At 100 years old, the northbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge has allowed millions of people from several generations to easily travel between Vancouver and Portland, but not without a lot of work and public investment.“It doesn’t come cheap to maintain an older bridge of that particular design type,” said Bruce Johnson, state bridge engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT operates and maintains the bridge, but the costs are split between its owners, Oregon and Washington.To many living in the region, the Interstate Bridge is just one feature of a regular commute. But Johnson sees an old structure with lots of maintenance needs.Steel truss bridges, such as the I-5 Bridge, are flexible by nature; that combined with the fact that the bridge is old, supports loads far greater than it was designed for, has issues with corrosion and was riveted together — which makes it prone to fatigue cracks — can cause a feedback loop of problems.Johnson says ODOT has ways of monitoring and repairing damage as it arises. But as Oregon’s infrastructure inventory grows and more bridges age beyond their design lifespans, he worries about being able to stay on top of all the problems.
Willy Hernangómez, in a file image. Photo: Getty Ten points and eight rebounds for Willy in the loss to HoustonSeven points and 11 rebounds for Juancho in the beating of PortlandThe Denver will leave the Nuggets to sign for Minnesota The brothers Juancho and Willy Hernangómez saw action during the day of the NBA receiving more minutes than usual from the coaches of their respective teams, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets.Although both had different luck, since Juancho achieved the victory with the Nuggets and Willy lost with the Hornets. In any case, their greatest contribution in the field left them “satisfied” in the individual section. In his last game with the Denver shirt (he leaves for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a four-way operation), Juancho received 28 minutes of action as a reserve of the Nuggets in the beating of 127-99 against Portland Trail Blazers. The former Student player contributed seven points after scoring 2 of 6 field shots, failing a triple attempt, and hitting 3 of 3 from the personnel line.In addition, he stood out in the inner game by capturing 11 rebounds, including nine defenders, recovering a ball and putting two blocks. He also lost three balls and committed three personal fouls. Juancho finished as the second best team in the indoor game, only surpassed by Serbian center Nikola Jokic, who captured 13 rebounds.Willy stands out, but the Hornets loseWhile his brother Willy also received the support of the Hornets coach, Hispanic James Borrego, and although Charlotte’s team was defeated 125-110 against Houston Rockets on his visit to the Toyota Center, the former Real Madrd player ended up satisfied.Willy, as a reserve pivot, played 18 minutes and did a good individual and team work by getting 10 points and capturing eight rebounds, including four that were defensive.The eldest of the Hernangómez brothers, who begins to have more prominence in the Hornets team game, responded with three baskets of seven field shots, failed an attempt of triples, and was perfect with 4-4 from the personnel line . The former Real Madrid player also handed out two assists, lost three balls and committed three personal fouls.
Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) 2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited. Kgalagadi Breweries produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. SABMiller has a 40% stake in Kgalagadi Breweries and has management control over the operation; offering manufacturing and technical expertise, brand building and distribution expertise. Botswana Breweries produces traditional opaque beer made from sorghum and maize under the brand names Chibuku and Phafana. The Botswana Development Corporation has a 25.6% shareholding in Sechaba Breweries Holdings Limited.
The aa index provides the longest continuous data set which can be used in the analysis of magnetospheric and ionospheric phenomenology. All phases of the solar cycle show increases in activity since cycle 14. The activity increase does not appear to be associated with any instrumental, ionospheric or magnetospheric effects. Barely significant effects (in terms of the results presented in this paper) have been identified in the long-term change in magnetic latitude of the observatory sites, the positions of high-latitude ionospheric features such as the cusp, and ionospheric Pedersen and Hall conductivities due to changing magnetic field orientation and strength. The prime cause of the change in geomagnetic activity is an increase in solar activity. The number of storms at solar minimum has typically increased by 40% more than the other phases. This is principally due to increased recurrent storm activity to such an extent that conditions at minimum in recent cycles could be thought of as being more representative of the declining phase.