Shannon Group Plc heralds new beginning for region

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first_imgPrint Twitter Previous articleEuroMillions winning ticket sold in IrelandNext articleSharma appeals €100m planning refusal Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsShannon Group Plc heralds new beginning for regionBy Staff Reporter – September 20, 2014 679 Advertisement Emailcenter_img “The establishment of Ireland’s newest commercial semi-state company, The Shannon Group plc, is the beginning of a new direction for Shannon and the wider Atlantic Corridor area,” the Presidents of Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Shannon Chambers stated in response to its official establishment by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe on Friday, 5 September 2014.“While much has been written and said about the gains achieved to date at Shannon Airport since it was made independent, the real significance of the new corporate entity can only now be gleaned as its four pillars – Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Enterprises Limited, Shannon Heritage and the International Aviation Services Centre (ISAC) –  gain the legislative ability to frame and sanction their strategic and operational directions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As highlighted in the recently released quarterly National Household Survey, the growing skew between the Dublin east coast area and the West of Ireland, which is pointing to an obvious lack of focus on balanced regional development in the country, needs to be addressed. The Shannon Group, with its remit for airport development, industry, tourism and property, can become the catalyst for better and stronger regional development and initiate much-needed change in how national economic activity is spread.“The Shannon Group starts out on a strong footing. Early gains and achievements in delivering increased air access and an air of certainty at Shannon Airport have instilled a confidence in the local and regional communities  – the general public, industry and tourism sectors – and similar early gains in the Group’s other operational areas will serve to qualify the overall benefits of the combined assets of the Group.“The official establishment of the Shannon Group now gives the board and management team clarity of purpose and a combined focus. We look forward to seeing the positive dividends that will emanate from their sphere of influence along the entire Atlantic corridor,” the Presidents concluded. Facebook Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

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Rookie Le’Veon Bell joins crowded Steelers backfield

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first_imgPittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs a play past strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Mike Tomlin tried to sound resolute. The look on his face however, suggested otherwise.Asked if he was sending a message by having rookie running back Le’Veon Bell take snaps with the first team at the end of his third practice as a professional football player earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach failed to fight back a smile as he answered.“None,” Tomlin said before quickly adding “but I’m sure you guys will run with it so go ahead.”Hey, why not?The battle for the right to replace the departed Rashard Mendenhall has been simmering since the moment the Steelers selected Bell with the 48th overall pick in the NFL draft. Even though the team signed restricted free agents Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman to one-year tenders, there’s little doubt the 21-year-old Bell has a future lining up behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Redman and Dwyer are simply hoping to hold off that future for as long as they can. The duo combined for 1,033 yards while splitting carries with Mendenhall in 2012 but couldn’t stay healthy, leaving their ability to become a true feature back in question.Each worked aggressively in the offseason to shed weight, hoping slimmer waistlines would lead to a heavier workload. Dwyer estimates he dropped 25-30 pounds while Redman cut 15 pounds off his 6-foot frame.“This is definitely the best shape I have ever been in since I have been in the league,” Dwyer said. “I just want to continue to be like this the rest of my career.”A career that will likely continue elsewhere next season if he fails to gain any traction this fall. The same goes for Redman, who rushed for a 121 yards in a loss to Denver in the playoffs two years ago and has shown flashes of brilliance but can’t seem to stay out of the training room.The issue isn’t necessarily production, but persistence. Every step forward for both players has been met by a step back. Dwyer posted consecutive 100-yard games last October only to go down with a hamstring injury. Redman responded by piling up a career-high 147 yards in a victory over the Giants but was ineffective a week later against the Chiefs and collected just 26 carries total over the final seven games.Dwyer wasn’t the same after his hamstring healed. A pair of ill-timed fumbles didn’t help matters. While the Steelers hardly batted an eye when the enigmatic Mendenhall opted to sign with Arizona in free agency, they also left little doubt Redman and Dwyer little wiggle room when they picked up Bell in the second round in April.Bell is younger, taller (6-2) and more versatile than either of the two players he’s competing again. In addition to leading the nation with 383 carries last fall at Michigan State, he also caught 32 passes. After spending most of the last four years sending Mendenhall on the field on first and second down and bringing him out in true passing situations, Bell gives the Steelers a well-rounded option.One that is humble but well aware of the expectations.“I’m just going to compete,” Bell said. “I’ve been competing from day one. Just make those other guys better, make the other running backs better, and at the same time they’re going to make me better. I’m going to help this team the best that I can and get a Super Bowl.”Bell played at around 245 pounds during his final year at Michigan State but arrived at Saint Vincent College more than a dozen pounds lighter. His height has him resemble something more akin to a safety than a feature back and there’s more than a little bit of tenacity beneath his shoulder pads.Each year, in full gear includes a “back on backers” drill that pits a running back and a linebacker against each other designed to simulate what happens when a back is required to pick up a blitz. On Monday Bell found himself lined up against first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Four times Jones hurtled his 245-pound frame at Bell. The fact they fought to a draw didn’t go unnoticed.“I’m sure they’ll continue to see more of each other,” Tomlin said.At least in camp. Things could change in the regular season if Bell and Jones both work their way into starting roles since the guys at the top of the depth chart typically practice against the backups.While Tomlin appears to be impressed by Bell’s quick grasp of the offense, he is serious when he says he’ll wait to see how things play out before anointing a starter for Week 1 against Tennessee.Then again, if Tomlin has his way, he won’t have to name one. It’ll become self-evident.“You would like a known feature guy,” he said. “I think everybody is of that mentality, but it’s got to be something that’s taken by someone. “ Pittsburgh Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson moves a blocking sled at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow WillGraves on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

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