Facebook Print Linkedin NewsLocal NewsNew hope for Shannon humanitarian hubBy admin – January 10, 2013 495 Advertisement Twitter Previous articleResidents put brakes on council road planNext articleNews briefs admin Email WhatsApp HOPES have been raised that Shannon may still be able to play some role as an international aid hub despite a consultants report rejecting the idea as being impractical. Former Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, told the Limerick Post that she intends to push for further research “to see if the airport could have a role in some niche market like the storing of pharmaceuticals. This would be particularly possible if we got the Lynx cargo facility which has been talked about”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister O’Sullivan said that it was “disappointing” that the consultant’s report dismissed the proposal to develop Shannon as an alternative base for storing emergency aid as not being justifiable or economically viable.“I think we should not give up on Shannon having a role to play in that whole humanitarian area”, the Limerick Labour Party TD said.In its report, Everywhere Consulting concluded it did not presently see a role for Shannon Airport that added clear value to the international humanitarian relief effort. It ruled out the feasibility of a hub on the grounds of geography, costs and the existing structures already in place.The report found “due to the risk/benefit issues addressed and the fact that are no major gaps in existing structures, the stake-holders consulted did not see Shannon Airport as a strong site to fill a humanitarian role nor did they believe their organisations would use, manage or fund such a role”.The report further found “with low turnover and hence low service fees, a prepositioning role at Shannon Airport is unlikely to be self-sustaining and would therefore require regular donor funding”.“Shannon Airport’s distance from the most common disaster response sites remain an inhibiting factor, as it does its distance from the existing suppliers of humanitarian actors that deal with medical items”, the report concluded.
7 Apr 2014 USA win for Elizabeth Mallett England’s Elizabeth Mallett has claimed her first victory on the US women’s college circuit – winning by the margin of five shots. The former English girls’ champion (image © Leaderboard Photography) took the honours in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational in Texas with a three-under par total after 36 holes. The final round of the tournament was cancelled due to lightening in the area of play. Elizabeth, from Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ in Warwickshire, is a student at the University of North Carolina. She had four birdies in both of her rounds, scoring level par 72 and 69. Second place was shared by five players, including England international Hayley Davis – who recorded her 11th finish in the top three in US college tournaments. Hayley, from Ferndown in Dorset, is a student at Baylor University in Texas and a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She scored 72, 74 and her result helped her college to win the team event. Click here for the full scores