Leon Silver, London I read the articles by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff and Adam Makepeace with interest (see  Gazette, 11 March, 12). I was formerly a sole practitioner for over 20 years, involved in mental health work all that time. I have been working with Duncan Lewis as a freelance consultant mental health solicitor for two years. Practitioners are not to blame for the increasing demands and constraints of legal aid practice. These are politically driven. All of us are trying in our different ways to make it work. I suggest that the issue we now need to press, following the transformation of the LSC into an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, is that pointed to by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. PAC chairman Edward Leigh MP noted that the LSC lacked the basic information about the costs and profitability of law firms which would enable it to know whether it had set its fees at an appropriate level. We cannot allow the MoJ to continue to operate in wilful ignorance of financial realities – and we need to make sure our legislators remain conscious of these, as well as of underlying legal, social and political imperatives.
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf GroupTuesday, November 8, Phoenix – StablefordWell into the high season now and with the threat of storms gone we experienced a full house today on the Mountain and Lake course, which is now getting back to its best after a very poor run of about 4 months of inferior conditions. At last we could say with confidence “no winter rules in place today.” Strange really when you think about it, it is now winter – best time of the year here. Today, with so many players, we divided the field into two flights with the split coming at 17 handicap.In A flight our winner was Albert Bruce with 39 points, with yours truly (Mike Gerrard) in second place with 38 points and John Stafford in third with 34.Tuesday’s winners pose with the staff at The Relax Bar.The B flight was won by Patrick Browne with 36 points, with Bob Neylon claiming second with 34 to push Derek Bannerman into third (on count back) also with 34.The winner of the KPK Food Services voucher went to Patrick Browne (shown in the photo with his impish grin) with the KPK hat going to Albert Bruce as a consolation because he has not played enough times to qualify for the voucher. (Sadly I am not allowed to claim it either).We did place out 4 near pin markers, and unfortunately they were not returned by the last group, so we put the prizes into the lucky draw. This meant 7 lucky draw prizes much to the delight of the players who had not already won something. (Another little rule in our group – any major winners or near pin winners do not get entered into the lucky draw).Our hosts The Relax Bar (owner Ung and staff with their menu advert in photo) always donate two of the lucky draw prizes each week and along with the other 5 it did not leave many players without some sort of reward. Indeed everyone that returns to the presentation gets the first drink free out of the days takings, costed at a preferential rate by the bar owners.Next week we have our new sponsor, Nemo’s Music Lounge donating the 500 baht voucher for the best score and we will play a straight stableford.We start at 12.00 noon every Tuesday and Friday and anyone wishing to join us, please contact me on 087 091 7565 to find out if there is space available. It is preferred by the group that anyone wishing to play should be reasonably proficient and hold a current official handicap.Our fishing section is also very busy now with the next two trips full. The next available dates are the 10th and 24th of December, and thereafter the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
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Ryan Connolly has rejoined Galway United for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign after spending a season with Shamrock Rovers.The midfield playmaker spent three seasons on Corribside, where he played a key role for the club, making 96 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the process.The Mayo man was voted on the First Division Team of the Year in his first season at Eamonn Deacy Park, he was also voted Galway United Player of the Year in 2014 when the Tribesmen won promotion to the Premier Division and he captained the club in 2016.Connolly made 31 appearances for the Hoops last season, scoring one goal against Bluebell United in the FAI Cup.United boss Shane Keegan moved quickly to secure the services of the cultured midfielder, who he believes played his best football in the maroon of Galway United.“It’s a real coup to get Ryan,” Keegan explained to www.galwayunitedfc.ie.“It’s certainly one that is going to catch the eye because of the quality that he gives us.“The biggest compliment I can pay Ryan is how highly our players spoke about him last season. At times, they would point to the qualities Ryan has and that it might’ve been something that we were missing.“I’ve had very productive discussions with him and I hope he can get the most out of Galway United and that we can get the most out of him. He could be outstanding for us next season.“It’s a huge statement to get Ryan signed, there is no doubt that he could’ve remained in the Premier Division and while he did enjoy his time at Shamrock Rovers, I think he missed being back West and he enjoyed playing his football in Galway.”Connolly maintained close contact with members of United’s squad last season and he’s pleased to be returning to Eamonn Deacy Park.“I’ve been speaking to the lads throughout the season about Shane and they said he is brilliant in all aspects of the game and I’m really looking forward to working with him next season. I thought he was very good in the discussions I had with him.“My best years have been with Galway United. It’s where I’ve felt happiest playing football. I had offers from other clubs, but the main thing was coming back to where I felt happiest. I want to go back to enjoying my football. I felt Galway United was the best option for me.“Our aim and mindset will be to win the league. It’s going to be a competitive First Division. Our manager, players and coaching staff have to be geared towards winning the division and nothing less.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The Deficit for the Year after providing for interest costs and the depreciation of fixed assets is €601,379 (€261,248 before depreciation)Income for the year was €4,059,671 (down from €4,947,134 in 2018)Expenditure for the year was €4,320,919 (down from €4,573,303 in 2018)As of Oct 31st 2019, Galway County Board owe €1,712,037 to Central Council of the GAAThe total value of payments made to Kilbride Sand & Gravel Ltd for works undertaken at Tuam Stadium during the year ended Oct 31st 2019 is €348,897Fundraising Income down from €860,228 in 2018 to €144,743 in 2019County Teams Administration costs down from €1,842,231 in 2018 to €1,612,349 in 2019 Legal and Professional Fees UP from €20,399 in 2018 to €140,385 in 2019Club Gate Receipts, Commercial & Other Income UP from €1,049,189 in 2018 to €1,248,439 in 20192019 Club Hurling Gate Receipts (by Oct 31st)€590,9532019 Club Football Gate Receipts (by Oct 31st)€333,414print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway GAA End of Year Financial Report will be presented at a Meeting of Club Officers and Delegates tomorrow night at 8pm in the Claregalway Hotel. The Report will be presented by the County Treasurer Michael Burke and Representatives from DHKN Accountants and will provide clarification on the Accounts ahead of the County Convention next Monday night. Delegates will get a clearer picture of Galway GAA’s current financial plight, which includes a deficit for the year of over €260,000 and a continuing debt of just over €1.7 million owed to Central Council. There was a big drop of over €700,000 in fundraising income for the year and both Galway senior teams early championship exit meant Team Administration expenses were down €230,000 in total. Some of the key figures on the 2019 accounts being presented tomorrow night are:
ANTHONY KNOCKAERT took a leaf out of Philippe Coutinho’s book as he ducked down behind Brighton’s wall for a Christian Eriksen free kick.If you were thinking the Frenchman, 26, was sneaking out of the line of fire, you would be mistaken.6 Anthony Knockaert knelt down behind Brighton’s wall to stop Christian Eriksen driving a low free kickCredit: Rex Features6 Philippe Coutinho made a similar manoeuvre with Liverpool last seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesThe Dane – who has a wand of a right foot – has a knack of being able to hit the ball exactly where he wants it, either over or under a wall.And Brighton manager Chris Hughton drilled his players not to take any chances during the 1-1 draw.Knockaert drew the short straw as he crouched down side-on to the wall with one knee out in front and one under his body.The defensive manoeuvre copies that of Coutinho, who did the same last season during Liverpool’s game against Spurs.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfie6 Referee Kevin Friend reminded Knockaert over the laws of the game ahead of the free kickCredit: Rex Features6 Anthony Knockaert has been a key member of Brighton’s squad this seasonCredit: AFP or licensors6 Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead in the first halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty6 Brighton were able to smother the Tottenham free-kickCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdReferee Kevin Friend also had a word with the midfielder, but did not tell him he could not block the ball in a crouched-down position.The Seagulls’ tactic may have just done the job as well, as Eriksen, 26, laid the ball off to Harry Kane, who sent a lame effort at Maty Ryan.WINNING XI Aguero named in Team of the Year for the first time as De Bruyne and Salah get nodBrighton secured a much-needed point against high-flying Spurs at the Amex as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.Kane opened the scoring for the away side, before Pascal Gross equalised for the South Coast side from the spot.Brighton 1-1 Tottenham: Pascal Groß scores penalty moments after Harry Kane’s opener in great match at the AMEX
Families on the housing waiting list will be setting up their new homes in Gleann na Greine as the let is agreed on the Stranorlar local authority scheme.Twenty-one houses were built in the turnkey development at Gleann na Greine at Mullindrait – eighteen 3-bedroom houses and three 4-bedroom houses.The scheme was purchased under a €2.7 million investment from the government. The housing estate was built by a private developer and bought by the council. Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District Cllr Patrick McGowan has welcomed the new houses which were let to tenants today (Monday).He said: “Gleann na Greine is the first housing development in the Stranorlar Municipal District for a very long time and will help with rehousing those with the most need and longest in the waiting list.“I commend the Council housing staff for acquiring this turnkey development and appeal to Government to cut out a lot of the red tape and give the Council the funding and authority to build or buy more small schemes like this one.“I wish all the new tenants good health and happiness in their new homes,” said Cllr McGowan. Families move into 21 new homes in Stranorlar council scheme was last modified: November 12th, 2018 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) Tags:cllr patrick McGowanGleann na GreineMullindraitStranorlar
18 January 2012US-based Interactive Intelligence Group is to acquire some of the contact centre assets of its South African-based reseller, Atio, enabling it to set up a Johannesburg office serving the entire sub-Saharan African region.The transaction sees a new company, Interactive Intelligence South Africa, being set up that will employ about 40 former Atio staff in serving nearly 40 Atio-Interactive Intelligence customers located throughout sub-Saharan Africa.According to ITWeb, Interactive Intelligence, which offers an “all-in-one” contact centre platform, has agreed to pay R54-million in cash for Atio’s assets.The acquisition “lays a strong foundation for planned investments in the region that support our rapidly growing cloud-based communications-as-a-service business,” Interactive Intelligence CEO Don Brown said in a statement on Friday.The statement quoted Birgitta Cederstrom of consultancy Frost & Sullivan as saying that Africa was “increasingly popular as a preferred destination of contact centres … South Africa specifically has been a natural choice for contact centres due to its large and articulate English-speaking population and service-oriented business culture.“Another strength is its expanding broadband connectivity, thus ensuring that the latest unified communications and collaboration tools will run efficiently.”Brown said that Atio, which has been an Interactive Intelligence reseller since 2002, “has ranked among our top revenue-generating resellers of all partners throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa each year since it first began offering our solutions.“This successful track record, combined with a talented support and services team, mature infrastructure, and expertise in key industries such as financial services, telecommunications and government, makes Atio’s Interactive Intelligence business an ideal acquisition choice.”SAinfo reporter
The Top Boarding Schools of India identified on the grounds of Education, Excellence and Performance. The evaluation has been done on the basis of teacher welfare and development, competence of faculty, sports education, special needs education, co-curricular education, value for money, infrastructure provision, academic reputation, individual attention to students, leadership/management quality, parental involvement, internationalism, community service, life skills education and conflict management.The Next time you want to send your child to most sophisticated school, check the rankings below.The List has been divided into 3 categories of Boarding Schools:-Boarding Co-EdBoarding for GirlsBoarding for BoysHere is a look at how Boarding Schools have performed, as a guide for parents and school authorities on the basis of school performances. Boarding School Co – EdBoarding for Girls Boarding for Boys 1.Sahyadri School, PuneWelham Girls School, DehradunBishop Cotton School, Shimla2.Rishi Valley School, ChittoorMayo College Girls School, AjmerThe Doon School, Dehradun3.Lawrence School, SanawarScindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior & Unison World Scholl, DehradunThe Scindia School, Gwalior4.Rajghat Besant School, VaranasiEcole Globale International Girls School, DehradunMayo College, Ajmer5.The Assam Valley School, Balipara & Jain International Residential School, BangaloreAshok Hall Girls Residential School, RanikhetWelham Boys School, Dehradun6.Sri Sathya Sai Higher Sec. School, Prasanthi Nilayam, PuttaparthiVidya Devi Jindal School, HisarRashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun7.Sherwood College, NanitalMussoorie International School, MussoorieBirla Public School, Pilani8.New Era High School, PanchganiShah Satnam Ji Girls School, SirsaSarala Birla Academy, Bangaloreadvertisement9.Orchid International School, NashikMody School, Lakshmangarh, RajasthanSt. Joseph’s School, North Point, Darjeeling10.Lawrence School, Lovedale, OotyHopetown Girls School, Dehradun & Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, PilaniBirla Vidya Mandir, Nainital Ranking is done on the basis of School’s performance. This acts as a guide for parents and school authorities to level their performances.Ranking and Survey done by Education World Magazine