No bus service planned for opening of new LIT campus

first_imgWhatsApp Senator Maria Byrne with LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane, and Education Minister Joe McHugh at the LIT Coonagh Campus .Photo: Kieran Ryan BensonTHE National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that it has no plans to provide a bus service to link the city with the Limerick Institute of Technology campus at Coonagh in time for its opening next year.However, a spokesperson revealed that the agency is developing long-term proposals for a “revised network of city bus services in Limerick”, which would include a direct service to LIT Coonagh.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As this process is at an early stage, it is not possible to indicate when changes may be implemented,” added the spokesperson.Approximately 800 staff and students are expected to travel to the new campus on a daily basis when it opens towards the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said it “makes absolute sense” for a bus service to link the new campus with the city centre and expressed concern that no service will be in place in time for the opening.“I have requested the NTA as part of its review to look at extending a city bus service to service the parts of the Ennis Road and Clonmacken that currently have no city bus service operating in the area.“The improvement of the public transport system in Limerick is a bread and butter issue that I have been pursuing for some time and I hope that the NTA move to introduce these direct bus services as soon as possible,” commented Senator Byrne.Bus Éireann Route 343, which links Limerick with Shannon and Ennis, currently stops at the Coonagh roundabout and operates an hourly service to the area during off peak hours, increasing to every 30 minutes during peak time.Senator Byrne pointed out that this service, as well as another bus route that links Limerick and Shannon Airport, would not be able to cope with an additional 800 passengers.by Kathy [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsEducationTransportNo bus service planned for opening of new LIT campusBy Staff Reporter – October 1, 2019 1270 LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. Twitter Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project Email Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleReview of A Murder is AnnouncedNext articleStylish effective hair replacement solutions at Catwalk Hair Consultancy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie International Women’s Day LIT TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyLITNewsTransport LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event last_img read more

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PBJ: The Perfect Trail Food

first_imgThe object of my desire.I drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway the other day and attempted a hike to St. Marys Falls in the St. Marys Wilderness. I say attempted because I was turned away at the trailhead and told the trail was closed due to wildfires. As I stared blankly at the man delivering this news, sniffing the air for any hint of smoke – and finding none – I became frustrated that my plan was being stymied by a wildfire I barely believed existed. Sometimes when stuff like this happens to me, I will fly into a rage and curse everyone, maybe throw a head fake or scream, “Look over there!” and sprint down the trail anyway. (I have a slight problem with authority, especially when I think authority is being an idiot.)This did not happen. I was able to keep my composure because I had a secret weapon: the PBJ.While its exact origins are subject to myths, legends, and fables involving 1900s entrepreneurs, WWII soldiers and Smuckers, the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich has been a staple of American Cuisine since the turn of the century and the bane of elementary school kids since the first mom threw a PBJ in a paper bag. Something about the combination of peanut butter, jelly, and bread, resonates with Americans. Why? Who knows, this is America and that’s what we like, and that’s that.My own personal history with the PBJ has had its ups and downs. When I was a kid, long before Taco Bell had the idea, my buddies and I supplemented the usual ingredients with Nacho Cheese Doritos, adding a satisfying crunch to the mix. When I was in high school, I ate two every night before bed in an misguided effort to bulk up for lacrosse season. This is one of the all-time backfires; a mistake my body and mind are still trying to recover from a decade later. In college, we used the George Forman Grill on our PBJ, and everything else for that matter.Over the years I have found the PBJ to be just about the perfect trail food. Trail mix GORP advocates may scoff at the idea, but I stand my ground. It’s easy to make, filling, and delicious, but the best part is that the more beat up it gets in your pack, the better it tastes. That’s why I like to pack mine in a sandwich bag or foil. I love digging a PBJ out of my pack and finding it squashed and mangled, its jelly filling having soaked through the bread in a fruit preserve osmosis scientists are still trying to figure out. If you are skiing and pull a forgotten half frozen one out of your pack, it’s like finding an oasis in the desert.Scenic OverlookMy PBJ lead me here.But back to the story. So, having been rebuked from my original plan – and deciding not to fight everyone – my number one priority shifted from “Get to the spot to take some photos and check it out for a story because it’s my job,” to, “Find a nice, quiet place to sit and eat this PBJ I packed for lunch.” So I backtracked a few miles and pulled into the next turnoff that had hiking access, took a quick look at the map, and set off down the trail. I didn’t particularly know where I was going or what I would find, I just knew that I had a PBJ and a peach in my pack and if I didn’t find a place to eat it, I might as well go ahead and wander into that theoretical wildfire.The thought of that PBJ saved my trip as far as I’m concerned; if I had packed a ham and cheese, things could have turned out way different – something I don’t really want to think about. I had a pleasant hike, ate my lunch at the bottom of a waterfall and broke a significant sweat, so all in all it was a success.The moral of the story: When life gives you lemons, make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Here’s how:Ingredients: Two (2) slices wheat bread, crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jelly. Crunchy is essential and don’t even try to put %*#@&#@ing grape jelly on there. Get out of here with your grape jelly. Blackberry is as far as I’ll go.Step 1: Spread a slice of bread with a generous amount of jelly (always do the jelly first or your mom will yell at you for ruining the jar by getting peanut butter in there. Apparently, contaminating peanut butter with bits of jelly is cool). Then do the same with the peanut butter on the other slice of bread.Step 2: Place the covered bread slices together with their respective toppings facing each other. THIS IS THE KEY ELEMENT! If you perform this step wrong, you will have to start again…you will also make a mess and get yelled at by your mom again.last_img read more

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Hoegh LNG secures debt financing for tenth FSRU

first_imgNorwegian FSRU giant Höegh LNG said on Tuesday it has received commitment letter for a sale and leaseback financing for its tenth FSRU of up to $206 million.The company’s tenth floating storage and regasification unit or FSRU is currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, and is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2019.The facility is being provided by CCB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CCBFL), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Construction Bank (CCB), and is available to fund 70% of the delivered cost of the FSRU, increasing to 80% once long-term employment for the unit has been secured, according to Höegh LNG.The facility also bears a 20 year amortisation profile and has a tenor of 12 years.Höegh LNG intends to fix the interest rate, and based on the current swap rate environment, the fixed interest rate is expected to be around 6%. The facility is subject to final documentation.Sveinung J.S. Støhle, CEO & President of Höegh LNG, stated: “With this sale and leaseback facility, Höegh LNG’s current newbuilding programme is now fully equity and debt funded. Combined with the recent three newbuilding debt facilities, Höegh LNG continues to demonstrate support from a wide group of leading international banks and credit institutions, now also including CCB.”“We are pleased to welcome CCBFL to our lending group and appreciate its support in the financing of the last FSRU in our current newbuilding programme, at a combination of tenor, amortisation profile, flexibility and interest rate that is attractive and supportive of our commercial strategy. This agreement is also fully in line with HLNG’s strategy of expanding our activities in China, where we currently have the FSRU Höegh Esperanza on charter to CNOOC, and are actively pursuing new projects,” he said.last_img read more

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