City, county to discuss new courthouse

first_img A photo of the south west side of the Ector County Courthouse on Wednesday from the intersection of 3rd Street and Grant Avenue. Pinterest Home Local News Government City, county to discuss new courthouse Previous articleLocal students get caterpillar deliveryNext articleFive things you need to know today, April 9 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Twitter Facebook By admin – April 9, 2018 Local NewsGovernment City, county to discuss new courthouse WhatsApp What: Meeting between the Odessa City Council and the Ector County Commissioners’ Court to discuss a new courthouse. When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: The Ector County administration building annex, Room 120, 1010 E. Eighth St. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation City and county elected officials plan to consider ways to build a new courthouse that could include tapping municipal funds for the project or building a shared facility with space for city offices.Odessa City Council members are scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Ector County Commissioners’ Court at the Ector County annex, where the officials have asked the public to weigh in. No votes are scheduled.“We may explore it and decide it’s a bad idea — or a good idea,” Eckert said, describing the meeting as the first of what may be several planning sessions. “We don’t know until we seriously address this issue.”Eckert, the county’s top administrator, said county officials have not determined a strategy for shoring up funds to replace the blighted building without the city’s help.“It becomes more difficult,” Eckert said. “Because then you are putting costs back on the county, which is the least funded entity.”But there are options. One is county officials seeking a bond election. Another is that they decide to take on debt to pay for the facility, like commissioners did last year when they approved issuing $25 million in debt to pay for expanding the county jail.In late February, Eckert asked the city officials to consider funding the demolition of the existing courthouse once a new facility is built on land the city would donate. He also asked for help building parking.In return, the city would get the site of the old courthouse, where plans have called for developing a park.Nearly five years ago, voters overwhelmingly rejected a $95 million bond proposal for a new courthouse.But Eckert said the city’s help in that plan could shave about $15 million off the original $95 million cost of building the new courthouse. It’s still unclear how much of that reflects money that would be gained through efficiencies such as land costs and how much would be money the city is asked to spend.County and city officials will consider the area currently home to the Odessa American building at 222 E. Fourth St. as a possible site for the new courthouse, a plan that could require buying other real estate nearby.The city bought the OA facility and nearby parking lot for about $1.6 million in 2016. Since then, city officials have discussed demolishing the property and using it to raw private development or trading it to the county.“The courthouse, to say they have a problem is an understatement,” Mayor David Turner said. “And they are very limited on money.”But Turner and City Council members say the city should also consider building a shared facility with the county.“The economics – that’s something that will have to be looked at,” Turner said. “There is no doubt that we are maxed out as far as space at City Hall.”Eckert did not seek reelection, and he will be succeeded by Republican nominee Debi Hays.Hays advocated finding a private entity to build the courthouse in a leaseto- buy arrangement that she said would allow the county to avoid taking on debt and asking voters to approve a bond.That’s another possibility city and county officials may discuss on Tuesday, although it’s one Eckert said he doesn’t support.Eckert said he was open to the jointly owned facility.City and county officials are also expected to discuss building a courthouse as part of a broader effort to redevelop the long-blighted downtown.“It would be good for revitalization,” Eckert said. “That’s not the principle reason you build a courthouse though. The primary reason is that the constitution expects a quality place for cases to be tried, and we also have a duty to provide a quality workplace for employees.”If You Go Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s hosts Alice McDermott in annual Christian Culture Lecture

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Humanistic Studies department hosted author Alice McDermott for the annual Christian Culture Lecture on Thursday. The topic of the lecture was McDermott’s eighth novel “The Ninth Hour,” followed by a question and answer session with the Saint Mary’s community.Professor Laura Williamson Ambrose, chair of the Humanistic Studies department, opened the lecture, and Saint Mary’s President Nancy Nekvasil introduced McDermott.Nekvasil said McDermott’s journey as a writer began in a college non-fiction writing class.“A professor from her college called her to his office one day after class,” Nekvasil said. “He told her, ‘I’ve got bad news for you kid. You’re a writer and you’re never going to shake it.’”McDermott spoke about her inspiration for The Ninth Hour and the faith that guides her writing. She discussed her process and the beginning thoughts of the novel.“The Genesis of every novel is unique,” McDermott said. “But this one began very pleasantly during an after dinner conversation with a friend. He mentioned that he had a vague childhood memory of a very old man who lived in his great-aunt’s house in upstate New York. This man was not a family member, but, my friend was told, had served as a substitute for this great-aunt’s brother. When the war ended the man returned and was taken in by the family as a gesture of gratitude, and he lived with them for the rest of his life.”McDermott said this anecdote set off a curiosity and a desire to explore the nature and practice of substitution in the Civil War.“In the days that followed, I found myself returning again and again to that notion of a substitute of one man who served as substitute for another, so that the other could avoid military service and remain safe,” McDermott said.McDermott said musing over the concept of substitution led to contemplating the selflessness that derives from it.“The metaphorical implications of the term a substitute — one who puts himself in harm’s way, offers his life so that another may stay safe, so that another may live,” McDermott said.This also inspired McDermott to consider what selflessness means in the 21st-century, long after the Civil War, she said.“It brought me to think about selflessness, self-sacrifice, the value we place, here in the 21st century, on anyone who offers his or her life for another,” McDermott said. “Anyone who says I will put myself, my life, at risk, so that you may live and thrive, you and your children and their children. I wondered if we even trust such a notion anymore. If we don’t tend to see selflessness as akin to fanaticism, or more mildly as an awkward lack of self-esteem.”McDermott also addressed the consequences of that selflessness.“And what about the burden of gratitude?” she said. “How long then, I wondered, does gratitude last? When does another’s selflessness become a burden as much as a blessing? What do we owe the selfless among us? Why are they selfless in the first place?”These were the thoughts that guided McDermott through the beginning ideas of the story, but she said other ideas began to surface as she continued her research.“All interesting notions, but none of it yet contained a story,” McDermott said.McDermott said her research on Civil War substitutes led her to their obituaries.“As I looked at these [obituaries], I found my eye was also drawn to small items, often featured on the same pages, a number of them, reports of recent suicides,” she said.These self-inflicted deaths led McDermott to think about the people left behind after suicide, and thus inspired her novel “The Ninth Hour.”“Options for the poor, poor women with children especially, were so limited,” McDermott said. “Who would be there to serve as a substitute for the husband and father that was lost? Well of course the answer was the Catholic nursing sisters in the neighborhood.”This led McDermott to the Catholic concepts that shaped her story, she said.“I realized I had found my story of selflessness,” McDermott said. “Not a heroic story of plucky sidewalk saints, certainly not a history of religious women’s role in healthcare and education and service to the poor, but a story that would allow me to explore the very notion of selflessness, the motive for it, the burden of it, the value we place on it in any era, our own or another.”McDermott also said she wanted her sisters to be as real as possible — she  didn’t want to gloss over the harsh realities of life for them.“The concrete would be my medium, and any depiction of their lives, their selflessness, would involve their daily, vivid, inescapable encounter with the physical,” she said. “The physical reality of human suffering and death. Not to prove the truth of my faith or the existence of the supernatural, but simply to make you hear, to make you feel, and before all to make you see, look, it is there.”McDermott also discussed her own relationship and frustrations with the Church and how it shaped her writing.“To be perfectly honest, I’m halfway out the door of the institutional church, some days more than halfway,” she said. “For me, especially over this year, hope has given way to impatience. Institutional corruption has seeped into my spiritual life so that even the effort to forgive the clergy, or to reform it, begins to feel more like complicity than compassion.”Tags: Alice McDermott, Christian Culture Lecture, civil war substitutions, department of humanistic studies, The Ninth Hourlast_img read more

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Ex-Eagles captain Mikel debunks link to Biafra agitation

first_imgFormer Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has debunked media reports linking him to the Biafra agitation in Nigeria. It was reported earlier in some publications that the former Middlesbrough and Tianjin TEDA midfielder made some comments on the Biafra nation agitation. Loading… Read Also: VIDEO: Tyler Adams’ goal sends RB Leipzig to UCL semifinal“I’m fully focused on what has made me who I’m today (football); it’s been a very tough season and I’m just enjoying time with family and focusing on the next step for my career,” Mikel summed up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisementcenter_img Speaking with AOIfootball – Mikel said he has never been involved in the politics of Nigeria and that he would never do anything to jeopardize the peace of Nigeria. “I was as shocked as you are to see the video that I supported a Biafra government. I never spoke to anybody about such and would never get myself involved with such things, especially matters that have to do with the politics of the country. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian Actresses6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?last_img read more

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SA’s first gay & lesbian bookstore

first_img13 March 2003It’s probably the only bookshop in town that has on its shelves books such as “Holy Hell” and “What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality”. It’s the only bookshop of its kind on the continent, the first specialist gay and lesbian bookstore in Africa.The Ultra Violet Book Cafe opened in mid-November last year in Melville, Johannesburg, at 2nd avenue, corner Main Road.The owner, Michelle Kniesel, says the main goal in opening a gay store is to create a safe space for gay people to interact and buy books in a comfortable environment where they are able to ask questions about gay literature without any reservations.On the shelves there are fiction and non-fiction books, the kind of gay books that are rarely stocked by mainstream bookstores, says Kniesel. Gay romance books and non-fiction that discusses what it means to be gay are some of the books on display. Second-hand books are also on offer.All the books are written by gay authors and have gay themes, except for a small esoteric section and books on stress and depression.Kniesel says she wants to focus on developing the local section, which, at the moment, is predominantly Afrikaans. She hopes to find local gay books that are written in other South African languages, not just English and Afrikaans, but has not sourced any so far.The store also sells local and international magazines, such as Womyn, Lesbians on the Loose and Gay Times, and a Pride paraphernalia section which offers T-shirts, flags, stickers, jewellery and key-rings.The store might stock gay products, but with customers “I’m straight-friendly with everyone”, says Kniesel. Straight customers come to the store to buy gifts for friends or a member of the family who happens to be gay, she says.As the name of the place suggests, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at the store – from filter coffee to cappuccino and espressos. Kniesel says she is planning to include cakes in the store’s menu.As for the future of the store, she says, “I envisage that it will become a central point for the gay community”. Source: City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

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Research & Analysis

first_imgSouth Africa’s global reputation is shaped by perceptions of investment, immigration policies and environment, exports, people, culture and heritage, governance, and tourism.In order to understand domestic trends, and how these shape international perceptions of South Africa and its global reputation, Brand South Africa commissions and subscribes to several research instruments. Our Research Notes and Working Papers intend to inform Brand South Africa’s stakeholders and partners on South Africa’s reputation and competitiveness.Find out more:Reputation Research – South Africa IncorporatedResearch & Reports – Working papersIn keeping with Brand South Africa’s international and domestic mandates, the working papers provide insight into issues that impact on the South African psyche, national pride, and international reputation. The research notes are essentially analytical pieces that highlight trends in reports on South Africa generated by external agencies, institutes and multilateral organisations. The research notes also aim to highlight key findings, and to share research from studies commissioned by Brand South Africa with stakeholders and the nation.For more information contact:Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South AfricaEmail: [email protected]: +27 (0)11 712 5000last_img read more

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Activation Gallery – Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.Despite the morning heat, Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and her runner-up, Jade Axon, as well as representatives from Play Your Part and GEM Project joined the schoolchildren on Saturday, 24 October, as they cleared the school of litter. According to Play Your Part representatives, the campaign was in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Viktor, who was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in September, said the clean-up formed part of the environmental work she would undertake during her year as titleholder. However, her biggest initiatives would be greening projects. “It involves a lot of tree planting, a lot of educational work at schools, teaching the kids why it is important to clean up and recycle, and also getting them to be active citizens.”At the same time as she undertakes her environmental work, she is also preparing for her next big project, that of winning the international Miss Earth pageant in Austria in December.               Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.last_img read more

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Ebay: SMBs Are Optimistic About the Holidays, New Year and Mobile Commerce

first_imgSmall and medium-sized businesses that sell online are expecting the remainder of this holiday shopping season to be strong, generally have an optimistic view of how their businesses will do in the near future, and consider mobile commerce an important part of that future. This is according to Ebay’s Online Business Index survey, which was conducted in the United States for the first time this year, after being done in Europe in Australia since 2008. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they were “optimistic” about the future of their businesses and 72% expected sales to increase as the holidays get closer. Most SMBs consider it important for businesses to be able to sell products from mobile devices, something eBay sellers have the luxury of being able to do quite easily. For small businesses operating outside of eBay’s e-commerce empire, however, mobile commerce is not always as easily achieved, given the costs associated with mobile development. The survey covered a range of other issues, including the proposed Internet sales tax, which small business owners overwhelmingly oppose. The survey results were based on an online query of 435 small businesses who are actively selling on eBay. Tags:#Analysis#biz Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Images of Fitbit next smartwatch reveal heart-rate improvements

first_imgFitbit is on schedule, as its boss James Park keeps reminding us, to launch its next smartwatch by the end of the year. We don’t know what the smartwatch will be called, though Blaze 2 seems likely, but thanks to leaks we know its design and some of the hardware improvements.Images obtained by Wareable show a similar large display design to the Blaze – which we have already seen in a Yahoo Finance report – alongside a new heart-rate arrangement that uses two red lights and one blue light.The company’s previous devices have used a green light to track heart-rate because blood absorbs the light. However, it reflects red light, which allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin, providing a more accurate heart-rate and new biometrics like blood oxygen levels.This should help close the gap between Fitbit and the Apple Watch when it comes to heart-rate accuracy. Fitbit is also reportedly improving the accuracy of GPS for the new smartwatch.It won’t be just hardware this year, Fitbit is planning to launch an app gallery that will come with a selection of launch apps, before opening to the wider developer community. The company has reportedly tapped Pandora to be the launch partner for music, after unsuccessfully trying to partner with Spotify.See Also: Morgan Stanley: Fitbit needs better software to surviveThe firm is in a precarious position, once the dominant player in the wearable market, it has lost significant marketshare to Apple and Xiaomi. Other brands, like Garmin and Samsung, are providing customers with alternatives to the standard smartwatch and fitness tracker options.This new smartwatch has most of the improvements people have asked of Fitbit, but delays and rumors of poor performance could ruin the new device before it even hits the store shelves. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#Blaze#Fitbit#fitness tracker#heart rate#leaks#Rumors#smartwatch#wearable Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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How to Create a Glass Effect in Adobe After Effects

first_imgCreate a translucent glass effect using only the built-in tools in After Effects. No third-party plugins or filters required!The always excellent Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot has released a tutorial on creating a translucent glass effect in Adobe After Effects. The slick effect is perfect for a film or video intro!The tutorial can be completed with all the tools that come with After Effects, so you won’t need to have a speciality (read: expensive) plugin to pull off the effect. Here’s the AE glass effect in its finished form.Modify the look to get a fogged look or create an effect that makes the camera seem like it’s “seeing” through a glass window. Kramer utilizes the AE camera to give the glass animation motion and depth. The final effect is a cold, icy animation that would be right at home in a horror or mystery project. And be sure to check out Video Copilot for more great AE tutorials. Here’s the After Effects glass effect tutorial in all its glory.If you’re looking for more After Effects action, take a minute to browse PremiumBeat’s AE archives. You’ll definitely find something helpful and cool.last_img read more

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Start Investing in People

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now We try to help people, but we aren’t giving them the help they really need. It’s because we are underinvesting in people. Investing more means caring more.We give people answers when we should be teaching them to think. But providing an answer takes only a few minutes and teaching people to think takes more time and real effort.We give people money when we should be teaching them to create increasingly greater levels of value. Giving people money helps them in the short term, but it doesn’t provide growth. It’s much more difficult to help people increase their value.We try to motivate people to take action and to improve their own results, their own lives. But that motivation lasts only a short time. It’s more difficult to help people identify and activate their real purpose, the internal motivation that they can sustain over their lifetime.We use quick fix solutions to long term, systemic problems. The person who needs help might take the help and go away, but they haven’t left any better than off then when you found them. They’re still dependent.Why You UnderinvestUnderinvesting produces dependents instead of independence. And there are five reasons that you might be underinvesting.Your failure to invest in people might mean that you believe the person you are “helping” can’t improve or grow. They aren’t worth investing in because you believe they are incapable of improving.People will surprise you if you give them a chance.It might also suggest that you believe they aren’t really worth the level of investment required, that you believe that there is something more important than helping them grow.Your legacy is going to consist of nothing more than the lives you touched, for good or for ill.It might be that you really don’t know how to give people the real help they need. This is probably the least likely reason; it’s likely that you are extremely capable and well suited to providing that level of help.You have the abilities you possess for a reason.Some people fail to give people the help they really need because it gives them power or control. If their help is always needed, then they are significant, they’re important.Nothing makes you more significant that helping people grow.But when it comes to helping people grow, the most likely reason you are underinvesting is that you aren’t really focused on that outcome. You’re focused on treating the presenting problem and not the real source of the problem. Changing the outcome and investing in caring enough to really help solves that problem—and it provides real help.What to InvestInvesting in people is expensive. Really helping requires you to make much greater investments.You have to make a greater investment of the most limited and fleeting of all your possessions: your time. Investing your time to really help produces outsized returns. The time invested to give people the help they need is returned to you many times over because it creates independence instead of dependents.You have to make a greater investment of your emotional energy. You have to care enough about the person that needs your help to give them the help that they really need. That means you have to shift the outcome from how you can help this person in the fastest way possible to how you can help them grow. It’s inefficient. That energy is expensive. It requires patience. It requires tolerance.If you are reading this and it has touched in you some way, then it’s likely there’s a long line of people that invested enough in caring about you to give you the help that you really needed. Remember what that looked like? Remember how that felt? Remember the difference it made in your life? That’s the investment in caring you need to make in helping others.QuestionsAre you giving the people that ask you for help the help that really need? Or are you doing what is efficient over what is really effective?Are you really creating the value that you are capable of creating? Or are you shortchanging yourself and the people that need your help?What is the root cause of your underinvestment in caring about other people enough to give them the help that they really need?last_img read more

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