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#ShopLimerick: Well-known shoe shop takes a step online

first_img Previous articleTeckro Expands Product Portfolio to Unblock Clinical Research Site StaffNext articleHeadrace: A cautionary tale from Theme Tune Boy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print BusinessNews#ShopLimerick: Well-known shoe shop takes a step onlineBy Staff Reporter – November 30, 2020 464 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Nevils ShoesBASED on O’Connell Street, Nevil’s Shoes has been a Limerick City institution for over 35 years, and this year has made the step online, bringing their extensive offering of over 60 brands to the new retail landscape.Established by Nevil O’Sullivan in 1985, at the tender age of 24, hiss vision was to establish a “go to” shoe shop with an emphasis on quality and design at affordable prices. Nevil sadly passed away in 2014 at the age of 53 and his wife Chris continues to run this family business.Today, Nevil’s Shoes is a mecca for shoe lovers in Limerick City, and has become synonymous with high quality shoes for men and women, coupled with a renowned approach to customer service.Offering a flat delivery rate anywhere in Ireland for just €5 regardless of weight, as well as a Click & Collect option, Nevil’s Shoes are committed to delivering an online experience that matches the high standards set in store.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We needed to innovate to survive” said Chris O’Sullivan. “Last April, we contacted Magico (www.magico.com) to work with us as we had little eCommerce knowledge,” she explained.“In just over one month, we have successfully catalogued hundreds of products and in effect, have introduced what our shop has to offer to an online setting. It truly is a game changer for us, and it is especially heartening to see so many of our longstanding customers returning to our shop, even if it is online.”“We are very much aware that we are going to be living with COVID-19 for a very long time. We may not have considered launching an online store in the past, but with consumer behaviour changing it is now hard to see how we would have continued to trade without an online offering in the years ahead,” she added.Nevils Shoeshttps://www.nevilsshoes.ie/Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebookcenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlimerickshop local Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more

Fully open borders to tourists from 10 countries

first_imgThe 232nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held today, at which the website was presented Enter Croatia on which there is an online form for faster and easier crossing of the state border. / / / EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION CONFIRMATION PROOFING ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR TOURIST PURPOSES By the said Decision, nationals of Member States of the European Union such as Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, due to the satisfactory epidemiological situation, will not have to prove the reason for their entry (such as business, economic, tourist, etc.) when entering the Republic of Croatia, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before COVID-19, but still with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Tourists from countries not mentioned above will still need to have confirmation of booking accommodation / charter services / etc. proving entry into the Republic of Croatia for tourist purposes. For this purpose, an official example of the accommodation reservation confirmation has been prepared, which is attached. center_img Upon entry into the Republic of Croatia of citizens of these Member States, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (such as destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), for the possible need to contact for epidemiological reasons, via the already mentioned website. online obrasa Enter Croatia. Also, the Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović presented Decision amending the Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

Diversified Growth Funds under pressure to cut fees

first_imgThe cost cap on default funds in the UK’s new workplace savings system is starting to bite on Diversified Growth Funds (DGF).The government recently announced plans to cap member-borne charges in defined contribution (DC) default investment funds at 75bps by April 2015.Britt Hoffmann-Jones, head of DC at consultancy P-Solve, said it was “a real shame that millions of customers are effectively being denied better quality investment management.”With their focus on asset allocation rather than stock selection as the prime source of return, DGFs have proven popular with pension fund trustees and their consultants. Research from consultancy Towers Watson showed the proportion of FTSE 100 schemes using a DGF in their default fund rose from around 10% to 70%, over the last five years. This coincided with a substantial fall in allocations to purely passive investments from the FTSE DC schemes.Assets under management for the leading handful of DGFs are estimated at £70bn (€79bn).But P-Solve is one of a number of consultancies now discussing with DGF providers whether they can drop their fees or find some compromise ahead of the cap’s introduction next year.“There are only so many low-cost providers out there,” said Hoffman-Jones.Commercial and performance success means that the biggest DGFs are priced close to 100bps. The 75bp cap also has to include administration and any investment platform charges. Consultants reckon 25-35 bps is a fair range for the administration costs.Andrew Cheseldine, a partner at consultancy LCP, said he had some sympathy with the predicament for DGF managers – “but not a lot.”LCP clients do have default funds which are a blend of passive and DGFs. He reckoned the mix might have to include more passive in the future if DGF managers cannot lower their fees.Both Hoffman-Jones and Cheseldine agreed that the cap was the UK government’s defence against accusations that ordinary workers are funding City ‘fat cats’ first and their own retirement second.Cheseldine added that whatever the awkwardness of the cap, new workplace pensions’ success depends on how eight million people perceive them rather than the reality.Stephen Bowels, head of DC at Schroders said: “There is a new generation of multi-asset solutions coming through which will be diversified with active allocation, and a pricing point less than 75bps, but it will mean certain assets might not appear such as property and infrastructure, simply because they are too expensive to put into a portfolio at 75bps.”Cheseldine added that the ambit of fees under scrutiny would only widen, noting that issues such as soft commissions and transaction costs have yet to be factored into the 75bps cap.One method of altering fee revenues from default funds is to raise the charge on employee contributions and lower the annual management charge proportionately.This is how NEST, the State-backed fund, operates. Hoffman-Johns said that this mix would work for young schemes where the assets were insubstantial.last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 16

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A replica of the famous Centenary diamond on display at the Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A replica of the famous Cullinan 1 diamond on display at the Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: Visitors have a chance to search for diamonds at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 16:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

How to Foster Solar Innovation and Save Jobs

first_imgBy EDWARD BARBIER and TERRY IVERSONThe U.S. solar industry is nervously awaiting President Donald Trump’s decision whether to impose punitive duties on imported solar panels and related equipment or even restrict some of those imports altogether. It could come any day between now and late January.This is the final stage of a process that began when two U.S. subsidiaries of foreign solar panel makers filed a rarely used kind of trade complaint with the International Trade Commission. The independent U.S. agency has recommended a course of action officially intended to protect domestic manufacturers from unfair competition.But far from protecting U.S. interests, the tariffs would stifle the current solar boom, destroying American jobs and dragging down clean energy innovation. As economists who research climate and energy policies that can foster a greener North American economy, we argue the government should instead create targeted subsidies that support innovation and lower costs across the supply chain. This approach would do a better job of helping the U.S. industry fend off foreign competition without harming the industry itself. A booming industryThe U.S. solar industry has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years, thanks to the rapidly declining cost to install solar systems and tax breaks for homeowners, businesses, and utilities that have expanded demand but are being phased out. Prices have plunged to roughly $1.50 per watt from around $6 in 2010 due to both innovation that made it less expensive to make panels anywhere and cheap imports. Solar job growthSolar job growth took off in 2010. By 2016, more than 260,000 Americans worked in the industry, up from fewer than 95,000 seven years earlier.An uninterrupted solar boom would create even more jobs. The number of solar panel installers, for example, would more than double from 11,300 to 23,000 within 10 years at the current pace of growth, which would make it the fastest-growing profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another renewable energy mainstay, wind turbine technician, came in a close second.Imposing tariffs on imported panels would cloud that outlook, largely because manufacturing accounts for less than 15% of U.S. solar jobs while installation amounts to more than half of them, according to the Solar Foundation’s annual census. If panels get more expensive, the cost to go solar will rise and demand will fall – along with the impetus to employ so many installers.The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group that represents many companies in the industry and opposes the duties, estimates that imposing them could double solar prices and cost the industry 88,000 jobs. Solar Ruling Prompts Industry Jitters How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar IndustryHearings Open on Solar Panel Trade CaseCould a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?Tariffs Could Boost Solar Panel Prices RELATED ARTICLES Why make an exception?Like most economists, we believe that subsidies should be avoided except in special circumstances. Here are three reasons why this industry is an exception.First, when one nation subsidizes solar panel production and exports those panels, it makes it cheaper to go solar in other countries, effectively cutting the cost of implementing climate policies abroad.Second, when solar energy replaces fossil fuels in one place, the declining carbon emissions benefit people around the globe. Climate change, after all, affects the entire world.Third, R&D investments made in any one economy eventually add to the global knowledge base. Improving solar technology will ultimately benefit the entire industry worldwide.The proposed tariffs the Trump administration is considering will yield none of these benefits. In fact, they could instigate a trade war over clean energy products with our trading partners globally.That is why we believe that the smarter subsidies we are proposing are a better way to sustain the U.S. solar industry and protect jobs. Smarter subsidiesDespite the robust growth in wind and solar employment and its official support for an “all of the above” energy policy that combines fossil fuels, nuclear power, biofuels, and renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar, the Trump administration has sought to slash support for alternative energy through the federal budget.We agree that the government should encourage solar panel manufacturing within the nation’s borders. But there are better ways to support this important priority than by raising prices on imported equipment through punitive tariffs.China’s edge in solar panel manufacturing — apart from low wages — is driven by scale and supply-chain development, spurred by cost inducements like low-interest loans, technology development assistance, and cheap land. Other newly industrialized countries like South Korea and Taiwan have followed China’s lead by fostering their own solar manufacturing bases with targeted subsidies.We believe the U.S. should follow suit. In addition to directing subsidies to reduce the costs of the solar supply chain, the government should also increase subsidies for private research and development for green innovation. Currently, federal financing for private solar R&D lags far behind levels seen in China and the European Union.These subsidies could be funded by the tariffs the government is already collecting on solar panels imported from China and elsewhere.If the U.S. government deems that additional restrictions are required, then it makes sense to follow a separate recommendation to freeze solar panel imports at 2016 market share levels. The government should then auction off the rights to import foreign solar panels to U.S. installers.The government could spend the proceeds from these auctioned import licenses on domestic innovation and other efforts to cut supply chain costs for U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and related equipment.While World Trade Organization rules limit the use of subsidies that explicitly promote a country’s exports in global markets, the ones we are proposing would likely be WTO-compliant.This is because their aim is to make the U.S. solar industry more competitive within the domestic market, given the government’s earlier findings that cheap imported panels are being dumped — sold too cheaply — here. In 2016, 87% of U.S. solar installations used foreign-produced PV panels, also known as PV modules, primarily from China.The rapid decline in solar panel costs has been driven by policies in China and elsewhere intended to expand domestic manufacturing of these products.The problem is not unique. Other countries dependent on cheap solar imports, including Germany and Canada, are also grappling with how to sustain the solar boom while protecting their own domestic manufacturers from unfair foreign competition.The trade commission sent Trump its recommendations on November 13, giving him until January 13 to accept or reject its guidance. Later, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asked the agency to draft a “supplemental” report, effectively extending the president’s deadline for setting the tariffs to January 26.The request, observers surmise, could signal that the administration is concerned about this case’s potential to spiral into a broader trade dispute with China and other major U.S. trading partners. Edward Barbier is a professor of economics, and Terry Iverson is an associate professor of economics, at Colorado State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

My 2017 Balance Sheet

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now As is my tradition (and one worth considering), my balance sheet for 2017 follows.AssetsHow could I start anywhere other than right here, The Sales Blog? I had to buy the domain thesalesblog.com in 2007 because someone in Charlotte, North Carolina owned salesblog.com and was sitting on it. It turns out that that someone was Jeffrey Gitomer, who hadn’t yet done anything with it. I made the decision to blog daily on December 28th, 2009, making this 8 years publishing here daily, with the exception of 13 days in 2010 when visiting Tibet.The total posts here now number 3,394 . . . plus this one.In 2017, I decided to start a YouTube vlog called Every Day. My intention was to post there daily, and I ended up with 233 videos, having been discouraged by gear challenges (now mostly resolved) and bad internet on the road (made worse by shooting in 4K, which is wholly unnecessary). I am going to try again next year. All said, 5,000 people subscribed, which is good for the first year of a channel.I published The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales on August 8, 2017 a mere 301 days after the publication of my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need (October 11, 2016). The Lost Art made 800CEOREAD’s Long List of their best business books of 2017, one of five in sales and marketing (and the only book on sales).Portfolio also offered me a contract for my third book, a book about competitive displacements, something that most of us spend our time trying to achieve by taking our dream clients from our competitors (whilst they are doing the same).A few years ago, I bought the domain name outboundconference.com, set on the idea that my mastermind group would support running a conference of our own, one where truth would be told, lies and myths dispelled, and where people who wanted to improve their results would find the help they needed. Jeb Blount, Mike Weinberg, and Mark Hunter joined me in this project, a sales conference like no other sales conference you have ever attended. On April 13th, 2017, we filled all the seats in the conference center, and the reviews were amazing. This is now a thing, and we are doing it again on April 11th and 12th in 2018.I worked very hard to slow my reading, drinking deeper and doing the work to incorporate what I read into actions. To do so, I read three of the books I read in 2017 twice and listened to the audiobook once. This is what I have found is necessary to capture the full value of a book. In 2018, I am going to alternate between reading books very quickly and very slowly, going fast to find work that is worth a deeper reading and then slowing down.Celebrated my 22nd wedding anniversary and 25 years together (leaving a lot of family stuff out of here).DeficitsI have not done as good of a job as I need to when it comes to my health. This is made worse by flying and staying in hotels, where disciplines are more difficult to keep—especially sleep quality. I’ve already started to address this, but it will be a focus in 2018.I did not do as good a job marketing The Lost Art of Closing as I needed to. In part, the time between books was a factor. The book deserves more, as it is a methodology that is producing results for all who adopt it. I am going to call for a do-over here and relaunch it.In a few cases, I let someone else change my state. This isn’t easy to do, and it was only visible to me. The rare nature of these events reminds me that there is always still work one needs to do on oneself.I moved too slowly on a business opportunity because of conflicting needs within the business. You sometimes believe you know what you want only to be challenged when another opportunity presents itself. The trick is find a balance between the longer term and right now. This is a work in progress.This is the last entry for 2017, and tomorrow begins a new year. Time to increase the assets and shore up the deficits once again, always onward, with vim and vigor, working to become the person that comes after this one. Happy New Year!last_img read more

IMF and Gov’t reach staff-level agreement

first_imgJamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement.This was revealed by Head of the IMF Mission to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, during a press conference, held at the National Heroes Circle offices of the Finance and Planning Ministry, in Kingston, on Friday, February 15.The IMF is to present Jamaica’s economic programme to its Executive Board for consideration by March.“The Mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities on the key elements of a policy programme that can be supported by a four-year arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF),” he said.A staff-level agreement means that the staff members from the IMF and the negotiating team in Jamaica have been able to reach a deal on Jamaica’s economic programme, which will be presented to the IMF Executive Board.Mr. Martijn explained that the Government’s economic reform programme will be reviewed by the IMF Management and then passed to the Executive Board for further consideration. The Board will review the timely implementation of prior actions to be taken by the Jamaican government and whether the Government has secured the necessary financing assurances.“Very important in this context, is that (Jamaica’s) authorities have announced a debt exchange that, along with fiscal adjustment and structural reform measures, will help reduce Jamaica’s financing needs and contribute to debt sustainability,” he noted.“In addition to continued support from international financial institutions and other creditors, the success of the authority’s programme will depend critically on a high rate of participation of private creditors in the debt exchange. All these elements will help secure financing assurances for a Fund-supported programme,” he added.Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said in order to submit the programme to the IMF Executive Board by March, both the National Debt Exchange offer and the public sector wage negotiations must be successfully completed, with the requisite level of participation by all.“These actions will together, add more certainty to the Government’s ability to plan its expenditure over the medium term and to undertake the programme of economic reform with support from not only the IMF but from the other multilateral partners and bilateral partners who have traditionally offered support to the Government of Jamaica,” he said. The Minister pointed out that the growth strategy under its economic programme will centre on attracting significant investment in areas such as agriculture, tourism, shipping, port logistics, business process outsourcing, energy and manufacturing, among other things.“This growth strategy is driven by fiscal and monetary reforms aimed at creating a stable, predictable and resilient macro-economic environment, and is focused on reducing the public debt ratios to sustainable levels. The strategy is also underpinned by critical structural reforms, aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s external competitiveness and productivity, and it also aims at achieving strategic private and public investments, and social stability,” he said.Dr. Phillips further informed that the programme includes specific minimum targets for the expenditure on social protection measures and public capital expenditure, which is targeted at three per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.“In the midst of the revenue raising measures, there is a fundamental commitment to the protection of the poor and the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the population and also a commitment to ensuring that the critical public infrastructure to support growth is put in place,” he said.The Minister assured that the Government is deeply committed to the objectives and measures underlying the programme, and intends to pursue them with “focus and vigour”.“It is our programme for which we seek support from the Fund and from the multilateral institutions and our bilateral partners. We accept full ownership for what we need to do. We need to do this for our own survival as a country,” he emphasized.“We welcome the conclusion of this round of negotiations and look forward to a similarly favourable consideration by the Board of the Fund,” he concluded.The IMF team, which has been in the island since Tuesday, February 5, leaves the country, on Friday, February 15.last_img read more

George Foreman Challenges Steven Seagal to 10Round Fight

Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.The 68-year-old Foreman posted a picture of the 65-year-old Seagal on Twitter on Monday, writing: “I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas.”When fans asked Foreman on Twitter why he wanted to fight Seagal, Foreman replied that the martial artist “really can fight” and is big enough to defend himself. Foreman first won the heavyweight title in 1973 and again in 1994.Seagal made headlines last week for saying that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were a “joke” and an “outrage.”A representative for Seagal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the star didn’t want to comment on Foreman’s offer. read more

Klopp on the evolution of Worldclass Salah

first_imgJürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”last_img read more

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