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

Employers are crying out for a lighter touch

first_imgIt is difficult to imagine a worse time to introduce a rise in employerNational Insurance Contributions. Employers, employees and even customers mayultimately pay the price as it adds yet more pressure to the already strickenbusiness community. The profitability of UK firms has fallen to its lowest level for a decadeand Gordon Brown’s move, which comes into effect this month, could provokefurther transfers of work overseas and more job cuts. The Anglo-Dutchsteelmaker, Corus, is reported to be absorbing £5m of extra costs due to theNIC increase and construction vehicle firm Caterpillar predicts a £2m annualbill. Weak productivity continues to stop any recovery in margins and in manymarkets, firms simply cannot pass on these additional costs to customers. The secretary of state for industry, Patricia Hewitt, is working hard toconvince employers she is listening to their concerns. She is championinginitiatives to lift productivity and last week pledged to help business planahead by limiting the introduction of any new rules to just two days per year.These supportive measures are welcome, but the relationship between businessand the Government is certainly entering a new phase. Employers want lessinterference, and yet the Government seems to be insisting on a ‘deeperpartnership’ with no clarity about what that actually means. Productivity is the key area where the Government can make a difference. Asthis is the CIPD’s HRD week at Olympia, we are reminded of the mountainemployers must climb to boost productivity and competitiveness throughtraining, development and organisational change. Our front-page coverage and feature confirm how tough it is to raisecapabilities when resources are tight. Skills gaps cannot be ignored for long – firms are struggling to meetcustomer service standards, to generate new business and develop new productsbecause some core competencies have not been developed. These volatile times warrant strong and measured management. Employers arecrying out for stability and flexibility and have no appetite for more taxationand further labour market regulation. A lightness of touch from the Governmentwould be the best course of action right now. Employers are crying out for a lighter touchOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs To Engineers in Training

first_imgINDOT The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.INDOT’s scholarship program uses federal funds to offer $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.Students must be accepted or enrolled full-time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, Purdue University Northwest, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University.Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program the application process at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31st.Students or parents with questions may contact Talent Development Manager Adam Beasley at [email protected] or 317-234-7930.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cardinal and Gold alumni match unites past with present

first_imgThe USC women’s beach volleyball team kicked off the season with the Cardinal and Gold alumni match at Merle Norman Stadium on Thursday. Before the event started, a kick-off party was organized with donors and supporters.Current athletes then paired up with alumni to play single-set matches to 21 points, giving the chance to young athletes to play each other in a generational clash.Head coach Anna Collier talked about the excitement of having alumni coming back to play on the sand.“It is so fun,” Collier said. “I’ve known all these players because I’ve played here. It’s so much fun because they’re competitive. You can see them out here going, ‘I’m going to win, I’m going to beat these girls,’ … But it’s really fun because It brings all the Trojan family back together.’”Together with the fun, the athletes had the opportunity to receive advice from experienced players.“It’s pretty amazing to see how far everybody has come after leaving here,” junior Nicolette Martin said. “I think it’s just an amazing experience to play with these players that are just so much more experienced than us, and we can learn a lot from them.”Amongst the recent graduates, Meg Norton played three matches on Thursday.“It feels good to be back,” she said. “It’s pretty fun trying to get the kinks out and playing with all the old girls, but it definitely feels like I haven’t played volleyball in a couple of months.” She was part of the 2015 squad who conquered the national title with a 28-0 undefeated season, and Norton believes this year’s team — ranked No. 1 entering the season — is primed for a strong campaign. “I think that they look really really strong this year,” Norton said. “They’re returning a lot of the girls and I know the girls who are returning have improved. I’m excited to see what they do in the season.”Senior Alexa Strange played her last alumni mixer as student-athlete. In her last season, she will partner with junior Sophie Bukovec. “I think it’s starting to resonate with me that this is the last season, and my last time getting to compete with USC on my uniform,” Strange said. “It’s kind of a bittersweet feeling, but I realize I need to seize the moment and just enjoy while I’m here.”Part of the Trojan family are also the 2012 Olympics silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. They were not able to participate this year, as they are in Brazil to compete for a spot at the Games in Rio. They will play at the Rio Open (FIVB Grand Slam) starting on March 8th. Ross is partnering with 3-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh, while Jennifer Kessy is playing alongside Emily Day.“They left yesterday for Brazil,” Collier said. “April sent me a really nice email saying, ‘Sorry, I won’t make it this year,’ and so did Jen, but we’ll see them next year for sure.”last_img read more

Zambia FA optimistic of World Cup qualification

first_imgThe Zambia Football Association is optimistic of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil despite Sudan’s setback at the weekend.The 2012 African champions were held to a 1-1 draw by the Nile Crocodiles, a result which now leaves them second in Group D ahead of their final qualifier against Ghana in September.Ghana now needs only a draw to qualify for the playoffs when they host the Chipolopolo in September.But spokesperson of the Zambia Football Association Eric Mwansa has exclusively told Joy sports they can still come to Ghana and win to finish leaders.“We begin to plan and prepare for that game because as far we are concerned that will decide which team will take top spot in Group D,” said Mwansa.“Our target was to go into the match and take all three points against Sudan and continue to lead the group till our final decider against Ghana in September. “We did the best we could and football is like that but our setback against Sudan does not decide the group in any way it leaves the match in September the decider.”Ghana’s 2-0 win over Lesotho takes the Black Stars to the top of Group D with 12 points, a point ahead of Zambia.last_img read more