Limerick business leader calls for regional airport fund

first_img TAGSCentral Statistics OfficeDublinforeign direct investmentIrish Aviation AuthorityJames RingkerryKnockKuwait AirwaysLIMERICK ChamberManchesterpassenger numbersShannon airportStanstead Shannon Airport turns €1.3 million profitA PLAN to gain more business for Shannon and other regional airports is needed rather than letting Dublin continue its runaway growth, a Mid West business leader has said.Figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week highlights Shannon Airport as a cause for concern as the other major airports in the Republic record increases in their passenger numbers.According to the CSO, Shannon has dropped passenger numbers by 5.2 per cent, while Dublin and Cork airports grew by 6.3 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively on the first nine months of last year. Knock and Kerry grew by almost two per cent each.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Chamber chief executive James Ring said that regional airports could become unviable unless a specific strategic fund was put in place to give Dublin a run for its money.The massive growth of passenger and flight numbers in Dublin is a clear sign that regional imbalance is growing, he said.“If we are serious about regional development and balance, then we have to recognise that it hinges on the success of our airports. Foreign direct investment is massively important for the Shannon region and the airport has always been one of the big selling points. A strategic fund is needed to shore up routes that may be loss-making during some months of the year,” he added.A spokesman for Shannon Airport said that the airport’s “significant transit business” was not taken into account when compiling the figures.“This segment of the business has growth of 80% year-to-date thanks to additional frequencies from Kuwait Airways. When this is factored in, our total passenger numbers this year will be on a par with 2016, despite some capacity reductions on both Stanstead and Manchester,” he said.The spokesman said that overall, Shannon has enjoyed a 25 per cent increase in passenger numbers since separation in 2013.Meanwhile, figures just released by the Irish Aviation Authority confirm that commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by 6.4 this year, with an average of 48 commercial daily movements at Shannon.More business news here Linkedin ‘Go for Life’ is older not slower Facebook Outgoing Chamber boss rings the changes Print Twitter Advertisement Limerick gardai renew appeal for missing Tipperary teen center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Emma Leahy will point the way to tomorrow’s world Increase in Limerick rape and burglary reports Previous articleLimerick councillor calls for special meeting on Opera Centre siteNext article62 Limerick youth groups benefit from Government funding Editor Watch: Joe gives free rein to the healing power of horses NewsBusinessLimerick business leader calls for regional airport fundBy Editor – December 17, 2017 1945 last_img read more

Io plasma torus and the source of jovian narrow-band kilometric radiation

first_imgNarrow-band jovian kilometric radiation (nKOM) is distinguishable from broad-band jovian kilometric radiation (bKOM), both discovered by the Voyager spacecraft1–3, by its generally lower intensity, its more restricted range of centre frequency, its narrower bandwidth, and its temporally less sporadic nature4. When observed at northern and southern magnetic latitudes nKOM polarization was predominantly left-handed and right-handed respectively, opposite to bKOM4,5. At nearly the same longitude on consecutive jovian rotations nKOM sometimes lagged the magnetic field rotation4 by 3–5%; no such lag was detected for bKOM6,7. It was proposed that bKOM is produced within ˜2° of the magnetic equator in the outer lo plasma torus by conversion of electrostatic upper hybrid (ESUH) waves to ordinary (O) mode electromagnetic radiation via a radio window8,9. Here we show that nKOM seems to be produced by the same conversion process, also operating in the lo torus, but at latitudes ≥8°. The difference in latitude for nKOM and bKOM sources stems from the condition required for mode conversion that the plasma density gradient should be normal to the magnetic field vector. The difference in these locations allows an explanation of most of the similarities and differences between the two radiations.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Schedule Revealed For Maui Jim Maui Invitational Mainland Tournament

first_imgAugust 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Schedule Revealed For Maui Jim Maui Invitational Mainland Tournament Written by Tags: BYU/Charleston Southern/Delaware State/East Tennessee State/Jim Maui Invitational Mainland tournament/Marriott Center/SUU Men’s Basketball/UCLA FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Friday, Southern Utah men’s basketball revealed its schedule for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Mainland tournament this upcoming season.This includes two opening games and a pair of regional games.The Thunderbirds will face BYU November 13 at the Marriott Center as they seek their first all-time win against the Cougars. BYU leads SUU 11-0 all-time.They will then face UCLA at the Pauley Pavilion November 18, followed by a trip to Johnson City, Tenn. November 23 to face Charleston Southern on the campus of East Tennessee State University.They will next face either East Tennessee State or Delaware State November 24 based on whether or not they beat the Buccaneers. Brad Jameslast_img read more

US Coast Guard announces fast response cutter names

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard announces fast response cutter names US Coast Guard announces fast response cutter names Share this article View post tag: Bollinger Shipyards View post tag: FRC View post tag: Sentinel-Classcenter_img December 13, 2017 The US Coast Guard has announced the names of another batch of Sentinel-class fast response cutters to be built by Bollinger Shipyards.The service said each vessel is being named for a deceased leader, trailblazer or hero of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services of the US Revenue Cutter Service, the US Lifesaving Service and the US Lighthouse Service.These namesakes include enlisted recipients of the Navy Cross Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Silver Lifesaving Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.The FRC, first of which was commissioned into service 2012, are replacing the Island-class cutters built by Bollinger over three decades ago.The first contract was awarded to the shipbuilder in September 2008. The 154-foot patrol craft are based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708 design. They have a flank speed of 28 knots, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat.The hull numbers and their corresponding names are as follows: USCGC Angela McShan (FRC 35), USCGC Daniel Tarr (FRC 36), USCGC Edgar Culbertson (FRC 37), USCGC Harold Miller (FRC 38), USCGC Myrtle Hazard (FRC 39), USCGC Oliver Henry (FRC 40), USCGC Charles Moulthrop (FRC 41), USCGC Robert Goldman (FRC 42 ), USCGC Frederick Hatch (FRC 43), USCGC Glenn Harris (FRC 44), USCGC Emlen Tunnell (FRC 45), USCGC John Scheuerman (FRC 46), USCGC Clarence Sutphin (FRC 47), USCGC Pablo Valent (FRC 48), USCGC Douglas Denman (FRC 49), USCGC William Chadwick (FRC 50), USCGC Warren Deyampert (FRC 51), USCGC Maurice Jester (FRC 52), USCGC John Patterson (FRC 53), USCGC William Sparling (FRC 54). Authorities View post tag: US Coast Guardlast_img read more


first_imgFood from Britain (FFB) has promoted JANE WAKELING to head of client development and appointed KIRSTY GRIEVE as regional food and drinks manager. Ms Wakeling leads the organisation’s consulting and will have responsibility for providing FFB clients with strategic and practical support to ensure they gain maximum benefit from FFB’s international network. Ms Grieve will continue Ms Wakeling’s previous work to drive FFB’s campaign to promote the UK’s regional food and drinks industry. The programme recently received funding for a further two years, made possible by an additional £2m from DEFRA.Mexican and regional American food supplier Discovery Foods has appointed ROBERT POWELL as group human resources manager. Mr Powell is based at the group’s Sonora Foods plant in Daventry, Northants, and is responsible for 350 employees across three sites: two Sonora plants in Daventry and the Discovery Foods site in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.Food co-packer for brand owners in the consumer goods market Budelpack March is strengthening its sales team with the appointment of JEFF PARRY as national account manager. Mr Parry has already worked with the company as project manager and will be helping customers to define their requirements as well as completing projects on time and to budget. The Cambridgeshire-based firm handles a wide range of food products, including powders, liquids and confectionery in formats ranging from sachets to stick packs, thermoformed pots, bags, cartons, jars and bottles.Dickinson & Morrison has appointed LUCY IDDISON as brand manager. She joins from Northern Foods where she was Tesco category manager for the chilled pastry savoury division, managing the own-label and branded portfolio, including Pork Farms. In her new role, Ms Iddison will concentrate on brand penetration in the multiples and raising awareness of the firm’s Melton Mowbray pork pie products. She will be based at Walkers Charnwood bakery.Indian food company Patak’s has bolstered its head office team with seven new appointments, from sales to consumer research. Market analysis and forecasting will be handled by category and consumer insight group manager MATT CLARK, while manufacturing will be overseen by group manager GREGG HARRISION, specialising in breads, foods and frozen. In addition, the company has appointed: BEN ELLIS as market manager for the US; GRAHAM THOMPSON as development manager, food solutions; ISABELLA LOWE as development manager, international markets; EMMA SNEDDON as business development manager, foods; and PETER MCCORMICK as business development executive, frozen and breads. RTS Flexible Systems, which supplies equipment for product handling, storage and packaging, has appointed ROY FRASER as UK sales manager for bread and bakery.Vision-guided, fast-picking robots are a key part of RTS’s offering.last_img read more

Book review

first_imgAre you planning a store expansion strategy? Want to corner your market? This is the tale of how Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ guru, did quite literally that, en route to achieving his modest target of 40,000 outlets (scarily, the company claims it’s still on track to hit that). The former housewares salesman, having bought up the fledgling chain in the late 1980s, had his eureka moment in 1991 when he opened a second Starbucks, yards away from an existing store. Reasoning that he could draw in thousands more customers simply by making his store a few steps more convenient, he opened one on the opposite corner of a busy intersection in Vancouver. An outlandish idea for what was then still considered a niche product – premium bean coffee sold at a price – Schultz’s gamble paid off, with queues around the block for both outlets. It’s a ploy that’s proven spectacularly successful: today there’s even a Starbucks in Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. Clark traces the world’s revived obsession with coffee culture, from its early roots in Ethiopian culture, right through to the sharp decline in coffee consumption by the 1960s, as the big brands cheapened their product with poor-quality beans, to coffee’s slow revival at the hands of a few passionate bean enthusiasts from the 1970s.But if you thought café culture in the UK was something new, think again. In 1652, London had just one coffee house, but by 1700, it had more than 2,000. It was quickly superseded by tea, partly due to the poor coffee quality, with commentators of the day branding it “essence of old shoes”, with a flavour reminiscent of “dog or cat’s turd”.last_img read more

BSU: Governments to lose big money no matter what happens next

first_img WhatsApp By Network Indiana – June 17, 2020 0 314 Previous articleIndiana triggers additional unemployment benefitsNext articleMishawaka cancels 4th of July fireworks show Network Indiana CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews BSU: Governments to lose big money no matter what happens next Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook (“The Fall of Madoff” by frankieleon, CC BY 2.0) MUNCIE, Ind. — A Ball State study says state and local governments will suffer huge economic losses, no matter what happens the rest of this year.Mike Hicks, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State, says Indiana has already lost $600 million in tax revenue in 2020, and it will get worse.“The very best case scenario shows losses of, anywhere between $600 million and $900 million,” Hicks said. “In worst case scenario, about $1.7 billion.”It’s not just because of the Indianapolis 500 being postponed or the Indiana State Fair being canceled. Hicks says one of the big reasons is the number of people in the state that have lost their job. One in five Hoosiers have lost their jobs since February because of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic shutdown.“So those folks are not paying taxes, or income taxes during this time period that they’re not earning income,” he said.With many businesses either closed or open with restrictions, fewer people have gone out and spent money on activities or items during the pandemic.It’s even worse for counties who have casinos and rely heavily on them for their annual budget.“We’re talking about, just, stunning losses. In some cases, as much as 50 percent of tax revenues this year,” Hicks said.The drastic losses in tax revenues across Indiana will have big impacts on things that money usually go towards, like school budgets.“As school starts this fall, we’re talking about pretty steep cuts,” Hicks said. “Even under optimistic scenarios, they run into issues for 2021.”Smaller tax revenue dollars also means less money for road maintenance, so you might have to drive around more potholes this winter.The impact of the tax revenue losses will be long-lasting, according to Hicks. He says even if things head back in the right direction towards the end of 2020, many counties and the state as a whole could be in the negatives for the next two years. Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Previously Unheard Woody Guthrie Recording Of ‘Hoodoo Voodoo’ From 1950s Resurfaces [Listen]

first_imgA lost recording of a slightly inebriated Woody Guthrie singing “Hoodoo Voodoo” has been unearthed to see the light of day. The grainy, two-minute demo showcases the long-deceased folk artist singing away on the then-unfinished song, which was one of many he left behind before passing away in 1967.The old recording was recently re-discovered within the archives of famed writer, Shel Silverstein, and also features Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Sonny Terry. According to reports, the trio recorded the raw song idea back in 1954 during a session for Folkways Records executive, Moses Asch. Both Guthrie and Elliot had apparently been enjoying some adult beverages prior to the recording, which could explain some of the ad-lib lyrics heard sung by Woody throughout the track. The recording has since been verified as completely authentic by The Woody Guthrie Archives.A re-imagined version of the song was given the music parts by Wilco and British singer Billy Bragg for a 1998 album of unfinished Guthrie material titled Mermaid Avenue. The album had been commissioned by Woody’s surviving daughter, Nora Guthrie, who at that time was the Director of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archive. The 1998 version also featured current and previous Wilco members including John Stirratt, Ken Coomer, Jay Bennett (who has since passed away), and American reggae musician Corey Harris. Wilco’s alternative Americana arrangement of the old tune is clearly a much livelier recording compared to the bare minimum production of Guthrie’s original version.It is also reported that the alcohol-inspired recording sessions from 1954 were taped during the time when Guthrie was dealing with Huntington’s disease, which would later lead to an early death at the age of just 55 13 years later in 1967.Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recently released his own new solo album earlier this fall titled, Warm. The singer/guitarist is scheduled to head out on a U.S. solo tour early next year starting in late February and continuing into the spring months. Tickets for the 2019 tour can be purchased by clicking here.Fans can listen to both the original and re-imagined recordings of “Hoodoo Voodoo” in each of their respective versions via the videos below.Woodie Guthrie – “Hoodoo Voodoo” – 1954 Demo[Video: Rolling Stone]Billy Bragg & Wilco – “Hoodoo Voodoo” (Woodie Guthrie Cover)[Video: Rubber Soul][H/T Variety]last_img read more

The podcast revolution

first_imgAs Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Gazette is examining key moments and developments over the University’s broad and compelling history.Podcast.There’s something for everyone, from foodies and fencers to fashionistas and fantasy football fans. With a click of the mouse, users can connect to a world of possibility.And they can deepen that world just as easily.The podcasters of today owe a debt of gratitude to a group of Harvard scholars who revolutionized how people create and consume digital information. These scholars streamlined a method of both uploading audio files to the Internet and downloading them to a computer or mobile device.The origin of the podcast can be traced to two people, in large part: Dave Winer, a software developer and blog evangelist who landed at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society in 2003 determined to put the University on the blogging map, and Christopher Lydon, a journalist and radio show host eager to investigate the power of the Internet.Winer, who graduated with a degree in math from Tulane University, caught the computer bug during a basic programming class. “It was fascinating … for me it felt like math in motion,” he said.Winer earned a master’s in computer science and became a Silicon Valley staple, heading his own software companies. One of the world’s first bloggers, he also created software that allowed people to create blogs of their own. Then he set his sights on Harvard.“I wanted more thoughtfulness to be in this space,” said Winer of the blossoming blogosphere. “I was going to get Harvard blogging.”“Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas. I sensed that I didn’t want to miss them.  There he was, ready to rock, he said, and what he wanted to work on would be transformative,” recounts John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center.“He had a simple idea: Let’s put up a blogs server … and invite anyone in the community to start blogging.”Winer became a Berkman fellow and created the blog platform Weblogs at Harvard Law School, open to anyone with a email address. He organized weekly discussion groups around blog tutorials and hot blog topics. He convened the conference Bloggercon at Harvard Law School. And with Harvard’s help, he took blogs to the next level.Prior to Harvard, Winer had worked with Adam Curry, the MTV disc jockey who envisioned streaming video online via an RSS feed.RSS, “Really Simple Syndication,” is a clever way to aggregate data on the Web. With it, content creators can make their material available to other sites, and users can access the latest content from such sites in one location.“It automates your Web surfing,” said Winer, who helped create the original RSS format. Picking up on Curry’s idea, Winer tweaked the RSS design, adding audio attachments to the Web feed formats. He tested it out with a couple of Grateful Dead songs and, suddenly, the framework for podcasting was in place. But Winer realized there was more to do.“It wasn’t just enough to tell people this thing was there and show them how it worked on a technical level … they had to see you doing it, and they had to be able to imagine themselves doing it.”Enter Christopher Lydon.In 2003, Lydon, former host of WBUR’s “The Connection,” was also a Berkman fellow and quickly connected with Winer.He emailed Winer early on and told him, “Yesterday I couldn’t spell blog; tomorrow I want to be one.”“My idea for Chris,” recalled Winer, “was that he was going to be the voice of podcasting.”Winer did the heavy technical lifting and Lydon provided his polished interview skills, smooth voice, and seasoned reporter gravitas — as well as a desire to explore the democratization of the new medium.“Anybody can be a podcaster,” said Lydon. “You can record your songs, your deepest thoughts, your silliest thoughts, your sonnets that you’ve been writing for years — you can spread it to the world.”Lydon and Winer joined forces with Cambridge engineer and Berkman friend Bob Doyle, who connected Lydon with the necessary recording equipment and trained him on how to use it. In July 2003, Lydon interviewed Winer in what would become the very first podcast. Lydon continued to self-produce interviews with bloggers, political figures, and authors such as Julia Child and Norman Mailer. With help from Winer’s special RSS-with-enclosures feed that attached the audio files, they released the interviews to Lydon’s blog, and podcasting was born.“It was a terrifically interesting moment for me,” said Lydon. “Dave Winer and I … are the Neil Armstrong of podcasting, and now everybody goes to that moon.”“Podcasting has bloomed every bit as much as I though it would,” said Winer, who went on to develop his own podcasts using simpler audio software and equipment.“The process started in 2000 but it didn’t reach critical mass until 2004 … and it was because of all the resources that were at Harvard and the people that were there. We had all the essential elements to success.”Harvard’s effort stood out, said Palfrey.“People were certainly recording and putting audio files on the Web … the inventive genius of what this group was doing at the Berkman Center was in turning their work into a series, and into a channel. … The development of podcasting, of video, all of what YouTube has become, those to me are all outgrowths of that innovation.”The Harvard work represented a perfect storm of curiosity combined with cutting-edge technology. Blogging, RSS feeds, and podcasts emerged alongside cheap audio recording equipment, mp3 files, and the ubiquitous iPod, an inexpensive and easy way to receive audio files, and its corresponding iTunes, a way to “systemize the receipt of it,” said Palfrey.“It was a confluence of things coming together and the best form of experimentation, of just trying it, of seeing what happens. And podcasting is one of those things that just stuck.”last_img read more

Midrange Storage: Use the Momentum

first_imgThe offer just keeps getting better…Market figures – and portfolio convergenceWe have seen great momentum in the market – Dell EMC Midrange Storage has had a strong product cadence over the last 12 months, a great customer loyalty program, and rich channel programs. “Midrange storage revenue, which accounted for nearly 55% of total external storage revenue in 1Q18, grew 17% year-over-year reaching $3.4B according to IDC. In 1Q18 Dell Inc. gained 4% share in midrange storage revenue compared to the year-ago quarter.¹” It’s clear, Midrange storage is the place to be.“Since the merger almost two years ago, we’ve delivered major midrange portfolio updates, adding significant new features to both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series storage arrays, demonstrating the power of what we can do together to delight our customers,” said Jeff Boudreau, President, Dell EMC Storage. Unity OE 4.4 and SCOS 7.3 – new featuresAnd there is more: we continue to invest in both platforms with new updates to Unity OE 4.4 and SCOS 7.3 – powerful new non-disruptive features at no additional cost that can be managed by CloudIQ (cloud-based analytics and monitoring) and are designed to give your customers even more confidence in their Dell EMC investments. Here is the scoop:SCOS 7.3 enhancements deliver more power, functionality and manageability:Game changing performance boost across all SC platforms (All-Flash and Hybrid): All SC arrays have 2x MAX IOPS performance increase & 50-100K IOPS increase in real world‘Manage anywhere’ simplicityCloudIQ support for cloud-based analytics and monitoringEasier, more cost-effective upgrades and expansionMore enterprise-class efficiency and availabilityUnity OE 4.4 provides a more complete replication story. It delivers a rich set of new features, enhanced performance, and exceptional quality including: MetroSync for Dell EMC Unity – leveraging NAS for critical data and applicationsTwo-way NDMP – providing direct data transfer to the tape library unit, and significant improvements to backup timesThird-party data migration – Consolidated storage and reduced managementSecurity enhancements – LDAP/AD features and capabilities to improve scalability and performanceUnity has now shipped 1 exabyte of flash storage“With this release, we’re driving innovation across our entire midrange portfolio to deliver huge performance improvements, easier management, better security and greater efficiencies. We’re helping our customers modernize their data centers and solve their top business challenges.” – Jeff Boudreau.It all adds up to an offer with momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. So why not ride that wave?We have a rich arsenal of tools for you to reference and use for more information:IDC Whitepaper: Midrange Customers Demand High-End Functionality at Affordable PricesOverview Teaser VideoCustomer Reaction VideoAnnouncement ArticlePress ReleaseUnity 4.4 BlogSCOS 7.3 BlogDell EMC SCOS 7.3 – SC Series Enablement CenterDell EMC Unity OE 4.4, visit the Dell EMC Unity Knowledge Centerlast_img read more