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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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Wakanow Set to Launch Beach Sports Series Today

first_imgSome of the participants billed to compete for the highly coveted prizes include Google Nigeria, Andela, Yudala, Mouka Foam, DHL, Snopec, Konga, Inlak Computers, Krones West Africa, Datagroup IT and Oya.com. Major games to be played during the competition are kayaking, beach soccer and beach volley. Commenting on the objective of the tournament themed “Sand, Sweat and Glory”,Group Deputy Managing Director of Wakanow, Mr. Ralph Tamuno, said that the company seeks to leverage on the imitative as a platform to connect people together through sports. “The Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series is a specially packaged initiative that brings together corporate bodies and sport loving individuals in a relaxed and fun environment inspired by a sense of healthy competition. It also provides networking opportunities and experience sharing for professionals across various industries. “Over the years, sporting activities have become not just a tool for recreation and social cohesion but a vehicle to promote good health and tackle some of the life-threatening hazards associated with modern life,” he stated.  Following the fast-paced rise of the middle-class in Africa which has pushed the pressure curve all the way up, the challenges of shortened lifespan, health hazards and burn-out from the workplace are fast becoming emerging threats to human longevity and general wellbeing.  “Activities like the Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series,” Mr. Ralph added, “provide a window of opportunity for busy professionals to unwind and stay healthy.”Speaking on the choice of La Campagne Tropicana as co-host of the tournament, Mr. Ralph noted that the 30-year-old resort provides the ideal ambiance, standards and spark required to create enduring experiences for participants. Chief Marketing Officer of Wakanow, Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko, said the beach sports initiative is another way the Wakanow brand immerses itself in the culture and lifestyle of its customers.“Travel is a lifestyle, and the Wakanow brand places a huge premium on the lifestyle of its esteemed customers, and particularly, delights in those magical experiences that come with winning together as a team. The Wakanow La campagne Beach Sports initiative allows the brand to plug into these rich consumer experiences, celebrate team effort, promote friendship and connect people together to achieve a common goal.” She reiterated the commitment of the brand to continue to deepen its relationship with consumers, leveraging heavily on multi-touch campaigns and superior brand experiences.Wakanow is one of Africa’s online travel portals, providing seamless travel deals, holiday packages and tour services to millions of travelers in Africa and beyond. Wakanow has grown from a humble background to becoming one of the fastest growing and largest travel sites in Africa. All is now set for the maiden edition of the annual Wakanow La Campagne Beach Sports Series to be hosted by Nigeria’s No1 travel booking portal Wakanow. The event, which has been tipped to become a major corporate soccer tournament in Nigeria, holds today, October 1 at the Africa-themed La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Robin Roberts hosting first night of NFL draft on ABC

first_imgThe NFL also announced Monday that Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert on April 26 and Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem on April 25 to open the three days of draft events.The league added that more than 20 Nashville-based acts will perform with additional names announced soon.The draft will take place on an outdoor stage in downtown Nashville with additional events for fans at the NFL Draft Experience to be held outside Nissan Stadium, home of the Titans.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Robin Roberts is returning to sports for one night, hosting ABC’s coverage of the first round of the NFL draft on April 25.The “Good Morning America” co-host was with ESPN from 1990 until 2005. She helped cover the draft and was a regular part of “NFL PrimeTime.”While ESPN’s broadcast will focus on the Xs and Os of draft prospects, as well as how they will fit with their new teams, ABC’s coverage will be geared more toward looking at what players overcame to get drafted as well as the role of their families along the way.Roberts will be joined by the “ESPN College GameDay” crew for the coverage. This is the second year the draft will be on network television. Fox teamed with NFL Network for the first two nights last year.The NFL draft will take place April 25-27 in Nashville.This April 2, 2017 file photo shows Tim McGraw at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman).last_img read more