No, no, we may need that stuff someday

first_imgNow, most of the time we would be well-served to throw out all of the “extras” from the get-go. But we don’t, because of that one in 1,000 times when “we just might need it” pays off. One example: When the cable company installed cable in my kitchen, they poked a hole in the wall, shoved the cable through, and attached the cord to the wall with a plastic “doobee” that was forever falling out of its hole. When the new electrical wiring was installed in the kitchen, the contractor put in a telephone/cable combo box. Super! A twofer all self-contained and guaranteed not to fall off the wall. Suddenly, not so super, because now I had to buy a short cable hookup with two male ends; one end for the TV and the other to plug into the twofer box in the wall. Wait a minute! Not to worry. Somewhere, lurking in the back of my mind was just such a gizmo that I thought I had seen recently. Human memory – the original computer – led me to a box in an upstairs closet, and when I reached in, the double-male cable hook-up thingy was the second thing I pulled out of the box. I think the moral of the story is if you recognize it, save it, and save all the “recognizables” in the same place, because someday you just might need them. Really! Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills and former editor of the Tolucan and reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHERE’S Stephen Hawking when I need him? Because there oughta be a new law of physics. A law of physics that makes the scrap heap of electrical cords, antennas, screws, nuts, stick ’em-ons, widgets, instruction booklets and whatevers that came with all the electronics, appliances, televisions, telephones and kits of all kinds disappear … evaporate … vanish … go poof in a magical puff of smoke whenever the item goes kaplooey or we replace it. While going through the horrors of remodeling the original kitchen in my house – a story for another time – I was trying to thin out years of clutter. Scattered in various drawers and cupboards that were being packed for storage until the work was done, I ran into what seemed like hundreds of bits and pieces of “What are these?” “What do they belong tos?” and “Do I need to save ’ems?” Just about everybody knows what I’m talking about. We all have “junk” drawers stuffed like Christmas turkeys with “what are these?” and “just in case” save ’ems. You know, the extras that came with the curtain rod; the big fat square plug that probably came with an answering machine; or the hoses, screws, nuts, bolts, washers, springs and Allen wrenches that tagged along with a new bathroom faucet. The Allen wrench is a definite keeper. It gets thrown in the tool-saver, because I figure that after saving enough of them, over the years I will have an entire set of Allen wrenches and not have to buy one. Too bad that I didn’t save them all in the same place. Sets should be kept together; that’s why they call them “sets.” It’s always fun to solve the mystery of “what is it?” Such was the case of a diamond-shape doodad, slightly raised in the middle and affixed to a nail. After scrutinizing it from every angle for several minutes, I recognized it as a decorative nail called a clavos that I had dug out of an old piece of furniture. Clavos. A funny word not to be found in my dictionary, but I typed it into my computer and came with 159,086 results to search through. Then there’s all that stuff in the “Where did it go?” category. It’s the things we put away that have disappeared into a black hole of nothingness. It’s not things like socks. We know where the socks went; the washer ate them. It’s the other stuff. While looking for a “couldn’t find,” I imagined an army of evil, one-eyed space aliens sneaking into the house in the middle of the night and hauling off all those bits and pieces of “stuff” to build an otherworldly Rube Goldberg contraption. Someday our astronauts will find them on the strange planet of This Looks Familiar in the galaxy of So That’s Where It Went. last_img read more

Boeing rolls out latest 787 model

first_imgThe Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, has made its debut at Boeing South Carolina.Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.“What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.“In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”The 787-10, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO.“We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The 787 has secure 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency.As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition Boeing claims.Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.last_img read more

Under 40HP tractors still the bright spot in U.S. tractor and combine sales

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was more of the same in May for U.S. retail sales of ag tractors and combines, with under 40HP tractors leading the way and sales of larger tractors and combines continuing to lag, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade organization for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers.U.S retail sales of farm tractors under 40HP were up 9.4 percent in May 2016 compared to the same time period last year, and up 15.5 percent January through May. For 2WD tractors 40-100HP, sales were up slightly for May compared to last year – plus 1.4 percent,  and year-to-date are tracking at minus 2.1 percent.May sales of 2WD 100+HP tractors in the U.S. declined 3.5 percent, with year-to-date sales down 24.3 percent, while 4WD tractors dropped 26.1 percent year-over-year and dipped 30.6 percent year-to-date.Combine sales declined 40.2 percent year-over-year for May but for January through May dropped 28.8 percent compared to 2015 year-to-date sales.“The May retail sales numbers, taken together, are higher than the 5-year average, mostly driven by the smaller under 40HP machines, which remain an area of growth compared to the negative numbers for production equipment. However, farm tractors 40-100HP continued their stable trend, and the 2WD tractors 100+HP experienced a lower decline than earlier this year,” said Charlie O’Brien, AEM senior vice president.“Farm incomes are expected to be more stable this year and we are seeing some growth in crop receipts in certain areas of the country, but we will most likely have to wait until later this year or 2017 to see an appreciable impact on equipment sales.”last_img read more

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers get back at Nuggets to drag series to game 7

first_imgLillard hit an off-balance jumper that put Portland up 106-93. The Nuggets got within 113-103 with 1:04 left, but Craig and Jokic fouled out and Portland closed out the win.The Nuggets were in this situation before: They lost on the road to San Antonio in Game 6 in the opening round, forcing that series to return to Denver for the deciding game.After Portland won the quadruple-overtime marathon of Game 3, Denver beat Portland at home to even the series. Then Paul Millsap had 24 points to spark Denver’s 124-98 blowout of the Blazers on Tuesday night — and put Portland on the verge of elimination.Maurice Harkless dunked to start the game and the crowd at the Moda Center booed each time Jokic got the ball. But the Nuggets built an early 16-7 lead after Murray’s 3-pointer.Denver extended the lead to as many as 10 points in the opening quarter but Portland went on an 11-4 run to start the second quarter that closed the gap to 38-37.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Warriors star Kevin Durant out for rest of West semifinals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blazers tied it at 45 but Jokic’s basket held them at bay until Lillard’s 3-pointer gave Portland the lead. Lillard added a layup to extend it and Portland led 58-54 at halftime after outscoring the Nuggets 32-20.Torrey Craig’s 3-pointer tied the game at 69-all midway through the third quarter, but the Nuggets were unable to pull back in front until Jokic 3-pointer made it 76-75. Lillard answered with his own 3 to reclaim the lead.Lillard’s sixth 3-pointer of the game put Portland up 83-78. He had 17 points in the third quarter alone and the Blazers led 87-80 going into the fourth.Jokic collected his fourth foul with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and headed to the bench.TIP INSNuggets: Denver won the regular-season series against the Blazers 3-1. … Jokic led all scorers with 16 points in the first half. … Gary Harris has scored in double figures for nine straight games.Trail Blazers: Portland went to the playoffs for 21 straight seasons from 1983-2003. … The Blazers team that last made the conference finals included Scottie Pippen and Arvydas Sabonis. Mike Dunleavy was the coach. Portland won its lone NBA title in 1977. … Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers’ big man who was injured late in the season, watched from Portland’s bench in the second half.TAKING A BREAK: The Nuggets took Wednesday night off, and coach Michael Malone and his assistants found a local brewery.“Enjoyed some of Portland’s beer, and just sitting outside and just talking about our team and talking about what’s going on back home,” Malone said. “Sometimes you have to force yourself to get away from it. It can’t be just all the time, you have to find ways to have balance in your life. ”UP NEXT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Game 7 is set for Sunday in Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. The defending NBA champion Warriors have a 3-2 advantage in the series after a 104-99 victory on Wednesday night. Game 6 is set for Friday in Houston.CJ McCollum added 30 points for the Blazers, who haven’t advanced to the conference finals since the 2000 playoffs. Rodney Hood came off the bench with a career playoff-high 25 points and fans at the Moda Center drowned out his postgame on-court interview by chanting “Rodney! Rodney!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamal Murray added 24 points and 10 rebounds.Seth Curry’s 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 101-88 lead with 7:24 left. Things got heated midway through the final period after Jokic was called for an offensive foul and the players got into a shoving match and had to be separated. After a review, there were offsetting technicals involving Denver’s Will Barton and Torrey Craig, and Curry and Zach Collins for Portland. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots over Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, and center Nikola Jokic, right, during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 119-108. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— Damian Lillard had 32 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers staved off elimination to force a decisive Game 7 in their series with Denver with a 119-108 victory on Thursday night.The Nuggets head home with a chance to make it to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009. Denver has been to the conference finals three times in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds glory

first_imgNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds gloryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of winning the Premier League title with Leeds United.The 19-year-old, son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge, scored a hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 win over Genk.Haaland has been linked with with Manchester United after playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.But speaking to Norwegian newspaper Aftenpostenback in 2017, Haaland said: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.”As well as that, the goal is to be a better player than Dad was. I hope to get more international matches than he did.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoAFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AFC Wimbledon part company with boss Wally Downesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAFC Wimbledon have parted company with boss Wally Downes, two days after he was suspended for four weeks after admitting breaching Football Association rules around betting.Downes, 58, took over the Dons in December 2018 and led them to League One survival last season.However, he was suspended by the club in September after being charged with placing bets on games.The club said they had “reached an agreement” to part with Downes.A club statement said: “Wally leaves on mutually agreed terms and with our sincerest gratitude for his time with the club, especially his invaluable contribution last season.”The agreement was reached with the approval of the Dons Trust board.” last_img read more

Jerry Lewis Returns To Help Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveil Revitalized Brand

first_imgJerry Lewis — the longtime host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon — will step out of his retired role with the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America to help introduce MDA’s revitalized brand this Friday, Jan. 29, at an event in Carnegie Hall.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.MDA today released a segment of Lewis’ message in which he says, “I haven’t stopped thinking of all of you … my wonderful friends and the critical work MDA does,” Lewis said. “I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline. We’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.”On Friday, MDA will announce a five-year plan to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases, as scientists and drug developers get closer than ever to lifesaving treatments. It also will unveil a new brand identity and consumer campaign, including a new logo and tagline. The event will be webcast on mda.org at 12:30 p.m. ET and will include appearances by NBC News’ “Today” Natalie Morales, TNT on-air personality and sportscaster Ernie Johnson, “Small Town Big Deal” host Jann Carl and Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”“Jerry Lewis’ heroic efforts on behalf of MDA families and through MDA telethons have enabled us to help millions of Americans living with muscle-debilitating diseases and make possible progress in research that was once thought unimaginable. We’re thrilled to build on our rich history and have Jerry’s support as we strengthen our mission and introduce the new MDA brand,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks.last_img read more

Montreal Port Authority expansion project underway to compete with US

first_imgMONTREAL – The Montreal Port Authority says it has crossed a key milestone in its plans to grow its container-handling capacity in order to stay competitive with large American ports.The authority says it has submitted its plans to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and will be part of a public consultation, with information sessions beginning at the end of the month.It says for several years it has been planning a container terminal on its land in Contrecoeur on Montreal’s South Shore, a land reserve it acquired between 1988 and 1992.The MPA says this is a strategic location for container handling because of its favourable geometry, nearby rail and road networks and the proximity of the markets it serves.The MPA says the project submitted to the assessment agency will make it possible, when completed, for the port to handle 1.14 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year.Project lead Daniel Dagenais says the additional port space will allow the MPA to make the most of the economic and commercial opportunities arising from emerging markets, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Quebec Maritime Strategy.Melanie Nadeau, director of communications for the Montreal Port Authority, says the project’s value is estimated at $750 million.last_img read more

OGC releases report on 2017 Todd Energy Well Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has released a report on the 2017 well fire at a facility owned by Todd Energy near Wonowon.On December 3, 2017, workers heard a loud bang followed by a gas release from a well site north of Wonowon.  Only 83 seconds after the gas release, a fire started at the facility.The report released by the OGC suggests the incident was caused by human error when installing the bull plug on the north casing flange of the wellhead.  The report says “Had the threads of the bull plug been fully engaged in the north casing flange, it is unlikely that well control would have been lost.” “The investigation was not able to identify who installed the bull plug in the north casing flange or when it was installed. Based on interviews, the bull plug may have been installed within 24 hours of when the incident occurred, but this could not be verified.”The fire started on December 3, and it wasn’t until December 22, 2017, when the incident was over, and crews were stood down.  A total of 36 people were working on the site at the time of the incident, and thankfully no one was injured.The report says the collection of evidence was difficult due to the fire and the length of the incident.  “Physical evidence recovered from the site included the wellhead from the ‘0’ well (the first of five wells on the property), a two-inch bull plug that was found at the base of the wellhead and the backplate of the pressure gauge that was installed on the well. The backplate of the pressure gauge was recovered shortly after the incident by TECL (Todd Energy) and was subsequently misplaced during the emergency response effort.“Bull plug recovered from base of the ‘0’ well showing damage on first two threads. – OGCThe Oil and Gas Commission has directed Todd Energy to develop a procedure to ensure wellhead components are assembled by competent personnel and that connections are inspected and documented before being pressurized.  The Commission says Todd Energy has already implemented a wellhead checklist.The report also says Todd Energy must do ongoing monitoring of groundwater to show that remediation from the fire has been completed. A copy of the event timeline and the full report are below. Todd Energy Well Fire Timeline This timeline was created by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. July 2014• Commission issues well permits for the ‘0’ well and the ‘A’ well to Paramount Resources Ltd. Sept/Oct 2014• ‘0’ well is drilled and completed (hydraulically fractured). March 2015• Permits for the ‘0’ and ‘A’ wells are transferred to Todd Energy Canada Ltd. (TECL). Feb. 2016• TECL conducts a suspended well check and takes pictures of the ‘0’ wellhead. June 2017• Commission issues permits for the ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ wells. June 2017• Pictures of ‘0’ wellhead taken during routine site inspection by TECL. Nov. 23, 2017• Pressure monitoring equipment installed on ‘0’ well north casing valve to monitor casing pressure during fracturing of the ‘A’ well. Nov. 30, 2017• Rig up service rig to run casing patch on ‘A’ well. Dec. 1, 2017• Rig up well test equipment to flow ‘0’ well to reduce formation pressure during service rig operations on the ‘A’ well. • ‘0’ well is flowing water. Dec. 2, 2017• Pressure gauge on ‘0’ well casing valve removed to address freezing/hydrate issues. Dec. 3, 2017: 5 a.m.• Well testers note first burnable gas while flowing the ‘0’ well. 10:51 a.m.• Incident occurs – sudden gas release on ‘0’ well. Site evacuated and emergency response activated. • Ignition occurs within 83 seconds. • Well is flowing out of control and flame is impinging on the ‘A’ well. 11:22 a.m.• TECL reports incident to Emergency Management BC (EMBC). 11:26 a.m.• Commission receives report of incident from EMBC and begins activation of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). 1:03 p.m.TECL confirms that their EOC is open, roadblocks are in place, air monitoring, well control and fire safety specialists are en route. Thirty-six people have been evacuated from the site and all are accounted for. 3:46 p.m.• TECL confirms they have contacted area permit holders, closest residents and the Blueberry River First Nations. 4:49 p.m.• Fire trucks and air monitoring are on site. • Site security is to be maintained overnight with well control operations resuming in the morning. Dec. 4, 2017• Well control specialist arrives on site. Dec. 4, 2017• Work focuses on clearing equipment off of the site to prepare for well control operations. • Service rig on ‘A’ well topples. Derrick lands on wellhead of ‘0’ well and bends wellhead. • Crane on site topples. «‹12›» SearchSearch inTimeDetail TimeDetaillast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP arrests man for gun and drug possession

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On March 18, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report to check on an unknown man who appeared to be passed out in a running white Dodge Ram pick up in a parking lot near 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.Upon arrival, Frontline officers observed an open bottle of liquor and suspected cocaine in the vehicle.Police say they attempted to wake the driver who then appeared to try to put the truck into drive before he was assisted out of the vehicle and arrested. According to Police, the man was identified as a resident of Taylor, B.C., who is prohibited from driving and is the registered owner of vehicles that have fled from frontline officers in recent weeks.During the arrest, RCMP found a loaded handgun, a rifle, a knitted mask, multiple collapsible batons, several knives, as well as suspected cocaine, fentanyl, cannabis, mushrooms and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The truck has also been impounded.The man was arrested for Impaired Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle along with other firearm and CDSA offences.The man has since been released on conditions and a date to appear in court.last_img read more