Wednesday March 12, 2014
Today, the New York area was shaken as two buildings have collapsed following an explosion that was felt miles away. The reasons for this accident have not been established yet as this is an going event. At least two buildings located near East 114th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem have collapsed.
Photo Juan Vazquez
Sunday March 9, 2014
American wind generating resources reached nearly 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year. Over the last years wind resources have been accounted for 30% of all new generating capacity and in some states it can exceed almost 25% of total electricity production. Wind power generated is consider the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA)
. That is enough to power the equivalent of 15.5 million American homes, which is equivalent of all the residential households in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, and Ohio combined.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Miami-Dade county is likely to implement a new program that will require to hire local residents that will account for at least 50% of the total workforce at construction sites. The new regulation is to be implemented for contracts over $1 million. At this time the regulation is not mandatory but will likely form part of an important factor during request for proposals
and bid submissions. The 'Residents First' policy is not new and may counties across the nation and other jurisdictions have established similar requirements to decrease the unemployment rate as the construction industry continues to struggle. At the Miami Port Tunnel project, a $309 million construction project, local residents make up more than 80 percent of the workers.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Brazil needs to overcome a very serious situation: complete four World Cup Stadiums in three months. With less than 100 days before the opening ceremony at the 2014 Soccer World Cup, organizers are still optimistic they can complete four stadiums before the opening day. One of the major challenges authorities are facing is because the infrastructure cannot be completed on time and even contractors are working on stadiums on which concrete has not cure yet in order to have everything completed on time. In addition to these challenges, airport facilities and highways are yet to be completed complicating things to World Cup organizer. Brazil authorities are indicating that they are still on track to meet FIFA deadlines.