Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card – an assessment of the condition of the nation’s infrastructure across 16 categories, including surface transportation, railroads, inland waterways and electrical grid. The report card is issued every four years and can be reviewed at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.The overall grade given to the U.S. infrastructure incorporating all 16 categories is a D+. Some of the grades for the individual categories that are consequential to the movement of farm commodities and other agricultural products are as follows:Bridges: C+Ports: C+Dams: DRailroads: BRoads: D-Inland Waterways: DLevees: DThe report card estimates that between 2016 and 2025 (10 years), there will be a funding gap across all the infrastructure categories of $2 trillion.“It’s hard to have an A+ economy and A+ agriculture with a D+ infrastructure,” said Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “In order to be profitable, it is not sufficient to stimulate supply and demand. It is also essential to stimulate greater connectivity with supply and demand. Transportation infrastructure provides that connectivity.”Steenhoek argues that agriculture has one of the most diverse and elongated supply chains of any industry in existence and is heavily exposed to and dependent upon the nation’s system of roads and bridges, highways and interstates, inland waterways, railroads, and ports.“Farmers do not have the luxury of locating themselves in proximity to infrastructure. Rather, farmers hope infrastructure locates in proximity to them,” Steenhoek said. “The viability as an industry depends upon having each of these modes being properly maintained and providing seamless transition from one to the other.”Steenhoek says a topic that receives less attention is how essential it is to have a robust amount of funding for improving infrastructure and just how essential it also is for federal, state, and local government to provide greater predictability and reliability of that funding. When it comes to promoting our transportation infrastructure, he would rather the government be predictably good than sporadically great.“Constructing and maintaining infrastructure is very expensive and requires years of planning and execution,” Steenhoek said. “It is much more effective when government can provide greater certainty of funding over a number of years rather than a surge of funding in one year and a scarcity of funding the next. Because they do not provide this certainty – especially with regards to the nation’s lock and dam inventory – cost escalations and project delays become commonplace”It is very apparent to Steenhoek that additional funding is necessary. The Soy Transportation Coalition, for example, funded and disseminated analysis a couple years ago that suggested indexing the fuel tax to inflation so that revenue to improve roads and bridges can better keep pace with the costs of doing so. However, he says it is also important for federal, state, and local government to demonstrate better stewardship of taxpayer dollars when maintaining and improving infrastructure.“Before the government asks more from the taxpayer, it should ask more from itself,” Steenhoek said. “There are opportunities to institute and employ best practices so that taxpayer dollars can be stretched further.”
An Assam-based NGO has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the clearance by the National Green Tribunal to the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project straddling the Assam-Arunachal border. NHPC had in 2005 started work but the construction was stopped in 2011 following anti-dam protests. On July 31, the NGT ordered NHPC to restart the project.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UAAP Starting 5: Week 10 MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FILE – Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is the father of a baby girl.Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby’s mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Real Madrid and Portugal forward accompanied the image with the message written in Portuguese: “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!”The baby is Ronaldo’s fourth child. He had two children earlier this year, reportedly through a surrogate mother.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo made his relationship with Rodriguez public last year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Read Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kerr called a pair of timeouts minutes apart in the first half. The second one came after the play he designed wasn’t run the way he drew it up. Curry took the blame for that one.“I forgot the play,” he said. “Four dribbles in, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with the ball.”RESPECT THE PROCESSEmbiid, Simmons and the rest of the young Sixers left an impression on the Warriors.“They’re gonna be a load coming up for years,” Durant said. “You’re seeing a team that you should start following.”Kerr praised Philadelphia’s dynamic 1-2 punch.“Embiid and Simmons are different,” he said. “You don’t see that anymore. Simmons is incredibly gifted. The two of them together are difficult to cover.”TIP-INSWarriors: The 47 points allowed in the first quarter was their most given up in any quarter since Portland had 48 in the fourth quarter of a game on Nov. 14, 1992.76ers: J.J. Redick scored 20 points, and Dario Saric had 13 points and 10 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “I was extremely aggressive in the first quarter, just didn’t make the shots,” Curry said. “We were more calculated in the third quarter.”A raucous, sellout crowd that chanted “Trust the Process” most of the night went silent while the Warriors put on a shooting clinic in the second half.Even veteran David West came off the bench and made big shots in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors distance. He finished with 14 points. Klay Thompson had 16.“We weren’t locked in, we weren’t focused in the first half,” Kerr said. “It took the embarrassment of being blown off the floor to get us going.”Embiid was coming off a career-best performance — 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, seven assists — in a 115-109 win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ It looked as if he was on his way to another monster game in the first quarter. Embiid embraced the frenzied fans and slapped hands with a guy sitting courtside after a dunk.But the Warriors showed why they’re the best by stifling Philadelphia in the second half to improve to 12-4.The Sixers, who lost 135-114 at Golden State one week ago, fell to 8-7.“We have to play for 48 minutes,” Embiid said.Playing his first game since receiving a lucrative contract extension, Robert Covington had 20 points for Philly.Back home for the first time following a five-game road trip to the West Coast, the Sixers showed no jet lag in the first half.They jumped ahead 15-4 following a 3-pointer by Embiid. Covington stripped Durant and hit a 3 to make it 37-18, electrifying the crowd.Durant’s dunk off Green’s alley-oop pass got the Warriors within 70-51 late in the second. But Embiid finished off the half with a dunk that sent the Sixers into the locker room up 74-52.“We have to focus, we have to take care of the ball and handle our defensive assignments,” Simmons said.TIME-OUT TIMES TWO CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We take everybody’s best shot every night but they fight and fortunately we turned it around,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Joel Embiid scored 21 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points and 12 assists for Philadelphia, which led 47-28 after one quarter and 74-52 at the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Warriors erased that large deficit with a furious rally in the third quarter. Curry’s 3-pointer got them within one point. He then made a pair of free throws to give Golden State a 90-89 lead.The two-time NBA MVP hit another 3 and Draymond Green blew past a defender for a dunk to make it 99-89 going into the fourth. UP NEXTWarriors: Continue their four-game road trip Sunday afternoon at Brooklyn.76ers: Host Utah on Monday night. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, goes up for the shot with Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington, right, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 22-point halftime deficit was no big deal for the defending NBA champions.Stephen Curry scored 35 points, Kevin Durant had 27 and the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 124-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Manchester return? Real Madrid dismiss anti-Man Utd clause claim for Diazby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have dismissed claims have an anti-Manchester United clause in their deal for Brahim Diaz.The Spanish midfielder is leaving Manchester City for Real today in a deal rising to €20m. Diaz will sign a Madrid contract to 2025.The agreement includes a 15 per cent sell-on clause, however English media claims of an anti-United clause have been dismissed, says AS.It was suggested City had demanded a clause stating that if Diaz was sold to United, Real would pay 40 per cent of the fee to the Blues. However, this claim has been denied.Diaz will be presented to local media and fans on Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
ESPN.Which team deserves to be No. 1 in college football’s preseason polls? According to ESPN, it’s the defending national champions – Alabama. ESPN released its updated preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season earlier this month, and they’ve got the Crimson Tide at the top. Trailing Nick Saban’s team in the polls are Clemson, Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma. Here’s the full top 25. Will Alabama win another one this year?1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington 17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim reiterated on Monday that funds in the fixed deposit of the civic body will be utilised only for development work and civic amenities and any wastage of such funds will not be tolerated.Replying to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay regarding the existing amount in the fixed deposit of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at the monthly meeting, Hakim said: “We have an amount of Rs 17.10 crore till February 2018. The funds in the fixed deposit, whether it is more or less, does not matter. What matters most is offering services and civic amenities to the people. Since the Trinamool Congress took over the board of the KMC in 2010, it has provided civic amenities in the form of potable drinking water, lights, development of slums, an overhaul of the drainage system, scientific plan for solid waste management etc.” According to Hakim, when Subrata Mukherjee of the TMC ended his term as the Mayor in 2005, the amount of fixed deposit stood at Rs 377.16 crore. When Bikash Bhattacharya of the Left Front board took over as Mayor, he sold a number of plots of land and the fixed deposit went up to Rs 721.25 crore. Hakim further informed that when Bhattacharya’s term as Mayor ended in 2010, he left Rs 588. 67 crore in the fixed deposit of the KMC. “The revenue earning is a part our job but our main aim is to ensure that the citizens get the best of amenities,” he maintained. The Mayor further said that the KMC has set a target of three years to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to every single pocket in the city. “There are problems in certain pockets, particularly in the added areas in the southern part, and we are taking all possible measures to augment water supply. The capacity of the Garden Reach Waterways is being raised by 25 million gallon and we are also constructing small booster pumping stations in these areas to boost water supply,” he added.
EIGHT CARS DETECTED USING ILLEGAL FUEL IN JOINT POLICE/CUSTOMS OPERATIONHM REVENUE AND CUSTOMSillegal fuelPSNI MAGHERAFELT ShareTweet “Seven of the vehicles were restored to owners and more than £4,000 paid in fines.“There were numerous detections made by police for motoring offences including driving with no licence and driving without insurance.“Other matters addressed included the execution of an outstanding money warrant,” added the spokesperson.EIGHT CARS DETECTED USING ILLEGAL FUEL IN JOINT POLICE/CUSTOMS OPERATION was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: THE PSNI say its Magherafelt Neighbourhood Policing Team along with Local Policing Team colleagues conducted a joint operation with HM Revenue and Customs this week.This operation concentrated on motoring offences and targeted vehicles operating on illegal fuel.A spokesperson said: “HMRC seized eight vehicles detected using illegal fuel.