Crews work to repave 6th Street on Jan. 16, 2015, between North Grand Avenue and North Lee Avenue in downtown Odessa. “It will give us a field map for how we should be prioritizing roadway projects for maintenance, but it will also give us a budgetary tool,” Feldman said.During about 15 months, as the area sees increased traffic amid the oil boom, the firm would be tasked with a wide ranging review that includes the city’s approach to road upkeep, road conditions, traffic volumes and accidents, traffic signals, and how the city prioritizes and pitches road projects funded by other entities.Other parts of the study would look at responsibilities of property developers, alleys, street lighting and policies for the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction.The firm would also help the city develop a 10 year plan through a process that would include several public meetings.City staff said the study would include valuable cost estimates, and enable better planning for proposals such as planning for downtown, which is a major portion of the study. City officials have considered asking to take over Grant Avenue, which is a state road today, to redevelop it so it’s more pedestrian friendly as part of a broader effort to revitalize the downtown area.“It’s a fairly comprehensive study,” said Public Works Director Tom Kerr, as he explained the cost, “But we expect to get a lot out of it.”More Information City officials want to tap an outside firm to study city roadways and to craft a long-term transportation plan with goals that include saving money on maintenance, identifying future needs, and supporting efforts to seek state funding for major projects.The Odessa City Council is considering spending $445,000 on the study by Kimley-Horn, the same engineering firm handling the project to widen University Boulevard. The city administration has already given the firm a smaller contract of $15,000 so the contractor could begin analyzing downtown parking before the school year ends and traffic in the area thins out.“This is going to be key, especially in the future for getting money for projects,” Mayor David Turner said.Traffic Operations Superintendent Hal Feldman said the study should save the city on road projects that can cost millions, especially paving and restoration work. Odessa City Hall By admin – May 17, 2018 Previous articleEducation Partnership hashes out objectivesNext articleFive things you need to know today, May 17 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 1 of 2 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Landgraf prepares for state budget debate WhatsApp Pinterest Crews work to repave 6th Street on Jan. 16, 2015, between North Grand Avenue and North Lee Avenue in downtown Odessa. Twitter Home Local News Government City eyes traffic plan Facebook Local NewsGovernment City eyes traffic plan Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Potential firm to perform study. Fruit Salad to Die ForSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation
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News Updates’Scale Of Drug Usage In Kerala Unacceptably High’ : HC Issues Slew Of Directions To Check Drug Abuse In Schools, Colleges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 Feb 2021 9:22 PMShare This – xObserving that the “scale of drug usage in Kerala is unacceptably high”, the Kerala High Court has issued a slew of directions to control drug abuse among youngsters and students in educational institutions.Notable among the directions is the one given to the State Government to establish campus police units in all educational institutions to prevent drug abuses in campuses. 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The Court also ordered that State Government should take measures to make it easier for police and excise officials to enforce the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, in educational institutions.”Section 32B(d) of the NDPS Act, 1985 speaks about the fact that offence is committed in an educational institution or social service facility or in the immediate vicinity of such institution or facility or in other place to which school children and students resort for educational,sports and social activities as one of the aggravating factors, which maybe justified for imposing higher than the minimum penalty prescribed for the offence”, the Court observed.A division bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice AM Shaffique took note of an alarming report of the State Special Branch that around 400 institutions in the State are affected by drug abuse and out of such education institutions, 74.12% are schools, 20.89% are colleges and professional institutions, and 4.97% are other institutions viz., ITI, Polytechnics etc.The report of the Special Branch further revealed that in most of the cases detected in the college campuses, the seizure is below 1 kg of ganja, which is bailable, and this encourages a person to engage in drug abuse. Apart from the narcotic and synthetic drugs usage being rampant among the student community, inhaling of noxious chemicals like whitener, ink,fevicol, varnish solution used for repairing tyre puncture, are being used by the students for getting intoxication. The Court observed that this would cause illness and sometimes damage their organs permanently. Since the above substances do not come under the purview of NDPS Act, no legal action was initiated.The Court voiced the concern that the unacceptably high drug usage in Kerala is significant driver of economic under-performance, crime, risk to children and health inequalities.The Court has issued the following directions :State Government is is directed to adopt a method of establishing Campus Police Units, since the Law Enforcement agencies are not conducting regular checking inside the educational institutions. Measures shall also betaken to make it easier for the police and excise personnel to enforce NDPS Act, 1985, in the educational institutions.State government should convene a meeting of all the key officials from the Department of Home Affairs, Excise, Health, Law, Education and representative of State Mental Health authority, Department of Social Justice, and chalk out programmes, to ensure reduction in the incidence of Substance abuse among teenagers and youth and for the implementation of the suggestions made above.The Universities/Colleges/School authorities shall be provided with guidelines as a charter of duties and responsibilities, to make the campuses of the educational institutions, drug free.Kerala Police should seek the services of Student Police Cadets, NCC, NSS and other similar organisations to tide over the situation that the students are unaware of the legal repercussions of the usage and trafficking of drugs, and the health and career hazards caused due to the usage of drugs. Kerala Police should introduce a special scheme to ensure that the premises of the educational institutions and Universities are drug free. It should also initiate steps to conduct anti-drug programmes in the institutions, propagate health awareness campaigns, and use the assistance of social medias.Counselling and rehabilitation mechanisms should be established by Police, to save the students who are already using drugs and addicts, and for that purpose, co-operation of University authorities, affected students, and their parents be elicited.The directions issued, be complied with strictly, in letter and spirit, in accordance with law, within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment, the Court said.The division bench issued the directives while disposing of a suo moto case initiated on the basis of a letter from a former IPS officer N.Ramachandran highlighting the rampant abuse of drugs in schools and colleges.In order to tackle the problem of sale of drugs in schools and colleges, the Court suggested that the following measures can be adopted: a) Local police shall pay special attention to areas surrounding schools and colleges in their efforts to tackle drug peddlers.b) Schools and colleges be encouraged to look out for peddlers in their vicinity and report them to police. c) Schools and colleges be encouraged to conduct surveys(possibly anonymous) to assess the levels of drug addiction among their students, and if addicted students can be identified, to talk to their parents or wards to find medical help to cure their addiction. d) The Central and State Education Authorities to include a mandatory and comprehensive chapter on drug abuse and illicit trafficking and its socio-economic costs to self,society, and the country, in the syllabus for 10+1 and 10+2students. e) Schools and colleges be encouraged to constitute the Anti-Drug Club to promote a drug free life among its members and also in the institution.Measures to deal with street peddlersStreet peddlers being an important link between the addicts and the traffickers, the Court said that it is vital to contain them to tackle the drug problem. To deal with street peddlers, the following steps should be taken :a)Increase the public awareness about the potential harm street peddlers can do to their societies and their children and the need to report peddlers to police and to follow up. b) NGOs, resident welfare societies, etc., be involved in reporting peddlers and follow up with police.c) Sensitize police that dealing with street peddlers is an important part of their job. d) Train and build capacities of the local police to deal with peddlers, including those who are addicts themselves. e) In large cities, develop special, mobile, anti-peddling squads of police with jurisdiction all over the city and linked to a helpline.f) Similar to the method of contact tracing followed in the case of Covid-19 patients, police can explore the possibility of tracking drug peddlersg)Like in the case of history sheeters, there should be constant monitoring of street peddlers.Click here to read/download the judgmentNext Story
AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleBonagee United set for Cork test in FAI Intermediate CupNext articleCathaoirleach outlines importance of Budget day News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest ‘Plenty of dosh for these guys while LUH suffers’ WhatsApp Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 22, 2019 Another scathing attack has been launched at the Government over shortcomings at Letterkenny University Hospital. Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty claims millions are being spent on tax breaks for the wealthy and that the money would be better spent reopening the short stay ward at the hospital in full.Despite commitments made last year to reopen all 20 beds on the ward, only ten have reopened with only five funded by Government .Deputy Doherty says that Government priorities are clear:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/peaghfhgfhgfhrseluh.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Pinterest
Rosemary Bank is a broadly domed and elongate seamount with a diameter of 70 km, occurring in water depths of between 300 and 2300 m, 120 km west of the UK mainland in the northern Rockall Trough. Recent multibeam bathymetry and sub-bottom profiles, together with pre-existing current meter and CTD data, seismic reflection profiles and seabed core samples were examined in order to evaluate past and present bottom-current pathways and processes. The multibeam data image volcanic parasitic cones, concave slide scars and the terraced slopes of the bank. Bottom-current sedimentation is interpreted as producing a drift–moat complex surrounding the entire seamount and including two sediment wave-fields, developed to the west and east of the bank in water depths of 1500–2000 m. The western drift covers an area of over 1000 km2. Sediment waves to the west of the bank are up to 150 m high with wave lengths of 1.5–2 km. Four 100 m deep, 3 km wide, linear depressions, bisect the waves and are interpreted as 25–30 km long extensions of the moat. Seismic reflection profiles show the main phase of drift construction was during the mid-Miocene to Pliocene with the Pliocene to Holocene being an interval of drift maintenance. Cores from sediments draping over and adjacent to the seamount contain sandy and gravelly contourites interbedded with hemipelagites of late Pleistocene to Holocene age. Current meter and CTD data from the western moat indicate Labrador Sea Water flowing northwest, in contrast to the previously assumed anticlockwise circulation pattern around the seamount.
Beau Lund Written by November 6, 2018 /Sports News – National George Steinbrenner headlines ten-man ballot for Baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Legendary former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner headlines a list of ten larger-than-life figures eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame next month, with their selection to be overseen by the Today’s Game Era committee.Also on the list are former managers Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella and Charlie Manuel, and a group of players that includes Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, and Lee Smith. The 16-person committee is responsible for choosing candidates who were involved in the sport from 1998 and the present. The committee will meet on December 9 at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in Las Vegas. Any candidate who receives 75 percent of the vote will be inducted at Cooperstown next July, alongside the players chosen from the standard ballot in January. The Today’s Game Era committee last met two years ago, choosing former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and former Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz for induction. Each of the individuals up for consideration this year were considered then, but none received more than half of the vote.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A large study of tweets across the country has revealed that Oxford is the politest area on the mainland, and behind only the Shetland Islands and the Orkneys nationally. Slightly less than 1.4% of tweets from Oxford contain swearing. Also in the top five politest areas were Westminster and Kensington, and Chelsea.The two areas with the highest amount of swearing recorded were Redcar and Cleveland in North Yorkshire, and Clackmannanshire in Scotland. Accordig to the study in both areas over 7% of tweets contained swearing.The research was conducted by the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London. CASA monitored 1.3 million geo-located tweets sent from smartphones in the UK between August 28 and September 4.Dr Hannah Fry expressed surprise that only 4.2% of tweets in the UK contained swearing. She commented for the BBC, “Twitter has a reputation for being really the home of angry, aggressive messages that people send each other. I think it says something a little more positive perhaps about how aggressive or civil we can be to one another.”The results also showed that swearing is most common during Saturday and Sunday afternoons due to football matches, and also at 17:00 on Monday because of people complaining about job pressure. The biggest single surge in swearing was around 21.00 on Monday 1st September following Arsenal’s signing of Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.The study was commissioned for the BBC radio 4 program Future Proofing.
× At the recently held Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball’s 20th awards ceremony, Christina Centeno was recognized for winning the A Plus Custom Tee’s Team MVP award. There are still some openings (ages 5- 12) for the upcoming spring season. Anyone with any questions about Cal Ripken Baseball, please contact Mike Miselis at [email protected] or call (201) 436-8787.
The FBI announced Tuesday a national campaign to deter people from pointing lasers at aircrafts, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots, passengers and those on the ground.The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual who aims a laser at an aircraft. The reward is available for 90 days in all 56 FBI field offices throughout the country.In Ocean City, Council passed an ordinance in 2011 that prohibits the possession or sale of any laser pointer that exceeds one milliwatt in output power.The measure came after a man was arrested that summer for pointing a laser at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and boat on a night training mission. Ocean City police took a radio call from the boat two miles offshore and were able to arrest the man while he was still beaming his laser from the Ocean City Boardwalk.But reports from the Federal Aviation Administration tied eight other incidents of aircraft harassment to Ocean City in 2010. City Council also reacted to reports of laser pointers being directed at motorists driving cars, visitors riding Ferris wheels and even people sitting in their homes.In 2005, the FBI partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the increasing problem of laser strikes on airplanes. The problem was growing across the country, as more powerful lasers became easier to purchase. From 2005 through 2013, the deliberate targeting of aircrafts by handheld lasers increased by more than 1,100 percent. These incidents often result in pilots experiencing temporary blindness, which can force them to divert or make emergency landings.This dramatic increase in reported laser strikes prompted the FBI to create a pilot program aimed at raising awareness on the dangers of pointing a laser at an aircraft, and the offering of a monetary reward for information that leads to an arrest. Twelve FBI field offices throughout the country participated in this media campaign. Since the launch of the pilot program on February 11, 2014, the major metropolitan areas of the 12 FBI offices participating in this program have seen a 19 percent decrease in the number of reported incidents. Laser incidents on aircrafts arriving and departing from Newark Liberty Airport have increased 14 percent over the past year.“Although our previous efforts to raise public awareness have shown early signs of success in reducing the number of laser attacks in those 12 cities, the laser threat remains a problem on a much larger scale,” said Joseph Campbell, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “We hope to build on our success through this national campaign in an effort to reduce the overall threat.”The FBI is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Air Line Pilots Association International, federal, state and local law enforcement, international law enforcement, school resource officers and other stakeholders in its efforts to continue to educate the public about the dangers associated with laser strikes to aircraft. Campaign outreach efforts include digital billboards, radio public service announcements, video, social media, a presence on www.fbi.gov and partner websites and more.“I can’t stress enough how dangerous and irresponsible it is to point a laser at an aircraft,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We know that targeted enforcement has succeeded in driving down laser incidents in a number of cities, and we’ll continue to partner with law enforcement to address this problem nationwide.”“Intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft poses a serious threat to those in the air and on the ground – and it’s a serious crime with serious consequences”, said Air Line Pilots Association, International President, Captain Lee Moak. “The Laser Threat Awareness Campaign has resulted in an overall reduction of incidents, and we look forward to continuing to work with the FBI to bring the reach of these efforts.”Thousands of laser attacks go unreported every year, including strikes against law enforcement aircrafts, media helicopters, military aircrafts, medical evacuation and search and rescue aircrafts, as well as foreign air carriers. If you have information about a lasing incident, or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call your local FBI field office or dial 911.Newark Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford would like to thank the Federal Air Marshal Service, the New Jersey State Police, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Ocean City New Jersey Police Department for their significant contributions to this public awareness campaign.For more information: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/february/protecting-aircraft-from-lasers— News release from the FBI