Chambers unite in support of Shannon Airport

first_imgCHAMBERS representing businesses that directly support over 100,000 jobs across the Mid-Wet and West have united in one voice in a submission to government today for supports to help Shannon Airport navigate the current crisis and establish a new model for aviation in Ireland.The submission from Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Shannon chambers, which collectively represents 1,358 businesses across the Shannon Airport catchment, the proposals have been forwarded today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan ahead of a meeting sought by the group with him last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The chambers, in their joint submission, state that the ability of firms located in Ireland to do business internationally, and the attractiveness of Ireland for foreign firms, labour, and tourists depends on aviation.  “As such, the business community in the Mid-West and West of Ireland is deeply concerned following recent decisions by Delta and United Airlines not to resume flights from Shannon Airport in 2021.“These concerns have been further exacerbated by recent reports regarding the potential transfer of Aer Lingus aircraft serving routes to the US and UK away from Shannon Airport to alternative UK regional airports,” the submission states.The chambers say that Ireland’s travel restrictions are among the most restrictive in Europe and the longer these restrictions are in place, the greater the risk they pose to our competitiveness and future economic recovery.“While the business communities of the Mid-West and West appreciate that public health advice must take priority, we cannot ignore the fact that government-imposed travel restrictions are forcing airlines to make decisions that will have severe repercussions for regional economies. It is now time for the government to intervene and provide a support package for stricken airlines in order to ensure our connectivity into the future.”The chambers call on government to adopt a strategic approach to support for airlines that are struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19 and to follow the footsteps of Austria and France by ensuring that any support package has strong environmental conditions attached.They also urge Minister Ryan to take the opportunity to advance the main objective of Project Ireland 2040 through the attachment of binding conditions for strategic route development into regional airports that will assist in addressing the regional economic imbalances.They outline seven asks that cover both the current crisis and the need to adopt new aviation policy measures that will enable growth at airports in the regions, in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040.The specific asks are:As soon as public health advice allows, implement fully the recommendations of the Aviation Recovery TaskforceProvide support packages for airlines who will maintain and develop routes from Irish regional airports. Any such supports should have conditionalities attached regardingNew route development into strategic markets to strengthen regional airport connectivityTargets on carbon emission reductionsIn support of Regional Spatial Economic Strategy, undertake an assessment of economic activity around regional airports to identify the strategic routes that present the highest economic value for the corresponding regional economiesAlign the Regional Airports Programme with EU criteria so that both Shannon and Cork airports can access capital supportsAlign National Aviation Policy with Project Ireland 2040 and strengthen the role of airports as key strategic assets for balanced regional development. The business communities call for the establishment of an independent body with statutory oversight for balanced air traffic development across the Irish airport network.Specifically relating to operations at Shannon Airport, the chamber further requests the government to:Urgently appoint Chair to lead Shannon GroupIn addition to direct Government funding, allow cross subsidisation to use profits from other divisions within the group in support of strategic route and cargo operations development to ensure the long term-viability of Shannon Airport.“The critical importance of Transatlantic and European routes with Aer Lingus into Shannon airport cannot be overstated,” the submission states. “This connectivity to other markets is vital for FDI and indigenous businesses operating across Industry and Tourism in the Mid-West and West.“As we continue to navigate through the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, we urge the Minister to ensure that these links to vital markets are protected and new routes developed in support of economic recovery.” Previous articleWATCH: Bermingham “thrilled with result, not so much the performance”Next article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos Meghann Scully Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Email Twittercenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsChambers unite in support of Shannon AirportBy Meghann Scully – September 10, 2020 188 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostShannon airport Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

What’s In Your Pack: Adventure Philanthropist Steven Reinhold

first_imgSteven Reinhold grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and considers this area and its people as a base camp for life. He recently completed charity expeditions to Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta and The Grand Teton. His latest endeavor is The Appalachian Adventure Company, specializing in custom outdoor trips.Our outdoor careers serve as one long product testing session. Eventually, through trial and error, you learn how to pack for every occasion.Don’t you love the feeling you get when your pack is dialed in with the perfect mix of gear for a trip? Whether going for a night of naked and afraid, a weekend of glamping, or an assault in the Smoky Mountain rain, having the right gear makes the experience so much better.The old days of laurel walking sticks, old packs and pads, steel percolators, 7” Winchester knives, massive Coleman camp stoves, hatchets and thick double-knee Carhartts are gone. Now, you’ll find so many synthetic materials in my kit you’ll need an organic chemistry degree to unpack.My passions include snowboarding, backpacking, adventurous travel and the “Great American Road Trip.” Of late I have found myself in the Mountaineering world trying to help spread the word for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), taking underserved urban youth on wilderness mentoring trips across the country. Recently I have opened up The Appalachian Adventure Company in Waynesville, N.C., which offers all kinds of custom trips in this area.My packing rules are simple: if a piece of gear is going to add to your experience, then bring it. Bring gifts to share with your friends at random times on the trip and always be prepared for varying weather conditions. Although every adventure demands a different list of gear, here are a few of my favorites that go to wild places with me.DeLorme inReachThis guy is the life of the party at Base Camp and DeLorme is a huge supporter of Big City Mountaineers. With this incredible unit you can send and receive messages to anyone with a link showing your current position on a remarkably detailed map. The unit pairs with an App called Earthmate on your smartphone so you can see a detailed map of your position and send/post messages with the ease of your phone’s keyboard. It is really special to bring this along on our charity climbs. It gives everyone the opportunity to communicate and share the experience with those who helped support your cause. On Mt. Shasta our team sent dozens of messages to friends, family members and supporters at Base Camp. They were able to follow our climb and know exactly where we were on the mountain at all times and the moment we returned safely.DelormeKeen Marshall Mid/WPDepending on the expedition we wear a variety of footwear ranging from full on Mountaineering boots to lightweight approach shoes. I’ve had some great success with Lowa and Salewa on the mountaineering side and love Scarpas for the latter. For all around awesomeness though I really want to highlight the Keen Marshall series. The Marshalls offer ridiculous ankle support for how lightweight they are. They are surprisingly water proof and have a really aggressive tread pattern for difficult terrain. I can train like an animal in them beforehand and then use them on the approach to camp for a big climb. Keen is another huge supporter of Big City Mountaineers and they give every Summit For Someone climber a discount code good for a free pair of boots!Liberty BottlesI have to say this is my favorite company out there right now. They are very generous sponsors of Big City Mountaineers and are run by some wildly bearded outdoorsmen from Washington. I got a chance to hang out with their crew at the last OR show and it was a blast! They make super lightweight and durable custom water bottles from all recycled materials. You can order a batch to sell for a fundraiser or to promote your business and get anything you can dream up printed on them! The Gold bottle is a one of a kind item that’s special to me. It is the first place trophy from Liberty’s annual Ping Pong tournament at the OR show I was lucky enough to win!Gear TiesThese things are great for just about anything. I usually take two of the orange ones with me since they are highly visible. You can use them to mark a trail, hang a water filter, secure an ice ax and tie just about anything to your pack. I even crossed two in an “X marks the spot” fashion on Mt. Shasta to mark a beer cache I brought to surprise my teammates!Jansport KlamathThe Klamath Pack is Lightweight, versatile and has a super-easy adjustable strap system. Most all of the packs available today are going to be great and you can’t go wrong with an Osprey but this one from Jansport was free as part of the Summit For Someone gear package! Jansport and the legend behind it, Skip Yowell, have been long time supporters of Big City Mountaineers. Skip is just about the coolest guy walking the planet and Jansport is passionate about our cause so it is an honor to have one of these wonderful packs strapped to my back!Light My Fire SporkMost everyone who has camped has eaten with one of the colorful plastic sporks from this company. The President of Industrial Revolutions which owns great brands like UCO and Light My Fire is a Summit For Someone climber himself. Light My Fire provides all of the Big City Mountaineers kids with a backpacking food kit. Check out our video from that Grand Teton climb and see our climb thanks to GoPro!GoProFor me this one is simple. I hope to grow old one day and when that happens I want to look back on all the awesome things I have done in HD. Just be sure to spring for the extra battery.Black Diamond Raven Ice AxAn ax is your best friend and sometimes life saver at elevation. Black Diamond is another generous company that donates an ax to every Summit For Someone climber! There are countless designs out there for a variety of climbing but I have really come to love the Raven series as an all-around great tool for the mountains. I go old school and carry a longer ax for better balance and strong anchors. I heard Yvon Chouinard suggest that in a speech at the American Alpine Club’s fundraising dinner last winter and the advice stuck. I even keep it with me in the back of the truck at night on long road trips as a serrated, razor sharp theft deterrent!–What’s In Your Pack is a regular column on BlueRidgeOutdoors.com. Contact us with suggestions on athletes and adventurists you want to see featured!last_img read more

Airman from Long Island Killed in Afghanistan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old New York National Guard airman from Coram was among six US military service members killed by a suicide bomber near the Afghanistan capital of Kabul this week, defense officials said.Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base in upstate Newburgh, New York. He was with a group on patrol in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when they were attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in a village outside Bagram Air Base in Parwan province on Monday.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of these brave Americans who died in service to this vital mission,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. “Our thoughts remain with all of our troops serving overseas during this holiday season so that we may have peace and security at home.”Another New Yorker among the soldiers killed in the bombing was Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of the Bronx, who was assigned to the same Squadron was Bonacasa. Lemm, who previously served in the military from 1988 to 1996, was an NYPD detective.Bonacasa had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2002 and transitioned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Security Forces Squadron based out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach in 2008 before joining the 105th Base Defense Squadron five years ago.Both men previously had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Leading a team of passionate defenders, they took on the most challenging mission for themselves and epitomized the concept of leading from the front, a concept that has distinct risks that they both acknowledged and embraced,” said Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, who called them “true American heroes.”The other four soldiers killed in the attack—all U.S. Air Force members—included 36-year-old Air Force Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen of Minn., 28-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco of Texas, Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub of Penn. and Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Ga., both 30.On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Bonacasa and Lemm.“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow servicemen of Staff Sgt. Bonacasa,” Cuomo said. “We will join his loved ones in honoring his valor, leadership and service to this great nation. His sacrifice will be remembered with gratitude.”last_img read more

Swiss scheme tenders $200m high-yield debt mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgThird, the applicant must be in compliance with a verified Performance Reporting Standard for all performance data submitted.And fourth, the place of jurisdiction for any inquiries should be Switzerland.The mandate calls for the use of the Barclays Capital US Corporate High Yield Bond index as benchmark, with a minimum 0.5% tracking error.Interested parties must have at least $1.5bn in assets under management (AUM) for the mandate and $5bn in AUM for the company itself.They should also have a track record of at least three years, preferably six.Managers should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of December 2013.The closing date for applications is 24 January.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]com. A Swiss pension fund has tendered a $200m (€146m) high-yield corporate debt mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1377, the applicant must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered.First, the asset manager must have a “demonstrable fiduciary investment management mindset”, and the “focus of the organisation should be on institutional money management, with experience in managing segregated accounts and the willingness to offer such accounts to new clients”.Second, the manager must be supervised and authorised by an official regulatory authority, and familiar with the BVG and BVV2 regulations for Swiss pension funds.last_img read more

Mancini hints at Sinclair exit

first_imgManchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hinted that winger Scott Sinclair’s future could lie away from the Etihad Stadium. “It is my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always. For him, it was a really difficult year this year.” Sinclair has been linked with a return to Swansea ahead of City’s Barclays Premier League trip to the Liberty Stadium this weekend. Mancini accepts he has not given the Great Britain Olympic player much opportunity and could understand if he was frustrated. When asked if that might mean Sinclair deserves to play somewhere else, Mancini, speaking at his regular press conference, said: “Scott is young and he has good quality but this year was difficult for him. “I think it is better if he can have another solution. If he stays here, maybe, everything can change but I can understand his frustration in this moment because he didn’t play a lot of games. “For me, he is a good player. We have one team. For him, it was difficult. “I repeat – he did everything well, he worked well, he is a good guy, he deserves to play. I can understand when one player can’t play often it is difficult.” The 24-year-old has started just three games for City since his £6.2million move from Swansea last August. “This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn’t give him a lot of chances to play. He is very unlucky,” Mancini said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more