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first_imgThe 747 just before its roll out. Forty five years ago on February 9 the aircraft  that made travel affordable for all took to the air but its birth almost bankrupted the three leaders in commercial aviation at the time.Ironically, the 747 wasn’t supposed to carry passengers for very many years as the world looked to supersonic travel with the Boeing SST (see picture) and the Concorde.Boeing has now sold 1,537 747s and it’s still in production with a new model wowing passengers.But giving life to the aircraft that changed the world was a challenge that brought the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, the then biggest engine make Pratt and Whitney and the legendary Pan Am to their knees.In the late 60s Boeing’s resources were stretched to the absolute limit as its engineers grappled with the complexities of its US government sponsored 2707 super sonic transport, which was eventually scrapped by Congress on May 20, 1971, despite commitments for 115 from 25 airlines.At the time the 747 was considered only an interim solution before the world’s air routes were taken over by supersonics but fortunately Boeing had appointed Joe Sutter, a brilliant young designer, to the project and he was to father the classic of the jet age.Mr Sutter, who still has an office at Boeing, is extremely modest on this role.“I was the only qualified person available. All the smart guys, Maynard Pennell, Bill Cook, Bob Withington and many others were tied up on the SST, while Jack Steiner was heading the 737 program,” Mr Sutter said in a 2009 interview.And the 747 was designed at the outset to be a freighter as everyone thought the 747 would be relegate to cargo routes.“That’s what Boeing’s marketing people thought; they estimated we’d probably sell 50 or so 747s for passenger use.” The 747 was a mass travel dream of Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen. Mr Trippe had started mass travel in 1948 when he introduced economy class onto 70 seat DC-4s.But the 747 was far bigger. It would carry over 350 – almost double the 707 – and would slash fares.It is impossible to find anyone who recalls if there was a definitive business plan for the 747. But traffic was booming for the airline industry which had enjoyed growth of 15 per cent a year through the early 1960s as passengers flocked to jet aircraft.Mr Trippe was a man on a mission.He wanted to make travel affordable for everyone and he believed that the 747 with the new high bypass turbofan engine could do just that.Pan Am ordered 25 but most airlines were terrified of the jumbo’s size. Qantas ordered 4, British Airways 6, while many airlines just ordered 2 or 3 just to stay in the jumbo race.However the trickle of orders wasn’t the major problem it was the 747’s weight.Initially it was to weigh 250,000kg but this leapt to 322,000kgs by the time it flew because of design changes impacting range, altitude, speed and fuel burn. A solution, to run the engines at higher temperatures to give more thrust, was found and within six months of entering service the jumbo was performing at acceptable levels.Despite the many problems encountered in its manufacture, the birth of the 747 was an amazing feat. Pan Am took delivery of its first aircraft just 3-and-a-half years after its order was placed and that included a 10-month flight-test program.Because the 747 was so big airlines splashed out with lounges. There was the upper deck lounge (see picture) and many had lounges at the back of economy (see picture). However a Boeing proposal for a lower deck lounge – called the Tiger Lounge, because of the fabric design used in the mock-up never made it.The spacious age however was short lived with airlines responding to a demand for cheaper and cheaper travel in the late 1970s by adding more seats.Today the 747 is till the Queen of the Skies to many and for billions of passengers it is the plane that enabled them to see the world.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — A group of Senate Democrats released a report Tuesday on the Trump administration’s agricultural trade aid program, charging USDA “is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump’s turbulent trade agenda.”Led by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the report stated Market Facilitation Program payments were unevenly distributed across the country.The report states USDA’s MFP “has treated farmers unfairly by, among other things, sending 95% of the top payment rates to Southern farmers, who have been harmed less than other regions, and helping farms owned by billionaires as well as foreign-owned companies, including awarding $90 million in purchase contracts to a Brazilian company.”The MFP was set up last year after the Trump administration vowed farmers would not be hurt by trade disputes with China and other countries that had sparked retaliatory tariffs.Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spearheaded the report.FARMERS NEED HELP“Farmers need help to stay afloat as this administration’s erratic trade actions continue to harm our agricultural economy,” Stabenow said. “The problem is USDA’s flawed aid formula is a short-term solution that picks winners and losers, while failing to adequately help the farms hit the hardest.”In a letter delivering the report to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators wrote, “Instead of taking a careful approach like Congress did in the recent bipartisan 2018 farm bill, the USDA has replaced markets with short-term, inequitable payouts that lack transparency.”The senators urged Perdue “to improve its trade assistance program to better support small farmers and pursue a focused trade policy to rebuild the markets American farmers have lost.”The letter states farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains were hit with lower national soybean prices and higher transportation costs to reach different markets after the Trump administration began its tariff disputes with trading partners, notably China.HIGH PAYMENTS TO COTTON AREASThe report states Southern crops such as cotton did not have a price decline, but they received much higher payment rates “and the top five states for 2019 MFP are in the South.”Senate Democrats questioned the high payments to cotton-producing areas, noting, “During 2018, cotton prices and exports did not exhibit the sharp declines one would assume based on cotton’s payment rate.”As of last week, USDA stated the MFP payments for the 2019 program had reached just under $6.7 billion to more than 564,000 farmers.In a statement to DTN, a USDA spokesperson defended how the MFP payments for 2019 were set up and were being distributed. Payments were based on trade damage, not region or farm size, a USDA spokesperson stated. Further, payments were more weighted to the Midwest and not the South, USDA stated.USDA RESPONSE“To date, the Midwest region has received more than 60% of the funds and the top five recipient states from the 2019 MFP program are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, which directly refutes the claims made in this report,” the USDA spokesperson stated. “While we appreciate feedback on this program, the fact of the matter is that USDA has provided necessary funding to help farmers who have been impacted by unjustified retaliatory tariffs. While criticism is easy to come up with, we welcome constructive feedback from any member of Congress with recommendations as to how the program could be better administered.”The Senate Democrats’ report points out that farmers in 2,901 counties have received MFP payments, but there are 193 counties with payment rates of $100 an acre or higher. The vast majority of those counties — 95% — are in Southern states, according to the report. Another 402 counties received the minimum $15 an acre.COUNTY DIFFERENCESThe Democrats’ report points out, “The disparities across county lines, even the Southern states, can be extreme.” Hancock County, Georgia, farmers, for example, received an average payment of $150 an acre, while farmers in neighboring Baldwin County got $15 an acre.Senate Democrats also called out “payments made to billionaires and foreign-owned companies,” which includes $90 million in pork sales for JBS, a Brazilian-owned packer with packing plants in several states. JBS was awarded those sales under a $1.2 billion food purchase program USDA created as part of its trade-aid package.Along with that, the report highlights USDA did not take steps to help smaller or beginning farmers, but instead doubled the payment limit from $125,000 per farmer to $250,000. Limits on millionaires getting farm payments were also ignored, Senate Democrats said, citing that “The family-owned farms of the billionaire governor of West Virginia even earned the maximum payment under the 2018 MFP.”The Senate Democrats’ report comes after House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., also wrote Perdue last week, raising some concerns about “inequities” in the MFP payments.Peterson’s letter stated, “The current (MFP) has created winners and losers among neighbors who find themselves facing the same market situations, meaning that some producers may remain viable while others may be forced out of business.”Peterson raised several issues with the payments. For instance, dairy farmers also question why MFP payments were based on established farm production history, while crop were based on actual production. The letter noted dairy farmers’ actual production is readily available via their milk checks.The Senate Democrats’ report can be viewed at https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/….Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Gonzales wins as Frayna falterslast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli broke multiple records on Wednesday as his unbeaten 157 helped India post 321/6 against West Indies at the picturesque Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.Kohli, who will turn 30 next month, was dropped on 44 by West Indies captain Jason Holder off debutant seamer Obed McCoy and made the touring side pay by hitting 13 fours and four sixes in his 129-ball knock.Kohli had scored more than 1000 runs in a calendar year five times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).On Wednesday, Kohli yet again reached 1000 ODI-run mark and managed it in record time. He became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: Live Blog | Live Score | ScorecardHis scores in 2018 are:112 vs South Africa in Durban46* vs South Africa in Centurion160* vs South Africa in Cape Town75 vs South Africa in Johannesburg36 vs South Africa in Port Elizabeth129* vs South Africa in Centurion75 vs England in Nottingham45 vs England in Lord’s71 vs England in Leeds140 vs West Indies in Guwahati157* vs West Indies in VizagKohli is the leading run-scorer of 2018, having scored 1046 runs in 11 innings. Second to him is England’s Johnny Bairstow with 1025 runs in 22 innings.Kohli scored his second successive ODI hundred, fifth this year and the 37th of his career against the hapless Windies bowlers.Also read – Virat Kohli overtakes MS Dhoni to become India’s 4th highest run-scorer in ODIsKohli is already second in the list of most century-makers in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads with 49 hundreds. On Wednesday, Kohli broke another Tendulkar record to become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs.advertisementWhile Tendulkar reached the landmark in 259 innings, Kohli took only 205 innings and 213 matches to enter the elite club.Kohli needed 81 to reach 10,000 ODI runs and the world’s number one batsman in Tests and ODIs pushed Ashley Nurse for a single to add another feather to his illustrious cap.Also read – Mt 10K: Pakistan Cricket Board lauds Virat Kohli’s monumental effortKohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Kohli is fastest to the feat in terms of innings (205 beating out Tendulkar’s 259), days since debut (3270 beating out Dravid’s 3969) and balls taken (10813 beating out Jayasuriya’s 11296). Kohli also has the highest average among the one to have scored 10,000 with 59.17, beating out Dhoni’s 51.30.Kohli also became the highest run scorer for India against West Indies and the now has the most hundreds against the Windies.Kohli also scored his fourth 150.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

first_imgjeffery simmons releaseTwitter/@JoshJacksonWAPTAs he awaits the final resolution of two misdemeanor charges for simple assault and disturbing the peace, Mississippi State has admitted five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. In late March, video surfaced of Simmons punching a woman while she was on the ground. In Mississippi State’s release on the decision, it says that he was “attempting to break up a domestic fight” involving his sister.How MSU describes the incident: pic.twitter.com/QsUIoy6rMb— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 2, 2016Simmons, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi, will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, and will undergo counseling once enrolled at the school. According to USA Today, Simmons is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.Here is the full statement released by Mississippi State:5-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons allowed to enroll, with conditions pic.twitter.com/okHn2qpzI9— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 2, 2016[HailState.com]last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government wants to see a new process established to resolve conflicts over permits that Kinder Morgan says is delaying construction on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government has written to the National Energy Board, endorsing the creation of a panel that would address conflicts over municipal or provincial permits.Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) has appealed to the board, arguing Burnaby in Metro Vancouver is wrongly withholding construction permits for Trans Mountain after it has been approved by the federal government.British Columbia’s NDP government has also promised to do everything in its power to stop the expansion.Ottawa approved the $7.4-billion project last year, but Trans Mountain has faced opposition and legal challenges from local communities, environmentalists and First Nations.The pipeline goes from an Edmonton area tank farm to a port in Burnaby.Carr said he supports the establishment of a standing panel to determine Kinder Morgan’s compliance with project conditions placed on Trans Mountain.“The government has taken an important step to ensure that when a natural resource project is approved, it proceeds in a timely fashion and continues to generate economic benefits for all Canadians,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday.“The government is supportive of establishing a process that would assist in resolving any conflicts over the issuance of municipal or provincial permits and avoid unnecessary delays to project construction or regulatory compliance.”Burnaby’s position has been criticized by the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan.The city has said it is applying its regulatory process on the project in good faith.Kinder Morgan has asked the energy board for an order allowing work to begin without permits from Burnaby, and has also applied for an “expedited determination” to resolve similar problems in future.The expansion would more than triple the pipeline’s daily capacity to 890,000 barrels and increase the number of oil tankers moving through the Georgia Strait.Kinder Morgan officials have said delays in the project have the potential to cost millions of dollars and push the expansion nine months behind schedule.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – After eight days of mediated bargaining, between the B.C. Teachers Federation and the Province, the talks with the Teacher’s Federation has hit a snag.According to reports, a mediator says the two sides are too far apart to continue talking and that the school year will begin with the old contract in place.No new talks will be taking place until September 23. Earlier in the week, on August 28, Minister of Education Rob Fleming said he remained optimistic that a collective agreement would be made by the weekend.According to Teachers Federation President Teri Mooring, the two groups had been in discussions since January.The collective agreement between the Teacher’s Federation and the Province had expired June 30.School will start as normal on September 3.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of cheats who were duping people on the pretext of giving handsome bonus and returns on insurance policies. The investigation further revealed that they have erected a Call Centre in Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and duped more than two hundred people all over India.Police identified the accused as Vikas Tyagi (31), Rahul Tyagi (34) and Sonu Kumar (30). They were nabbed from the fake call centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the complainant in the case was duped of Rs. 77,20,216 during the years from 2014 to 2017. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”They procured fake IDs to get SIM cards and to open bank accounts. They have cheated a large number of people of different states of India,” said DCP Central. He further added that hey induced the innocent people by impersonating themselves as employee/agent of insurance companies/IRDA and promised handsome bonus/returns on the insurance policies and then they get deposited certain amounts in their bank accounts from the innocent people and after withdrawing the money, they switched off their mobile phones.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna told the petitioners. The plea had said that the petitioners were “dissatisfied” with the “inaction” of the Centre and the poll panel in “deciding the question of voluntary acquisition of British citizenship” by Gandhi in spite of a November 2015 communication by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in this regard. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The petitioners — Jai Bhagwan Goyal and C P Tyagi — had alleged that since prima facie evidence in this regard has been produced before the Home Ministry and the EC, Gandhi should not have been allowed to contest the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from parliamentary constituencies he has decided to — Amethi in Utter Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala. The plea, filed by advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, had also sought a direction to the EC to remove Gandhi’s name from “electoral roll till the decision of the question of acquisition of his British citizenship”. In a recent letter to Gandhi, the Home Ministry had said it has received a representation from Swamy in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with Rahul Gandhi as one of its directors. The Home Ministry had said Swamy’s letter mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Rahul’s date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and had declared his nationality as British.last_img read more

first_imgNoida: From June 1, two-wheeler riders without helmets will not get fuel at filling stations in Noida and Greater Noida, the district administration announced Tuesday, in major bid to promote road safety. Holding a meeting with owners of the filling stations, District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said the order must be implemented in the two cities and later it would also be rolled out in rural areas of Gautam Buddh Nagar.”Those who reach your fuel stations without helmet should be told that they will only get fuel if they wear a helmet. This practice will be implemented from June 1 in Noida and Greater Noida cities initially,” he told them at the collectorate in Surajpur. Singh, who was joined by district police chief Vaibhav Krishna, said the initiative, primarily aimed at improving road safety, would later be rolled out in rural areas of Gautam Buddh Nagar too with inputs and feedback from the stakeholders. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe district administration also warned legal action, including suspension of driving license for not wearing helmet and arrest if riders without helmet misbehave with staff at filling stations. “When those without helmet reach filling stations, their details and vehicle numbers would be traced through CCTV footage and legal action initiated against them. Their driving license can also be cancelled,” it said in a statement. “In case anyone misbehaves with the staff at the filling stations, strict action would be taken against the errant person and they could even be jailed under section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” it added. According to the Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, not wearing helmet while riding a two wheeler is a violation of the law and can draw imprisonment up to six months under Indian Penal Code section 188. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAll filling stations in Gautam Buddh Nagar have been instructed to carry out massive publicity on their premises about the upcoming regulation and consequences of rule violation. “It is, therefore, instructed that all petrol pumps in Noida and Greater Noida will publicise this order on their premises during the next five days that fuel will not be given to vehicles whose rider and pillion are found without helmets,” it said. The administration also called on the owners of the filling stations to ensure installation of good quality CCTV cameras on their premises so that in case of any dispute a footage of the incident could be readily available. “Two-wheelers are used in a lot of criminal activities and they get their vehicles refuelled. Here you can help the police with video footage. Filling stations are also targeted by criminals often and having footage can help in probe,” Krishna, the senior superintendent of police, told the filling station owners.last_img read more