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    Iranian oil tanker sought by US turns off tracker outside Syria, Lebanon
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    Iranian oil tanker sought by US turns off tracker outside Syria, Lebanon

    September 11, 2019


    An Iranian oil tanker that’s been pursued by the U.S. turned off its tracker on Monday just outside the coast of Lebanon and Syria The tanker — Adrian Darya 1 — carries roughly 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil worth an estimated $130 million It turned off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking beacon around noon EST on Monday, according to MarineTraffic com, a ship-tracking website. TEHRAN WILL ‘TAKE A STRONG STEP’ AWAY FROM NUCLEAR DEAL IF EUROPE DOESN’T OFFER NEW TERMS, IRAN SAYS Formerly known as the Grace 1, the vessel was heading north, roughly 45 nautical miles from Syria, when it disappeared — following a pattern of Iranian oil tankers turning off their AIS once they reach near Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea in an effort to hide where they deliver their cargo amid U S. sanctions targeting Iran’s energy industry. Because Turkey has stopped taking Iranian crude oil and Syria historically has taken around 1 million barrels of crude oil a month from Iran, Ranjith Raja, a lead analyst at the data firm Refinitiv, said it was likely the ship would be offloading its cargo in Syria   The Adrian Darya 1, pictured here in August in the British territory of Gibraltar, turned off its tracker on Monday off the coast of Syria and Lebanon (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno) Iranian officials haven’t identified who bought the Adrian Darya’s cargo, only that it has been sold  The U.S., which has sought to seize the tanker, alleged in federal court that the ship is owned by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard — which was recently declared a terrorist organization by the U S., giving the country greater power to seize its assets. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP U S. officials since have warned countries not to aid the Adrian Darya 1, which has said it would be heading to Greece and Turkey before turning off its tracker Monday Authorities in Gibraltar alleged the ship was bound for a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, when they seized it in early July They ultimately let it go after holding it for weeks. The Associated Press contributed to this report

    NOPD: Murder suspect barricaded in home
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    NOPD: Murder suspect barricaded in home

    August 31, 2019


    >>THERE IS SOME SKETCHY
    INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN
    RELEASED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF
    HOURS. THIS IS STILL AN ONGOING
    SITUATION. A BIG POLICE PRESENCE NEW THE
    INTERSECTION OF NORTH GALVESTON
    AND SAINT PHILIP. A WARRANT SQUAD ATTENDED TO
    SURVEY SECOND-DEGREE MURDER
    WARRANT IN THE 1000 BLOCK OF
    NORTH GALVERS. WHEN THEY GOT TO THE DOOR, THE
    SUSPECT REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH
    THE OFFICERS AND RETREATED INTO
    THE HOUSE. THE POLICE OF’S IS OFTEN CALLED
    IN A SWAT TEAM TO BE ON THE SAFE
    SIDE. A NUMBER OF STREETS IN THE AREA
    HAVE BEEN CORDONED OFF. THEY ARE NOW TALKING TO THE
    SUSPECT. WE GET AN UPDATE ABOUT WHERE
    THINGS STAND WITH IN THE PAST
    FEW MINUTES. THIS TIME, OUR OFFICERS ARE
    IN CONTACT WITH THE SUSPECT,
    ATTEMPTING TO GET HIM TO
    SURRENDER PEACEFULLY. OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS
    EVERYONE’S SAFETY TO MAKE SURE
    THIS ENDS PEACEFULLY. THE SUBJECT IS REFUSING TO COME
    OUT AT THIS TIME. SO WE HAVE CORDONED OFF THE
    ENTIRE AREA SO ANYONE ATTEMPTING
    TO COME DOWN NORTH GALVES, IT IS
    TOTALLY BLOCKED OFF FROM
    ORLEANS. HEAT THE BOTTOM-LINE IS THIS,
    IT’S STILL A STANDOFF. MEMBERS OF THE VIOLENT OFFENDERS
    WARRANT SQUAD ATTEMPTED TO
    SURVEY SECOND-DEGREE MURDER
    WARRANT ON THE SUSPECT HE
    REFUSED TO COME OUT SO THE SWAT
    TEAM WAS CALLED AND THEY ARE TALKING TO HIM AND

    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water
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    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water

    August 18, 2019


    >>MAT: Hey everyone in this video we’re gonna
    take a look at this extremely minimalist floating micro cabin. It was all built
    with locally milled timber it has a metal sloping roof and it was also built
    on pontoons that allow the cabin to be in the water year-round because they’re
    designed to freeze into the ice. The floating cabin was designed by our
    friend Bonnie and the idea behind this was to create a really simple space
    where people could come and enjoy nature and the water and experience spending
    time in a space with just the basic necessities. And so she calls it The
    River Zen. We actually met Bonnie two years ago when she gave us a tour of her
    incredible houseboat and now she’s just finished working on this project and
    she’s going to show us around. [Inspiring Music Playing] So welcome to The River Zen, this is my
    new boat. [Taps Gong] Come on in. This boat is a lot smaller
    than The River Den, those of you know The River Den. It’s a 8′ by 10′ cabin. This is
    it, what you see is what you get! So it’s a small space it’s really designed for
    for someone who wants to be on retreat or just spend the night here. It’s fully
    insulated, it has four four inches of foam insulation on the floor, and the
    roof, and all the walls. The framing is done in a post and beam structure and
    all the framing and the rafters are cedar, rough cedar, and the trim is
    douglas fir, the floor is cherry, and all the wall is pine tongue and groove
    with a special oil that I used for finishing, it has citrus in it, it’s
    a natural oil and so that was really… it smelled really good. And all these
    shelves are live-edge cedar as well. The wood all came from the sawmill up in
    Lac Ste. Marie where I work, yeah so these are 2 inch cedar rafters and they
    were…it was like a curved tree that was milled, and an amazing builder
    helped me put the structure of this together and then I did a lot of the finishing work with my friends. [Ambient water sounds from the river] When I was designing the
    layout of the furniture, it was a… kind of a bit of a puzzle to figure out
    how we were gonna make a bed that was gonna be like retractable and all these
    special features. When I closed my eyes and imagined the perfect space
    there was nothing in it, so I was like Okay well this is my project and I can do
    whatever I want so I decided to make it a minimalist space and have the least
    amount of stuff possible. And it’s also an experience for someone to go
    stay somewhere where there’s not a bunch of stuff I think people are seeking that
    out more and more and they want to live more simply so this is an opportunity
    this is a place where they can have a little taste of that and see what they
    really need actually. So there’s a few shelves pretty much there’s not much in
    here there’s a few towels and blankets. This is a propane heater so it’s a
    direct vent propane furnace and it’s super easy to light, I have two propane
    tanks on the back with a double regulator so when one tank runs out it
    just switches to the other tank I have a special little table feature
    here that I custom-built. The people I was working with on the
    boat they really wanted to have a table and chairs and I was like, no I want to
    sit on the ground, we need to sit on the ground. So this is the little table
    design for that. The leg comes out and then it just hooks up. So during the daytime there can be these…
    these are Thai yoga massage mats. They’re really comfy. So these mats can be out and then at nighttime the table can go up and the mattress is just bungee strapped
    to the wall and it comes down. The bed is just like with a bungee system so there’s just screws and hooks with two bungees and then it’s just…
    it’s just a four inch foam so it’s really…it’s really comfy. It’s a dense
    foam. I’ve slept in here lots and I find it so comfortable. [Ambient Electronic Music Playing] It’s completely off
    grid, there’s no electricity or solar there’s this like little solar lights,
    there’s a little gas stove to cook outside with a butane fuel.
    There’s just battery-operated lights and some solar lights but that’s about it
    there’s there’s no running water either it’s completely off grid. So it is quite
    a challenge to stay here for a couple days like one night it’s pretty cool, you
    know people go to restaurants, but if you stay here a couple days you really
    get a taste of what it’s like to live without power and all these amenities
    that we’re used to. Here we just have a custom shelf and this is a little kind of pirate chest custom thing that I made. This is my first box. So in here there’s utensils and this is
    the little gas stove. It’s not the best setup to have dishes outside because there’s animals and stuff but for now, it is what it is, and it
    might be that I build something inside to store dishes and have a little
    cooking station for the winter. This is the bathroom, the way we’re using this sawdust composting system is that there’s one
    bucket for liquids, so pee in one bucket and one bucket for solids with a bag and
    sawdust. So poo and toilet paper goes in the bag with sawdust and that’s
    composted and then the pee we bring it and we flush it down the toilet.
    Something I haven’t finished yet is putting a canvas over here so that’s
    like a curtain so it deflects the wind and the rain and the snow in the winter. Inside of the cabin is 8′ by 10′ and then there’s 6′ of deck that’s
    covered by the roof and then there’s 2.5′ on each side to walk around
    which the overhang pretty much protects. This is an extra floating dock
    that I’ve tied on to the front it’s just uh it’s just an extra deck space and
    it’ll stay here all winter long, too. It’s a real dream come true to be able to do this. I feel so lucky to be in a position
    where I can conceive an idea, and then work with people to bring it to life, and then offer it for rent and invite people to stay here. It’s such an amazing feeling…yeah I feel
    really lucky. [Music Playing]>>MAT: I hope you enjoyed this video.
    If you want to check out this boat we’ll put a link to it in the description of the video.
    If you want to see more alternative living stories and spaces, subscribe to our
    channel, we post a new video every single week.
    Thanks for watching, see you next time.

    Missouri Wind and Solar shows KWH’s produced from time solar tracker
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    Missouri Wind and Solar shows KWH’s produced from time solar tracker

    August 14, 2019


    Hi everybody, I’m Jeff from Missouri Wind
    and Solar and I wanna show you the production that we’re getting out of
    the Solar Time Tracker. I’ve been waiting to do this. We had last month was nothing but
    cloudy days. But, behind me is the solar time tracker, it works by time of day. That’s how this moves, it doesn’t track the sun, it goes by time of day. This is 3K
    worth of solar panels that we’ve got on there and they’re all hooked up
    to Aims micro grid tie inverters and I’m gonna go show you a meter and the kind
    of production we’re getting out in one day. You can see the sun, or the sky,
    it’s nice clear blue day. Now I’ll go show you the meter It is 9:30 in the morning and this
    is the kilowatt hours and I should have been on her earlier, but we’ll go from
    here. Seven hundred and forty-four kilowatt hours. Okay, so previously this
    morning I already showed you the kilowatt hours and it’s up to 745 so at the end
    of the day I’ll make another video showing you the kilowatt hours we
    produced. This here is the controller for the solar time tracker so we’ll wait ’til the
    end of the day and see how much, how many, kilowatt hours we’ve produced. Well, I’m back everybody and this is the next day, so if you take a look at the meter 769
    kilowatt hours and that’s in 24 hours Wyatt already wrote down, I started filming late, so he wrote down the actual kilowatt hours at 8 AM in the morning and
    it’s a quarter to 10 right now. So what we got at 8 AM, March 12 we started with seven hundred and forty kilowatt hours and March 13, that’s today, at 8 AM we had
    seven hundred and sixty-seven kilowatt hours and you say 769 now so that’s a total of 27 kilowatt hours.
    The temperature was sixty to sixty-five degrees and it was sunny, no clouds, and
    that’s in a 24 hour period. So, pretty much this time solar tracker is doing
    about 30 percent more than our fixed array that we have out front. We also have
    a fixed array. So at twenty-seven kilowatt hours in 24 hours, it was
    producing roughly 3000 watts in nine hours so that would be a total of eight
    hundred and ten kilowatt hours in 30 days that that would produce. So this
    morning, it is the 13th today, and it’s actually twenty minutes to 10 right
    now so since eight o’clock this morning it has done three kilowatt hours. It just
    turned seven hundred and seventy kilowatt hours and I’ll show you what
    the weather looks like outside if you want to follow me around here. And today is a cloudy day… Okay, so this is our time solar
    tracker and I’ll show you the fixed array that we have. And here’s our fixed array. So, we’ve already done the math between the fixed
    and the tracker, and the tracker is doing a minimum of 30% more power a day than over a fixed system. So, to me it’s well worth having a tracker especially
    if you’re living off-grid and charging a battery bank. I’m jeff for Missouri
    Wind and Solar and thanks for watching.

    Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water
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    Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water

    August 12, 2019


    >>MAT: Hey everyone, we were just driving down the highway and came across this really awesome floating houseboat. So we contacted the builder, Richard, and he agreed to put it in the water for us so we could have a look. He built it all himself by hand. It’s like a tiny floating cabin. It looks tiny, but you’ll be really surprised to see how much he was able to fit in this houseboat There’s a dinette that turns into a bed, a full kitchen with fridge, sink, cooktop, there’s a heater, a full bathroom with a toilet, separate sink and shower, and on top of that there’s a super spacious deck for hanging out and enjoying the surroundings Ever since we saw this boat, we can’t stop imagining how cool it would be to live in this for a whole summer. Just living on the water. So we’re really excited to show you this we’re gonna give you a full tour. Let’s go take a look inside! [Music Playing] So this houseboat is 24 feet long (7.3 m) long and 8.5 feet wide (2.6 m) wide It weighs 5,700 lbs and it’s set up on three aluminum pontoons There’s a gas motor with a 192-liter gas tank at the front. For solar power, there’s a 260 Watt solar panel hooked up to two 6-volt AGM sealed batteries and there’s a 30 lb (13.6 kg) horizontal propane tank used to power the heater, the cooktop, and the hot water heater. So when you come in, this is the whole living area so there’s a little dinette here that converts into a sleeping area. You just remove the leg, lower the table and make your bed [Music Playing] There’s also a bunch of storage underneath the benches like this Over here is a pretty nice and spacious kitchen, there’s a sink, a propane stove, and actually quite a bit of counter space. And over here is the fridge. It’s 4.5 cubic feet, it’s electric and it runs entirely off the solar power system. There’s a ton of storage and there are some nice handmade drawers here For the heater. It’s a little propane Martin heater here. This is a pretty nice feature, too, there’s some open shelving but he added some mesh because things are moving around in the boat quite a bit. Over here is the roof vent that runs off the solar power system also to get some good air circulation and prevent it from getting too hot in here. All the LED lights are also running off solar power. And this is the little dining area. There are some cup holders here and some storage for a few things here if the boat’s rocking and it won’t move around and believe it or not even though this space is tiny, there’s a full bathroom with a toilet and a shower. So it’s just a dry toilet, dry composting toilet. And in the same space, there’s a small shower. There’s also a separate sink and then the floor is made of wood slats and the water drains through the wood slats into the greywater system. And if you’re taking a shower, you just close the curtain all around to cover the door and the toilet. [Music Playing] The sink in the kitchen, the sink in the bathroom and also the shower all run off a 12-volt pump and they all drain into a custom greywater filtration system that Richard designed. So apparently here in Quebec you’re allowed to dump your greywater (if you’re on a boat) directly in the body of water that you’re on. Richard thought it was important to filter the greywater before dumping it so he actually custom-built a greywater filtration system. It’s basically a big charcoal filter that purifies the water before letting it drain. There’s a 56-liter freshwater tank but you can also flip a switch and draw water directly from the lake or a river that you’re on. For example if you want to take a shower without emptying your freshwater tank, you just flip that switch and take your shower like that. [Music Playing] It’s cool that there’s a bunch of windows in here, you can get a really nice view from pretty much every angle. You can open a few of them so you can get some nice air flow. There’s also the big patio doors at the front and a really nice touch is that he put some small glass panels at the edge here and it’s just a really nice touch gives it a cool effect. You’ll notice all the woodwork, all the cabinetry, the beams, the ceiling, everything has been made by hand by Richard. He’s actually a woodworker, a professional woodworker. So you can tell that everything’s beautifully crafted and made with a lot of care. For the wood, he used mostly white cedar which is one of the lightest woods in the world and it’s great to use on a boat because it doesn’t rot like other types of wood. And one of the coolest things about this mini floating house is the huge patio door leading onto a deck Right now, this boat is kind of set up more as a fishing boat, but he’s actually planning on building one that’s more of a home so there’s gonna be some couches on the outside and it’ll be set up a little bit more just for hanging out. There’s also an awning that you can set up for shade and protect against the rain. [Music Playing] So many years ago when we started trying to figure out what we wanted to do, if we wanted to live in a tiny house or a camper van or an RV or a sailboat. The sailboat was always one of our favorite options but we hadn’t really considered a houseboat like this on pontoons and one of the advantages to this as opposed to a sailboat I guess is that you don’t need to learn how to sail and your living space is above the water so you would have a lot more light. It just seems like a nice living space. So if you’re interested to learn more about this boat and what Richard’s working on you can check out the link to his website, it’s going to be in the description of this video. Please share this video if you liked it and subscribe to see more like this.