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first_imgLafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_img G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Melrose. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, Carnival, ITV, and Prudential. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. G A Chester | Friday, 3rd April, 2020 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. ‘Market crash recovery’ isn’t a phrase I’m reading a lot in financial headlines at the moment. This suggests it could be a good time for risk-tolerant contrarian investors to start shopping for recovery plays. The market crash has been unprecedented in terms of its speed. And I see a credible argument the recovery could also be unusually quick.China is already beginning to get back to business. And there are signs Covid-19 infection rates are slowing in Europe’s earliest-hit nation, Italy. With recovery in mind, here are 10 FTSE stocks I see as very buyable today.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Market crash-trashed travel and leisureCompanies in the travel and leisure sector have been particularly hard-hit. These include some notable FTSE 100 names. UK-focused Premier Inn owner Whitbread is one. International cruise ships group Carnival is another.I believe both companies could bounce back strongly, if they traverse the current earnings abyss. I view Whitbread’s decision to keep all furloughed employees on full pay as a sign of management’s confidence. Meanwhile, Carnival has managed to raise £5bn to help it stay afloat through the crisis.Camera obscuraTravel curtailments, and wider lockdowns, have hurt FTSE 250 firm Photo-Me International. Many of its photobooths and other vending operations are sited in areas of high footfall. That means public transport venues and shopping malls. However, I’m encouraged by the chief executive buying shedloads of shares in recent days.Meanwhile, FTSE 100 broadcaster ITV is being hit by the widespread suspension of corporate marketing spend. I see this as another good stock for a market crash recovery.Property picksHousebuilders tend to be strong recovery plays. The FTSE 100 volume builders aren’t quite cheap enough for my liking at the moment. However, mid-cap retirement home specialist McCarthy & Stone is. Its shares are trading at less than half its tangible net asset value. What’s more, it claims it could survive 2.5 years with no sales revenue.Staying with mid-caps and the property theme, I reckon global serviced offices group IWG is another with great recovery potential. It briefly closed some of its centres in China earlier in the year. However, it reported last week all are now operational again.Industrials for a market crash recoverySimilarly, international industrial group Melrose has recently reported all its Chinese factories have reopened. The company has an excellent track record of buying good manufacturing businesses, improving them, and selling them on. I think sentiment for the stock should improve dramatically in a market crash recovery.The same goes for fellow FTSE 100 industrial Rolls-Royce, which needs no introduction. The company reported good momentum in the underlying business before the full onset of Covid-19. I don’t expect the virus to have a long-lasting impact on the company’s fortunes.Financial fanciesIn the financial sector, UK/US-focused Barclays is a particularly unloved FTSE 100 bank. The shares are currently trading at a near-70% discount to tangible net asset value. I think this offers a wide margin of safety against any near-term write-downs of assets.I also like the recovery potential of Asia-focused Footsie insurer Prudential. Its teams in the UK, US and Africa have the benefit of learning from their colleagues in Asia. They have already lived with Covid-19 for several months.There you have it, 10 stocks I think look very buyable for risk-tolerant investors, seeking high rewards from a market crash recovery. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 10 FTSE stocks I’d buy for a market crash recovery Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by G A Chesterlast_img read more

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first_imgPhotographs:  Tamás Bujnovszky, Csaba Villányi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Tóth Project Architect Office Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920265/floating-blocks-toth-project-architect-office Clipboard Floating Blocks / Tóth Project Architect Office Save this picture!© Tamás Bujnovszky+ 31Curated by Martita Vial della Maggiora Share Products used in this ProjectVentilated / Double Skin FacadeFundermaxExterior Architectural Panels – Max Compact ExteriorLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionArchitects In Charge:László Tóth, László Papp, Frigyes SchallingDesign Team:Kata Sütő, László SütőCity:BudapestCountry:HungaryMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyText description provided by the architects. One-family houses, cottages as a style mean a serious challenge for the customer families and the authorized architects as well. The ground-plan layout and the functional connections should get special attention since they should reflect the habits of the family members as their living spaces. After them the other aspects like façade, design should be considered.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyOur office obtained the design work of this villa building in the district II through a competition. It is a great pleasure for an architect if the customers trust him/her blindly. We could act with full power, the customer said only “fellows, I want to see again the same what I saw on the visual plans”.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyWe were afraid a bit of construction despite of the developed plans because there was a building contractor given who we had never worked together with before. But that enthusiasm and accuracy what we could find exceeded all of our expectations. We would never have dreamt that a four-storey residential building of monolith or reinforced concrete structure could be made ready together with its environment in 8 months.Save this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!ElevationsOn the narrow, in two directions heavily sloping plot which is longitudinal parallel to the road the building was located closed towards the road. Because it is a rather high building its mass was divided into parts horizontally shifted per storeys. The first floor (ground floor) ends in an individual wall from the road in the direction of the slope almost floating in the space further increasing the intimate feeling of the living storey. The white mass of the upstairs cube floats above the ground floor part of dark covering also closed to the road but totally opened towards the southern view. On the upmost storey a box withdrawn from all directions is placed having a black, large-panel coverage, where a lovely view of Buda opens up from.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyYou can feel a rational, economic approach on the whole building. The ground-space of more than 300 sqm is not prodigal at all. Its spaces are reasonable on scale, you can feel emptiness nowhere, but everything is influenced by a familiar atmosphere at the same time. The play of masses and façades with consoles, individual walls, with the “bridge” element having a floating loft can seem unusual but elegance can be felt on them. The clearness, the moderate character and furnishing of the interior spaces show the good taste of the interior designer. The ground-floor layout is clear. On the cellar-storey there is a spare bedroom in addition to the service rooms. On the first floor the living-room-dining room-kitchen and a children’s playing room are located, upstairs the children’s and parents’ bedrooms are. The uppermost storey having panorama is for resting and relaxation. This villa safely stands on its place in terms of variety and moderate character, but the same time it shows both an extent and well-founded richness.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyProject gallerySee allShow lessTokyo Travel Diary: Architecture and MangaArticlesSKNYPL Explores the Role of Urbanism in Creating and Overcoming FearArticles Share Year:  ArchDaily Houses “COPY” CopyHouses•Budapest, Hungary Hungary 2013 Floating Blocks / Tóth Project Architect OfficeSave this projectSaveFloating Blocks / Tóth Project Architect Office ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920265/floating-blocks-toth-project-architect-office Clipboard “COPY” Manufacturers: FunderMax, Louis Poulsen, B&B Italia, Baumit, Florim, Flos, MIRAGE, Minotti, TAL, Tom Dixon, WM-zinc Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Projects Area:  315 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeTóth Project Architect OfficeOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBudapestHungaryPublished on July 06, 2019Cite: “Floating Blocks / Tóth Project Architect Office” 06 Jul 2019. 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first_imgFollowing is a mid-September interview with Vasilij Volga, chairperson of the Union of Leftist Forces, ex-member of parliament and former head of the State Commission of Financial Services of Ukraine, by Austrian leftist Wilhelm Langthaler.Wilhelm Langthaler: What is, in retrospect, your position on the free trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union?Vasilij VolgaVasilj Volga: The agreement is actually detrimental to Ukraine’s national economic interest. There was a populist element in the propaganda of the forces which staged the military coup like, for example, facilitating visas, etc. We should immediately cancel the trade agreement and rebuild economic ties with Russia and the entire region in order to serve our national interest.The popular uprising in the east has been directed also against this unjust agreement. If the rebellion had won, if national interest had not been betrayed, civil war could have been averted. Ukraine could have developed its economic forces in a dynamic way as a bridge between Europe and Asia.WL: What do you think about the current government led by Poroshenko?VV: It is really criminal and has committed the full spectrum of crimes against humanity. In order to achieve their goals, Poroshenko and his team have been destroying the basic state institutions. They are supporting and promoting radicalism. I could give many examples for that.WL: Is the Minsk agreement a way towards conflict resolution?VV: To fulfil the Minsk agreement is only one possibility to achieve peace. We are in steady contact with our friends in Donbass, which is not under Kiev’s control. There is, indeed, a chance to bring the region back to Ukraine if autonomy and federation are granted. But this requires the full implementation of the agreement.A law of amnesty must be passed and the special status of Donbass must be constitutionally fixed. We need an international monitoring mission. We need to fight against any provocation which seeks the division between nations, languages or ethnic groups. The judicial system must be brought back in line with the constitution. It must prosecute the mass media and their owners who have been pushing for this conflict. Step-by-step we will have to reconstruct a common state.WL: Which role did the EU play in this conflict?VV: It was the very EU which brought this tragedy into our country. They signed a peace plan with President Yanukovych which they promised to guarantee. Under that agreement, Yanukovych was scheduled to step down after half a year. On the very next day, Germany and France supported and recognised the ultraradical rightist forces. If it was a bad agreement, why did they sign it? If it was a good agreement, why they did not implement it?If we try to rebuild our country and establish peace, how can we trust Germany and France to play the role of mediators? In any case, the EU has to carry the full responsibility for the conflict — let alone the U.S.WL: Can you explain the project of the Union of Left Forces?VV: We are trying to form an alliance of left forces, which are totally scattered as of now. The Ukrainian regime is about to dismantle the last traces of the welfare state. All political forces fighting for social justice are being repressed. This is the sense of the so-called de-communization law under which also the Communist Party was banned. Neither socialists nor social democrats are able to operate. The Union of Leftist Forces wants to provide a legal platform for the left, which is trying to defend and protect the remaining social gains. Key people in the CP joined. So did exponents of the Socialist Party and the Civil Control Organisation (a nongovernmental organization turned into a political formation).WL: What about the repression against you personally?VV: My possibilities to express myself are very limited. When I was physically attacked during a press conference in Zaporozhye last spring, many TV channels took footage. So there is plenty of evidence. I addressed the minister of the interior, the presidency and the secret service to initiate criminal prosecution. In a privately conveyed message, Minister Avakov gave a clear answer: Any officer doing so will be sacked. The Supreme Court of Ukraine, however, decided to open investigations but Avakov just laughed at that decision. Nothing has happened so far. Any public activity by our party is attacked by the Asov paramilitaries and no authority can move against them.WL: How, under these conditions, can you think to run for elections?VV: I really do not know. People are terrified right now. Physical force is used against us. My wife is under constant psychological terror from phone calls and emails. Given all those problems, we do not know whether we can assume this responsibility.Vasilj Volga is scheduled to address the No Euro Forum, which will take place in Chianciano Terme, Siena, Italy, from Sept. 16 to 18, 2016.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free corn and soybean outlook webinar at 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday (April 12). Registration is available.The webinar occurs following the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports. These reports and their implications for the upcoming crop year will be the webinar’s main topics.“With spring upon us and the weather beginning to warm up, planters are ready to roll,” said James Mintert, professor and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. “As farmers plan for the season ahead, Michael Langemeier, Nathanael Thompson and I will discuss updated supply and demand information and possible implications from the USDA reports for the 2020 crop year. USDA’s recent Prospective Plantings report surprised most everyone, and we’ll take a closer look at planting intentions and consider by how much actual plantings might diverge from intentions. We’ll also discuss farm income projections and what’s happening with corn and soybean exports, ethanol demand and more.”Langemeier is a professor and associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and Thompson is an assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Registration is free on the Center for Commercial Agriculture’s website. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to view the webinar live at its scheduled time. Those unable to join live can register to receive a follow-up email after the webinar to download the slides and view the recording. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Center for Commercial Ag to Host Free April Corn and Soybean… SHARE Purdue Center for Commercial Ag to Host Free April Corn and Soybean Outlook Webinar Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau, CountryMark Urge Governor to Sign SB303Next articleNPPC Applauds the Philippines’ Decision to Import More Pork Purdue University News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter By Purdue University News Service – Apr 8, 2021 last_img read more

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first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Sports Women’s Cross Country Duo Runs Well at SoCal Preview Meet By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 4:49 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Subscribecenter_img Ramina Padashi Fard continues to be PCC’s No. 2 runner this season, image by Richard Quinton.While the 24th place finish out of 32 teams at the SoCal Preview Meet September 16 wasn’t what the Pasadena City College women’s cross country team was hoping for, the Lancers established the strength of their top two runners in sophomore Franceska Millanponce and redshirt freshman Ramina Padashi Fard.Millanponce placed 33rd overall out of 244 runners with a time of 20:21.5 over the 5-kilometer course at Irvine Regional Park. Padashi Fard followed in 55th at 21:17.5.Coach Innocent Egbunike’s Lancers have seen a large break in finish after the duo with the next fastest PCC runner placing 185th in Andrea Sigala (25:57). Kandice Kwan (26:06.4) took 189th and Faviola Aguirre was 242nd (34:19). Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Re: Pasadena’s Wrongful Posting of a Biased and Inflammatory Narrated Video of the Killing of Anthony McClainDear Editor:I join the chorus of Pasadena residents who, at the August 24th City Council meeting, expressed their outrage at the City of Pasadena’s posting of a narrated video of the killing of Anthony McClain on its website. First and foremost, the statements in the narration concerning Anthony McClain’s alleged prior personal history dehumanize Mr. McClain. The message it sends is that Anthony McClain’s life was worth less than yours or mine because of his alleged prior personal history.Additionally, the City’s posting of the narrated, biased video also “taints” a potential jury pool. In California, only relevant evidence is admissible at trial. The statements in the narrated video concerning Mr. McClain’s alleged prior personal history would not be admissible at trial because they are irrelevant to the issue of whether the officer’s use of force was lawful. But hearing the narration now can influence a potential juror’s mind even though the alleged prior personal history is never introduced at trial. How is that justice for Anthony McClain whose own actions as he was fleeing the officers will be dissected, in absentia, at any criminal or civil trial of the officer who killed him?Likewise, many of the statements in the narration as well as the “captions” concerning Mr. McClain’s alleged actions as he was fleeing from the officers are not evident from the non-narrated videos the City posted. What the narration and “captions” do is attempt to “prime” a potential jury pool with the City’s version of the facts.If the City’s explanation for posting the narrated video is that it was simply trying to get information about the killing out as soon as possible and/or to quell the unrest caused by Mr. McClain’s killing, those are not valid excuses for tainting a potential jury pool. The City does not get to prime potential jurors with its unproven version of the facts and its inflammatory, but irrelevant, statements about Mr. McClain’s alleged prior personal history in the name of trying to quell unrest. Moreover, the narrated video has caused community distress and displayed bias on the part of the City and its Police Department. Will the community trust any of the ongoing investigations of the shooting of Mr. McClain knowing that the City, through its Police Department, released this sort of biased and inflammatory media piece to the public very shortly after Mr. McClain’s death? Any perceived benefit of rapidly posting the narrated video is outweighed by the cost in public trust.Last month, I requested City Manager Steve Mermell to ensure that the narrated video is deleted from the City’s website. Apparently, the City has chosen not to do so. Other cities have been known to post biased and unsupported versions of officer-involved shootings and to attack the character of the victims after they are dead (see “Crafty PR Lets Police Reshape Their Narrative,” Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2020). I hope most of us will agree that Pasadena is better than that and should delete the narrated video from its website.Sonja K. BerndtRetired State ProsecutorPasadenaGot something to say, email Managing Editor André Coleman, at [email protected] Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community Newscenter_img Opinion & Columnists We Get Letters Published on Monday, September 7, 2020 | 11:04 am Top of the News 54 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgLocal NewsState The Senate Finance Committee came down hard Monday on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s inefficient driver license offices. “I would personally just say, Steve, fix the damn thing,” Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, told DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We need you to respond like your job depends on it.” Driver license office reform is shaping up to be a hot topic for the 86th legislative session. In his acceptance speech earlier this month, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen raised two thumbs up after he announced his goal to alleviate “frustrations people feel when they visit one of our state’s driver’s license offices.” In its 2020-21 funding request, DPS asked for an additional $420 million to properly staff current driver license offices and increase the number of locations. The new House spending plan would add $200 million and 962 new full-time employees to shorten wait times at state driver license offices — and transfer the program from DPS to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The Senate budget proposal listed no major changes, but senators debated reforms Monday at the Senate Finance Committee hearing. Should the solution involve more money, a different agency, or both? Although Senate Finance members disagree on the specifics, they agreed that long wait times at Texas driver license offices need a fix. Waits have worsened Even though funding to improve the program has more than doubled since the 2013 budget year, wait times at driver license offices and its call center have worsened. DPS aims to process driver license and ID applications within 45 minutes, but in 2018, the agency hit that goal only 30 percent of the time — down from 40 percent in past years. In the last budget year, DPS issued 3.5 million driver licenses and 603,000 IDs. Many people visit one of the state’s more than 200 driver license offices to renew their license, which is required every six years for drivers between 18 and 84. At a Houston mega center — which is larger than most DPS offices — average wait times more than doubled from 33 minutes in 2009 to 71 minutes in 2017, according to an April report. However, the average wait is likely longer because Texans must sometimes wait outside the building before checking in because the office gets so crowded. Last summer at the Carrollton mega center near Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported wait times of up to eight hours. Although many DPS services are available online, some Texas drivers must visit offices in person, like people over 79 or under 18 and those whose licenses have been expired for more than two years. Rajan Viswanathan, 44, lost his license over the winter holidays, and, because he’s not a U.S. citizen, he couldn’t renew it online. Viswanathan, an engineer for Samsung, spent nearly his whole day last Tuesday trying to procure a new license. He arrived at 11:30 a.m. at an office in northwest Austin to secure a place in line, and since his waiting list slip indicated a wait time of 2 to 2.5 hours, he left to run errands. By the time he returned, his number had already been called, so he had to start the process again. When he finally left, it was 5:20 p.m. and he had waited an additional three hours. Viswanathan once lived in California, where he could check the wait times for driver license offices online to save time. “Why can’t I go and do some chore and check what’s online, instead of sitting inside for three hours?” he said. Working toward a solution Last year, DPS was under review by the Sunset Advisory Commission, a legislative group that evaluates state agencies. The commission proposed a fix: change the government agency responsible for the driver license program. As a law enforcement agency, the Department of Public Safety prioritizes anti-crime measures over issuing licenses, according to the commission. Its report found that driver license offices lacked basic technology, and DPS failed to properly manage its budget. Between the 2012 and 2016 budget years, DPS diverted more than $8 million from the driver license program to fund other agency initiatives. In fiscal year 2017, $7 million of the program’s budget was left unspent. The commission recommended that an outside party assess the pros and cons of transferring the driver license program to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which would require legislative approval. The new House spending plan would transfer the driver license program, along with $135.6 million, from DPS to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Senate spending plan lists no major driver license reforms, but chief budget writer Sen. Jane Nelson hinted at possible action. “We have made significant investments over the past few sessions to reduce wait times for driver licenses,” she said in a statement. “And I believe there is an interest among senators to continue that effort.” During Monday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing, senators disagreed on possible solutions. Some were willing to consider transferring the program to another agency while others, like Sen. Pete Flores, worried that the smaller Department of Motor Vehicles lacked the operational capacity to handle the extra duties. When Sen. Robert Nichols pushed McCraw on inadequate staffing at driver license offices, the DPS director simply agreed. Regardless of which agency is responsible for the program, he added, properly staffing the state’s driver license offices will require an extra $230 million. “None of our offices are fully staffed,” McCraw said. “There’s no question about it.” Read related Tribune coverageTexas panel rejects proposal to close 87 driver’s license offices. For now.Audit questions how DPS verifies eligibility when issuing Texas driver’s licensesAfter criticism, DPS restores extended hours at busiest driver’s license offices The Texas Tribune. Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Texas lawmakers want to fix wait times at driver license offices. Will they agree on a solution? Pinterest Facebook Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous article011219_Gymnastics_06Next article5 Ways Technology Can Help You Achieve New Year’s Resolutions Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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first_img[1] During the Northern Hemisphere summer, absorbed solar radiation melts snow and the upper surface of Arctic sea ice to generate meltwater that accumulates in ponds. The melt ponds reduce the albedo of the sea ice cover during the melting season, with a significant impact on the heat and mass budget of the sea ice and the upper ocean. We have developed a model, designed to be suitable for inclusion into a global circulation model (GCM), which simulates the formation and evolution of the melt pond cover. In order to be compatible with existing GCM sea ice models, our melt pond model builds upon the existing theory of the evolution of the sea ice thickness distribution. Since this theory does not describe the topography of the ice cover, which is crucial to determining the location, extent, and depth of individual ponds, we have needed to introduce some assumptions. We describe our model, present calculations and a sensitivity analysis, and discuss our results.last_img read more

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first_imgSubsea 7 will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of all subsea equipment related to the project Subsea 7 wins contract offshore US Gulf of Mexico. (Credit: SUBSEA 7) Subsea 7 has won a subsea installation services contract from Murphy Oil’s subsidiary Murphy Exploration and Production Company – USA, pertaining to the Samurai, Khaleesi, and Mormont developments offshore US Gulf of Mexico.The Samurai, Khaleesi, and Mormont fields are planned to be tied back to the King’s Quay semi-submersible platform located in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico, about 281.6km south of New Orleans.Without revealing the exact contract value, Subsea 7 indicated it to be in the $150-300m range.The company’s contract will cover the tie back of seven subsea wells in the three fields to the King’s Quay floating production system (FPS).Responsibilities of Subsea 7 under the King’s Quay FPS project contractSubsea 7 will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of all subsea equipment related to the project. These include PLETs, PLEMs, production and export flowlines and jumpers, umbilicals and distribution hardware, and also the wet tow in the Gulf of Mexico to the fields and mooring system installation of the semi-submersible FPS.The subsea contractor will immediately begin project management and engineering at its offices in Houston, Texas. The fabrication work on the flowlines and risers will be undertaken at the company’s spoolbase in Ingleside, Texas, with offshore operations scheduled to begin next year.Subsea 7 US vice president Craig Broussard said: “We are honoured that Murphy has selected Subsea 7 for this key EPCI SURF and mooring project. Subsea 7 and Murphy have built a strong, collaborative working relationship over the years through the proficient execution of projects performed on budget and on schedule.“This effective working relationship has set the stage for a best-in-class project delivery of one of the largest subsea development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Subsea 7 will provide a single point contract for the SURF and mooring work scopes on this project, which allows for improved management of the interface risk.”In October 2019, Murphy Exploration & Production awarded a detailed engineering and design services contract for the King’s Quay FPS project to EPCM provider Audubon Companies.last_img read more

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