GAA NEWS – FANAD GAELS U21s BEAT DOWNINGS

first_imgLotto Results:Numbers drawn were 3, 5, 10, 14, 18 Bonus 2. No jackpot winner. €100 Jerry Carr, Kerrykeel. €50 Rita Logue, Ballinacrick. Jackpot now stands at €7550. Get your lottos in local shops or from any committee member to be in with a chance of winning our jackpot. 100 Club Draw Results:€500 Maire Ní Cheallachain/Bridin Ní Chearain. €250 Emma McAteer. €250 Bridie Reilly.Under 6, 8 & 10: Under 6, 8 and 10 training this Friday the 16th in Portsalon at 6.30pm sharp. A big thankyou to our senior players Patrick McConigley, Jimmy Coyle, Mark Friel and Ephrim McFadden (who is home on holidays for the summer) and to our two ladies Lisa McConigley and Teresa Coll who coached the boys and girls last Friday evening the 9th, also thanks to Oisin and Oran Shiels and Martin McAteer. Three more senior players are coming along this Friday to take the session. The Bord na nÓg appreciates all the efforts of these people giving up their time to coach the underage teams. All boys and girls are reminded to bring along their gumshield, water bottle and €2 to the training.Under 10’s:The clubs under 10 teams have been invited to take part in the annual St Teresa’s tournament in Belfast on Saturday, 31st August, more info at training this week. Further information contact Martin on 9163472.Seniors and Reserves:Our seniors and reserves play away to Naomh Brid this Saturday 17th. Reserves throw in at 6.00pm and seniors throw in at 7.30pm. We hope to see you there supporting our teams.Under 21’s:Our under 21’s played at home to our neighbouring club Ná Dúnaibh on Tuesday evening. A huge win for our home team. Gaeil Fhánada 5-19 Na Dunaibh 0-9. Well done to all involved. Under 16’s:Our under 16’s played Cloughaneely in Falcarragh on Monday night and came away with an impressive win after a very exciting contest. Fanad entered this game looking for a win to get things back on track after a disappointing result last time out against Termon. Things didn’t start so good in this match either for the boys with Cloughaneely 8 points ahead with 25 minutes on the clock. At this point Fanad burst into life and scored two quick fire goals from John Heraghty and Alan McAteer. A further point from Niall Carr and the teams went in at half time with the deficit at a minimum. The second half was a wonderful advertisement for underage football as both teams came out and put everything they had on the line. It was real end to end stuff with goals flying in at either end. Another two goals from John Heraghty and a goal from Alan McAteer along with points from Niall Carr, Aiden Heraghty and brothers Conor and Oisin McFadden left Fanad leading by two points going into injury time. The game wasn’t over yet and Fanad had to defend for their lives as Paul O’Connor pulled off a couple of world class saves to hold on and give the Gaels the victory on a score of Gaeil Fhánada 5-7 Cloughaneely 5-5. Excellent team performance from the boys.Team and Scorers: Paul OConner, Bernard Martin, Sean Gibbons, Conor McDevitt, Oisin McFadden (0-1), Odhran Shiels, Michael Shiels, Aiden Heraghty (0-1), James Gallagher, Alan McAteer (2-1), Conor McFadden (0-1), Shane McGinley, Niall Carr (0-3), John Heraghty (3-0), Patrick Carr. Subs: Eoghan Carr and Jack Friel for Shane McGinley and Michael Shiels. Not Used: Michael Blaney, Conor Carr, Rory McGettigan, David Ward, Paul GibbonsGAA NEWS – FANAD GAELS U21s BEAT DOWNINGS was last modified: August 14th, 2013 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:fanad gaelsNoteslast_img read more

New US drone rules get positive reviews from researchers

first_imgNew U.S. rules on drone operations are getting a general thumbs up from researchers who rely on the unmanned aircraft to collect data and make observations. That marks a shift from a few years ago, when worried researchers went to court to block Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations that they argued were overly restrictive and would harm academic science.The final FAA rule, released by the White House on Tuesday, seems to have alleviated many of those concerns. (You can read all 624 pages of the final rule here). The new regulations are “fantastic, just late,” says biogeographer Benjamin Heumann of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, who uses drones to map biodiversity and invasive species and had been critical of early versions. “It’s nice to have the FAA come forward with some new rules that kind of follow some common sense. … This is where we should have been 2 years ago.”The new rules outline how people can legally operate what are officially known as small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), defined as drones that are fewer than 25 kilograms and operate at 160 kilometers per hour or less. In general, they forbid operators from flying the aircraft over people who are not participating in their operations, and above 122 meters in altitude. Flights must be conducted during the daytime and the aircraft has to remain within the pilot’s line of sight. And drone pilots must be at least 16 years old and take an online test to earn a government permit known as a remote pilot airman certificate. Students or research team members who don’t hold such a certificate can fly a drone if they are under the direct supervision of someone who holds a certificate. The final rule has been years in the making. This past February, FAA issued a draft for public comment and received more than 4600 public comments, including many from universities, individual researchers, and scientific societies.Many of those commenters had been critical of earlier FAA efforts to regulate drones, which the agency worries pose a growing threat to commercial aviation and privacy. But many researchers said FAA’s approach was preventing them from fully exploiting a valuable new tool that has a wide range of uses, from surveying archaeological sites to observing weather, fires, and wildlife.One prominent critic was engineer Paul Voss of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2014, he coordinated a protest letter to FAA signed by nearly 30 researchers that raised a number of concerns. It noted, for instance, that FAA considered researchers who wanted to fly drones as “commercial operators,” meaning they needed a pilot’s license in order to fly even small drones, and had to apply to FAA on a case-by-case basis to get permission for each project. Such cumbersome rules created an “undue burden” for researchers, says Voss, and even led some, including Voss, to terminate the use of drones in their research.As a result of such concerns, in 2014 the Council on Governmental Relations—a Washington, D.C.–based group that represents 188 research universities—filed a lawsuit against FAA to challenge existing drone rules. And two allied associations—the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, both based in Washington, D.C.—presented a letter to White House officials, arguing that university researchers needed a “timely, workable mechanism … to secure FAA approval to conduct important research and instructional activities utilizing sUAS technology.”The Obama administration appears to have responded to that request in crafting the new rule, Voss and other researchers say. “It’s a good step forward,” he says, adding that it may even prompt him to start using drones again.One change that has pleased many researchers is that researchers at private institutions are now treated the same as those working at public schools; previously, FAA authorization to operate drones for research was available only to researchers affiliated with public colleges or universities. Another welcome change, researchers say, is an FAA decision to drop special rules for drones carrying a payload, such a camera or scientific instrument, so long as it is “securely attached” and doesn’t interfere with flight. And FAA has said it will create an online portal to make it easier for researchers and others to request special waivers to the rules for unusual projects.The new rule will take effect in August. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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