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Traders vent anger at city’s decline

first_imgFacebook Print AMID threats to withdraw payment of rates and make city council bankrupt, traders did not mince their words of condemnation when they demanded immediate action from City Hall in order to save what remains of Limerick’s city centre’s retail business.They pointed to, and requested:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up * Poor garda presence on the streets* expensive parking* dirty streets* magnificent wide paths but no footfall* beggars and heroin addicts causing intimidation* incentive for shoppers to “come into town”* first hour of on-street parking free* paint the frontages of the premises in the Opera Centre or demolish it entirely* more ground floor parkingSpeaking at a meeting with Mayor Kevin Kiely and Fine Gael councillors, they said that compared to Dublin, Cork and Galway, Limerick city is not on the map.Chief executive of Limerick Chamber, Maria Kelly, was acutely critical of the lack of co-operation and goodwill between the Limerick City and County Councils.“There is no messing in Cork’s city centre because there are gardai all over, and in terms of image, Limerick’s is the worst in the country. We have no visitors at the weekends unless there’s a big match – we need to make this a destination city. In Cork, everyone is involved – we need to do the same as what we have now is a crisis situation – people held at knifepoint in their premises is terrible”. Over 100 traders told the FG councillors that they are now literally on their knees. The mayor, on behalf of the nine FG councillors had invited them to voice their concerns which they, as the “pro business party” on the council, would take to the city manager.“We are pro-business and have to decide how best to promote you the traders and stabilise jobs,” Cllr Ger Fahy told one trader, who wanted to know what City Hall is going to do to maintain business in Cruises Street, William Street and throughout the city.Calls were made for free parking days from 11am. It was said that landlords need to be penalised for leaving their premises to run down, “when as it is, we are being served fines for €300 for putting out signage to promote our businesses”.Ger Clancy of Clancy Electrical, said his family had been trading on O’Connell since 1936. They moved to the Parkway Roundabout last autumn, asserting that they had no option as City Hall had ignored their calls for essential parking.“I now have a pup’s chance of letting this main street premises in this ghost town. We must bring in a cardboard clock system of parking which would give people a chance to set the clock for one hour free parking – this would bring people in to do three or four messages at a time”.There was enthusiastic support for another trader’s call to demolish the empty premises in the Opera Centre area.“The few businesses that are still there are isolated and vulnerable, it’s not safe to walk there and in the summer months there is a revolting smell coming from some of these buildings”,The general manager of Brown Thomas said it is essential that a major anchor sets up in the city. The meeting heard from a female retailer how she has been held at knifepoint in her shop on three occasions. Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email NewsLocal NewsTraders vent anger at city’s declineBy admin – February 18, 2010 604 Previous articleMinimum 12 hour wait for 46% of A&E patientsNext articleWorrying ‘remedy’ to drugs debt adminlast_img read more

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moe. Performs Intimate Acoustic Set At Garcia’s [Full Audio/Gallery]

moe. spent their weekend at Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre, celebrating the holiday season with their first-ever, two-night Famoe.ly Holiday Concert series. “Two night” may not be the best phrase, because yesterday’s performance was actually played during the light of day, as an acoustic brunch set at Garcia’s – the smaller venue adjacent to the main Cap room.After a night spent in the main hall debuting new originals and dusting off tunes from their Seasons Greetings album, the band brought out the acoustics and worked through a very fun performance. They opened with some classics, “Not Coming Down > Wormwood > Okayalright,” and included a few holiday tunes in their setlist with “Hey It’s Christmas” (a debut), “Together at Christmas” and “Blue Christmas.” There was also time for an acoustic “Chromatic Nightmare,” as well as the show’s finale, an acoustic version of their new favorite cover song, “Jump Around.”Listen to the full audio below, courtesy of taper Brian V. You can also see a full gallery of the two night stand below, courtesy of Capacity Images.Setlist: moe. | Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/4/16Set: Not Coming Down > Wormwood > Okayalright, Hey, It’s Christmas#, Shoot First, McBain, Together At Christmas*##, Dead Flowers, Nebraska, Chromatic Nightmare, Blue Eyed Son, Blue Christmas^, Tambourine, Faker > MothEnc: Jump AroundNotes:# FTP## LTP > 12/12/13^ LTP > 12/08/12 Load remaining images read more

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Champlain College students work for state trade partnership

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester. These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships. Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont’s participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.”I’m looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office,” she said. “It’s a similar organization to where I work now — I’ll just see things from the other side.” Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People’s Academy. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles. With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria — which are new members of the European Union.last_img read more

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France set to ban words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ under gay marriage

first_imgFox News 25 Sep 2012France is set to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official  documents under new plans to legalize gay marriage and give equal adoption  rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Under the proposed law, only the word “parents” would be used in marriage  ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples, a move that has sparked  widespread outrage, The Telegraph reports. Changes to the civil code would mean swapping all references to “mothers and  fathers,” in legal documents, with the word “parents.” The proposed law has been met with resistance by members of the Catholic  Church. “Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society,” Cardinal  Philippe Barbarin, the head of the French Catholic Church, told Christian’s RFC  radio last week. “This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create  couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of  incest will fall,” he said, according to the report. “Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring up a child better than a  homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s  development?” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France’s Catholic  newspaper, La Croix.http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/25/france-set-to-ban-words-mother-and-father-under-plans-to-legalize-gay-marriage/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9563543/France-set-to-ban-the-words-mother-and-father-from-official-documents.htmllast_img read more

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11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008

first_imgThe only time MS Dhoni did not play in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) colours in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the two years they were banned. While Dhoni helped in building one of the most consistent and successful T20 franchises in the world, he has admitted on numerous occasions that the move to Chennai was an important pit-stop in his career too.CSK are chasing a record fourth title and face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on Sunday.Hours before the big match, Richard Madley, who was the auctioneer for the first 10 IPL seasons, tweeted an image of the auction sheet for IPL 2008 when Dhoni was sold to CSK for $1.5 million.”Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008. @msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL. A rare piece of cricket memorabilia (sic.),” Madley wrote in his tweet.Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in [email protected] sold to @ChennaiIPL A rare piece of cricket memorabiliaWill be watching #CSKvMI on @hotstarUK #CricketMeriJaan #WhistlePodu #VIVOIPLFinal pic.twitter.com/5M5qY2tPy5Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019Also on the sheet were details of Adam Gilchrist’s sale to the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Shoaib Akhtar to Kolkata Knight Riders, Mahela Jayawardene to Kings XI Punjab and Muttiah Muralitharan to CSK.He went on to say in the replies section that the first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and that selling Dhoni was a “career highlight.”The first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and selling MSD was a career highlightadvertisementRichard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019CSK are facing MI for the fourth time in the IPL final that will be played in Hyderabad. The latter have a better record in previous encounters between the two sides in a title clash with MI winning two of these contests.With three titles each, both sides are the most successful teams in the history of the tournament. MI are the only team CSK haven’t been able to beat this season.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayAlso Read | IPL 2019 final MI vs CSK Preview: All the stats and numberslast_img read more