Traffic Light at Ninth and Bay To Be Disabled for Two Hours Early Wednesday

first_imgThe intersection of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue. A Cape May County work crew will disable the traffic light at the intersection of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue for approximately two hours starting at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.Both roads will remain open to traffic with Ocean City Police Department officers directing traffic. The work is necessary to make upgrades to the traffic signal controller. Please use caution at this intersection during the temporary outage.last_img

Kwesi Appiah primed for Brazaville test

first_imgGhana assistant coach Kwesi Appiah admits the coaching staff has to work hard at keeping Black Stars players focused on their Nations Cup qualifier against Congo as the hype around the friendly international against England dominates the front pages.Appiah will travel with coach Goran Stevanovic and the rest of the technical team to Nairobi on Sunday for training with the players ahead of their Group I Nations Cup qualifier against Congo in Brazzaville on March 27th.And Appiah is in no doubt what the priority will be. “The public talk may be that of the friendly, but it is our job as the technical team to keep reminding the players during the training period that the three points are far more crucial than anything.“We will be building team spirit and working on our approach for the Congo game but reminding them of how important it is will be a part of it.”Appiah knows that Brazzaville game has major implications for the Ghana and is delighted with the form of many key players in the build up to that.“It is important that Tagoe is scoring goals, and many of the players are in good form so it bodes well for us.” He is also pleased with the inclusion of young players like David Addy, Daniel Opare and Nathaniel Asamoah and says the competition their presence brings in the national team is good.“The coach is keen to give as many players as possible the opportunity and I think calling up Opare and Asamoah proves that. Asamoah’s case shows that if you do well, you can get your chance at the high level.“Sometimes you don’t call players to necessarily play them but you call players to give them a feel of what it is like to be in that sort of environment and being there will benefit all of them massively.”Source: Michael Oti Adjei/Kickoff.comlast_img read more

Flooding Renders Thousands Homeless

first_imgThousands of slum dwellers beginning from 20th Street to the Fish Market community in Monrovia have been forced to leave their dwellings as a result of flooding.The disaster followed a heavy 12-hour down pour of rain that began at 9 p.m. on Sunday and continued up to 9 a.m. Monday morning.Residents of 20th and 24th Streets who have lived there for more than 20 years said it was the first time a flood of this magnitude had been experienced in those communities.Identifying the causes of the flood disaster, two of the 24th Street residents attributed it to blocking of the drainages and waterways in the swamp by builders.“The people building in this place are the ones causing this problem for us.  They build right over the drainages and waterways; and because these areas are blocked, the water is forced to spread into the community as it has,” a resident said.Another resident of the Fish Market community near President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home also attributed the cause of the flood to random building of houses without observing alleys or waterways.According to Solo B. Gbayor, many people in the area build on the waterways in the swamp and are in the habit of dumping dirt in the drainages.  He said this condition has clogged the drainages, preventing water from flowing freely; so the water must find its way. Mr. Gbayor also blamed government for being weak in enforcing environmental and zoning laws and restoring orderliness. “People are just left to do their own thing without observing rules.  Before building in any part of the city you have to go to Public Works to get the permission. But people do their own thing and claim they were authorized by the government.  This is what is  causing the problem for all of us today.”Distressed victims in the communities were on Monday seen taking their luggage, crossing the flood of water to the dry land in search of other accommodations.Those with no hope of getting another home elsewhere could do nothing but to wait for the flood to abate and find their way into their drenched and clustered houses.The affected communities are situated in the lowland area. The narrow strips of dry land are divided by a swamp — one side between the swamp and the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other side near the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, extending to President Sirleaf’s residence near the Old Road-Tubman Boulevard intersection.Residents,  without considering future embarrassments of this kind,  have built in the swamp and blocked the waterway.  Erosion from the main Tubman Boulevard runs down the beach and enters into the swamp.But with the style of building in the communities, the water cannot flow down and is forced to spread.Moreover, the drainage system in those communities,  as in other parts of Monrovia, is clogged as those iron plates used to cover the drainages have all been stolen and sold to scrappers.Local residents use the open holes now to dump trash while erosion also adds up.  As a result, water no longer flows through the drainages but sets and spreads on roads and on the lowland.Up until Monday afternoon, affected residents were still striving to get their things out of the polluted water in those communities, asking the media to propagate their situation in order that they might receive assistance from humanitarian organizations.Normal work in the People’s United Community Clinic between 20th and 24th Streets came to a standstill as the flood overtook it; all working tools were left in the water.Meanwhile, there is also a high possibility of the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the communities.All septic tanks in the communities are full, while plastic bags of human wastes thrown over the top of houses by those without toilets are washed into the flood as rain falls.Residents depend on well water to cook and bathe, and on hand pumps installed by the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) water for drinking.  With the level of flood, the water system is certainly polluted; and if not handled properly and expeditiously, may cause diarrhea, cholera, and other related diseases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFrom the magic of Disney to the edgy West End, a fantastic programmeof choral classics and show stoppers will set the stage alight atRamelton Town Hall on Saturday night.The award-winning Belfast Operatic Company promises an evening ofmusic and dance for all tastes as it presents The Sound of Musicals aspart of its autumn concert programme.From Fauré to Gilbert & Sullivan to Disney, the Company inviteseveryone to come along and enjoy an evening of choral favourites. The concert starts at 8.30pm and 10 euro ensures a delightful evening,payable at door. ESCAPE THE CROKER COUNTDOWN FOR AN HOUR WITH BELFAST OPERATIC SOCIETY IN RAMELTON was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ESCAPE THE CROKER COUNTDOWN FOR AN HOUR WITH BELFAST OPERATIC SOCIETY IN RAMELTONlast_img read more

An Extinction’s Long Fuse

first_imgSome scientists are claiming that when the Isthmus of Panama was formed, an extinction event occurred two million years later.  The story is reported on EurekAlert: “We may be way off-track when we search for the causes of extinctions by looking only at the time the extinctions occur in the fossil record, which is what paleontologists normally do,” said Aaron O’Dea, postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  “In our case, we see that most coral and snail species died off a good 2 million years after the environmental change that caused their demise.”Yet the next sentence says they don’t know why the extinction was delayed for such a long time.  Another finds this puzzling:”We don’t start seeing extinction rates really increasing for another 1 million years,” [Ken] Jackson [London Natural History Museum] said.  “What is most remarkable is that most of the organisms that went extinct were those that liked high productivity environments, which had already disappeared for some time.  Why did it take so long for them to perish?  What tipped the scales?”The lesson preached from this press release is that our actions today may have consequences millions of years into the future.  But then, how would we ever know, and who would care?You mean, they actually believe this?  They separate a cause from an effect by two million years?  Yes, they do believe it.  The dating method is never to be questioned, even when it leads to absurdities.  The reason is that it provides an opportunity for them to get on their environmental soap box and make humans feel guilty for something.  Then, why not be thankful for the Panama Canal, which re-joined the oceans?  Won’t that help undo the damage two million years from now?    It’s amazing what you can claim given unlimited time.  I’m going to clap my hands, and predict that two million years from now, there will be a tsunami.  Prove me wrong.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cracking the Code

first_imgIt’s complex and hard to read… That’s why they call it a Code!If you’re going to build green or otherwise, you’ll need to crack the code. The process begins with a permit and you’ll pass a series of inspections. Here’s a primer of the code, but it’s worth getting a copy to read as well.The International Residential Code (IRC) is more than likely the code that will regulate the work to build a green home, an addition or even remodeling project. It is adopted in some fashion in 48 states. Verify your community’s code here.The IRC is a comprehensive design and construction documentThis stand-alone document includes all aspects of construction including architectural, structural, energy, plumbing, mechanical and electrical installations. It is published by the International Code Council (ICC), a non-profit organization that includes City and County Building Officials, Builders, Architects, Engineers, Firefighters, Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors and similar professionals across the country. This group follows a systematic process for continual improvement that results in a new published code book every three years (2006, 2009, 2012, etc).This code is divided into nine parts (I–IX). Each part may have several chapters lumping all requirements that are correlated together. Here’s a brief rundown of the parts and their chapters:I. AdministrationDuties and powers of the Building Official, permit requirements, construction documents, fees, inspections, certificates of occupancy and violations. Most jurisdictions (States, Counties and Cities) will delete this chapter in favor of one written by them.II. DefinitionsBecause a code has the force of law, misinterpretations in word definitions can be costly in many ways. One example is the story limit of a building: the definition is based on height of building, grade plane, grade as well as story height. These definitions narrowly define a condition where a structure with four levels (3 stories and a basement) can still be regulated with the IRC when the initial scope says it is limited to three stories…above grade.III. Building planningChapters 4-10 cover foundation design, floor, wall, and roof construction, exterior and interior siding, roofing, chimneys and fireplaces. Within each chapter, only a few material types are referenced with their minimum design standards. But the code does not limit your choices to only these materials. Section 104.11 allows substitutions, and in subsequent articles, I will expand on this subject. For now, just know that the option exists and the intent of the code is not to exclude any new innovation of alternative construction material of method of building.IV. Energy conservationChapter 11 offers you one of two approaches to meet the minimum standards: you can either meet the requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code or meet the requirements of this chapter. The choices are prescriptive and performance — see “When You Come to a Fork in the Code, Take It” .V. Mechanical installationsChapters 12-23 cover HVAC equipment, ducts, vents and exhaust. These chapters regulate the safety of heating, cooling and conditioning of air in your home.VI. Fuel gas appliances such as natural gas appliances.VII. PlumbingChapters 25-32 cover drain, waste and vent piping as well as water supply. Typical regulations include quality and size of pipe, water temperature and pressure, cross connection control and water heaters.VIII. ElectricalChapters 33-42 covers electrical installations such as service size and type, wire type and overcurrent devices (Circuit breakers), grounding and bonding.Each of these chapters delineates the minimum requirements for these various utility installations.IX. StandardsStandards are different from code. Standards generally establish the baseline for material quality or installation methods whereas codes establish the minimum installation conditions for those same materials or products. It’s basically, minimum standards of practice that as a professional, you should do vs. the law. If you don’t follow the standards of practice, you’re negligent, but you’re not breaking the law unless the code specifies compliance as a requirement.The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) has developed a standard for the Design and Construction of Plain and Reinforced Concrete Masonry and Basement and Foundation Walls with the identification number of TR 68-A—75.Concrete and masonry foundation walls shall be selected and constructed in accordance with the provisions of Section R404 or in accordance with ACI 318, ACI 332, NCMA TR68–A or ACI 530/ASCE 5/TMS 402 or other approved structural standards.Section R404.1Notice that the code uses standards that include several standard developing organizations, including NCMA. This allows the builder to shop for a material that complies with at least one of these standards. So the code sets one or more standards as the baseline for material quality or installation conditions.The rest of the IRC is appendices with optional methods that are used in rare instances such as gas piping, venting, gas appliance inspection, manufactured housing, radon mitigation, swimming pools, patio covers, private sewage disposal (septic tanks), existing buildings, sound transmission, permit fees, home day care, plumbing venting alternatives, gray water systems, and residential sprinkler standards.Normally, when a code is adopted, the appendices must be specifically referenced in the adoption process or they do not have the force of law. These provisions are in an appendix chapter instead of the body of the code because a jurisdiction would typically would need to decide if any particular installation was appropriate for their community or not.——————–How does the IRC relate to you as a Green Builder?You may be reading this because you’re concerned about how the code will limit your ability to build green. Please put those fears aside. The code development community is keenly aware of your concerns and is making huge strides toward helping you build green. go to and notice the plethora of focus on Green Building.ICC is leading the way on green building, and building officials nationwide are hearing your message. In the past few years, ICC has worked together with the National Association of Home Builders and several other stakeholders to develop the first ANSI-accredited green-home building standard , the ICC 700. ICC continues to embrace green initiatives, and more and more of that language is moving into the code. For example, the use of gray water systems or insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is now a prescriptive option for builders.In future blog postings, I will address the use of alternative materials and methods of construction, modifications to the building code, and how to talk to your inspector to increase your understanding of the regulatory world.last_img read more

My 5th Commandment: Get Away From Work

first_img My 1st CommandmentMy 2nd CommandmentMy 3rd CommandmentMy 4th CommandmentMy 5th CommandmentMy 6th CommandmentMy 7th Commandment Some of you who know me personally say I keep these hours because I am a newlywed racing home to my bride, and I would answer, “Damn right!” Those who know me even better know that I have kept these hours since long before I fell in love. What I learned early in life is that there are certain things that are more fun to do when you are in your 30s, and others more suited to your 40s, 50s and so on. If you wait until you are in your 50s to do everything, when you “have” the time and money, it somehow just doesn’t seem to happen.The Old Man and the SeaIt’s like the old story about the grandfather on his death bed, advising his grandson that nobody ever wishes they spent more time in the office. Well, I’m 47, and I’ve seen some things in this world. I’ve lived overseas and camped, tramped and backpacked in over 50 countries around the world. I’ve seen solar panels on huts in the Kalahari, saved my grey water from the bathtub in California, and froze my tail off in the Alps because it was illegal to keep the car engine idling in the parking lot (even when the temperature was 10 degrees below zero). I’ve traversed over, through, and down exceedingly polluted rivers from the Yangtze in China to the Zambezi in Zambia to our own Mississippi. I have walked to the edge of incredible deforestation, from Cambodia to Venezuela to the fabled Black Forest in southern Germany. I’ve lived through 7.6 earthquakes and wildfires in Southern California and 4 ft. of flood water in my home in Cypress, Texas, and have been chased into basements during tornado warnings and chased out of town by hurricanes and tsunamis more times than I can count. In short, I’ve had more than my share of first-hand, close-up experiences to what Mother Nature can do to a home.And somehow my business has survived without me. In fact, I believe my business has thrived without me. My periodic absences have enabled my business to grow because I am not there doting over every single decision.By recreating away from the office, I have set an example for my employees and business partners that recreating is part of our company values. I expect them to recreate, and the result has been a strong 20-year run, a full pipeline through the fall and another trip being planned to Europe! So as your Green Building Business Advisor, I humbly submit my 5th Commandment: Get away! Your company and your customers will surprise you with their support. Life’s too short. You and your family deserve more. The importance of recreation is probably one of the larger parts of my father’s legacy, which he has passed on to us kids over the years. He has always put great value on recreation. He believes that recreation should be thought of as “re-creation.” If you do not practice “re-creation,” he warns, then you will only achieve “wreck-reation.”True to that legacy and in demonstration of a lesson learned, when I sat down with my dad and we incorporated our business together 20 years ago, I listed recreation as one of my personal goals. At that time, I asked for 90 days vacation annually! In the early years, I got that time away regularly, but as our company grew, so did my responsibilities—and my recreation time dwindled. Yet I still do a respectable job of holding the line. In fact, I know I do a much better job than most of my contemporaries.In by 7, Out by 5When Dan Morrison emailed me recently to set up a time to talk, he asked about my availability. I told him what I tell most everyone else: I’m in the office until 5. That’s it. Kind of simple. I commute 20 minutes against traffic to the office. I ride my bicycle a few times each month to do my part in keeping cars off the road. I’m usually in the office at 7 am, having already gotten in my run or swim. And I like to be on my way home at 5 pm. Does it always happen? No, of course there are exceptions. But what is important is that it usually does happen. Other Blogs in this Series last_img read more

Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors

first_imgNeymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice on Wednesday, but no one seems to know if he’ll accept a world record transfer or show up for training. Just in case, Barcelona is making moves to protect 26 million euros ($30.7 million) that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Neymar also remained mum about his future while playing for Barcelona during its preseason tour in the United States before heading off to Shanghai to boost his brand as a fashion icon.Last year, Neymar signed a contract extension with Barcelona through 2021, with his buyout clause increasing to the current 222 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by 2018. The bonus Barcelona is now trying to protect is from that deal.If PSG does sign Neymar, the cost of the transfer would more than double the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.PSG starts its season on Saturday, while Barcelona has until Aug. 13.Two weeks ago, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told The AP that Neymar “is not on the market.” He then told ESPN that if Neymar “wants to go then they will have to pay the clause, right down to the last euro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Beyoncé considering purchase of Houston Rockets ownership stake—report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said “given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved” the money is being held from Neymar.“What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future,” the official told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the 222 million euros ($262 million) that PSG would have to pay Barcelona to trigger the release clause included in Neymar’s contract.Neymar arrived to Barcelona on Tuesday night after some publicity events in China — both personal and for Barcelona. Catalan television channel TV3 showed images of Neymar walking quickly through Barcelona’s airport while wearing large headphones. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Neymar is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona’s training grounds just outside the city on Wednesday.There are growing rumors that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG.Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company.But the Barcelona official said the “club is not aware of any medical exam of the player with PSG.”Neymar’s father, who acts as his agent and is also named Neymar, arrived in Barcelona on Monday. He was swarmed by journalists at the airport but revealed nothing about his son’s intentions.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Our Favorite Plays From Saturday’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgWe had some fun with this post last week as we looked at some of the most memorable plays from Saturday’s game. Oklahoma State posted the game highlights, but these were individual (and maybe more under the radar) moments that stood out to us.Blake Jarwin (again)This is becoming a weekly occurrence. Jarwin has at least one catch in nine of 10 games this season and exactly one in three of the last four. Almost all of them look exactly like this one.Lil Sho TDThis was just a disgusting pitch and catch. Remember when people were calling Rudolph “average” earlier this year. Yeah, LOL.McCleskey’s fumble I know this ended poorly, but man I really loved the formation and setup. Would love to see this more with No. 1.Justice For allHe’s just a complete freak. And that downfield block from Lacy was paramount.Dimes on dimes on dimesA big balls throw from No. 2 over the middle here. He loves that spot as well as the sideline comeback. It’s a joy to watch.Justin Phillips sackPhillips had 14 tackles including this takedown of Mahomes in the fourth quarter. He was awesome with Chad Whitener out.PeaceCould watch forever. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more