Rates hike scare for retailers

first_imgPrint A REVALUATION of commercial rates in Limerick city could see some retailers paying more, depending on the location of their business and its rentable value.Despite a dramatic fall in rents, this will not necessarily translate into a reduction in rates, as some property owners will have to make up the deficit, from those whose rates are lowered or who cannot pay.The Limerick Post has learned that under the national programme to revalue all commercial property, work began on valuing Limerick properties in March of this year.However, a local ratepayer highlighted that people in upward-only lease reviews, who cannot renegotiate their rates’ could be penalised further.“There will also be no incentive to maintain or do up properties as this will be reflected in an increase in rent”, said the ratepayer.The new system will see the rentable value of the property multiplied by the annual rate on valuation (ARV), as set by the local authority, based on the revenue it needs to raise for the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Conceding that there will be winners and losers in the process, Patrick Conroy of the Valuation Office, speaking to the Limerick Post ahead of a presentation given at the National Franchise Centre this Wednesday said:“The aim is to redistribute the burden to achieve more equity and fairness by capturing the market at the most appropriate valuation date.“The rental of a property is already based on the success and footfall in the area in which it’s located, and now rates will be on the same basis. If one street falls off in value the rates will fall, whereas there will be an increase on busy streets.“We don’t just make it up – all the details we collect from businesses will go to our market analysis unit”.He stressed that the local authority will gain no increase in revenue.“What they are entitled to collect has been capped and will remain the same”.Meanwhile, Siobhan Murphy of GVA Donal O’Buachalla property consultants who deal in valuations said that some ratepayers could face an increase of up to 100%.“People might be expecting a reduction in rates but in reality they could be making up for a decrease granted for others,” she told the Limerick Post.Explaining that with the council having to collect a fixed amount, there could be a ‘buffer’ of up to 20% involved to allow for non-collection, Ms Murphy added:“It’s early to tell what the effects will be as only three out of 88 areas have had the new multipliers applied to date, despite the revaluation being ordered in 2005”.In the completed areas of Fingal, Dun Laoghaire and South Dublin the local authority multiplier ranged from 0.15 to 0.17, based on a 2005 valuation. It is expected this will be higher in Limerick due to a more dramatic decrease in rents .“Ratepayers will have just 28 days to submit representations. if unhappy with the new valuation certificate,” said Ms Murphy.An amendment bill is currently in place to hurry up the process and, should this be passed, will mean the removal of the right to internal appeal.A right to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal will remain and final valuation certificates will be issued in early December 2014 with the new valuation list coming into effect from January 1, 2015. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsRates hike scare for retailersBy admin – July 19, 2012 717 WhatsApp Previous articleKevin rises to big time in Dark KnightNext articleLimerick honeymooners ditch Mauritius as venue admincenter_img Linkedin Facebook Email Twitterlast_img read more

Drug abusing soldiers could be given rehab

first_img Previous Article Next Article Drug abusing soldiers could be given rehabOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The Ministry of Defence is considering introducing rehabilitation coursesfor soldiers testing positive for drug use. MoD spokeswoman Sarah Hayward stressed that the scheme is only a proposal atthis stage and if adopted would only be used in exceptional circumstances. She said it was not currently the role of the forces to providerehabilitation and that having regular drug users in the army is unacceptable.”We are not a rehabilitation unit,” she added. Last year 668 soldiers tested positive for drug use – up from 540 in 2000,but the MoD claims one of the reasons for the increase is that the number oftests carried out has increased. Testing is compulsory but units are not aware of when they are to be tested.Hayward said current soldiers who test positive for drugs can be retained inthe services, providing it is their first such offence and they are supportedby their commanding officer. The offending soldier must also be young, new totheir career, under the rank of Lance Corporal and the substance being abusedmust not be a Class A drug. Hayward said because of these strict controls only 7 per cent of soldiers whotest positive for the first time are retained. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Foundation seeks Medal of Honor award nominations

first_img Foundation seeks Medal of Honor award nominations The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Medal of Honor Awards.The Foundation has two categories for the medal of honor award. A nominee for the first category must be a member of The Florida Bar who has demonstrated dedication to the objectives of The Bar: “.. . to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.”Nominees in this first category also must be Florida residents who are actively engaged in a profession relative to the practice of law including, but not limited to, practicing lawyers, judges, or teachers in the legal field. Recent award recipients in this category are Tallahassee’s Martha W. Barnett, a former ABA president, Patrick G. Emmanuel of Pensacola and former Florida Bar president, and North Miami Beach attorney and former Florida Bar and Foundation president Burton Young. Last year’s award was presented to Robert M. Ervin for his dedication to improving the administration of justice throughout a career of exemplary public and professional service as a lawyer and a leader in the creation and development of institutions and activities that continue today to advance the interests of the public and the legal profession.Nominees are also being solicited in a second medal of honor award category. This category recognizes the achievement of nonlawyers, or lawyers not actively engaged in the practice of law. Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of such character and quality that, in the judgment of the Foundation, warrant the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation.Nominees in the second category also must be Florida residents and may be members of The Florida Bar. Recent recipients in this category are: John B. Orr, Jr. (posthumously) for his courageous stand against a package of bills filed in the 1956 Florida Legislature’s special session whose purpose was to perpetuate school segregation, paralegal Raul G. Barrera for his leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice by bringing truth to the ideal of equal justice under the law for migrant farmworkers, and Lois Thacker Graessle, of Jacksonville, for a lifetime of dedicated and selfless volunteer service in the pursuit of justice.The medal of honor awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar annual meeting on June 24, 2004, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton.Nominations should list the specific achievements which would qualify an individual to receive a medal of honor and also should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. Nomination forms are available from the Foundation or can be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site (www.flabarfndn.org) under the “What’s New” section. Nominations should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, Post Office Box 1553, Orlando, Florida 32802-1553, (800) 541-2195, (407) 843-0045. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287 or sent via e-mail to [email protected] The deadline for nominations is February 18. January 15, 2004 Regular News Foundation seeks Medal of Honor award nominationslast_img read more

No. 7 women’s soccer knocks off top-ranked Stanford

first_imgJuliette Pisani | Daily TrojanTimber! · Senior midfielder Morgan Andrews (left) scored twice as the Trojans upset No. 1 Stanford to keep their win streak alive.The women’s soccer team welcomed the nation’s top team to McAlister Field on Thursday, as No. 1 Stanford came to Los Angeles looking to snap the Women of Troy’s nine-game win streak. A perfect month of September (7-0) catapulted USC to No. 7 in the NSCAA Coaches poll, and the squad kept rolling against the Cardinal, earning its 10th win on the trot and setting a new program record in a 3-0 victory.The Women of Troy were adventurous from the start of the match, but they struggled to establish sustained periods of possession. The Stanford midfield dictated the game in the opening minutes with an aggressive, high line, pressing USC into numerous turnovers.“We didn’t hold the ball in some moments and our composure in some moments wasn’t great, but these are the games that help you measure where you really want to be at the end of the year,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “This is a good barometer: We now know we can play them and what we have to do to improve in games like this.”But despite several Cardinal opportunities in the first 20 minutes, the Trojan defense held firm, and USC began to find its footing as the half progressed. It didn’t take long for the Women of Troy to click into their familiar tempo and find the breakthrough.Senior midfielder Mandy Freeman controlled the ball in the center of the park in the 28th minute and performed almost a full pirouette to roll her marker. Freeman set Morgan Andrews free in the penalty area, and the senior roofed a left-footed shot to put the Cardinal behind for the first time this season, continuing the Women of Troy’s penchant for scoring in spectacular fashion this year.Another highlight-reel goal followed in the second half, when sophomore Leah Pruitt sprung a Trojan counterattack in the 56th minute. She passed to redshirt junior Alex Anthony in midfield, and the forward noticed Stanford keeper Alison Jahansouz straying from her net. Anthony was closer to the halfway line than the goal line when she lifted a shot over Jahansouz to double USC’s lead.“I saw their backline sort of drop off me, which gave me space to turn, and then once I turned and looked up, I saw the keeper was close to 18 yards off her line,” Anthony said. “I saw an open net … so I shot.”The second half played out much like the first did: The Cardinal doggedly pursued their first goal, and the Women of Troy turned them away while looking to quickly flip the field.  The Trojan game plan worked to perfection, and Andrews notched her second goal with a tap-in in the 78th minute to put the result beyond doubt. Junior Sydney Sladek cut diagonally into the Cardinal box and passed across the keeper, setting Andrews up with an open net.After a resounding win over the nation’s top dog, McAlpine was confident the Women of Troy were ready to entrench themselves among college soccer’s elite. He said Thursday’s victory solidified the program’s respect but also stressed that the team now had to learn to play “as a frontrunner and not as an underdog.”Anthony agreed and credited her coach for USC’s current position.“It’s a huge testament to what Keidane has done for this program,” she said. “I think we’re back on the soccer scene for sure, and we’re going to start getting the recognition I think the team deserves.”But McAlpine was keen to ensure the squad didn’t get ahead of itself, saying there was still work to be done with No. 14 Cal visiting McAlister Field on Sunday. But there is no denying their recent success, and the Women of Troy are brimming with confidence.“I think every team thinks they’re the best team in the country,” Anthony said, “and I would not say any differently about us. [This win] is a very exciting stepping stone, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season has to offer.”last_img read more