first_imgThe type of Sikorsky_S-61 helicopter which was used during the Donegal rescue.The rescue of an injured climber in Donegal will see an Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter crew receive a prestigious international award this week for “exceptional performance.”Four crew attached to Rescue 118, based in Sligo, are due to leave for Canada today to receive the Fredrick L Feinberg award, conferred by the American Helicopter Society since 1961.One of those who was part of the crew was well-known Letterkenny man Conal McCarron. Named after a helicopter test pilot, the award is given to the pilot of a vertical flight aircraft who has accomplished the “most outstanding achievement” in the preceding year.The Sligo pilot and crew was chosen from a shortlist of 200 for the rescue in the Bluestack mountains in Co Donegal on May 15th, 2013.The rescue involved hovering a half-rotor diameter’s distance from a cliff face for 20 minutes above a 365 metre sheer drop in the Bluestack Mountains in severe weather, with darkness falling.Capt Paul Forbes, co-pilot Paraic Slattery, winch operator John McCartney and winchman Conal McCarron, along with engineers Francis Perris and Declan McGrath, were on duty when they were tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to attend to a climber with a suspected broken leg. They were flying an S-61 Sikorsky, and this was one of its last missions before being replaced by the newer S-92 model.Wind was gusting to 32 knots, with low cloud and rain. Using an infra-red camera, the crew located the casualty at the base of a sheer cliff.Capt Forbes and co-pilot Mr Slattery had to maintain an “out of wind” hover right up to the cliff face to try and avoid the gusts coming over the top of the peak, while the winch crew had to struggle with severe downwash from the helicopter.There was no light from the moon or stars, so the crew relied on the hover floodlights, landing lights and torch-light from the ground to maintain a safe distance while Mr McCartney and Mr McCarron worked to immobilise and strap up the climber in a rescue basket stretcher.The casualty, who has since made a full recovery, was taken to Sligo airport, and from there by ambulance to hospital. The Sikorky manufacturers conferred the Sligo rescue crew with an award last year and made the nomination to the American Helicopter Society.Co-pilot Slattery said that he and his colleagues were “delighted”, adding “it’s great to receive recognition for a job well done”.RESCUE CREW TO RECEIVE TOP INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR DARING DONEGAL MISSION was last modified: May 20th, 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:American Helicopter SocietyConal McCarrondonegalrescueRESCUE 118last_img read more


first_imgA man pulled up the handbrake of a taxi and threatened to rip out the car’s meter after he thought the driver was taking him to the local Garda station.Stephen HarperStephen Harper appeared before Letterkenny District Court to face a number of charges. Harper, of Ard Mhullean, Convoy, got a taxi on July 9th last.Once he was in the car he told driver Patrick McDaid that he only had €20 but was told the fare would cost about €25 or €26.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the driver gave evidence that he didn’t know what was going to happen as Harper was grabbing his phone from him and also had a bottle of vodka in the car.The driver decided to drive to the Garda station but was confronted by Harper who asked him if he was taking him to the Garda station.Harper, 21, eventually pulled the handbrake of the car and ran off without paying the fare.Mr McDaid said the car came to a screeching halt and had been travelling at about 30 mph.Harper’s solicitor, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client suffered from ADHD, and had a difficult relationship with his father and the pair had fallen out that day.He said he was very apologetic to the taxi-driver and had posted him the €20 fare which he had not paid.The court heard that Harper had some previous convictions for theft, public order and failing to comply with Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Harper to two months in jail but suspended it for 12 months for using threatening and abusive behaviour and 40 hours community service for making off without paying the fare.He took other charges into consideration.And he warned Harper “It’s in your hands to stay out of jail.”PASSENGER PULLED TAXI HANDBRAKE AND THREATENED TO RIP METER OFF DASHBOARD was last modified: March 24th, 2015 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:convoydonegaldrinkdrunkGardahandbrakeStephen Harpertaxilast_img read more

20 Kobs Summoned to face South Sudan in AFCON qualifiers

first_img Tags: matia luleSebastian Desabretopuganda kobs Geoffrey Wasswa (right) is one of the U20 players that have been included (file photo)KAMPALA – A squad of 20 players has been summoned to start preparations for the AFCON U23 qualifier against South Sudan.The team that will be handled by Matia Lule under the supervision of Cranes tactician Sebastian Desabre was on Monday pitted with their Northern neighbors in the first round of qualification that will take place next month.Some of the players that lost to Cameroon in the second round of qualification for the U20 AFCON have been included and complemented by others below the age of 23.Proline’s Said Keni, Vipers’ trio of Frank Tumwesigye, Stephen Mukwala and Geoffrey Wasswa, who featured prominently in the U20 qualification campaign have been included along with KCCA’s quadruple of goalkeeper Tom Ikara, Hassan Musana, Lawrence Bukenya and  Sadat Anaku.However, there is no spot for Mutapha Kizza, Julius Poloto and Allan Okello who were included in the Cranes’ squad slatted to face Lesotho on 13th of this month.The summoned 20 will attend a two day non-residential training on Friday and Saturday.The Kobs have to go through three qualification phases to reach the AFCON finals tournament in Egypt.If they can somehow manage to get past South Sudan, they will next face Tunisia in the second round which happens in March, 2019.From there, the winner will play the final qualification round in June to determine whether they qualify for the finals proper later next year.13 countries have been handed byes into the 2nd round of the competition that has attracted 43 teams. Egypt will host the finals in 2019.The summoned Squad:Saidi Keni (Proline FC), Tom Ikara (KCCA FC) (Goalkeepers), Paul Wila (Police FC), Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers SC), Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Hassan Musana (KCCA FC), Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende), Alex Komakech (Nyamityobora Fc), Ivan Eyam (Mbarara City FC), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Frank Tumwesigye (Vipers SC), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC), David Owori (Vipers SC), Joel Madondo (K-Jinja SS), Stephen Desse Mukwala (Vipers SC), Lawrence Bukenya (KCCA FC), Sadat Anaku (KCAC FC), Kakaire Tomas ( Bright Stars Junior Team/ Royal Giant High Sch. Mityana) and Iddi Abdul Wahid (Onduparaka Junior Team).Comments last_img read more

Free calls for emergencies, services

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Seventy free call lines have been installed by the City of Cape Town in disadvantaged areas.(Image: City of Cape Town) The free call lines are located in municipal buildings such as housing offices, cash offices, libraries and community facilities.(Image:790tv)MEDIA CONTACTS• Emma PowellCity of Cape TownExecutive support to mayoral committee+27 21 400 4331Some 70 free call lines have been installed by the city of Cape Town in outlying areas and disadvantaged communities in an effort to bring services closer to residents. The lines can be used by residents to contact the city with queries or requests about services such as accounts, refuse collection, illegal dumping, water leaks, sewer blockages, street lights, pot holes and damaged roads.“The purpose of the free call lines is to improve service delivery by increasing access to the city’s call centre,” explains Demetri Qually, the mayoral committee member for corporate services. “We are extending the network of free call telephones to areas where low volumes of service complaints and requests are currently being registered.”This, he says, is due to a lack of cellphone airtime or available telephone lines in these areas. Located in Cape Town’s customer relations department within its corporate services directorate, the call centre helps residents as well as businesses.The free call lines are located in municipal buildings such as housing offices, cash offices, libraries and community facilities. But after criticism from residents that these offices were not open 24 hours a day, the city changed tack. “The customer relations department then created the free call lines that give access to service delivery without having to dedicate a full-time resource to the Strand Offices,” explains Emma Powell, executive support to mayoral committee.When a call is made using a free call line – simply by lifting the receiver – the caller is automatically connected straight to the call centre, where an agent responds to the customer’s query or complaint. Complaints are logged by means of the city’s service request system. The customer receives a reference number to follow up his or her query. There is no cost to the caller.“The lines connect directly with the city’s call centre number, and residents are encouraged to report faults, register complaints and make enquiries at no cost to them. They will also now receive an acknowledgement SMS with a reference number for follow up,” Qually says.Complaints are tracked by a specialised monitoring team. They are uploaded on to an integrated virtual dashboard which is monitored by the management teams in the respective departments.Lines have been installed in suburbs such as Athlone, Atlantis, Belhar, Lwandle, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu and Phillipi, among others. Qually says that in a city as large as Cape Town, residents are encouraged to help in identifying municipal problems for response and maintaining a high standard of service delivery.The first free call lines were installed in July 2009, the first four of which were in the Strand municipal offices in Lwandle and Khayelitsha. Cape Town receives an average of 50 000 calls annually, mostly coming from disadvantaged areas.Call centre hours for corporate issues are from 7am until 9pm, while water and electricity centres are open 24 hours.Service delivery and educationCape Town has also worked to bring emergency services closer to the people, especially those in disadvantaged areas. Its 107 single emergency telephone number is a toll free number that visitors and residents can call to ask for help when their lives or property are in danger.Emergency calls such as for police, medical, traffic, and mountain and sea rescue go through 107. All calls to this number are answered within 10 to 20 seconds, the city says, and services are available seven days a week throughout the day. Callers can choose to be helped in English, Xhosa or Afrikaans.The 107 communication centre has been running since 2000, staffed by professional call agents to help callers with emergencies. According to The Guardian, a monthly community publication, the city’s mission is to enhance residents’ quality of life by handling all calls for service in a prompt, courteous, professional and correct manner.When a call is made on the 107 number, the emergency communication centre is able to see where the call is coming from and the telephone number that is used. The call is then directed to the relevant police, fire or ambulance service.The city holds annual public awareness and education programmes to teach people about the number, to eliminate abuse of emergency numbers. These programmes are presented at schools, libraries as well as community events. The line’s mascot, Wally 107, travels around the city educating children about the emergency toll free number. In 2010, for example, Wally visited over 120 school pupils in Western Cape.last_img read more

Explore the hidden underground. – Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat geocachers are saying:“WOW!! I planned to try earthcaches while I was on holidays but didn’t look too much in to the details involved. We got lost trying to find this (lack of planning on my side), but it was so worth it when we got there! I was amazed at the whole experience. Thanks so much for this earthcache, my favourite so far and therefore very worthy of a favourite point!” – sarahmur“Short stop in Monaco. What a marvelous little city with great architecture and lovely boats. I loved it and found a lot of secret places on my hunt once around the harbour and race track.” – Lemmer“This definitely was a highlight in our short visit to Monaco. First the very nice exotic garden with lots of big plants and beautiful views on the city and the sea, and afterward the many interesting sights inside the grotto. Thanks a lot for this Earth Cache.” – Jan_Peter What the Geocache owner, eisenstaedter, has to say:“I was on holiday in Monaco and I visited this this great place. Not only the cave, but the Exotic Garden and the view to Monaco Ville is worth to see. My first idea was: Here had to be a cache. And the cache gave my the inspiration to place an Earthcache. By chance, we planned to see the Exotic Garden, then we dicovered the Grotte de L’Observatoire.…I placed two other “Cave-Earthcaches”, because I think people like them ;). Grotte Gigante (GC3YQ2N) and Eishöhle auf der Rax (GC3BRA1). Thank you for your positive logs and favorite points, this gives me a lot of motivation to seek other interesting points and places.” Formations inside the cave. Photo by geocacher FTACHStalactites and stalagmites. Photo by geocacher ohjoy!The caves from the outside. Photo by geocacher Organisator SharePrint RelatedSunshine and Pancakes — Punakaiki Pancakes Earthcache (GCN98H) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 22, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 9, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Watch out for Wampas* — Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2013In “Community” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Monaco is known for being a playground for the rich and famous. During a stroll through the city, you’re bound to see incredible yachts, fancy sports cars and maybe even a movie star or two. But there’s more to Monaco than just luxury and relaxation. Just outside the city lies an amazing cave system. Many people visiting the area may not ever know it’s there, but geocachers do. The EarthCache at this location has introduced travelers to another aspect of Monaco that they won’t soon forget.center_img Photos: What city secrets have your discovered through geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More The main room of the cave. Photo by geocacher irisisleukGeocache Name:Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E)last_img read more

Choosing an Efficient Refrigerator

first_imgComparing the cost of an efficient refrigerator to the cost of PVI’ve been measuring its energy consumption and after about six weeks it looks like we’re headed for an annual energy usage of 260 kWh, unless it goes way up in the summer.I gave the Maytag away. (I learned to my chagrin that all three of my work colleagues who immediately responded to my offer were intending to use this as a second, in-the-basement fridge.) The GE seems quieter than the Maytag, which we appreciate.One test I use to evaluate whether something is a reasonable energy investment is to look at kWh saved and compare that with the cost of solar electric capacity to generate the equivalent amount of energy. In my opinion, this is reasonable, as long as the investments being compared have similar service life. I thought that a fridge mightn’t last as long as a solar electric system, so this wasn’t an optimal comparison. Anyway, here on Martha’s Vineyard we see that one watt of PV will make about 1.3 kWh/year, and has a marginal cost before subsidies of perhaps $4 – $5. If the GE fridge saves 400 kWh/year, that’s the output of about 300 W of PV costing $1,350 (assuming a cost of $4.50/watt for PV). So the fridge looks good. * The most efficient refrigerators are actually still Sunfrost, but the margin is getting smaller, and the PVs cost less per kWh saved, and plus they are a pain to actually use because they are cube shaped so you need orangutan arms to reach half the stuff. I checked the Energy Star ratings and learned that the most efficient refrigerators were 16.5-cubic-foot models made by GE*, and that they didn’t make them anymore. This despite the fact that these units were well reviewed by owners.Moving up to an 18.1-cubic-foot unit added 11 kWh/year, so after a few days of trying to find the last 16.5-cubic-foot model left, I capitulated to being an American and found that the 18.1-cubic-foot one I wanted was also discontinued in favor of a newer version that used more energy. Duh. (Are you sensing a trend here?)I found the one I wanted, on sale as it happened, being discontinued and all, and bought it. It cost $517 shipped to Martha’s Vineyard (land of “No Free Shipping” Zip codes). It does not have an icemaker. It is rated at 335 kWh/year. The old refrigerator uses too much electricityAnyway, being a complusive measurer, I plugged the Maytag into a kWh meter and measured its usage during March. This is a time of year where the house is perhaps slightly cooler than average. The annualized energy usage was 655 kWh. I knew I could do better, and maybe find a quieter refrigerator also. RELATED ARTICLES Choosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Living With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemAn Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenGetting into Hot Water — Part 1Getting into Hot Water — Part 2Getting into Hot Water — Part 3Getting into Hot Water — Part 4Basement Insulation — Part 1Basement Insulation — Part 2 When we moved into our house, it had the original Maytag 18.5-cubic-foot refrigerator that was installed in 2000. It had one feature I had never lived with before: an icemaker.It took me some time to realize that the weird sounds I occasionally heard coming from the fridge was it cranking out the cubes. We don’t use much ice, and being middle-aged actually learned in our youth how to fill ice cube trays (similar to being able to count, and tell time by the big hand and the little hand, and other lost arts), so eventually I turned that feature off.Researchers at NIST recently reported that they tested four new refrigerators and the icemakers added 12 to 20 percent to the rated energy consumption. The not-so-cool discovery was that 75% of this energy comes from heating the molds to release the ice. Duh.Oh, and the ratings you see on the big yellow sticker don’t include the energy used by the icemaker, apparently because someone decided it would be too hard to measure. Double duh. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon.last_img read more

BJP sounds the bugle for Maharashtra Assembly polls

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday kickstarted a drive to enrol nearly one crore new members into the party in the run up to the upcoming Assembly elections in October. Senior leaders present during the launch said the party is set to rule for the next 25 years with a strong member base and would receive 50% votes in Maharashtra in the next elections. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the party once strengthened would go on to scrap Article 370, which gives special powers to Kashmir, within the next five years. Other senior BJP leaders present on the occasion said they had already achieved 25 lakh of the the one crore target in a previous drive launched before the Lok Sabha polls. About 18 lakh of those members have already been verified. “The total voters for Lok Sabha polls were 5.5 crore. If we register 1 crore families, we will secure half of State’s vote share (2.5 crore). Our ambition to achieve the 50% target of vote share will give us a sound base for the future,” said Mr Fadnavis said adding that Kashmir is an integral part of the India and about time it is fully made part of the country. Former cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Suresh Prabhu said the party is set to rule the country for the next 25 years. Mr. Fadnavis used the occasion to enlist the achievements of his government, including Metro works worth ₹1.10 lakh crores and development of Dharavi slums. “I request all workers to participate in this induction drive with full heart. Amitbhai Shah (party president) has also directed workers to participate in a plantation drive and other measures to help party secure a second term in Maharashtra ,” Mr Fadnavis said. “We will come back to power again in Maharashtra and win by a record margin,” he asserted.last_img read more

‘Spurs would beat Barca with Messi’

first_imgTottenham would be the heavy favourites to win their Champions League match against Barcelona on Wednesday if they had Lionel Messi in their ranks, Osvaldo Ardiles says.The London side host the Spanish champions on Wednesday as Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to recover from their 2-1 defeat to Inter in the first week of the European competition.With the likes of Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele paying a visit, Spurs are gearing up for a massive challenge, but their form has picked up since going down in Milan, having won their last two Premier League games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Ardiles expects Tottenham to give a good account of themselves against one of the best teams around, suggesting that the presence of a certain Argentine “guardian angel” will be the decisive factor.”Barcelona is a team that has always been characterised by that reputation for winning, yes, but doing it in a very special way, based on a very nice and colourful football, which can also be terribly effective,” ex-Tottenham star Ardiles told Goal.”Tottenham was never spectacular, but has always come out to win and I think they will again against Barcelona.”Barcelona always has to be considered one of the best teams in the world, but if you take out the little guardian angel, if we do not count on Messi, things change.”It’s very difficult to compete against a team that has that. If you give me Messi and put him in Tottenham’s team, I assure you that Spurs win immediately, if we look at player by player, there is not much difference, they have Luis Suarez but we have Harry Kane. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is great, is a better goalkeeper than ours.”He added: “Barcelona are always Barcelona and have extraordinarily important experience in this competition, a style that we can talk about for hours and hours and an ace up their sleeve, which is Leo Messi. With him, the rest goes to the background. Of course, Barcelona’s confidence may have taken a hit but I would take it with caution. “Barcelona are still the favourites, not only for the game and when it comes to being first in the group, but thinking about winning the title, as always. But Tottenham also have experience and last year we managed to win against Real Madrid, who ended up the champions. We will go with confidence and Pochettino knows Barcelona well, anything can happen.”Tottenham are four points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after seven matches, and Ardiles believes they can stay within touching distance of the top two contenders.”It seems a bit premature to say that they do not aspire for the title,” he said. “We have lost two games but we have recovered. The season in England is very long, it is like a marathon more than a hundred metre race, and at the moment the two best teams are Liverpool and Manchester City.”Still, a lot can happen over the season. We suffered a lot at first because there were many players at the World Cup and did not play as well as we should, but we have recovered and we are there, it’s going to be a long season so to say that Tottenham will not be a candidate for the title is premature.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Angelique Kerber overcomes canny Kirsten Flipkens, but doubts on form remain

first_imgIf Angelique Kerber was hoping for a dominant second-round victory at Wimbledon to settle fears about her poor form, then she would have been sorely disappointed by her battle to overcome Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday.While the German, who reached last year’s final, did eventually suppress the Belgian’s unorthodox game to win 7-5 7-5, she again showed signs of the vulnerability that has dogged her in 2017.Having claimed the Australian and U.S. Open crowns last year, Kerber has not won a single title this season and suffered an ignominious first-round exit from the French Open in May.For large parts of Thursday’s encounter on Court One, she struggled against Flipkens, who tried everything in her power to upset the world number one.Once again Kerber’s serve and groundstrokes seemed to lack the potency they possessed last year, which appeared to encourage Flipkens to pile on the pressure in the evening gloom.At times in the first set Kerber found Flipkens’ game unfathomable as the Belgian tried her luck with a number of perfectly weighted drop shots and low slices, while frequently charging the net in an effort to upset the German baseliner.The pair exchanged four successive breaks of serve before Kerber regained her composure to hold and then broke Flipkens for the third straight time to reassert her authority before taking the first set.It was another even battle in the second as the players exchanged breaks before Kerber struck decisively in the 11th game and then served out to win in one hour 44 minutes.advertisement”I think it was not an easy match … Kirsten is always tough to play because she plays good on grass with the slice,” Kerber told reporters.”I couldn’t find my rhythm in the first few games, but then I was trying to move good and playing the ball back. It was for sure maybe not the best tennis that I played, but I was trying to fight again for every point, and I think that was the key at the end.”last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City woman has pled guilty in Woodbury County District Court to one count of Insurance Fraud.28-year-old Ashley Oakley pleaded guilty to Fraudulent Submissions to an Insurer following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.Oakley’s conviction stemmed from an investigation in April of 2018 that uncovered that after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Sioux City, Oakley’s vehicle was determined to be a total loss by her insurance company.During the claim process, Oakley intentionally provided false information to her insurance company indicating that her vehicle loan was paid in full, when in fact a promissory note with a balance of over $8,000 remained.As a result, she received over $4200 in insurance benefits to which she was not entitled and intentionally defaulted on the remaining promissory note balance.Oakley received a Deferred Judgment, was given credit for previous jail time served.She was assessed a $750 dollar fine, and ordered to pay $4,422.21 in restitution.last_img read more