first_imgPALMDALE – Valencia-based Delta Scientific said it has sold more than 1,000 of its DSC501 counterterrorist barriers since 2001. The DSC501 was designed for the U.S. Navy and has also been selected for use at U.S. embassies. “We sold the first DSC501 on Feb. 28, 2001, and installed it at Washington Navy Yard,” Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson said. “Our most recent installation is at a U.S. Air Force base in the Southwestern United States. The DSC501 will ultimately be used at every U.S. Air Force base in the world.” One of 30 kinds of Delta vehicle barriers, the DSC501 barricade is designed to stop and destroy a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph and to survive the impact. It is set in a foundation only 18 inches deep. Delta has supplied counterterrorism barricade systems to over 160 U.S. embassies and consulates as well as those of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States, Delta barriers are installed at more than 110 federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI offices. More than 85 percent of U.S. nuclear power plants have Delta vehicle barricades. Delta Scientific systems are also at the U.S. Capitol, along Broadway sidewalks in New York City, and at European castles. Delta Scientific has its corporate headquarters in Valencia. Its manufacturing plant is in Palmdale. Delta also makes parking-control equipment and guard booths. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By DTN StaffOMAHA (DTN) — With ongoing flood recovery efforts in Nebraska, Iowa, and other affected states, there are a number of places farmers and ranchers can go for help or to donate.Livestock losses in Nebraska are estimated at about $400 million and many ranchers face challenges to save remaining herds.The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is ready to help producers affected by the blizzards and flooding who need hay, feedstuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help and equipment.Callers to the department at 1-800-831-0550 should be prepared to share their name, contact information, type and number of livestock, location (including county), the type of assistance needed and how urgent the need is.Nebraska Department of Ag staff will gather the information and identify needs to react accordingly, including the use of the National Guard and other state resources.A list of disaster relief resources for Nebraska farmers and ranchers also is available online at: https://buff.ly/… website includes links to USDA Farm Service Agency programs including the Livestock Indemnity Program and information from the Nebraska Extension.OPERATION HAY LIFTNorth Dakota-based nonprofit Farm Rescue is launching Operation Hay Lift. The group launched its efforts in 2017 in response to drought conditions, delivering hay to ranchers in need.The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Farm Rescue is organizing a similar effort for Nebraska ranchers. You can find more information about Farm Rescue at http://farmrescue.org/….FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICAThe Nebraska FFA Foundation has established a Storm Relief Fund for FFA supporters to provide resources to Nebraska FFA members and chapters in the communities affected by the devastating floods and blizzards.FFA said 100% of the donations through the Nebraska FFA Foundation will be distributed to Nebraska FFA members and chapters that were affected by the recent floods and blizzards.An additional way to help includes the Agriculture Disaster Exchange: https://www.nefb.org/…FARM BUREAU DISASTER RELIEFThe Nebraska Farm Bureau established a Disaster Relief Fund at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding.Priority will be given to efforts to restore health and safety in rural communities, and to farm and ranch households that have been damaged or displaced by the natural disasters.All donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters. If you would like to write a check, make it out to Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and mail it to: Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, Attn: Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501-0299.To apply for assistance or nominate another for assistance, please visit the Disaster Relief Fund Application for Aid page: https://www.nefb.org/…NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN RELIEF FUNDNebraska Cattlemen is working to assist cattle producers affected by natural disasters by launching a new disaster relief fund.The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is organized in the state of Nebraska as a not-for-profit corporation and will be seeking to qualify as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, under which all donations made to the fund would be tax deductible for donors.All donations will be distributed to Nebraska cattle producers affected by natural disasters, including the recent floods and blizzard. If you would like to write a check, make it out to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to: Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund, 4611 Cattle Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521.Please click here to download a donation form: https://nebraskacattlemen.org/…Additionally, Nebraska Cattlemen has prepared and is keeping an updated list of federal disaster assistance resources, as well as other pertinent state regulations to consider during times of emergency.NEBRASKA PREPAREDNESS PARTNERSHIPThe Nebraska Preparedness Partnership is currently accepting donations. These donations will stay in Nebraska and will be used for the catastrophic flooding and blizzard. Call Sandra Hobson at 402-979-7207 or email her atshobson@neprep.org for more information.A list of reputable national and state organizations can be found on the Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster website, www.nvoad.org. By giving to any of these organizations, donors can be sure that their funds will be distributed to those most in need.AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF FUNDThe American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations at www.redcross.org or call 1-800-435-7669.NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCYThe Nebraska Emergency Management Agency website is continually updating information to answer questions on resources available.You can access that information at https://nema.nebraska.gov/…. There are helpful documents that can answer many questions on what needs to be done. NEMA has established a hotline for questions from persons affected by the floods. You can reach that call center at 402-817-1551.For information on debris cleanup, contact the crisis cleanup hotline at 402-556-2476.Farmers who have lost machinery or livestock should report to the Farm Service Agency office. County office contact information can be found on the agency’s website at: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/…All donations — monetary, goods and services, volunteers — are being coordinated through Nebraska 211. To access Nebraska 211, dial 211 within the state. Outside of Nebraska, call 866-813-1731.TABOR FIRST STATE BANKA fund for flood victims in Fremont County, Iowa, has been set up at the Tabor (Iowa) First State Bank.For information or to donate, call 712-629-2435.**Editor’s Note: Have any questions or know of other donation/relief suggestions to add to this list? Contact: Talk@dtn.com(TN/CZ/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThese are two of a growing number of advances in marine energy, which has lagged far behind solar and wind power because of the difficulties of operating in harsh ocean environments and the technical challenges of harnessing tidal and wave power. “The technology has kept moving forward, which is good news,” says Ted Brekken, an associate professor of energy systems at Oregon State University. “But the big issue is to get the cost down. Right now, there is the reality of surviving while we get there.” Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted at Yale Environment 360.In the Pentland Firth, a strait that separates the Orkney Islands from Northern Scotland, strong tidal currents have challenged sailors for centuries. But some of that marine energy is now being captured through a project known as MeyGen. This summer, the Atlantis group began construction on a submerged tidal turbine array consisting of four three-bladed seabed-mounted turbines, enough to deliver 6 megawatts to the grid by 2016 and power approximately 3,000 Scottish homes.By the early 2020s, Atlantis is planning to build 269 turbines in the firth, capable of generating 398 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 200,000 homes.On the other side of the world, off the coast of wave-rich Hawaii, Oregon-based Northwest Energy Innovations installed a wave energy conversion device in June that extracts power from the vertical and horizontal motions of waves using high-pressure hydraulics. Located at a test facility built for the U.S. Navy, the 45-ton apparatus, named Azura, bobs in waters off Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. A small, experimental device with a capacity of only 50 kilowatts, Azura is the U.S.’s first and only grid-connected wave energy system. Momentum seems to be gainingExperts say the real future of tidal energy lies with arrays of floating or sea-bottom-mounted turbines that capture the energy of tidal currents in unobstructed waters — so-called in-stream technology. The most logical place to develop tidal energy is in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, where the world’s most extreme tides — rising and falling more than 50 feet — contain more than 50,000 megawatts of theoretical power. About 2500 megawatts can easily be extracted with no discernible environmental impact from one inlet — the Minas Passage — alone, according to Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), a non-profit group.In 2014, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), another research hub, installed underwater power cables in the upper portion of the Bay of Fundy that can transmit a total of 64 megawatts, equivalent to the power needs of 20,000 homes at peak tidal flows. A handful of companies are preparing to hook up their turbines to the grid.“The scale and challenge these devices represent; their physical construction; thousands and thousands of pounds of steel — it takes that type of financial commitment for the industry to get started, and I am seeing it,” Dempsey says. “This is serious business. It is real.”Although it lags behind tidal, the wave energy sector also has been gaining some momentum. In Hawaiian waters, at 100-feet depths, Azura’s device sits partially submerged in the waves, with yellow-steel arms reaching upward. Azura has already begun construction of a second full-scale device that also will be tested in Hawaii. In Australia, Carnegie Wave Energy has developed its so-called CETO wave technology, which consists of fully submerged buoys that drive pumps linked to electricity-generating pods. After 16 years of development, Carnegie last year successfully tested a grid-connected array consisting of three 240-kilowatt buoys, supplying Australia’s largest naval base with power and desalinated water.Multinational companies with the wherewithal to take the marine industry to the next level are making significant acquisitions. In 2013, the French energy giant DCNS acquired Open Hydro, which now has nearly one gigawatt of marine energy projects under development worldwide, including two tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy and two off the coast of Brittany in France. A vast, untapped resource that works around the clockOcean waves and tidal movements hold vast amounts of energy. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that more than one third of all electricity used in the United States could be drawn from the seas. Still, worldwide, ocean power is forecast to produce only 1 gigawatt of electricity by 2020, a mere fraction of the 370 gigawatts generated by wind at the end of 2014.The $400 million in investments in the marine energy sector were dwarfed last year by the $150 billion in investments in solar power. And important questions remain about the environmental impacts of marine energy technologies.Despite its halting start, the marine energy industry has increasingly strong advocates around the world. Currently, about 30 tidal and 45 wave energy companies are at an advanced stage of technological development. One recent report said that ocean energy could satisfy 10% to 15% of European Union power demand by 2050, enough to serve some 115 million homes.The promise of marine energy is tied not just to the enormous potential power that lies in shifting tides and the movement of waves, but also its dependability. In most forms it can generate electricity around the clock, eliminating the need for energy-storage systems and making it easier to integrate into the grid than variable solar and wind power. “At some point, all the easy, cheap installations for wind and solar will be done,” says Brekken. “And then it’s ocean energy that’s next in line.”Another advantage of marine energy devices is that they can be tailored to specific sites and costs. They can serve remote shoreline communities that otherwise depend on expensive diesel or overland transmission lines. That’s already true for the Kvichak watershed in Alaska, where Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Company deployed a small-scale tidal system in July to reduce the community’s high energy costs. Questions about the impact on marine lifeOne thing holding up deployment of marine energy, especially in the U.S., is uncertainty over how tidal- and wave-energy devices may affect marine ecosystems. How do marine animals interact with tidal turbines, which feature rotating blades that could kill them? How does the sound of devices interfere with the ability of marine mammals to navigate, migrate, and communicate?Strangford Lough in Northern Island, where Atlantis operates a tidal turbine, is home to harbor seals, grey seals, and harbor porpoises. Although the turbine at Strangford shuts off when a marine mammal approaches, environmental scientists are nevertheless studying turbine impacts.A project known as MeyGen off the northern coast of Scotland will include an array of four undersea turbines capable of producing a combined 6 megawatts of electricity when the project is complete next year.“We have to prove beforehand that there is no impact, and we cannot [do that],” explains Dr. Andrea Copping of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory. “We have no concrete proof, just theories based on existing knowledge and computer modeling.” But Copping thinks that regulators are becoming more understanding that some outcomes simply can’t be known, and says, “We are seeing incremental progress in regulatory processes that will support getting devices in the water.”center_img Regional hubs are key to developmentA key step in the research and development of tidal- and wave-power devices has been the creation of joint public-private “hubs” where researchers from companies, universities, and government can test marine energy devices. In Oregon, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center — run by the U.S. Department of Energy and institutions like Oregon State University — has been operating an off-grid testing site since 2012. It is currently seeking permission to develop a utility-scale, open-ocean facility with a connection to the utility grid.Europe now has at least thirteen such hubs, although not all of them currently are testing devices. MeyGen tested its tidal energy device at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands, which has 14 berths for experimenting with early phases of both tidal and wave technologies.In the wave sector, Finland-based Wello Oy has been testing its 500-kilowatt Penquin wave energy converter at EMEC since 2011, but it will soon fill a larger berth at WaveHub — a full-scale wave test site off the coast of Cornwall in the U.K. — for a newer version of its Penguin technology.The tidal industry sector, which has existed much longer than the wave energy sector, holds the most promise. Traditional tidal technologies relied on artificial barriers across shoreline estuaries that hold and release tidal flows. The water, when released, drives turbines. But these barriers take a toll on the environment; France’s La Rance barrage, opened in 1966, has caused progressive silting of the area’s ecosystem and has contributed to the disappearance of species such as sand eels and plaice.But when barriers are already in place as flood control systems, modern tidal devices can be effectively installed with little additional environmental impact. Last month, Tocardo Tidal Turbines installed five linked tidal turbines under the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier within the Dutch Delta Works. RELATED ARTICLES Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in MaineFloating Wind Turbines Hit Rough SeasWorks Begins on First Offshore Wind Project in U.S.U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy LandscapeUndamming Rivers Could Make Room for PVWind Turbines Reach Energy Payback QuicklyIn Clash of Greens, a Case for Large-Scale SolarGovernment Estimates on Renewables Are Way Off Sophia V. Schweitzer is an independent science writer focusing on climate change and the environment.last_img read more

first_imgFar From The Madding CrowdIbizaResort and SpaDitch the potholed roads and snail-speed traffic of the city with a lazy weekend away at IBIZA Resort and Spa. Less than 30 km away from Kolkata, this cosy resort has nine rustic cottages that are equipped with all the creature comforts. A short,Far From The Madding CrowdIbizaResort and SpaDitch the potholed roads and snail-speed traffic of the city with a lazy weekend away at IBIZA Resort and Spa. Less than 30 km away from Kolkata, this cosy resort has nine rustic cottages that are equipped with all the creature comforts.A short walk away from the cottages is a massive pool, an open Jacuzzi and a submerged bar, named Niagara. Spend a lazy day reading and sipping a drink as you lie on a submerged bed in the pool. Feeling adventurous? Kayak in the lake surrounding the resort or cross the Burma bridge. IBIZA, which has hosted a lot of big banner music festivals, including NH7 Weekender and DUSK, also has its own discotheque if you are in the mood to party.Monsoon Perks: Adventure sports including rock climbing, rappelling, rope course, kayaking, shooting, archery and more. You can opt for a combo pack of all seven activities for as little as Rs 500 per head during the season. Don’t Miss: If you want to head out, Raichak, a pleasant riverside tourist spot, is just a half-an-hour drive away from the resort. Tariff: Rs 3,999 onwards per night At IBIZA Resort and Spa, Kriparampur, Amtala 24, Parganas (South) Tel 24709928, 24809009 Email info@resortibiza.com Website resortibiza.comWater Under The BridgeHooghly RiverMonsoon in Kolkata is incomplete without a visit to the riverside. And though cliched, an evening on Prinsep Ghat and the imposing Prinsep Monument is as romantic as it gets. Our film industry also agrees-the Hooghly river bank and its famous landmark, Vidyasagar Setu, have made their way to the big screen with many romantic songs, including the Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan-starrer Piu Bole Piya Bole (Parineeta), being shot here.advertisementRight next to the banks is the Prinsep Ghat railway station. The Kolkata Circular Railway takes you from Dumdum to Bidhannagar for less than Rs 10. The coaches are generally quite empty and you can have a fun train ride even in the general compartments.And what is a visit to the ghat without a boat ride. Walk down the stairs of the ghat (though be careful as they get very slippery this time of the year) and bargain hard for a ride on these hand-rowed boats. A trip can cost anything between Rs 250 to Rs 400, so do haggle like an expert.If you’re carrying your brolly with you, walk down to the Outram Ghat in the rain to grab phuchkas or a banana split at the Scoop, the classic ice cream parlour.Monsoon Perks: Take a seat on the second floor of Scoop and watch the rain come down on the Hooghly as you tuck into salty fries and an ice-cream sundae.Don’t Miss: Ask the boatman to row to a spot where Vidyasagar Setu is just behind you and take that prized Kolkata click. At Prinsep Ghat, off Strand Road.Rainyday CravingsChinese Breakfast at Tiretti BazaarWaking up at the crack of dawn may not be your favourite thing to do during the dark, cloudy days of the monsoon season, but this is worth losing an hour’s shuteye. Head to Tiretti Bazaar, near Poddar Court, where food stalls start serving piping hot Chinese breakfast as early as daybreak, and shut long before the office rush begins. If you are having trouble locating the market, don’t worry, there are always enough people around to guide you. In fact, asking around is a wiser choice than depending on Google Maps.Peppered across the street, each stall sells different Chinese delicacies. Most of the food here is for true meat lovers but there are a few puri bhaji stalls for the herbivores. Tuck into fresh, homemade momos just off the steamer, big moist paus (big steamed buns with a filing of spicy mince, pork chicken or shrimp) that you don’t get anywhere else in Kolkata, juicy pork sausages, soup with pork and fish balls, and if you can get your hands on it, the very rare and holy grail of Kolkata foodies-red roast pork. Get here early as the red roast pork runs out within half an hour and is not available every day. Huddle up near the aluminium steamers to warm up or let a hot bowl of fish ball soup to do that for you.”I’ve grown up in the area and picking up breakfast here has been routine. I like the puri bhaji and even though it’s not a Chinese dish, it’s become a part of our Sunday breakfast,” says Liu Chuen Chen, a 21-year-old student.advertisementThere are also old Chinese dry goods stores such as Sing Cheung Brothers and Pou Chong Brothers, where you can pick up everything from rare Chinese condiments to Tiger balm.Monsoon Perks: Steaming hot deep-fried momos on a wet day are a spicier alternative to your homemade pakoras. Don’t forget: to ask for the fiery red sauce as an accompaniment. At Tiretti Bazar, at the crossing of Bentinck Street and India Exchange Place road, close to Poddar Court Timings: 5.30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Cost Rs 50.Culture GullyShantiniketanBeat the greys and blues of the monsoon season by shopping at the weekend bazaar of Shantiniketan’s Khowai region. Home to one of the most colourful haats (temporary bazaars) in the state, the three-hour drive from Kolkata to Khowai is also an added incentive, with the countryside turning a bright shade of green during the rains.Set up by a canyon in a picturesque forested area, the market with a difference, called Khowai Bonye Anyo Haat (or “a different market at Khowai Forest”), is set up every Saturday afternoon. A haat or a temporaray market in rural areas is usually where people come to pick up fresh produce and livestock. This one, however, breaks the monotony by offering terracotta pottery and many handicraft knick knacks. Stock up on junk jewellery, ethnic tribal Dokra art and beautiful terracotta figurines here.A drive away is Sriniketan’s Amar Kutir, a cooperative unit that produces leather goods, Kantha stitched sarees, bamboo crafts and batik and hand block printed saris and textiles.But if shopping isn’t the only thing you’re here for, visit the Vishwabharati University campus. With its sprawling verdant campus, a shady canopy of trees (under which, open air classes are held at times) and sculptures by masters such as Ramkinker Baij, it’s a beautiful place for a walk. There are also guides, who can show you around. Monsoon Perks:With mercury hitting a sweltering 40 degrees c, Shantiniketan isn’t very pleasant during the summers. In the monsoons, however, it’s a pleasant 26 to 34 degrees c. Don’t Miss: Upasana Griha or Kanch Mandir, a prayer hall built with Belgian glass and marble by Rabindranath Tagore’s father Debendranath Tagore. At Khowai, Shantiniketan.Monsoon In a Tea CupZurranteeUnwind this season amidst acres of tea gardens and discover nature at its best at Zurrantee, a 19th century bungalow, now converted into a resort, which used to belong to the director of the tea gardens. The first thing to greet you as you enter the resort is its large porch with a cosy set of cane sofas in the centre. Overlooking the mist covered tea gardens, it seems like something out of a story book.Each of its large sprawling rooms is named after North Bengal’s rivers-Diana, Rondong, Lish and Moorti (which is a family suit). The corridor outside the rooms extends towards the kitchen and the staff is friendly enough to let you pop in to order tea or state your preferences for your meal. Ask for you breakfast to be served in the lawn where two ducks, a turkey and a dog will keep you company. Zurrantee also organises bonfires and folk dances in the evenings, and it’s lovely to sit under the stars and get warm and toasty next to the fire.A tour of the tea factory at the foothill is ideal for spending half a day and learning how tea granules are made. Other activities include visits to tourists spots such as Jhalong, Suntalekhola and Garumara Reserve Forests, all within driving distance from the resort. The rocky river banks are great fun to hop skip across and make for a good photo opportunity. If you are a wildlife enthusiast then visit the Garumara Reserve Forest, which is just a short drive away.advertisementMonsoon Perks: Enjoy endless cups of tea (they’re on the house!) or take a walk through the terraced slopes of the gardens. Don’t Miss: Packing a picnic bag and trekking to the sunrise point. Tariff: Rs 3,500 onwards per night Getting There Take one of the many trains leaving from Howrah and Sealdah to New Jalpaiguri. Zurrantee is a two-and-a-half hours drive from there. Tel 562200062, 9836362937 Email info@zurrantee.co.last_img read more