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first_imgLinkedin Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding TAGSer LingusHeathrowShannon airportslots by Bernie English [email protected] concerns have been added to calls from politicians to ensure that any sale of Aer Lingus will not mean the loss of connectivity to Heathrow.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A joint statement by the Chambers of Commerce from Limerick, Shannon, Ennis and Galway says the potential loss of the Heathrow slots are “at odds with government plans for balanced regional development,” and would hit business in the region badly.Irish Hotel Federation Midwest representative Michael Vaughan warned of a repeat of what happened the last time Shannon lost connectivity in 2007 when the slots were transferred to Belfast.“The impact was immediate for one element of tourism in particular, the organisation of conferences and seminars. Business people simply would not travel to the region if there was not direct access”.Shannon Group chairman Rose Hynes said the retention of Heathrow slots must be a priority for the Government.“Heathrow is the single most important gateway for business to and from key international markets for Ireland. It’s essential that current slots and frequencies are retained and contractually protected for the individual Irish airports, including Shannon,” she said.And Element Six executive Ken Sullivan said: “This region is every bit as dependent now on Shannon-Heathrow services as it was back in 2007″. Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Twitter NewsBreaking newsBusiness fears loss of slotsBy Bernie English – January 31, 2015 702 center_img Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMore jobs for LimerickNext articleDivision 3 of NFL too close to call 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. Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Print Emaillast_img read more


first_img Twitter Donegal has higher than average burglary insurance claims By admin – June 16, 2016 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter A study by AA Ireland has found that the average theft claim in Donegal last year was slightly above the national average.The AA Home Insurance claims analysis found that the average theft claim in Ireland was €3,495 with the Donegal figure at €3,620The highest average claim was in Wexford at 6,624 followed by Louth and Meath.Conor Faughnan is the AA Director of Consumer Affairs – he says the figures show that theft from the home is a serious issue:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/conorCRIME.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week center_img Google+ Previous articleTributes paid following the death of popular Derry teacherNext articleRecord winner Andrew Nesbitt reflects on the magic of the Donegal International Rally admin Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more


first_imgThroughout U.S. history, the question of how much secrecy is justified in a democratic government has been a subject of recurring debate. It is an issue that has long absorbed Mary Graham, co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Kennedy School of Government. In her new book, “Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power,” Graham traces how some presidents have intentionally or inadvertently cloaked governmental actions in excessive secrecy, and how others have helped usher in greater openness.The Gazette spoke to Graham about her view that presidents and the nations they lead suffer from overly secret policies, and the prospects for transparent government under President Trump.GAZETTE: Your books seems a clarion call reminding us both how important and how fragile transparency and openness is to a democratic government. What makes you passionate about that message?GRAHAM: All my work has been about the informed public, really from the time I was a high school and college journalist. I was on The Crimson at Harvard at a time when the University was pretty opaque, much more so than it is now, and so one thing we tried to do was to report to students and faculty what was going on behind closed doors. Then as a young lawyer I worked in one of the most secretive parts of the federal government, the Office of Management and Budget, where it was not supposed to be known how the fights within the executive branch were being settled. And then in the early 2000s I worked with Archon Fung and David Weil to start the Transparency Policy Project at the Kennedy School. My motivation for doing that was that I didn’t think anybody should die for lack of information. I had studied auto safety, for example, and I could see that the experts in the government knew about safety defects often years before that information got to the public.My view has always been the public is used to imperfect information. We get weather forecasts every day that tell us probability — it may rain or it may not rain — and I would think that now should be a time when we trust the people with the information, however imperfect it is.GAZETTE: Excessive secrecy has been a problem throughout our history. Are we doomed to keep repeating ourselves?GRAHAM: No, times are changing. As I say in the book, we’ve changed our minds several times about secrecy. A lot of it has to do with the character of the president who’s in office at the time there’s a crisis, or change in technology as we’re having now.What we learned from the Bush and Obama administrations is that secrecy no longer works. By that, I mean secret policies. There has probably been no more important a time for secret operations. The intelligence agencies have been given a new mission after 9/11, which is to prevent attack. To do that, they need to identify networks, and it’s a very, very difficult task. But that Cold War idea that some policies were going to be open and some policies the American people would never know about, assassination plots or bribery schemes or election fixing — I think what we learned from Bush and Obama is that that no longer works.When President Obama tried to keep the phone records program that was initiated by President George W. Bush, he did everything that was appropriate for 20th-century limits on presidential secrecy. He informed congressional leaders, he worked with the Foreign Intelligence Court. What he did not do was to inform the American public until it leaked. And my conclusion on that and issues like the use of new weapons like drones and cyber attacks, is that it no longer works to keep major changes in policy secret, especially when they affect Americans’ rights and values.You can imagine President Obama giving one of his very good, thoughtful talks to the American people about the need for something like the phone records data, and people understanding that, but instead, keeping it secret, he really ceded leadership to the media and to his opponents in Congress because they then controlled the timing and the content of how that program was explained.GAZETTE: After 9/11, the American public seemed to accept greater restrictions on freedom and more secrecy in government as a price for security. Are we now moving in the other direction?GRAHAM: The Cold War assumption was that in order to have security, especially in times of crisis, Americans needed to give up some liberty. Of course during the Cold War they gave up that liberty without knowing it — surveillance policies which got out of hand and were applied to Civil Rights leaders and war protesters. The idea was that that was necessary and the idea was that the president needed to be more powerful.But that was not the founding idea at the Constitutional Convention or in George Washington’s understanding of government. I think we’re getting back toward the founding idea, which is that secrecy would be carefully circumscribed. In the 1780s the survival of the nation was in doubt: There were foreign threats, the domestic economy had collapsed, and there were bankrupt farmers rioting. Yet at that time they decided not that they should have an all-powerful president. It was an idea of the Founders that the president’s powers particularly should be limited in that time of emergency. It was also their idea and the insistence of the states in ratifying the Constitution that individual rights had to be explicitly protected. This was a time where the threats were much worse than they are now and yet the states are saying in this kind of security emergency we must assure that there will be freedom of the press, freedom of the religion, freedom of assembly, and particularly important today, privacy of individuals in their homes and of their papers.Americans have been known to give up their liberty in bits and pieces when they are asked. What they don’t like are surprises when it comes to their rights. … I think open debate, which doesn’t always produce good results, is the best we’ve got, because it’s the best technique we have to assure that the policies are legitimate and that Americans can trust their government.GAZETTE: Based on the first weeks of President Trump’s administration, are you worried or sanguine about where we are headed in terms of an open government?GRAHAM: What is unique about President Trump is the odd combination of swamping the public with distracting information and at the same time practicing particularly dangerous kinds of secrecy. So there was news in his [Feb. 16] press conference, but it was buried under an avalanche of invective. That is not being considerate and respectful to the American public who are waiting for foreign policy, who are waiting for a plan to help working people. His tweets are not transparency and these insults and this name-calling, governance by name-calling, doesn’t work. In addition we are seeing that he is not willing to make routine disclosures about his taxes or his health. He has a tendency to be angry at people who have different points of view. And I think we see from our history is that that’s a sign that this president is going to be very tempted to do things behind closed doors to avoid democratic debate.It’s not easy to try to persuade others that your point of view on international relations or your point of view on immigration is the right one, but that is the job of the president. He governs by persuasion — he can’t govern by fiat.Interview was edited and condensed.last_img read more


first_imgTess Peterson was second in the 300-meter dash in 43.96 seconds, ahead of the Wildcats’ Mikeayla DeJesus (fourth) and Riley Flynn (fifth), with Peterson also third in the triple jump, going 32’3” and third in the high jump, clearing 4’8”.Emme Conan, Sarah Tallerico, Alice Spaulding and Grace Conan were second in the 4×400 in 4:32.32, with Eva Vitasaxaki joining Spaulding and the Conans to finish second in the 4×200 in 1:53.68.Lillian Coleman finished third in the 1,000 in 3:26.65, with Tallerico fourth in the 600 as Sarah Brennan finished fourth in the shot put.Meanwhile, in the boys portion, WG had 79 points for third place and Skaneateles was fourth with 55 points.WG’s Matt Bartolotta won the 3,200-meter run in 9:58.93, with Peter McMahon third. Robert Ciarla, Brandon Scott, Bryce Bort and Connor Scott won, too, going 3:41.40 to take the 4×400 as Skaneateles was fourth, with Ciarla fourth in the 300.Scott also got a fourth-place triple jump of 36’10”. Sam Mosher finished fourth in the 1,000 and Dominick Burris was fourth in the 55 sprint, with Owen Trett fifth in the weight throw.Caleb Bender gave the Lakers a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run in 4:36.84, with Matt Persampieri fourth as the pair helped the Lakers to third in the 4×800 in 9:05.08 while WG finished fourth in both this race and the 4×200. Ben Euto finished fifth in the shot put.Earlier, in the morning session of the Grieve meet, Jordan-Elbridge had a strong showing on the boys side, finishing fourth with 59 points as Westhill and Solvay also took part.Zach Barber gave the boys Eagles a win in the triple jump, going 40’ ½” as no one else could reach 38 feet. Barber also had a third-place long jump of 19 feet and got fifth place in the 300.Kenny Williams went 1:29.75 to finish second in the 600 as Derek Quigley was fifth. Williams, Sean Dristle, Colin Jewsbury and Michael Bennick were second in the 4×800 in 9:12.72 as Quigley topped 9’6” in the pole vault for fourth place.Dristle was third in the 3,200 in 10:21.86, with the Eagles third in the 4×400 in 3:45.45. Solvay’s X’Zavier Morris finished second in the shot put, throwing it 40’5 ¾”, with the Eagles’ Tyler Spencer seventh in the weight throw.J-E’s girls had Vassianna Klock finish third in the 3,000 in 10:57.90 and Tatianna Parkolap clear 4’8” for third place in the high jump, while Solvay’s Isabella Lambert was fourth in the triple jump with 32’4 ¾” and Westhill’s Corine Allen was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 7’6”.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Paired into the afternoon session of last Saturday’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, the West Genesee and Skaneateles indoor track and field teams found it to their advantage.With 102.5 points, the girls Wildcats finished second to Cicero-North Syracuse, with the Lakers earning fourth place and getting 82.5 points.WG had Faith Knox win the 1,000-meter run in 3:24.32 and Abby Kuppinger win the 600-meter run in 1:42.96. Kuppinger, Sandy Gardino, Mikeayla DeJesus and Caitlin Mills won the 4×200 relay in 1:51.17. Olivia Becker had a third-place long jump of 13’8” and was fourth in the triple jump. Alexcis Rydelek got third in the shot put with 25’3”.Also for WG, Rachel Reynolds got to fourth place in the 55-meter hurdles and high jump as Knox helped WG take third place in the 4×800 relay in 11:01.72.Skaneateles had Emme Conan go 7.51 seconds to win the 55-meter dash over WG’s Caitlin Mills (7.72) and Sandy Gardino (7.81). Reagan Evans beat the field in the weight throw with a heave of 32’10 ¾”, with Sarah Brennan fifth.center_img Tags: indoor trackJ-EskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is this week and seven Iowa offices of LifeServe Blood Center, including the Mason City office, will be taking blood donations from supporters of the men and women in blue.Shay Willis, spokeswoman for LifeServe, says the Blue Blood Drive is Wednesday and it’ll feature some great swag and appropriate after-donation treats. “We have a super-cool t-shirt that all of our donors will receive,” Willis says, “and we will be giving away donuts in our canteen as part of our refreshments that day, thanks to some generous donors.”The event is being co-sponsored by Iowa COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors, which assists surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Donors with all blood types are welcome as blood demands change from day to day. “If you go to LifeServeBloodCenter.org, we update that every single day and we tell visitors how many days worth of a blood supply we have,” Willis says. “We also tell visitors to that website what types of blood we need.”.Donating one pint of blood may help to save as many as three lives. Willis says it usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to give blood. “If you’ve never donated blood, the actual donation process should take just a few minutes,” Willis says. “What some people don’t always understand is that you have to answer some questions. We have to make sure it’s safe for you to give but that it’s also for us to make sure what you give is safe to provide to a patient in need.”The Mason City blood drive event will take place Wednesday at their center located at 4700 4th Southwest from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. LifeServe is the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.To schedule an appointment, call 800-287-4903 or you can click here to registerlast_img read more


first_imgLucas hat-trick takes Tottenham to Champions League final and breaks Ajax heartsAmsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Lucas Moura’s last-gasp strike took Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League final for the first time in their history on Wednesday, completing his hat-trick and sealing an incredible 3-2 win over Ajax to leave the Dutch side heartbroken.Ajax’s improbable European run seemed set to go on all the way to the final as they led 3-2 on aggregate deep in stoppage time in the second leg of the semi-final at the Johan Cruyff Arena.That was when the ball broke to Lucas in the box and the Brazilian sent a low shot beyond the despairing dive of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to seal their comeback, making it 3-2 to them on the night, 3-3 on aggregate, and taking Mauricio Pochettino’s men through on away goals.The Ajax players slumped to the turf, their fans stunned, as they go out and Spurs advance to face fellow comeback kings Liverpool in an all-English final in Madrid on June 1.Leading 1-0 after the first leg, the thrilling young Dutch side appeared to have killed the tie after captain Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech both scored in the first half here.That left Tottenham needing a comeback to match that of Liverpool against Barcelona the previous night, but in an even shorter amount of time.A quickfire brace by Lucas early in the second half gave them something to cling to, before he struck the decisive blow, denying Ajax a first final since 1996.Erik ten Hag’s team, who had already eliminated the holders, Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus this season, were applauded by their devastated fans at full-time and must now somehow lift themselves to try to win the Dutch title.They had been dealt a blow just minutes before kick-off when Brazilian winger David Neres pulled out of their starting line-up after the warm-up, his place taken by the young Dane, Kasper Dolberg.Down and out. Ajax players react after the final goal. PHOTO AFP– Whirlwind start –That last-minute switch did not perturb the Dutch club, though. Far from it. Dusan Tadic moved to the left wing, and Ajax set about tearing into their opponents right from the off, just as they had done in the first leg.They won a corner after Hugo Lloris had stretched to his left to beat away a Tadic shot, and from the delivery that followed from Lasse Schoene, De Ligt rose to head home a fifth-minute opener.Spurs — without Harry Kane but with Son Heung-min back after missing the first leg due to suspension — did threaten an immediate reply as a Son cross hit the near post, but Ajax escaped and came again, a Tadic shot that fizzed just past the far post acting as a prelude for what was to follow in the 35th minute.This time Tadic, the former Southampton player, cut the ball back for Ziyech, whose first-time shot on his left foot flew into the far corner from a difficult angle. It was a wonderful goal, and it had surely killed the tie.The Spurs fans were understandably subdued, and they would not have harboured too much hope in Fernando Llorente as the big striker replaced Victor Wanyama for the second half.Yet the way Pochettino’s side came back out after half-time echoed what Liverpool had done at Anfield 24 hours earlier.They scored their first in the 55th minute, Lucas combining with Alli and slotting low past Onana.Four minutes after that Onana made an improbable save from Llorente’s effort inside the six-yard box, but the ball came back to Lucas and the Brazilian turned and managed to find a corner.He wheeled away in celebration, all too aware that Tottenham were now just one goal away from completing the turnaround.With such tension, Ajax no longer appeared so liberated, but Ziyech twice nearly scored again, grazing the post with a first-time shot and then hitting the same upright in the 79th minute.Jan Vertonghen hit the bar at the other end, but just when it looked like Ajax would hang on, Lucas delivered the killer blow.STARTING LINE UPSAjax (4-3-3)Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Matthijs de Ligt (capt), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schoene, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Kasper Dolberg, Dusan TadicCoach: Erik ten Hag (NED)Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)Hugo Lloris (capt); Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Son Heung-minCoach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis is backing Florida lawmakers’ attempts to lift NCAA rules that prevent college athletes from signing endorsement deals and profiting from their athleticism.DeSantis joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers and former Florida State University football players on Thursday to announce his support.The proposed legislation introduced by House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee is reportedly modeled after California legislation that is set to take effect in 2023.If the bill is signed into Florida law, it is expected to go into effect on July 1.The NCAA opposes the legislation citing it blurs the lines between big-money professional sports and amateur college athletics.It’s unclear at this time how either of the state’s laws would coincide with the current NCAA because it is not a government body and still be able to have its own rules independent of state laws.last_img read more


first_imgThe remains of a 20-year-old soldier from Florida will return home Wednesday after he was tragically killed while serving the country.The US Army says Nicholas Panipinto was killed when his armored vehicle overturned last week at Camp Humphreys.Panipinto’s family told FOX35 they want him to be remembered as “a man who had a huge heart, humble spirit, adored his family, and wanted more than anything to fight on the front lines for his country.”He joined the Army in January 2018 after graduating from Manatee High School in Bradenton.Panipinto’s family said he was hoping to use the GI. Bill to attend college in the future.The Army will fly Nick home on Wednesday night, and he will be laid to rest Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Sarasota National Cemetery.In an emotional Facebook post, The Manatee County Search and Rescue shared information about the Panipinto’s funeral and urged the public to join them in his honor on Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgDuring what President Trump calls a “circus” he will host the president of Turkey at the White House today. President Erdogan will meet with Trump in the Oval Office before holding a joint news conference. Top Republicans won’t be watching the first public impeachment hearings Wednesday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll be paying attention to the business of the Senate while the first witnesses give their testimony.His Senate GOP colleagues John Cornyn and Roy Blunt also said they had better things to do than watch the proceedings in the House.Two Trump administration diplomats will testify before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, followed by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Friday. last_img


first_imgOn Wednesday, a suspect shot and killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper just south of Martin Highway.Trooper Joseph Bullock was assisting a broken down car when a suspect who was with that disabled vehicle suddenly opened fire, shooting and killing Bullock.A tow truck driver who was called to help at the scene told witnesses the suspect was upset at having to pay to tow his car.Witnesses said the shooter’s gun jammed, which gave the tow truck driver time to escape.According to authorities, a Riviera Beach police officer who was passing by shot and killed the suspect at the scene.Officials have not revealed the suspect’s name.UPDATED: Riviera Beach Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect Who Killed FHP Trooper in Martin Co.last_img