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“State of Emergency should be declared as freeze continues” – Mc Brearty

first_img Twitter The Defence Minister says the army may be deployed to help as the freezing weather looks set to continue.An emergency committee, involving a number of Government departments and other agencies, is meeting this afternoon to discuss the issue.Defence Minster Willie O’Dea says whatever is needed will be provided.Meanwhile, Donegal Councillor Frank Mc Brearty has called on the governnment to provide money and resources to allow for the gritting and clearing of minor roads.He says it’s time a state of emergency was declared. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook By News Highland – January 7, 2010 Google+ Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News “State of Emergency should be declared as freeze continues” – Mc Brearty Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleCouncil says water situation continues to improveNext articleFinner on stand by to help tackle weather aftermath News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+last_img read more

Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

first_img“I want to return to a routine again, to dance again and to do something good in my life,” said Ali, sitting barefoot on the steps of the house in Pakistan’s capital.Transgender people in the country are known as “khawajasiras” or “hijras” — an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transgender women and cross-dressers.Many claim to be the cultural heirs of eunuchs who thrived at the courts of the Mughal emperors that ruled the Indian subcontinent for two centuries until the British arrived in the 19th century and banned them.They are traditionally called upon for rituals such as blessing newborns or to bring life to weddings and parties, in a country where it is considered un-Islamic for a woman to dance in front of men. Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan’s transgender community.But the closure of wedding halls and scrapped celebrations where she would twist and twirl in front of applauding crowds have frozen her income, forcing her out of the one-bedroom apartment she rented in a wealthy suburb of Islamabad. Now she shares a cramped single room in a shelter with other transgender dancers who have also lost work because of a nationwide lockdown triggered by the pandemic.  Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognize a third sex in 2009 and began issuing transgender passports from 2017. Several have also run in elections.Despite these signs of integration, they are largely shunned by society, the victims of beatings and rapes. Those who cannot make ends meet as dancers are often condemned to a life of begging or sex work.Outside the joy of dancing, life for 26-year-old Mena Gul has always felt like a form of self-isolation.”We have been quarantined for our entire life, we cannot go outside and we hide our faces whenever we leave our homes,” she told AFP, her wardrobe of dazzling dresses neglected.  Now she has left behind the safety of the apartment she shared with fellow dancers in the northwestern city of Peshawar and moved into a room in one of the city’s slums.While impoverished Pakistan has relaxed its shutdown of businesses, even as a record number of new cases are reported on a near daily basis, wedding halls have not been allowed to reopen.Over the past few months the shelter, which once helped around a dozen transgender people, has bulged to offer food to more than 70, supported by local donations. The few rooms it offers were quickly filled, with some sleeping on the floor to maximise space. Make-up artist Nadeem Kashish, who founded the shelter, has had to turn many people away. On the street outside, dozens pushed out of work beg passers-by for food. “I can see that the problems will increase in the future, it’s not going to end, the uncertainty has created mental and physiological problems,” Kashish said, questioning whether the dancers will be able to regain the financial freedom they once had.Dancing is a way of avoiding a life of begging or sex work for many in the marginalised transgender community, believed to number hundreds of thousands in Pakistan according to studies by non-profit groups and development organizations.Fear of contracting the virus has caused many sex workers to stop offering services, pushing them further into poverty.”They were already facing social humiliation and further isolation is increasing their stress and anxiety,” said Taimur Kamal, a transgender rights activist, of those forced out of work. For Ali, the Islamic month of Ramadan which ends this weekend should be a time to be swept up in the excitement of celebration and feasting with friends.Now she spends her time searching out donations for the overburdened shelter. “I dream of a time when this corona thing has ended and I start performing in parties again.”Topics :last_img read more

Trevor Noah wins Emmy award for The Daily Show

first_imgTrevor Noah continues his world domination since taking over as host of American comedy news show The Daily Show. In addition to his sell-out comedy tours in the US and South Africa and his bestselling memoir, Born A Crime, Noah has won his first Emmy award.Trevor Noah joined the Daily Show as host in September 2015, and has since then received critical and popular acclaim for his distinctive comedic flair and level-headed commentary to the American and global political climate. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonNoah won the award for Best Short Form Variety Series, specifically for the popular YouTube insert The Daily Show: Between the Scenes, in which Noah provides web-exclusive commentary to political events in the US and around the world.The award was part of the Emmy Creative Arts ceremony that highlights production and technical work in television, as well as outstanding short form and new media programming.Watch one of Trevor Noah’s Between the Scenes videos below:The main ceremony, focused on the best of full-length dramatic and comedy television takes place on 17 September 2017.The Daily Show insert beat other nominees that included YouTube favourites Epic Rap Battles and Honest Trailers.News of Noah’s win provoked a wave of national pride among South African Twitter users, as well as a notable shout-out from South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to whom Noah responded in his distinctive comedic flair, much to the amusement of South Africans.EFF congratulates @Trevornoah for winning his first Emmy for The Daily Show: continue to make us proud ?? pic.twitter.com/IkkIEzsbTB— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 11, 2017Thank you comrades. Where would my comedy career be without you! ? https://t.co/P1YOyTQtqi— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 11, 2017Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Caution: Geocacher in training

first_imgWhile “the largest outdoor treasure hunt” sounds simple enough, we can admit there is quite a learning curve to mastering the art of geocaching. That’s why we’re improving the onboarding experience for new geocachers with our latest Geocaching® app update. These changes will not affect geocachers who have previously found and logged a cache, but will provide training to get new users up to speed with the game of geocaching, the app, and best practices while out in the field.  What this will look like:For players have never logged a geocache, a new overview of caches in their area will be displayed along with a recommended first cache to find. The cache details page will expand so that the player can learn more about the hide. Players can choose to disregard the cache and choose another, or proceed to navigating to the recommended geocache. After the first find (smiley), the geocacher will have the opportunity to receive up to two more geocache suggestions.How it works:Although the criteria for the recommended cache can change and improve over time, the idea is to offer a great introduction to geocaching. In addition to other criteria, we’ll be making sure the most recent log is not a Did Not Find (DNF), Needs Maintenance (NM), or Needs Archived (NA), that there is no NM attribute, that the cache is not locked, disabled, or archived, and that the user has not already found the cache (when on the second and third suggestions).Anything else?If you’re just starting out with geocaching, be sure to check out our ten tips for newbies looking for their first geocache and 10 tips for new and seasoned geocachers. Feeling a bit more advanced? Take a look at Project-GC to help up-level your geocaching game!If you’re a more seasoned geocacher, try introducing someone new to geocaching and share your favorite piece of advice for geocachers just starting out! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHow Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Biomass Boilers: A Greener Alternative to Heat the Home?

first_imgShould Green Homes Burn Wood?Comparing Fuel CostsUnderstanding Pellet StovesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus EnvelopeGreen Heating Options PODCAST: Deep Energy Retrofits (1)PODCAST: Deep Energy Retrofits (2)PODCAST: Deep Energy Retrofits (3)PODCAST: Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2) GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE RELATED ARTICLES Multi-Fuel and Wood BoilersMulti-Fuel Pellet BoilersOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris Briley: Hey everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. I’m Chris Briley.Phil Kaplan: And I’m host Phil Kaplan.Chris: How you doin’, Phil?Phil: I’m doin’ great, Chris. We’re also very excited to have Pat Coon.Chris: Hey, Pat! Welcome back.Phil: You remember Pat from a podcast or two ago.Chris: Right, solar thermal podcast. Which was well received. So, thank you for your efforts there. Hopefully, this one will be equally as good…Pat Coon: Or better.Phil: Better, I’m sure. Judging by these drinks, it might be!Pat: What are these, by the way?Phil: I’m glad you asked.Chris: Very good segue. Go, Phil.Phil: Today, I get the drink. Chris and I are switching this time.Chris: It’s like the “bizarro” episode.Phil: Backwards world.Chris: Phil’s got the drink. Whaddya got? Go, buddy.Phil: And Chris has the music. We are drinking Perfect Red Manhattans. What do you think?Chris: Very good. Usually, I think vermouth and bourbon have no business being together, but you have proven me wrong.Phil: Ah, they’re good friends, Chris. I just have to introduce them properly.Chris: I guess so. I guess tossing them in a trash bag and tossing them around and chugging it with a bunch of friends is not—I’ve never really done that, Mom.Phil: So, can I tell you what’s in it?Chris: Please do.Phil: All right, so the key ingredient to a Perfect Red is Red Stag. It’s black cherry infused bourbon.Pat: Oh, it’s good—you can taste it.Phil: So, it takes the typical cherry that usually sits in a Manhattan and gives it a little oomph. You add two parts that, and you add half part sweet vermouth, a half part dry vermouth, and a couple little dashes of tasty bitters. In summary: Tasty, and it does pack a punch.Chris: We’re going to have to pace ourselves.Pat: Didn’t our generation decide not to mix drinks? I thought we figured out that we’re going to be beer, and maybe a little wine.Chris: I think that’s all changing. I heard that in Germany, beer is no longer number one.Phil: You know what’s interesting? Chris, for all the weeks he’s been doing the drink, he did not have his own Mr. Boston. And this week, courtesy of Green Building Advisor, a little present came in the mail…Chris: My own—our own copy of Mr. Boston’s Official Bartenders Guide.Phil: The Perfect Red is not in there, by the way.Chris: I know. I looked. So, thank you, Green Building Advisor. They said it was for our “research.” I will be researching many things.Phil: So, again, Pat’s company is Revision Heat. They’re out of Portland, Maine.Pat: And Brewer, into Bangor.Chris: And today we’re going to be talking about biomass boilers—both gasification log boilers and pellet boilers. And I think it’s noteworthy that while we’re doing this, there’s like 15,000 gallons of oil a day popping into our Gulf. Have you heard about this? The leak?Phil: Yes, as a matter of fact, I have.Chris: Anyway, there’s never been a more poignant point, where we’ve got people dying from coal mine disasters, people dying from oil disasters, and all of our coasts in jeopardy, and mass hysteria out there.Pat: And we’re going to talk about whether wood is an environmentally sustainable option. That’s a question written down here.Chris: Oh, we have notes!Phil: We were saying, we’re getting drilling back to the land.Chris: So, Pat, is it green?Pat: Can we just skip the question and move on?Chris and Phil: Yes!Chris: Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t be talking about it. But let’s just make the argument…Pat: I say that facetiously, because it is a valid question and people think about it. The things to think about when you’re thinking of burning wood are particulate matter, carbon cycle, and—something else that I can’t remember. Oh yeah, nitrates and sulfates. So, in terms of particulate matter, high-efficiency European gasification technology—the good boilers and the good stoves—bring particulate matter down to a level that’s going to be higher than oil and much higher than gas boilers, but still well within any tolerable levels.Chris: So, the reason we’re even considering wood now—for some people, that does not even spring to the forefront of their mind: “I’m going to heat my house with wood.” They imagine shoveling logs into a fireplace or woodstove. But we’re talking about something different. We’re talking about a big box in the basement that we’re going to feed a fuel, we’re going to have distribution, and heat the house.Pat: Yeah, and that technology is very different from fireplaces—and even the woodstoves of the pre-EPA era. Particulate matter is what causes asthma. High-efficiency wood boilers are going to be just slightly higher emissions than their fossil fuel counterparts, so they lose in that category. But they crush fossil fuels in the carbon category—anywhere from 1/10 to 1/100 the carbon input compared to fossil fuels, depending on how you get your wood. You can go out to the back of your woods with a wheelbarrow and a handsaw, and you have no carbon footprint at all. Or you could get it commercially harvested, and you would have 1/20 the carbon dioxide output per unit of fuel. And the other category is sulfates and nitrates. Those are the things that cause acid rain. And burning wood has virtually no sulfuric and nitric emissions. So, in two of the three categories, wood crushes fossil fuel environmentally. The other thing we can ask ourselves is the long-term health of the forest. And it depends on where you are, is the answer, and who’s harvesting your wood. In Maine, about 90 percent of the wood that’s harvested now is harvested from some sort of sustainably managed…—with sustainable credentials.Chris: Right. And we have largely the paper companies to thank for that.Pat: Yeah, FSC certification and Master Logger certification. So, there are people looking at how the wood is being harvested.Chris: This is a great state for this.Phil: It is! And my question for Pat is: Is it fair to say the region where you live depends on whether or not this makes sense?Pat: I’d even say, more than that, it’s right down to the house. It really depends on how you’re harvesting your wood. And if you’ve got woodland behind your house, it doesn’t matter if the county is devastating its woodlot if you’re sustainably managing your woodlot; then it’s a sustainable solution.Phil: But if you’re in an urban setting, it’s a different story.Pat: Yeah, but I would say it depends on where. We have downtown Portland, 30 miles away, we’ve got plenty of firewood.Chris: OK, so if I, as an architect—if a client comes to me, and we have that conversation where we’re talking about systems—what are the things that should trigger me into saying, “You know, we should look into wood boilers”? Granted, you’re a little biased.Pat: All the time…Chris: No, but seriously, there are some cases—there are some perfect houses where this is perfect for them.Pat: Wood is so easy, because it all comes down to how much wood you want to schlep. As an architect, if you can work people through the quick and dirty energy demand—so you’re going to build conventionally, you might be at 50,000 Btu per square foot per year. So that would be like two cords of wood per 1,000 square feet per year.Chris: Using a boiler?Pat: Using a high-efficiency boiler. If you’re going to build a 6000-square-foot house and build it conventionally, you’re going to be schlepping 12 cords of wood. Simple question: Do you want to be schlepping 12 cords of wood? For most people, that’s going to be no. For other people, “Oh yeah, that’s no problem.” So, then, as the architect you can say, “How about a 3,000-square-foot house, and we can superinsulate it and use R-60 walls, and put a heat pump on it?” That’s one option. But what about a 2,000-square-foot house that’s modestly insulated that uses three cords of wood a year? That’s in a range where wood boilers don’t make a lot of sense in a really, really well-insulated house that you guys build a lot of, because there’s just too many mechanical systems for the amount of energy.Chris: And a lot of mass.Pat: And a big space in the basement.Chris: Right. So, it’s good for mid-range houses, then? In terms of energy consumption and size…Pat: Decently insulated… When I talk to people about wood boilers, I say, “Look, if you’re thinking about putting in a wood boiler, think about not putting in an HRV.” Don’t hit me for that.Phil: This is a very interesting conversation. The metrics Chris and I have talked about in some of our episodes—you do certain things, you add more insulation. The reality is, if you have 2×6 walls with cellulose insulation, that might be OK if you’ve got tons of wood in the backyard. Why spend the extra money in this case, if you don’t mind the schlep?Pat: Right. You take that 2,000-square-foot house, and you go from OK insulation to really well insulated, you’re talking about four cords down to two cords. Four cords is not a whole lot of wood. It really is an interesting conversation to have because—four cords, you would need four acres of good forest to support that house, sustainably and forever, in Maine. That, to me, is not a bad solution.Phil: Is that a one-to-one rule of thumb metric? Four cords, you need four acres?Pat: It’s a half cord to one cord—and that depends on soil type. If you have a swamp, then you can produce half a cord forever out of your swamp.Phil: OK, so if we talk about doing this sustainably, then we ask the client, “How much wood do you have?” Or how much land do you have? I think that’s a very helpful metric, because we’ve talked about rules of thumb that help our listeners.Chris: Just a little trivia: Back when we were England here in Maine, it used to be that you’d get 10-acre parcels because that’s what was deemed sustainable. You could have a small farm, small livestock, small woodlot. Ten acres, off you go. But anyway, this technology is perfect for the same kind of mindset, in my own opinion. So, Pat, this is not just throwing wood on a fire. This is a gasification wood boiler. This is a different kind of technology. So, first let’s talk about what is gasification, and how is this boiler different.Phil: What does it look like, where does it sit—the physical stats.Pat: Imagine you’re a particle of smoke; you’ve just been liberated from the wood.Phil: Anyone see “Lost”? Black smoke? That’s all I’m saying.Pat: So, you’re in a fireplace. You’re a particle of smoke. The heat has just liberated you. If you mix with oxygen and enough heat, you will convert yourself into carbon dioxide and water…carbon monoxide…one of those carbons and water. You will turn yourself into heat. Your bonds will be broken, and you’ll create heat. You have to bump into just the right amount of oxygen, and just the right amount of heat, to make that chemical reaction happen.If you’re in a woodstove, without a catalyst and no real good air control, there’s a 50/50 — a pretty marginal chance that’s going to happen. And if it doesn’t happen, then you go out the chimney as smoke and you never get that heat translated.It turns out that wood is a hard thing to burn because of that. And it also turns out that smoke is a pretty easy thing to burn. So what gasifying boilers do is take that smoke and treat that as the fuel. They typically have three chambers. The first chamber is dedicated to making smoke. They put just enough air in there to make the wood turn into smoke. They blow that smoke down into a secondary combustion chamber that’s surrounded by ceramics. And those ceramics keep the combustion really hot. They control the amount of oxygen and use a fan to force air into that smoke in just the right conditions to create incredible combustion that happens somewhere around 1,500 to 2,000 degrees.So, if you’re the same particle of smoke in that gasifying wood boiler, you’d have to go through this gauntlet of oxygen being pumped around through a fan and a ceramic chamber that gets piping red hot; there’s a really good chance that you’ll get turned into energy. Then the heat is extracted through heat exchange tubes.All gasifying boilers share that common characteristic of a multi-chamber combustion process: the gasifying, the combustion and the heat extraction.Chris: Is that called fractionation when that happens?Pat: I have no idea what fractionation is…Chris: OK, moving on…we’ll edit that. Sheila, cut that out. Thanks. How are you, Sheila? Oh, now she’s waving us on. Moving on… OK…so, I’m a woodlot owner. I don’t mind hauling logs down to my basement; I love having this system where I’m in control. How often am I putting a log in this thing? Is it every day?Pat: So, the first big decision clients have to make about wood boilers is if they have thermal storage or not. With thermal storage, the wood boiler heats a big thermal storage tank; it’s about 600 gallons to 900 gallons. The ones we use have 4 inches of foam; they’re really well insulated.Phil: How big are they?Pat: They’re about 4x4x8. They’re like a cord of wood; we call them cord tanks. They take about the same amount of space as a cord of wood. Your average house takes a 600-gallon tank; a bigger house takes a bigger tank. So, with that kind of system, whenever the tank gets cold, you fire the wood boiler, the wood boiler heats the tank, the tank heats both the house and the hot water.We like to design our systems so that the coldest nights in Maine, you’re down lighting the boiler twice a day. Most nights in winter, you’re firing it once a day; and then as the season warms up, less and less. And it heats all your hot water; you fire it once every five to ten days. You go down, fire the boiler, and have all your hot water for a week.Phil: And when you say fire the boiler, you actually load it up and you press a button? A match?Pat: Load it up—and I actually use a propane torch.Chris: Do you really? Cause you look at these things, and it looks like a massive furnace—and you’re actually going over there with a match or a blowtorch?Phil: How easy is that? It’s not like making a regular fire? You don’t have to sit there and feed it with something, and wait for it to flame—or do you?Pat: Yeah, it’s a good question. The newest technology has what’s called lambda controls, and the boiler is digitally controlled just like your car. Your car is sensing the amount of oxygen in the combustion process, and it’s changing how much oxygen is allowed into the pistons.The modern wood boilers do the same thing; they’re adjusting how fast the fan blows and how much oxygen is allowed into the primary and secondary combustion chambers. Those take off like a rocket, and you fill it with cord wood—you don’t even need kindling—and a few pieces of newspaper, and bammo, it lights.Chris: Because it’s hot, right?Pat: And the fan is so strong and powerful, and it’s pulling it through and putting all the air right where it needs to go. It’s pretty amazing.Chris: Do you have to have makeup air for that unit or in the boiler room? Is that a big cost?Pat: It usually isn’t, because they’re usually in basements. But whenever they’re put into a mechanical room—I just did one recently, and we had to pipe underground with a 4-inch pipe that went right to where the boiler was. So, if they’re in tight and small well-built houses in confined spaces, you have to worry about makeup air.Chris: How about quality of fuel? Does it have to be seasoned cordwood? Or is this like, once the temperature is up, I can start burning all kinds of stuff? I can put pine in there.Pat: It’s a good question. Pine’s no problem. And if you do the math, a cord of well-seasoned pine has more Btu than a cord of well-seasoned oak. Or about the same.Chris: Interesting, because that’s a lot lighter.Pat: People have this predilection against the softwoods, but if you go to New Brunswick, where they only have softwood—guess what they burn? Softwood.Chris: Well, if it’s dry…Pat: They dry it. They cover every single woodpile in Canada. To get good wood, you need it cut and split and covered by May—May, June at the latest. And then it’s ready to burn by next September.Chris: Oh, really? OK, that’s a really short season.Pat: It is, but as long as it’s covered and split, air is moving through it, and ideally sun is landing on it… but it doesn’t have to…Phil: Well, it’s very interesting, because what you’re describing is a different process. You have to be the kind of person who’s ready and interested in something like this. You’re not going to make a phone call and have someone deliver this to you. There’s active participation; you have to know where you’re going to get your supply from.Chris: I’ve had a lot of clients with the “I’ll do it myself and be green” mindset, and they’ll take that ownership.Phil: Well, I think there’s a real trend going on right now that we’re seeing. I joked about the back-to-the-landers before, but it was only a partial joke. There’s something empowering about people who are interested in this type of technology. It’s grounding, it’s a little closer to the Earth, it’s “I’m in control…”Pat: It’s a lifestyle. And I love my clients. My wood boiler clients are some of my favorite clients, because the solar client—there’s no lifestyle change. You’ve decided to write a check, and it’s a good decision and can be a difficult one, but you can go about your life as you did before.Wood boiler clients are committing themselves to twice a day, maybe sometimes once a day, in the winter; and in the spring, filling up the woodshed and spending a couple of weekends…They’re going to do that, and they’re not going to do all the other things they could do…Voiceover: So that’s it for this part of the episode. Tune in next week for more of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. A quick reminder, our music is “Zelda’s Theme,” by Perez Prado. And our views and our drinking habits do not necessarily reflect Green Building Advisor. Thanks for tuning in, everyone, and keep up the good work. RELATED MULTIMEDIA For this Green Architects’ Lounge podcast, we are joined once again by our good friend Pat Coon, from Revision Heat, to discuss the topic of biomass boilers—both gasification log boilers and wood pellet boilers. As we did with the Deep Energy Retrofit episode, we’ve divided the original recording into three blog-size pieces that are better suited for this format.When we recorded this, the BP Deep Horizon well was spewing 20,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day, after killing 17 people in a massive explosion. This was right on the heels of Massey’s Big Branch Mine disaster that claimed 28 lives. We thought it apropos to discuss an immediately available alternative fuel source that often does not get the consideration it deserves.In Part One of the podcast, we start with gasification log boilers, and discuss:Is burning wood green? (Particulate matter, carbon cycle, sulfate and nitrate output, and how your wood is harvested)When should you consider wood as a fuel source?Gasification—it’s burning the wood. And the smoke.How often do you need to load wood?Do you need thermal storage?Does the unit need makeup air?The quality of fuel and its output.I should also mention that Phil and I trade roles for this episode. He mixed us the cocktails, and I got to choose the song, “Daydreamer” by Pete Miller. Stay tuned for Parts Two and Three, where we’ll talk about wood pellet boilers, compare them with log boilers and talk about cost.Enjoy the show.last_img read more

Donovan McNabb Denies Bullying Former Teammate

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb has responded to claims from his ex-teammate, Shawn Andrews,  that he was a locker room bully. McNabb denied ever bullying Andrews.McNabb spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the former offensive lineman’s allegations.“That is ridiculous. I don’t know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable,” he said.Earlier in the month, Andrews told an Arkansas magazine that his life was “a living hell” while playing with the Eagles because of McNabb.“He was a big part of it — he was a big part of my issues there,”  Andrews said. “Bully is a strong word, but he was degrading to me and spread rumors. It’s bothered me that I haven’t really spoken about it.”Andrews played six seasons with Philadelphia and seven in the NFL. He retired at age 28 after battling injuries and depression. He also made the Pro-Bowl three-times. read more

Guardiola praises David Silva

first_imgThe Citizens will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Pep has spoken of “El Mago’s” skillsOne day before the Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk match in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola has taken his time to praise David Silva.The Spanish midfielder was key to the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scoring the winning goal.And he has scored twice in the last three UCL matches.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“[David Silva] was always a problem to play against,” Pep told the press as reported by the club’s own website.“He is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, which the space in between players. He moves in those spaces.”“Few players can do it, and he is a master at that. He is enjoying it a lot. The fact he has played for so long in Premier League says everything,” he added.“I love being alongside him every day.”last_img read more

County opens new crime lab investigation and evidence building

first_imgCounty opens new crime lab, investigation and evidence building Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Posted: June 20, 2018 June 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and County Supervisors marked the formal opening of the county’s new crime lab in Kearny Mesa.The 176,000 square foot facility is part of the county’s main operations campus. Built at a cost of $107 million, the five story structure is state of the art and much bigger than the current crime lab that is housed in an old hospital.The building will be the home of the county crime lab, the Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes division and the property and evidence unit. Gathering these services and resources in one location may enhance the efficiency of investigators who are assigned to cases such as homicide, sexual assault, child and elder abuse. “We can do everything we need to pretty much here in the building,” said San Diego Captain Mike McClain.McClain who heads the Major Crimes Division said the DNA tests used for homicide and sexual assault cases and the chemical tests to detect drugs can be conducted in the same building where detectives are working. “So rather than driving around town to various locations, everything can be done within this facility now,” said McClain. About 15,000 exams are performed at the crime lab each year for cases from 30 law enforcement agencies in San Diego County.Sheriff’s investigators with the Major Crimes division will be the first to move in, possibly as early as next week. Employees from the crime lab will follow in multiple phases, with the property and evidence unit being the last group to move in. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more