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

Windy and Rainy as System Develops

first_imgGet ready for a windy, soaker of a weekend. An elongated area of low pressure is moving through the Straits of Florida and is expected to move northeastward to offshore of the Southeast Florida coast by Saturday morning. This area of lower pressure system is expected to develop into some type of a tropical system, possibly subtropical storm Arthur, this weekend as it nears the northwestern Bahamas. Locally, winds will slacken, and become light to perhaps gentle this weekend andearly next week.last_img read more

Sisters Academy of New Jersey Graduates 16

first_imgASBURY PARK – Sisters Academy of New Jersey on June 13 graduated 16 students in its Class of 2012.Erin Avery, left, of Rumson with Sisters Academy of New Jersey scholarship winners Leslie Mayeregger, center, and Withney Barthelemy.The graduates spent four years at Sisters Academy sharpening their scholastic skills and broadening their intellectual horizons. The students will further their education at Red Bank Catholic High School, St. Rose High School and local public schools. The class received more than $715,000 in scholarships to attend high school.Two students achieved special honors this year earning full scholarships to prestigious private high schools. Leslie Mayeregger earned a full four-year scholarship, estimated at $200,000, to attend The George School in Newtown, Pa., and Withney Barthelemy earned a full four-year scholarship estimated at $225,000 to Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa.The support and guidance of Erin Croddick Avery of Avery Educational Resources of Rumson and Patricia Horan of Sea Girt were instrumental in assisting the students navigate the educational waters of boarding school. Both women’s vast expertise in the educational field was essential to the students’ success.Sisters Academy of New Jersey is an independent middle school for girls and a program of Mercy Center of New Jersey that is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Additional information is available by visiting www.Mercy CenterNJ.org or by calling 732-774-9397.last_img read more

Bombers coast to Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers proved to be in a class of their own, out scoring the opposition 12-0 en route to clinching back-to-back Kootenay High School AA Soccer Championships last week in Creston.The Bombers clipped the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 5-0 in the final en route to a berth in the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Tournament next month in Burnaby. LVR, gaining a bye into the semi final round of the six-team tourney as the top seeded team, defeated David Thompson of Invermere 7-0 in one semi final.The Hawks upset two-ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston to advance into the final.Bomber coach Jamie Spendlove said LVR dominated both semi final and final, owning at least 90 percent of the play.LVR now travels to the Lower Mainland to participate in the AA Championships, November 18-20 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.last_img read more

Teams book tickets to Soccer Championship Finals

first_imgThe finalists are set in Nelson Soccer Playoffs.In Mallard’s Men’s Open, Oso Negro will try to knock off defending champion Hume Innkeepers after the squad outlasted Old Dogs 5-2 in semi-final action Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch. Hume, which defeated Old Dogs last season to clinch the title, had an easy time reaching the final after blasting Nelson Selects 5-0.In Ladies League, Red Dog shutout Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 to advance to the final against Yom Chi Ninjas.The Ninjas edged Dirty Dozen 1-0.Meanwhile, in Jackson’s Hole Masters Men, regular season champion Bia Boro shutout Retallack 2-0 while Jackson’s hole advanced to the final with a 3-0 victory over Ted Allen’s.Mallard’s Men’s Open Final goes Saturday at Lakeside while the Ladies and Masters Men Championship Games are set for Sunday.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 30 | A sore bunch talking soybeans, marketing and more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 30th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, hears from host Ty Higgins, Matt Reese, and Joel Penhorwood. The sore bunch reminisces about their active weekends and what led to their aching bones.Elsewhere in the podcast, we hear from a variety of people on happenings in agriculture. Matt Reese visited in the field with John Motter, the first Ohioan to be named chair of the United Soybean Board. He has been staying busy criss-crossing the world talking soybeans.Joel Penhorwood talked with Jon Scheve, grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients. As farmers are busy visiting grain elevators to drop off their crop this harvest season, Jon explains some marketing lessons that can be learned from how elevators do business.Ty Higgins spoke with Jim Pullins of Verdesian Life Sciences on FlexConnect, the first closed transfer system for soybean inoculants.More from the entire group in this fun piece on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

Smug About Your Solar Roof? Not So Fast.

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Making Room for a PV ArrayAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemJust How Big Should a Photovoltaic Array Be?Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint It may sound strange, but a market to sell or trade RECs can be extremely useful. California, for instance, has a mandate for its utilities to generate 33% renewable power by 2020, but some parts of the state have little sun or wind resources. Still, utilities in sunny or windy spots can produce more than their requirement and then sell the extra RECs to areas where it would be much more costly, or impossible, to hit the target. Thus, the RECs market allows a utility in one region to finance additional green energy production in another where it is cheaper, supporting more carbon reduction at a lower cost to consumers.That seems sensible enough. But something’s wrong if the buying and selling utility companies both claim that green power as their own. And that’s essentially what’s been going on with solar rooftops. Most new systems are owned by third partiesToday about 70% of new solar systems are owned by third parties that typically resell the associated RECs to a company with a well-publicized goal of being “carbon neutral” or to a power company that wants to claim it’s delivering a high percentage of green energy. (Homeowners are notified of this in the fine print of their contracts, which they probably never read.)One might see this as a creative way to make both the solar homeowner and the REC buyers feel good about saving the planet. But the Federal Trade Commission is a real killjoy when it comes to such double counting of virtue.The FTC recently issued legal guidance stating that if a solar company sells its certificates, it is deceptive to tell homeowners they are getting “clean,” “renewable,” or maybe even “solar” electricity with their lease or power purchase agreement. The FTC guidance uses this illustration:A toy manufacturer places solar panels on the roof of its plant to generate power, and advertises that its plant is “100% solar-powered.” The manufacturer, however, sells Renewable Energy Certificates based on the renewable attributes of all the power it generates. Even if the manufacturer uses the electricity generated by the solar panels, it has, by selling renewable energy certificates, transferred the right to characterize that electricity as renewable. The manufacturer’s claim is therefore deceptive. Severin Borenstein is a professor of business and public policy at the University of California Berkeley. This was originally published by The Los Angeles Times.center_img Read the fine print in your contractTo be clear, there is nothing necessarily wrong with installing solar panels in one location and letting someone in another location claim credit, as long as everyone understands that this is happening. But many individuals who signed up for a rooftop solar system might be unhappy to learn that they were enabling some fossil-powered company to claim it has gone green.The lesson here is that if you choose to go solar, find out what will happen to the RECs. If they are sold to someone else, you get to use the electricity, but you have to give back the halo. If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now.In most states (including California), rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, which quantify how much clean electricity they produce. But if panels are leased or installed under a power purchase agreement, it’s the “third-party owner” — not the homeowner — who gets those certificates. Most then turn around and sell the RECs, a process that magically turns brown electrons green.Here’s how it works: Joe’s Solar puts panels on your roof that produce 7,500 kilowatt-hours a year, and Joe sells you the electricity under a power purchase agreement. Because Joe still owns the panels, he gets credit — in the form of RECs — for that renewable electricity. Meanwhile, Bob’s all-fossil utility wants to “green up,” so it buys RECs from Joe. That allows Bob to relabel 7,500 kilowatt-hours of his coal- or gas-fired power generation as “renewable energy.”last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri update

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.” last_img read more

Video: Former Baylor President Botches Interview, PR Woman Comes To His Aid

first_imgJust when you thought former Baylor president Ken Starr couldn’t possibly look any worse, he goes and botches a television interview in the worst kind of way. During an interview with KWTX News 10 Thursday, an answer he gave regarding a victim’s email led to a communications specialist he brought with him to stop the interview, pull him aside and suggest that he use a different response. Starr then sits down and looks to the specialist once again for help before providing the new, scripted response. The entire thing was caught on camera, and KWTX posted the video to its Facebook page.Baylor continues to make things worse for itself, and Starr isn’t helping. He may no longer be president, but the university might have to take it a step further and separate itself completely.last_img read more

Northern Development Initiative Trust elects first female chair and allfemale executive committee

first_imgNew members to the Board include Lori Ackerman, Margo Wagner, and Carol Leclerc.Ackerman will be serving as Vice-Chair, Wagner as Board Chair, and Leclerc as Director at Large.Wendy Benyk is serving as finance committee chair for a second term.CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust, Joel McKay, says he would like to congratulate Wagner on becoming the Board’s first female chair.“I want to congratulate Chair Wagner on her election as Chair of the Trust’s Board of Directors and as the first female to sit at the head of the director’s table. I admire Chair Wagner’s commitment to the people and causes that impact the north and look forward to working together with her and the rest of our executive team.”Northern Development is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation in Central and Northern British Columbia. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust has announced the acclimation of three new executive members to its board of directors.According to the Trust, for the first time since its inception, the board has a female chair and an all-female executive committee.These new executive members were elected at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2019.last_img read more