Mixed feelings over M&S announcement

first_img Previous articleParents struggling to meet school costsNext articleOpinion – Game Over, Ball Burst 10/8/13 John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsMixed feelings over M&S announcementBy John Keogh – August 8, 2013 602 TAGSM&SMusic LimerickParkway Valley Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick New Music: 40Hurtz Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Email THIS week’s announcement that M&S is set to open a flagship store on the site of the former Parkway Valley development has generated varying reactions among the city’s public representatives and business community.Limerick Chamber welcomed the move, which it said would “contribute to an enhanced retail provision in the region and reinforce Limerick as the largest retail centre in the Mid West”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, Chamber CEO Maria Kelly said that the right location for the retail chain would be in Limerick city centre.“It is important to highlight that any development in the Parkway Valley is subject to planning consent and we understand that significant hurdles need to be overcome before anything can happen.”“With all the positive developments that are happening in Limerick, Marks & Spencer are right to be looking at locating a flagship store here but the right strategic move would be for M&S to locate in the city centre.”Ms Kelly pointed out that until the recent plans to develop Arthur’s Quay were finalised, the city did not have a suitable location to accommodate the retail chain.She concluded: “Limerick is an up and coming city that is going through an exciting transformation, we have a new and engaged management team in our joint local authority and an ambitious economic masterplan that sets out a vision for Limerick to 2030.“Therefore the Chamber would welcome and invite M&S to review all viable and potentially more attractive city centre sites in informing their locational decision.”Retail Excellence Ireland said it was disappointed that the flagship store will not be in Limerick city centre.REI Chief Executive David Fitzsimons said he hoped that M&S would change its plans.He added: “There are significant plans in place to revive Limerick City, including the redevelopment of the Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre which will provide adequate space for retailers requiring a large retail footprint.“Limerick, like many towns and cities, has experienced significant out of town development and a town and city centre first approach is a priority. Retailers like M&S would add greatly to the city retail mix and we very much hope that the retailer reconsiders their plans.”Meanwhile, city councillor Joe Leddin said the decision was “a massive vote of confidence in Limerick and indeed the Mid West region providing a massive boost to the retail sector”.Regarding its location, the Labour councillor believes that there is “a huge opportunity” to locate the 72,000 square foot site in the city centre.“The redevelopment of the city depends on private sector investment and now we have a multinational retailer committed to Limerick. The recently published GVA report identified the area around and including Arthurs Quay Park as a prime site totally underdeveloped.He concluded: “The problem with locating large retail operations in the city is the lack of suitably sized units or buildings. Securing agreement from existing landowners in partnership with City Council and private investors may present an opportunity to redevelop this area of the city.” #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Detailed guide: Healthcare for EU and EFTA nationals living in the UK

first_imgEmail: [email protected]: 0191 218 1999, or +44 191 218 1999 from outside the UKImmigration health surcharge reimbursement for S1 holdersIf your UK visa starts on or after 1 January 2021 and you’ve registered an S1 document issued to you by an EU member state, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund of your immigration health surcharge payment.To apply, contact the Overseas Healthcare Services team (details above).You can apply for a refund for any dependants who have registered an EU-issued S1, where you have paid the immigration health surcharge on their behalf.If they paid the immigration health surcharge themselves, they should apply for the refund.If an employer or third party has paid the immigration health surcharge for you, you must begin the application on their behalf. The Overseas Healthcare Services team will then contact them for more information to process the application.StudentsIf you begin a course of study in the UK that is longer than 6 months, you need to pay the immigration health surcharge as a part of your visa application. You may be eligible for a full or partial reimbursement if you meet the criteria.If your course of study is less than 6 months, you do not need to pay the immigration health surcharge. If you have a valid EU-issued EHIC or are a Norwegian citizen with a valid Norwegian passport, you can access medically necessary treatment during your stay.If you are a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you may have to pay for any NHS healthcare you receive. Any treatment that you need to pay for will be charged at 150% of the national NHS rate.You should buy insurance to cover your healthcare as you would if visiting another non-EU country.Immigration health surcharge reimbursement for studentsYou may be entitled to a full or partial refund of your immigration health surcharge payment if all of the following are true: If you are moving to the UK, you should: Find out more about paying NHS charges You should apply for a visa for your child during the 3-month period after your child’s birth. You may have to pay the immigration health surcharge for your child. Failure to do so means you may be charged for NHS services provided for your child after the 3-month period.When your healthcare costs in the UK are covered by an EU countryS1 holdersYou may be entitled to healthcare in the UK paid for by an EU country if you: Wales Scotland Northern Ireland check if you need a visa or permit to come to the UK check if a family member needs a visa or permit to join you in the UK pay the immigration health surcharge, if required apply for an S1 certificate if you are eligible and do not have one register your S1 certificate If you are coming to England for 6 months or less or fail to pay the surcharge when you are required to, you’ll be charged for certain NHS services unless an exemption applies or you are covered by a reciprocal healthcare agreement.Working in the UKIf you are an EU frontier worker (someone who lives in an EU country and works in the UK), you can access NHS healthcare.If you are an EU or Norwegian posted worker (someone employed or self-employed in an EU country or Norway but temporarily sent to work in the UK), you can access healthcare in England.Family members of citizens of EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or SwitzerlandIf you are a citizen of an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and have a family member who wishes to join you in the UK, they must apply for a family visa or permit.If you were living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 and you are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, your eligible family members will need either to apply for a family permit to come to the UK and then apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. In certain circumstances, they may be able to apply direct to the EU Settlement Scheme from overseas. This will secure their entitlement to free healthcare in the UK.Any family member with whom you have a new relationship, formed after 1 January 2021, must apply for a visa. They may be eligible to do so under the family Rules, however, most family visas do not entitle the holder access to public funds or free healthcare.If you were not living in the UK before 1 January 2021, and do not have status under the EU settlement scheme, both you and your family members need to apply for an appropriate visa.See more information about family visas and permits.Family members of people of Northern IrelandIf you have a family member who is an eligible person of Northern Ireland, and who lives in the UK, you may be able to join that person in the UK without paying the immigration health surcharge.See the definition of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.Instead, you may be eligible to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme on the basis of that relationship.Once you have either pre-settled or settled status you will not be charged for your healthcare, as long as you continue to be ordinarily resident in the UK.See more information about applying to join family living permanently in the UK.Children born in the UK to those here lawfully for more than 6 monthsIf you give birth to a child in the UK, your child will be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England on the same basis as someone who is ordinarily resident.Your child is covered until 3 months of age, but only if they do not leave the UK during that period.You will also need to have either: a valid visa of more than 6 months and have paid the immigration health surcharge for that visa a valid visa of more than 6 months but were exempt from paying the immigration health surcharge a valid visa of more than 6 months, which you applied for prior to 6 April 2015 What you need to doIf you were living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you should:center_img Getting healthcare in EnglandExcept where otherwise stated, this information is about getting healthcare in England. The way you access healthcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could be different from England.The NHS operates a residence-based healthcare system. Most NHS services are free to people who are ordinarily resident in the UK. This means living in the UK on a lawful and properly settled basis for the time being. You may be asked to prove this when seeking healthcare.If you are not ordinarily resident in the UK, you will be an overseas visitor and may be charged for NHS services.For a detailed definition of what being ordinarily resident means, see the GOV.UK guidance.Living in the UK before 31 December 2020If you are a citizen of an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and were living lawfully in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you will be able to use the NHS in England.If you wish to continue residing in the UK, to maintain your entitlement to free NHS healthcare after 30 June 2021, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Once you have been granted either pre-settled or settled status, or while your application is pending, you will not be charged for your healthcare, as long as you continue to be ordinarily resident in the UK. You may be asked to show that you hold pre-settled or settled status when seeking healthcare.If you do not apply by 30 June 2021, you could lose your right to access free healthcare.In line with our longstanding commitments under the Common Travel Area, Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, although they may do so if they wish. Irish citizens living in the UK will continue to access healthcare in the UK on the same terms as a UK resident.For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, see the Home Office guidance.You may be entitled to NHS healthcare paid for by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, if you were living lawfully in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, and hold an S1 certificate, for example because you receive either a state pension or certain ‘exportable’ benefits from that country, or if you are a frontier worker (someone who lives in an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and works in the UK), or a posted worker (someone who usually works in one country but is sent temporarily to work in to another).If you do not have an S1 certificate, you can apply for one from the relevant health insurance authority.If you began studying in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you may use your EHIC for medically necessary healthcare until the end of your course in the UK. You must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if your course extends beyond 30 June 2021.Moving to the UKIf you move to the UK to work, study or to settle, you will be subject to immigration control. This means you will need a visa or permit from the Home Office in order to be lawfully in the UK. You may need to pay the immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application.You can only be considered ordinarily resident if you’ve been given the immigration status of indefinite leave to remain (the right to live here on a permanent basis).Immigration health surchargeIf you are coming to the UK for stays of more than 6 months, you may be required to pay an immigration health surcharge at the time of your visa application. The full amount will be paid upfront for the duration of your visa.In line with our longstanding commitments under the Common Travel Area, Irish citizens will not be subject to the immigration health surcharge.See full details about the immigration health surcharge, including exemptions.If your healthcare is paid for by an EU member state, you may be eligible for a full or partial reimbursement of your immigration health surcharge.Find out when you can have your immigration health surcharge reimbursedIf you’ve paid the surcharge or are exempt from paying it, you will be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England on a similar basis to an ordinarily resident person, with the exception of NHS-funded assisted conception services. Your entitlement will apply from the date your visa is granted until it expires. You will have to pay some charges, such as prescription or dental charges. You should be issued with an S1 certificate by the relevant member state, which shows that you are entitled to healthcare in the UK paid for by that country. If you do not know whether you are eligible, you will need to check with the relevant EU health insurance authority to see if they are responsible for your health costs in the UK.You must register your S1 in the UK by sending it directly to the Overseas Healthcare team: Overseas Healthcare ServicesNHS Business Services AuthorityBridge House152 Pilgrim StreetNewcastle upon TyneNE1 6SN apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, if you are eligible apply for a frontier worker permit by 1 July 2021, if you are eligible apply for an S1 certificate if you are eligible and do not have one register your S1 certificate live in the UK and receive either a state pension or certain ‘exportable’ benefits from that country live in the UK and work in an EU country (frontier worker) are posted to work in the UK by an employer in an EU country are an eligible family member or dependent of one of the above You will not be able to apply for a refund until 1 January 2022. However, your refund will be backdated to include any immigration health surcharge payments made for a visa starting on or after 1 January 2021.You should consider carefully your healthcare needs before deciding whether to apply for a reimbursement.If you intend to apply for a refund of your immigration health surcharge payment, you should use your EU EHIC for medically necessary treatment during your studies.Once you have received your reimbursement, you may have to pay for any NHS healthcare you receive that is not deemed medically necessary.If you obtain an immigration health surcharge reimbursement, you should not work in the UK. Working in the UK is very likely to invalidate your EHIC and you will need to be prepared to pay for any NHS healthcare you receive.Getting healthcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandThis guidance is about NHS entitlements in England. For more information about accessing healthcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, visit the websites for health services in each country: you’re a full-time student in UK higher education your visa started on or after 1 January 2021 you have an EHIC issued in an EU country you do not work in the UKlast_img read more

Zipper further remanded to prison on cocaine possession charges

first_imgBusinessman Andre “Zipper” Gomes was on Thursday further remanded by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of trafficking cocaine, in a matter which has its genesis in the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) last year issuing a wanted bulletin for the former murder accused in relation to nine kilograms of cocaine being found in a gas cylinder at an apartment which he had rented for his 51-year-old girlfriend, Naomi Persaud.A search had allegedly been carried out last year at the residence of the 57-year-old defendant at Lot 32 Craig Street, Campbellville Georgetown, during which 992 grams of cocaine, an undisclosed sum of cash, and a quantity of jewellery were seized.Defence Attorney Mark Waldron on Thursday informed Magistrate Daly that the defence is ready to go ahead with the case, once the submissions are received. Waldron said the cocaine was not found on the premises of his client, but in an alleyway next to the house.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Thompson informed the court that eyewitness accounts indicated otherwise. She also noted that the court was given no special reason for the defendant to be placed on bail.As such, the businessman was further remanded to prison, and the matter was adjourned to June 18.Zipper’s girlfriend, Persaud, had, on August 6, 2017, been taken into custody with her 17-year-old grandson on an accusation of being in possession of nine kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Arraigned for the offence, the Lot 25 Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown resident had pleaded guilty to the charges, and was jailed for four years and fined $21 million. As a result of her guilty plea, the charge was dismissed against her teenage grandson.last_img read more

Sturridge saves Liverpool the blushes

first_img0Shares0000Super sub: Daniel Sturridge rescued a point for Liverpool in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 29 – Substitute Daniel Sturridge’s sensational strike a minute from time preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Jurgen Klopp’s men salvaged a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday.For the second time in four days Eden Hazard seemed set to haunt Liverpool as after deciding a League Cup tie between the pair on Wednesday, the Belgian fired Chelsea in front on 25 minutes. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had efforts cleared off the line and Xherdan Shaqiri sliced wide a great chance as Liverpool were headed for defeat.But Sturridge’s late intervention means they move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table ahead of a huge clash between the two at Anfield next weekend.Chelsea are just two points back in third and showed their own title credentials by continuing an unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri with an impressive defensive display complemented by Hazard’s class at the other end of the field.Both sides were back to full strength after Sarri and Klopp made eight changes for the League Cup between the pair.Salah was back for Liverpool after being crowned the third best player in the world for the past year by FIFA on Monday.But the dead eye for goal shown by the Egyptian last season to earn that accolade ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Hazard was missing as Liverpool paid for a wasteful start.Twice Salah wriggled into clear shooting positions on his favoured left foot on the edge of the box inside the first 10 minutes, but his first tame effort was easily saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga before he blazed his second high and wide.– Moment of magic –Eden Hazard scored the winning goal for Chelsea against Liverpool for the second time in four days © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASJust as in midweek when Hazard came off the bench to win the game with a stunning individual run and finish, Liverpool were undone by a moment of magic from Chelsea’s number 10.Hazard was picked out by a fine through ball from Mateo Kovacic and forced onto his weaker left foot he still managed to drill the ball low past Alisson Becker for his seventh goal of the season.Chelsea have dominated possession since Sarri took charge, but the hosts seemed happy to sit on their lead and not expose themselves to Liverpool’s rapid counter-attack after going in front.Salah should have levelled against his old club just after the half hour mark when he outmuscled Marcos Alonso and rounded Kepa, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Antonio Rudiger.The world’s two most expensive goalkeepers were on show and both Kepa and Alisson showed why they cost a combined £140 million with big saves on the hour mark.Firstly, the Spaniard got down quickly to his right to turn Mane’s shot behind for a corner.Moments later a quick Chelsea free-kick caught Liverpool napping and Alisson produced a brilliant block to deny Hazard his second.Salah paid for his profligacy before the break when he was replaced by Shaqiri 24 minutes from time.But that decision from Klopp looked costly when the Swiss international sliced wide from point-blank range with just Kepa to beat from Andy Robertson’s teasing cross.David Luiz then hacked clear Firmino’s header off the line as Liverpool seemed set to be held scoreless for the first time since they last visited Chelsea in May.However, Sturridge succeeded where Liverpool’s first-choice front three had failed with a spectacular dipping effort from 25 yards against his old club to again prove his worth in Klopp’s bid to end a 29-year wait to win the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more