first_imgLinkedin Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Team Up For TheoNext articleWired FM winning on the double at National Community Radio Awards Staff Reporter 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_imgDisengaged Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, Sylvanus Okpala OON, has taken his dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS based in Lausanne, Switzerland to seek redress and possible reinstatement or compensation with Aminu Maigari, president and Musa Amadu, secretary general joined in suit.Sources close to the NFF told Vanguard Sports that the ex international filed his case with CAS in February and the body has written to inform the NFF which seems  ready to defend itself with the appointment of two legal counsels to defend it.In acknowledging NFF’s letter dated March 11, 2014, Legal Counsel to the CAS, Mr. Brent J. Nowicki wrote that “I note that (sic) the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF’s) appointment of Mr. A.U. Mustapha and Mr. Okey Sylvanus Obi as its legal representatives in this matter.”The body of Arbitration, the source said, however, requested the NFF to clarify within three days of the receipt of its (CAS) letter by email whether the lawyers it appointed “will also represent the individually named Mr. Alhaji (sic) Aminu Maigari and Barrister Musa Amadu, as well as the Nigeria Football Association.”CAS, it was gathered, is seeking an out of court settlement of the dispute, an action Okpala’s camp, through his lawyers have accented to provided the NFF accepts it too, failure of which CAS will begin proceedings under the Ordinary Arbitration rules to resolve the dispute.Towards this end, CAS informed the NFF that Okpala was open to resolving the dispute through “mediation procedure” and therefore requested both sides to advise the CAS Court office on or before March 15, 2014 “whether they jointly consent to the submission of the present dispute to CAS mediation.” It however, added that “the parties are reminded that if they do not JOINTLY (with emphasis) agree within the time limit to submit the present dispute to mediation, the proceedings will continue under the Ordinary Arbitration rules.”Efforts to reach top officials of the NFF, Alhaji Maigari, the NFF president who along the federation’s Secretary General, Barrister Musa Amadu who Okpala dragged to CAS,  Chief Mike Umeh, First Vice President of the NFF, Barrister Chris Green, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director, Media to speak on the development were futile as their telephone lines were switched off.It was not clear as at press time yesterday whether the NFF met with the three days deadline of receipt of CAS letter to clarify the positions of its two lawyers with regards to Maigari and Amadu and the March 15, 2014 deadline given it to consent whether it agrees on mediation by CAS of the dispute with Okpala.A source close to the ex international disclosed that Okpala decided to take the matter to CAS after the NFF failed to reply to letters from his lawyer that he (Okpala) be reinstated or be paid off.It would be recalled that Okpala was disengaged from the Eagles technical crew in April last year by the NFF which cited poor financial standing which has made it difficult for the federation to maintain a 17-man backroom staff. Ironically, only Okpala  was disengaged among the coaching crew while the NFF went ahead to appoint more officials as technical directors a few weeks after, a situation that made him (Okpala), according to a source close to him, to exploit a section of his contract with the NFF which authorises an aggrieved party to go to CAS to seek redress.– See more at: read more