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Shannon Airport at risk from unregulated drones

first_imgShannon 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 center_img 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 Emaillast_img read more

Statoil invests in Hammerfest LNG feedgas

first_imgNorwegian energy giant Statoil and its partners will invest over 5 billion Norwegian Krones ($643 million) in the development of the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea, to feed the company’s LNG plant at Melkøya in Hammerfest.The development of Askeladd, which will supply 21 billion cubic meters of gas and two million cubic meters of condensate to Hammerfest LNG, is the part two of the multi-phased Snøhvit development, Statoil said in a statement.Production is scheduled to come on stream towards the end of 2020.“This is the next step in the development of Snøhvit. Askeladd will help maintain a plateau production rate at the Hammerfest LNG plant until 2023,” said Torger Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development.Speaking of the Snøhvit license, Per Henry Gonsholt, acting production director at Hammerfest LNG, said it contains enough gas to maintain beyond 2050.Askeladd will be developed with three wells via two new subsea templates with space for additional wells in the future. In addition, an infrastructure will be installed to tie-in the Askeladd development to existing Snøhvit field infrastructure.The multi-phased development of Snøhvit was approved by the authorities in 2002. The partnership has already begun working on the next steps in the development of Snøhvit.Statoil said that Aker Solutions has been awarded the contract for the two subsea templates, whi9le additional contracts will be awarded in the following months.last_img read more

Josh Allen throws 2 TD passes as Bills smother Titans 14-7

first_img COMMENT Rahul Ramakrishnan NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Allen is starting to prove that he understands just how crucial taking care of the ball is in the NFL, especially with how well the Buffalo Bills’ defense is playing right now.Allen threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception as the Bills beat the Tennessee Titans 14-7 Sunday in a defensive showdown for their third straight win in this series.“I know there’s a stat as a quarterback I’m 8-1 with one or less turnovers,” the second-year Buffalo quarterback said. “So understanding that, playing complementary football is what we need to do and continue to improve on that.”The Bills (4-1) have won three consecutive games away from Buffalo for the first time since 2004, though so many Buffalo fans traveled here it felt much more like a home game. It’s also the first time they’ve started a season perfect through three road games since 1993.This game featured two of the NFL’s stingiest defenses, with the Titans fourth in giving up 15.5 points, and the Bills fifth, allowing 15.8 points a game. Jordan Phillips had a career-high three sacks — by halftime — as Buffalo sacked Marcus Mariota five times even with three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan back from his four-game suspension for performance-enhancers.The Titans (2-3) sacked Allen four times only to lose their third in four games on a day their replacement kicker missed three field goals and had a fourth blocked.“One of my great mentors, the late, great Jim Johnson, always said you need some luck, and he’s right,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said.The Bills outgained the Titans 313-252 despite 11 penalties for 78 yards.Darryl Johnson blocked Cairo Santos’ 33-yard field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, a kick that would’ve given the Titans the lead 10-7. Signed to fill in while Ryan Succop heals on injured reserve, Santos also pulled a 50-yard field goal wide left to start the second quarter, and a 36-yarder inside the final minute wide right. He also was wide left on a 53-yarder.“Never had a day like this,” Santos said. “Have been bouncing around with teams for a couple of years and just haven’t had a performance like this.”Fans weren’t happy that Titans coach Mike Vrabel sent Santos out for the 53-yard attempt with 6:31 left after the day he’d already had.“Well, this is our kicker,” Vrabel said. “This is a guy who’s made some kicks for us.”Johnson’s block came after Tennessee thought it had scored the go-ahead TD early in the fourth quarter when Mariota threw a pass to A.J. Brown. But officials ruled Mariota was over the line of scrimmage when he released the pass, costing the Titans the TD, a down and points after the blocked field goal.Allen responded with Buffalo’s best drive, helped by a short pass Isaiah McKenzie took 46 yards. Allen found Duke Williams for a 7-yard TD pass three plays later and a 14-7 lead with 9:46 leftThe Bills quarterback looked sharp and was on target early after being cleared only Saturday from the concussion protocol ; he took a helmet-to-helmet hit in a 16-10 loss to New England last week. Allen said he felt confident as he left the field from that loss that he would be able to play against Tennessee.Allen completed all five passes for 58 yards on the Bills’ lone scoring drive of the first half. He capped the 60-yard drive with an 8-yard pass to a wide-open Lee Smith. He was 23 of 32 passing and also ran 10 times for 27 yards.Kevin Byard picked off Allen’s pass under pressure early in the third quarter for the seventh interception this season for the Bills quarterback. Derrick Henry scored on a 1-yard TD dive to turn the interception into a tie game.DEFENSIVE SHOWDOWNPhillips got to Mariota early and often as the Bills kept the Titans from crossing midfield much of the first half. Phillips had the most sacks by a Bills defender since Lorenzo Alexander had three on Oct. 19, 2016, at the Rams, and he was the first with three sacks by halftime since Mario Williams in 2013 against Carolina. Alexander also had a sack in this game.INJURIESBills center Mitch Morse was taken to the locker room from the sideline by cart late in the first half. Jon Feliciano replaced him for the third quarter. LB Matt Milano hurt a hamstring, and rookie right tackle Cody Ford and DE Trent Murphy both were evaluated for head injuries in the second half.Titans cornerback Chris Milton hurt his calf and did not return. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th October, 2019 09:36 IST Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 09:36 IST Josh Allen Throws 2 TD Passes As Bills Smother Titans 14-7 Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls for a timeout in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more