Mission officials, residents look to alternative designs for planters on Hodges Drive

first_imgThe planter at Hodges Drive and West 62nd Street in Mission.Mission city leaders and residents have developed an initial plan for the large planters blocking the ends of three streets on Hodges Drive.City leaders last night considered a plan developed by a working group of residents. The design alternative sketched out by a working group of residents and GBA, the architect on the job, will first be tested out at the intersection of Hodges, Juniper and 61st Terrace. It involves installing essentially an “island” in the intersection with a design that also includes pavers and a gate.Public safety vehicles would have a key to the gate for better accessibility in exiting the area.The design alternative was part of a compromise between the residents’ desires to keep dead end-style streets and the city’s intent to comply with federal standards while also creating accessibility for emergency responders and public works vehicles.Hodges Drive working group representatives Sara Newell (left) and Ron Monson agreed with the council’s decision to get more resident feedback.City councilmembers have agreed with the working group’s design alternative, which will cost about $12,000 to $15,000. Initial plans are to replace one of the planters — the one at 61st Terrace that broke during a police pursuit in spring 2018 — with this new design alternative. Installing the design alternative at all three intersections would cost $36,000 to $45,0000.Councilmembers also expressed wishes to install gates at the other two intersections, but they’ve tasked staff with asking the group about neighbors’ wishes. They also deliberated on more expensive design options. Councilmember Kristin Inman said she wanted to bounce ideas off the working group.“I would really want to look at the work group that came together and put a lot of time and effort into trying to come up with a solution,” Inman said. “I would hate to just completely start over after all their hard effort.”Councilmember Nick Schlossmacher said he wanted the council to consider cost-sharing for design alternatives that would be more aesthetically appealing but cost more money.“At one point, if we’re talking about more expensive options and ongoing maintenance, maybe some of that responsibility falls on the people that live in that area,” he said. “We’re going to incur higher cost options to maintain some of those aesthetics; Should there be some assessment on people that live on those streets? I think it’s worth that conversation.”Mission Councilmember Nick SchlossmacherThe planters block three streets connecting to Hodges Drive: West 62nd Terrace, West 62nd Street and Juniper Drive/West 61st Terrace (those two roads merge at the intersection). They don’t meet federal highway standards as proper barricades for a number of reasons, including that they create a hazard for motorists, but the neighbors have said they enjoy the planters because they turn their streets into dead ends that keep traffic local.The three streets feeding into Hodges Drive were originally dead end streets, and neighbors have consistently shared their wishes to keep the streets blocked after Hodge Drive was built. The issue once again came to the city’s attention after the police pursuit last spring that resulted in a vehicle crashing into one of the planters.City Administrator Laura Smith noted that the city’s main concerns are ensuring accessibility for emergency responder vehicles as well as snow plows, trash trucks and public works vehicles.Residents have said they want to keep the planters or some kind of barrier to foster a better sense of community among their neighborhood and safe walking spaces with the reduced traffic. They also cited lower crime rates and higher home values for properties on dead end streets.Residents who participated in the working group said they want a “hard” barrier such as a gate, wall or planter to be at each of the three intersections.Smith said there is no law or regulation that requires immediate removal of the planters.last_img read more

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New High-Performance OMNI FIT Connectors for Wireless Infrastructure Applications

first_imgRadio Frequency Systems has announced that the full range of its new C03 family of OMNI FIT standard connectors is now commercially available. The new connectors provide excellent electrical performance, N, 7-16 DIN and 4.3-10 interfaces, and three attachment options to support any installation requirement. The new family of connectors provides key performance and design enhancements that help operators squeeze every last bit of performance out of existing infrastructure and maintain end-user satisfaction while simplifying installations. To help operators take advantage of the new connectors, RFS is offering them at similar prices to legacy OMNI FIT standard connectors.OMNI FIT standard connectors are designed for use with RFS CELLFLEX copper cables and CELLFLEX Lite aluminum cables. The new C03 family of OMNI FIT connectors provides the features operators need most: SCF12-50 1/2-inch Superflex LCF12-50 1/2-inch Flexible LCF78-50 7/8-inch Flexible Excellent PIM and VSWR ratings to help maintain high levels of signal quality and system performance at all times Spacing-saving 4.3-10 interfaces as well as traditional N and 7-16 DIN interfaces to support any installation requirement Three attachment options for 4.3-10 connectors to simplify installations in the smallest and most awkward spaces as well as in harsh environments A lighter weight design than the previous generation of OMNI FIT standard connectors to ease installation and minimize the burden on already loaded towers The new high-performance OMNI FIT standard connectors are available for all variants of the following RFS CELLFLEX cables: The OMNI FIT standard connectors, along with RFS’ OMNI FIT premium connectors, provide the market with a complete offering for field-installable connectors. For more information, click here.last_img read more

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The video collected 101 million views in the first 24 hours…

first_imgHow fast can YouTube accrue 100 million video views? This weekend, it turned out that the first 24 hours were enough. That is, if you are a band that has enough fans. YouTube has confirmed to Variety that the new Dynamite music video from the South Korean pop group BTS has set a record for the most views on the day of its release.The Dynamite video clip received exactly 101.1 million views in the first 24 hours, which no video in YouTube’s history has ever achieved. The previous record was 86.3 million views on the day of publication and was again held by a video clip from a Korean band, only different – Blackpink. And to make matters worse, Dynamite set another record. The video was watched by 3 million people at the same time – also a meta that no premiere content on YouTube has yet reached. Korean pop has been rolling the server’s statistics for a long time, with almost all record views from recent months held by South Korean musicians. Publishers there often use it in marketing and brag about where it goes. The clip for the song Dynamite could hypothetically help that it is the first video of the band BTS, which was released in English. In any case, he still has a long way to go if he wants to surpass the most watched video in YouTube history, which remains the song Despacito with 6.9 billion views.last_img read more

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Drogba lost his football passion

first_imgIvory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba concedes he began this season with little passion for football.“This summer, I no longer had a head for football, I’d completely lost the fire” he told France Football magazine.“I felt completely extinguished. For the first time in my career, I’d lost the passion for football. I was lost.”Drogba, 30, also said he understood why the Premier League’s top scorer Nicolas Anelka was starting games ahead of him, leaving him to start on the bench.“For the moment, I can only keep quiet,” he added.“It is not because I have been here for more than four years that I have a right to make demands to be in the starting line-up. “At the moment, there’s a guy who is hot and racking up goals. I must wait my turn.”But Drogba suggested that Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari pair him with Anelka more often in attack.“I have always said that I was happy that Nicolas came to Chelsea but I still cannot understand why managers are afraid to put us together,” said Drogba.Source: BBClast_img read more

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FKF offers to finance two extra clubs for 18-team league

first_imgHe said they are willing to forego their annual grant of Sh10mn from KPL as well as top it up with a Sh5mn sum which sponsors SportPesa have expressed willingness to add, and will increase it from within their own accounts to ensure the league goes on without hitch.“Each team is entitled to Sh7.5mn a season in grants and that makes it Sh15mn for the two extra teams. In our own small calculations with experience in running the National Super League, Sh5mn is enough for all the administrative costs of these two teams. So with Sh20mn, we will be able to effectively have these two teams play,” Mwendwa told the Sports Tribunal.He adds that the Federation has its coffers full and it will be no problem financing the two teams with a Sh70mn per year sponsorship from SportPesa, Sh125mn per year grant from FIFA and a further Sh20.5mn per year from CAF.The FKF head gave this as one of his prayers to the tribunal, on top of asking it to throw out the case presented by KPL.FKF President Nick Mwendwa confers with his lawyer Ken Ochieng as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe league governing body in its initial move had asked the tribunal to interpret a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between them and the Football Kenya Federation over management of the league.FKF however now argues that the MoU signed on their behalf by the previous President Sam Nyamweya and his Secretary General Michael Esakwa contravenes its own Constitution as it gives the KPL more powers than it should have, thus insubordinating the Federation.“This MoU signed created a body called a Joint Executive Committee and is given more power to run the league which in fact is the function of the National Executive Committee according to Article 34 of the Constitution,” Mwendwa noted.According to him, giving KPL the powers to decide a vote when it’s tied at the JEC level is a huge contravention of FIFA, CAF and FKF’s statutes.He also went on to allege that the MoU signed in September last year which is the bone of contention did not have the blessings of FIFA and was not the initial document which was agreed on and brokered by a delegation led by Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi in April.FKF President Nick Mwendwa persuses documents presented by KPL as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwendwa went on to play an audio recording of the press conference addressed by Nyantakyi alongside a delegation from FIFA after brokering a truce between KPL and FKF when the war over expanding the league went ugly in March 2015.“The agreement signed in 2015 was a clear departure of the FIFA mediation process. Why delay the whole signing for a document that was initially set to be signed by June? We feel that the Federation got a raw deal,” Mwendwa posed.He also argued that contrary to requirement, the said agreement was signed without a resolution of the FKF NEC nor the KPL shareholders. However, the KPL legal counsel Geoffrey Obura objected saying both sides had discussed and agreed to sign the document.FKF has also provided the tribunal with a new agreement to end the war between them and KPL and asked it to consider adoption of the same.The case was adjourned to Tuesday morning where Obura is expected to continue grilling Mwendwa after which the tribunal will give a date for the ruling.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa stresses a point as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has said they are willing to incur extra expenses of bringing in two additional teams into the league as the Federation goes on with its push for an 18-team league next season.Mwendwa said this on Thursday evening as he was being cross-examined at the Sports Disputes Tribunal on the second day of full hearing in a case presented by the Kenyan Premier League.last_img read more

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