Shannon Airport should be turned over to US Air Force

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSchool bus driver who had ”inappropriate relationship” with female pupil is found not guilty of sexual assaultNext articlePREVIEW: Intermediate semi finals and SHC & IHC relegation battles Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostShannon airport center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival LimerickNewsShannon Airport should be turned over to US Air ForceBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2020 8022 Facebook THE lease for Shannon Airport should be turned over to the US Air Force.That was the view expressed by Independent County Limerick councillor Emmett O’Brien at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was responding to a call from Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan, who proposed that the Mayors of Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Galway meet urgently to come up with a plan to save Shannon Airport before it becomes a “white elephant”.Cllr Sheahan was also quick to make light of Cllr O’Brien’s comment about the lease for Shannon Airport being turned over to the US Air Force.”That will make the headlines for sure. It’s cracked,” he said.However, Cllr O’Brien believes a “radical rethink” is now needed on the future of the airport.“As long as I’m looking across the Shannon, I’m hearing stories of Shannon Airport’s impending demise. We hear plenty of grandstanding and mindless waffle from well paid TDs talking a lot and saying nothing about how to save Shannon Airport,” the Pallaskenry native told the Limerick Post after Tuesday’s meeting.“We need a left-field approach. In this proud Republic, we have to pick up the phone to the ‘perfidious Albion’ and plead with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to protect our national air space as Russian military aircrafts deliberately encroach on our sovereign territory.“Meanwhile, American service men still pass through Shannon under great secrecy. It’s high time to admit reality, the reality that we need a radical approach. If that means leasing Shannon to the United States Air Force, than let’s, at least, have the conversation,” Cllr O’Brien said.Speaking in County Hall this Tuesday, Cllr Kevin Sheahan also called for the 40 members of Limerick City and County Council to come together and show their support for Shannon Airport in its hour of need.”While Aer Lingus abandons it and moves all its transatlantic flights across the water, we need a plan for the future of Shannon Airport before more damage is done,” Cllr Sheahan declared. Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Sumner M. Redstone donates $1M

first_imgHarvard University today (April 23) announced that Sumner M. Redstone has contributed $1 million to be used by Harvard College and Harvard Law School. This contribution by Redstone, a graduate of both Schools, will establish scholarships for 20 Redstone Scholars to attend Harvard College for the 2010–11 academic year. Additionally, Redstone’s gift will furnish funding for 10 postgraduate public service fellowships at Harvard Law School.The Sumner M. Redstone Undergraduate Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to deserving men and women at Harvard College. The fund will support undergraduates from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to public service reflecting the civic ideals of President John F. Kennedy.“I am deeply grateful to Mr. Redstone for this generous gift. It will help ensure that Harvard College is accessible to students who hold service to the public good as a fundamental value,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “These immediate-use scholarships support the College’s strong commitment to creating a diverse and outstanding undergraduate class each year.”At Harvard Law School, the Redstone Fellowships will support 10 students who wish to pursue postgraduate public service.Martha Minow, dean of the faculty and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law, said, “In the 50 years since John F. Kennedy inspired a generation with his call to service, Sumner Redstone has steadfastly answered that call throughout the course of his extraordinary career and as a visionary leader in our society. Now, with these fellowships, he shares his inspiration by supporting the newest generation of lawyers who wish to make a difference in the lives of their fellow human beings. I am enormously grateful for his vision and leadership. The 10 recipients of his generosity will magnify his contribution many times over, by helping untold numbers of people. As President Kennedy’s brother Robert said, each time a person acts to improve the lot of others, ‘he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’”Redstone said, “As a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, I have experienced firsthand the culture of excellence and public service that is a fundamental tradition of these great schools. Harvard’s longstanding commitment to leadership through enlightenment and engagement provides an outstanding foundation for the next generation of leaders for the U.S. and around the world.“As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidency nears, we reflect on how his influence sparked an era of optimism, activism, and national service. I have established these scholarships to help celebrate President Kennedy’s spirit by fostering a focus on education and a renewed commitment to public service. I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize and encourage these admirable young men and women.”The recipients of the scholarships announced today will be chosen based on criteria that include a commitment to public service that reflects President Kennedy’s civic ideals.Redstone has recently awarded more than $100 million in charitable grants to fund initiatives in the United States and abroad. His contributions have funded research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery, and mental health at several major nonprofit health care organizations, and have provided support for groups that care for impoverished children in Southeast Asia.Redstone has served as the executive chairman of the board of directors of Viacom Inc. since Jan. 1, 2006. He also serves as executive chairman of the board of CBS Corp. He was chief executive officer of the former Viacom Inc. from 1996 to 2005 and chairman of the board of the former Viacom Inc. since 1986. He has also been chairman of the board of National Amusements Inc., Viacom’s controlling stockholder, since 1986, its chief executive officer since 1967, and also served as its president from 1967 through 1999. Redstone served as the first chairman of the board of the National Association of Theatre Owners and is currently a member of its executive committee. He has been a frequent lecturer at universities, including Harvard Law School, Boston University Law School, and Brandeis University. Redstone graduated from Harvard University in 1944 and received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1947. Upon graduation, he served as law secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals and then as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. Redstone served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II. While a student at Harvard, he was selected to join a special intelligence group whose mission was to break Japan’s high-level military and diplomatic codes. Redstone received, among other honors, two commendations from the Military Intelligence Division in recognition of his service, contribution, and devotion to duty, and the Army Commendation Award.last_img read more

Customer demand driving growth of utility clean energy spin-off, executive says

first_imgCustomer demand driving growth of utility clean energy spin-off, executive says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Duluth News Tribune:Allete Clean Energy is growing.Standing in front of a TV in the lobby of the company’s Downtown Duluth headquarters, Allete Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. pointed on a map to the six operational wind farms acquired since 2011. With turbines already spinning in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania, projects in North Dakota and Montana will be added to that map as they come online in 2019.The company, founded by its parent company Allete in 2011, has expanded so dramatically, in part, because of a rising demand for emission-free, renewable energy. “The customer wants clean energy,” Rudeck saidIt helps that the cost of wind energy continues to fall too. According to the Department of Energy’s 2017 Wind Market Reports, wind turbines are becoming larger and more powerful while technology costs continue to decrease. A report in November by investment firm Lazard said energy from wind farms is cheaper than energy from traditional coal plants.With those factors working in its favor, the company has grown from four to 82 employees in under eight years, and can currently provide 540 megawatts of wind generation to its customers but expects that to jump to 720 megawatts when its next two wind farms are operational later this year.The company’s business model combines buying, then refurbishing, existing wind farms while selling power to other companies; building and operating new wind farms, selling the power to other companies; and building new wind farms that will then, as a whole, be sold to another company.More: As demand for wind grows, so does Duluth-based Allete Clean Energylast_img read more

Tragedy at the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tragedy struck on the first day of the Ohio State Fair.“This fair has been here a long time. This is the worst tragedy in the history of the fair,” said Gov. John Kasich in a press conference July 26. “It is hard to imagine that you have family that goes to a state fair and those calls come that there was a terrible accident and someone you love was involved. It is a very tough situation when you go somewhere to celebrate and have a great time with friends and family. The fair is about the best things in life.”Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced deceased at the fairgrounds. The following were injured and transported to area hospitals:Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg, OhioRussell Franks, 42, of Columbus, OhioKeziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus, OhioJacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala, OhioJennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus, OhioAbdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus, OhioA 14 year-old male whose name is being withheld at the request of the family.Of those injured, three were initially in critical condition. The Fire Ball ride has been at the Ohio State Fair for 12 years and was among the most popular thrill rides. A section of the seats broke off shortly after 7 p.m. The ride had passed inspection.“We take this job very serious and when we have a tragedy like this it hits us really hard,” said Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector of the Amusement Ride Safety Division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “My children and grandchildren ride this equipment. Our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, take care of it and pretend it’s our own.”All rides at the fair were shut down after the incident. The Ohio State Fair started the day with 11 rides that did not open because they did not pass inspection.“Ride inspection is one of the most important things we do. The Department of Agriculture is responsible for that operation,” said David Daniels, ODA Director, at the press conference. “Our inspections take place as amusement rides come in. They are checked several times while they’re being put up and each and every day.”The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus Division of Fire, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more