Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSpacewoman Norah is over the moon to lead Limerick paradeNext articleCelebrations on the double for a powerhouse of the local economy Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsPoliticsTransportShannon Airport at risk from unregulated dronesBy Bernie English – February 27, 2019 938 Twitter Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Advertisement Print New high-end jobs for Shannon WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook TAGSairportClaredelaysDroneemergencyFianna FáilgovernmentLimerick City and CountyNewspoliticsShannonShannon airportTransport Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 drone at airportSHANNON airport could be next to suffer disruption as a result of drone activity.That’s according to Meelick county councillor Cathal Crowe who is stressing the need to enact legislation to tackle the problem.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fianna Fáil published the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Bill 2017 over two years ago and it’s now at second stage in the Dáil.Cllr. Cathal Crowe said, “We’ve had two incidents at international airports over the past two months, which have resulted in airport closures. While the closure at Dublin last week lasted less than an hour it still resulted in diverted flights and discommoded passengers.“The situation in Gatwick before Christmas was an indication of just how disruptive a drone can be, with hundreds of flights cancelled and a cost to the airlines of an estimated $64.5 million.“Despite the Taoiseach’s claim that we have quite robust legislation, the closure of Dublin airport last week sent a clear signal that the law does not go far enough. Until robust legislation is brought into force a threat is still posed, and Shannon airport could be the next target”.Cllr Cathal Crowe pointed out that Shannon has Ireland’s longest runway and is the last airport accessible for transatlantic flights, not only to and from Ireland but to and from Europe.It is regularly used for emergency landings and it a key piece of State infrastructure with almost 2 million passengers passing through the terminal every year.“Other countries have responded to this emerging threat more rapidly – the UK has granted more powers to police forces to intercept drones and their operators, while Canada passed emergency legislation after Christmas. It’s time for the government here to act.He said that the Government needs to progress the Fianna Fáil legislation more urgently.“It ensures that drones are registered with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and that all owners are issued with a registration certificate by the IAA. If the government is serious about addressing the threat to Irish airspace it should be moving this Bill through the Dáil and Seanad so that it can be signed into law as soon as possible”, Cllr Cathal Crowe added. Airport support will be needed after pandemic Email
Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown looks to dodge a receiver as he runs to the end zone. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)With the end of the season nearing and barely a shot at a Pac-12 title or a major bowl, head coach Clay Helton and the Trojans will look to find an identity to hold onto heading towards the offseason. The transfer of play-calling duties to Helton early last week signaled a major shift in the team’s direction. The team’s first effort under the full offensive direction of Helton resulted in a win last weekend against last place Oregon State, although the victory may have come with more trouble than initially expected. They’ll face a tougher opponent in Cal with the same 5-4 record, coming off of a tough 19-13 loss to No. 8 ranked Washington State. This week’s matchup will establish whether or not this Trojan team has a direction moving forward.USC offense vs. Cal defenseThe defense, led by Bears head coach and former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, is a stingy if inconsistent unit. At its best, the Cal defense is dominant, and recently that’s the way it has looked, holding Washington and Washington State to 10 and 19 points, respectively, in back-to-back weeks. They’ve been especially impressive in pass coverage, with a secondary featuring redshirt sophomore cornerback Camryn Bynum and redshirt junior safety Ashtyn Davis that has held Washington quarterback Jake Browning and Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew to only two combined touchdowns while snagging three interceptions. Junior linebacker Evan Weaver is also a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears, finding a way to involve himself on almost every snap — evidenced by his 94 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended on the year. “They’re doing a nice job of mixing up coverages and they hide their coverages extremely well,” Helton said.This unit will provide Clay Helton with his first real offensive play-calling test as the Trojans come off their win against Oregon State. The game plan last week unleashed the run, spearheaded by senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware, who rushed for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns. With the strength of the Bears’ pass defense and junior receiver Michael Pittman out this week with a shoulder injury, don’t be surprised to see the Trojans try to replicate that success on the ground once again. Between Ware and redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai (sophomore Stephen Carr is out with an ankle injury), the Trojans will likely try to pound the ball down the throat of the Cal defense. However, don’t expect them to shy away from taking big shots downfield in the passing game — that has been the bread and butter of USC’s offense this season. The emergence of freshman receiver Devon Williams last week after Pittman’s injury was huge. Between Williams’ play, redshirt sophomore receiver Tyler Vaughns and the re-emergence of a healthy freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, freshman quarterback JT Daniels will have plenty of options to stretch the field with. “With [Pittman] out, [Williams] is going to garner reps again,” Helton said. “He is a huge target and an explosive weapon.”Cal offense vs. USC defenseThe Cal offense is much less imposing than the group they have on the other side of the ball. Ranked at No. 83, it is one of the least explosive in the country, one spot above that of USC. Redshirt senior running back Patrick Laird is Cal’s biggest playmaker, with 950 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns on the season, but on 4.4 yards per carry. The run defense shut down the Pac-12’s leading rusher last week in Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson. The defense shouldn’t have much trouble containing the ground game if it stays disciplined in its lane assignments this week. The fact that Cal’s passing offense won’t provide much to worry about will help USC. The Bears have thrown 13 interceptions to 12 touchdowns on the year, averaging only 205 passing yards per game. At quarterback, they’ve rotated redshirt freshman Chase Garbers and redshirt sophomore Brandon McIlwain, and it remains unclear who will receive a majority of the playing time Saturday. Between the two, Garbers may seem to be the more dangerous option. He’s been solid at avoiding turnovers and has shown a strong ability to run the ball when needed.The Trojans are lucky to be playing an opponent so unspectacular through the air this week, as they could be missing their only consistent cornerback in senior Iman Marshall on Saturday. The secondary has struggled all year, with Marshall as one of its only bright spots. He has played the best season of his career, contributing five tackles against Oregon State. Marshall practiced on Thursday and will be a gametime decision. The matchup against the Cal offense will allow for the secondary to catch its breath and perhaps leave room for young playmakers to take a step forward. “[Marshall] is having an All-American season, that’s my opinion,” Helton said. “I think when you look at him going up against some of the best wideouts in the country, he’s not only held his own but held them way below what they usually do. He’s been a major rock of that defense.”Don’t be surprised to see freshman corner Olaijah Griffin get significant playing time with Marshall’s injury and recovery from a shoulder issue.“This time of the year the games are critical,” Helton said. “This is one that can help us stay at the top of Pac-12 South and keep us on contention. I think everyone understands how valuable this game is.”Prediction: 28-10, USCExpect this to be the first game in a long time that the Trojans look good from start to finish. Defensively, they should have no problems limiting the mediocre Bears offense, despite their weaknesses.Washington State managed to hold them to 10 points last week. The sledding won’t be as easy on the other side of the ball, as the Cal defense is no joke. But the time of possession battle will greatly favor USC and wear down the Bears as the game goes on. If the Trojans’ newfound run game can put on a performance anything similar to last week, it’ll put enough points on the board to put this game/match away handily.Delanie Pence contributed to this report.
The funeral takes place today of former Donegal-based Garda Sgt Sarah Hargadon.The late Sarah Hargadon RIP.Sarah passed away at the North West Hospice in Sligo on Thursday.The hugely popular former Garda was based in Letterkenny for a number of years where she built up a huge group of close friends. There was genuine shock and sadness at the news of Sarah’s passing by all those she had touched throughout her life.A large contingent of former colleagues and friends are due to travel to say one final farewell to a lady who touched so many hearts in her adopted county.Funeral mass will be today (Sun) at the Church of the Holy Family, Kilglass at 12 o’clock.May she rest in peace. FUNERAL TODAY OF GARDA WHO TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalfuneralSarah Hargadonsligo
Tags:#news#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#search#web Blekko, while perhaps a less well-known startup, is an alternative search engine that uses human editors to aid in the elimination of spam from search results. It also allows you to curate your own personalized, customized mini-search engines featuring content you curate yourself. (Note: We recently looked at this process in a post titled “How to Use Blekko to Rock at Your Job.”)Earlier this year, the startup announced that it’s using Facebook “likes” to help create personalized search experiences, where users can see whether or not any of their Facebook friends liked particular search results. This is similar to the functionality Microsoft’s Bing search engine just announced yesterday.Within Flipboard, however, blekko is providing the social magazine with access to its RSS feeds via a specially developed API (application programming interface), which offers a programmatic way for Flipboard to access Blekko’s content.This isn’t Flipboard’s first RSS feed integration, either. In December, the magazine added support for Google Reader, but, of course, this assumed that an end user was already using RSS feeds and had a collection of feeds ready for import. With Blekko, users don’t need to understand RSS technology, they only need to know what content they would like to see and perform a simple search.The blekko integration is live now in Flipboard’s iPad app. sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts This morning, alternative search engine service blekko announced a partnership with hot iPad social magazine Flipboard to power its content searches. Under the new deal, users looking for new content to subscribe to within Flipboard can discover and browse for items by keyword. The content will come from RSS feeds, the Web feed format used to publish regularly updated news in a structured format. But unlike with traditional RSS readers, like Google Reader, for example, the feeds will not be displayed in the typical inbox-like view often associated with feed-reading services. Instead, the feeds will be displayed in Flipboard’s magazine-like format for a more visually attractive experience.RSS dead? Hardly.Of course, Flipboard is not the first startup to display RSS feeds in a more attractive visual layout. A number of startups have done the same, including Feedly, Pulse and Zite, to name just a few of the more recent entries. But Flipboard is one of the most popular social magazines for iPad at present, having just announced that it’s now seeing more than 10 million “flips per day,” up from 3 million just two months ago. (Flips equate to pageviews in the iPad application). It has also been featured in Apple’s “App Essentials Hall of Fame” in iTunes and is one of the 25 most popular free apps for iPad. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Matt Asay Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… OpenStack has been around since 2010, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the open-source cloud computing project really took off. Since Rackspace established the OpenStack Foundation in September 2012, the project has exploded to over 1,000 code authors, and is now one of the world’s largest open-source communities, arguably even bigger than the Linux community. Given how central open source has become to software development, generally, it’s worth analyzing why OpenStack has taken off.It’s The Foundation, StupidWhile OpenStack always offered great promise, it wasn’t until Rackspace let go of the wheel that the project really exploded. This isn’t to suggest that Rackspace’s stewardship was somehow bad, but rather that moving to a foundation made the project more inviting.While Rackspace used to dominate code commits, now Red Hat is OpenStack’s biggest committer, with IBM quickly moving in on the second spot. Credit: BitergiaThis is pretty amazing. Just a year ago Rackspace was in control. Now it’s just one of the community. A key member of the OpenStack community, to be sure, but it’s a testament to the vitality of the OpenStack community that Rackspace is no longer the top code committer.A Common EnemyEqually impressive is how fast the number of code authors has increased, now at 1,031 at the time of publication. Part of this might be due to the foundation governance model, but a number of open-source projects – MySQL, JBoss and others come to mind – have been exceptionally succeessful with one primary developer.Hence, while moving to a foundation certainly helped, OpenStack’s success comes down to a range of different factors.Among them is simply need. As The Register‘s Jack Clark somewhat humorously highlights, “OpenStack is big because Amazon has terrified everyone into contributing code.” Or as Mat Keep, director of MySQL Product Management and Marketing at Oracle, puts it, vendors felt like they could only compete with Amazon as a cohesive unit. Importantly, Rackspace didn’t directly compete with the IBMs and Red Hats of the world, as Inktank vice president Neil Levine suggested to me over IM, and hence “companies felt less awkward about participating.” He concludes:“It’s easier to join a project where the authors have different business models to you (as a software business).”These are important motivations, sure, but there’s more to the OpenStack story. After all, if a common enemy and orthogonal business models were enough, we would have seen OpenOffice mount a serious challenge to Microsoft Office years ago, given its backing by Sun and then Oracle, among other industry titans.Making Contributing EasyNo matter the motivation to contribute and collaborate, the best open-source projects make it easy to do so. As Andy Grimm, an operations support engineer for Red Hat’s OpenShift, highlights, OpenStack chose both the most developer-friendly license (Apache v2) and a highly approachable programming language (Python), significantly lowering the legal and technical bars to participating.Couple that with a super-simple setup (“it just works (startup in 2 lines of code)”, as MongoDB community manager Francesca Krihely suggests and a modular architecture, echoing Rishidot Research principal analyst Krishnan Subramanian, and you have all the right elements for break-out success.Market Timing And More Than A Hint Of LuckIn sum, it’s hard to assign full credit to any particular element of OpenStack’s make-up in its runaway community success. More likely OpenStack has boomed due because it sits at the nexus of several key components of successful open-source communities. Some of this stems from market timing and luck, but much of its success also derives from laying essential infrastructure for open-source success (license, language, modularity, etc.).Back in 2006 I laid out the essential elements for architecting a successful open-source project. Among these were market timing, the right license, how applicable the code was to pressing business problems, code modularity and more. While other projects have attempted to pull these together, few can claim to have done so with as much precision, or success, as OpenStack.Which is why it now has 9,685 members standing behind the project. That’s real community. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud#community#IBM#Open Source#OpenStack#Rackspace#Red Hat
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia was gearing up Monday for the funeral of King Salman’s elder brother, the royal court said, after he died at the age of 96. “His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud passed away,” the royal court said Sunday in a brief statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. “A funeral prayer will be performed for his soul… on Monday… at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.” The prince was the eldest surviving son of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch, King Abdulaziz. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The royal court did not elaborate on the cause of his death, but some local media said he had been ill for several years. He was not said to be a politically active member of the royal Al-Saud family which counts thousands of members, only a handful of whom wield direct influence over the kingdom. His sons, however, hold key government positions. Prince Faisal bin Bandar is the governor of Riyadh while Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is the head of the Saudi National Guard. His death comes as King Salman’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who sidelined his cousin as heir to the throne — consolidates his grip on power.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks through the line on a run during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – Heading into the Big Ten Championship Game, the Michigan State Spartan defense was only allowing 64.8 yards rushing per game during the 2013 season.The Ohio State Buckeyes ran for 273 yards against the Spartans in Saturday’s title game — more than four times as much as their season average — but ended up on the wrong side of a 34-24 decision, ending any dream they had of making a trip to Pasadena, Calif. to play for the BCS National Championship.Despite the big rushing total, OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde felt like he could have done more on the ground, as is the case with every game.“I always want the ball more. I always want the ball more, just (to) get that momentum going for the offense,” Hyde said after carrying the ball 18 times for 118 yards in the loss.Hyde’s backfield mate, junior quarterback Braxton Miller, finished the night with 21 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Miller also got the call on arguably the biggest play of the season — a fourth and two from the OSU 47 — and was stuffed.“I thought it was a great call. I felt like we had them,” Hyde said of Miller’s failed attempt to keep the drive and OSU’s undefeated season hopes alive. “A guy came off his block and made a great play right there.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he “wanted to put the ball in the hands” of his best player (Miller) to try and get a first down, saying it was ultimately his call.Miller had his fair share of success rushing the ball in the second half — 11 carries for 68 yards — but as the game wore on, Hyde felt like he could have been getting whatever yardage needed for his team.“I felt like I could have got any yardage we needed that second half,” Hyde said. “Me and the offensive line was doing a great job. I just felt like we could have ran the ball the whole game in the second half … but you can’t question the coaching calls.”Meyer’s response was short when he was asked if in a perfect world, Hyde would have gotten more touches against the Spartans.“Yeah,” Meyer said.OSU punted seven times against Michigan State and Miller only threw for 101 yards on eight completions.“There’s always a thousand different things you could have done different in games like this,” OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said after the loss, noting how he did not experience thoughts about giving Hyde the ball more when the outcome was decided. “So sit back and watch the film and figure out what those are and make sure those don’t happen again. But coming off the field, I didn’t feel that.”Hyde entered Saturday night’s game with 1,290 yards on the season, tallying those in only nine games after being suspended for the first three after his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July. In OSU’s last three games against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, he picked up 589 yards on the ground.“I think we could have gotten him (the ball) a little more,” redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said after the loss. “I thought going into this game we had a great, great plan. That number (of carries) is cool, you know whatever … they thought that was best and we just didn’t get the job done.”The Spartans beat the Buckeyes with 17 straight unanswered points down the stretch. A lack of execution on both sides of the ball led to the end of the nation’s longest winning streak, but Hyde was brief in his response when asked about the lack of times his number was called.“I mean, it happens,” Hyde said with a shrug of his shoulders and a glance at the floor.
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack against Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorStarting for the second straight game in place of the injured Dante Booker against Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2016, Ohio State then-sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker burst into the national spotlight.His seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and interception returned for a touchdown against Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield was just the beginning of a season in which he finished second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss and legitimized himself as potentially Ohio State’s next great linebacker.But Baker said he wasn’t where he was supposed to be positioned most of the time.“I made a lot of mistakes last year,” Baker said. “A lot of it, I just made up for it with my speed and everything.”Baker said he spent most of his offseason learning the defensive playbook from cover to cover. He added that actually understanding where he’s supposed to be will significantly help him better cover his assignments in a linebacker corps that’s capable of being one of the best in the country with Baker, redshirt junior Dante Booker and redshirt senior captain Chris Worley.So after a season of 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, just how good can Baker be?“It’s helped me grow a lot, and it also makes me realize I can be way better than I was last year,” Baker said. “That kind of just pushes me. I can do better than I did last year and I think I had a pretty good year last year.”Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Speed is what made Baker a fearsome force at the weak-side linebacker position. In several third-down situations last season against opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan, Baker would stand right behind the nose guard and blitz through the A-gap or spy the quarterback. He showed sideline-to-sideline speed rarely seen in a college linebacker.When watching film of Baker, the casual observer likely won’t recognize Baker was out of position, which is mostly due to the speed of the junior from Benedictine High School in Cleveland. Linebackers coach Bill Davis said Baker’s defensive IQ will put his play in a category of its own.“He wasn’t sure (of his alignment), he got right in between the two alignments and they hedged their bet. He’s in a whole different place now,” Davis said. “He has one of the highest football IQs that I’ve been around and you tell him once, he understands it.”As a second-year player thrusted into a starting role in Game 2, Baker wasn’t allotted time to dive into the playbook. He relied on instinct and his speed. Fortunately for Ohio State, the majority of the players it recruits have that instinct and speed out of high school, which makes them capable of contributing without specifically knowing the schematics.“You can take a slower body that has a clear mind, it looks like it’s going faster because he’s going without wasting anything,” Davis said. “When you take a Jerome Baker speed, and you get him understanding, then you really have something.”Baker, named a preseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, has already been appearing on early NFL mock drafts and could be one more season like 2016 away from being a high-round NFL pick. With his increased IQ, Baker said last season wasn’t close to his full potential.“Personally, I know that last year was just scratching the surface so it just drives me to do more,” he said. “It’s no pressure with me. You just have to do your job.”
Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi has urged his teammates to be more consistent after their victory over Frosinone.The Italian champions defeated Frosinone 2-0 in the Italian league on Sunday courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi to record their sixth consecutive league victory so far.Bernardeschi who scored the second goal during the team’s sixth win of the season has urged his teammates to continue their good form as they seek to make it seven victories out of seven games in the Italian Serie A this season.After scoring the all-important winning goal against Chievo Verona on the opening weekend of the season, Federico has followed it up with impressive performances and a goal tonight means the Italy international has had a very good start to the season.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am consistently developing my game,” declared the forward, according to the club’s official website. “I have to continue down this path. There is still so much to do and many goals to be achieved. We must keep winning as we are doing, starting again next Wednesday against Bologna.”On his growing chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardeschi replied:“For me, Cristiano is the best in the world. I’ve always maintained that. He’s a great professional, a great man, and is working hard for this team.”