Busy bank holiday in Boher

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin THE village of Boher was buzzing over the June bank holiday, with the local community development association organising a series of events across a busy weekend.The festivities began on Friday May 31 with the opening of the refurbished community centre by Carmel Fox, CEO of Ballyhoura Development, with the blessing of Murroe parish priest Canon Tom Ryan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking at the opening, Ms Fox said: “Boher Community Development Association and this current project is an example to other communities of how a key project can be developed in an area through a combination of a strong structure in the Development Association and through community support in terms of fundraising.“I am delighted to see that the centre is now in full use. I wish Boher Community Development Association and its members and the wider community in Boher continued success with the community centre.”The reopening of the community centre preceded a celebration of the 40-year anniversary of Boher’s 1973 junior county hurling success, with the players, management and officer involved being commemorated.On Saturday June 1, more than 130 people took part in a 33km cycle to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation in memory of Ciara McCarthy, with funds in excess of €5,000 pledged to this worthy cause.The festivities concluded on Sunday 2 with the annual family fun day at Boher GAA pitch. Activities such as the fancy dress competition, obstacle race and tug of war proved very popular with the large crowd that had gathered to cap an enjoyable weekend in the community of Boher. Email WhatsApp Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Previous articlePig ‘n’ Porter returns to LimerickNext articleOut & About – Hermitage Green Gig at Dolans Limerick Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible NewsCommunityBusy bank holiday in BoherBy Liam Togher – June 13, 2013 746 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSBoherCommunity Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown Could Alfie be the new Nose of Tralee?last_img read more

Court system survives both political and natural storms

first_img Court system survives both political and natural storms Chief warns the courts still face many challenges, including political attacks on judicial independence Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Storms — both political and natural — rocked Florida’s court system in the past year, but the judicial system survived the onslaughts and is stronger than ever.Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente brought that message in her state of the judiciary address at the Judicial Luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting last month. But she also warned the court system still faces many challenges, including political attacks on judicial independence.Primary in the court’s accomplishments was seeing that adequate funding for the courts was provided by the legislature as it carried out Revision 7 to Article V. That 1998 constitutional amendment mandated that the state take over more funding of the trial courts from the counties by July 1, 2004.“The courts of Florida were open on July 1, 2004, to the citizens of our state,” Pariente said. “It was no mean feat.”Revision 7 meant the state courts tripled the number of employees on the payroll and doubled the state’s budget support for the trial courts, she said. The smooth transition, she said, was due to work by her two predecessors as chief justice, Justices Harry Lee Anstead and Charles Wells, the Trial Court Budget Commission, and key legislators.The result was citizens saw no change in court services and some parts of the state, notably smaller counties where local court funding has been tight, actually saw services improve. And that, the chief justice said, is a goal of Revision 7.“The ability to deliver justice should not depend on what part of the state someone lives in,” she said. “Someday we will be able to fill the promise for Revision 7, which is equal justice for all Floridians.”But while the courts weathered the tempests of Revision 7 without a hitch, they weren’t so lucky with the four hurricanes that battered the state last summer. Every court in the state was closed at least one day, Pariente said, either as a precaution as storms approached or in the aftermath to deal with damage.Judges and court staff responded magnificently, she said, working in makeshift facilities and often without air-conditioning or even electricity to keep courts running.The lessons will be incorporated in a statewide emergency plan for the courts, Pariente said, which has been underway since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Politically, the courts faced several challenges, including a general attack on the judiciary.“We must acknowledge the growing, insidious attacks nationwide on judicial independence,” the chief justice said. She added the typical tactic is for those who don’t like a particular court ruling to accuse the judge or judges of judicial activism, and reached a peak with the Terri Schiavo case. But the courts have responded.“The judicial branch from the U.S. Supreme Court all the way down to the bench in Pinellas County [where the Schiavo case originated], refused to let the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers and checks and balances be undermined. I am proud of every single judge who honored their oath of office,” Pariente said.She noted that immediate past Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, just prior to Pariente’s speech, presented Sixth Circuit Judge George Greer, who presided over the Schiavo case, with a special president’s award for his courage. (Greer was given a standing ovation by those at the lunch.)“What we honor in Judge Greer is not whether we agreed with Judge Greer’s decision or disagreed. What we honor is that Judge Greer remained steadfast even in the face of protests, attacks, and death threats and made decisions based on his conscientious assessment of the law, as passed by the legislature. . . , the facts as litigated over a several year period, and controlling precedent,” Pariente said.She also praised Johnson’s creation of the Bar’s Judicial Independence Committee to help in educating the public and defending the judiciary.The Supreme Court has held judicial institutes to educate business and legislative leaders about the importance of the court system and a fair and independent judiciary, she said. And although there were attempts in the state legislature to reduce or remove the Supreme Court’s authority to write procedural rules, those were defeated.Pariente attributed that and other successes to the leadership of House Speaker Allan Bense, R-Panama City, and Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon.The Supreme Court asked for 110 new judges earlier this year, and “this year the legislature funded 55 new judges, just about half of what the court recommended, but with a promise. . . an unofficial promise, of an additional 55 judges in the coming year,” Pariente said.Even though that was not the full certification, the 55 new judges, who will come on board by early next year, “are the single largest single increase in judges since Article V was created in 1973,” she said. “It will go a long way to alleviate the emergency our trial courts face in keeping their dockets current.”While grateful for the new judges, Pariente said the courts could not be satisfied with the “openly political” decision not to fund any of the requested new circuit and county judges in the 20th circuit, which resulted from a dispute between Senate and House officials. “I hope that will be corrected next year,” she added.The chief justice said she has several goals for the remaining year of her term. One is to continue to push for the creation of unified family courts throughout the state, which can handle all parts of a family’s legal problems from divorce through delinquency.“We can help ensure that the family and the child do not become repeat customers of the legal system by having escalating legal problems which destroy their lives and those of others,” Pariente said. “I remain committed to the unified family court. . . and I hope by the end of my term I can report that all circuits are on board.”The courts have also embarked on a system-wide pay and classification study due to the difficulty in retaining well-qualified employees because of low pay. “We must continue to agitate for pay commensurate with our employees’ excellent abilities,” she said.And the courts are in need of technological improvements that will enable judges and staff to electronically access information in other state computers. “That may not have a whole lot of sex appeal, but statewide we are in dire need of an integrated information system for the courts,” Pariente said. “It is unacceptable that a judge cannot access all the information the state has in its computers because they cannot talk to each other.”The legislature this year funded the judicial inquiry system, which will be linking judges to that information, she said. It is being implemented by the Article V Technology Board, headed by Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles Francis.Pariente said she nicknamed the project “Charlie’s baby” in Francis’ honor, adding, “If you want to know anything about how [the computers] are going to end up talking with each other, ask Charlie. That’s what I do.”“In concluding, our justice system is in good health,” the chief justice said. “I’ve never been prouder of the justice system and our attorneys of Florida who make it strong. I consider myself fortunate to be one of you, because the rights that we protect every day under the rule of law are not the rights of judges, not the rights of attorneys, but they are the rights of all Floridians and the rights of American people. We, all of us, are merely the guardians of those sacred rights, protecting and defending the Constitution, and preserving the rule of law.” July 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Court system survives both political and natural stormslast_img read more

Alex Trebek, Longtime Host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ Dies at 80

first_img– Advertisement – Otherwise he was a steady and predictable host — a no-nonsense presence, efficient in his role.A full obituary will be published shortly. Mr. Trebek had announced in a video on March 6, 2019, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that week. He said that like many others with the disease, he had no symptoms until it had spread throughout his body. He delivered the news from the show’s set, wearing, as usual, a bandbox fresh suit and tie as he spoke straight to the camera without sentiment or histrionics.As a host, Mr. Trebek was the essence of durability. In the decades that he captained “Jeopardy!” more than 400 other game shows came and went. “Jeopardy!” endured, with millions of Americans organizing their weeknights around the highbrow program, shouting out the questions to their televisions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.One of the chief appeals of the show, apart from its intellectual challenge, was its consistency. Over the years, its format stayed almost the same, as did Mr. Trebek, though he trimmed back his bushy head of hair, grew grayer and occasionally sported a mustache, beard or goatee. – Advertisement – Alex Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for a record-setting 36 years and who brought an authoritative and unflappable persona to the quiz show’s peculiar conceit, in which answers are delivered in the form of a question, died on Sunday. He was 80.The death was confirmed by the show’s producers on Twitter. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Roseau MP describes Prime Minister’s remarks as ‘shameful’

first_imgLocalNews Roseau MP describes Prime Minister’s remarks as ‘shameful’ by: – July 20, 2012 12 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Senator, Norris Prevost (file photo).Member of Parliament for the Roseau Central constituency and Opposition senator, Norris Prevost, has described part of the Prime Minister’s opening speech during his budget presentation which criticized opposition members, as “shameful”.On Tuesday, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit presented budgetary estimates amounting to four hundred and forty million, three hundred and thirty seven thousand, six hundred and twenty eighty thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$437.628.018), for the financial year 2012/2013 to Parliament.During that presentation, he chastised the United Workers Party (UWP), for being “asleep” for over two years and not contributing to Parliamentary debates while the country faced trying economic challenges.Mr. Skerrit said Dominica is the “only country for which no record of opposition participation in the economic debate can be found”.He said further; “For two and a half years they slept, while the country navigated its way through turbulent economic waters and this past week, they got their voices back by trumpeting the same rhetoric of 2009. It would seem that since this crisis started they never read a book; never reviewed a file; never paid attention to what was going on around them in the region and the world”. Norris Prevost, during his response to the budget on Wednesday, noted that these shameful comments should not have been part of the Prime Minister’s address.“It is shameful for a prime minister, in a budget address, to make those kinds of remarks about other people, whether they are members of Parliament or whether they are just ordinary Dominicans, Madam Speaker. And again he goes on to repeat those similar negative comments in his closing remarks and I don’t want to repeat them”. He said however, while the opposition members are being criticized for not “reading books”, this alone cannot solve the economic crisis which Dominica is faced with.“I would assume that the ministers of government have read many books and have reviewed many files in relation to the economic crisis that Dominica is facing and has been facing for the last ten years, twelve years, Madam Speaker? I assume that they have read many books and have read many files. However, the truth of the matter is that solutions do not come just from reading books”.The solution to the economic crisis, he explained, lies in the ability of ministers of government to analyze the books which they have read and applying it to Dominica’s situation.“Solutions to problems come from reading books, analyzing what is written, seeking to see how they apply to your present situation and then bringing the resources together to implement some of those potential solutions. Unfortunately, these seem to be the areas where the government has not been able to come up to speed; analyzing what is written in the books, seeking to see how they apply to Dominica’s economic problems and then applying some of those solutions to solving Dominica’s economic problems”.He therefore “commended” the ministers of government for reading books, but went a step further by advising them to heed the advice of their technocrats.“I still want to say to them that they need to listen to the advice of the very knowledgeable technocrats that we have in the public servants, who very often explain to them how we can implement many of those things in books to get solutions,” Prevost said. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more