first_imgLinkedin Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Team Up For TheoNext articleWired FM winning on the double at National Community Radio Awards Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie BusinessNews#ShopLimerick – Small business group launches shop local campaignBy Staff Reporter – November 30, 2020 102 ISME chief executive Neil McDonnellLIMERICK retailers are being asked to join the ‘Shop Local – Not Just for Christmas’ campaign launched by small business group ISME which highlights the importance of supporting Irish businesses throughout the year.ISME hopes that their members in Limerick offering business to business services, consumer products and services across the retail, hospitality and personal grooming sectors will join this initiative and avail of the opportunity to promote their business free of charge.Every €10 spent on Irish products generates more than €40 of benefit for related businesses, which highlights the importance of shopping local to maintain employment in local communities.As businesses face into the Christmas shopping period, ISME is encouraging consumers to not only shop locally this festive season, but to make a conscious effort to continue to support local businesses throughout the coming year.Small businesses are facing significant pressure with closures and other restrictions associated with Covid-19 and this is further amplified by rising insurance costs and Brexit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ISME chief executive Neil McDonnell said the purpose of the campaign was to encourage consumers to continue to support Irish SMEs beyond the Christmas period and throughout 2021.“The difficulties faced by Irish businesses since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic are very serious, and SMEs have had to make significant investments in enabling online offerings, purchasing equipment, and implementing procedures to adhere to Government guidelines, including screens, PPE and outdoor dining facilities,” he explained.“ISME is encouraging Irish consumers to think of the bigger picture when supporting Irish businesses. As well as employing local people, SMEs also carry a high percentage of locally produced goods and revenue and employment is generated in other local services and suppliers and other small firms.“Since March, Irish consumers have largely moved away from international online shopping, as 53 per cent estimate that they have done most of their online shopping with Irish SMEs. Buying Irish-made goods and services helps to ensure their quality, traceability, and value-for-money. Over the coming months, we are calling on Irish consumers to continue this trend and make that effort to shop locally, both online and in person,” Mr McDonnell concluded.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Print Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgBoca trainingMadrid, Spain | AFP | Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez conceded playing a Libertadores Cup final in Madrid on Sunday will be “weird” but rejected suggestions River Plate have been put at a disadvantage.The second leg was moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu after the original fixture at River’s El Monumental stadium was postponed last month, following an attack by their fans on Boca’s team bus.South America’s football federation, CONMEBOL, ruled River should lose the chance to play at home, with the game moved abroad amid fears of further fan violence.“It is a weird final,” Tevez said Thursday after Boca had trained at Las Rozas, the base of the Spanish national team.“To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird. But as a player, it is important to stay focused on the match.”Argentina’s two greatest football rivals competing for South America’s most prestigious club prize out of the country, and in Spain, has proven controversial, with both clubs expressing their disapproval.Boca believe the chaos caused by River’s fans means they should be awarded the trophy while River have protested against the loss of home advantage enjoyed by their opponents in the first leg, which finished 2-2.“We would have liked to have played the game at home,” said River goalkeeper Franco Armani on Thursday. “On our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is already made. We have to make the best of it.”Both sets of supporters have been allowed an equal allocation of 25,000 tickets for the match in Madrid, despite away fans being banned at Boca’s Bombonera ground, as they would have been at El Monumental.Asked if River’s chances had been damaged, Tevez said: “I don’t think so. River have a lot more pressure playing at home and now it is 50-50. To play at home, sometimes it goes against you in a Libertadores final.”– Boca fan sent home –Security remains high on the agenda after River’s fans smashed the windows of Boca’s bus and left some of their players injured.“After Sunday there will be a champion and no more talk,” Armani said. “The only thing I can say is that what happened in Argentina cannot ever happen again.”One of Boca’s most radical supporters was sent back to Argentina on Thursday after he had arrived at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. “He is one of the most important and dangerous Boca ultras,” a spokesman for the Spanish police told AFP.Tevez also called for calm around the match.“I think people are smart,” he said. “They know they can’t mess around here so the truth is everything should happen peacefully, as it should do.“I think it’s important for everyone involved to know that while it is a final, of course, it is a football match. We feel good because we’re here and we thank the Spanish people for welcoming us.”Both teams appeared in good spirits as they trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday.Boca’s players were put through a light session at Las Rozas in the morning before River trained in the evening at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas. River had landed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport early on Thursday morning.Attending both sessions were more than 150 journalists while a small number of fans were also seen waiting outside.Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval of the relocated fixture earlier this week, saying it would make it “the most expensive friendly in history”.“It won’t be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it, I think the final has to be played in our country,” Riquelme said.“The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history.”jed/clv/jd/ta/nrShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgTwo senators are introducing legislation they believe will help boost Florida’s tourism industry.U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott announced on Thursday that they have introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act.If approved, it would allow some Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months a year in the U.S, which is two months longer than they are currently allowed to stay.Canadian citizens who are over age 50 and either own or rent a residence in the U.S. would be able to remain for up to 240 days per year. However, they would still be prohibited from working for American employers or seeking any kind of public assistance while in the U.S.Under the current laws, Canadian citizens who stay in the U.S. for more than six months per year are considered U.S. residents for tax purposes. To that end, they are required to pay U.S. federal income taxes on all income they earn during that year, no matter in which country it is earned.Canadians visiting Florida contribute more than $6.5 billion per year to our state’s economy, according to the Canadian Embassy.Senator Scott says, “Last year, Florida welcomed a record 126 million visitors, including 3.5 million visitors from Canada. When we welcome visitors to our state, our communities thrive, businesses grow, and job opportunities are created for Florida families.”“This bill will be a huge boost to our state’s economy,” adds Senator Rubio.Approximately 3.5 million Canadians visited Florida last year, reports VISIT Florida.last_img read more