Services Losing the Battle to Sustain Buildings

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense Department facilities continue to deteriorate as the Budget Control Act spending caps have forced officials to limit funding for installation support in recent years in favor of higher priority needs.The department’s latest assessment indicates that 18.9 percent of its facility inventory is in failing condition, with an additional 13.2 percent in poor condition. Last year, only 7 percent of its inventory was in failing condition.Unless the statutory spending caps are lifted in the out-years, “the department will continue to take risk in funding to sustain and recapitalize existing facilities,” according to the written testimony Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, submitted to the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee last week.“This will ultimately result in DOD facing larger bills in the out-years to restore or replace facilities that deteriorate prematurely,” Potochney wrote.The department’s fiscal 2017 budget request of $7.5 billion for facilities sustainment would meet only 74 percent of model requirements, according to his testimony.“We have over 52,000 buildings in poor or failing condition right now,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told the panel. “The majority of our facilities budget is focused on combatant commander requirements and new missions, which for us means cyber and unmanned aircraft. What it doesn’t get after is the significant number of buildings out there that are already failing,” Hammack said.The military services prioritized new construction over existing facility sustainment in the FY 2017 budget proposal, but the DOD-wide military construction line item represents a 14 percent cut compared to the previous year’s request, reported Federal News Radio. Much of the requested construction funding would support ongoing military operations overseas. And in the United States, facilities needed to support new aircraft such as the F-35 take precedence over replacing crumbling buildings, according to the story.“The milcon backlog is very significant,” said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. “We’re only able to afford about 30 of the 500 top priority projects that our major commands asked us for this year. We really are in a position where it’s not a matter of whether infrastructure is going to fail, it’s a matter of where and when,” Ballentine said.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request for fiscal 2017 submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.last_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Seeking Gate Attendants For Town Beach This Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington seeks talented individuals to join the summer Recreation Department team for the following position. Employment application forms can be found HERE.Gate Attendants – approximately 10 – 15 hours per weekThe Gate Attendants enforce beach rules, check IDs and collect gate receipts.The Beach is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from mid-June to mid-August. Gate Attendants must be available weekends.Working under the direction and supervision of the Beach Supervisor, duties include, but are not limited to: enforcement of beach rules, identification checks; and collection of gate receipts.Qualifications at time of application: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Hourly rate: $12.00Application process: Please submit an employment application form to: Karen Campbell, Recreation Director, Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, or electronically as a PDF to Please note “Recreation Employment” in the subject line.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Now Hiring Silver Lake Lifeguards & Gate Attendants For Summer 2018In “Government”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Rec Department Hiring For SEVERAL Summer PositionsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program Leaders This SummerIn “Government”last_img read more

UEFA Nations League Final Goncalo Guedes scores as Portugal beat Netherlands 10

first_imgPortugal lift the UEFA Nations League trophyReutersPortugal beat Netherlands to clinch the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy by one goal from Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes at the Estadio do Dragao stadium, in Porto. The 2016 Euro Champions extended their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. The Dutchmen who failed to qualify for the last two international tournaments could not equalise but tried their level best to do so. This trophy was the 29th career cup win for Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo.The match did not produce much from the Netherlands side in the first half as Portugal were looking much more sharper. Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillissen was the busier shot-stopper in the first half saving long-range shots from Bruno Fernandes. The Sporting Lisbon midfielder was a major threat for the Dutch defence in the first half but captain Virgin Van Dijk and Ajax captain, 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt were rock solid in defence. The Manchester United summer target performed really well throughout the match. The Netherlands were much more sharper in the second half and Rui Patricio became the busier goalkeeper saving attempts from Georginio Wijnaldum.But at the hour mark, Goncalo Guedes opened the scoring as the winger got a cutback ball delivered to him by Bernardo Silva and smashed it at the bottom right corner of the net from the edge of the box. Cillissen could have done much better as the ball went in after touching his left hand. Ronaldo was silent throughout the matchFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter the goal, Netherlands started to press harder but could not open scoring because of the gritty Portugal defence. Patricio made a great save when Martin de Roon fired a shot from 20 yards. Cristiano Ronaldo who tried to add to his tally of 88 international goals was kept silent throughout the match by Van Dijk. This is Portugal’s second trophy win in three years and they are looking like an invincible force in Europe. On the other hand, England finished the tournament as third after defeating Switzerland in the penalties.last_img read more

SC rejects Khaledas plea to change court

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File photoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to change the court to hold hearing of Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case against her, reports UNB. A five-member bench led by acting chief justice M Wahab Miah passed the order. Earlier, on Sunday, after concluding hearing, the SC set today (Monday) for delivering verdict. Khaleda Zia filed the petition on 6 August. Later, the High Court rejected the petition on 20 August. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July, 2008 with Ramna policestation accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.last_img read more

Journos can use bike on election day EC

first_imgThe government on 23 December slapped a ban on all motor vehicles from 29 December midnight to 30 December midnight. Journalists covering the 30 December national election will be able to use motorcycles, the election commission announced on Thursday, reports UNB. Asadul Haq, EC’s deputy director (public relations), said journalists would have to display the commission’s approval stickers on their bikes. EC withdrew the ban on motorcycles a week after imposing it, facing harsh criticism from the journalist community. Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transport of newsmen who often have to run on tight schedules. “Journalists have already been given stickers and cards for covering the election. They have to display the [EC] stickers on their motorcycle,” he said.last_img read more

City of Houston Unveils A New EnvironmentallyFriendly Building

first_img– / 3The City of Houston is celebrating the LEED Gold certification for its new Traffic Operations building. According to figures released by the city, the facility is 23% more energy-efficient than the usual code-compliant building.The building features all-LED lighting and about 20% of the building materials were locally-sourced. Environmentally-friendly paints and flooring were used in the building’s construction. There’s also a stormwater treatment system.LEED certification is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certifications are granted at four levels — certified, silver, gold, and platinum.Houston City Council adopted LEED certification building standards in 2004. Several other city buildings have attained LEED gold certification, including the Houston Permitting Center and the Julia Ideson Library.   Sharelast_img read more

Galveston Bay Area Has An App to Report Pollution

first_img 00:00 /01:05 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Galveston Bay FoundationBoat SewageThe Galveston Bay Action Network app is a hassle-free way to report pollution.Nate Johnson helped create the app.“We wanted to make a tool that would make pollution reporting a lot easier,” Johnson says. “Hopefully encourage more people to report it. And have the enforcement agencies clean it up once they receive the reports.”The app is not just for residents in Galveston, but also the other counties surrounding the bay, like Chambers, Brazoria and Harris county.Sarah Gossett is with the Galveston Bay Foundation.She says that’s why the condition of pollution in Houston is equally important to manage.“We very much work within the city of Houston to make sure everybody there is doing what they can to keep the bay and all of the waterways in that area healthy and clean,” says Gossett.If you’re not sure what’s considered pollution, Johnson says the app has you covered.They’re hoping to get reports on things like trash, oil slicks, and other hazards affecting the bay.“There is a tool in the app to help people get a little familiar with how they can identify different types of pollution they may see,” Johnson says.He also says filing a report takes about a minute and the proper authorities will be alerted immediately. last_img read more

Full Show No Knock Warrants And Bringing The Arts To Juvenile Detention

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34 center_img Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: “No-knock” warrants will now require a district court judge’s okay under new policy changes in the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division. Chief Art Acevedo shared those changes with members of the Houston City Council Thursday. We learn more.Then, the HISD board has decided to hold off – for now – on renewing several charter school contracts.Also this hour: The Theater District has started a new program bringing arts projects to at-risk youth, including some in juvenile detention. Plus we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And, in advance of the annual Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, our host, Craig Cohen, and spelling bee host Ernie Manouse come up with some challenging words for each other to spell.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Saturn found to have noontime auroras

first_img Auroras on Earth occur when magnetic reconnections (magnetic fields colliding) cause solar flares on the sun. When it happens, plasma carrying a magnetic field is shot out into space, some of which makes its way to Earth. When it collides with our planet’s magnetic field, auroras occur. The same process has been observed on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.In this new effort, the researchers were studying data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn for 13 years. They were looking specifically at data that would provide more information regarding magnetic reconnections on the planet—prior research had shown that they occur on the dayside of the magnetopause (the point where the planet’s magnetic field meets the solar wind). There was also evidence that they occur on the nightside of its magnetodisk, which is a plasma ring formed near the equator by water and other materials emitted from its moons. But prior research had also suggested that there would be no reconnections on the dayside of the planet’s magnetodisk because the solar winds made the ot too thick for them to occur. But the researchers found evidence of reconnections in the magnetodisk at noontime anyway. The researchers suggest this apparent anomaly is likely due to Saturn’s high spin rate (a day is just 10 hours). The high rate, they note, likely compresses the magnetodisk , making it thin enough for reconnections to occur. The team also suggests that the reconnections they measured appear to be strong enough to create auroras.The researchers suggest that their findings indicate that unknown auroras might be happening on other planets as well, but have been overlooked because planet spin speed was not factored into calculations. They further suggest that similar reconnections might also be behind some unexplained pulses seen from Jupiter. Journal information: Nature Astronomy More information: R. L. Guo et al. Rotationally driven magnetic reconnection in Saturn’s dayside, Nature Astronomy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0461-9AbstractMagnetic reconnection is a key process that explosively accelerates charged particles, generating phenomena such as nebular flares, solar flares and stunning aurorae. In planetary magnetospheres, magnetic reconnection has often been identified on the dayside magnetopause and in the nightside magnetodisc, where thin-current-sheet conditions are conducive to reconnection. The dayside magnetodisc is usually considered thicker than the nightside due to the compression of solar wind, and is therefore not an ideal environment for reconnection. In contrast, a recent statistical study of magnetic flux circulation strongly suggests that magnetic reconnection must occur throughout Saturn’s dayside magnetosphere. Additionally, the source of energetic plasma can be present in the noon sector of giant planetary magnetospheres. However, so far, dayside magnetic reconnection has only been identified at the magnetopause. Here, we report direct evidence of near-noon reconnection within Saturn’s magnetodisc using measurements from the Cassini spacecraft. The measured energetic electrons and ions (ranging from tens to hundreds of keV) and the estimated energy flux of ~2.6 mW m–2 within the reconnection region are sufficient to power aurorae. We suggest that dayside magnetodisc reconnection can explain bursty phenomena in the dayside magnetospheres of giant planets, which can potentially advance our understanding of quasi-periodic injections of relativistic electrons6 and auroral pulsations.Press release: … anetary-differe.html Hubble spots auroras on Uranus This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Saturn found to have noontime auroras (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Explore further An international team of researchers has found that Saturn’s fast rotation speed makes it possible for the planet to experience noontime auroras. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes the factors that lead to creation of auroras and how Saturn’s appear to arise. Credit: University College Londonlast_img read more