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 Jacques 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

Conference to address gender and childhood

first_imgSam Coughlin “Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood,” an international conference sponsored primarily by the Gender Studies Program, will bring together undergraduate students, graduate students and professors Thursday through Saturday to address society’s interest in gender and childhood using interdisciplinary approaches.“This conference in particular is important because it is a conference about childhood and gender experience,” senior Marcilena Shaeffer, a presenter in one of two undergraduate panels, said. “I think it is important to stop and reflect on what forces were at play during those key years in our development and how other people’s assumptions on how we should be ended up having an effect on us.”Professor Pamela Wojcik, director of the Gender Studies Program at Notre Dame, played a crucial role in planning this conference and brought together speakers from the Notre Dame community as well as speakers from all over and outside the country.“It takes a long time to plan a conference. It’s been in progress since last winter,” Wojcik said.Wojcik said this conference is relevant in every student’s life and stressed that one does not have to be affiliated with or study gender studies to attend.“I think this conference works both on an academic and real world level,” Wojcik said. “I think it’s also the moment when the issues that will be talked about in terms of gender and childhood are very real in culture.”The three-day conference will consist of panels covering topics including transgender identity, fairytales, toys and Disney princesses, as well as two undergraduate panels with students from Notre Dame and other universities.“I’ve never presented at a conference, and this is my first really intense academic engagement with gender studies issues,” Shaeffer said. “I’m an outsider to all of this, but gender studies, I think, is inherently interdisciplinary.”Junior Colton Williamson, who will present a paper on sexuality in the film “The 400 Blows,” said he has a particular interest in gender studies because it ties in with his other interest, film.“Beyond giving a few presentations in my classes, I’ve never actually spoken at a conference,” Williamson said. “I don’t have much of a concrete background in gender studies, but I have always been interested in cinema, and a big part of film analysis now involves looking at films through a gendered lens.”Senior Rae Moors, who will discuss illustrations in children’s books, said the conference will provide an opportunity for her to connect two disciplines.“I’ve always been interested in gender studies and in visual art,” Moors said. “This conference just happened to be an excellent intersection of the two disciplines, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate as well as attend.”Shaeffer said the conference will benefit anyone who attends regardless of their field of study.“It is important for students to attend this conference not only in an attempt to supplement or improve their academic pursuits, but also [to pursue] that intense self-awareness and self-consciousness we should all strive for,” she said. Tags: childhood, gender, gender studies program, McKenna Conference Centerlast_img read more

Vermont State Police get new Smith & Wesson sidearms

first_imgSmith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp, a US-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing, today announced that it has received contracts from the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police for new duty firearms from the M&P Pistol Series. The Massachusetts State Police has selected the M&P45 pistol, while the Vermont State Police has adopted the M&P40 pistol as its new service firearm.  Both of the statewide law enforcement agencies have initiated the transition process and Troopers are currently using the M&P pistol in the field. Vermont State PoliceThrough its contract with Smith & Wesson, the Vermont State Police has ordered 390 M&P40 pistols. During its open evaluation process, the M&P40 pistol received high marks by the Vermont troopers for its low perceived recoil, reliability during testing, and consistent performance. The new side arms are being supported with a full range of services from Smith & Wesson, including armorer’s training and advanced firearms training courses.Massachusetts State Police As the nation’s oldest statewide police agency, the Massachusetts State Police has a rich history of service to its citizens and support of national events. Employing over 2,300 Troopers and 400 civilian support staff, the agency is responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulations across the state. To better assist its Troopers with these responsibilities, the Massachusetts State Police has ordered 2,500 M&P pistols chambered in .45ACP.During the agency’s independent testing and evaluation process, the M&P45 was judged against the department’s previously standard sidearm, as well as numerous other competitive products.  At the conclusion of the trial, the M&P45 was selected due to its ergonomic design, accuracy, reliability, and the pistol’s ability to be customized to meet individual preferences. Smith & Wesson will support the firearm contract with a full range of services including armorer’s training.  In addition to the M&P45 pistols, theMassachusetts State Police previously adopted the M&P15 tactical rifle from Smith & Wesson that currently serves as the State issued patrol rifle.”We are extremely pleased with the decision by the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police to transition to the M&P pistol,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “We take pride in supplying law enforcement professionals with highly advanced, duty proven equipment, and we believe the M&P Series lives up to that standard. Selected for numerous awards and trusted by both officers and civilians, the popularity of the M&P pistol has been enduring.  Today, over 800 law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved for duty use our M&P products.  Our commitment to those who have put their trust in Smith & Wesson is steadfast.”Pasantes added, “We are especially honored to serve the Massachusetts State Police, our home state force.  Our employees take great pride in aligning with local law enforcement, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with the Massachusetts State Police and to seeing the M&P45 on the hips of our State Troopers.”About Smith & WessonSmith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing. The company delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the global military, law enforcement, Federal and sports markets. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized designer and manufacturer of quality firearms, and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to is external). SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

Benitez: One game at a time

first_img The Spaniard, whose position was under scrutiny following his impassioned monologue against his title of ‘interim manager’ and the continued barracking of the club’s fans, maintains he will see out his contract until the end of the season. There are numerous hurdles to negotiate, though, beginning this week at Steaua Bucharest, who knocked Ajax out of the Europa League, and then next Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United. “One game at a time,” said Benitez, following Chelsea’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat of West Brom. Press Association He added: “We have to go to Bucharest before we can concentrate on this (the United) game. Both games are important, but one is just one game and one is two legs. “I’m really pleased after winning, without thinking what will happen in the future. We had to produce a good game, we did it. The players enjoyed it, the fans were behind the team. Everything was positive. What will happen in the next week, I don’t know.” The Old Trafford fixture, against Benitez’s old foe Sir Alex Ferguson, takes place between the Europa League last-16 legs with Steaua. The proximity of the matches means Benitez has a selection dilemma, with a Champions League spot in the Premier League the over-riding priority, but silverware desirable too. It will be intriguing to see if – and where – Benitez deploys captain John Terry. The Blues skipper, who is still managing his return from a knee injury, was again an unused substitute against the Baggies, having played at the Riverside Stadium. Gary Cahill was also on the bench after missing the Middlesbrough match with a virus, with Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz in central defence. “We have to manage the squad,” Benitez said. “You need fresh legs. We have to decide, that’s it. We have to manage his (Terry’s) fitness and be careful. He’s training. Match fitness and training sessions are two different things and he’s improving.” Fernando Torres was also named among the substitutes, coming on late after Demba Ba’s 28th-minute strike had proved the difference, and again, Benitez is happy with the options at his disposal. “We have two strikers with different qualities and they can do a job for us,” the Spaniard said. center_img Rafael Benitez knows that at Chelsea, perhaps more than any other club, it is important to take things game-by-game and he is not yet ready to look towards the FA Cup clash at Manchester United.last_img read more