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IRFU make €500,000 Available to Clubs Hit By Covid-19 Season Cancellation

first_imgTwitter RugbyIrelandNewsSportIRFU make €500,000 Available to Clubs Hit By Covid-19 Season CancellationBy Raffaele Rocca – March 25, 2020 74 Advertisement Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCoronaviruscovid19IRFUIrish RugbyKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRugby Print WhatsApp Previous articleSpeech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with stricter guidelinesNext articleEvery household in Ireland to receive COVID-19 information booklet Raffaele Rocca RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img A general view of a rugby ball. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/SportsfileThe Irish Rugby Football Union has said it will make €500,000 available to clubs due to the cancellation of the season following the Covid-19 crisis.After reviewing it’s financial position and agreeing on a way forward, Domestic Games Director Colin McEntee will inform clubs of the application process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The union will also provide clubs with additional guidance and advice in relation to maintaining their clubs during what is very much unchartered waters.Irish Rugby will continually assess the financial implications and damage caused by the crisis across all strands of the game nationally with the duration of the corona crisis being a key factor in any recovery.The IRFU issued the following statement on their website.The 2019/20 domestic season concluded last week with a number of fixtures outstanding. Current government restrictions also prevent clubs from running important fundraising events.We know that this has placed many clubs in a difficult financial situation, particularly with regard to cashflow.The IRFU’s revenue stream has been severely curtailed, however we want to support clubs as much as we can.What are the IRFU doing for clubs?1. We have agreed to funding of €500,000 to be made available to clubs. We will come back to you with further detail as soon as is practicable.2. We will put in place a moratorium on all club loan repayments for four months from April 1st.Loans in excess of €4 million have been made available to clubs by the IRFU under its current Financial Assistance Scheme. A moratorium on all club loan repayments will be put in place for a period of four months, effective from April 1st, 2020. This will benefit the 56 clubs with payments outstanding to a value of over €150,000 during this period.What can clubs do?The IRFU encourages all of its clubs to draw on any government assistance available to them.There are a range of support schemes for organisations impacted financially from coronavirus.The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has outlined a number of Government supports for COVID-19 impacted businesses including:• Credit Guarantee Scheme• Loans for microenterprises• €200m SBCI COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme• €200m Package for Enterprise Supports• Advice for engaging with revenue, checking insurance covert, talking to your bank and taking immediate steps to manage your cashflows.The IRFU are in ongoing contact with Sport Ireland and will provide updates with specific information on how this relates to rugby.Clubs are advised not to contact provincial branches in relation to funding until an update has been provided centrally from the IRFU.The post IRFU make €500,000 Available to Clubs Hit By Covid-19 Season Cancellation appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Planting Fields Breaks Ground on Sensory Garden

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Officials held a ground breaking ceremony for a new sensory garden at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay on Thursday.Officials broke ground Thursday novel sensory garden at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park that will be center of a new entrance pavilion under construction at the Oyster Bay orchard.Sensory gardens are designed to enhance the park-going experience, leave behind background noise and connect with visitors, including people with disabilities that may not normally get to fully enjoy interacting with nature.“We want people to smell the roses, literally,” said Peter Tilles, trustee of nonprofit Planting Fields Foundation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the arboretum in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “This will be a place for people to relax, contemplate, to feel and touch.”The park, which is celebrating its centennial, is set on the 409-acre former Gold Coast estate of the late industrialist William Robertson Coe.Tilles helped raised nearly $1 million for the project, which he said has been in the works for nine years. The goal is to raise $1.3 million to complete the work.“We need to make sure parks aren’t taken out of the budget,” Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state parks department, said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “This is where people go in tough economic times.”Once completed, the garden will feature Herbaceous plants, shrubs and an interactive touch pool. Signs will be in Braille and the paths will be wide and smoother for wheelchair access. Plant beds will be raised so they’re within not only sight and smell, but also touch of visitors.John D. Kemp, president of The Viscardi Center and Henry Viscardi School in Albertson for children and adults with disabilities, praised the development.“This accessible sensory garden allows children and adults with disabilities, many of whom use powered or wheeled mobility, to experience nature from a whole new, up close perspective – the way those without disabilities do,” he said. “We applaud the Planting Fields Arboretum for taking the initiative to create an inclusive garden setting that all visitors can enjoy.”George Gorman, the Long Island regional director for the state parks department, noted that the coming enhancements will allow both improved visitor experiences and exciting photographic opportunities.“Your tax dollars are well used in these parks,” Gorman said.last_img read more

Why the credit union industry needs small credit unions to stay

first_img“What are you going to do in 10 years when small credit unions are gone and you are out of a job?”This is what a prominent leader in the credit union industry said to me five years ago when I told them I was hanging up my hat as a Vice President at a credit union and starting a marketing consultancy business to serve the small credit union market. Many people think small credit unions are going away and that they aren’t the ones making the impact in our market.  That they are irrelevant and have no place in today’s market. I have heard this from various trade associations, vendors, and even other credit unions.  Today, small credit unions make up over 70% of the credit union industry.  As of April 1, there were 5,492 total credit unions in the US. 3,881 of them are under $100 million in assets, what our industry categorizes as “small.”  What does it mean when people are wishing away a large majority of the market? I want to argue that these “small” credit unions have some of the largest stories to tell, largest impact on their members, and greatest brands of any in the industry.  Five years after starting TwoScore, small credit union leaders across the nation regularly contact me saying how empowered and excited they are to tell their brand story and see the success of ALL small credit unions catch fire.  The financial landscape truly is an ecosystem.  By definition, an ecosystem is something (such as a network of businesses) considered to resemble an ecological ecosystem especially because of its complex interdependent parts.  The credit union industry is an ecosystem within itself. There are large credit unions, small credit unions, large community credit unions, small community credit unions, large SEG-based credit unions, small SEG-based credit unions.  Credit unions focused on supporting small businesses. Credit unions focused on underserved communities. The important part of an ecosystem is the balance achieved by al of these interconnected elements being in place.Want to help the credit union industry succeed?  Don’t discount the small credit unions, their impact and their leaders who work tirelessly every day to build communities, serve members and their employees.  Support them as their peers. We are one industry with thousands of these interconnected parts. Smaller ones succeeding will help all credit unions. 118SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more

5 keys for Syracuse to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 After edging Duke 91-89 in overtime on Feb. 1, No. 1 Syracuse travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time on Saturday in search of another win. Here are the five keys that would allow the Orange to sweep its first season series with the No. 5 Blue Devils.No. 1 C.J.’s slumpThe last time C.J. Fair faced Duke, he played the best game of his career. Fair took over in the second half, hitting anything and everything en route to a career-high 28 points. Since then, though, he’s been dreadful. Fair is shooting 35.4 percent in the last five games, including a 7-for-23 performance in SU’s 62-59 overtime loss to Boston College on Wednesday. If the Orange is to pull off the upset in Cameron, it’ll need a rejuvenated and efficient senior leader.No. 2 Duke’s 3-point shootingThis season, Jim Boeheim has played most opponents to take 3-pointers. It’s a dare of sorts, but the Blue Devils aren’t most opponents. With four marksmen who connect on more than 40 percent of their 3-point attempts, Duke can shred the Orange from beyond the arc. Andre Dawkins (4), Rasheed Sulaimon (4), Tyler Thornton (3) and Rodney Hood (3) spearheaded the Blue Devils’ efforts from long range in the first matchup as the team ultimately finished 15-of-36. The Orange guards and wings will have to close out quickly to keep that quartet from a repeat outing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 3 Jostling with JabariThe Orange handled Jabari Parker well on Feb. 1. Boeheim kept his centers back to shade Parker on the baseline while playing off Amile Jefferson in the high post. The result was a frustrated Parker, who scored 15 points but fouled out late in regulation. This time, Parker could see more time in the high post. If that’s the case, Boeheim will need to adjust accordingly and bring Rakeem Christmas or Baye Moussa Keita forward.No. 4 Center playSpeaking of the centers, Christmas will be relied on for a bounce-back performance after the BC game. Christmas is likely the best post player on the court and will need to play like it for SU to win. He blocked Parker three times (including a nasty denial in transition) in the first matchup, but if Parker is moved to the high post, he’ll have to do a lot more to not only keep the sensational freshman in check, but also to stay out of foul trouble. With Keita playing only two minutes against the Eagles, it’s likely he’s still far from 100 percent.No. 5 Closing strongThose four keys and any other factors aside, the success of this Syracuse team is built on efficiency in the final five minutes. That’s how SU has won about half of its games this year. But against Boston College, and even N.C. State before that, the Orange hasn’t turned into the well-oiled machine that beat Duke once and Pittsburgh twice. No matter what else happens in the first 35 minutes, if Syracuse doesn’t play its best ball in the final possessions, it can’t win. Commentslast_img read more