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

Sinn Fein TDs Doherty and MacLochlainn will not pay Household Charge

first_img Twitter Previous articleCost of calling out the fire service set to doubleNext articleBadminton- Chloe’s Reaction On Reaching Another Olympics News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Sinn Fein TDs Doherty and MacLochlainn will not pay Household Charge Sinn Fein’s Donegal Deputies, Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn have confirmed they will not be paying theHousehold Charge.At least seven Sinn Fein TDs have now confirmed they are to boycott the household charge taking the number of Dáil representatives who will not pay the €100 tax to well over a dozen.Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn made their decisions following  discussions with their families and supporters.Deputy Pearse Doherty says his was a personal decision and is not active encouraging others to follow suit:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/pear1household.mp3[/podcast]Deputy MacLochlainn says he came to his decision after speaking to his family….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/pad530.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Newsx Adverts By News Highland – December 16, 2011 Google+ WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

COMMENTARY: Maine needs an earlier start on baseball, softball seasons

first_imgEvery two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.It’s now mid-May, and the spring sports season should be in full swing. Graduation is just around the corner, and with the summer months nearing, most teams should be easing toward playoff time.Instead, local baseball and softball teams find themselves in a pinch. Inclement weather has led to numerous postponements around the state, and the Maine Principals’ Association has already had to extend the regular season until June 2 as a result. Teams in Hancock County are reaching the halfway point far later than expected, and some in the northern part of Aroostook County still have to play 10 games or more.Spring is a challenging time for high school athletics. The rain can seem endless at times, and wet field conditions can make baseball and softball games unplayable. There’s nothing anyone can do about that; the weather is what it is, and it’s simply unsafe for games to be held under those circumstances. This is also the case with track and tennis, but these sports have fewer events and require fewer officials.Even if bad luck is to blame, it’s looking likely that the MPA will have to extend the baseball and softball regular seasons at least one more time. With postseason play beginning June 6, pushing the regular season past June 2 would be cutting it awfully close.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIf schedules become even more backlogged, the MPA could move the start of the playoffs back this year. So far, though, that hasn’t happened, and it could force some teams to play four or five games a week in order to complete their 16-game schedules before the current deadline. That’s a big workload for student-athletes who still have tests to take and papers to write as the school year comes to an endThere has to be a better solution. The state’s championship date of June 17 for baseball and softball is already very late in the year — most states finish play in late May or the first weekend of June — so pushing it back further would be unwise. Cutting the season to 12 or 14 games is an option, but 16 is already a rather small sample size. Yet there is another choice: starting the season earlier.This option is more achievable than the alternatives. After all, most baseball and softball teams in Maine already play around four exhibition games. That doesn’t really happen in any other sport, and baseball and softball don’t need to be exceptions. If teams began practice earlier and converted two exhibition games to regular season matchups, it would be possible for them to have played four games by the fourth week of April.Problems will still exist, of course. There will be weather delays in early April, too, and some schools also give their students weeklong vacation periods this time of year. Yet even if teams managed to play just three of those four or so extra games during that two-week stretch, it would significantly ease the load throughout the rest of the season.Although we can’t control whether it rains or shines, we can certainly control when baseball and softball teams schedule games. As beneficial as extra practices and exhibition contests can be, they become problematic when they take up nearly four weeks at the start of the year. Adjusting that would help baseball and softball seasons resemble those of other sports.Maine’s climate is always going to make the spring sports season difficult. Whereas states in other parts of the country can begin baseball and softball in early or mid-March, teams here don’t have that luxury. The state will always have to handle this time of year with a different approach.Nevertheless, it would be best for everyone if the scheduling nightmares the 2017 season has brought about could be avoided in the future. A scenario in which teams would have a few more games under their belts this time of year would make doing so much easier. Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more