are confusing, complex, and not uniformly enforced.The committee has been charged by Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson with reviewing Bar advertising regulations and recommending changes. A specific charge is to examine whether the Bar can require lawyers to get some ads approved before they are printed or broadcast.Committee Chair Manny Morales said the purpose of the hearing was to give interested persons an unrestricted chance to speak their minds. “We have some very important people who have taken time out of their day to come and address us on this issue,” he said. “All we’re going to do is sit and listen.”Simmons said lawyer advertising is hurting the profession and, if unchecked, will lead to statutory changes that will hurt lawyers and the public. He noted that attorneys’ participation in workers’ compensation cases has been restricted, and others are calling for similar restrictions in personal injury cases.“I can assure you. . . in a few years, five, 10 or 15 years, unless something is done with respect to the way we as attorneys are presented to the public, the practice of law is going to be dramatically different than the way it is today,” Simmons said.He said that the U.S. Supreme Court in Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio, 471 U.S. 626 (1985), allows bars to restrict advertising, including requiring the inclusion of disclosures. As an example, he said the Bar could require personal injury ads to include a disclosure that the plaintiff could be liable for considerable costs if the defendant prevails.Harrell, however, said Zauderer is much more restrictive and would not allow such a requirement. He also questioned Simmons’ assertion that the legislature can legally impose advertising restrictions. He presented a detailed report from the First Amendment Society analyzing advertising issues.Harrell said studies have shown that the public accepts lawyer advertising, that it helps the poor and minorities who don’t generally have access to legal services, and that the most objectionable adds — “the 1-800-PIT-BULL abuses” — don’t work and will be eliminated by the marketplace.He also said the only state to try prior restraint requirements on advertising is Kentucky, and that state is dropping that rule because of constitutional questions. When that happens, Florida will have the most restrictive ad regulations in the country, Harrell said, and that’s something most of the lawyer members of the society favor.He advocated a tweaking of the rules rather than major changes, giving a regulatory scheme that prevents egregious abuses but still allows lawyers to advertise efficiently.Stuart Grossman, a former member of the Bar Board of Governors, said advertising is misleading because “it’s the difference between image and reputation, and these guys who make images are making [undeserved] reputations . .. and they are hurting the rest of us.”He also said that what the public is interested in is how lawyers have done in their cases — something advertising regulations prevent them from including.Two publishers addressed the task force and said the advertising regulations cause problems. Lynda Keever of Florida Trend and Chris Mobley, who publishes the Daily Business Review in southeast Florida, said the regulations hurt lawyers for different reasons.Keever said the regulations are particularly hard on smaller firms that don’t have the marketing and ad services used by large firms.“If the Bar’s goal is to stop small and medium size firms from advertising — because the big firms are going to do it anyway — you’ve just about accomplished it,” Keever said. “The hassle factor is overwhelming to them.”Mobley said the regulations are aimed at protecting an unsophisticated public, while his publications are aimed at other law firms and sophisticated commercial ventures.“The rules impose undue restrictions on Florida law firms in competing for referrals of other sophisticated lawyers,” he said. “It also inhibits the ability to compete for commercial work from business executives who are sophisticated people.”Miami attorney Alan Becker agreed. He said out-of-state mega firms advertising for national clients are not constrained by Bar rules in their ads, which can refer to case results and use endorsements from clients — things banned by Bar rules.“Obviously, we can’t compete at the same level,” Becker said. “The Bar’s well-intentioned efforts to protect the public is having one effect, and that’s to harm Florida lawyers. It doesn’t make us better professionals to have us out of business.”Another problem, Becker said, is it can be difficult to follow the rules. His firm submitted an ad and was allowed to use the words “competent” and “skilled,” but prohibited from using the words “talented” and “innovative.”Becker also disputed that the public is unsophisticated about ads, saying the average person sees thousands and thousands of ads every month. “People are used to this stuff; they understand it; and I think we need to give them a bit more credit,” he said.Carl Patterson, a nonlawyer who has served on several Bar advertising study commissions and currently is on the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee, disputed that there are serious problems with ad rules, which he said need no more than minor changes.“Your Bar staff is excellent; the rules are clear and not new,” he said. “The problem as I see it is. . . dumb, lazy attorneys. They are the ones who fail to read the rules; they fail to prepare their ads properly; and they listen to other people [about what can be included in an ad].”He said the Bar has publications (including information on its Web site) about preparing an ad, but lawyers don’t take the time to research it. Patterson said the rules could be changed to bar lawyers from taking out Yellow Pages ads for two years if they have had two ad violations in five years, and upping the disciplinary fee when probable cause is found for a violation.Other testimony included:• Wayne Thomas, vice chair of the Bar’s Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law, asked for two “minor” changes to ad rules. One would require lawyer referral services to clearly identify themselves as a referral service in any ads. The second would clearly prohibit lawyers from taking referrals from nonlawyers who got the cases by advertisements that don’t follow Bar rules.Thomas said such a prohibition is implicit in Bar rules, but needs to be explicit. He cited, as an example, that a former stockbroker could advertise as an expert in securities fraud cases, and then refer clients to an attorney.• Judge Ralph Artigliere, representing the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, asked for restrictions on lawyers saying they limit their practices to certain areas. Under Bar rules, only lawyers who are certified can say they specialize in an area of law, but Artigliere argued that allowing lawyers to say they limit their practices to certain areas implies they have special expertise in that area.“The fact of the matter is when you look at it from the public perspective, they will never be able to tell the difference between someone who is a specialist and someone who says they limit their practice to a certain area,” he said. “It’s misleading.”• Frank Benasutti, former chair of the Pennsylvania bar’s professionalism committee and an expert witness in the Zauderer case, said what is important is what the public, not lawyers, thinks about ads. “You better take surveys on what kind of information is getting into the minds of the public and then base your regulations on that,” he said. “It’s not your standard that counts; it’s what goes across to the public.”He also said that the Bar’s banning of legal advice in ads is unconstitutional, since the U.S. Supreme Court has specifically held that advertisements can contain legal advice.Morales closed the meeting by saying the task force would meet again in July to discuss the testimony and other matters. The time and location of that meeting had not been set as this News went to press.The task force has already divided into subcommittees charged with reviewing various areas of the advertising regulations.Morales also said the panel will continue to welcome input, which can be submitted to Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, or e-mailed to [email protected] July 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Clippers enjoy a full complement at practice, at least

first_img“Guys missed games (96 collectively) but more importantly, even when the guys were playing, some of them couldn’t practice … that bothered me more than them missing a game. Like today, everybody practiced. If tomorrow everyone doesn’t play, not the best, but at least we got a practice in.”Less imperative, perhaps, but after Friday’s practice, Jackson and Morris also got in their introduction to the L.A. media.“Y’all gotta mic stand? It’s different out here. I love it,” said Morris, the 6-foot-8 former New York Knicks forward, as he stood before a collection of microphones after practice at the Honey Training Center – just a little more than five miles from the Lakers’ El Segundo training facility where his twin brother, Markieff, soon will be practicing if he signs with the Clippers’ crosstown rivals, as reports indicate he will.Marcus Morris joined the Clippers on the road for three games before the All-Star break after he was acquired in a three-team deal at the trade deadline.Jackson, after agreeing to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons and subsequently clearing waivers, joined the Clippers – and George, “probably my best friend in the league” – just this week. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Jackson said he and George have been dreaming of playing together for years, right up until it actually happened.“It’s been brought up since my first year in the league,” Jackson said of those conversations with George, the six-time All-Star forward for whom the Clippers traded this offseason in a sequence of moves that also netted Kawhi Leonard, precisely the result that was sought by both players.“He’s always been like ‘We’re going to play together,’ and we wanted to, was trying in Indy, (but) we ended up division rivals (on the Pistons and Indiana Pacers),“ Jackson said. “And I loved going against him – he has the head-to-head matchup (11-4, per basketballreference.com), so technically now I can’t catch him.“But it’s something that we’ve always talked about, so it felt surreal even hanging out after practice yesterday and leaving his house, telling him ‘I’ll see you in the morning.’ And then practice has just been awkward, but it’s been fun though.”Related Articles Like Jackson himself, Rivers said the ninth-year guard – who was averaging 27.2 minutes, 14.1 shots and 14.9 points per game this season in Detroit – won’t have issues handling reduced responsibilities and opportunities in L.A.“It’s funny, everyone talks about the ‘buy-in,’” Rivers said. “Listen, if you’re coming to a team that has championship aspirations, you’re not getting the same shots – and everybody knows that. It’s funny, when I read … such and such is averaging five points less – well, he should. He’s on a team with five better players, that’s the way it works.”What Rivers is focused on, he said, is the issues that Jackson’s presence will solve.“Lou (Williams) was doing too much ball-handling,” Rivers said. “And I thought it hurt his scoring. We want Lou to be a scorer. And because we didn’t have that extra guard, Lou was doing all the ball-handling duties and I thought that hurt him. Now, Lou can focus on what he really does well and Reggie can get it to him, and that’s good.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PLAYA VISTA — Everyone, old and new, was present and accounted for – and on the court – Thursday and Friday.Key cogs Paul George and Patrick Beverley joined newcomers Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson among the participants at practices Thursday and Friday, as the Clippers (37-18) prepare for the final 27-game regular-season push that begins with a Saturday matinee against the Sacramento Kings (22-33) at Staples Center.George and Beverley both are listed as “out” for Saturday, but George’s participation in practice was welcome considering he’s been battling an ailing left hamstring, which forced him from the Clippers’ game in Boston just before the All-Star break. Similarly, it was a boost to have Beverley on the practice floor, even though he will miss his fifth consecutive game (and eighth of the past 12) dealing with a nagging groin injury.“It’s game to game, but even if we can’t have healthy games, let’s have healthy practices,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s funny, I talked to about four or five coaches over the break, that was their big thing. People make a big deal about load management, what they’re missing is the load management of practice. It’s one thing that they can’t play in a game, but when you can’t play in a game or practice, that hurts. That was our first half of the year. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more