Privately funded border wall forced open by federal agency

first_imgiStock/CREATISTA(PHOENIX) — A privately funded border wall in New Mexico is being forced by a government agency to keep a gate open during the day, although local authorities have decided the door can be closed at night, according to an agreement reached Friday with the builders.It’s the latest twist in a long-running feud between a group that wants to help President Donald Trump build his “big, beautiful wall” using GoFund Me cash and local officials who say it lacked the necessary permits.U.S. officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission said the barrier was blocking a government-owned access road and the agency had repeatedly asked the group to keep the gate open.Earlier this week, IBWC workers joined by local authorities locked the gate in an open position after their requests were ignored. We Build the Wall, the group that commissioned the barrier, later said it had worked out an agreement with the agency.But on Friday, IBWC spokeswoman Lori Kuczmanski said the government had worked out an agreement with We Build the Wall. Government workers have been opening the gate during the day and allowing it to close only at night, she said.We Build the Wall submitted permit applications at the beginning of June, according to the IBWC. But those came after the group held a ribbon cutting to mark the barrier’s completion last month.“Just because somebody submits an application request does not mean it can be approved,” Kuczmanski said.As of Friday, the construction permits were still waiting for approvalThe IBWC is responsible for managing waterways along the southern border and shares certain responsibilities with Mexican officials. In Sunland Park, New Mexico, the private land used to build the wall runs up to federal property near the American Dam.The road that was cut off by We Build the Wall’s gate is used to access the dam for maintenance, Kuczmanski said.The group had other permitting issues with the city of Sunland Park last month. It led the mayor to issue a cease and desist order before allowing construction to continue.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Honduras finish strong at home to relegate Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgSAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Honduras had already clinched a spot in the Nations League finals next summer heading into the final match of group play, but they didn’t let up in the closer against Trinidad and Tobago, putting up an impressive 4-0 win.Jonathan Rubio got Los Catrachos off to a flying start, sending a powerful strike from 20 yards out past a diving Marvin Phillip in the 5th minute.Honduras continued to dominate the early proceedings, culminating in a 20th minute goal from Brayan Moya to double the lead.Moments before the halftime whistle, Rubio was brought down for a penalty, and Alberth Elis converted in the 45+2 minute.The second half was more of the same story; Elis netted his second of the day in the 53rd minute to complete the scoreline.Trinidad did have some shots on goal, but none got past Luis Lopez who ended the day with four saves.The victory means Honduras finish the group stage with 10 points, and are likely to enter the knockout round as the #2 seed. On the other end, the defeat means Trinidad and Tobago have been relegated to League B and will enter the Gold Cup qualifiers in the second round. (CONCACAF)last_img

South Africa wins 2016 Edinburgh Medal

first_img10 February 2016In a first for South Africa, the 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from Cape Town’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).The award will be bestowed during the upcoming 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival in a ceremony on 30 March.The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements have made a noteworthy impact on the understanding and well-being of humanity.“Besides its technological, scientific and cultural contributions, astronomy fundamentally gives us the perspective we need to change the world, and it is amazing to see how this vision has rallied people and organisations from just about every continent,” Govender said. “It has been, and continues to be, a journey driven by many with a shared passion for both science and society.” South Africa’s Kevin Govender is named as a recipient of the Edinburgh Medal. (Image: Supplied)President of the IAU Professor Silvia Torres Peimbert said she was delighted the development work of the union was being recognised. “Astronomy is an exciting and stimulating pursuit and has a large part to play in inspiring the next generation of scientists from developing countries.“I hope this award will highlight this important work and encourage others to contribute.”The Edinburgh Medal was awarded to an individual or an organisation that had not only discovered great science but had contributed more broadly to society, explained the director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dr Simon Gage.“It’s an unusual award that recognises two dimensions of the work – the scientific and the social consequences. I’ve followed the work of Govender and the IAU for many years. The positive impact in the schools, universities and communities where they operate is incredible and is helping to build a better world.”Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Council, the Right Honourable Donald Wilson said Govender and the IAU had made an astronomical difference in various developing countries such as Armenia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Portugal, Thailand and Zambia.“The IAU strategy to use astronomy to stimulate global development is inspiring. It demonstrates how science, technology and culture impacts on our everyday lives and how we can use science to improve communities,” Wilson said. “I’m thankful to Kevin and the IAU for creating opportunities that might lead us to healthier and wealthier futures.”About the IAUThe IAU established the OAD in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Department of Science and Technology.Minister Naledi Pandor officially opened it in 2011; it was tasked with the establishment of regional offices around the world and three astronomy-for-development focus areas:Universities and research;Children and schools; andPublic outreachSee the map for IAU-OAD funded projects and regional offices:Govender was appointed the OAD’s director in 2011. He was previously part of a tiny delegation that successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009); he chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project in the same year.He was included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, and received the National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Communicator award in 2011.Govender is also on the boards of various scientific organisations, such as the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres, the Quest Editorial Board and STEM Committee of the Academy of Science of South Africa.He has a background in experimental nuclear physics and extensive experience in community development initiatives in South Africa.In 28 years, this is only the second time that The Edinburgh Medal has been jointly awarded to an individual and an organisation; in 2013 Professor Peter Higgs and CERN received the medal.About the awardThe medal is made of sterling silver and features the original Edinburgh International Science Festival logo – a juggler performing with different symbols of science.Previous individual recipients include Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Sir David Attenborough (1998) and Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1999).Four Nobel laureates have also been recipients: Prof Abdus Salam (1989), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Sir John Edward Sulston (2001) and Prof Peter Higgs (2013).Well doneTwitter users expressed their delight:Ah this is excellent news. Congrats @govender and @Astro4Dev! https://t.co/MvftnsHoI4— Sarah Kendrew (@sarahkendrew) February 6, 2016Guess who’s one of 28 people (4 Nobels!) in the world to be awarded the Edinburgh Medal? @govender!!!! #proudwife https://t.co/R6RQ6Gfx04— Carolina Ödman (@carolune) February 6, 2016The first time the Edinburgh Medal goes (jointly) to a South African! Congrats read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 28, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180228_RyanMartinRain moves into southern Ohio today. The best action develops this afternoon over the southern third of the state, but we will see clouds and a few scattered showers all the way up to the I-70 corridor. Rain totals in the south can be .25”-.75” with 70% coverage from I-70 southward. Northern areas really do not see anything other than clouds, except for a few scattered showers near the lake shore in north central Ohio closer to this evening. Southwest winds through the day today will keep things mild for one more day.A strong low lifts out of central IL into northern Ohio tomorrow. Notice that this track of the low is farther south. That puts bigger rain potential into our next of the woods. We are raising rain potential tomorrow to .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state. The rains go through the entire day, and will look to change over to snow through the nighttime hours tonight. We can see a coating to 2 inches from US 30 northward, and in NE Ohio, where the lake enhancement is the greatest overnight tomorrow night, we cans see some snows over 3-4”. The European model is by far the heaviest on snow, and the GFS is downplaying the entire event. We think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Strong winds will be the major problem, though. Winds should be 20-40 mph tomorrow night on the backside of the low. This will bring the cold air in fast (hence the changeover to snow) and create serious visibility issues along with low wind chills. Tomorrow night will not be a good night to be out.By midday Friday we are dry, but cool. We stay dry and chilly through Saturday and start to see some temperature moderation Sunday. Next Monday will bring moderating temps.Scattered showers look less impressive this morning for next Monday night into Tuesday. WE are dropping rain totals back to a few hundredths to .25” over 805 of the state. The best chances come right around Tuesday morning. But early afternoon, action is already off to the east.We can see some light snow and flurry action as north winds come across the lakes on Wednesday, but in general, if we miss out on the light snow and flurry potential, we will be dry through next Friday, but definitely colder. WE should see temps mostly normal to below normal through that period.The extended continues to show scattered precipitation for the 10th through the 12th. While action does not look as impressive, we still are leaving the door open for .25”-.75” across the region. We then have a weak wave for the 14th that brings a few hundredths to a quarter inch, and then a low over the great lakes for the 15th that brings .25”-.5”. Temps will be chilly to start the 11-16 day period, but will moderate to near and slightly above normal levels by mid-month.last_img

The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.

first_imgDuring schematic design, the project team chose to remove the trash room, elevator, laundry rooms, and fitness room from the conditioned Passivhaus envelope. These spaces require high ventilation rates. If the spaces had been located inside of the Passivhaus zone, the large volumes of conditioned air that will be exhausted from the building would have made it difficult to attain the Passivhaus goal.There were also concerns about the degree of airtightness that could be achieved at these spaces given the number and size of vents that would be required at the laundry rooms and elevator shaft. This early decision has had significant ramifications on later design decisions and is currently being studied for revision as construction is progressing. 2×10 studsThe three-story wood-framed building sits on a slab-on-grade foundation (see Image #1, above). Typical exterior walls have 2×10 framing with blown-in fiberglass cavity insulation and 1 1/2-inch-thick rigid mineral wool exterior insulation (see Image #7, below). Mineral wool was chosen due to its permeability and capacity to facilitate drying to the exterior.At the exterior walls, the plywood sheathing (with taped seams) serves as the primary air barrier. Plastic housewrap installed over the sheathing serves as the water-resistive barrier. A smart vapor barrier is located on the interior of the wall framing. This is a polyamide membrane with a variable permeance rating to allow the wall to dry to the interior.The ground floor slab sits on a 4-inch layer of EPS insulation, which also wraps around and under the perimeter and interior footings. Type II EPS is used under the slab and at the sides of the footings; however, Type IX EPS is used under the footings for its higher bearing capacity. American HRVsSelection of the heat-recovery ventilation equipment required a similar amount of scrutiny as the window selection (see Image #9, below). Products offered by European manufacturers were evaluated and compared with those offered by North American manufacturers. This was a challenging process as inconsistencies between the different testing standards made it difficult to compare the performance of one ERV or HRV to another.Ultimately, the team chose to use equipment from the Loren Cook Company — a North American manufacturer — due in part to cost considerations, but also based to a significant degree on the mechanical contractor’s prior experience with that manufacturer’s products. Space heating with heat pumps and electric-resistance heatersThe building will be served by three rooftop mechanical penthouses housing HVAC equipment (see Image #5, below). Each penthouse will serve a “pod” of 18 to 20 apartments and a portion of the common areas. Rather than designing a fully centralized system, or a decentralized system with individual HVAC units in each apartment, the pod design is an approach that provides a high degree of efficiency while simplifying distribution and likely cutting down on maintenance needs.Approximately 90% of the space heating demand will be met by heat pumps delivering space heat through the ventilation system, while wall-mounted electric resistance cove heaters in the apartments will fulfill the remaining 10% (see Image #8, below). An L-shaped buildingThe building has an L shape, with two wings of residential units and a “knuckle” of common spaces at the corner (see Image #6, below). Although in terms of energy-efficient design, the building form is not optimal — either from an orientation or massing standpoint — the L shape was required to meet urban design guidelines in the Orenco Station district of Hillsboro. RELATED ARTICLES Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationWalls and Windows for the Orenco PassivhausMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonOnion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus PlanA Passivhaus Take on MultifamilyA Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle Multifamily Construction is Good News for Green Building Construction has startedIn 2011, REACH selected Walsh Construction Company as the general contractor for the project. We’ve been at the table with REACH and the design team from project inception, working together in a highly collaborative effort to help put the project together. Construction began in June 2014, and a great deal has happened at the site since then.The project is scheduled for completion in May 2015. Over the next six months, we plan to share stories of the construction, including successes as well as some of the challenges we’ve encountered along the way. In Portland’s western suburbs, a structure is on the rise that could change the face of affordable housing in America. Situated adjacent to the Orenco Station light rail transit stop in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Orchards at Orenco will provide 57 units of housing. The project sponsor, REACH Community Development, is aiming to achieve Passivhaus certification. When complete in the spring of 2015, Orchards read more

10 months agoMaguire: Leicester didn’t deserve Crystal Palace defeat

first_imgMaguire: Leicester didn’t deserve Crystal Palace defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Harry Maguire insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Maguire felt City should have created more chances with the possession they had in the second half but lamented Jamie Vardy’s bad luck after goalkeeper Vicente Guaita pushed his effort onto the post and it rebounded straight back into his arms.“Everyone is disappointed,” Maguire told LCFC TV.“We have worked tirelessly all week trying to put on a good performance this week and the first 20 minutes we started pretty slow.“There was not really any tempo from either team. They probably edged the first 20 minutes, but apart from the first 20 minutes I would say we were the better team and in control of the game.“They then scored when we were playing our best football and in our first spell of pressure. To be fair to the lad it is a great strike, a great finish. We’ll look back and we will work hard.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoReal Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snub

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Luka Modric has hit out at Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona star Messi and Juventus striker Ronaldo refused to attend Modric’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris earlier this month.Asked about the snub, Modric told Sportske Novosti, “I do not know why they did not come. It’s their choice, is it logical? “Obviously, these trophies only matter if they win them. It’s not fair to other players, for those who have voted for them for the last ten years, or for football and fans. “But everyone is free to act as he wishes.” last_img