But they still had too much quality for the Championship strugglers as two great strikes from Willian added to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud’s first for Chelsea put the hosts 4-0 up by half-time.Conte made seven changes in all from the side that beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday to ease the mounting pressure on his job after damaging defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.Once again the Chelsea support showed their backing for the former Juventus boss, but more challenging tests lie ahead in their bid for Champions League glory, and a place back in the competition next year via the top four of the Premier League should they fall short.Barca’s visit to the Bridge on Tuesday is followed by consecutive trips to Manchester United and Manchester City on league duty before the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again,” said Conte.“But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong – Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”Willian did no harm to his case to start against the Catalans with a stunning all-round display capped by his two goals.“For sure, his performance was impressive,” added Conte.“I hope to see always this type of performance because, when Willy plays in this way, it is a great joy for me, the team, the club and our fans.”The Brazilian opened the scoring after just two minutes as he jinked inside onto his weaker left foot but still produced a fine curling shot into the far corner.– Relieved Giroud –A former Barca duo combined for the second as Cesc Fabregas’s lofted pass freed Pedro in behind the Hull defence to slot past David Marshall.Willian showed he is capable of scoring from range off either foot as his low drive cushioned the post on its way past Marhsall moments later for his 10th goal of the season.Giroud then cut a relieved figure when he tucked home debutant Emerson Palmieri’s low cross to round off a first 45 minutes to forget for the visitors.“I was waiting for it,” said Giroud. “It was important for me to score my first goal. It’s relieved me a little bit.”Hull had the chance to salvage some pride early in the second-half when Fabregas tripped Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson inside the area.But a dire night for Nigel Adkins’ men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty.And Willian was inches away from the hat-trick his display deserved when another long-range effort came back off the post two minutes from time.Leicester joined Chelsea in the last eight as Riyad Mahrez provided the spark for the Foxes on his return to the starting line-up.The Algerian’s only appearance in Leicester’s previous three outings came as a late substitute in a 5-1 drubbing at Manchester City last weekend following his self-imposed exile from training after Leicester rejected City’s advances for the winger last month.However, he showed why the runaway Premier League leaders were interested with the teasing cross for Jamie Vardy to head home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two of the best: Willian celebrates scoring his second goal as Chelsea beat Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Conte named a much-changed side with Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard not even included in the Italian’s squad.
“I’ve never seen anything bad from him,” Kantz said. “I didn’t think he would ever do some bad thing like that.” Residents said Raymond Avenue is a safe place, although Luizzi said his home was broken into over the summer. After that, he installed video cameras, and one of them faces out onto the street. Officers told him they might need the tape and asked him to look for images of a Lexus driving away between 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – A Glendale woman was beaten to death by her boyfriend after she tried to break up with him, and he was later arrested, police said Monday. Susan Kim’s daughter arrived at her home in the 1300 block of Raymond Avenue on Sunday evening and discovered her mother’s body on the kitchen floor, police said. Detectives tracked the boyfriend, Soo Kim, 45, to the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was booked on suspicion of murder. Neighbors said that after discovering her mother’s body, the daughter came out into the street and was crying and shaking. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Especially on the holidays, I can only imagine how she’s feeling,” said neighbor Darreyl Luizzi. “My prayers go out to the family.” Susan Kim, 52, lived on Raymond Avenue for more than 15 years and was polite and reserved, neighbors said. She owned a health supplement business in El Monte. Soo Kim, who also went by the first name Brandon, was unemployed, police said. The couple was going through a breakup. Her body was discovered shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, police said. Acting on information that he might have fled to Koreatown in a white Lexus, Glendale police sent officers to the area and spotted him driving around, Lorenz said. He was arrested about 5 a.m. Monday. Eric Kantz, 21, lives across the street and was a childhood friend of Susan Kim’s daughter. He got to know Soo Kim because the two smoked cigarettes in front of their homes a couple times.
BURBANK – Optometrist David Gordon’s interest in city politics was sparked in 1988 shortly after he bought office space for his new practice on Hollywood Way. A passer-by told him the city planned to widen the street out front and take away parking. Seeing it as a threat to his livelihood, Gordon got together a group of residents, took on City Hall and won, he said. “I didn’t even know where City Hall was in 1988,” said Gordon, Burbank’s newest City Council member who edged out former Burbank Mayor Bill Wiggins in a tight race in Tuesday’s special election. Filling the seat left vacant by former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy – who resigned after being arrested on drug and child endangerment charges – Gordon won 4,253 votes over Wiggins’ 3,996 in the all-mail-in election. More than 11,212 ballots were returned, out of nearly 47,000 eligible Burbank voters. And, Flad said, he had a clear message – reducing traffic and preventing airport expansion. Gordon said one of the main reasons he ran was to “restore trust” in City Hall after the arrest last year of Murphy on drug and child endangerment charges. She pleaded guilty to the charges in December. If the day after the election was any indication, Gordon said, he believes residents are pleased. He’s received letters, e-mails and calls of congratulations from friends and future colleagues. Mayor Jef Vander Borght, who voted for Wiggins, gave Gordon a hearty handshake after results were broadcast at City Hall on Tuesday night. “At the end of the day, he is the person elected, and I will work with him,” Vander Borght said. “He ran a campaign that said that there was a lack of credibility on the council, and I am one of them. So, to that extent, I’m not happy. But he will be one of them as well. It’s very easy on the outside to claim the moral ground, but sometimes it’s not as clear – the options are gray, they’re not black and white.” !dtpo st!Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 firstname.lastname@example.org!en d! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Three other candidates rounded out the ballot – Vahe Hovanessian, 31, had 1,068 votes; Amy Lawrence, 48, had 1,043 votes; and Michael Dontanville, 42, had 852 votes. Fresh off his victory, Gordon, 50, talked about his race and the big issues he hopes to take up after his expected swearing-in ceremony at the Feb. 14 City Council meeting. “I really think … this is a victory for the people in the community,” said the 6-foot-6-inch Long Island native. “I think it’s extremely important that there be diversity on the council, that different viewpoints are discussed, and that the people feel that their questions and concerns will be listened to and acted upon in an appropriate and expeditious manner.” Burbank Assistant City Manager Mike Flad said he and others expected the election to be close, and it turned out to be one of the closest margins that he and colleagues can recall. “Everyone in the community was commenting about how Dr. Gordon truly ran a strong campaign,” he said. “He was very visible. People who helped with his campaign were visible. He had the lawn signs out there. He had a presence at grocery stores. He had a presence at the council meetings.”
So you might be wondering… can I socialise and slim? Can I eat out at my favourite restaurants and still lose weight? When you’re Food Optimising with Slimming World – yes you can!Because Food Optimising is based around everyday healthy foods – the kind of foods you’ll see on every menu – eating out can be a breeze! Putting the focus on Free Foods, being able to spot the healthier options on the menu – along with the high-Syn dishes to avoid – and having a few easy requests up your sleeve gives you the control. So instead of needing cast-iron willpower you’ll enjoy liberating choice power! Top tipA top restaurant choice is a lean steak with salad and a jacket spud (dressing and butter on the side). Read between the linesCooking terms, recipe descriptions, Free Foods and high-Syn ingredients are all menu pointers that can help steer you towards the healthier options and away from the danger zones… Healthier to go for… • grilled• jacket potato• steamed• steak• boiled• gammon• griddled• tomato-based• stir-fried• roastedLess healthy to beware of…• deep-fried• cheesy• sautéed• fries• au gratin• smothered• breaded• pastry• creamy• southern-fried• battered• garlic bread• buttery• mashed (because of the butter/cream added)• ‘melt’To join any of our groups talk to your local slimming world consultant or checkout our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal Going out to eat and keeping an eye on the pounds? You can do it! was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:healthy choicesrestaurantsSlimming Worldweight loss
CONGRATULATIONS.Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their Confirmation and Holy Communion last weekend. Best of luck to all those making theirs over the next few weeks. RESULTS.3rd TEAM. We took on St Eunans in Mac Cumhaill Park this week. Another good team performance in our second outing, having drawn away to Pettigo. Final Score was Mac Cumhaills 2-06 St Eunans 1-08. Scorers were Alan Patton 1-02, Packie Gallen 0-01, Paddy Clohessy 0-02, Dennis O Mahoney 1-00 and Anthony Patton 0-01. All scores were from play. Well done lads.MINOR FOOTBALL. Our Minors travelled to Buncrana on Fri evening. Mac Cumhaills put in another very impressive display and were leading by a goal with only 10 mins to go ,when 5 of our players had to leave due to a prior commitment.Final score was Buncrana 4-07 Mac Cumhaills 2-05. Management wants to thank all the lads for travelling and putting in a dedicated performance.Could ALL managers please contact Alan Martin 0861723899 as soon as possible after a match to give him the results.FIXTURES.Mon 7th.U12 Football. Home to Robert Emmetts. 11.00am.Fri 11th.U18 Hurling. Away to Buncrana. 6.30pm.U14 Football. Home to Four Masters. 5.30pm.Sun 13th. Senior/ Reserves Home to Fanad. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page, we will update any details as soon as we have them.FIRST AID/DE-FIB TRAININGThere will be a De-Fib demonstration in the clubhouse this Wed 9th. All managers are asked to attend.There will be a First Aid course given in the clubhouse on Mon 21st and Tue 22nd May. This is highly recommended for managers. Places limited so book early. Names to John Burke0868185915 or Alan Martin 0861723899 REGISTRATIONRegistration is now overdue for 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch 0874147764. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for children.MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 17,18,20 and 23There was 1 match 3 winner. Darren Dunnion receives €15NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €9,500€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Please note time changes for Under 6’s/8’s and 10’sUnder 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 6.00pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.00 on Training pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch, weather permitting.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys:We have changed to Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35.Also we have new gear bags for sale. €15.These can be purchased from the club on Wed and Fri 7.00pm.SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: May 7th, 2012 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA notes
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The funeral was the climax of an unprecedented outpouring of love and gratitude for a gentle freedom fighter who became one of the most recognizable icons in her adopted home, Detroit. “A lot of people have never seen anything like this, but it’s the proper way to pay tribute to a fallen hero,” said Pete Williams, 48, an insurance agent from Romulus. Not since an overflow crowd of 20,000 waited outside Henry Ford’s 1947 funeral has the city turned out in such numbers to thank and mourn a revered citizen. The crowds for Parks appeared to rival those reported in 1968 in Atlanta, when thousands lamented the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After a ceremonial procession, the casket was transferred to a modern hearse to complete the trip to Woodlawn. The final ceremony at a small chapel was private, a quiet end to a loud and public remembrance of Parks that took her body to three cities over five days, attracted more than 100,000 citizens and virtually emptied the halls of government. It took two planes to carry members of Congress to Greater Grace Temple where they joined more than 6,000 mourners for a raucous, proud and exhausting all-day service that featured at least 40 speakers. “Rosa Parks ignited the most significant social movement in modern American history,” said former President Bill Clinton. “She finished the work that spawned the Civil War.” Since Saturday, tens of thousands of mourners have waited for hours to view her body as it traveled from Montgomery, Ala., where Parks’ stand launched a 381-day boycott of city buses; to Washington D.C., where the Supreme Court struck down segregation; and to Detroit, where Parks moved in 1957 in part to escape harassment. Eusebia Aquino-Hughes, 50, stayed for the entire funeral service. The Detroit nurse, 50, had arrived at the church at 5 a.m. to be sure of obtaining a seat. “It was a service fit for a queen,” said Aquino-Hughes, who as a 10th-grader in 1972 had personally interviewed Parks at home for a book report. “I didn’t mind the length – I wouldn’t have forgiven myself if I hadn’t come. It was magnificent.” More honors may soon come for Parks, who died Oct. 24 at age 92 and already has become the first woman and second African-American to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised a statue may soon be built in Washington, D.C., to honor Parks. A movement is afoot to build a national monument for her in Detroit. The best tribute, several speakers said, would be to continue Parks’ unfinished struggle for racial equity. “The greatest tribute we could pay to this improbably warrior is to continue battling,” said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. “By your actions, you have given us your final marching orders,” Granholm concluded. “We are enlisted in this war. On behalf of the state of Michigan, ma’am, we are reporting for duty.” The funeral service, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., started before noon and ended after 6 p.m. Punctuated by multiple standing ovations, it freely mixed remembrances, Scripture, song and politics. Most attendees remained in the pews, gripped by Parks’ legend, for several hours. Parks’ longtime friend Elaine Steele and O’Neil Swanson, the funeral director, closed and locked the casket about 11:50 a.m., after Parks’ body was viewed by numerous relatives, friends and dignitaries such as Clinton, his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Aretha Franklin. The long service – which some attendees called “an old-fashioned homegoing” – didn’t seem to diminish the enthusiasm of the hundreds who gathered outside for the planned procession. Nor did it diminish the hope among many to renew Parks’ struggle toward racial equity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – The long, historic and unprecedented goodbye is over for a giant of the 20th century. Capping a mammoth celebration the likes of which neither Detroit nor the nation has seen in decades, a horse-drawn hearse carried the body of Rosa Parks on the start of a nine-mile journey Wednesday to a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, where she was interred. About 1,000 mourners, some hoisting “Thank You, Mrs. Parks” signs, watched as the flag-draped casket emerged from Greater Grace Temple at 6:30 p.m. following a funeral that lasted more than six hours. Overhead, helicopters circled as a cortege of stretch limousines followed the old-fashioned glassed-in hearse. Its driver’s face was streaked with tears as she guided the team of white horses while spectators fell into step behind the procession and walked to the beat of African drummers escorting Parks’ body.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Craig Buck, chairman of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council’s transportation committee, said e-mails have been pouring in from neighbors who got wind of the upcoming opening. “People were just totally delighted,” he said. “It’s just been a pain for the neighborhood – not just because we can’t get off in the neighborhood, but because it’s just made traffic so horrendous everywhere else as people try to find alternatives. “Everyone’s very excited about it reopening.” State Department of Transportation officials are expected to announce the re-opening at a news conference Monday. Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish said the ramp would open by Thanksgiving, but she could not specify which day. “The fact that the Ventura Boulevard off-ramp will be open before Thanksgiving Day is definitely something to be thankful for,” she said. “This is just in time for the holiday season, which is very welcome news for everyone in the area.” While the Ventura exit is opening about one month early, there are still two years of construction left the project. The 101-405 interchange carries more than 500,000 commuters a day and is consistently listed as the most congested in the nation. Caltrans launched the redesign after a series of Daily News stories in 1997 suggested solutions to the mounting gridlock. Already, the state has built an auxiliary lane on the northbound 405 into the Valley and widened the connector to the eastbound 101 Freeway to reduce bottlenecks. The current phase got under way in April when Caltrans shut down the Ventura Boulevard exit – which carries motorists to Greenleaf Street/Sepulveda Boulevard – and two other ramps southeast of the interchange. Prior to the closures, motorists entered the freeway from Greenleaf, then quickly crossed multiple lanes to get to the northbound 405 – a situation that caused countless collisions. Construction crews are building separate on-ramps at Greenleaf, one for motorists entering the 101 and the other – an underpass – for those heading to the 405. They’ll also extend Dickens Street to Ventura Boulevard, creating a shortcut between the boulevard and the ramps. The ramp to the 101 is expected to open in late summer 2006. The ramp to the 405 is expected to open in summer 2007. Caltrans hopes the rest of the project can finish on or ahead of schedule. The contractor is eligible for a $1.2 million bonus if work is done early or on time, and faces fines of up to $18,500 for each day work is late. Already, the contractor has earned about $600,000 for getting the Ventura Boulevard exit opened early. “Construction is always a pain; however, I want the public to be patient with us,” said Caltrans senior transportation engineer Jagdish Patel. “Caltrans is always working hard with contractors so we can save each and every day, so we can finish on schedule or ahead of schedule.” The general manager of the Sherman Oaks Galleria praised Caltrans for getting the ramp open in time for holiday shopping. “We were so excited to hear it,” said Katherine DeFevere, noting the shopping center’s traffic had dipped slightly during the closure. “This is a necessary project that enjoys community support,” added longtime Encino resident Gerald Silver. “The sooner the project opens, the better. We’re hopeful the rest of the project goes well and is completed ahead of schedule.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Much to the relief of San Fernando Valley commuters, the Ventura Boulevard exit from the northbound 405 Freeway is scheduled to open this week, about a month ahead of schedule. The off-ramp has been closed for seven months as part of Caltrans’ $46 million reconstruction of the 101-405 interchange – the nation’s busiest – forcing motorists to drive miles out of their way as they headed to Sherman Oaks or Encino. “That’s good news,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “They really did that thing in good time. That’s rapid for them. I really think they’re trying to be focused on getting the work done, getting it opened … which is again to their credit.”
BREAKING NEWS: The Co Donegal man at the centre of the Ebola scare did NOT die from the virus, the HSE has confirmed.The late Dessie Quinn.The family of Dessie Quinn, 44, have been informed of the news in the past few minutes.They have now asked for privacy at this time. The HSE confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for Ebola Virus.“Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, will now be stepped down,” said a statement.The HSE expressed its condolences to the individual’s family and friends for their loss.It is not understood a cause of death will be confirmed today but will be dealt with at a future sitting of the coroner’s court. Details of Mr Quinn’s funeral are now being arranged by his heartbroken family.The dead man was being treated for malaria but passed away yesterday after returning home to Donegal from West Africa where he was working.However, a HSE statement released last night confirmed an investigation had been launched as Mr Quinn had shown Ebola-like symptoms.His remains were placed in isolation at Letterkenny General Hospital before tests were carried out first thing this morning.Those tests have now been complete and a source has confirmed that Mr Quinn did not die as a result of the Ebola virus. IT WAS NOT THE EBOLA VIRUS was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 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:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaHSEMOUNTCHARLES
Airbus’ A350-1000 is a contender in the intense battle for a Qantas order European aerospace giant Airbus has joined US rival Boeing and international airlines in supporting a UN-backed carbon offset scheme for the global aviation industry.The International Civil Aviation Organisation last week agreed to phase in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from the start of the next decade.The world’s first global industry pollution agreement will start as a voluntary scheme from 2021 to 2026 but will then become mandatory across the industry. Some 65 countires have already signalled they will take part in the voluntary phase.Airlines will have to buy carbon credits to offset growth in emissions, a move that is expected to account for less than 2 per cent of revenues but has raised concerns in some states about costs.The scheme will include provisions to deal with special circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and those which have made significant investments to improve environmental performance already.Airbus said the scheme represented a key pillar in the aviation industry’s climate action plan —alongside technology improvements (including sustainable fuels), efficient operations and improved infrastructure — in a crucial year for the global aviation community. “Following the successful agreement of a CO2 certification standard for aircraft in February this year, the international carbon offset plan is another key milestone in supporting the aviation industry’s commitment in reducing CO2 emissions”, said Airbus chief executive Fabrice Brégier.”Airbus is fully committed to all pillars of the industry’s climate action plan through delivering the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft, supporting air traffic management and airport operations improvements around the world and facilitating the wider adoption of sustainable alternative fuels.’’Airbus is due to deliver its 10,000th aircraft later this week, a fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB heading to Singapore Airlines. September figures put the firm order backlog for the A350 at 769 as airlines move to boost the efficiency of their fleets.In addition to the introduction of the widebody A350, The European manufacturer is also producing more efficient versions of its A320 family and A330 aircraft.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Generally, this is the time of the year you complete shopping for nozzles because the spraying season is just around the corner. This task must be on top of your to do list if you are one of those who will be applying the new 2,4-D or Dicamba products for crops that are resistant to these products. According to a survey conducted by Farm Journal magazine and reported in its Mid-February issue, out of the 411 people they contacted (mostly in Midwest, including Ohio) 40% of them indicated they plan to grow dicamba-tolerant soybeans. About 11% indicated they are still undecided. If you happened to be one of these people who will use dicamba products for weed control, you better check the labels because you now have to use one of the nozzles they recommend on their labels, and operate those nozzle within a recommended range of pressures.In the past, the labels on chemicals gave some vague and general statements when referring to application equipment. For example, we used to see (it is still the same for many chemicals) on labels statements such as: “use spray equipment to provide thorough coverage of the canopy.” There was no help with explaining what “thorough coverage” is, and how to achieve it. Then, we saw labels giving us more specific recommendations on nozzles such as: “use nozzles that provide medium spray quality” or “do not use nozzles that produce droplets in coarse or larger spray qualities.” Most recently, the labels of the new 2,4-D or dicamba herbicides include very specific requirements on which nozzle or nozzles must be used when spraying these products. Simple interpretation of this requirement is that you would be violating the label if you use any other type or size of nozzle. So, it is your responsibility to comply with the label recommendation.Why are specific nozzles required by manufacturers of 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides?Manufacturers of these new products claim that they have significantly reduced the drift potential due to volatilization, as was the case with similar products used decades ago. However, they are extremely concerned about the physical drift (actual droplets moving by wind to sites adjacent to the application site) may happen and create significant damage to crops grown nearby that are not dicamba resistant. With this in mind, the manufacturers of these products have decided on requiring sprayer operators to use specific nozzles and run the sprayer within a specific range of pressures to make sure physical drift is very unlikely to take place during spraying. After completing extensive tests in wind tunnels, manufacturer of 2,4-D product (Enlist Duo) chose 23 nozzles, while manufacturers of dicamba Products (XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia) chose a total of 24 nozzles that must be used to spray these products. In most cases the nozzles recommended for different products may be the same, but there may be significant differences in the operating pressures required. For example, the ULD20-04 nozzle is selected by all four products mentioned above, but the pressure ranges required for them are somewhat different: 15-70 psi for Enlist Duo, 20-40 psi for XtendiMax and FeXapan, and 15-40 psi for Engenia. The Table shown below lists all the nozzles and their operating pressures required by manufacturers of the four products listed above. A caution: this table is provided mostly for information purposes and may not be up-to-date. You are always advised to look at the label for the most current information.By the way, don’t assume that you do not have to worry about checking the label this year again because you had applied a dicamba product made by a different company last year. A nozzle required for the same product last year may not be on the label this year, or the operating pressures may be changed. So, you really need to pay attention to the label for each product even if you are using the same product you had used last year. Things were much easier during the last decade when product labels did not require specific nozzles. Instead, they required the most optimum droplet size class, such as Fine, Medium, Coarse, Extra Coarse, Ultra Coarse, etc. for their products. So, if you were looking for a nozzle that produced Medium droplets, all you had to do was to look at the nozzle catalogs (or search online) find a suitable type of nozzle that would provide Medium droplet class at a pressure setting that would also satisfy your gal/acre requirement. Interestingly, when I looked at all the nozzles and operating ranges required for the new 2,4-D or Dicamba products, all the requirements have led to one common conclusion: the droplet size class from these nozzle fell in two categories: “Extra Coarse”, or “Ultra Coarse.” Our research have shown that regardless of the nozzle used, as long as the droplet size class, even at wind speeds of 10 miles per hour (the upper limit mentioned on labels) fall in either one of these categories, droplets will not likely to drift more than a foot or two (depending on other conditions such as boom height, temperature and relative humidity). So, it would have been much easier for you to select your own nozzle as long as the nozzle, when operated within a certain pressure range, satisfied the droplet size requirement of “Extra Coarse” or “Ultra Coarse”. But that is another topic of discussion left for another day.Act now if you will be switching to new nozzles. If you are buying new nozzles of any kind, or especially if you are going to switch to one of the new 2,4-D or dicamba herbicides this year and you have not purchased yet the specific nozzles required for these products, you better act fast and get the nozzles within the next two weeks. Since there will be a higher demand for nozzles of any kind this time of the year, there may be short-term shortages of these nozzles in stores from which you purchase your nozzles. So, act now and get the nozzles you need before experiencing potential problems with availability of these nozzles later during the spraying season.Keep several types of nozzles on the boomIt is very likely that you will be using your sprayers to spray a variety of pesticides during the growing season. Remember that one specific type of nozzle will not be best for all applications. For that reason, it is best to have several types and sizes of nozzles on the boom so that you can switch to the “best” nozzle choice for a given spraying job. There are various types of sprayer components and setups you can buy to configure your boom so the new set up allows you to easily switch from one nozzle to another instantly.Some final thoughtsNozzles are typically the least costly items on a sprayer, but they play a key role in the final outcome from a spraying job: achieving maximum efficacy from the pesticide applied while reducing the off-target (drift) movement of pesticides to minimum. Pesticides work well if the rates on labels are achieved during application. This can be achieved only if the right nozzle type and the proper size of the nozzles are on the sprayer, and the sprayer is calibrated and operated properly.Although the Apps and tables in catalogs may expedite the nozzle size selection process, it is best to understand the process and the math nozzle manufacturers use to generate the data listed in their tables, and to generate nozzle recommendations in their Apps. A new Ohio State University Extension Publication, entitled “Selecting the Best Nozzle for the Job” gives step-by-step guidelines for selecting the most appropriate spray nozzle for a given application situation. The publication is available online at following web site: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-528I need to emphasize one other point: nozzles and their operating pressure requirements are not the only requirements you need to worry about when you are applying 2,4-D and dicamba products. There is additional important information as these requirements on product labels, such as: what part of the day these products should be applied, the buffer zone requirements, under what temperature and wind speed conditions you can apply them, or if there is a date beyond which these products cannot be applied. So, again you need to read labels of these products so that you are not held liable for an unfortunate misapplication situation, and consequently injury caused to sensitive crops near the application site.Finally, always keep safety in mind when working with chemicals, especially pesticides. Always try to minimize oral, dermal or inhalation exposure to chemicals. Wear protective clothing when calibrating, spraying and cleaning equipment. Goggles, rubber gloves and respirators or masks are standard equipment when handling pesticides. Review the sprayer operator’s manual and chemical labels for recommended procedures regarding safe use of equipment and chemicals. Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension Ag Engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.