Premier League gameweek 15: How the top flight table could change

first_imgIt’s the most wonderful time of the year when football is on almost every day for the month of December, so we’re back at it again in the Premier League.We’ve got 10 games to cast our eyes over and they could really shake up the table. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 7 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal players passionately celebrated Lucas Torreira’s goal against Spurs 7 MONEY Arsenal players passionately celebrated Lucas Torreira’s goal against Spurs Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 7 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars With several teams in the relegation battle getting vital wins in recent weeks, any positive results could really alter the outlook in the bottom half of the division.Meanwhile, it’s a similar story at the top with not only Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham swapping places regularly but the likes of Everton, Manchester United, Watford, Leicester City, and Bournemouth, too. 16. Cardiff CityHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th15. Newcastle UnitedHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 19th ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card getty images – getty Leicester City stars Jamie Vardy and James Maddison celebrate scoring against Watford shining 7 huge blow 10. WatfordHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 11th9. BournemouthHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 11th8. Leicester CityHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 11th 7 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY center_img Florin Andone nets the winner for Brighton Latest Football Stories But how can the Premier League table look at the end of gameweek 15? Using data from Sportsvisualized.com, talkSPORT.com reveals the highest and lowest potential position for each team at the end of this round of fixtures.You can see the results, below…20. FulhamHighest possible position – 16thLowest possible position – 20th19. BurnleyHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th18. SouthamptonHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th17. Huddersfield TownHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th Brighton came from behind to beat 10-man Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ West Ham ended Newcastle’s good run 14. Crystal PalaceHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 19th13. West HamHighest possible position – 11thLowest possible position – 15th12. Wolverhampton WanderersHighest possible position – 11thLowest possible position – 13th11. Brighton and Hove AlbionHighest possible position – 8thLowest possible position – 13th REVEALED 7. Manchester UnitedHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 10th6. EvertonHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 10th 5. TottenhamHighest possible position – 3rdLowest possible position – 5th4. ArsenalHighest possible position – 3rdLowest possible position – 5th 7 BEST OF no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in fine form for Everton this season REVEALED RANKED 3. Chelsea Highest possible position – 3rdLowest possible position – 5th2. LiverpoolHighest possible position – 1stLowest possible position – 2nd 7 7 Liverpool players celebrate with match-winner Divock Origi 1. Manchester CityHighest possible position – 1stLowest possible position – 2ndlast_img read more

The Best of Social Media from the Kansas State Game

first_imgLong Ateman first down to keep last #okstate TD drive alive seemed, uh, short of a first down. By a lot. pic.twitter.com/ABUBNdJL9r— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 3, 2015 So, #OKState D allows one Texas TD last week. This week? K-State already has two. With a FIFTH-STRING QUARTERBACK. #whatisgoingon?— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) October 3, 2015 Squinky for president— d (@dbeeze_) October 3, 2015 i <3 cowboy football pic.twitter.com/4ZAPsmraqh— ɓαιℓѕ (@baymcmahan) October 4, 2015https://twitter.com/TrayWilliams_/status/650460769105018880https://twitter.com/osucbc/status/650459744063229952Honestly appreciate the fight out of the pokes tonight. At this point we just have to take what we get right? I'm crazy to expect better.— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) October 3, 2015 Everyone complaining about Yurcich: Seriously, what more did you want? What else could he have called with what he had? #OKState— Royal John (@Royal_John_OSU) October 4, 2015 Low oil prices & we can't stop K-State. Is it 1999?— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) October 3, 2015 Yeah buddy what a snap @kalebsmith726 and hold @Bryan_tree_bear and dinger by @Ben__Grogan !! ???— Kip Smith (@KipKip_Hooray) October 3, 2015 I love this team so much but they may actually have to put me on blood pressure medication before the season is over— The OG (@GentsOkstate) October 4, 2015https://twitter.com/thatwordninja/status/650474487045976064Go damn Pokes @TheOkiePokie @GentsOkstate @OKStateProbs pic.twitter.com/TvdgAVQTY7— Tyler Hickman (@TylerHickman9) October 4, 2015 ?? pic.twitter.com/cAos3EonbE— AJ Green (@AjGofor6) October 4, 2015 The dramatic Kansas State game brought about some excellent moments on social media. See some of the best moments here:Your 2016 commits?? pic.twitter.com/mXHSWnqA1Y— Nicholas Starkel (@NickStarkel) October 3, 2015https://twitter.com/edsbs/status/650456545109479425#OKstate Crowd shot at BPS with about 15 minutes to kickoff pic.twitter.com/JHyCytKzOZ— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015 O state>>> k state— paige (@paigiedonovan) October 3, 2015 I say it again. Ben Grogan. Say something bad #okstate pic.twitter.com/iDCE3R4aLt— Mike Wendling (@WendlingMike) October 3, 2015 #okstate is missing its top two running backs. K-State is without every quarterback on the roster. Let’s get weird.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 3, 2015 Watch and cheer is the only thing we have to do let them play lol #OKState— Jeremy Smith (@Gold_Mine31) October 3, 2015 K-State is currently playing its 5th string quarterback in a Big 12 game. Some kind of record?— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) October 3, 2015#ImConfusedJerrod Heard’s got nothing on Kody Cook #ImConfused— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015 I think the defense missed the flight back from Austin.. #okstate— Brody Coday (@BrodyCoday) October 3, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

CharityBuzzcoms Top 2012 Celebrity Charity Auctions

first_imgLookToTheStars.org is proud to bring you a round up of CharityBuzz.com’s top celebrity charity auctions from 2012.In 2012, Charitybuzz.com auctioned more than 9,500 packages to raise more than $25 million for nonprofits. From their recent auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief in conjunction with the 12-12-12 Concert to a Jeremy Lin bidding frenzy at the height of Lin-sanity, Charitybuzz expanded its reach and impact in 2012 by harnessing the best of pop culture for social good. The site saw hundreds of celebs from Ryan Lochte to Lady Gaga hit the auction block, but Bono claimed the number one spot with a $212,000 final bid on the chance to meet him backstage at a U2 Concert to benefit Haiti relief.TOP 25 CHARITYBUZZ CELEBRITY AUCTIONS OF 20121. Meet Bono backstage after you watch a U2 show from VIP seats and score his legendary Irish Falcon Gretsch Guitar, signed and personalized to benefit J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Happy Hearts Fund and Artists for Peace and Justice. Final bid: $212,0002. Have lunch with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City to benefit The Humane Society. Final bid: $185,0003. A Fender Bass Guitar signed by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Billy Joel, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin and more backstage at the 12-12-12 Concert to benefit the Robin Hood Fund for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $135,0004. A private tennis lesson with French Open Champion Rafael Nadal to benefit the Rafael Nadal Foundation. Final bid: $100,0005. A Gibson Les Paul Guitar signed by Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Michael Stipe, Roger Daltrey, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and more backstage at the 12-12-12 Concert to benefit the Robin Hood Fund for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $90,0006. Join Barbra Streisand as her personal guest as she performs at her Malibu compound with hosts Bill Clinton, Josh Groban, David Foster and others to benefit The Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Final bid: $80,0007. Spend the day with President Bill Clinton in NYC to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Final bid: $80,0008. Enjoy lunch with George Clooney and Dave Karger at the exclusive Soho House West Hollywood to benefit GLSEN. Final bid: $58,0009. Sit in on the Howard Stern Show in New York City and meet Howard and the staff, including a tour of SiriunXM Studios, to benefit the 15 Foundation. Final bid: $57,50010. Meet Sir Paul McCartney with 2 tickets to the show of your choice and access to the pre-show sound check to benefit City of Hope. Final bid: $57,50011. Learn from the best with a one-on-one meeting with Hollywood hit-maker Harvey Weinstein in NYC or LA to benefit The Rose Home. Final bid: $50,00012. Meet five-time Grammy Award winner Clive Davis at a 30-minute meeting plus the chance to perform a three-song demo to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $47,50013. A private one-hour tennis lesson with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf in Las Vegas to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Final bid: $43,00014. Meet Jeremy Lin with 4 VIP tickets to the Knicks vs. Hawks and score his signed game-worn jersey from his win against the Lakers to benefit MSG’s Garden of Dreams. Final bid: $42,38815. Lunch for two with entrepreneur Mark Cuban in Los Angeles or Dallas to benefit Autism Speaks. Final bid: $38,50016. Meet superstar Jon Bon Jovi backstage at the Kings of Suburbia Benefit Concert to benefit Hamilton College. Final bid: $37,50017. Audition for a speaking role on Law & Order: SVU in New York City with Mariska Hargitay and cast members as your acting coaches to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation. Final bid: $35,50018. Enjoy a one-hour power meeting with music, fashion and entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs in NYC or LA to benefit the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Final bid: $31,00019. Sit with Steven Tyler at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Final bid: $30,00020. Meet Taylor Swift in Ottawa with two VIP concert tickets and round trip airfare to benefit the American Red Cross. Final bid: $30,00021. Meet Celine Dion with two VIP tickets to see her perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas plus two nights in a luxury suite to benefit the American Red Cross. Final bid: $30,00022. Sit ringside with Mike Tyson at the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight in Las Vegas to benefit Mike Tyson Cares. Final bid: $28,50023. Attend a New York Fashion Week show with Anna Wintour, tour the Vogue offices and more to benefit CFDA/Vogue’s Fashion for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $28,50024. Dine with Alex Rodriguez and nine of your friends at NYY Steak after watching the Yankees vs. Orioles from a luxury suite to benefit the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Final bid: $26,00025. Score two walk-on roles in Captain America 2: The Winter Solider starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson and meet the cast to benefit Toluca Baseball. Final bid: $26,000Honorable mentions go to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stefan Lessard, who each had a single auction experience at Charitybuzz raise more than $20,000 for charity in 2012.last_img read more

Minister Ferreira Supports Global Ocean Conservation Efforts at EUs Our Oceans Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Malta, October 13, 2017 – Valletta – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, recently attended the European Union’s Fourth “Our Oceans” Conference, held October 5 and 6 in Valletta, Malta.   Hundreds of marine resource representatives from member countries met to improve and strengthen ocean resource security and policies.Keynote speakers at the international event were His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, both of whom spoke on the importance of marine life protection.   Minister Ferreira spoke on The Bahamas’ contribution to protection of ocean ecologies.Minister Ferreira said: “We congratulate all governments that participated in this exercise to finalize this Coral Reef Life Declaration, as it solidifies our commitment to the protection of our global commons.   It highlights our interconnectedness and interdependence.   More importantly, it displays our dedication to a generation unborn, who, without such a declaration, may not know the wonders and abundant offerings of these great global commons.“In The Bahamas, coral reefs play a pivotal role in the continued viability of The Bahamas.  They are the foundation of our unique fisheries, a tantalizer to our tourists and a first line of defense against ever-frequent storms and hurricanes.   Currently, we are halfway to meeting our commitment to protect at least 20% of our near shore environment by 2020.   The goal is in sight, as we are making steady progress towards the target.”The conference delivered unprecedented results in drawing support for a commitment to protecting the ocean environment and managing its conservation.Mr. Ferreira stated: “We are however, doing our part, not only through the declaration of Marine Protected Areas, but through the replanting of endangered reefs and the creation of artificial ones.  Because life below water also depends on life above water, we must extend our obligations, not only to the conservation of marine environments, but to end practices that lead to ocean acidification, climate change and other harmful impacts to the Earth’s oceans.“The Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, commissioned by The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, in 2014, is the country’s first underwater living art gallery.   It is home to the largest underwater sculpture in the world and now home to thousands of coral.   It is a stunning example of a multipurpose hub for the marine environment.   Time is of the essence.   I again applaud the finalization of this declaration, but admonish us not to become complacent, there is much that remains undone.“The outcome of the 4th ‘Our Ocean’ conference stands to prove that when the world comes together for a common cause, much can be accomplished in peace.“I understand that over 200 commitments were tabled by different countries.  There were a combination of 87 NGOs, foundations, research institutes and international organizations that also made commitments.“This year’s conference has mobilized an impressive involvement of at least 100 commitments from corporate leaders and the business community, to dedicate a budget to conserving our ocean.  Hopefully, the next conference will yield more obligations as we all share the same water that covers 75 percent of the Earth,” said Minister Ferreira.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo captions:Header:  Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira attended the recent “Our Oceans” Conference in Malta.  Also pictured at the conference is Casuarina McKinney Lambert of Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF).Insert: Group Photo of “Our Oceans” delegates in Malta, October 5 and 6, 2017. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Extended Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgFORECAST FOR THURSDAY Related Items: FORECAST FOR FRIDAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2017.GENERAL SITUATION: HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY…FOR ALL AREAS WEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF SHOWER OR TWO TODAY…MAINLY FAIR TONIGHT WITH A STRAY SHOWER OR TWO POSSIBLE… WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NEAR 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp WEATHER: A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE…BECOMING MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A weak and non-tropical area of low pressure is located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Associated shower activity is limited and displaced well to the east of the low’s center of circulation. Subtropical or tropical development of the low is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions while the system moves westward during the next couple of days. Elsewhere tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days…Forecaster: Gregory D Thompson (SMO)/sscenter_img SUNRISE: 7:18AM                  SUNSET: 6:29PM                                                                     MOONRISE: 5:01PM             MOONSET: 5:30AM THU                                            HIGH TIDE: 5:59AM             LOW TIDE: 12:15PMHIGH TIDE: 6:16PM              LOW TIDE: 12:32AM THU EXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS)…HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WHILE A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH SLOWLY APPROACHES FROM THE EAST OF THE ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE DURING THE DAY…MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS…SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         82°F        28°COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE        70°F        21°Clast_img read more

City Council unanimously approves agreement for animal control services in the city

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua May 1, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, 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 SettingsSome big news for the San Diego Humane Society. The city council unanimously approved an agreement for animal control services in the city. The contract diverts $1.8 million from a shelter related fund for start-up costs and nearly $11 million dollars from the city’s general fund for ongoing costs. The 18 month contract will go into effect July 1st. This agreement is the largest in the 138 year history of the non-profit.Joining us with more on what comes next is the Humane Society’s Chief of Humane Law  Enforcement, Steve MacKinnon. City Council unanimously approves agreement for animal control services in the citylast_img read more

Beyoncé To Drop Homecoming Documentary On April 17

first_imgAccording to Netflix, the film will also be “interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision.””Homecoming” is a rather significant word for Beyoncé, who last year launched a scholarship program called the “Homecoming Scholars Award Program,” which provided four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) each a $25,000 scholarship to award to a student of their choice.Get a look at the “Homecoming” trailer below:Beyoncé Donates $100K In Scholarships To Historically Black UniversitiesRead more News Beyoncé To Drop ‘Homecoming’ Documentary On April 17 The film features “an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities”Rachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Apr 8, 2019 – 11:40 am There’s a reason why people started referring to Coachella as “Beychella” after Beyoncé’s epic headlining set last year.The multiple GRAMMY winner’s history-making performance is now the subject of a new Netflix documentary titled “Homecoming,” which is dropping on the streaming service on April 17. Netflix originally teased the documentary over the weekend with a tweet that simply wrote “Homecoming” with Greek letters.Then, on Monday morning, the streaming behemoth dropped a full trailer and press release, describing the project as “an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities.” Facebook Twitter Beyoncé About To Drop ‘Homecoming’ Documentary beyonce-drop-homecoming-documentary-april-17 Email https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1115243373651095552last_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show Is it okay to relentlessly encourage bodyshaming in

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma ShowInstagramThe Kapil Sharma Show has been running well, but there is one aspect of the comedy show that often disturbs a lot of people.It has been seen that a lot of body-shaming jokes are made on The Kapil Sharma Show, mostly by Kapil himself. The host, who plays varied characters on the show, is often seen cracking jokes on his own team members’ body shape and size.Kiku Sharda, who plays characters of a female nurse and a villager lady on the show, is often made fun of for being over-weight. Kapil keeps addressing the character as “neck-less woman”.Kapil keeps making fun of his body-size with comments on his neck to his buttocks. Similar things are said about another member Sumona Chakravarti on the show. She is often made fun of in regards to her lips size.While the audience present at the show and special guests, either Navjot Singh Sidhu or Archana Puran Singh, all seem to enjoy the jokes to the fullest. However, there are many on social media who time and again expressed disappointment at such body-shaming being encouraged on the show in the form of jokes.Twitter is filled with scores of comments, old and new, slamming Kapil and the show. They are of the opinion that such jokes may appear highly insensitive to people, who lack confidence in their body shape and size. Also, they feel it encourages the culture of body-shaming.Meanwhile, The Kapil Sharma Show has apparently been facing difficulty in maintaining its TRP rate in the absence of Sunil Grover, who was one of the major attractions of the show. His characters of Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku bhabi were much popular and liked. A lot of time rumours had suggested that he would return to the show, but nothing happened yet.last_img read more

Border Wall Models Thwart US Commandos In Tests

first_imgTwitter via @artnetBorder wall modelsRecent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for public release.A Customs and Border Protection report on the tests identifies strengths and flaws of each design but does not pick an overall winner or rank them, though it does point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best overall design, the official said.The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the agency is still in “the testing phase” and that results are being evaluated. He said combining elements of different prototypes instead of picking a winner is consistent with previous statements by officials. He noted that the agency said in its bidding guidelines that a minimum height of 18 feet (5.4 meters) would be a key characteristic. He said he did not have additional details on test results.Contractors were awarded between $300,000 and $500,000 for each prototype. Prototypes were built last fall to guide future construction of one of Trump’s signature campaign pledges. Four were concrete and four were made of other materials.Ronald Vitiello, the agency’s acting deputy commissioner, said after visiting the prototypes in October that he was struck most by the 30-foot (9.1-meter) heights, which are significantly higher than existing barriers. Taller barriers are undoubtedly more effective, but whether the cost is justified will be up for debate.The highly trained testers scaled 16 to 20 feet (4.9 to 6.1 meters) unassisted but needed help after that, said the official who described the assaults on the wall prototypes to the AP. Testers also expressed safety concerns about getting down from 30 feet.Only once did a tester manage to land a hook on top of the wall without help, the official said. Tubes atop some models repelled climbing devices but wouldn’t work in more mountainous areas because the terrain is too jagged.The report favors steel at ground level because agents can see what is happening on the other side and holes can more easily be patched, the official said. With concrete, large slabs have to be replaced for even small breaches, which is time-consuming and expensive. Topping the steel with smooth concrete surfaces helps prevent climbing.Customs and Border Protection leaders were scheduled to be briefed on the findings this week amid intensifying discussions between the White House and Congress on immigration legislation to avert a government shutdown and renew protection for about 800,000 young immigrants who were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is scheduled to end in March.The administration has insisted wall funding be part of any immigration deal but Trump has been unclear about how long the wall would be and how it should be designed. The administration has asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles (118.4 kilometers) of barriers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego and plans to request another $1.6 billion next year.A proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for spending $18 billion over 10 years to extend barriers to cover nearly half the border, though it is unclear if Trump supports that plan. The agency proposes 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers). It also seeks 407 miles (651 kilometers) of replacement or secondary fencing.Mexico has steadfastly rejected Trump’s demand that it pay for the wall.Contracts to do work on that scale would be hugely lucrative, and the prototypes, spaced tightly together in a remote part of San Diego, have captured widespread attention, including from architecture critics. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama, built one concrete model and one of other materials.Texas Sterling Construction Co., a unit of Sterling Construction Co., and Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. of Tempe, Arizona, did concrete designs. ELTA North America Inc., part of state-run Israel Aerospace Industries, and KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona, built models from other materials.Vitiello said in October that the testing could last up to two months and lead to officials to conclude that elements of several designs should be merged to create effective walls, raising the possibility of no winner or winners. Sharelast_img read more