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first_imgWith summer just around the corner, the local community turned out in gracious number for the unveiling of Church Hill’s new community park.Years of work, fundraising and collaborations was celebrated on Friday when the local development group held a grand opening of the park at 3.30pm.Minister for Education & Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill were in attendance at the event, which was a proud moment for all who worked on the space. With a premium playground and stunning views, the park is the pride of the community and will be somewhere for local children to enjoy this summer and for generations to visit in the years to come.Check out some of Clive Wasson’s moments of the day below…Patsy McGonigle, Chairman DLDC speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals pack the function at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe outdoor gym in use at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonPlayground in full swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests and speakers at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonTara McDermott, Jade McDermott and Orla McDermott playing for the guests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMaria Doherty, Bernie Moran and Eimear Friel at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocals filling the newly opened community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonIlluan McDermott waiting patiently at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDermott, Cormack, Mary, Eamon, Sophie and Declan Moy at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLocal Chairman Victor Wilkie speaking at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonEnjoying the view and the toys at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonChildren enjoying the swing at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh and Aine McGrenragh at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with local children at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills with children from 4 local schools Gartan, Glenswilly, Trenta and Stramore at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCllr. Ciaran Brogan Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is Minister for Education and Skills swings the gates open at the opening of the new community Play Park at Churchill on Friday last. Photo Clive Wasson Delight as Church Hill Community Park officially opens – Pic Special was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Church Hilllast_img read more

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 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is considering legislation that would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15% ethanol (E15). The bill would allow retailers across the country to offer more biofuel choices to customers year-round.The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act has 18 bipartisan sponsors and was introduced in March by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Thune (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). Senate champions have sought to bring the bill to a vote in the next few weeks.Earlier this year, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also expressed his hope for a fix but acknowledged the need for greater certainty in the laws governing RVP.“This is a simple and long-overdue fix that will improve air quality, lower prices at the pump, and level the playing field for homegrown biofuels,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “We’ve been working with champions in the House and Senate for three years to get this over the finish line so that local fuel retailers have the freedom to offer cleaner-burning, less expensive biofuel blends all year long. Consumer access to E15 will provide a vital market for continued investment in the next generation of cellulosic biofuels produced from agricultural waste and other natural materials.”The proposal has broad, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, in part because the current restrictions force many convenience stores to switch to lower ethanol blend options during the summer months, from June 1 to Sept. 15, and discourage many retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether.According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), E15 can help to “reduce harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, displace cancer causing emissions, and reduce smog forming potential, as well as cutting greenhouse gases … E15 is also typically two to 10 cents cheaper per gallon than E10.”“There is no reason for the current RVP burden that blocks retailers, like us, from offering our customers less expensive, earth-friendlier fuel choices year-round,” said Steve Walk, COO of Protec Fuel. “The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act is a common-sense policy that lifts this decades-old rule to allow fuel retailers to offer E15 during the summer driving season and provide our customers a consistent option at the pump that contains higher octane for a lower price.”last_img read more

first_imgSenior Congress leader in charge of Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday said that the party’s central leadership will not hold talks with Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA). He also clarified that the alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be retained for the Assembly polls later this year. “Only the State leaders will decide on whether to ally with the VBA and how many seats should be given to it,” Mr. Kharge told reporters at the end of a two-day meeting to review the party’s performance in Mumbai and Konkan.The VBA was formed before Lok Sabha polls after an alliance between Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh of Mr. Ambedkar and AIMIM, led by Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The VBA contested all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra in the recently conducted general elections and is seen responsible for breaking anti-BJP vote bank, resulting in defeat of Congress candidates in around nine seats. Maharashra Congress committee president Ashok Chavan too lost his Nanded seat and had blamed the VBA for dividing anti-BJP votes. Mr. Ambedkar has earlier said he would talk to the Congress central leadership on an alliance. However, after Mr. Kharge’s statement on Friday, the VBA leader will have to hold talks with the state leadership. After the review meeting, Mr. Kharge said, “We have formed a five-member committee. The committee will travel all districts in the state within one month. A report will then be presented to the state congress. Any office-bearer who has not worked in the party’s interests will be sacked.” Accepting that at several places, Congress allies did not work in the party candidate’s favour, Mr. Kharge said despite that the alliance will be retained. “We have prepared a primary list of seats which will be left for the allies,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress has demanded Airoli Assembly seat in Navi Mumbai which is at present held by NCP’s Sandip Naik.last_img read more