Limerick TD – Save Shannon slots

first_imgOne of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Shannon Group statement on the Aer Lingus decision to close its Shannon Airport base Advertisement NewsBreaking newsLimerick TD – Save Shannon slotsBy Bernie English – January 19, 2015 694 Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement Previous article100 jobs on way from AMAXNext articleDream of a City; poem for the day Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Facebook Emailcenter_img Twitter Linkedin Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As IAG was reported to be preparing a third and final bid for Aer Lingus , Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell (FG), has expressed his concern that Shannon’s Heathrow routes be preserved, and has confirmed that he will be raising the issue in the Dail this week.“This is a matter of absolute importance to me”, said Deputy O’Donnell.  “This is critical for Shannon, Limerick and the entire region in terms of gateway connectivity and jobs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The government must ensure that the State’s 25.1 per cent strategic shareholding in Aer Lingus is used to preserve the most strategic of all air connections, the Heathrow slots.“All the great work that has been done in strengthening Shannon airport would be undermined were the Heathrow slots to come under any threat in an impending deal for Aer Lingus,” he said.“Shannon’s independence has been successful, with passenger numbers through the airport increasing very strongly since the government made it independent.  In 2007, the Shannon slots were redeployed by Aer Lingus for the Belfast routes, and heralded a period of decline in Shannon that has only been halted recently.  This shows the crucial importance of these slots for Shannon airport.“I hold my views on this issue very strongly, and I am raising this in the Dail chamber this week.“We have worked very hard here in Limerick to bring in investment and create jobs.  Air connectivity is one of the key elements in this.  Heathrow is the most important hub in the world, and the government’s strategic shareholding must be used to ensure that Aer Lingus’s slots are used for the strategic benefit of Irish regions.  This underpins Shannon’s broader role as an economic generator in the Mid-West region, and means that Shannon is the only airport on the Western Seaboard with a direct Heathrow connection.“These slots are absolutely critical for Shannon, Limerick and the Mid-West as they allow us to connect directly with Heathrow and from there, all of the major financial and investment centres in the world.“Aer Lingus’s slots in Heathrow are a unique national asset from which we in the Mid-West derive some really crucial benefits.  These assets must be preserved for the people. TAGSAer LingusfeaturedKieran O’DonnellShannon airport Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Printlast_img read more

Lebanon surpasses record daily virus deaths amid protests

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections. The health ministry said Tuesday the number of new virus-related deaths in a day climbed above 60 for the first time, bringing the total number of deaths in the small country to nearly 2,500. Daily infections have soared in recent weeks and hospitals have struggled with COVID-19 patients, reporting near full occupancy of ICU beds. Nearly 286,000 infections have been recorded since last year.last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Morocco vs Benin [Match Preview]

first_img Source: Bernard Esar | | Ghana The stage is set for continental glory as the 2019 AFCON reaches the round of 16.The Atlas Lions of Morocco will take on the Squirrels in the first Round of 16 game of the tournament.Morocco has never lost a competitive game against Benin and coming into this game, they will fancy their chances against the West Africans.MOROCCO:The North Africans have had an impressive run in the tournament as they have won all three games they have played.Morocco finished the group stage with nine points, scoring three goals and not conceding any as they topped Group D.With the vast experience of their coach, Herve Renard, the Atlas Lions will be looking to going a little further in the tournament. The French coach knows how to win the AFCON as he has two titles under his belt with Zambia and Ivory Coast.PREDICTED LINEUP: (4-2-3-1)Bounou, Dirar, Benatia, Saiss, Achraf Hakimi, Mbark Boussoufa, El Ahmadi, Hakim Ziyech, Nordine Amrabat, Belhanda and En Nesyri BENIN:The Squirrels of Benin qualified into the round of 16 with three straight draws in the group stage.The West Africans started the tournament by holding the Black Stars to a draw in a goal fest in Ismailia. The two goals they got in that game are the only ones Michel Dussuyer’s team have got so far.They have been strong-willed, and most of the credit certainly goes to their French manager. He will be looking at frustrating his compatriot in the other dugout.PREDICTED LINEUP (5-4-1)Farnolle, Baraze, Adilehou, Adenon, Verdon, Imorou, Pote, Sessegnon, D’Almeida, Djigla, Mounie. PREDICTIONThe squad depth of Morocco should be enough to see them through to the quarter finals.The game will be played at the Al- Salam Stadium, Cairo at 16:00GMT and will be live on Citi TVlast_img read more

Angels’ Dino Ebel expected to be among Dodgers’ coaching hires

first_img Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings The Dodgers plan to begin filling the vacancies on their major league coaching staff in the next few days and Angels coach Dino Ebel is expected to be among the new hires.The 52-year-old Ebel has spent the past 14 seasons on Mike Scioscia’s coaching staff with the Angels, serving as the third-base coach for most of that time and Scioscia’s bench coach for four seasons. He would replace Chris Woodward, the Dodgers’ third-base and infield coach over the past three seasons who left to become the Texas Rangers’ new manager.The Dodgers have three other vacancies to fill. Hitting coach Turner Ward left for the same position with the Cincinnati Reds. Assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz joined Woodward’s staff in Texas. And gameplanning/communications coach Danny Lehmann is also not expected to return in 2019.Ebel began his professional career in the Dodgers’ organization, spending six seasons as an infielder in the minor leagues. After serving as a player-coach with minor-league teams in San Antonio and San Bernardino, he was a full-time coach and manager in the Dodgers’ farm system until joining the Angels as manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City in 2005. He joined Scioscia’s major-league staff after bench coach Joe Maddon left to become the Tampa Bay Rays manager in 2006. Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile in roster moves, the Dodgers released relievers Erik Goeddel and Zac Rosscup who were designated for assignment last week. Utilityman Tim Locastro was also DFAed last week. He was traded to the New York Yankees for minor-league right-hander Drew Finley (the son of Dodgers vice president of amateur and international scouting David Finley).Also, Villa Park grad Jacob Scavuzzo has signed with the San Diego Padres as a minor-league free agent. A 21st-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2012, Scavuzzo hit .308 with a .945 OPS and 13 home runs in 61 games at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2015 but stalled out at Double-A over the next three seasons.Staff writer Jeff Fletcher contributed to this story. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more