Navy seeking to use dolphins against attacks

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Dozens of dolphins and sea lions trained to detect and apprehend waterborne attackers could be sent on a mission to patrol a military base in Washington state, the U.S. Navy said Monday. In a notice published in this week’s Federal Register, the Navy said it needs to bolster security at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, located on the Puget Sound close to Seattle. The base is home to submarines, ships and laboratories and is potentially vulnerable to attack by terrorist swimmers and scuba divers, the notice states. Several options are under consideration, but the preferred plan would be to send as many as 30 California sea lions and Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins from the Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, based in San Diego. “These animals have the capabilities for what needs to be done for this particular mission,” said Tom LaPuzza, a spokesman for the Marine Mammal Program. The Navy is seeking public comment for an environmental impact statement it’s preparing on the proposal. LaPuzza said because of their astonishing sonar abilities, dolphins are excellent at patrolling for swimmers and divers. Dolphins also are trained to detect underwater mines; they were sent to do this in the Iraqi harbor of Umm Qasr in 2003. The Navy wanted to deploy marine animals to the Northwest in 1989, LaPuzza said, but a federal judge sided with animal-rights activists concerned about the cooler water. Since then, the Navy has taken the dolphins and sea lions to cold-water places like Alaska and Scandinavia to see how they coped. “They did very well,” LaPuzza said. Stephanie Boyles, a marine biologist and spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said sea mammals do not provide a reliable defense system, and they should not be kept in small enclosures. “We believe the United States’ citizens deserve the very best defense possible and this just isn’t it,” Boyles said. last_img read more

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Fraction Energy Services Best Decked House Contest

first_imgFrom now until December 15, 2013, nominate your home, a neighbour or just a home you’ve seen in town that has great decorations.  Then starting on December 17, we’ll let everyone vote for their favourite on our Facebook page.  The winner will get some great prizes, a sign for their lawn and of course bragging rights.On top of this, we’ll create a map of all the homes that have been nominated so that you can tour the region and view the best Christmas lights in Fort St. John.Click here for the map (the map will be updated each night with new entries).- Advertisement -Thank you to Fraction Energy Services and Northern Metallic Sales for sponsoring this contest.  The Fraction Energy Services Best Decked House Contest on Moose FM.last_img read more

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Guardiola wants no more Manchester misery in Huddersfield

first_imgCity manager Guardiola respects the threat posed by Wagner’s Premier League new boys, having drawn there 0-0 in the FA Cup last season before comfortably winning the replay at the Etihad Stadium.Mourinho criticised his players for being complacent in their loss against Town and Guardiola has backed his side not to fall into the same trap.“Complacency will not happen,” Guardiola promised.“We played last season against them, we were not able to win there in the FA Cup and it’s complicated there.“What Wagner has done speaks for itself, in the Championship, the Premier League and since.“The result against United was a good signal but not just that one. At home, they’ve had good results,” the Spaniard added. “They are well-organised, intense, when they defend so well organised, and with quality.“I think all the teams want to win their own (home) games. Huddersfield is complicated, but it is not the first time we have been there.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss insisted: “We know exactly what will happen. There will be a big atmosphere, but it’s the same as when we went to Brighton. People said it’s not easy but it’s normal that it’s difficult.”City take an astonishing record on the short trip to Yorkshire, having won 18 and drawn one of their 19 league and cup games so far this season.They will, however, be without long-term injury victim John Stones but Vincent Kompany is available having come through the win at Leicester last weekend.– ‘Impossible happens’ –Huddersfield will be eager for some home comfort after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth last Saturday.Wagner’s side badly missed the influence of Christopher Schindler at centre-back, but the defender will be available again after completing a one-match ban.Huddersfield have an excellent home record –- only Tottenham Hotspur have beaten them at the John Smith’s so far this season –- but Wagner has played down the possibility of completing a ‘Manchester double’.“I think the circumstances (for a win) do not look that realistic,” he said. “But everybody knows that in football, sometimes the impossible happens.“I think everybody knows that Manchester City, at the minute, are the best team in the Premier League and this means probably one of the best teams in Europe, and the world,” the German added.Wagner suggested each of his players will have to perform beyond their usual limits if they are to stand any chance of causing what would surely be the biggest upset of the Premier League season to date.“Every one of us has a personal borderline,” he explained. “We have to change our borderline on Sunday to be successful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola respects the threat posed by Wagner’s Premier League new boys, having drawn there 0-0 in the FA Cup during the 2016 season © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will avoid the complacency that cost Manchester United dear when he takes his Premier League leaders to visit David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town on Sunday.City head to the John Smith’s Stadium looking to avoid the same fate that befell Jose Mourinho when his United team suffered a shock 2-1 defeat there last month.last_img read more

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Gamblers hit with 10 percent excise duty tax

first_img0Shares0000Gamblers hit with 10 percent excise duty taxNAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – Gamblers have been hit with a blow after the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich introduced excise duty on betting activities at 10 percent at the amount staked while reading the 2019/20 financial budget on Thursday.This means that for instance if one is staking Ksh 100, immediately there will be 10 percent that will go to the Exchequer. “Betting has become quite spread and its expansion has had negative social effect particularly to the youth and vulnerable members of our society, and in order to curtail the negative effect arising from betting activities, I propose to introduce excise duty on betting activities at 10 percent at the amount staked,” Rotich announced.The development has elicited reactions from the Members of Parliament who disagreed with the CS’s betting allocation.“I am disappointed of taxation, betting it has negative social effect for our  young people and as National Assembly we suggested taxation should be 30 percent but today I was  surprised the minister only increased by 10 percent, that will not cure the menace,” Ndhiwa MP Martin Peters Owino said.“Gambling has destroyed our society and we cannot continue raising our children through guess work. I am so unhappy with position of the minister where he has taxed only 10 percent… he should have taxed more as he did with beer and cigarettes.0Shares0000(Visited 87 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal and Chelsea set to meet in Dublin for pre-season friendly

first_imgArsenal and Chelsea will meet in a pre-season friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, the Premier League rivals have announced.A London derby will take place at the 51,700-seater stadium on August 1 as both sides continue preparations for the new season. The teams are certainly no strangers to one another after meeting five times during the 2017/18 campaign.The Gunners drew first-blood, following up their FA Cup final win over the Blues by beating them in a penalty shoot-out to lift the Community Shield in August.Two Premier League draws followed before Arsenal got the better of Chelsea once again, winning their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.Chelsea also confirmed in the same announcement that they will take on Inter Milan in Nice and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in their other pre-season games. 2 The London rivals are also reportedly locked in a transfer battle, if rumours are to be believed.Former Barcelona target Jean-Michael Seri is keen to leave Nice for a Premier League side and the Ivory Coast international is reportedly wanted by both Arsenal and Chelsea. Jack Wilshere scored for the Gunners in the game between the pair back in January at the Emirates 2 The history between the London sides is filled with drama and talking points galore last_img read more

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JURY NOTICE: LETTERKENNY CIRCUIT COURT

first_imgJURY NOTICE: The jury panel for Letterkenny Circuit Court tomorrow (Friday) is NOT required to attend. JURY NOTICE: LETTERKENNY CIRCUIT COURT was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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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WIN: A romantic night away with Donegal’s dreamiest Wedding Fayre

first_imgTwo of Donegal’s most exclusive wedding venues, Jackson’s and Villa Rose Hotels are set to host one of the northwest’s leading wedding fayres of 2018.Sunday, January 28th from 1pm will see a stunning Wedding Fayre taking place across both venues showcasing over 70 top exhibitors and experts from the wedding industry.Since the hotels merged in 2017, Ballybofey is now a prime location for your dream Donegal wedding. COMPETITIONTo celebrate the event, Villa Rose and Jackson’s have launched a wonderful giveaway with Donegal Daily! Here is what one lucky couple will win:A Stay for 2 in one of three Honeymoon Suites to choose from at the Villa Rose & Jackson’s Hotels.Enjoy Breakfast the following morning and a late checkout.*To enter, visit our Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/donegaldaily, answer the question and share the post!The Villa Rose Bridal SuiteThe Wedding Fayre at Villa Rose and Jackson’s is an unmissable event for prospective wedding couples.  Meet our banqueting manager Rhonda Gillespie together with her wedding team who are on hand to assist with all aspects of wedding planning. We will be showcasing our banqueting facilities, civil ceremony venue and the bridal suites.  At Villa Rose and Jackson’s there is an abundance of photographic opportunities to choose from with wedding gardens, thatched cottage and a private rooftop terrace overlooking Drumboe Woods & the River Finn.While you are here meet with our professional wedding team and learn about what we have to offer.The two 4-star hotels, now owned by the Gallen Family, have earned a reputation as having Donegal’s finest wedding offering with first class food accompanied by elegant surroundings and service.  An ideal venue for all wedding styles from small intimate gatherings and in-house civil ceremonies to large traditional family weddings.  Each hotel will maintain high standards with only one wedding a day making the bride & groom our only priority.If you can’t make the wedding fayre simply contact Rhonda on +353749132266 or email weddings@villarose.net  weddings@jacksonshotel.ie and we will schedule a one to one appointment to discuss your wedding needs.*Competition T&Cs apply. Prize is valid for 6 months, subject to availability.WIN: A romantic night away with Donegal’s dreamiest Wedding Fayre was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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) Tags:bridaleventsJackson’s HotelVilla Rosewedding fayrelast_img read more

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McKinleyville baseball beats Del Norte for second comeback win in last five days

first_imgMcKinleyville >> If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought you were seeing double.That’s because of one simple reason: For the second time in the matter of five days, one of the youngest players on the Panthers’ roster proved to be the late-game hero.McKinleyville freshman Kyler Carr came off the bench and delivered the go-ahead hit with a two-out run-scoring single and junior DH Tyler Pelascini added an RBI double as the Panthers rallied for a 5-3 win over Del Norte on Wednesday …last_img read more

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Highdas Fashion Deep Curly Hair Wigs Beautiful Short Wig Brown Fabulous Wig For Woman, is not as full as I expected but overall great quality

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Thou Shalt Commission Thy Ducts!

first_imgThe typical new home gets a heating and air conditioning system that’s about two times too large. I’ve  discussed oversized air conditioners many times before. Most HVAC contractors use a rule of thumb that says they should put in one ton of air conditioning capacity for each 500-600 square feet of conditioned floor area. New homes, though, typically need one ton for each 1,000 or more square feet of floor area.So the typical system’s too big, as you can clearly see in this photo I took in Texas on a recent trip. (And that’s just the AC for the garage!) As it turns out then, an oversized system is good, in a perverse way.Why? Because the typical duct system is too small, has too many kinks, is made up of too much flaccid flex, and just generally can’t handle all the air from the oversized system. In many cases, though, it moves enough air to keep the house comfortable. It also provides some cushion, or elasticity, so that the HVAC contractor can get away with installing it that way and having it work OK, sort of. What happens in a high-performance home if the design has an incorrect assumption in one place? Or if the flex duct wasn’t pulled as tight as it should have been? Or when the contractor doesn’t use rigid elbows? Or the builder uses wood grilles, with their much lower air flow?I’ll tell you what happens. That system that was supposed to live happily on the good side of the razor’s edge slips onto the underperforming side, and it’s a bloody mess. How do I know? We do HVAC design here, and we’ve had a couple of cases where these things have happened. Why this doesn’t fly with high-performance homesIn a high-performance home, the system is designed to be as close to the right size as possible. That means the ducts have to be designed and installed correctly, too. But the thing is, there’s not much buffer in this case. The cushion and elasticity are minimal here so that the system can do its job as well as it can. That means evening out temperature spikes and removing more moisture in humid climates. RELATED ARTICLES Duct Leakage TestingSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Track Down Leaks in Forced-Air DuctworkVideo: Duct Sealing and Leak TestingShould Flex Duct Be Banned?How to Install Flex Duct ProperlyRaining, Dripping, Crying Duct BootsWhy Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?Pinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineKeeping Ducts Indoors Fine Homebuilding: Testing and Sealing Ductwork Thou shalt commission thy ducts!The thing is, the distress of unhappy homeowners can be avoided easily by spending a few hours commissioning the system to make sure not only that the equipment is working but also that the duct system is moving enough air.If you’re an HVAC contractor and you’re not already commissioning every air conditioning system you install in a high-performance home, you’re going to face those callbacks. To avoid that, you may need to add some tools and techniques, but the heartache — and money — you save later on will make it worthwhile. Here’s what you need to do with every system:Measure the temperature drop across the evaporator coil. It should be within the manufacturer’s specs, which is generally 15°F to 20°F.Measure the total external static pressure. This tells you if the blower’s able to do what it needs to do. It’s like blood pressure and shouldn’t be too high or too low.Measure the total duct leakage. Even if the ducts are inside the building enclosure, you can have distribution — and comfort — problems if there’s a big leak somewhere, as we discovered in one project.Measure the air flow from all the supply vents. In the photo below, I’m doing that with a powered flow hood (the FlowBlaster from the Energy Conservatory).Measure the air flow on the return side. If the sum of the supplies doesn’t match the total return air flow, something’s wrong.Check the mechanical ventilation system. Some configurations have the outside air being dumped into the return side of the air handler unit. If that’s the case, there should always be an electronic damper with a controller in the duct to the outside to prevent the air handler from from pulling in outside air during times when it’s not supposed to. If it’s simply a duct running from outside to the return plenum, the damper and controller are almost always there, but I’ve seen some ERVs installed without these necessary components. (More about this in a separate article later.)Measure the mechanical system air flow. If the ventilation system is supposed to bring in 100 cubic feet per minute, 30 minutes per hour, how do you know it’s really doing that if you don’t measure it? And if you’re installing a balanced ventilation system (ERV or HRV), how do you know it’s balanced if you don’t measure?Look for pressure imbalances in the house. Bedroom doors get closed at night. What happens to the air if those rooms have only supply vents? There should always be a way for air to get back to the system when doors are closed.If the house is going for certification in the Energy Star new homes program, all this stuff, and more, is required now that Version 3 is out. Not every high-performance home you come across is in a program like this, however, so it’s just a good policy to understand the nature of your projects and protect yourself from future heartaches by doing it right from the beginning.Yeah, it’s more work than you may be used to doing as an HVAC contractor, but I can tell you one thing: It’s a heck of a lot better to do these things before the happy new owners move into the house. Before their smiles turn to frowns. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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