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Privatising Shannon Airport would be ruinous-Mayor of Clare

first_imgPrint Email WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal NewsPrivatising Shannon Airport would be ruinous-Mayor of ClareBy admin – November 21, 2011 510 Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook A private operator take-over would be focused on profits and not the strategic interest of the region.PRIVATISING Shannon Airport would be ruinous, not just for the airport, but for the region, according to the Mayor of Clare.Mayor Pat Hayes said that under no circumstances should a private operator be allowed to step in.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar appointed international consultants Booz and Company to carry out a study on future options for Shannon and Cork airports.But Mayor Hayes said that a private operator take-over would be solely focused on profits and not the strategic interest of the region.“The reality is that a private operator would opt for a lower number of services if that’s what delivers higher profits – the bottom line is all that would matter.“My concern is that, based on his comments so far, the Minister is only focused on making the airport profitable”.Mayor Hayes said that the privatisation of Aer Lingus is an example of the damage that could be caused in this kind of take-over, as the move had resulted in the loss of the Shannon/Heathrow route.“That was a calculated move by the airline to develop a base in Belfast in the misguided belief it would be more successful than Shannon.“They abandoned Shannon in pursuit of greater profits and it caused huge damage to us here. “That’s what we would be exposed to under private ownership, whether through full privatisation or a concession/lease option”.The Mayor believes that the airport must remain in State ownership and that a solution to its current difficulties lies in marketing of the region by tourism industries.“The recent ‘New Directions’ report by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation showed that seven out of every 10 overseas holiday visitors to the West currently arrive via an east-coast airport or port.“That’s startling and shows to me that tourism agencies are marketing the east coast as the access point for the West and not Shannon, which from a tourism perspective is outlandish and from a Shannon Airport perspective even worse”. Previous articleCall to change car registration to reflect home countyNext articleHave your sporting say and win adminlast_img read more

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10-man Akwa Utd Defeats Nasarawa to Move up

first_imgA ten-man Akwa United FC returned to winning ways in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) yesterday with a 1-0 win against Nasarawa United in their Match-day 11 fixture at the Godswill Akpabio International StadiumThe Promise Keepers who were without a win in their last three games in all competitions heading into the game scored the only goal of the encounter in the ninth minute through Adeshina Gata. It was the former ABS striker’s first goal of the campaign.The Uyo club was reduced to 10 men deep into stoppage time when Ubong Friday was sent off for stamping on Nasarawa United defender Abubakar Abdullahi. Abdu Maikaba’s men moved from eighth to third position in the table with the win with two outstanding games still to be played.They will face Al Ittihad of Libya in a CAF Confederation Cup fixture in Uyo on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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With increased production, Syracuse finds consistency in first line

first_imgSyracuse’s first midfield line is one of the youngest in the country.The most experienced player, Jamie Trimboli, is a sophomore who didn’t start until the sixth game of his freshman season. Then there’s the two freshmen. Tucker Dordevic, who was playing Oregon high school lacrosse less than a year ago, has started all 11 games. Brendan Curry, the son of SU legend Todd Curry, has started the last six.Though the three haven’t played together long, they still complement each other well, they said. Trimboli provides elite shooting ability, Dordevic employs power and Curry utilizes speed.Since Curry joined the top group against Rutgers on March 18, the top line has combined for 31 points, accounting for roughly 30 percent of Syracuse’s offensive production in its last six games. No. 9 Syracuse (7-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) has won four of the games, with its two losses coming to Rutgers and Cornell, which are both currently ranked in the Top 10. As the regular season enters the homestretch with the Orange hosting No. 14 Navy (8-4, 7-1 Patriot league), SU’s first line is only improving.“I think at this point, age isn’t really a number anymore,” Curry said. “We are playing. So you just kind of have to step up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Trimboli’s 10 starts marked the first time a freshman SU offensive player reached double digit starts since 2006. Trimboli entered 2018 as the expected leader of the midfield. And with two freshmen likely to breach 10 starts as Trimboli did a year ago, Trimboli has been the mainstay.He’s tied for third on the team in goals (16) and solely ranks third in assists (9) while tallying a point in every game this season. He’s had multi-point games in nine of 11 games, including five games in which he tallied three points.“He has taken somewhat of a leadership role,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He knew his role coming in. He’s going to have to be the guy in the midfield, especially when he has freshman as bookends on either side of him.”Trimboli’s breakout moment didn’t come this season. It couldn’t. A game-winning goal in his first ever start again Duke in 2017 covered that. His linemates, however, have emerged throughout the season.Against then-No. 3 Virginia, Dordevic took over. He scored three goals in the first three quarters, two of which came off roll dodges and the other on a spot shot. With less than 20 seconds left in the game and Virginia streaking on a four-goal run, SU’s drawn up play failed.Instead, the ball ended up in Dordevic’s stick at the top corner of the restraining box. He charged at the UVA defender, leveraged his body with a fake left and spun back to his right. Out of the roll dodge, Dordevic scored on the run and sealed the game for SU.“You know Tuck, he’s kind of a wild card,” Trimboli said. “He goes wherever he wants. When he’s going down one way you can’t follow him and get in his way because you know he can stop on a dime and come back any time.”A little more than a month later, the group’s newest member, Curry, had the hot hand. Last Saturday against North Carolina, Curry matched his season-high with three points. He put up the same numbers against then-No. 3 Duke in March, but the game against UNC was different.In his sixth start of the season, the freshman midfielder scored twice in the final two minutes, sending the game to overtime. Both goals came from raw speed.First, Curry took off from the midfield and sprinted straight down the alley, leaving a defender behind around the 25-yard line and scoring on the run. On his second goal, Curry utilized the space outside the hash marks, accelerating into the top-side of UNC’s defense before tying the game. In both cases, the Tar Heels failed to account for his speed.On SU’s first possession in the extended period, UNC overcompensated. As soon as Curry gained half a step on his defender, a UNC defender hedged, leaving a hole on the crease which Brendan Bomberry filled and subsequently finished the game-winner.“Brendan likes to use his speed and sweep around the end,” Trimboli said. “So you want to get through all the way to the end and put yourself to the back side.“It’s just chemistry. We’ve been playing for a couple weeks now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2018 at 11:45 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44last_img read more

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CHAN 2018: CAF Cancels Kenya Inspection Visit

first_imgRelated2018 CHAN: CAF Sets New Inspection Visit Date Following Political Unrest In KenyaSeptember 7, 2017In “Africa”2018 CHAN: See Full Schedule Of CAF’s Inspection Visit To KenyaSeptember 10, 2017In “Africa”CHAN 2018: CAF To Inspect Kenya’s Readiness To Host Africa, Set Visit DateAugust 15, 2017In “Africa” The Confederation of African Football, CAF has canceled the planned facility inspection visit to Kenya ahead of the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN).The decision to cancel the inspection is as a result of the current political and security situation in the country following the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election by the Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday.A letter from FKF President Nick Mwendwa reads: “We have just been informed that in light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second Vice President Mr. Constant Omari to access the political and security situation of the country before they can proceed with the inspection visit,”The Caf inspecting delegation was scheduled to arrive Kenya for a five-day visit of facilities on 7th September and depart the East African country on 12th September 2017, ahead of the January-February 2018 CHAN.A new inspection date will be announced after CAF’s second Vice President visit the country on Sunday evening.The 2018 CHAN would take place in Kenya From January 11 to February 2.last_img read more

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