Feedback awaited following local meetings with AIB

first_img“It will be very difficult to attract investment without a bank.”RESIDENTS groups from county towns affected by the pending closure of AIB branches are awaiting feedback following meetings with senior management in which cases for the retention of the banks were put forward.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AIB took the decision to close eight branches in Limerick city and county by the end of next year, but locals have refused to lie down under the move.Following a public meeting, it was decided that five concerned Foynes residents would meet with the manager of the Newcastle West branch, James Stanton, and the regional manager, Gene McPolin.One of the representatives, Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Director of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum said:“The managers came to us in Foynes and we presented them with a 12 point argument as to why the closure of the local branch should be reconsidered.Speaking to the Limerick Post she added:“If the closures go ahead there will be only one branch on the N69 between Listowel and Limerick, a 63km stretch, while the N21 has one in every town.“Foynes is a major port town and there are huge plans to develop it through the port company but it will be very difficult to attract investment without a bank”.She said that the Foynes branch should have been profitable, with at least 60 local business accounts based there, as well as “countless employees’ personal accounts at the branch.“A mobile bank wouldn’t suffice for our needs and it will be a knock for tourism to not have a branch here.“There are also security issues related to the closure as businesses will have to travel long distances with cash in tow to lodge it.“We asked what savings would be made from closing the branch, as AIB own the building.“We also asked what facilities will be provided at the post office, because we have yet to hear of details of this arrangement”.Ms. O’Shaughnessy said that the group had been happy to have the initial meeting and to be listened to but understood that it would be some time before feedback would be received from the bank.Representatives of the Drumcollogher branch of the AIB also met with officials. Print Advertisement Facebook Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal NewsFeedback awaited following local meetings with AIBBy admin – August 29, 2012 735 Previous articleNo decision yet on the implementation of a property tax – NoonanNext articleManager makes new appointments adminlast_img read more

Ski This Way

first_imgAn optimistic look at the ski season aheadThere’s no way to sugarcoat it: last ski season sucked. After a big snowfall in October, which dropped a foot of powder on Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia (before the resort was open), Old Man Winter pulled a no-show. Virginia resorts were some of the hardest hit, reporting only 57 percent of their average annual snowfall. Worse yet, temps were so unseasonably warm, the mountains couldn’t get their snow guns going with any consistency.“It was one of the worst winters we’ve ever seen,” says Kenny Hess, ski operation manager for Massanutten Resort outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mass, which usually averages 35 inches of natural powder a year, didn’t even reach double digits last season. And they weren’t alone. Even looking to the Rockies didn’t offer any solace. Many Colorado and Utah resorts failed to reach the 200-inch snow mark.“Everyone took their lumps last year,” says Rob Schwartz, general manager for Bryce Resort, Virginia’s smallest ski resort.Skiers and boarders took their lumps too, dealing with spotty conditions and hopeful forecasts that rarely panned out. Some simply took 2011-2012 off. We cross-trained. We mountain biked through winter. But as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. As fall transitions to winter, we’re itching to hit the slopes hard. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this ski season.How’s the Weather? Last winter was a bummer, but this winter should be a winner according to leading meteorologists. Long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok at Accuweather is calling for above-normal snowfall for the majority of our resorts and Mid-Atlantic cities, based mostly on the weak presence of an El Niño pattern. At press time, the Old Farmer’s Almanac agreed, also siting the weak El Niño.Want some less scientific indicators of a good winter? How about a couple of long-standing folklore indicators of a harsh (read: great) winter. 1) For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in winter. 2) If the corn husks are thick during harvest, the winter will be cold and snowy.Cheapest Ski Digs: $20  A hotel is nice, but camping is cheap. Canaan Resort has the best winter camping situation in our region. For $20, you get a pad, showers, and full power hookup at Canaan Valley State Park. And it’s all across the street from Canaan Resort’s 180 annual inches of snowfall and 850 feet of vertical drop, not to mention the cross-country trails that traverse the park. canaanresort.com Ski When You Want Appalachian Ski Mountain is introducing a Flex Ticket this year, which allows your ski day to start when you start skiing, instead of having to adhere to a strict 9am-4pm or 6-10pm ski schedule. Massanutten, Bryce, and Wintergreen in Virginia have a similar Flex Ticket program, but App is the only North Carolina resort to offer this sort of flexibility. appskimtn.comScrew Mother Nature “Manmade snow is our product,” says Kim Jochl, marketing manager for Sugar Mountain. “And our product gets better every season, thanks to the evolution of snowmaking technology.”Sugar invested a quarter of a million in eight new state of the art guns for the 2012 season, which will mean deeper snow, faster and longer. All resorts make improvements to their snowmaking capacity each season, but Wintergreen took it to a new level by adding a new water tank that will double their snowmaking capacity this season. “This will help us open earlier in the season and get 100% of our slopes open sooner,” says Betsy Dunkerton, marketing for Wintergreen.There’s an App for That Wintergreen is introducing a mobile app this year featuring up-to-the-minute slope and conditions updates, special offers, trail map…wintergreenresort.com. Want something broader? On The Snow gives you surface conditions, weather, and general info for resorts all over the country. onthesnow.comCheapest Weekend Lift Ticket: $50At Canaan Resort, for a weekend day ticket during peak season. canaanresort.comGo Lumberjack Tree skiing has long been a rarity in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, but our legal gladed terrain is growing this season. North Carolina’s Cataloochee Resort is officially adding Wildcat Glades, a short tree run beside Short and Sweet that skiers have “poached” in previous seasons when there was enough natural snowfall. This season, the resort has cleared the brush from the trees and added snowmaking. cataloochee.com Snowshoe Mountain is also set to unveil some new gladed tree runs this winter. The resort opened Sawmill Glades (the first official gladed terrain on the mountain) a few years ago and skiers have been anxious for more trees ever since. The resort couldn’t be reached by press time, so details about the new tree run are scarce.Best Season Pass Perk: First Tracks, Wisp Resort Every Saturday from January to March, Wisp will open one of its chairs at 7:30am for season pass and multi-day ticket holders only. wispresort.comBy the NumbersYes, last season was rough, but there were some shining moments. Here are the highlights from the 2011-2012 ski season.Longest Ski Season, 2011-12110 days at Cataloochee, November 12 to March 18Most Snowfall, 2011-12110 inches, reported by Timberline ResortBiggest Single Dump  12 inches, Wisp, Jan. 3, 2012last_img read more

Arsenal make £100,000 donation to help combat coronavirus

first_img “A further £50,000 already donated to local community initiatives by The Arsenal Foundation, in partnership with Islington Giving, will also be re-directed to Islington Giving’s Crisis Fund as part of this COVID-19 community response. “From Tuesday, March 24, we will make all Arsenal in the Community cars available to transport frontline NHS mental health workers. Driven on a voluntary basis by Arsenal in the Community staff, this service will support NHS workers in delivering vital medication and emergency supplies.” Read Also:EPL: Arsenal alter training plans as Arteta recovers from coronavirus With London the hardest hit area of the United Kingdom in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham is keen to keep the connection between club and supporters. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Arsenal have pledged a £100,000 donation to local charities supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s players The Premier League club announced their latest contributions on Tuesday, which also includes using company cars – driven by Arsenal in the Community staff – to transport NHS workers and help deliver supplies. “Arsenal Football Club has never shied away from responding to the needs of its community. In these uncertain times we are taking a series of steps to ensure our local and global communities receive our full support,” an official statement read. “The Arsenal Foundation will donate £100,000 to local charities and organisations that are supporting those most in need during this COVID-19 crisis. We are in constant dialogue with Islington Council and our partners in the NHS to ensure this response is aligned with their priorities and supports those most vulnerable.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Proteas crush Sri Lanka in opening ODI

first_img(REUTERS)-Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir took three wickets each as South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international in Port Elizabeth yesterday.South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl, restricting the tourists to 181 all out in 48.3 overs on a slow wicket.The home side never looked troubled in their reply, reaching their target with 94 balls remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Kusal Mendis (62) provided lone resistance for Sri Lanka, who were rocked by two early strikes from left-arm seamer Parnell (3-48), before leg-spinner Tahir (3-26) ripped through their middle-order.The touring side managed just 18 boundaries as South Africa bowled a tight line with all-rounder Chris Morris (2-29) impressive on his return from injury having last played in June.Quinton de Kock (34) and Hashim Amla (57) put on 71 for the first wicket in South Africa’s reply, before the former offered a simple catch to Sandun Weerakkody at cover off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan.Amla posted his 31st ODI half-century before he was caught and bowled by Asela Gunaratne, undone by the lack of pace in the pitch as he got his timing wrong.But Faf du Plessis (55 not out) and AB de Villiers (30 not out) steered South Africa home with ease.For skipper De Villiers it was a triumphant return in his first ODI for seven months having been sidelined by an elbow injury.South Africa have now won their last seven ODI matches having whitewashed Australia 5-0 at home in October.The second match of the series against Sri Lanka is in Durban on Wednesday.SRI LANKA InningsN. Dickwella lbw b Parnell 1S. Weerakkody c Amla b Parnell 5K. Mendis lbw b Tahir 62D. Chandimal b Tahir 22U. Tharanga c Duminy b Tahir 6D. de Silva c du Plessis b Parnell 28A. Gunaratne run out (Morris, de Kock) 10N. Kulasekara c de Kock b Rabada 17J. Vandersay lbw b Morris 8S. Lakmal b Morris 3L. Sandakan not out 2Extras (lb-5 w-12) 17Total (all out, 48.3 overs) 181Fall of wickets: 1-1 N. Dickwella,2-14 S. Weerakkody,3-86 D. Chandimal,4-99 K. Mendis,5-102 U. Tharanga,6-126 A. Gunaratne,7-155 N. Kulasekara,8-170 J. Vandersay,9-170 D. de Silva,10-181 S. LakmalBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 1 – 35 – 1, W. Parnell 10 – 1 – 48 – 3(w-5),C. Morris 9.3 – 1 – 29 – 2(w-5), A. Phehlukwayo 7 – 0 – 31 – 0(w-1)I. Tahir 10 – 0 – 26 – 3,J. Duminy 2 – 0 – 7 – 0(w-1).SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock c Weerakkody b Sandakan 34H. Amla c&b Gunaratne 57F. du Plessis not out 55A. de Villiers not out 30Extras (lb-2 w-2 pen-5) 9Total (for 2 wickets, 34.2 overs) 185Fall of wickets: 1-71 Q. de Kock,2-131 H. AmlaDid not bat: J. Duminy, D. Miller, C. Morris, W. Parnell, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Rabada, I. TahirBowling: N. Kulasekara 5 – 0 – 20 – 0,S. Lakmal 6 – 1 – 29 – 0(w-1),D. de Silva 2 – 0 – 9 – 0,J. Vandersay 7 – 0 – 51 – 0,L. Sandakan 8 – 0 – 35 – 1(w-1), A. Gunaratne 5 – 0 – 19 – 1,K. Mendis 1.2 – 0 – 15 – 0.last_img read more

Krivajaj and Ljubuški defeated Goražde and Mira in the handball cup of BiH

first_imgWomen handball players of Krivaja defeated Goražde with 24:21, while Ljubuški HUM defeated Mira with 30:25. Rematches will be played on 3 April.After clubs of Ilidža and Grude gave up the competition, at the final tournament, best four teams have qualified to play in the Cup of BiH, clubs of Borac from Banja Luka and Zrinjski from Mostar have directly qualified to Cup of BiH.last_img