Five things we learned from the Heineken Cup Final

first_imgWith Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw lurking menacingly on their front line, Toulon were never going to be scared of the wolf-pack. In the end though, the manner in which they muscled out Saracens to triumph 23-6 was mightily impressive. Though eulogies will continue for Wilkinson long past this weekend’s Top 14 final, his post-match interview with Sky’s Alex Payne demonstrated why retirement from playing cannot signal the end of Wilkinson’s wider involvement in rugby. Despite the emotion of the situation, Toulon’s captain was lucid, articulate and insightful with each answer. As a coach, ambassador or even as a pundit, he has so, so much to offer. The whispers are that Boudjellal will continue to employ him. The RFU should do its utmost to intercept that process.Watch highlights from the 2014 Heineken Cup final below!  For all the phenomenal individuals that magnetic lunatic Mourad Boudjellal has assembled, his team actually amounts to more than the sum of its parts. Everyone knows their role and delivers without fuss. The little things – capitalising on Alain Rolland’s iffy ruck interpretations in the Millennium Stadium mud, for instance – added up.It was a cohesive unit of gnarled winners that ousted Mark McCall’s men. But what did we learn from the last Heineken Cup decider? Here are five things.Vulnerability evaporatesKnow-how on high-stakes occasions – seven of Toulon’s starters had featured in a Rugby World Cup final – eventually told in Cardiff. However, the Top 14 superstars seemed strangely consumed by red mist during Saturday’s opening exchanges. There was Craig Burden hollering in the face of fellow South African hooker Schalk Brits like an idiotic NFL linebacker, Delon Armitage showing typical prickle and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe very lucky to escape a red card after taking Steve Borthwick in the air.Perhaps it was the emotion of Jonny Wilkinson’s pre-game address, but Toulon were ragged. Saracens missed penalties either side of Lobbe’s brain fade and despite a very disciplined beginning, they could not manufacture a decent lead. In fact, Matt Giteau’s sublime try and a Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal put them behind at the break.Saracens looked strong again as the second period began, patiently navigating the trenches and earning a penalty to cut their deficit. But disorganisation from the ensuing restart and failure to clear their lines let their rivals back in. Toulon took hold and Juan Smith’s score was breathtaking – worthy of rubber-stamping any encounter.Voice of experience: Botha and Rossouw made up an all-Springbok second rowDon JuanSteffon Armitage thrived in front of spectator Stuart Lancaster and once again reinforced how he could enhance England’s World Cup effort. Even so, the way he jackaled the man-of-the-match award away from his brilliantly belligerent back-row colleague amounted to daylight robbery.On a largely turgid evening, Smith was dynamic and destructive – on a different plane to anyone else in the contact area. A tally of 16 tackles was the most in the match, but his dominance in those collisions was what defined a formidable display. Saracens carriers were simply bullied. Debilitating injury troubles cruelly snatched two years away from Smith and the medical miracle from Bloemfontein is channeling that hurt into a seriously special career sunset.Forgive Billy When the Sky cameras spun round to Wilkinson at the final whistle, they also captured a disconsolate Billy Vunipola trudging down the tunnel. Toulon’s triumphant fly-half approached the defeated Saracen in a bid to sympathise, but seemed to get ignored. It didn’t look great. In fact, it looked pretty petulant and extremely immature. Suddenly, judging by the sanctimonious faux-outrage on Twitter, the 21 year-old was “disgraceful” and “everything wrong with modern English players”. What garbage.Now this is not an attempt to defend Vunipola’s actions. It is an attempt to defend him as a person, though. This was the biggest domestic game of his fledgling career and, as such, the biggest disappointment. England’s rising star tried manfully – beating eight defenders from 19 carries. Nevertheless, Toulon tacklers crowded him out, causing two knock-ons and a penalty for holding on. Vunipola had every right to feel totally gutted.Storming back to the changing rooms was not ideal, but it was human. Professional athletes are not robots and controlling emotions requires experience. You can be certain that Billy – a hugely humble, considerate young man – sought out Wilkinson later to apologise profusely and explain how frustration got the better of him. Big brother Mako tweeted as much too. He won’t do it ever again. Let’s get off his case. Toulon unravelled Saracens to win the Heineken Cup final 23-6 at the Millennium Stadium, but what did we learn from Saturday’s match? Zero-tolerance for divers, pleaseBryan Habana spent part of his Sunday composing a public confession that he aired on social media, admitting culpability for some second-half play-acting that Ashley Young might have thought excessive. The 95-cap, 53-try Springbok admitted to “letting myself, our opponents and the game down”. Again, the individual should not be overly vilified – especially after expressing such regret. However, though gamesmanship in rugby is nothing new, diving is a very grave issue.Habana’s Hollywood tumble was a cynical attempt to earn Owen Farrell a yellow card. Luckily, Rolland ruled a penalty was sufficient before warning Toulon’s South African wing. But it would have been more fitting to see him reverse the penalty and send Habana to the sin-bin instead. There are enough serious injuries in rugby without fakery manipulating perspectives. The job of a referee is already excruciatingly tough as well. Simulation must be stamped out before it becomes an ugly epidemic.New era: Wilkinson, who scored 13 points v Saracens, will join Toulon’s coaching teamJust the beginning for JonnyIncluding four flawless kicks at goal with his left foot and one dead-eye drop-goal with his right, Wilkinson only had 16 touches of the ball in 77 minutes. That was plenty of time to exhibit his unparalleled ability to execute under pressure. When the big screen showed his face as the clock wound down, the Millennium Stadium swelled in a rather touching ovation. It is an exceptional person that can genuinely compel universal respect. Power of four: Steffon Armitage won four turnovers against Saracens on Saturday read more

Plans To Bring Professional Rugby To China Stall

first_img Japan 2019 World Cup Tickets In High Demand Global: The Rugby World Cup on tour in Beijing, China (Getty Images) Plans for China to get a professional rugby competition, as part of a $100 million investment, have stalled. Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 For all the latest news regarding the 2019 World Cup in Japan, follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Plans To Bring Professional Rugby To China StallTwo years ago, World Rugby and Alisports, put forward bold proposals for expanding rugby into China with as much as $100 million going to be invested in the game there.Their proposals included forming a men’s and women’s league in the XV’s form of the game as well as creating a national sevens programme. This huge amount of money was designed to be spent over ten years.However it appears now as if those plans have stalled considerably. In a recent interview, Alisports CEO Zhang Dazhong has indicated that it is too soon to think about investment in the professional game in China at the moment.Investor: Dazhong Zhang of Alisports has said it is too soon to invest in the pro game (Getty Images)“There isn’t much progress on that right now,” Zhang said. “First we want to cultivate the popularity of rugby in China so we will start with that first, and then once we’ve started then we will think about the goals, like this $100m promise. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Groups Japan 2019 World Cup Tickets In High Demand Rugby World Cup Groups Amidst problems, demand for tickets to the World… Collapse According to Japan Today participation of rugby has nearly doubled in Asia between 2009 and 2017, but China has been selected as a possible area of expansion because only 80,000 people there play the sport – which is called “English-style olive ball” in Chinese. Amongst spectators football and basketball are a lot more popular as well. Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… “We will start with campus rugby first… We will not be involved with any club, federations or national level regarding the sport.”What is clear, is that expansion of rugby in Asia is the next step in growing the game significantly. Next year the Rugby World Cup will be held in Asia for the first time as it the big event lands in Japan. Expand Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Businesswomen leaving a legacy

first_imgLast year’s corporate winner was Dawn Rowland, CEO of marketing services group Aegis Media. The entrepreneurial winner was Margaret Hirsch, COE at home electronic, appliance and retail chain Hirsch’s. President Jacob Zuma was a guest at the 2012 award ceremony.(Images: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Busi MkhabeleExecutive co-ordinator, BWASA+27 11 486 3301 Janine ErasmusThe five finalists for the 2013 Businesswoman of the Year awards are all trailblazers in their own right, forging careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.Established back in 1980, the awards are held under the auspices of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA), an organisation that promotes and empowers women in all spheres of business. It achieves this through various initiatives and opportunities that allow for personal growth and development, as well as offering a platform to network.There are two categories – corporate and entrepreneurial – and according to BWASA, the programme is the only one that focuses specifically on women in business.The five role models – two from the corporate sector and three entrepreneurs – were celebrated at an event in Johannesburg at the end of July. The two winners will be announced on 22 August – proceeds from this event will help to fund the organisation’s bursary programme.The theme of this year’s programme is Footprints: women leaving a legacy, blazing a trail.“The organisation is not just about recognising women, but about leaving a legacy,” said BWASA board member Mthunzi Mdwaba. “The companies that make up our membership are responsible for hundreds of jobs and billions of rands.”The finalists are Cristina Texeira (CFO at Group Five); Ntombizine Madyibi (CFO of the East London industrial development zone); Thandi Ndlovu (CEO of the Motheo Construction Group); Elma von Plaster (owner of BP Stikland); and Shauneen Proctor (partner at ad agency Idea Engineers).“This indicates the wealth and depth of talented women in this country who contribute to building our economy and strengthening our economic and development priorities.” said BWA president Liepollo Lebohang Pheko.Last year’s winners were Dawn Rowland, CEO of marketing services group Aegis Media, and Margaret Hirsch, COE at home electronic, appliance and retail chain Hirsch’s. They joined an illustrious group of previous honourees that includes the late Maria Maponya, financial whiz Maria Ramos, and Nicky Newton-King, CEO of Johannesburg’s stock exchange.Anyone can succeedThe finalists poured cold water on the myth that only the smartest and the best can succeed in life.“It was hard work that got me to where I am today,” said Texiera, who is the only female CFO among the major construction and engineering companies in South Africa. “That, and taking every opportunity that arose. I wasn’t the brightest pupil, nor did I go to the best school.”She paid homage to her supportive parents, without whom, she said, she wouldn’t have got far. A strong support structure at home was critical, and she was also lucky to have encountered some unofficial mentors along the way.Texeira encountered her biggest challenges later in her career, rather than at the start of it. Even in today’s world the boardroom can be male-dominated, and entering into this environment was daunting at first, she said.“The organisation took a chance on me – I was young and inexperienced in terms of the requirement – but I was in the right time at the right place.”She found that often, her male colleagues simply forgot that she was there – “For instance, sometimes an email is addressed to ‘gents’.”She and Madyibi agreed that women can be sometimes overlooked in a predominantly male environment. And their needs are not always addressed – for instance, a lack of toilets for women on-site. These are all issues that need to be looked at as women venture further into unfamiliar territory.It’s not true that the Eastern Cape has little in the way of success stories, said Madyibi. She came from a poor background and got herself out of that situation, she explained. “I was the first chairperson of the Black Management Forum in the Border region, and the first CFO of the East London industrial development zone (IDZ). That meant that I had to develop the strategy for finance, and design policies.”She had to work hard, she said, being the only woman in a boardroom with six men. “I had to convince them that I was there on merit.”Looking forward, Texiera said she wasn’t done yet. “I’m only halfway through my journey – I still aim to support the 18% of women in our organisation, and ensure we develop internal staff as well as the community.”Madyibi agreed, saying that the best way to give back would be to take people, especially young women, along with her. “There are 6 000 people who have jobs because of what we are doing, but I also am very active in the community because I hold myself as a role model for our girls.”Women must team upAsked for the secret of her success, Ndlovu, whose Motheo is one of the largest BEE construction companies in South Africa, said that she decided to recruit young, mainly black female, people and older, mainly white male, people.“This was an effective blend of skills and expertise, and youth and energy. Today that has proven to be a successful model, although the company is 54% black women-owned.She has her doubts about the effectiveness of BEE in today’s world. “I think BEE is beginning to defeat itself. Today, you’ll often find that the BEE people have no direct role in building the business, even if it has a high BEE score. This is counter-productive.”Von Plaster, who took over the BP Stikland service station in 2007 and saved it and 15 jobs from a sad end, said that in her industry the oil companies are pro-women. “They don’t discriminate in the working environment. Our challenge, rather, is access to finance – especially black women.”She said that her turnaround strategy came about when a woman at the bank believed in her and gave her a loan. “We women must team up.”Honouring South Africa’s womenThe BWA in its current form is a result of the merging in 2000 of the Executive Women’s Club, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Professional Women’s Leadership Development Organisation.The head office is in Johannesburg and there are branches around the country, located in Soweto, Durban, Empangeni, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, and Queenstown.Now in its 34th year, BWASA’s Businesswoman of the Year award is considered the premier event of its kind in South Africa. Its main objectives are:To create a mechanism for celebrating women’s contributions to the economy;To recognise the success of women leaders in business, and create a network of female role models whose achievements will inspire other women to aim high;To raise funds for BWA bursaries offered to women pursuing business studies.Since 1988, all revenue from the award programme has gone to the BWA’s bursary programme. Funds raised through the gala dinner on August 22 will also go into the fund, which has distributed more than R500 000 to women postgraduate students in recent years. Individuals or organisations wanting to contribute bursary fund can make a donation.Candidates for the title are nominated by third parties, and must give their consent for the judging process, which includes an audit of financial statements. Nominees must be South African citizens or residents, and must have been with their present companies for no less than three years. They must control an annual budget of at least R75-million (corporate) and R35-million (entrepreneurial). In addition, nominees in the latter section must own at least 35% of the business.Judging panels, says the BWA, are selected to ensure no potential business competitor has access to sensitive information.The BWA is also active in promoting gender equality in the business world, and is at the forefront of an economic gender advocacy programme, which will contribute towards developing the content of the new Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill, as well as a charter for the empowerment of women.last_img read more

Win a Halo Top Robot trackable and take your taste buds on an adventure!

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Happy Birthday! The Transistor Turns 65 This Week

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market michael kanellos On December 16, 1947, Bell Labs researchers William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain created an amplifier from a germanium crystal that boosted an input signal by 100 times. Various researchers had tried to develop a solid-state alternative to electromechanical switches and delicate vacuum tubes during the war. The Bell Labs Trio demonstrated it for lab officials a week later on December 23: Shockley deemed it ”a magnificent Christmas present.”And only six months after the Roswell Incident. For the sake of argument, we’ll follow the official story.Bell Labs announced it six months later. The trade press was ecstatic: Electronics put the three men, who would share the Nobel Prize for physics in 1956, on the cover. (Bardeen became a laureate a second time in 1972 for his work on superconductivity.) The New York Times only gave it a few paragraphs on page 46.The transistor went on to become one of the signature scientific achievements of the 20th century, ranking up with splitting the atom, manned flight, and the discovery of DNA. One could argue, in fact, that the transistor was the most important breakthrough of the 20th century because subsequent advances in those other fields relied on the computing power made possible through integrated circuits and semiconductors. Information has become a science itself.Computing, otherwise, would have been a cottage industry. ENIAC, the machine that brought computing to the public consciousness, only debuted 22 months before the transistor breakthrough. It relied on vacuum tubes. If Google built a datacenter based around the same technology behind ENIAC, a single datacenter would need as much power as Manhattan.Sales and production skyrocketed. In 2003, Gordon Moore estimated that there were about 1018 transistors in the world, or about or about 100 times the number of ants in the word. Last year, the global semiconductor market came to $304 billion and an individual semiconductor device like an Intel Xeon can contain 2.5 billion transistors.Unintended ConsequencesThe invention had a number of unanticipated consequences too. California, for instance, became the center of the world. The center of the computing industry, by rights, should be King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The transistor came out of Bell Labs in New Jersey, after all. (So did the silicon solar cell). ENIAC came out of the University of Pennsylvania and early computer powers like Sperry Rand were located nearby. TV manufacturers like Philco clustered there too.So how come parts of Philadelphia look more like a backdrop for a Frontline documentary on failed urban renewal than downtown Seoul on a Saturday night? Blame Fred Terman. The Stanford Provost wooed Shockley to come to Santa Clara County and others followed in his wake.Business also became dominated by youth. Besides being a brilliant scientist, Shockley also happened to be a raging egomaniac. Several of the young engineers he hired at Shockley—Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, Eugene Kleiner—left to form Fairchild. At the time, it was a radical departure: the traitorous eight were essentially they wouldn’t work for a micromanager. Investors trusted them. Authority by seniority was doomed forever.You can also see the development of the symbiotic relationship between marketing and computing. An internal Bell Labs committee concluded that “Semiconductor Triode” was probably the best option as a name for the invention, although they thought it could be a bit too long. “Solid Triode” had the advantage of brevity but the committee felt that it connoted “sturdy, massive, rugged or strong.” Small and minute were conveyed by “Iotatron” but some felt it could get confused with a vacuum component. John Pierce came up with the name “transistor” by combining “transconductance” and “varistor.”A Lasting ImpactBut ultimately, the biggest impact has been an unusual combination of rapid innovation and predictability. In electronics, things get cheaper, faster, and smaller simultaneously. You can’t say the same thing about designer cupcakes or industrial chemicals: bleach doesn’t get twice as caustic every two years. If the auto industry followed Moore’s Law for even a decade or two, a Rolls Royce would cost less than a dollar and be far faster than the models on the road. But it would also be less than a centimeter long.The dynamic is due to the fact that small chips perform better. A transistor is really just a freeway for electrons. Decreasing its size shortens the commute and hence boosts the speed. Smaller transistors also are cheaper to manufacturer because more can be manufactured in a single wafer of finite size simultaneously. If you can double the number of processors that can be harvested from a wafer, it’s like doubling your factory capacity without paying a dime.The End Of Moore’s LawWill Moore’s Law come to an end? As it is used now, yes. Transistor shrinkage will hit physical limits: you can split atoms in ordinary manufacturing. Intel scientists have predicted transistor shrinkage might top out around 2020. Scientists from Hitachi at the Flash Memory Summit earlier this year noted that there might be only seven or eight turns of the crank left to reduce the size of transistors.But that won’t be the end of creativity. Three dimensional transistors, which stack circuits vertically, are on the way from Toshiba, Intel, Samsung, Hitachi and others. This will let manufacturers get more powerful chips out of the same wafers. Thinner and wider wafers will further cut costs. Copper wires, which give off tremendous amounts of heat, will get replaced over time by fiber optic links.Sixty five years from now, you’ll be reading the same article.Image courtesy of Wikipedia. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Bell Labs#Fairchild#Intel#Shockley#Transistor Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

New Members of Parliament Sworn in

first_imgThe three newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in today (November 7) during the sitting of the House of Representatives.They are Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern, Dr. Norman Dunn; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding; and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Dr. Angela Brown Burke.After taking the Oath of Office, the MPs were welcomed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.The members were sworn in after victories in the recently held by-elections on October 30. This followed the retirement of the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Dr. Omar Davies from representational politics.The seat for St. Mary South Eastern was left vacant following the death of Dr. Winston Green in August.As a result of the by-elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party now has a 33-30 majority in the Lower House.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 31, 2016 – Thirty four students studied at Fortis TCI this summer, and the initiative continues to get high marks from executives of the nation’s power supplier.Vice President of Human Resources, IT and the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Forbes said Fortis TCI needs professionals from varying disciplines, so students are exposed to what was called ‘a plethora of activities.’  “Indeed a wide range of skill sets are required for this type of organization to function and be successful and being exposed to this while still in school is a great opportunity to learn.” End quote.There are two elements to the summer study; the Summer Internship Program or SIP and the Student Summer Employment Program or SSEP; the latter is geared to those at College and University.  Fortis says the SSEP participants get to apply their theoretical study to real world situations and this year there were nine on board:  Shamaad Lewis, Jasmine Rodgers, Tyler Demeritte, Tristan Green, Kelly Cherite, Ebeni Ingham, Nevanna Bent, Oral Selver, and Demetrio Quant were named; high schools across the country were represented. Related Items:Fortis summer program, students study at Fortislast_img read more

New state law requires ignition interlock for DUI offenders

first_img December 28, 2018 New state law requires ignition interlock for DUI offenders KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, and San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit detailed a new state law today that will require people convicted of drunken driving to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, SB 1046, into law in 2016 and it will go into effect Tuesday. People convicted of a DUI will have to install the device to get their full driving privileges back.According to Gloria’s office, the device is essentially a breathalyzer and prevents the driver from starting the car if they aren’t sober.“Expanding this already successful program statewide helps ensure those convicted of DUI do not become repeat offenders, and make our roads are safer,” Gloria said. “This is a win for communities up and down the Golden State.”First offenders who don’t cause any injuries can choose six months of the ignition interlock or a restricted license for one year. Second offenders and first offenders who injure others are both mandated to use the device for one year. For three-time offenders, the device is mandatory for two years, while four-or-more-time offenders must use the device for three years.The state ran a pilot program of the device in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties beginning in 2010.According to a study of the program by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, first offenders were 74 percent less likely to become repeat offenders after using the ignition interlock device.“Ignition interlock devices are a game-changer in the fight to stop the revolving door of repeat offenders,” said Mary Klotzbach, a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “Law enforcement officers across the state are already working hard to keep drunk drivers off the road. SB 1046 helps the system work smarter by ensuring DUI offenders can continue to work, drive their kids to school, drive to and from treatment — they just cannot drive impaired.”Drunk drivers kill more than 1,000 people each year, according to Gloria’s office and the California Highway Patrol, and injure more than 20,000.In San Diego County alone, law enforcement officers arrested 59 people for drunken driving during last year’s New Year’s holiday weekend. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 28, 2018last_img read more

Traffic Issues Burden Critical Installations Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense installations are dealing with a variety of transportation issues inside and outside their gates, including the lack of adequate parking facilities and congested road networks, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2019 military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill the House Appropriations Committee approved last week.“[Parking] deficiencies can contribute to traffic congestion and are serious problems on base,” the committee stated. “The committee is concerned that the department does not have a coherent strategy to address the growing parking requirements at installations that have seen significant growth.” The report cites mission growth at Fort Meade, Md., over the past decade as the reason parking has become “a serious issue” at the post.The combination of insufficient parking and “inadequate local, state and federal roads” are causing delays for civilians and military members working at critical locations, such as the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, according to the report. The committee also underscores its concern that many of the Army’s access control points need to be modernized to maintain security while improving traffic flow, even as the department has made significant progress upgrading entry points since Sept. 11, 2001. The office of the secretary of defense is conducting a risk assessment of certain access control points and preparing a plan to update those facilities, the lawmakers note.The committee directs DOD to submit with its FY 2020 military construction budget request an updated list of unfunded requirements for parking facilities, access control points and road construction at DOD facilities that have serious parking, access and road congestion issues. DOD also should submit with its FY 2020 budget request, a list of how those requirements will be incorporated into their construction requests for FY 2020-2024. In addition, the lawmakers ask for a report describing the locations where traffic congestion and insufficient parking facilities potentially impact the performance of national security missions, and outlining detailed plans to mitigate potential impacts.The milcon spending bill includes $50 million in the construction accounts for each service to alleviate deficiencies in access control points, air traffic control towers, fire stations and antiterrorism/force protection deficiencies across their installations, according to the report.last_img read more