NewsLocal NewsMinister adds to concern regarding Knock Airport competitionBy admin – April 5, 2012 683 Linkedin Advertisement Print Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleMunster face Ulster in Heineken Cup showdownNext articleNo allowance for carers not habitually resident in country admin Email Twitter “The key thing is that Shannon is successful financially and brings investment and jobs to the area.”DURING his recent visit to Foynes the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar increased local concern that Knock Airport could overtake Shannon on passenger figures if the current set-up of the latter continues. Minister Varadkar was in the region to attend the launch of a National Aviation Award at the Foynes Flying Museum and a Shannon Chamber spring lunch.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When asked by the Limerick Post whether he would be supporting the full implementation of the recently published Booz Report, which recommended the separation of Shannon from the DAA, the minister said aspects of it would be taken on board.“We are going through due diligence and there is a lot of detailed work that has to happen within the companies in the Department to see how the report can be implemented before I go back to government looking for a formal decision in April”.He said that Knock Airport is outperforming Shannon, and that while the Mayo airport receives €2 million in government grants each year, Shannon gets €7 million per annum from the DAA.“There is a possibility that Knock could overtake Shannon in terms of passenger numbers, with Shannon down 20% in figures and Knock on the increase.“It’s clear that the structures around Shannon don’t work and now is the time to make decisions to change this”.“The key thing for me with a decision on Shannon is that it is a success financially and brings investment and jobs to the area as well as turning the airport and the airport complex around”.He added that the “halfway house” of the DAA was not working as there is no autonomy for the airport’s board.“I do think there is a strong case for the separation of Shannon but to make it work it would need to be more than a passenger airport and would have to develop the lands around it for aviation industry and that would need tax arrangements to make it possible.“I’m only for its separation – if we can be confident the move will the airport around”.
Undisclosed bakken producer selected Cold Bore SmartPAD technology to digitise completion operations. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Cold Bore Technology, a provider of fracking completion optimisation technology, announced that one of the largest oil producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation has integrated the company’s proprietary SmartPAD technology.The SmartPAD platform allows for ultra high-resolution operations data to be captured, analyzed and acted on in real-time. This results in higher levels of efficiency, increased transparency and a safer onsite environment for workers.Although it is currently deployed with fracking operators throughout North America, including six of the top 10 producers, these represent the first integrations of the platform in the Bakken region.“We’ve seen interest in our SmartPAD technology grow exponentially in the last 12 months and I’m very pleased to now have our first integrations in the Bakken which is the third largest U.S. shale oil field, behind Texas’ Permian,” said Brett Chell, President at Cold Bore. “We do expect further producers in the region to begin integrating the technology over the coming months as field results demonstrate the significant value of having real-time access to ultra high-resolution data.”Benefits of SmartPAD integration for producers include:Remote visibility of onsite operations in real-timeReduced downtimePrecise identification of average service operating timesIncreased pad efficiency and reduced completion costsMitigation of several major safety issues including trapped pressure, leaking valves and hot zone incidentsHow it worksCold Bore’s patented SmartPAD uses a combination of valve positioning, pressure monitoring sensors, field data collection systems and proprietary software to fully digitize completions operations.The monitored data sets drive an automated algorithm that tracks and records the start and completion of each activity carried out by multiple onsite service vendors – including frac, wireline, pump down and several others – down to the second. The real-time data can then be remotely accessed by those monitoring operations from anywhere in the world. The SmartPAD platform allows for ultra high-resolution operations data to be captured, analyzed and acted on in real-time Source: Company Press Release
“I TOLD the group: Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi.”Coach Jorge Sampaoli was speaking after a Lionel Messi hat-trick against Ecuador – the 44th of his career – ensured Argentina survived a scare to reach the World Cup finals.The 2014 runners-up began the day sixth in the group, knowing only a top-four place would see them qualify automatically for Russia.They made a terrible start in Quito, conceding inside 38 seconds, but the Barcelona superstar led Argentina’s fight back to ensure they secured their place in next year’s tournament.It was part of a remarkable night of football that saw:Panama qualify for their first World Cup with a controversial goal in a 2-1 win over Costa RicaThe United States miss out on the tournament for the first time since 1986 after losing to Trinidad & TobagoChile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi step down after his side lost to Brazil to miss out on qualifying for their third consecutive World CupPortugal beat Switzerland to replace them at the top of their qualifying group but the Netherlands go out despite winningARGENTINAMessi said it would have been “crazy” had Argentina not qualified for Russia 2018, but it took his intervention to ensure they reached their 12th consecutive World Cup.Ecuador scored in the first minute, taking advantage of Argentina’s hesitancy, before Messi struck twice before half-time to calm some nerves.His third, a lofted chip over goalkeeper Maximo Banguera, saw his country win for the first time in the Ecuadorian capital since 2001 and, crucially, reach next year’s World Cup.Sampaoli warned against Argentina depending too much on Messi – despite it being a remarkable 11 months since any other Argentina player scored for the national team in a World Cup qualifier.“Today, luckily, the nationality of the best player in the world is Argentinean,” Sampaoli continued.“We must be sure everything does not depend on Leo but today he brought his great ability. I told the group we should help him be in the World Cup.”PanamaNestled between Kuwait and Moldova as the world’s 131st most populous nation, Panama’s biggest football achievement up until Tuesday evening was finishing as runner-up in the 2013 Gold Cup.Now, they have reached their first World Cup – but it was not without controversy, because the Gabriel Torres’ header that drew Panama level with Costa Rica did not appear to cross the line.Despite furious complaints from the visitors, the goal stood, and Roman Torres struck in the final few minutes to send Panama through.It was a neat reversal of fortunes for Panama, who missed out on qualifying for the last World Cup after conceding two goals in stoppage time against the US in 2013.This time, though, it was their 87th-minute winner that ensured their place in Russia – at the expense of the US.United StatesIn contrast to Panama, the United States has a population of 323.1 million. Their opponents on Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago, have a population of 1.3m – roughly the same as the US state of Maine.Described as the “most surreal and embarrassing night in US soccer history” and “simply devastating” by American journalists, the players were left in tears following their shock 2-1 loss.“It’s a blemish for us. We should not be staying at home for this World Cup and I take responsibility,” coach Bruce Arena said of a team ranked 28th in the world.“We failed on the day. No excuses. We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.”Captain Michael Bradley described the night as the “perfect storm”.“Everything that could have possibly gone wrong did, in this stadium and in two other stadiums across the [Concacaf] region,” he added.“To give away the first goal like that [an own goal] is a killer. But the reality is it was all there for us, and we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”Chile & PortugalBrazil ended Chile’s slim hopes of reaching the World Cup as their 3-0 victory pushed Alexis Sanchez and company from third to sixth in the qualifying group.Midfielder Arturo Vidal, who missed the game through suspension, announced his retirement following the loss and tweeted that “my soul is destroyed”.“Thanks boys, for everything, for all these years together giving our lives in every game,” the 30-year-old wrote.Chile’s Argentinean manager Juan Antonio Pizzi also left his post after Tuesday’s disappointment.While it was misery for Sanchez, another superstar forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was smiling as Portugal avoided the play-offs to guarantee their fifth consecutive World Cup appearance with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland.But the Netherlands – third in the 2014 tournament – are out, despite beating Sweden 2-0.The Dutch needed a seven-goal win to nudge their opponents out of the play-off berth behind group winners France. (BBC Sport)
Messi began the rout in the 17th minute with a perfectly placed free-kick that arched past a desperate Diego Lopez, and followed that up by keeping possession under intense pressure before providing the pass for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a fine second.It was then Dembele’s turn to become provider a minute before the break, slipping in a super through ball that Suarez somehow took on and squeezed home from near the byline.Messi capped a dominant team and individual display with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could barely move towards it.Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves earlier on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano with goals in the final 10 minutes.The only negative note for Simeone was World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with a knee injury in the first half.Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia meant Sevilla missed the opportunity to stay just a point behind Barca.Pablo Sarabia had put the visitors into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had chances to seal the points at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post. – Magical Messi – Messi celebrates. PHOTO @FFbarcelonaMadrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol.The Argentine superstar curled home two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay.Atleti and Sevilla had moved level on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side defeated Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.However Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde’s team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display alongside front-three partners Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and buried by half-time.“He is extraordinary,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the chances on goal that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…“It is still very early, La Liga is very tight, but the idea is to be solid away from home, knowing that winning is very difficult against every team.” Share on: WhatsApp