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

According to Forbes, Istria is among the six European destinations that must be visited

first_imgThe Istrian tourist region has received another recognition that confirms what has long been known – Istria is the pinnacle of Croatian tourism. Along with the recognition, of course comes the top tourist promotion of the Istrian offer.Namely, the world’s most influential lifestyle magazine Forbes, has listed Istria among six European tourist destinations, there are also the French Autoroute du Soleil, Italian Matera, the Irish “Emerald Islands” and the route La Dolce Vita (Italy and France), which “must” be visited although they are insufficiently known to the general tourist public, they are “among the most complete late summer and early autumn destinations”.”While the Dalmatian coast is known for its islands and tourist towns, experts from local luxury destinations direct visitors to the north of the country. Istria is known for its exceptional gastronomy, beautiful landscapes, green hills and miraculous historical monuments. It is one of the few regions in the world where noble mushrooms can be found – black and white truffles. A truffle hunt was organized with real hunters and their dogs, as well as tasting lunches with local traditional products enriched with truffles. The region is also home to excellent wines, under the protection of UNESCO is the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec and its mosaics from the 6th century, and the network of local roads runs from the coast and beautiful stone towns to the hilly interior: Motovun, Grožnjan, Bale, Svetvincenat and many vineyards, olive groves, small family farms, studios and galleries“, Describe in Forbes the beauty of Istria.last_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

ESPN’s Jalen Rose says support for Kevin Durant following Achilles injury is ‘phony’

first_img“Everybody’s fake acting like they care about KD’s best interest when they don’t,” Rose said. “It’s phony to me.””Everybody’s fake acting like they care about KD’s best interest when they don’t. It’s phony to me.”—@JalenRose pic.twitter.com/rXXXOShF2H— First Take (@FirstTake) June 11, 2019MORE: Warriors players call out Raptors fans for “bulls—” behavior Fans who tuned in to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the Warriors were shocked to see Kevin Durant go down with another injury in his first game back from a right calf strain. He scored 11 points in just 12 minutes on Monday night before suffering an Achilles injury.ESPN’s Jalen Rose appeared on “First Take” on Tuesday morning to express his feelings about the injury and whether KD came back too soon. When asked if Durant should have played in Game 5, Rose replied with an “emphatic no” and proceeded to criticize the “overall culture of sports.” Durant was called “soft” and accused of not being committed to his team, according to Rose, who believes this continuous chatter pushed Durant to return sooner than he should have. On Friday, Rose even told the “NBA Countdown” crew that Durant’s workout with the team didn’t go well and a return was looking less likely. Since Durant’s injury, many fans and players have come out in support of the two-time Finals MVP. Warriors general manager Bob Myers even broke down in tears during a press conference after Golden State’s Game 5 win while discussing the injury, but Rose isn’t convinced that all of the love being shown for Durant is genuine. The Warriors reportedly believe an MRI will confirm Durant has a torn right Achilles. An injury like this could leave him on the sidelines for an entire year, which will cause a ripple effect around the league. Durant is set to become a free agent on June 30 and will be eliglible for a supermax contract.last_img read more

Prevention First Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

first_imgPrevention First will hold its annual Excellence in Prevention Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.This year’s event celebrates the agency’s 45th year of service.“Reaching the 45th anniversary milestone is not an easy task for any nonprofit charity. Just as our world has continued to change, we have needed to adjust how we care for ourselves and how to prepare for a more complex and uncertain future,” said Executive Director and CEO Mary Pat Angelini. “From our 1967 beginning as the Alcoholism Council of Monmouth County, our mission and focus have expanded and staff has grown from one dedicated employee to a dynamic team of 26 highly-trained, award-winning professionals.”Prevention First provides research-based alcohol and drug abuse and violence/bullying prevention programs to students ranging from preschool to high school, as well as to parents and guardians. During the last 45 years, more than 180,000 children and families have benefited from the comprehensive range of programs and services the agency offers.Prevention saves. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administra­tion estimates the savings in future “societal costs” to be $18 for every dollar spent on prevention. The savings in quality of life and life itself is immeasurable and invaluable, and Prevention First takes pride in celebrating it!Tickets to the Excellence in Prevention Luncheon are $45 per person and may be purchased online at shop.preventionfirst.net or by calling Michelle Cicalese at 917-608-4247.last_img read more

Two River Gardeners Help Decorate Drumthwacket

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – What began  as a “three-ring circus” for Judy McMaster ended  more than six hours later as a graceful, elegant showplace filled with holiday décor.The Garden Club of Fair Haven’s Judy McMaster was the coordinator of holiday decorating at the governor’s official residence.McMaster of Rumson was this year’s coordinator of holiday decorating at Drum­thwacket, the New Jersey governor’s official residence. As a member of the Garden Club of Fair Haven and a board member of the Garden Clubs of New Jersey, McMaster recruited garden club members from across the state to fill the mansion at 354 Stockton St. (Route 206) in Princeton with gorgeous greenery and sparkling trees.She even suggested this year’s theme: “Drum­thwacket Sings the Songs of the Season.”Each of the six first-floor public rooms in the white Greek Revival mansion was dressed to the nines in holiday finery in accordance with popular holiday songs and Christmas carols. The front porch was decorated with the idea of There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. The entry foyer, stairway and landing took on the musical and decorative notes of Deck the Halls. The music room took its cue from The Nutcracker Suite and the library, Winter Wonderland. The parlor was the embodiment of The Holly and the Ivy. Jingle Bells was the song used for the governor’s study and the dining room took on the look of Silver Bells because it is the place where the formal silver service from the battleship the USS New Jersey is displayed year-round.The volunteer job was a joy for McMaster who has loved to decorate since she was a child. As a Fair Haven garden club member, she has been part of the crew several times which has volunteered to decorate the mansion.Each year the workers arrive at 9 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving – this year it was Nov. 26. They spend about 45 minutes unloading their materials – dried, fresh and faux – and then each team goes to work on the room they have been assigned and designed to celebrate the holidays.The decorating of the mansion had a little something special this year, occurring only four weeks after Super Storm Sandy. Among the garden club members who agreed to decorate were members of the Garden Club of Keyport. “They were decimated but they didn’t back out,” McMaster said. They designed and installed the décor in the parlor. The club from Toms River, “also decimated, did the entry foyer.”  The other clubs that participated were from Shrews­bury, Warren, Basking Ridge, and Mountain Lakes.The materials used were all donated by the clubs and an event planner who decorated the front porch. Some of the money for the decorations each year comes from the clubs’ treasuries and sometimes from the designers’ pockets. “It’s getting to be expensive,” McMaster said.Because of the duration the decorations are on display, the garden clubs have been using some faux materials along with the greenery and fresh flowers. Among the items used this year were magnolia branches “which dry well,” orchids in pots, birch and white-painted branches along with holly, ivy and evergreens plus pinecones, ribbons and ornaments.The decorating of the governor’s mansion is a longtime service project for the Garden Clubs of New Jersey.  As this year’s coordinator, McMaster invited various clubs to volunteer their talents, made sure they understood the perimeters of the job and then organized the decorating day. She also will supervise the dismantling of the decorations on Jan. 2.“The house is used throughout the season for events – political and social events,” McMaster said. “Last year, the Christies used the house pretty much from the time the kids got out of school until they went back. They hosted family and friends and I think that’s the plan again this year.”The dining room of Drumthwacket.McMaster’s favorite Drum­­­thwacket room is the dining room. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m guessing that table seats 24.“I like the whole house,” she said. “I think it’s a gracious home, not overdone. I think it’s a comfortable home.”McMaster was very pleased with the results of this year’s decorating. “I think this was, if not the best, than one of the best ever,” she said. “Every room was really elegant and tastefully done.“I just like doing this,” she said. “I like the planning stages, the concept, in my mind’s eye of what it needs … It’s a lot of fun.“It’s great for all the garden clubs to get together and do something cooperatively,” McMaster said.Construction of Drum­thwacket began in 1835. The estate’s name means “wooded hill” in Scottish Gaelic. The property was purchased by the state in 1966 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the New Jersey Historical Society raised the funds to begin converting the property for use as the governor’s mansion.last_img read more


first_imgSanta Anita will offer a $1 million guaranteed all-stakes Late Pick 4 on Opening Day, Dec. 26. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2016)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which opens Monday, Dec. 26, will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners. Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day.   Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5)                -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday                -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend                -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day.                -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.                -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).                -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).                -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race.                -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be offered on the final six races each day.                 -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.                -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.                -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will be offered beginning with the first race each day.                -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day.                For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Arcata downs Fortuna, now 11-0

first_imgThe Arcata High baseball team is off to its best start in more than a quarter-century after downing Fortuna 9-1 in a game which was called after six innings due to a lack of light, Tuesday evening at Fortuna High“This is our best start in my 25 years of coaching,” Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti said. “I’ve never been 11-0. But our kids just have to stay focused. Wins and losses come and go.”Merick Sears started at pitcher for Arcata and went five-and-two-thirds innings with 10 strikeouts, …last_img read more

Play Your Part Ambassadors: Pamela K Bess

first_imgWe find out how Play Your Part ambassador, and media entrepreneur, Pamela K Bess is giving back to her community.Play your Part ambassador, Pamela K Bess, is passionate about media. She started DoTV Africa in 2014. (Image: Pamela K Bess, Facebook)Durban based Play Your Part ambassador Pamela is a social entrepreneur who has succeeded in turning her passion for media development into a business with an edge. Pamela believes that media empowerment and entrepreneurship are vital keys to unlocking the sustainable growth of Africa’s Social Economy. That’s why this former radio host and news reader dedicates her time to driving social transformation innovatively. This devotion led her to launch Abesu Media and Communications in 2005 and DoTV Africa in 2014 as well as run Positive Vibez NPC.Through these organisations Pamela has been given opportunities to play her part in various spheres. These are some of the projects Pamela is currently involved in:Giving 2nd and 3rd year students from Boston Media House Durban an opportunity to work (for a stipend) and study as part of ensuring they develop a profile of work experience prior to completing their studies,Developing digital content production which enables upcoming journalism, media students and SMMEs to have their content showcased on Vodacom’s Video Play platform with a captive audience of 4 million viewers.Follow Pamela on social media on @pamelakbesslast_img read more

Africa’s World Bank candidate backed

first_img12 April 2012A group of 39 former World Bank managers and economists – including Francois Bourguignon, the development lender’s chief economist from 2003 to 2007 – have endorsed Africa’s candidate to lead the institution, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.In an open letter published on Wednesday, the group called on the Bank’s executive board to make their decision on merit, when the board for the first time considers more than one candidate for the job.“We believe that Mrs Okonjo-Iweala has outstanding qualifications across the full range of relevant criteria,” they said.Competition for US nomineeOkonjo-Iweala, a former World Bank managing director, and Jose Antonio Ocampo, a former finance minister of Colombia, are competing with the US nominee Jim Yong Kim, a public health expert and president of Dartmouth College.Under a tacit agreement, the US picks the World Bank president, always an American, and Europe puts a European at the helm of the International Monetary Fund, the Bank’s sister institution.Writing in their personal capacity ahead of the candidate interviews next week, the ex-Bank officials said “we care too much for the institution and for its historic development mission not to speak up.”The letter was signed by a number of Europeans, including Bourguignon, as well as Barbara Kafka, an American who served over 33 years at the Bank in a range of posts.Candidate ‘the times call for’Tunisia’s central bank chief, Mustapha Nabli, a former head of the Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region, also signed. His country has not endorsed a candidate.Okonjo-Iweala “would bring the combination of her experience as finance and foreign minister of a large and complex African country with her wide experience of working at all levels of the Bank’s hierarchy in different parts of the world, from agricultural economist to managing director.”While the other two candidates also have strong qualifications, “she would be the outstanding World Bank president the times call for.”The World Bank plans to select the successor to outgoing president Robert Zoellick by 20 April, the start of its spring meetings with the IMF.South Africa’s backingNigeria, South Africa and Angola jointly announced Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination in Pretoria on 23 March, ahead of a World Bank constituency meeting between the three countries.“We are very proud as Africa and certainly this constituency to confirm that the Minister of Finance of Nigeria is going to be a candidate for the president of the World Bank,” Gordhan said.“She would be a candidate of choice not just on the African continent but well beyond as well.Gordhan added that the G20 had made a decision that future processes for the selection of heads of international finance institutions like the World Bank needed to be open, transparent, democratic and merit-based.“We believe that the candidature of Minister Okonjo-Iweala enables those that are going to make this decision in Washington to have before them an eminently qualified individual who can balance the needs of both developed and, importantly, developing countries,” Gordhan said.Okonjo-Iweala would also “provide a new vision and sense of mission to the World Bank and its relevance, particularly to developing countries across the globe”.Sapa, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more