Heading for the cloud: solicitor leaves office to set up virtual firm

first_imgRob Bratby‘For some more traditional organisations there was perhaps a reluctance to agree to those alterative working patterns, but I think it’s going to be much harder raising those objections going forwards. There’s a business justification around costs but the other piece is around meeting staff expectations. Particularly for millennials, the ability to work wherever you have a laptop and a phone…is something that’s increasingly expected.’Plans to scale back office space are beginning to emerge. In September national firm Slater and Gordon will move out of its London premises, where 200 people currently work, and intends to find a smaller office for hosting meetings.Bratby also predicts a decline in ‘big-law’ as businesses deal with economic fallout of coronavirus. ‘There is pressure on budgets everywhere. People still want to get the best advice but they will want to be sure that it’s the best value,’ he said.‘Boutique law firms – if they don’t have an office and automate a lot of the back-end processes, with AI systems helping with practice management and billing – operate off a lower cost base. So you’re able to provide the same service at a lower cost. That’s a pretty compelling proposition.’A survey commissioned by national firm Winkworth Sherwood found that over 60% of UK employees who can work from home would be happy if their office remained closed indefinitely after lockdown measures are lifted. Meanwhile, 31% of HR decision makers said they intend to close or reduce their office space capacity. A former partner at international firm Arnold & Porter has set up a cloud-based law firm specialising in telecoms, as businesses scale back their physical premises in the wake of the pandemic. Bratby Law will have no permanent offices and will use cloud technology to operate remotely as far as possible. Providing legal, regulatory and transactional advice for the telecoms, digital and data sectors, the firm hopes to take advantage of changes in working behaviour caused by lockdown.Founder Rob Bratby said: ‘The lockdown has demonstrated that you can work and you can continue to serve clients in a world where people don’t physically go into the office and you don’t physically meet people.’ last_img read more

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Ravens-Raiders: Five predictions for Sunday

first_imgTed Marchibroda was their head coach, Eric Zeier their quarterback, and Bill Clinton was the president of the United States the last time the Ravens played a game without any of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, or Terrell Suggs on the field.Sunday will mark the first game since Oct. 11, 1998 that the Ravens will compete without any of the three greatest defensive players in franchise history, signaling a new era for a Baltimore defense that still possesses much talent. More importantly, Baltimore is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2005 after a disappointing showing in Denver last week. Since 1990, only 24 of 205 teams to begin a season 0-2 have made the playoffs.It’s time to go on the record as the Ravens play Oakland for the eighth time in the all-time regular-season series as they own a 6-1 record. Baltimore carries a 1-1 regular-season record in Oakland, but the Ravens won their only playoff game at O.co Coliseum in topping the Raiders in the 2000 AFC championship game. The Ravens have won four straight over the Raiders with their only loss coming in 2003.Here’s what to expect as the Ravens try to improve to 29-10 in games immediately following a loss under John Harbaugh, the second best mark in the NFL since 2008 …1. Steve Smith and Crockett Gillmore will catch touchdown passes against a banged-up Oakland secondary that won’t be up to the task. The Raiders pass defense isn’t very good anyway, but the unit will be without safety Nate Allen and fellow safety Charles Woodson’s status is in question with a shoulder injury. Oakland cornerbacks won’t be able to hang with Smith, who will use a double move to catch a long touchdown. Gillmore will split the safeties down the seam to catch a touchdown on the same route we saw in the third preseason game before the score was negated by a penalty. It won’t be a record-setting day for the passing game, but Joe Flacco and his pass-catchers will make progress.2. The Baltimore offensive line will provide more room in the running game, but pass protection will remain a concern. This unit can’t be any worse than it was last week, and they’ll pave the way for 100-plus rushing yards. But the absence of left tackle Eugene Monroe will still present a problem as James Hurst will be overmatched against the likes of Justin Tuck, Khalil Mack, and Aldon Smith coming off the edge. Unlike last week, Marc Trestman will use more max protect to help Hurst — or right tackle Rick Wagner — and to avoid Flacco being pressured on every two of three snaps like last week. However, the Raiders will still harass Flacco too often and will sack him three times.3. Jason Babin will collect a sack in his debut with the Ravens. It will be fascinating to see how Dean Pees goes about replacing Suggs’ snaps and production, but the 35-year-old Babin is in good shape and will get on the board early with a quarterback takedown in the first half. The biggest overall concern will be how an increased workload impacts Elvis Dumervil, who has been terrific as a situational player but isn’t as effective against the run as Suggs. The front seven is too good against the run to allow the Raiders to exploit the transition on Sunday, but creativity will be a must to maintain an effective pass rush and to set the edge, the latter being an underrated part of Suggs’ weekly contributions.4. Derek Carr will find Michael Crabtree for a touchdown pass, but the Raiders quarterback will struggle to consistently move the ball. The Baltimore secondary was quite impressive a week ago, but I’m not convinced that their problems from 2014 are long gone either and Oakland will find some gaps in the pass defense from time to time despite little room to run. Rookie Amari Cooper has all the tools to be an impact receiver, but Crabtree also has something to prove this year after lukewarm interest from teams in free agency. He’ll slip by veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb in the red zone for Oakland’s only touchdown of the afternoon.5. The Ravens will make more plays to maintain control in a 24-16 win over the Raiders. Oakland has more talent at the top end of its roster than it’s had in quite a while, but Baltimore is a much better football team. That being said, the Ravens rarely dominate on the road and own a total of three wins by more than one possession away from M&T Bank Stadium over the previous three seasons. The Ravens offense will be better, but they have a lot of work to do to become the kind of unit that can dominate a team on the road. The Ravens will lead the entire way, but the offense will lack the consistency to pull away as some fans will grumble about an underwhelming win.last_img read more

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Closer Melancon quiet exclamation point for Pirates

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The greatest season by a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever began with doubt.About Mark Melancon’s command. About the state of his right arm. About his ability to close the door.Standing in a quiet clubhouse on April 21 following a 9-8 loss to the Cubs — a game in which Chicago tagged Melancon for three runs in the ninth — Melancon calmly answered every question with the confidence of a man whose belief in himself wasn’t shaken even as his ERA ballooned to 8.53.When pressed on if he was concerned about a fastball that was only topping out at 90 mph — a tick below his career average in the 92-93 range — Melancon’s voice betrayed a hint of the edge his teammates have known about for years.“What is the drop in velocity?” Melancon asked. “I don’t pay attention to that. I’m worried about results.”Six months later, the questions are all gone.That shaky inning against the Cubs marked the launch point for one of the best summers by a closer ever. Melancon converted his next 35 opportunities on his way to a major league-high 51 saves, a club record for a franchise that dates to the Chester A. Arthur administration.That total includes one of the defining moments of Pittsburgh’s 98-win season. Facing the Cubs against at Wrigley Field on Sept. 25, Melancon came on in the ninth to protect a two-run lead and boost Pittsburgh’s lead over Chicago for the top spot in the NL wild-card race.A double and a triple put the tying run at third with one out. Nine pitches later, the normally reserved Melancon tossed his hat into the air in triumph after striking out Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.“Every pitch he threw was right where he wanted to put it in a very heavy situation,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.Even if Melancon doesn’t exactly do it like some of his brethren. In a position filled with guys whose arms might as well be lightning bolts with ligaments, Melancon’s stuff is far less overwhelming. His fastball average of 91.3 was a career low, a full five mph lower than the two guys who followed him on the saves list, St. Louis’ Trevor Rosenthal and Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets.And yet it hardly mattered. Opponents hit just .207 off Melancon, who was more exclamation point than question mark at the back end of one of baseball’s best bullpens — thanks to a cutter and a breaking ball that spends most of their time from his glove to home plate in a straight line only to veer off at the last moment.“The curveball never gets there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s been outstanding. I’ve seen him good in the past, but he seems to be healthy right now. He’s good. He’s really good.”Something the Pirates have known from the moment they acquired him from Boston as part of a trade that sent hard-throwing closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox. Melancon made the All-Star team in 2013 as a setup guy for Jason Grilli before moving to back end when Grilli struggled early in 2014.The speakers at PNC Park blast AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” whenever Melancon jogs to the mound, but it’s a bit of aural misdirection. Melancon beats hitters with brains more than bombast.“When you can locate the ball, you don’t have to do all those other things that some of that elite group does,” Hurdle said.It’s what enabled Melancon to make Soler and Baez look foolish while waving at pitches that never really threatened the strike zone. It was by design. While he’s a workout marvel — take a look at his neck when you get a chance — Melancon’s greatest trait may be the meticulous way he goes over a scouting report.“He’s the most prepared guy I’ve ever seen,” said teammate Tony Watson, an All-Star himself while working the eighth inning in front of Melancon. “He knows what his strengths are and he absolutely knows what the hitter’s weaknesses are. He knows who is going to pinch-hit, who is coming off the bench, who might pinch-run, defensive situations that are going and he pitches to that.”Melancon’s steadiness is perhaps the biggest reason Pittsburgh posted a major league-high 36 wins in 53 one-run games, a quality that tends to pay dividends in October. He is one of only 10 players to reach 50 saves in a season. In other markets, that might make him a superstar. Not in Pittsburgh, which suits Melancon just fine.Besides, all he really cares about is how it plays in the clubhouse, where the 30-year-old is part of the mortar for a team with the second-most wins in the majors since 2013.“Sometimes people think that firing 98-99 is the only thing that matters but it’s not,” said Joakim Soria, who had 43 saves for Detroit in 2010 and came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. “At the end, 50 saves is 50 saves no matter where you do it. What he’s done this season is amazing.”,PITTSBURGH (AP) — The greatest season by a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever began with doubt.About Mark Melancon’s command. About the state of his right arm. About his ability to close the door.Standing in a quiet clubhouse on April 21 following a 9-8 loss to the Cubs — a game in which Chicago tagged Melancon for three runs in the ninth — Melancon calmly answered every question with the confidence of a man whose belief in himself wasn’t shaken even as his ERA ballooned to 8.53.When pressed on if he was concerned about a fastball that was only topping out at 90 mph — a tick below his career average in the 92-93 range — Melancon’s voice betrayed a hint of the edge his teammates have known about for years.“What is the drop in velocity?” Melancon asked. “I don’t pay attention to that. I’m worried about results.”Six months later, the questions are all gone.That shaky inning against the Cubs marked the launch point for one of the best summers by a closer ever. Melancon converted his next 35 opportunities on his way to a major league-high 51 saves, a club record for a franchise that dates to the Chester A. Arthur administration.That total includes one of the defining moments of Pittsburgh’s 98-win season. Facing the Cubs against at Wrigley Field on Sept. 25, Melancon came on in the ninth to protect a two-run lead and boost Pittsburgh’s lead over Chicago for the top spot in the NL wild-card race.A double and a triple put the tying run at third with one out. Nine pitches later, the normally reserved Melancon tossed his hat into the air in triumph after striking out Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.“Every pitch he threw was right where he wanted to put it in a very heavy situation,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.Even if Melancon doesn’t exactly do it like some of his brethren. In a position filled with guys whose arms might as well be lightning bolts with ligaments, Melancon’s stuff is far less overwhelming. His fastball average of 91.3 was a career low, a full five mph lower than the two guys who followed him on the saves list, St. Louis’ Trevor Rosenthal and Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets.And yet it hardly mattered. Opponents hit just .207 off Melancon, who was more exclamation point than question mark at the back end of one of baseball’s best bullpens — thanks to a cutter and a breaking ball that spends most of their time from his glove to home plate in a straight line only to veer off at the last moment.“The curveball never gets there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s been outstanding. I’ve seen him good in the past, but he seems to be healthy right now. He’s good. He’s really good.”Something the Pirates have known from the moment they acquired him from Boston as part of a trade that sent hard-throwing closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox. Melancon made the All-Star team in 2013 as a setup guy for Jason Grilli before moving to back end when Grilli struggled early in 2014.The speakers at PNC Park blast AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” whenever Melancon jogs to the mound, but it’s a bit of aural misdirection. Melancon beats hitters with brains more than bombast.“When you can locate the ball, you don’t have to do all those other things that some of that elite group does,” Hurdle said.It’s what enabled Melancon to make Soler and Baez look foolish while waving at pitches that never really threatened the strike zone. It was by design. While he’s a workout marvel — take a look at his neck when you get a chance — Melancon’s greatest trait may be the meticulous way he goes over a scouting report.“He’s the most prepared guy I’ve ever seen,” said teammate Tony Watson, an All-Star himself while working the eighth inning in front of Melancon. “He knows what his strengths are and he absolutely knows what the hitter’s weaknesses are. He knows who is going to pinch-hit, who is coming off the bench, who might pinch-run, defensive situations that are going and he pitches to that.”Melancon’s steadiness is perhaps the biggest reason Pittsburgh posted a major league-high 36 wins in 53 one-run games, a quality that tends to pay dividends in October. He is one of only 10 players to reach 50 saves in a season. In other markets, that might make him a superstar. Not in Pittsburgh, which suits Melancon just fine.Besides, all he really cares about is how it plays in the clubhouse, where the 30-year-old is part of the mortar for a team with the second-most wins in the majors since 2013.“Sometimes people think that firing 98-99 is the only thing that matters but it’s not,” said Joakim Soria, who had 43 saves for Detroit in 2010 and came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. “At the end, 50 saves is 50 saves no matter where you do it. What he’s done this season is amazing.” Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-0 and clenched the home field for their upcoming wild-card playoff game against the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)last_img read more

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Complete 2015-16 La Liga fixtures for Barcelona and every other club

first_img To view the rest of Barcelona’s fixtures for the 2015-16 season and those of every other Spanish team, follow this link. The La Liga campaign will start with trips to Athletic Club and Getafe, with Malaga the first visitors to Camp Nou in the top flight. A difficult trip to the Vicente Calderon, where last season’s title was clinched, then awaits them.  August 30: Barcelona-Malaga August 23: Athletic CLub-Barcelona Sport EN September 27: Barcelona-Las Palmas September 13: Atletico Madrid-Barcelona 14/07/2015 Upd. at 15:23 August 26: Getafe-Barcelona September 20: Barcelona-Levante Here are Barça’s early league fixtures. Keep in mind that the dates are just the weekends when the games will be played, many of them are likely to be played the day before, on the Saturday, while some potentially may even fall on a Friday or a Monday. September 23: Celta Vigo-Barcelona Barcelona have seven La Liga games scheduled before the end of September. During this time, they will also play the European and Spanish Super Cups, while their defence of the Champions League will also get underway.  CESTlast_img read more

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A couple of aces

first_imgGARFIELD NORTH is set to produce its first two tennis players to ever grace the surface of Melbourne Park for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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‘Too fat’ model has last laugh

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM EIGHTEEN months ago, Hampton Park model Nathalie Nicole was let go from a runway show for being…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Desert Dogs double Leafs 4-2 in South Okanagan

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsAll season long it’s been a period here or a period there that has cost the Nelson Leafs a victory in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standings.Saturday night in Osoyoos it was in the second frame that most of the damage was done.Thierry Martine and Brock Anderson scored goals in a 12-second span to lift the Desert Dogs to a 4-2 win over the Leafs at the Osoyoos Sun Bowl.The loss gives the Leafs a weekend split in KIJHL action. Friday Nelson finally got one monkey off its back when Cody Abbey and Colton Schell each scored twice and Gavin Currie had three points to lead the Leafs to a 6-2 victory over the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena.In the South Okanagan City Nelson stayed with the Coyotes through the first 20 minutes. Despite being out shot 12-10 the Leafs finished the period leading 2-1 on goals by Cameron Dobransky and Connor McLaughlin. Dobransky finished the game with two points.McLaughlin’s marker came with no time remaining in the period. Stefen Jensen had tied the game late in the period before McLaughlin scored.However, in the second the Desert Dogs got the offence going with Martine, second in KIJHL scoring, evening the game before Anderson put the home side in the lead for good.Matt Geurts added an insurance goal on the power play in period Osoyoos owned, out shooting Nelson 21-10.Marcus Beesley, earning his second start of the weekend, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Both teams struggled on the power play with Nelson scoring once in nine attempts while the Coyotes had 13 opportunities. Friday, a four-goal second period, two of the markers coming in the latter stages of the frame, was the difference as the Leafs defeated the Hawks for the first time in four meetings.Nelson has yet to get a win against the other Murdoch power this season, the Castlegar Rebels.After a scoreless first period, Nelson took the lead on goals by Abbey and Schell. Beaver Valley tied the game as Ryan Edwards scored twice in a span of 41 seconds. One marker came on the power play.However, Currie scored on the power play with two minutes left in the frame, and Schell added his second of the game 78 seconds later to give Nelson the lead for good.Abbey, on the power play, and Connor McLaughlin scored third period goal to ice the contest. Beaver Valley out shot Nelson in the contest by a 23-18 count, including a 12-6 barrage in the second period.Leaf netminder Beesley out dueled Mike Vlanich in the battle of the backstoppers to register the victory. It was the first loss in four games against Nelson for the Beaver Valley goaltender.ICE CHIPS: Next home game for Nelson is Sunday, December 12 against Grand Forks. The Leafs travel to Kimberley Friday and Fruitvale Saturday. . . .Nelson finished the month of November with a 7-3 record. . . .The Leafs, jumping into third spot in the division ahead of Spokane Braves with a 16-13 record, also improved to 8-10 against Murdoch Division opposition. Nelson trails division-leading Beaver Valley and Castlegar by 10 points. . . . Nelson’s leading scorer, Gavin Currie, continues to score in bunches. Friday was the Abbotsford product’s 12th multiple-point game of the season. Currie, who had one assist Saturday, has accumulated more than two points in 10 of his last 15 games. . . .Cody Abbey is finally starting to get in the groove after spending most of the season on the injured list. The Kaslo native has registered points in four of the past five games. . . .Braeden Hikichi was back in the lineup Friday after missing last week’s game against Castlegar due to [email protected]last_img read more

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Nelson’s Coleton Dawson California dreaming

first_img“He is the kind of player I like to work with and mold . . . can’t teach a kid the will to compete and toughness.”The 19-year-old Dawson, who played all his minor hockey in Nelson, got his start playing three games as an affiliate with Leafs.The next season started with Beaver Valley Nitehawks before finishing the season in Grand Forks.Last season with Grand Forks and Revelstoke Grizzlies Dawson played in 48 games, finishing with seven goals and 13 assists.Ontario currently sits fifth in the Western Division of the WSHL, 20 points behind division leading Fresno Monsters.Shaw said the Western States Hockey League is similar to the KIJHL as a young, developmental league.“Our goal is the same, having moved over 15 players to the USHL, NAHL and NCAA Div. 3 programs, as well as Tier 2 programs up North in the last three years,” he said.Shaw said the biggest difference between the WSHL and the KIJHL is the import rule, allowing up to 12 players from outside the USA.“A lot of European players that give the games and each team a diverse look,” he said. After spending three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, mostly with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Nelson product Coleton Dawson has given up the cold winters of BC for warmer Californian climate after signing with the Ontario Avalanche of the Western States Hockey League. “I acquired Coleton about three weeks ago,” said Avs head coach Chris Shaw, who also held a similar position with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.“He was a player that I really like when he was 15 years old when he played for us in Nelson as an affiliate player.”The 6’2”, 200-pound Dawson has two assists in nine games for the fifth-place Ontario Avalanche Junior A hockey team.“Coleton has a very solid skill set which I feel gets over looked (as) everyone seems to look at his penalty minutes,” Shaw explained.last_img read more

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Galway v Meath – NFL Reaction

first_img5 March 2017; Donal Lenihan of Meath shoots to score his side’s first goal of the game despite the tackle of Cathal Sweeney, left, and Declan Kyne of Galway during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 4 match between Meath and Galway at Páirc Tailteann in Navan, Co Meath. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/KEVIN+WALSH+POST+MEATH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway footballers fell to a 1-13 to 0-15 points defeat in Navan  on Sunday to Meath, after the game Kevin Dwyer spoke to Galway manager Kevin Welsh to guage the mood in the Galway camp after their agonizing defeat….last_img

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Minister Griffin Announces €6.07m Investment For Local Sports Partnership Network

first_imgA total of €6,074,333 will be allocated to support the core work of the 29 LSPs; including the delivery of National Programmes, Education & Training initiatives, Strategic Development, Community Sports Development Officers, the Sports Inclusion Disability programme, Women in Sport Programmes and general participation programmes. Speaking at the announcement in Kildare today, Minister Griffin said: “The role of the Local Sports Partnerships in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society that are underrepresented in sport, cannot be overstated.  I want to commend the vital work they do which makes a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation.  The significant Government investment announced today will allow the Sports Partnerships to continue to provide many sporting opportunities for people in local communities right across Ireland.”The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities.To ensure that people with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity, 21 LSPs will be supported with Sports Inclusion Disability Officers. 25 LSPs will be supported with Community Sports Development Officers, which will strengthen the capacity of the LSPs to further develop locally led plans and more long-term sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan.Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, said: “Sport Ireland has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. One of the fundamental principles of the Local Sports Partnerships is to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport and today’s investment will support the LSPs in the continued roll-out of programmes and initiatives which will get more people active on a regular basis.”Throughout 2017, 339,615 people participated in 936 participation programmes delivered locally by LSPs, with 18,000 participants taking part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs and Walks and 13,063 cyclists taking part in the Sport Ireland Cycle Series.2017 also saw 13,274 female participants taking part in 71 local Women in Sport programmes. This year €115,000 will be invested in LSPs through the Women in Sport Programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women.Speaking at today’s announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, commented: “In 2017, Sport Ireland successfully secured €5m in Dormant Accounts Funding, with over €2.5m directly benefiting Local Sports Partnerships projects across Ireland. Through this investment Sport Ireland will continue its work to increase participation across the country through a range of programmes and initiatives implemented by the Local Sports Partnerships. Sport Ireland warmly welcomes the support and contributions given to the Local Sports Partnership Network by statutory, community and voluntary groups right across the country.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, today announced an investment package of over €6.07m from Sport Ireland to support the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).last_img read more

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