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

Faculty members examine implications of flipped classroom, library research

first_imgAssociate professor of nursing science Annette Peacock-Johnson asked her students to give a new learning approach their best shot, while chair of the social work program Frances Kominkiewicz collaborated with librarian Sue Wiegand to check out new research techniques.All three faculty members presented their findings at a colloquium on Friday at Saint Mary’s.Peacock-Johnson said she employed a flipped-classroom approach when teaching her students about diabetes mellitus to determine how she could most effectively use class time.“Obviously, the traditional method is where the teacher instructs, the students take notes, the students follow guided instruction and the teacher gives an assessment, such as an assignment or some sort of an exam,” she said. “In the flipped classroom, the students do some sort of learning activities outside of or before class in preparation that could include video podcasts or exploration websites. In class, it’s all about problem-solving activities that can be done in small groups.”Peacock-Johnson said she administered quizzes before and after class to ensure her students were actively listening to the out-of-class lectures and benefitting from discussions with their peers.“It does no good to assign them to look at podcasts … and they don’t prepare,” she said. “I then followed it up at the end of class to see if there was a difference in terms of their learning after we did the in-class discussion and group problem-solving.”She said the flipped-classroom approach enabled her to connect more with her students and provide them with individual attention.“I loved the interaction,” she said. “It was wonderful being able to circulate and to go individually into the groups and see what their thinking was and what they were coming up with.”According to Peacock-Johnson, one major limitation of the flipped classroom method was that some students felt as though they no longer needed to complete the assigned reading before class.“They would watch the videocast, but they wouldn’t do the readings,” she said. “That wouldn’t help them glean some of the content from their text, which is still important.”Collaborating with others posed a challenge for some of her students, according to Peacock-Johnson.“Students working in groups was great when everyone participated,” she said. “It was hard to get a lot out of the class when people didn’t participate, so that was a difficult issue. One of the things I’ve discussed with faculty in my department is what to do about small groups because I let them self-select, and when they self-select, they go with their buddies, who may or may not be good interactive teachers.”Peacock-Johnson said implementing the flipped classroom approach can be difficult at first, but seeing students take ownership of their learning makes the challenge worth it.“It’s very time-intensive initially,” she said. “It takes a whole lot of time to put together the recordings, to select the case studies, to develop the quizzes. The upside is once you have that created, then you just have to tweak it.”Peacock-Johnson said she was pleased to find that many students adapted well to the flipped classroom approach.“The evidence from this study suggests that the flipped classroom can be a very effective teaching methodology,” she said.Wiegand said she and Kominkiewicz began their project — researching the effects of integrating student learning through library and classroom instruction — in 2002.“We have progressed through the years in various ways,” Wiegand said. “We have collaborations with Notre Dame librarians now. We want to encourage collaboration with faculty.”According to Wiegand, librarians and professors who work together can provide students with the most comprehensive understanding of the material, particularly in social work classes when librarians’ expertise about research comes in handy. “Our research is to investigate students seeking information and to improve how students can find research in the library,” Wiegand said. According to Kominkiewicz, librarians are an invaluable asset to professors, as they bring new insights and fresh perspectives to the traditional classroom setting.“The issue that we have is that we’re seeing some of our resources dwindle in some areas, and so we’ve had to go outside and collaborate with each other basically,” she said. “So much of what I end up doing has so much to do with assessment, evaluation and learning outcomes. Without Sue’s help … we would have never been able to get this far.”Kominkiewicz said Wiegand’s assistance has solidified her students’ understanding of the social work field while supplying them with a fortified understanding of how to conduct useful research.“We have to prove that there are competencies that have been achieved, not just knowledge or values or skills,” Kominkiewicz said. “We have to make sure that students are going to be able to be ethical in their work.”According to Kominkiewicz, Wiegand provides her students with a comprehensive overview of effective research practices that will prepare them for the social work field.“I can’t go out and start working in a clinical setting, and neither can the students until they have done that research review and know what some of the studies are and how to work with particular individual social issues,” Kominkiewicz said.Wiegand said she helps students research topics such as social policy by assisting them in tracing the development and implications of various laws. She said she encourages students to think critically about the factors that surround the composition of a bill.“Look for the funding,” Wiegand said. “Even if you’re just doing a strategic plan, there has to be some funding appropriated for that.”Kominkiewicz said her students’ satisfaction with Wiegand’s involvement in her classes is evident.“The students have really appreciated being able to go to our library and know that that’s where we sit down with our library faculty and talk about what they’re missing, what they have to do and where they have to go to find things,” Kominkiewicz said. “A lot of it is free online, so they just need to know how to do that.”Tags: flipped classroom, Library, nursing, research, social worklast_img read more

Jones happy to end season on a high

first_img Problems with his back and then knee meant Jones did not make his first appearance of the campaign until November and having subsequently seen fairly regular action up to February, he then damaged his ankle tackling Reading’s Jobi McAnuff in an FA Cup tie. That injury kept the versatile 21-year-old, praised for his efforts in shackling Cristiano Ronaldo during the Champions League last-16 first-leg against Real Madrid, out of the return leg, in which United were eliminated. It all made for a testing time for Jones, who told the Red Devils’ official club magazine Inside United: “It has been frustrating. Certainly at the start of the season.” Press Association The England international has since won his first Barclays Premier League title, and added: “It was tough as I had a back injury and then, in the first or second training session back, I injured my knee again. It was kind of one thing after the next and I felt like ‘is this sort of thing going to end?’ “Thankfully, I got over that and played in quite a few games and cup games as well. “The cup ties really gave me a chance to have more game-time and I think I’ve done reasonably well towards the back end of the season.” Regarding the challenge on McAnuff, Jones – who can play in defence or midfield – said: “It was silly tackle. “I probably should have looked after myself a bit more. I will learn from it as an experienced head would probably not have done that. “It is in me (playing with great enthusiasm). I like making tackles. I like defending. I was gutted (to miss the Real second leg). I tried everything to make the game. “I was on the treatment table, having massages, in the pool and in the gym. But it was just too soon for me and I missed it.” center_img Manchester United’s Phil Jones is content with the way his “frustrating”, injury-hit season is finishing.last_img read more

Abby Moloughney caps 5-point weekend against Lindenwood with 2 goals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three points in two wins against Mercyhurst a couple of weekends ago earned Abby Moloughney College Hockey America Freshman of the Week honors. She was part of a Syracuse trio that swept that week’s CHA awards along with defender Allie Munroe and goalie Ady Cohen. The recognition gave her a “little boost,” she said.“I definitely take pride in it, and I think it’s good motivation to keep going,” Moloughney said.It also gave her more confidence, which was showcased Friday night in overtime against Lindenwood. Taken down on a breakaway attempt 41 seconds into the extra period, Moloughney earned a penalty shot. She took it cooly, roofing a forehand shot past Lindenwood goalie Sophie Wolf.This weekend, she eclipsed her performances versus Mercyhurst. In two games against Lindenwood (7-20-3, 3-13-2 College Hockey America), Moloughney scored three goals, including the penalty shot game-winner on Friday, and assisted on two more. Her five points helped Syracuse (10-19-3, 10-6-2) sweep the Lions at home and grab a 5-1 win on Saturday’s senior day celebration at Tennity Ice Pavilion.“Coming off of a big win (on Friday), especially that penalty shot, it gave me a lot of energy to come back in the next day and get some more,” Moloughney said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer two-goal night moved Moloughney to 18 points for the season, leading all CHA freshman. Her collegiate career started slow, as she tallied nine points in her first 25 games. But starting with the Orange’s last nonconference game against Cornell on Jan. 29, she’s racked up nine points in her last seven games.On Saturday, neither side scored in the first 20 minutes, and the freshman took a stick to her ribs early in the second period. Moloughney curled up on the ice and had to be helped to the SU bench where she turned away from the action to allow the trainer to ice and wrap the injured area.She missed a few shifts, but a little over halfway into the second frame, she took a cross-crease pass from Emma Polaski and slid home a shot to put the Orange up 3-1.“You try and kind of forget about it (the injury) and don’t let it affect your play too much,” Moloughney said.Another goal in the middle period gave SU a 4-1 lead heading into the third. The Orange sat back, playing safe to avoid giving up another multi-goal lead in the final period. A late power play gave the Orange offensive zone possession though, and Moloughney capitalized. She fired a soft shot from the top of the faceoff circle at the net, and the Lindenwood goalie didn’t get enough of her glove on it to keep it out.Her scoring outburst has come in tandem with being placed on a line containing fellow freshman Lauren Bellefontaine and Polaski. Moloughney played with Bellefontaine for many years growing up in the same area of Ontario, and the two were part of the same Nepean Jr. Wildcats program before coming to Syracuse. Earlier in the season, Moloughney said she always knows where Bellefontaine will be on the ice.Polaski complements the two playmakers as Syracuse’s leading goal-scorer (11). On Saturday, she made the pass to Moloughney for a goal, but typically, it’s the other way around. Moloughney’s second assist on Friday night led to a Polaski goal.“You find who you’re comfortable playing with, and you just bounce off of each other,” Moloughney said. “And if it works well, then why not keep it.”Syracuse’s five seniors all received flowers and posed for a picture together before Saturday’s game. It was the final home game of their careers. During it, Moloughney, part of the next generation of Orange talent, earned high-fives from the bench and pats on her head for putting the puck in the back of the net. A glimpse at what Syracuse holds beyond this season.“Right when I saw her first play, I knew she was gonna be a special player, so I’m not even surprised honestly,” Munroe said. “… I’m going to be watching her grow all her four years, and hopefully I’ll be back on her senior day.” Commentscenter_img Published on February 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder last_img read more