Shannon airport takes global award

first_imgTwitter SHANNON airport has taken another major step forward having  won a major award at a leading aviation event in Chicago.The prestigious award sees the airport, which only gained its independence in January of last year, go one step further than last year when it was runner-up in the same category.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The World Routes Awards 2014 were presented late on Monday night at a spectacular event at the Field of Museum of Natural History.  The awards are for excellence in marketing by airports globally and are divided into just four categories, based on airport size.  The Awards ceremony was attended by 3,000 delegates, representing 300 airlines, 800 airports and 200 tourism authorities.The event doubled as the Chicago Network Evening and was one of the high points of the three-day annual World Routes gathering of aviation organisations from across the globe.  The three-day event brings together the largest range of airlines, airports, tourism authorities, civil aviation authorities and more from all corners of the world. It is the largest and most prestigious such event, attracting the most senior representatives from a wide variety of organisations who wish to meet, plan and conduct business for new global routes.Speaking from Chicago, Shannon Group plc CEO Neil Pakey said, “Winning the World Routes Awards is an amazing achievement for Shannon, not least so soon after it was made an independent entity.  It’s not just the winning of the award but also the fact that the awards are decided on by the airlines themselves.  Airlines are a key constituent and this shows Shannon is turning a lot more heads now.“It has not been achieved without hard work, however, and there is a lot more of that ahead of us but the World Routes award is outstanding recognition for our team at Shannon. It sends a clear message to them that they are very much on the right track and we continue to remain there.  Also, winning this award is worldwide promotion that we simply could not buy and in front of the key decision makers for airlines across the world.” Facebook Previous articleOpening night: The Royal Picture Show festivalNext articleProspect of new 30-bed unit to alleviate pressure on Limerick A&E 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. Expressing delight over the World Routes Award, Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said,  “A huge amount of work has already gone into turning Shannon around and this award validates that at the highest level. NewsBreaking newsBusinessShannon airport takes global awardBy Bernie English – September 23, 2014 826 Emailcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin “Last year, in our first year as an independent entity, was all about consolidation, stopping the five year decline of passenger numbers and we achieved that.  This year has been about growth and we are looking at a double digit increase in passenger numbers.  The World Routes Award reaffirms what this work has achieved and we intend that there will be no let-up in the momentum.” Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Landholders encouraged to attended rural property workshop

first_imgRURAL landholders wanting to know more about freeholding their properties and the impact of new land valuations are encouraged to attend free workshops in Charters Towers, Hughenden and Cloncurry this week.AgForce rural property valuer John Moore said the workshops would focus on the new land valuations issued earlier this month and the implications for North and North West Queensland primary producers.“The rural property market over the past 18 months has been particularly buoyant on the back of strong commodity prices, with general rises of up to 25 per cent in parts of the market, and this is flowing through to unimproved values as well,” he said.“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right.”The workshops will be held at:· Charters Towers Golf Club, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 16More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020· Hughenden RSL, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 17· Cloncurry Community Precinct, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 18To RSVP and for more information email [email protected]last_img read more

Gatland: O’Driscoll saga adds spice

first_imgWarren Gatland admits the fallout from dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the summer’s final British Lions Test will put an “extra twist” on Wales’ trip to Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations. Leinster’s 128-cap Ireland fixture later joked Gatland would not be on his Christmas card list, before actually handing the Lions coach a card at the Downing Street meeting in September. After practical-joke prompting, Gatland said he eventually sent a card back to O’Driscoll – asking the Ireland midfielder to tell the Aviva Stadium crowd to go easy on him when Wales pitch up in Dublin on February 8. “Donnacha Ryan rang me up and asked me to send Brian a Christmas card, which was a bit of a joke from the Irish boys,” said Gatland. “So I sent him a Christmas card, and I wished him and his family well. “I did ask if he had any influence to try to make sure that the Irish fans didn’t boo me too much at the Aviva Stadium. “I meant it as a joke, it’s water under the bridge now and hopefully everyone can move on. “I’m really looking forward to going back [to Dublin]. It’s going to put an extra twist on the game, people are going to try to make something out of it as they always do.” Gatland has always struggled to understand the furore around him dropping O’Driscoll in Australia, and now hopes any lingering resentment will disperse. The former All Black hooker gave O’Driscoll his international debut as Ireland boss, in his three-year tenure between 1998 and 2001. The Wales coach also revealed he returned the Christmas card favour to Ireland legend O’Driscoll to extend the running joke started at the Lions’ Downing Street reception toasting their summer Australia tour series win. Gatland omitted O’Driscoll from the Lions’ final Test in July, a resounding 41-16 win to seal the series, sparking uproar in Ireland and disillusionment from the veteran 35-year-old centre. Press Association Gatland believes he owes Irish rugby a huge debt of gratitude, especially in backing him to step up to international coaching aged just 34. “It’s easy for me to ignore it,” said Gatland of the O’Driscoll saga. “A lot of people are trying to make a big thing of the Irish situation, but at the end of the day I made my decision. “And I just keep saying to people it’s just a matter of opinion and that’s what it is. “It doesn’t mean we didn’t question ourselves and whether it was the right decision. “People who tried to turn it into an anti-Irish thing: I’m incredibly indebted to Irish rugby and the opportunities they gave me. “Starting off in the club I knew among the four regions, coaching Connacht and then gave me a chance as a 34-year-old to be an international coach. “I look back and I’m incredibly grateful to the chances that Ireland gave me.” last_img read more

Lee racing toward Trojan record books

first_imgFollow Euno Lee on Twitter @eunowhat “We were looking for about 20 plays in the first half, much like how an NFL preseason game would be run,” Kiffin said.The latter part of the comment is fitting for Lee; after all, it seems only a matter of time before the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner is sitting on the sideline with NFL starters after the first few snaps of a preseason game.In the more immediate future, however, Lee will line up with the Trojans this fall, coming off one of the most impressive statistical seasons by a wideout in Pac-12 history. His performance this season could rewrite the Pac-12’s career receiving record books.Lee is 1,131 yards, 68 receptions and 16 touchdowns away from the Pac-12 career receiving record in each category. For the sake of comparison, Lee had 1,721 yards, 118 receptions and 14 touchdowns last season. The first two categories could be accomplished even with a drop-off in production from last season’s efforts.That is not to say Lee is satisfied with his efforts from last season. A visit to the Trojans’ summer training camps this past offseason would suggest that Lee has no idea that he was a consensus All-American in 2012, or that he’s on track to be the most decorated receiver in Pac-12 history.His intensity and work ethic in workouts and scrimmages could be likened to that of a walk-on wide receiver fighting for a spot on the team — not the man who almost singlehandedly outgained Arizona’s opposing quarterback in a record-smashing 345-yard performance last October in Tucson.Still, there’s something calm, yet fearsome about how Lee approaches the game, even in practices. From the top-down view afforded to many spectators during the regular season, it seems Lee propels himself through various slants and fades from the rapid piston-like action of his legs.From the up-close vantage point of a practice, however, the opposite becomes apparent: Lee’s strides seem to slow down.In one particular 11-on-11 drill, Lee made a spotless catch on a post over the middle and began to increase separation between himself and his assigned cornerback. It was not immediately apparent how hard Lee was actually running until seeing the cornerback, whose hunched back and faltering gaze was reminiscent of a marathoner summoning his last breaths to cross the finish line.Lee’s lithe, elegant strides made his pursuant defenders appear to be running on an undersized treadmill. If possible, Lee looks like more of a polished runner this offseason than he did in 2012. He returns with even surer hands and has further developed his reflexes and creativity in the open field.The argument against Lee producing more than he did last season begins with how opposing defenses will anticipate his abilities this season.Yet even against Cal last season, who held former quarterback Matt Barkley to just 192 yards, Lee managed 94 yards and two touchdowns.Lee was able to snatch underthrown and overthrown balls out of the sky in double coverage last season, and he has made a routine of it with the shuffling of quarterbacks during spring and summer camps. A look at how opposing defenses attempted to stop Lee last season should reasonably assure the Trojan faithful that there is simply no way to prepare for a version of Lee who is any better than he was in 2012.None of this, though, is Lee’s stated intention. Despite what appears to be even further refinement of his personal execution, it’s the progress of the team that concerns Lee most. Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor bears testament to Lee’s commitment to team goals.“Whatever Marqise does, it’s always for the team,” Agholor said. “He does whatever it takes to make the team better.”These are not just errantly thrown, PR-friendly sentiments. Lee is bringing intensity to every other facet of his game, including going full speed on blocks in practice snaps. He is afforded the luxury of basking in his efforts from last season, yet seems uncomfortable at the thought. When asked how his season could reshape Pac-12 history, Lee sidesteps any notions of a personal legacy as deftly as an oncoming safety in the open field.“As far as records and stuff, that’s something I don’t focus on,” Lee said. “At the end of the day, I do want to leave a legacy here, but what I would like people to remember in the long run is the things I did for the team.”The team kicks off its campaign Aug. 29 at Hawaii. Lee will be ready, and his long legs will stride in pursuit of the one statistic that, despite his stupendous efforts, was relatively low last season: A team victory. The USC football team’s first scrimmage of fall camp earlier this August saw a very notable player absent after the first couple drives: junior wide receiver Marqise Lee. USC head coach Lane Kiffin explained that a handful of players were withheld from the majority of snaps to give other players without as much experience exposure to the intensity of a live game.Breaking away · USC receiver Marqise Lee, who holds the Pac-12 single-season receptions and receiving yards records, won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and is a legitimate Heisman contender in 2013. – Daily Trojan File Photolast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton in pole for British F1 Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton starts in pole position for today’s British Formula One Grand Prix.He’s joined in the front row by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with world championship leader Sebastian Vettel just behind in third.They’re underway at 1pm.last_img

England six selected for U16 match v Ireland

first_img Tags: England teams, Ireland, performance, U16 international British boys’ champion Conor Gough is among the six players selected for the England team for the U16 international against Ireland at Limerick on 13-14 October.The other team members are Dubai-based Josh Hill, Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, George Leigh of Cornwall, Ben Pierleoni of Hertfordshire and Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire.Gough, Hill and Hopkins were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals.The players:Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O), has also won the English U16 McGregor Trophy and the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies this season.Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah), was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the U18 Carris Trophy, eventually finishing 11th. He reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) reached the last eight in the British boys’ and was placed fourth in the Italian U16s, where he also helped England win the Nations Cup.George Leigh, 16, (Trevose) helped England win the recent U16 international against Wales and was sixth in the McGregor Trophy.Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted) was also in England’s winning team against Wales and was fourth in the North of England boys’ championship.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham) has won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was runner-up in the Italian U16 boys’ amateur and the McGregor Trophy. He too, contribute to England’s win over Wales U16s.Caption: Conor Gough (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) 29 Sep 2018 England six selected for U16 match v Ireland last_img read more