first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleWATCH: Highlights of Munster’s 30-5 win over CastresNext articleLimerick Boxers Sheehy & Casey are Belgian bound for international bouts Staff Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Email Linkedincenter_img NewsCrime & CourtScammers show no love in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 10, 2018 1296 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Advertisement GARDAI are warning of a “romance scam” that has hit Limerick in recent weeks.Crime Prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said the scammer pretends to be interested in a romantic relationship with somebody they intend to defraud.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It usually takes place on online dating websites, but these scammers can often use social media or email to make contact too.“If you believe that you have been targeted, you should stop all contact and, if possible, keep all communication and any other evidence that could help identify the fraudster.“You should then report the events to your local Garda Station and the site where the scammer first established contact. Let them know the scammer’s profile name and any other details that could help prevent others being scammed”. TAGSCrimelimerickscammers Printlast_img read more

first_img July 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Lubitz is ready to lead Lubitz is ready to lead New State Courts Administrator is up to speed Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor Filling the shoes of former State Courts Administrator Ken Palmer, who died last April after a battle with cancer, is not an enviable task. Palmer was one of the longest-serving state administrators in the nation, was responsible for innovative programs that helped keep Florida’s judicial system a model for the rest of the country, and he was respected and admired by the state’s entire judicial system.But, Robin Lubitz hopes he’s up for the task.Lubitz began work this January as the new State Courts Administrator, and he’s looking toward the future. After visits to circuits across the state, Lubitz is quickly learning the ropes.“I’m very pleased that Rob has taken substantial initiative in reviewing the work of the office of court administration, and in his efforts to go around the state and meet our judges,” said Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells. “The work of the office of court administration is essential to the administration of the trial courts, and I think Rob is off to a wonderful start in building relationships with trial judges.”Lubitz’s excitement is rooted in a reverence of the system.“In my opinion, Florida’s court system is one of, if not the premier court system in the country,” he said. “Those in Florida probably do not realize what a great reputation it has outside, nationally. I know when I was in North Carolina, when we looked for ways to improve our system, for example, to improve our court education program, to implement family court, to put in performance accountability standards, or to provide more access to pro se litigants, we continually ended up looking at Florida. It’s been at the forefront, I think, of excellence and innovation.”Lubitz doesn’t grant that kind of praise lightly. Having worked in the court systems of both Pennsylvania, which was a totally decentralized system, and North Carolina, in which almost all budgeting and decision-making is done through a central organization, Lubitz has experience in a wide range of court operations. He hopes his experience in such vastly different systems will help him handle Florida’s hybrid mix.“I’ve been involved in the courts one way or another my entire career,” he said, “but I didn’t move up purely through the court administration ladder.”His first foray into the courts system came through his work as a court programs analyst in Philadelphia. Then, in the late 1970s, he was hired as the associate director of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, where he was involved in a total overhaul of sentencing and corrections in the state.After 11 years in that position, Lubitz was hired to head North Carolina’s newly formed Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission, which was designed to correct the state’s serious sentencing disparities. For his work revitalizing the system, North Carolina was awarded the “Innovations in American Government” award from the Ford Foundation, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Council for Excellence in Government — an accomplishment he is still very proud of.“In North Carolina in the early ’90s, it was a system that was totally broken. It was primarily where a judge would impose a sentence, and that sentence was absolutely meaningless because of prison overcrowding and other problems,” he said. “Offenders were just being released after serving as low as 15 percent of their sentence, and in some cases, they were out in as little as one or two weeks after the judge imposed sentence. It was a system where everybody was pointing fingers and blaming each other for the problem.”Most recently, Lubitz served as chief deputy for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, helping to manage a court system with more than 5,000 employees and a budget in excess of $360 million.“Perhaps the most impressive thing were the people in North Carolina who had such a high opinion of Rob Lubitz, and his work there and his integrity” said incoming Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead. “We found that when we talked to justices, both active and retired, who had known him and his work as deputy court administrator, they were just uniform in their high praise.”And, just as Lubitz overcame challenges in North Carolina, he plans to overcome the next major challenge to Florida’s court system: Revision 7.Passed by the legislature in 1998, Revision 7 to Article V of the state constitution will transfer the bulk of the state courts system’s operating costs from the counties to the state by July 1, 2004. The cost of funding the system per year is estimated as much as $500 million, not including the costs associated with public defenders, state attorneys, court-appointed counsel, and clerks of the court offices.“I don’t think people in the legal community realize at this point how important this is, and what the stakes are for our court system,” Lubitz said. “I think it will be the major defining event for the courts in modern history. Like any major change, there are potential benefits and a potential downside.”While the potential downside — that the courts may not be adequately funded — is apparent, the potential benefits may not be so easily recognizable.“The issue as we move to state funding is that an awful lot of funding of the courts is now county funded,” he said. “Many of the innovative programs — many of the programs that help citizens get to the courtroom, the programs that are more problem-solving, family court, a lot of the innovative things working with children — are county funded. The key thing that we want to make sure is that those programs are continued.”Some may argue those aren’t “essential” court programs, and OSCA should focus solely on securing funding for the day-to-day operation of the courts. But, Lubitz said, it’s those programs that put Florida at the forefront and allow the courts to provide services to the public not found in other states.“There are also other potential positives, depending on how we approach Revision 7,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for us to really define how we want our courts to work and to take a more unified perspective as a single, independent branch of government, instead of a collection of these 20 different groups.“I think it’s an opportunity for us to speak with one voice. One of the things in the work we’re doing is we’re learning that although each of our circuits do the same things, we all do them differently.”Another potential benefit, he said, is that by identifying best practices, circuits can exchange ideas about the most efficient and economically sound practices. And, circuits or counties that have historically been underfunded may be provided more resources.Though it’s possible, Lubitz thinks the worst case scenario — inadequately funded Florida courts — is not a likely situation.“If we were to see significant deficits of funding, and I’m not suggesting we will, that could affect civil trials. Alabama has actually suspended all jury civil trials for five or six months. I’m not suggesting that would happen here, but, obviously, processing the cases is dependent on funding, and with inadequate funding you would have slow-down in the case processing in criminal and civil, you would have the business community upset about the time delays in getting resolution of issues, you would then have the public more frustrated, and one of the things we want to do is improve public confidence in our court system. I think it could hurt in many ways,” he said. “I think that’s the worst case scenario, and I don’t think that will be the case.”While he has many plans for Florida’s courts, Revision 7 will take center stage for the next few years.“It kind of swamps over all the other things,” he said. “But, I think tied to that is our continuing striving to improve public confidence in the courts — our major underlying challenge. We need to do that by continuing to improve the efficiency of the courts, access to the public, how we treat the public — we treat them in ways so that they understand what’s taking place with levels of politeness and courtesy, and that we educate the public about what the courts do, why we do it, and the importance of the independence of the judiciary.”Probably more so than anyone, Lubitz recognizes that he’s come in on the firing line, but he’s keeping a sense of humor and an open mind.“I guess that comes with the territory,” he mused. “I knew that we were moving toward this change, but I don’t think I realized the enormity of it or the complexity of it until I actually got here and realized all it’s about. But, again, it’s an opportunity and I think we have to look at it as an opportunity. We need to do what we possibly can do to make the best of it.”last_img read more

first_imgJustin Gatlin clocked 9.83secs in the opening round of the 100m heats to show world champion Usain Bolt the threat he carries ahead of Sunday’s showpiece final in Beijing.With a tailwind of 2.1 m/s, Gatlin won the sixth heat with Jamaica’s Bolt advancing by winning heat seven courtesy of a 9.96 time that he seemed to run in second gear.The anticipated duel between the pair has been dubbed a ‘battle for the soul of athletics’.The sport has serious questions to answer regardless of whether the Jamaican or American national anthem rings out in China – many would view a Gatlin triumph as catastrophic.Gatlin, who has served two drugs bans, came out on the offensive this week. Justin Gatlin the form horse but don’t write off Usain Bolt – Maurice Greene Galin’s time was the best of the heats at the Bird’s Nest stadium.Gatlin, American Trayvon Bromell (9.91), France’s Jimmy Vicaut (9.92) and Asafa Powell (9.95) were all ahead of Bolt, who has been struggling for full fitness due to joint pain. The semi-finals and final take place on Sunday. “It was okay,” said the 29-year-old Jamaican Bolt. “The execution was okay too. I still have some adjustments, just have to concentrate on my technique now. “”I know Gatlin was running very easy but that is how it is. I am not worried, I want to get faster in the semi-final and get something more in the final.” Gatlin was greeted by some boos ahead of his heat, but seemed to be in good company.The semi-finals and final take place on Sunday. CLICK TO READ: Top 5 heads-to-heads to look for at World Championships– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more