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Football the perfect release from politics for Frank McBrearty

first_imgFrank McBrearty is loving life at Raphoe Town FC – and says its the perfect release from the daily grind of political life. The outspoken and at times controversial public representative is the manager of Donegal Junior League outfit Raphoe Town.McBrearty was a talented sportsman in his teenage years, and was a brilliant boxer and excellent footballer. He played for Kildrum Tigers, Raphoe Town, and Finn Harps reserves, but he left Donegal in the mid 80’s to work in the UK.In London, he played for a number of top junior clubs in the region and has always shared a deep love and passion for football.However, he has now entered the managerial arena – his first gig in senior football, and says he’s relishing the challenge of propelling Raphoe into the Donegal Premier Division. McBrearty has assembled a talented squad that has a good blend of youth and experience, and feels that he could have a team capable of playing Intermediate football in the next couple of years.McBrearty told Donegal Daily, “It’s a great release from politics, it’s a difficult and stressful job, so I’m enjoying the new role.“I coached Raphoe U14’s and U16’s and Drumkeen United in the Donegal Youth League a number of years ago, but this is my first role in senior football.“I was approached by a number of players to take over at Raphoe, and I had worked with a lot of them at underage level, and I was happy to take them up on their offer.“We’ve had a good pre-season and we beat Drumoghill and Lagan Harps, and while we lost our opening league game away to Gweedore Celtic, it’s been an encouraging start.”McBrearty has his own son Frankie marshalling operations in the middle of the park, and the talented midfielder brings bags of experience to the Raphoe side. Frankie Jnr spent a year in Iceland, and was close to signing for Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager – only to see the move fall through at the last minute.He was an integral part of Peter Moran’s Bonagee United team, and is a key player for Raphoe Town.However, McBrearty says he’s got a side stacked with quality and experience and says the depth in his squad gives him confidence that his side can gain promotion.“Frankie has obviously operated at a high level in the past, but Ryan McCullagh is a huge player for us, he’s a top class player and again is vastly experienced at Intermediate level. “We’ve got David Craig who won an USL title at Kildrum, and we’ve also got Jamie Gallagher and Christy Bogle at are disposal who are brilliant players.“But look, it’s a tough, tough league, the two Gweedore sides are going to be hard to beat, Cappry are looking to bounce straight back up, Keadue are a physical side with good players and Donegal Town are also a difficult proposition, so it’s not going to be easy.“The attitude of the players has been first class, training has been excellent, and if the players continue to apply themselves, then we’ll be OK, I’m confident we can get promotion into the Donegal Premier Division.McBrearty says the addition of Shane Dolan to his backroom team as assistant manager has been a massive help to him – and also said he’s been extremely encouraged by the amount of talented young players coming through the youth set-up into his senior side.McBrearty said, “Shane Dolan is my assistant and he’s been a great help to me, he had a fine career in the Donegal League and brings a vast amount of experience to the project.“He’s knows the league inside out and the two of us compliment each other well, and both bring an array of experience and knowledge to the side.“One of the most pleasing aspects for me so far, is how well some of the young lads have performed – they’ve made the transition from youth football into the senior set-up seamlessly and it’s great to see the club producing so many top, top young players.”McBrearty’s side face Deele Harps in a local derby this weekend, and he’s expecting a feisty clash, but hopes his players can focus on their football.“Discipline is a hugely important thing for me as a manager, I don’t tolerate a lack of discipline, when I was boxer if you abused the referee you could be suspended for a year and rightly so.“I won’t accept any of my players getting involved with referees, it’s not on.“Sunday’s game will be tough, it’s a derby and it’s going to be feisty, it’s what you would expect in a derby clash, but I’m hoping my lads keep their heads and focus on playing football, that’s the one thing they can control, and if they do that they hopefully we can get a positive result.”It’s early days under the tenure of McBrearty at Raphoe, but there is an air of optimism around the club that they’re heading in the right trajectory and are making progressive steps in pushing themselves on as a club, and with the charismatic and experienced McBrearty at the helm he may be the man to lead them back to the Donegal Premier Division.Football the perfect release from politics for Frank McBrearty was last modified: September 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Frank McBreartyManagerialnewsPoliticsRaphoe Town FCSportlast_img read more

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Boris U-turn on the Irish border as UK moves closer to NI-only backstop

first_imgThe UK is moving closer to the objectives of the original Northern Ireland-only backstop, it has emerged. According to RTE, the EU now believes London is prepared to accept a simple majority that would register consent for Northern Ireland to opt-out of the new arrangements enshrined in a revised Withdrawal Agreement.It’s unclear if this would be a majority vote via the Stormont Assembly or even through a referendum. The original backstop commits the UK and EU to protecting the all-Ireland economy, avoiding a hard border and related checks and controls, preserving North-South cooperation, and protecting the EU’s single market.It foresaw Northern Ireland remaining part of the EU’s customs union if another solution to avoiding a hard border could not be found.This morning EU member states gave the green light for negotiations between the UK and European Commission to intensify.The decision followed a briefing of EU27 ambassadors by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator. “The EU and the UK have agreed to intensify discussions over the coming days,” the European Commission said.“The Commission will take stock with the European Parliament and the Member States again on Monday in view of preparing the General Affairs Council (Article 50) on Tuesday morning.”The General Affairs Council is a meeting of EU member state ministers in Luxembourg to draw up the agenda for the European Council summit on Thursday and Friday.Mr Barnier had earlier met the Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, who brought fresh proposals in a bid to break the deadlock.Today’s developments followed yesterday’s meeting in Cheshire between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson. Boris U-turn on the Irish border as UK moves closer to NI-only backstop was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Cards utilize drone to film football practice

first_imgCorning >> Technology keep growing and getting more advanced everyday. In Dallas at “Jerry’s World,” also known as AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play, NFL fans can watch a replay on one of the biggest Mitsubishi video screens in the world right above the 50-yard line. Professional quarterbacks now have tablets to watch film rather than solely talking on the headset like they used to go over a play during a game. The transcendent tech gains in football have found their way to the prep level …last_img

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49ers OTAs: Garoppolo OK but add Bosa to slew of injured players

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/22/bang_09ba0fb2-182c-4fd6-bcd1-1aa93074d780″](CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) SANTA CLARA — Watching Jimmy Garoppolo throw passes on a reconstructed knee actually wasn’t the most jarring sight Tuesday on the 49ers practice field.Instead, top draft pick Nick Bosa sustained a hamstring injury in linemen drills on Day 2 of organized team activities. He’s got plenty of company on the injury list.Coach Kyle …last_img

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How a Geocaching.com Co-Founder Found Geo-Love

first_imgSome people find much more than just cache containers when they’re introduced to geocaching. Geocachers may discover parks they never knew existed, the hidden history of their community or even the sting of stepping in poison ivy. But some geocachers wander into something else. They’re lucky enough to find the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with.It happens. It happened to one of the founders of Geocaching.com. Bryan Roth attended a geocaching event fourteen years ago. Fellow founder Jeremy Irish encouraged Bryan to attend.Bryan says, “This was the first of [88] total geocaching events that I’ve attended so far. Jeremy had suggested that I attend and I figured it’d be a great opportunity to meet some members of the local geocaching community. I really didn’t know what to expect but, of course, that day has changed my life forever.”What happened next may have been one of the very first cases of geo-love.  The event’s name was innocent enough. It was called Washington Geocaching Potluck & Quilting Bee.Event in 2001 where Bryan and Hydee met (Hydee far left of picture)Bryan’s “will attend” log read, “I will be there (with chocolates).” Bryan says he wasn’t fishing for love with those chocolates, “Not at all.  At the time, I don’t think I was even looking for a date. I was only thinking about meeting geocachers and getting more involved with the local community.”But Bryan says he soon met a geocacher named Hydee and her son Dylan. He remembers his first thought, “Yeah [my first thought was]—she looks like trouble.  I was right, of course.  ;)”She later told Bryan the chocolates helped cement her intuitions that he was the right person for her. She loves chocolate.Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, hosted the event where Hydee and Bryan first met. Jon says, “That event is actually where I first met Bryan. I didn’t know that the spark had been lit at that time, but I soon found out. Hydee and her friend CameraThyme kept referring to “AFM,” which stood for “Action Figure Man.” After a while I discovered that this was their code name for Bryan. Then, all became clear!”The Roth’s 10 Year Anniversary geocoinHydee’s friend CameraThyme also played a key role. Bryan says, “Thanks to CameraThyme for letting me know that Hydee was single.”Bryan and Hydee were eventually married. They’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary of meeting in November 2016.Jon says Bryan and Hydee are lucky, geo-love can be a rare commodity, “I attend a fair amount of events, though, and while I’ve heard of people meeting through them, Bryan and Hydee are the only ones I personally can name who linked up as the result of an event!”But you never know. Attend a geocaching event before September 2nd this year, and you might come away with more than just your Meet Your Road Trip Crew souvenir—you could meet your own Geo-Love.Can’t get enough geocaching love? Check out these sweet videos from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival.[vsw id=”i14YiphCkfI” source=”youtube” width=”555″ height=”450″ autoplay=”no”][vsw id=”z-ImnJ-2le0″ source=”youtube” width=”555″ height=”450″ autoplay=”no”] SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In “Community”13 Years Lisboa — Bryan Roth’s Trip to a Portugal Mega-EventJuly 23, 2013In “Community”Celebrating 10 Years of Event CachesMarch 24, 2011In “Movie References” Do you know any geocaching love stories?center_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Bloom Box Rekindles Excitement About Fuel Cells

first_imgThe high-profile roll-out of the highly secretive Bloom Box fuel cell, on CBS’s 60 Minutes in February, ushered in a new round of excitement about fuel cells.Fuel cells have been around for over 50 years. They are, in essence, chemical batteries that churn out electricity as long as a fuel, such as hydrogen or natural gas, is fed in at the other end. They have been a mainstay of power generation in NASA’s space program for decades and have slowly been making inroads for more earthly applications.While President George W. Bush and many others have touted hydrogen fuel cells as the “energy source of the future,” a fuel cell is not an energy source at all, but rather a device that converts a fuel into electrical energy–and it does so quite efficiently and cleanly.One of the problems with most fuel cells is that they require pure hydrogen for their operation, and hydrogen is a difficult material to store and transport. Being our lightest element, hydrogen has to be compressed to achieve a reasonable power density, so you’re usually dealing with very high pressures in storing it. Compressed hydrogen is explosive and can be quite dangerous.What Bloom Energy has created with its Bloom Box, according to CEO K.R. Sridhar, Ph.D., is a novel fuel cell that doesn’t rely on rare-earth elements, such as platinum (as do most other fuel cells) and does not require pure hydrogen for its operation. The company makes thin ceramic wafers out of quartz sand, coats the wafers on both sides with special proprietary materials, and stacks these with layers of an affordable metal alloy between. A four-inch stack of these layered cells and metal will generate one kilowatt (kW) of power when a hydrogen-rich fuel, such as natural gas, and oxygen are forced through it. Sridhar claimed on 60 Minutes that two of these stacks could power a typical American home, while a single stack could power four homes in his native India.Dr. Sridhar is a physicist who previously led NASA’s efforts to develop a system to generate oxygen for a mission to Mars. When that project was eliminated, he kept working on his invention, but reversed the process to create a “solid-oxide” fuel cell. In this process, oxygen is used rather than produced and electricity is generated. His work has been financed, starting in 2002, by about $400 million, most prominently from the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers (famous for recognizing the potential of–and funding–such Silicon Valley success stories as Netscape, Amazon, and Google). Until February, though, the Bloom Energy’s technology was shrouded in secrecy. The February 21 edition of 60 Minutes removed that veil of secrecy with great fanfare.The first commercial Bloom Boxes were installed at a Google facility in late 2008, and test installations have now been completed for WalMart, eBay, FedEx, Staples, and more than a dozen other companies. Most of these fuel cells are powered by natural gas, though the units at eBay’s headquarters–enough to provide 15% of the power needs–use landfill gas (a mix of methane, carbon dioxide, and other gases). These 100 kW units cost $750,000, or 7,500/kW of capacity, which is not a bargain in today’s distributed-generation market–but costs are expected to drop as production scales up. We’ll see how that goes.According to an article in Greentech Media, The Bloom Box is 56% efficient, which is far higher than most natural gas generators, but waste heat is not captured, as it is from some competing fuel cells–a number of which have been around for years.The Bloom Box isn’t the only “second-generation” fuel cell to come along recently (though it is certainly the most prominent). The Freemont, California company Oorja Protonics, makes methanol fuel cells that are initially being sold as power supplies for electric forklifts. Their OorjaPak Model III holds five gallons of liquid methanol (a type of alcohol) that will power a small forklift for two 8-hour shifts and can be refueled in about a minute–while standard electric forklifts can take up to four hours to recharge batteries.Some of these other fuel cell manufacturers are actively pursuing the combined heat and power (CHP) market, in which both electricity and useful heat are being delivered. While the Oorja fuel cell is only 35-37% efficient, according to Greentech Media, by capturing the waste heat, overall efficiency can be boosted to 70-75%. Panasonic and ClearEdge Power offer residential-scale CHP fuel cells with overall efficiencies of 80% and nearly 90%, respectively, according to the same article.I am excited about fuel cells as energy conversion systems that cleanly and efficiently produce electricity (and often heat) from an energy input, such as natural gas. We need to remember, though, that these are not renewable energy systems–since they have to have a fuel source–and they are not likely to revolutionize our power generation infrastructure quickly. But if they can generate electricity from natural gas and other hydrogen-rich fuels more affordably and more efficiently than other generation sources, they can be an important part of the many-faceted energy future we need.I invite you to share comments on this blog. Are fuel cells going to be the next great thing to come along?— Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more