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 Print 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 AUTHOR
By MADDY VITALEOcean City is proving that it is being proactive in the fight against COVID-19 with a hefty purchase price of more than $200,000 to provide masks to any resident or visitor who may need one.In a City Council resolution at the June 11 meeting, the governing body approved the purchase of 218,000 surgical masks for a total of $215,620. “The masks are available to the public on the Boardwalk at the Music Pier and at welcome centers throughout town,” explained Public Information Officer Doug Bergen. “They will be distributed to anybody who needs one at city events.”Bergen noted, “The city has separately purchased other PPE, including gloves and plexiglass barriers for public buildings.”The city has erected plexiglass barriers and purchased personal protective equipment to provide safe interactions with the public amid the pandemic.Mayor Jay Gillian has continually stated that residents and visitors to the resort have a responsibility to maintain social distance from strangers and to use common sense.In his June 19 statement to the public, Gillian said, “Summer officially arrives tomorrow, and as our seasonal population increases, I want to remind everybody of the importance of self-responsibility.”He continued, “The city is doing its best to promote awareness, to provide equipment and to enforce what we can. But ultimately it comes down to you. I want to ask everybody to do their part to protect the health and safety of the entire community. I know it can be uncomfortable and an inconvenience, but I would like to see a lot more face coverings – in crowded spaces outside and in all public spaces inside.”The mayor emphasized that the complimentary face masks are available at the Ocean City Music Pier and at all city welcome centers. They also will be made available at city events this summer.“Please make it a habit to always have one on hand and to use it,” he said.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, commended the efforts to provide PPE to residents and tourists.“Safety has always been a priority in Ocean City,” she said Wednesday. “The city, the Chamber of Commerce and businesses have all been working together to provide our guests with a safe vacation.”For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ocnj.us. To visit the Chamber’s website, go to www.OceanCityVacation.com.People who can’t social distance are urged to wear face masks. Wearing face coverings, people line up at the Music Pier in June to purchase beach tags.
In sports, different regions pride themselves on different aspects of the game. Out west, speedy offense is the name of the game. In the south, it’s power offense. Wisconsin’s pride and joy is defense.The Wisconsin Men’s Soccer program is no different. Defense is critical to the Badgers and it’s been one of the program’s defining characteristics over the years, which is why nobody was surprised when Wisconsin hired John Trask early in 2010.“The days when, for some reason, you just can’t find two or three goals, if you have solid play in the back, and a belief in team defending you stand a chance to win, you only need one goal to win a game,” head coach Trask said.Trask started his coaching career as an assistant coach under the legendary Indiana coach Jerry Yeagley. Yeagley’s defense-oriented game plan greatly impacted Trask’s thinking of the game, and ultimately made him the coach he is today.“I worked for Jerry Yagley at Indiana University,” Trask said. “There was a big belief there on playing good individual and team defending. It will always give you a shot to win.”After working with multiple MLS teams, Trask made his way to Chicago where he shined as the head coach of the University of Illinois-Chicago. In his five years with the program, he claimed three Horizon League championships and an Elite Eight berth in 2007. UIC was consistently in the top 10 for goals allowed while under Trask. In 2006, they had a 0.36 goals against average, which ranks fourth in NCAA soccer history. His focus on defense propelled UIC into the limelight as it became a NCAA soccer powerhouse.Since moving to Wisconsin, Trask has developed one of the best defenses in Wisconsin history. He has instilled the defensive mindset into the players, and they have bought into the new system.“From the forwards all the way back down the field everyone is willing to put in that work,” Trask said. “We are hard to play against. If we can team that up with some timely goals, we can give ourselves a chance to beat anyone in the country in a given day.”Wisconsin this year is more experienced than ever on defense. Led by junior AJ Cochran and senior Paul Yonga, the defense has maintained a 1.2 goals against average this season and has shut down some of the best offenses they have faced. Wisconsin recorded its first shutout of the year last week against South Florida, a NCAA tournament team from a year ago. The shutout is the first of many to come if the Wisconsin players and coaches have anything to say about it.“One of the really nice things about the goalkeepers and defenders is that they are talking about shutouts,” Trask said. “I think when they are starting to take pride in that as much as we do as a coaching staff, when the players start to say ‘this is how we are going to be critiqued,’ that’s huge.”One of the brightest spots for the Badgers this year is the introduction of redshirt freshman Casey Beyers between the sticks. Some were skeptical when Trask moved away from experienced senior Max Jentsch in the offseason, but the move seems to have paid off. Beyers recorded his first shutout this weekend and eight saves. More than anything, Beyers offers a strong voice of command for Wisconsin’s last line of defense.“Casey has a very good presence on the field,” Trask said. “He seems to command the back of the team nicely. He is making the simple saves, and he has shown the ability to make the big save for us too.”Even with all the good Wisconsin’s back line is doing, Trask still believes there is work to do. A few players have missed time in practice, most notably Cochran, who played with the U-20 national team this summer. The unit is still coming together, and the coaching staff is trying to fill the hole left by the loss of transfer junior JunHo Seok to injury.“Losing JunHo to this injury has changed the dynamics a little bit,” Trask said. “But we feel confident in some of the other options we have and we are still going to look at some other players. We still might change around the defense a bit still but we feel very good about it.”Luckily, if in the process of trying some new things out, the defense has a bad game, the Badger offense can take control. Wisconsin has one of its strongest offenses in program history this year. The Badgers, over the last few years, have averaged about a goal a game; however, the Badgers have already scored 11 goals in five games this year. Led by redshirt senior Tomislav Zadro and senior Nick Janus, and with the support of a whole host of explosive young players, Wisconsin has the ability to strike at any time.With Wisconsin’s defense strong as ever and an offense full of promise, with Big Ten favorite and defending National Champion Indiana wavering early in the season, Wisconsin has a chance to clinch its first Big Ten title since 1995.