Caltrans Repaves Roadway with Recycled Plastic Bottles

first_imgHomeBriefsCaltrans Repaves Roadway with Recycled Plastic Bottles Aug. 03, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsEnvironmentTransportationCaltrans Repaves Roadway with Recycled Plastic BottlesGuest Author10 months agocaltransenvironmentRecycled Plastic BottlesRepavingsustainability Pilot Project uses 100% recycled material on highway repairCaltrans repaved a section of Highway 162 in Oroville last week using recycled asphalt pavement and liquid plastic made with single-use, plastic bottles, which marks the first time the department has paved a road using 100 percent recycled materials.The pilot project features work on three lanes of a 1,000-foot highway segment, and the department is testing the material for later use throughout the state since a one-mile segment of pavement using this treatment will recycle 150,000 plastic bottles.“This pilot project underscores the department’s commitment to embracing innovative and cost-effective technologies while advancing sustainability and environmental protection efforts,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin.The “plastic” roadway has been found in previous tests to be more durable and last two to three times longer than traditional hot-mixed asphalt pavement. This pilot will be the first test on a state highway.“California has set ambitious goals for recycling and other environmental priorities, and meeting them requires innovative and cost-effective solutions,” said Senator Ben Hueso, who has advocated for Caltrans to test this material. “Using waste plastic that was otherwise destined for a landfill will not only reduce the cost of road repair and construction but also increase the strength and durability of our roads. As a leader on environmental justice issues, California is uniquely positioned to transform the transportation industry once again by using this new technology that could revolutionize the way we look at recycled plastic.”Caltrans currently has a cold in-place asphalt recycling program that uses large machines to remove 3 to 6 inches of roadway surface and grind up the asphalt while mixing it with a foamed binding agent made of bitumen, a leftover sludge from oil refining. However, the recycled material used in this process is only durable enough to serve as the roadway base. Trucks need to deliver hot-mix asphalt from a production plant miles away and place a final layer over the base.Using this new technology developed by TechniSoil Industrial of Redding, a recycling train of equipment grinds up the top 3 inches of pavement and then mixes the grindings with a liquid plastic polymer binder, which comes from a high amount of recycled, single-use bottles. The new asphalt material is then placed on the top surface of the roadway, eliminating the need for trucks to bring in outside material for a paving operation. By eliminating the need to haul asphalt from the outside, this process can significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.“We’re excited about introducing a new sustainable technology and helping pave the way for utilization of recycled plastics throughout the state,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This process is better for the environment because it keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.”The $3.2 million paving project covers a stretch of Highway 162 between the Feather River and Christian Avenue in Oroville. The construction schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.Tags :caltransenvironmentRecycled Plastic BottlesRepavingsustainabilityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentStreet sweeping to occur next weekCity services: What’s opening soon?You Might Also LikeBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author1 day agolast_img read more

The Central Park Celebration Is Coming to New York City

first_img Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. The Central Park Celebration of the Horse presented by Rolex will be held on Sept. 18-21, 2014, at the Trump Rink (Wollman Rink) in New York City’s Central Park. This event will feature the best equestrian sport in the world along with daily exhibitions featuring different breeds and disciplines.Remember the glory of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden? The Celebration of the Horse will be a spectacular return for equestrian sport to New York City, showcasing the horses and riders against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues.The Celebration of the Horse will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 18, with a $200,000 Central Park Grand Prix featuring some of the best show jumpers in the world as they vie for top prize money in this unique setting. The grand prix will be televised live on NBC Sports from 7:30-9:00 p.m., giving even greater exposure to these Olympic-level athletes.Friday night will host a celebrity charity equestrian event, while a world-class dressage musical freestyle will run on Saturday night featuring six of the world’s top dressage riders.Along with these exciting night time events, there will be a full daytime matinee schedule of interesting, diverse, and educational exhibitions centered around horses and their place in our history and culture. The Sunday matinee will present an arena polo competition featuring some of the world’s top players.Limited seating is available for both the evening and matinee events, so make your plans soon to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event! Tags: Central Park Celebration, Central Park Celebration of the Horse, last_img read more

Watch Bob Weir & Eric Krasno Join Twiddle With John Popper For “Eyes Of The World” At LOCKN’ 2019 [Pro-Shot]

first_imgBack in August, Bob Weir and Eric Krasno joined Twiddle during their set at LOCKN’ 2019 in Arrington, VA. For the majority of their special collaborative set with John Popper, the Vermont-bred jam quartet weaved Blues Traveler songs amongst their own originals.Midway through the performance, Twiddle welcomed guitarists Bob Weir and Eric Krasno for a cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes Of The World”. Thanks to a newly shared pro-shot video courtesy of Twiddle, you can now relive the Bob Weir and Eric Krasno collaboration on the device of your choice. Check it out below:Twiddle ft. Bob Weir, Eric Krasno, & John Popper – “Eyes Of The World” [Pro-Shot]The sit-in with Twiddle was just one of many Weir guest spots throughout the weekend at LOCKN’ 2019.  On Friday, Weir joined Edie Brickell & New Bohemians on “Deep Elem Blues” before later joining Old Crow Medicine Show on renditions of “Mexicali Blues”, “Cumberland Blues”, and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”. He also jumped in on sets by Oteil & Friends in addition to his own festival-closing two-set Bob Weir and Wolf Bros show on Sunday. That’s not to mention his couch-bound “sit-in” with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on the festival’s opening night.Next up for Twiddle is the band’s annual “Frendsgiving” run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which is set for Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th. Buffalo-based four-piece Aqueous will offer support at both shows.Head to Twiddle’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.Setlist: Twiddle with John Popper | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/24/2019Set: Riverdrift, Syncopated Healing, Jamflowman, But Anyways ^ #, Eyes of the World %, Lost in the Cold ^, Mountains Win Again ^ #, Castaway ^ #, When It Rains It Pours ^, Hook ^ #^ W. John Popper# Blues Traveler Cover% Grateful Dead Cover w/ Bob Weir, Eric Krasno, & John Popperlast_img read more

This Day in History: Empire Windrush

first_imgEmpire WindrushOn this day in History, June 22, 1948, a German cruise boat, the Empire Windrush, traveled up the Thames to the Tilbury Dock, London, where she disembarked 492 settlers from Kingston, Jamaica. Many of the travelers were ex-servicemen, who had served in England during the war. This was the first wave in Britain’s post-war labour recruitment from the Commonwealth marking the start of modern immigration to the United Kingdom.One of them was a future Mayor of Southwark, Sam King, who passed away June 19, 2016, served in England with the wartime RAF. In ‘Forty Winters On’, published by Lambeth Council, he recalled getting two wireless operators among the passengers to play dominoes innocently outside the ship’s radio room and eavesdrop on incoming signals. They heard on the BBC that Arthur Creech Jones, Colonial Secretary in the Labour government, had pointed out that: ‘These people have British passports and they must be allowed to land.’ He added that they would not last one winter in England anyway, so there was nothing to worry about.The newspapers were already interested in the voyage of what they embarrassingly called ‘the sons of empire’ and the Colonial Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Labour were busily engaged in trying to dodge responsibility for the newcomers, whose imminent arrival they viewed with alarm. Eventually the Colonial Office, defeated in these arcane bureaucratic maneuverings, reluctantly opened the deep air-raid shelter under Clapham Common and about 230 of the new arrivals moved into it. The labour exchange nearest Clapham Common happened to be the one in Brixton, in Coldharbour Lane, and it was this that made Brixton the first of London’s new West Indian ghettoes.last_img read more

Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse

first_img Tags: Limerick’s Paul Kennedy and Jane Kennedy-owned Irish Sport Horse mare Cartown Danger Mouse have taken victory in today’s (Sunday) four-star 1m60 Grand Prix sponsored by Equerry, at Bolesworth International in the UK.A thrilling jump-off saw Kennedy (pictured above) outpace his fellow countryman Billy Twomey, with the 24-year-old Limerick rider collecting a first prize of €33,000.Cork-born Twomey had taken the lead with the Kim Barzilay-owned Kimba Flamenco with a clear round in 38.65 seconds. However Kennedy knocked .09 of a second off that target when last to go. Twomey would finish as runner-up, while Britain’s John Whitaker took third place with Cassinis Chaplin. Richard Howley and Dolores came home in sixth for Ireland while Clem McMahon also finished in the top 10 with PacatoIt was Kennedy’s second win at Bolesworth having also taken the top prize in Friday’s feature competition again riding Cartown Danger Mouse, while the pair were also part of the winning Irish Nations Cup team recently in Lisbon.BREEDINGCartown Danger Mouse (ISH) – 2006 bay mare by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) out of Missy Boo (ISH). Bred by Paul G Kennedy, Co. Limerick. Owner: Jane Kennedy. Rider: Paul Kennedy (IRL) 17 June 2018, 18:03 Home  »  General  »  Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse last_img read more

FOUR BLUES NAMED OUA ALL-STARS

first_img Four members of the Varsity Blues earned all-star honours as Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced 2019 women’s soccer award winners on Wednesday afternoon.Blues goalkeeper Levanta Staggolis and striker Jenny Wolever earned OUA East first team honours, while midfielders Miranda Badovinac and Maddie MacKay were named to the second team.A fourth-year veteran from Toronto, Staggolis earns her first career all-star nod in 2019. The kinesiology major started in 12-of-14 regular season games, earning six wins and four clean sheets. Staggolis ranked second in the OUA East division with a .865 save percentage this season.Jenny Wolever, a fifth-year striker from Toronto, earns her fourth career all-star laurel and first as a Varsity Blue. The Queen’s Gaels transfer made an immediate impact on the Blues roster this season as she co-led the squad with seven goals in 14 regular season games.Similarly, Miranda Badovinac, a third-year midfielder from Burlington, Ont., also made an immediate impression on the Blues roster. The life science major co-led the Blues with seven goals and has led Toronto’s post-season success, scoring the lone goal in the Blues 1-0 playoff win over Ontario Tech and notching two goals and one assist in U of T’s 3-0 quarter-final upset win over Queen’s.Team captain Maddie MacKay also garners her first career OUA all-star nod. The fourth-year veteran from Vancouver scored two goals and has been instrumental in Toronto’s midfield this season.East Division Major Awards:Most Valuable Player – Mikayla Morton, OttawaRookie of the Year – Cecilia Way, Queen’sCommunity Service Award – Katherine Bearne, OttawaCoach of the Year – Steve Johnson, Ottawa East Division Second Team All-StarsGoalkeeper – Margot Shore, OttawaDefender – Trinity Esprit, OttawaDefender – BreAnnah Webster, RyersonDefender – Lauren de Jong, NipissingDefender – Jenna Leslie, Queen’sMidfielder – Miranda Badovinac, TorontoMidfielder – Maddie MacKay, TorontoMidfielder – Brooke Pearson, RyersonStriker – Cecilia Way, Queen’sStriker – Emma Lefebvre, OttawaStriker – Madison Logan, NipissingFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkscenter_img East Division First Team All-StarsGoalkeeper – Levanta Staggolis, TorontoDefender – Mikaela Tierney, Ontario TechDefender – Jamie Foot, Queen’sDefender – Cooper Lee, OttawaMidfielder – Lidia Bradau, Queen’sMidfielder – Katherine Bearne, OttawaMidfielder – Tori Chia, TrentMidfielder – Ashley Mlinaric, NipissingStriker – Mikayla Morton, OttawaStriker – Jenny Wolever, TorontoStriker – Christie Gray, Queen’slast_img read more

ItsMyUrl Puts Your Whole Online ID into a Barcode

first_imgBoston-based ItsMyUrls has added the convenience of QR to their all-in-one online ID service. (Quick-response barcodes are the postage-stamp style codes that are easily scanned by your smartphone.) By adding each of your ID elements – websites, social networks, IM – to your account you produce a QR that when scanned takes the viewer to your full list of online places. Scan the QR to the right and you’ll be able to see my one-man anarchic online nation. (Prepare yourself. You’re in for a thrill.) Appearance is everything. Well, it’s something anyway. And the high-profile users the company windows on its website are a strange combination of fairly well-known entertainers, like the rapper Big Boi and reality star Adrienne Curry with scantily-clad gals and gentlemen who are rather too liberal with the word “rockstar.”Regardless, the innovative use of the QR code as a “social identity” code is interesting. QR codes have currency and the prospect for using them in the service of marketing is growing in importance. The QR code alone is not responsible for ItsMyURLs’ user growth, but it may have had an effect on investors. In the past two weeks since introducing the QR, CEO Eddy Inserra says he’s been approached by three major VC firms. The key for growing QR as a personal online tools to some degree the same as QR for marketing in general, finding a wide-spectrum use past the initial novelty. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of the Internet of Things. Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Joint Committee Blue Book: Depreciation Provisions in TCJA

first_imgThe Blue Book issued by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) includes at least 10 technical corrections related to depreciation. The Blue Book explains the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and identifies more than 70 technical corrections needed to fix various drafting errors in the TCJA. Here is a look at the most important corrections for depreciation provisions.Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)The technical correction with the highest profile would assign a 15-year recovery period to QIP placed in service after 2017. Without this fix, QIP has a 39-year recovery period and is not eligible for the 100 percent bonus depreciation deduction.Qualified improvement property is broadly defined to consist of most improvements to the inside of nonresidential real property which are placed in service after the building is first placed in service. Consequently, this technical correction is of utmost importance to real estate owners and lessees who engage in remodeling projects.Section 179 Expensing of QIPQIP as well as roofs, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning property (HVACs), and fire protection and security systems installed on nonresidential real property may be expensed in tax years beginning after 2017. These improvements must be placed in service after the building is first placed in service.A technical correction is needed to clarify that the taxpayer claiming the section 179 expense must install the QIP, roof, HVAC, or fire/security system. A taxpayer may not simply purchase a building and claim the section 179 deduction if the improvement was made by the seller. The technical correction would also prevent a taxpayer from claiming the bonus deduction on QIP that was not installed by the taxpayer.Real Property Trades and BusinessA technical correction is required to clarify that a real property trade or business that elects out of the business interest deduction limitations must depreciate 15-year leasehold improvement property, 15-year retail improvement property, and 15-year restaurant property placed in service before 2018 using the MACRS alternative depreciation system. As drafted, ADS is only required for residential rental property, nonresidential real property, and qualified improvement property regardless of the year placed in service.Election to Use 50 Percent BonusA transition rule allows a taxpayer to elect a 50 percent bonus depreciation rate in its first tax year ending after September 28, 2017. A technical correction is needed to clarify that this election is only allowed for a tax year that ends after September 28, 2017 and begins before January 1, 2018. This correction prevents a new business from making the election in a phase-down tax year in which the bonus rate drops below 50 percent.Rate-Regulated Utilities and Businesses with Floor Plan FinancingRate-regulated utilities are exempt from the limitations on business interest deduction limitations. Businesses otherwise subject to the limitations are allowed to deduct floor plan financing interest. However, these taxpayers must pay a price ─ their property is no longer eligible for bonus depreciation.A technical correction should clarify that bonus depreciation is not available for property placed in service by these taxpayers in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Without the correction the provision is effective for property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017. The corrected effective date coordinates the bonus exclusion with the business interest limitation rule which is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.Bonus Depreciation Phase-Down Effective DateProperty acquired before September 28, 2017 is eligible for a 50 percent bonus depreciation rate if placed in service in 2017, a 40 percent rate if placed in service in 2018, and a 30 percent rate if placed in service in 2019. The nonsensical effective date of the provision as enacted, however, is for property acquired after September 27, 2017. A technical correction clarifies that the provision is effective for property acquired before September 28, 2017. Property subject to a pre-September 28, 2017 binding contract is considered acquired before September 28, 2017.Timing of Technical Correction Bill UncertainAt present a technical corrections bill is not a high Congressional priority and there is no certainty of enactment in time for the 2019 filing season. Preliminary bill text, however, has been drafted and incorporates fixes for the technical errors discussed in the Joint Committee’s Blue Book.Taxpayers interested in more information may want to review the following documents:Joint Committee on Taxation staff’s General Explanation of Public Law 115-97 (JCS-1-18), (December 20, 2018) (“Blue Book”)Committee on Ways and Means, Chairman Kevin Brady, “Tax Technical and Clerical Corrections Act” (January 2, 2019) (draft of bill text)Technical Explanation of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman’s Discussion Draft of the “Tax Technical and Clerical Corrections Act” (JCX-1-19).By Ray Suelzer, JD, LLMLogin to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Montella: ‘Fiorentina’s Nainggolan talks’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Vincenzo Montella confirms Fiorentina were in talks with Radja Nainggolan over a summer move before he joined Cagliari, but is disappointed in Giovanni Simeone. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game against the Sardinians on Sunday, Montella revealed that a move had been possible. “I’ve been following him for some time. There was the possibility [of a move] and he was tempted, but he decided to go with his heart and went back to Cagliarl.” Cagliari have been the surprise package of the season so far, and currently sit joint fifth in the table, and Montella believes they’ve been a revelation. “They’ve been a bit of a revelation in the league. Their midfield is their strongest point and they don’t have to be envious of the other sides in Serie A. It will be a good game because they’re in a healthy state and their pitch is a little smaller than others, and this will help them. It will be a huge test for us.” Montella allowed Giovanni Simeone to join Cagliari last summer, after the striker had a difficult 2018-19 season in Florence. “Giovanni is an important player, but he was also an important player in Florence. He suffered last season, but to be honest I expected him to put more effort into changing the situation rather than just leaving the city behind. However he wanted to move, and we advised him to go to Cagliari. I am happy for him.” Midfielder Gaetano Castrovili has earned his first call-up to the Azzurri squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia after a string of impressive performances for La Viola, and Montella was delighted for him. “We are proud. We took risks because he had never played in Serie A, but he is a humble guy who makes great sacrifices.”last_img read more