The U.S. Military Case for Regional Renewable-Energy Grids

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KVUE (Austin):“Acknowledge. You don’t have to give it a political label. Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not,” retired four-star Air Force general Ronald Keys said.Keys is now with a group called CNA that advises the United States military about energy and climate threats to homeland security. “If we are in fact going to start having more frequent and stronger storms, are we going to be caught up in this to the point that it starts to affect our military mission?” Keys told 9NEWS before delivering the keynote speech to the Farm Bureau in Colorado. Keys is on the CNA advisory board, made up of retired three-star and four-star generals and admirals. He said they are a non-profit group meant to be a middle man between policy makers and the military. CNA is no longer an acronym. It used to stand for the Center of Naval Analysis, but they dropped that acronym when they expanded their services.Keys says there is now enough convincing research, along with the recent rise in natural disasters across the country, to seriously consider the climate as a threat to national security.“That’s the danger that you have,” Keys said. “If you have mother nature, and something is happening, and then you have one of your adversaries over here going okay, now they’re busy, and they’re having some problems. We can make their problems worse.” “If I was really upset with the U.S. that would be a great time to do something,” Keys said. “If I were them, that would be the time, ‘I’d go okay, kick them in the shins now.’”Keys said that the government turns to the military to respond to natural disasters because it is a readymade force of manpower, that is trained and ready to respond quickly. Keys’ advice to the military is to restructure and retrain to prepare for the impact of more intense storms in the future. Keys has also voiced his concerns to the military about threats to America’s power grid. He says that having huge regional grids makes us vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as physical and cyber attacks from terrorists.“The fact that our grid is built in three parts, it’s east, west, and Texas,” he said. “They are connected at about nine critical points, and if you knew where they were at a classified level, and you could attack those, you could take down at least one, if not more of the regional grids. That’s a lot of people in the dark.” His solution is to expand renewable energy. He says that way, more of our power would be generated locally, instead of coming from big generation facilities down range.More: Why a military adviser says climate change is threat to homeland security The U.S. Military Case for Regional Renewable-Energy Gridslast_img read more

Ryan Estes to be GPSS President

first_imgThe Graduate and Profesional Student Senate elected its 11-member executive board for next year in front of about 50 graduate students Monday night.Applause · Jenny Novak, the current president of GPSS (left), and president-elect Ryan Estes smile at the audience. Estes served as the social programming director of GPSS and hopes to increase the reach of GPSS. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan The new GPSS executive board: Ryan Estes as president, Andrei Pavelescu as vice president, Dushyant Singh as finance director, Jennifer Reynolds as elections/recruitment director, Kara Lemma as social programming director, D’Andre Holland as community and special events director, Arash Saifhashemi as communications director, Alice Bardan as public relations director, Jaclyn Selby as academic affairs director, Yohey Tokumitsu as campus affairs director and Damon De La Cruz as the Health Sciences Campus director.“I feel very optimistic about what the new executive board will accomplish in the next school year,” said John Shen, a graduate student studying neuroscience.For each of the 11 positions, there were either one or two candidates. Each candidate had two minutes to give a speech, followed by questioning from current GPSS senators.  The senators could volunteer pros or cons for the particular candidate.The senate then electronically voted for a candidate (or abstained from the vote). For those positions where there was only one candidate, the candidate still had to receive a majority of the vote.“I was very impressed with the diversity of the candidates this year,” said Amanda Foran, a PhD candidate in occupational science.Although all the candidates focused on different issues, there seemed to be a few widespread concerns.One such issue was the integration of the Health Sciences Campus and the University Park Campus. Candidates for public relations director, communications director and the social programming director all shared concerns that there is a gap between the students and events on both campuses. All candidates promised to bridge that gap by reaching out more to HSC students through social programs and the GPSS website and newsletter.Another prominent issue was GPSS’s transparency in its financial system and financial committees. Singh, who was elected finance director Monday said he wants to create a Facebook page where all graduate students, and especially GPSS senators, can voice their opinions and questions about the financial situation of GPSS.“It seems that GPSS is very finance oriented and there are very complicated finance issues that have surfaced in general and specifically at this elections meeting that need to be addressed,” Shen said.Involvement of online students also proved a hot button issue.Many candidates, including Estes, said they wanted to see online students be more involved in GPSS and in other graduate student events. Reynolds said she wanted to reach out to more graduate students, including international and online students because they are a part of the graduate community as well.Although these were not the only issues the candidates addressed, there was a sense of energy about these issues that all the candidates and the senators recognized.“The candidates represented the student body very well,” Shen said. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and diligence in all of them.”last_img read more

Gabriella Cowley wins Scottish U16 championship

first_img England pair challenge in Scottish U16 championship 19 April 2012 England’s Gabriella Cowley and Alice Hewson are just one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay championship at Strathmore. Both girls are in the England Golf squad for the championship and both returned scores of one-over par 73. They are one behind the overnight leader, Camilla Mortigliengo of Italy. Alice, the 2010 English U13 champion from Berkamsted, played her first nine in two-under par, but a couple of three-putt greens proved costly on the way home. Gabriella, the English U15 champion from West Essex, was very steady: two birdies and two bogeys on her outward half, one bogey on her 10th hole and then a tidy run of eight pars. Also in the squad of six is Emma Harris (Peel Ladies’), who eagled the first – her 10th hole – to get to two-under, but slipped back with a watery triple bogey on the par three fourth. She ended up with a score of 76, equalled by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth). Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) is a shot further back while Sophie Madden (West Essex) returned 79. Afterwards, squad coach Scott Godfrey commented: “The girls all hit the ball well but they struggled a bit on the greens, which are very undulating. There were a lot of three putts and missed short putts and we’ll be going out on the practice green to work on it. “Most of the girls know they left a few shots out on the course today and they’re looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and getting stuck into it. They know they can go a little bit lower than they did today.” The championship start was delayed by an hour today to allow the greenstaff time to deal with the after-effects of a severe storm last night. Other leading English players in the championship include 75 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’), Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire); 76 Melissa Wood (Huddersfield), Bethany Acey (Sandburn Hall), Charlotte West (Harewood Downs), Emma Allen (Meon Valley). 20 Apr 2012 Gabriella Cowley wins Scottish U16 championship center_img Teenager Gabriella Cowley made it three in a row for England when she won the Scottish U16 open stroke play championship by a stroke at Strathmore. The West Essex player, who is also the English U15 girls’ champion, returned a pair of 73s for a two-over par total of 146. Her victory kept the trophy safely in English hands, following the successes of Cheshire’s Bronte Law last year and Lancashire’s Emily Taylor in 2010. She finished one stroke clear of Italy’s Ludovica Farina and a further shot ahead of Hertfordshire’s Nicola Callander, who had a storming 68. It was the low round of the championship and she was five-under for the back nine. Another English girl, Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’) took fourth place. Gabriella, 16, was part of a six-strong England Golf squad at the championship and she won the praise of coach Scott Godfrey. “Gabriella is a class act,” said Scott. “She’s very calm and collected on the golf course and that shone through. She remained patient and stuck to what she had to do. “It wasn’t easy today, it was freezing cold and very windy and she handled it really well. She played very consistently over the two days and I think she deserved to win.” Gabriella played the front nine in two-over par and came home in one-under, before settling in for a nervy wait as Farina completed her round. A play-off looked on the cards until the Italian bogeyed the last to drop one behind. “We were all behind the green watching and it was a bit tense!” said Scott. “But now Gabriella is over the moon.” Fellow squad player Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) was also in contention for the title, until a four-putt nightmare on the short 13th cost her a six. However she regrouped admirably and played the remaining five holes in level par to tie for fifth place. “She played very nicely both days from tee to green but just lost a few shots around the green,” said Scott. The squad was completed by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth), Emma Harris (Peel Ladies), Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) and Sophie Madden (West Essex). “The course was well set up and all the girls will have learned something about the aspects of their game that they need to work on,” said Scott. England 1, represented by Gabriella Cowley, Sophie Keech and Annabel Dimmock, were third in the international team event. Scottish U16 open stroke play championship Leading final totals Par 144 (2×72) 146 Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 73 73. 147 Ludovica Farina (Italy) 74 73. 148 Nicola Callander (Mill Green) 80 68. 149 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’) 75 74 150 Fiona Liddell (Germany) 73 77, Alice Hewson (Berkhamstead) 73 77, Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 76 74. Selected scores: 151 Annabel Bailey (Notts Ladies) 79 72, Emma Allen (Moon Valley) 76 75. 152 Victoria Mallett (Sutton Colfield) 77 75 153 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 77 76 154 Megan Lockett (Huddersfield) 78 76, India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 78 76, Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) 77 77. 155 Erin Porter (Blackpool North Shore) 79 76, Ella Ofstedahl (Mill Green) 82 73, Sophie Madden (West Essex) 79 76 157 Emma Harris (Peel Ladies) 76 81. 158 Bethany Acey (Sandburn Hall) 76 82. Kirsty Beckwith (Moortown) 81 77 159 Mollie Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham) 80 79 160 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 76 84, Olivia Jackson (Oakdale) 79 81, Gabrielle Lawrence (Enville) 80 80, Rhiannon Linacre (Coxmoor) 80 80, Emily Lyle )Worksop) 81 79 161 Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire) 75 86, Charlotte Ann Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor) 78 83, Eloise Healey (West Lancs) 80 81, Jemma Gregson (Knowle) 81 80, Lizzie Prior (Foxhills) 80 81. International team event 294 Italy (Ludovica Farina, Camilla Mazzola, Camila Mortigliengo). 298 Scotland 1 (Connie Jaffrey, Lauren Whyte, Clara Young). 300 England 1 (Gabriella Cowley, Sophie Keech, Annabel Dimmock).last_img read more

At retooled Belmont, stars align for Triple Crown

first_imgCalifornia Chrome is led to the race track by assistant trainer Alan Sherman, with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard at Belmont Park race track in Elmont, NY., Thursday, June 5, 2014. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome will try for the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 7th. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Panza celebrated California Chrome’s charge to Preakness Stakes victory three weeks ago like most fans at the packed Pimlico Race Course — bumping fists, slapping hands and thinking ahead to Saturday and the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.And then Belmont Park’s director of racing operations thought about everything else: the tens of thousands of additional people who show up for the Belmont Stakes whenever a horse has a chance at history; the millions more in expected wagers; and the need for more of everything, from seating, concessions to bathrooms, security and about 1,000 additional workers.Local officials and business leaders celebrated too, seeing the race and the added interest of a Triple Crown contender as a boon of sold-out hotel rooms, dinners out and free publicity, so long as the writers and broadcasters were aware the track is actually on Long Island, as NBC’s Bob Costas noted Wednesday, and not in New York City.If California Chrome triumphs, it will happen on Panza’s turf — or rather, his dirt — at an marquee New York-area event that the track’s new management team reimagined earlier this year as a fusion of sports and entertainment worth attending even when the Triple Crown is not on the line.They have filled the undercard with high-stakes races, increased the day’s total purse to $8 million — the second-richest day in American horse racing behind the final slate of the Breeder’s Cup — and surrounded the action with music from rapper and actor LL Cool J, former New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams and Frank Sinatra Jr. singing “New York, New York.”“For the first year of us doing this, under this new format, it’s not going to get any better than this,” Panza said in an interview near his track office, which was filled with boxes of Belmont Stakes caps and bags of other race souvenirs.“From our end, what we need to do now is observe how the day goes and see what we can do for next year, always thinking that there could be another Triple Crown on the line.”California Chrome is the 12th horse to reach Long Island with wins in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, since Affirmed won all three in 1978.Attendance for those 11 races averaged nearly 30,000 more than in years without a contender — going from a low of 37,171 in 1995 when Thunder Gulch and Timber Country split the Derby and the Preakness, to a record 120,139 in 2004 when Birdstone upset Smarty Jones in the last of a three-year stretch of Triple Crown contenders in the Belmont Stakes.On-site wagering on the race-day program also surged in those years, according to track records, jumping from $6.8 million in contender-less 1996 to $9.2 million the following year when Silver Charm took the first two races, and from $8.8 million in contender-less 2007 to $13.3 million when Big Brown raced for history in 2008.I’ll Have Another’s wins in Louisville and Baltimore sent attendance for the 2012 Belmont Stakes to nearly 86,000 and on-site wagering to $13.8 million even though the horse was withdrawn the day before the race due to a leg injury.The head of the track’s management team said ticket sales for this year’s Belmont Stakes, with its emphasis on high-level racing and daylong entertainment, were already brisk before California Chrome broke from the gate at Churchill Downs in May.More than 70 percent of tickets and premium tables for the race were sold before the Derby and all were gone before the Preakness, according to New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay.After the Preakness, Kay said, they added a trackside tent and additional seating to accommodate the surge of interest in a potential California Chrome coronation.General admission and grandstand tickets costing $10 remained available through the track late in the week and more than 3,000 tickets, ranging from $12 for grandstand to $2,300 for a table for two at the Garden Terrace Restaurant, were available on the secondary ticket sales website StubHub.com.Good weather — 82 degrees and sunny, according to the National Weather Service — could push the crowd into record territory.“Our intent is to make Belmont Stakes day an important day year in and year out,” Kay said.This year it has been an important day — and week — for business.The largest hotel on Long Island, a Marriott with more than 600 rooms in Uniondale, and the ornate Garden City Hotel —  where management said all of the owners, trainers and jockeys in the Belmont Stakes were staying and where the menu includes a cocktail named for each horse — have sold out under race-related demand.Other hotels were also booked solid, officials said, forcing some out-of-town fans to find lodging in Suffolk County, about 20 miles east, or stay in Manhattan, about 15 miles west.“This Triple Crown opportunity doesn’t come too often,” state hotel association chairman John Tsunis said. “But, whoever wins in the race, the real winners will be Long Island and New York State.”last_img read more

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Arts Walk

first_imgFacebook52Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsJoin the Washington Center for the Performing Arts as we celebrate Olympia Arts Walk and Procession of the Species Celebration Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28! The Center has a full schedule of events accompanying the variety of art and performances happening throughout downtown Olympia.Center hours for this Spring’s Arts Walk are:Friday, April 27, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Saturday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Schedule of eventsBe sure to check out the Show of Hearts Gallery. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artsFriday, April 27, 2018 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Lisa Geertsen, Show of Hearts7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The Tuned In Academy – Musical Showcase (WCPA Orchestra Lobby)7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Studio West Dance Academy (Out front of the Center – In Street)Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Lisa Geertsen, Show of Hearts (Lisa will not be on site)2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Student Orchestra of Greater Olympia’s “Pet the Instruments” (with Hand’s On Children’s Museum activity in the Black Box)The Instrument Petting Zoo is just one of the many fun things to do at Arts Walk. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artsWe will have light concessions available both days in our concessions area. The public is also encouraged to attend the dedication of the City of Olympia’s Music Out Loud mosaic honoring Verne Eke Saturday, designed by local artist Jennifer Kuhns. The mosaic honoring Eke is one of three mosaics in downtown that will be dedicated from noon to 2:00 p.m. on a walking tour beginning at the intersection of 4th Ave and Chestnut St, leading to 5th Ave and Capitol Way.The Washington Center is thrilled to be the home of the Verne Eke mosaic. Eke founded the Capital Area Association for the Performing Arts (CAAPA) in 1973, committed to creating a center for the arts in Olympia. CAAPA, together with the help of the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team and the Patrons of South Sound Cultural Activities, fundraised and selected the site of the existing Washington Center.Art is everywhere, even on the sidewalk (mosiac by Verne Eke) Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artslast_img read more

Little Silver Bridge Repairs Continue

first_imgWork continues on repairs to this bridge on Seven Bridges Road. According to Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr., workers have been toiling weekends and hope to have the bridge ready to reopen around Apr. 15. The county will have all of Seven Bridges Road repaved – two days for milling, two days for paving – while schools are closed for the summer. “Thank you for your continued patience and safe driving while the repairs are finished,” Neff wrote on the borough’s website. “Hang in there!”last_img read more

a month agoKlopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp thinks it is unlikely Liverpool will break Manchester City’s record for most consecutive Premier League wins.The Reds made 16 with the win over Sheffield United on Saturday, two shy of City’s record of 18.Asked about the possibility of winning 18 straight games, he said: “(There are) interesting games coming up. It doesn’t sound too likely. But we will try and first and foremost Salzburg and then Leicester.”Then it is the international break and hopefully everybody comes back healthy. That is most important.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will play against each other in Singapore, very interesting game obviously, it’s not qualification for anything. So hopefully everyone comes back healthy and then we try to prepare for Man United.”He added: “I try to understand how other people think about things but from the way I think about things I’m not interested in the number to be honest. It’s just a number.”So, you only can create a streak like this if you’re always in the next job. The next job is Salzburg which is a different competition and then Leicester City and that will be difficult.” last_img read more

King Abdullah Ports Box Volumes Rise by 21 Pct

first_imgzoom Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port became the country’s second largest port in terms of container handling as it witnessed a rise of 21 percent in container volumes in 2017.The port handled 1.69 million TEU by the end of 2017, up from 1.4 million TEU seen in the year before.The increase in annual throughput was mainly due to the increased activity in imports and exports, amounting to an average of a 4 percent increase, with exports at 3 percent and imports at 5 percent. “The port’s success in reaching second place in container handling in the Kingdom after only four years of operations proves that we are confidently moving towards becoming a main hub on the maritime navigation and logistics map, both locally and regionally,” Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said.King Abdullah Port’s transshipment volume also surged by 28 percent in 2017, while the number of vessels received by the port increased to 820 vessels, with a 14 percent increase compared to 716 vessels received in 2016.Qutub added that the port is moving forward with executing its development plans to utilize best practices in the field of developing and operating ports and logistics support services.last_img read more

Advocacy group presses NS government to ban private plasma companies

first_imgHALIFAX – A national advocacy group appealed to the Nova Scotia government Tuesday to ban private, for-profit plasma companies from the province, saying the model discourages voluntary donations and compromises safety.Kat Lanteigne of BloodWatch.org met with staff from the office of provincial Health Minister Randy Delorey to press for legislation prohibiting such companies from operating in the province.She said that unless the Nova Scotia government adopts such a law, it would not be able to stop a company like Canadian Plasma Resources, which has an operating licence from Health Canada.Lanteigne, who was kicking off a cross-country tour in Halifax to promote her message, said Nova Scotia and British Columbia are thought to be the next possible locations for collection centres for the company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer that collects plasma from donors and uses it for therapies to treat a variety of health conditions.“We are trying to compel the governments in both provinces to join Ontario, Alberta and Quebec who all have a ban in place, to pass this law in order to protect the blood supply in Nova Scotia,” she said ahead of her meeting, arguing that the for-profit model reduces voluntary donors.“They literally take donors out of the public system, so you lose access to donors and you create a competitive model … and safety on all sides is an issue.”Delorey said the province is aware of concerns voiced by groups such as BloodWatch. He said he has also discussed concerns with the head of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, Janet Hazelton.However, Delorey said the province hasn’t taken a position to date on whether or not to ban private plasma companies.“We know there is a national report coming out this spring so what we are doing is waiting for that report to get that information to inform any next steps we might take as a province,” said Delorey.Delorey said there are currently no private companies operating in the province.“Right now blood donations are through Canadian Blood Services on a volunteer basis,” he said.Lanteigne said allowing a private blood supply system contravenes the recommendations of the Krever inquiry, a royal commission struck to look into Canada’s blood supplies after thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood and blood products from the mid-1980s to 1990. It had cautioned against compensating people for blood products.Private, paid-plasma clinics now operate in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where Canadian Plasma Resources pays donors up to $50 for each donation.“We are trying to compel these health ministers to uphold what we view as their legal obligation to protect the blood system,” Lanteigne said.Barzin Bahardoust, CEO of Canadian Plasma Resources, said Tuesday his company has no immediate plans to open collection centres in Nova Scotia.He said he is awaiting a report from an expert panel assembled by Health Canada that is assessing the country’s long-term supply of immune globulins — which are derived from plasma — before announcing any future expansion.But, he disputed Lanteigne’s assertion that the for-profit collection model diminishes the supply or affects its safety. Instead, he said Canada needs to have a reliable, self-sustaining supply rather than importing plasma products.“About 85 per cent of the plasma-derived medicinal products used in Canada are manufactured from paid plasma collected in the United States,” he said in an interview.“The rate of self-sufficiency in Canada has consistently been going down and we think that it’s best to have a home-grown industry regulated and supervised by Health Canada.”last_img read more

RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major crossborder drug bust

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — RCMP east of Vancouver were involved in a cross-border drug bust this summer that involved nearly 300 kilograms of meth, more than 100 guns and an aerial chase between a police plane and a helicopter.Details of the bust are in paperwork filed at the Penticton Law Courts to support multiple search warrants for a property near Chilliwack, B.C., where a helicopter at the centre of the chase is alleged to have landed with an RCMP plane on its tail.Documents filed on behalf of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section in Osoyoos say the office was alerted in early June by U.S. Homeland Security about a planned cross-border drug deal involving nearly 200 kilograms of methamphetamine.U.S. officials staked out a landing site in Washington state about 110 kilometres south of Princeton, B.C., where they believed the drugs would be transferred to Canadian buyers. Something spooked the pilot of the helicopter, and it fled north into Canadian airspace. Two men who tried to leave the landing site in Washington were arrested by U.S. agents who seized 188 kilograms of methamphetamine.In Canadian skies, an RCMP plane was patrolling near Princeton hoping to intercept the unmarked, black helicopter. Mounties spotted it in a shadowy landing site on a remote mountainside in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.The helicopter lifted off and headed west.The chase was on.“The helicopter took deliberate evasive action, attempting to lose surveillance,” the documents say. “The helicopter flew at very low altitudes, near the tops of trees and up narrow draws. It repeatedly changed direction, and made rapid ascents up towards the mountains.“The helicopter varied its speed in an attempt to outrun the RCMP aircraft, and slowed down to have the RCMP aircraft overtake it.”The dogfight continued for 45 minutes, the documents say. On two occasions, the chopper pilot tried to lure the RCMP aircraft to a lower altitude and then rapidly ascended, in a vain effort to shake the pursuers.The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack.The court documents say searches of that property turned up 72 long guns, 35 handguns, ammunition, cellphone jammers, U.S. government helicopter decals, drones and currency from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.RCMP have not said if anyone has been charged and referred a request for comment to Homeland Security.Homeland Security spokeswoman Tanya Roman said the investigation turned up an additional 84 kilograms of drugs, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to 272 kilograms.“This sizable amount is indicative of the possible involvement of a large and sophisticated smuggling organization,” she said in a statement.“Due to the ongoing investigation and law enforcement sensitivities, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”Authorities believe the pilot was one of two men arrested at the Chilliwack-area property.The Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry shows the helicopter’s registration was cancelled last May. (Penticton Herald)Joe Fries, Penticton Herald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more