Venues will be OK – administrators

first_imgLocal stakeholders have expressed confidence that the island’s top sports facilities will stave off, and quickly recover from, the expected onslaught of torrential rains and extreme weather associated with Hurricane Matthew. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Major Desmon Brown, general manager of Independence Park Limited, operators of the National Stadium, the National Indoor Sports Centre, Leila Robinson Courts, basketball courts, National Aquatic Centre and the National Arena, said the facility is ready to ride out the storm. Brown’s organisation also oversees operations for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, and said that venue will be safe as well. “We have put through a plan, and one of the major things we did was to remove all objects that can fly around and we have covered the stuff. Unfortunately, at Trelawny, we have a lot of glass there, and we can’t do much about that, so we just have to do what we can do,” he said. The Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium is hosting the West Indies women, and Brown has backed all government facilities to reopen soon after the storm. “Both the Indoor [Centre] and the National Arena are built to withstand hurricanes. The Indoor Centre was built in 2004, The National Arena withstood Hurricane Gilbert, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t withstand anything else,” he stressed. Brown added that all venues will be ready in a week following the departure of persons using the National Arena as a hurricane shelter. “The Arena is being used as a shelter, so we can’t plan anything until all the persons move out. For the National Stadium, we expect that within a week, it will be ready to host all events,” he noted. Over on the western side of the island, Orville Powell, president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United, said those venues won’t be seriously affected because of “proper drainage”. “We have proper drainage here at Montego Bay United, (located at Wespow Park), Catherine Hall, and I can speak for Reno FC also,” Powell said. “I don’t think we will have an issue with water, and Jarrett Park is the same thing. Rain will fall on to the pitches but they will be okay,” he said, adding that MoBay United stopped training as early as Friday last week. Powell said preparations for the hurricane have included taking down billboards. Meanwhile, George Forbes, Inter-Secondary School Sports Association competition officer said, for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions decisions will be made to resume action following the storm. “It all depends on the damage that would be done to the fields. It’s the whole island that will be affected, so we can’t make a decision until we know where is affected,” he reasoned. “As soon as we get the go-ahead after Matthew, we will make a decision. We are not going to rush anything, we have to wait and see what happens,” he added.” Forbes hinted that select venues could be used, if school playing fields are damaged. “Yes we could do that but we prefer to wait until the passage of Matthew before we can make a decision,” Forbes revealed. One such venue could be the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston. Calls to Sabina Park and Jamaica Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis’ phone went unanswered yesterday. Decisions after stormlast_img read more

Maple Group celebrate first anniversary with new store announcement

first_imgThe Donegal-owned Maple Group has announced more plans to expand, just twelve months after the opening of the first re-branded Maple store.The Maple Group now has six convenience stores and five with forecourts located throughout rural communities in Donegal.Brian Murphy, General Manager of the Maple Group said: “We are delighted with the news this week that we have secured planning permission for a new store. This will enable us to continue the expansion of our Maple brand across Donegal and as new locations are secured, we will be making further announcements.” Brian continued: “We at Maple Group are blown away with the positive feedback from our customers. Our aim was to have independent purchasing ability, so our customers would not only benefit from great value products, we would also give a platform to small artisan producers in the county to sell their produce.“Unlike other symbol groups our independence means we can tailor our stores to local needs while supporting local suppliers such as Cois Farraige Bakery in Bunbeg, Kinnegar Brewery, a craft beer company based in Letterkenny, L.A.N. Teo an organic farm based in Falcarragh to name but a few.” “And over the coming months we are hoping to expand upon this as more local producers come on board. We are continuing to build on our quality; with fresh food being the focus in all our stores. And partnering with Circle K and Donegal Oil Company has given us the ability to remain competitive in our five forecourts,” said Brian.Maple Group stores are located in Milford, Carrigart, Castlefinn, Burtonport, Falcarragh and Derrybeg.The ethos behind the new brand will lead in the coming months to the advanced planning initiative for a, “Produced in Donegal for Maple” symbol. This will clearly show customers when they are truly buying local.Ann Foy, Mary McGlynn, Emma Bogan, Larry Doherty, Pearl DohertySpeaking on behalf of the group, managing director, Arthur McMahon commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that in just a short twelve month period our plans to expand our brand to further locations throughout Donegal are well underway. We currently employ 60 people from the local areas and hope that we can double that within the next two years.”The Maple “Community Fund Project” was launched in their Derrybeg store earlier this year, another initiative enabling local charities & groups to avail of additional funding. This initiative was set up so Maple could give back to their local communities in appreciation of their custom. It will be rolled out in all six locations before the end of the year.Maple Group have helped raise over €50,000 for local and national charitable organisations within the past year. The Stores will continue to offer their premises to assist and help local & national fundraising campaigns.In all locations the expansion plans are welcomed by their customers and staff, who have supported the fact that Maple are local and independent and community focussed. The dedicated and friendly managers and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank their customers for supporting their local Maple and Maple Express Store and for all their business over the past year. Building on the best customer shopping experience and service is what Maple management and staff will continue to deliver. Serving customers in the heart of their local communities is at the heart of the Maple Brand.INSTORE MAPLE HALLOWEEN COLOURING COMPETITION COMPETITION Call into your local Maple Store & collect your colouring competition entry and be in with a chance to win a Samsung Tablet. Two Tablets are being given away in each store.Follow on FacebookSee links to all Maple Facebook Pages below, feel free to follow a store nearest you, they have offers, promotions, community news and competitions running weekly. Group celebrate first anniversary with new store announcement was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ConvenienceMaple groupStoreslast_img read more