whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org TONY Blair and Gordon Brown have been snubbed from the Royal Wedding – as has Brown’s former spin doctor Simon Lewis, despite his previous incarnation as the first head of communications for the Queen between 1998 and 2000.Lewis, who is now the chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, will still take centre stage though. From 8am, he will be setting up camp in ITN’s studio in Green Park to provide live commentary throughout the day as part of a panel chaired by Philip Schofield.The PR heavyweight, the older brother of former Daily Telegraph editor Will Lewis, will no doubt give ITN’s viewers the inside track on those City guests fortunate enough to have received an invitation.They include Simon Johnson, the chief operating officer of England 2018, who worked closely with Prince William on the doomed World Cup bid; Sir John Madjeski, chairman of Reading football club; and Canadian retail billionaire and philanthropist Galen Weston and his wife Hilary, said to be friends of the royal family.However, elsewhere in the City, there are rumblings of Republican discontent. The chief executive of a leading stockbroker, who refused to be named – “I want to keep my head, not get it chopped off” – said: “Of the list of things I am bothered about, this one bothers me not at all.“Why couldn’t William and Kate get married on a Saturday like everyone else, so small businesses up and down the country don’t have to lose a day’s trading?”WORKING WEEKENDMEANWHILE, scores of City workers will flee the capital tonight to avoid the wedding madness – just as long as they are not recalled to the office to work the Bank Holiday weekend.This practice is rife at Goldman Sachs in the US, says author William Cohan, whose new book Money and Power claims a group of young recruits were summoned to a partner’s office for a meeting at 5pm the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, kept waiting until 10pm, and then ordered to cancel their weekend plans to work on client business.Goldmans’ UK operation refused to comment on the accuracy of Cohan’s claims. But the reality is that not even meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time can exempt you from the dreaded summons – just ask the banker at Evercore Partners who was ordered back to London on a Saturday even though he was already half-way to lunch in Kent with his prospective in-laws when he took the call.ANDEAN ADVENTUREIMAGINE a motorbike. Then imagine a smaller one, cut it in half, stick an uncomfortable old sofa on the back and you have a mototaxi (pictured above) – the vehicle that Avi Bagchi and Moira Eyres from Schroders and ex-Morgan Stanley banker Adam Fenton are driving the length of Peru in aid of Practical Action.The team will set off from the UK tomorrow – follow their progress at www.theincaredibles.com as they contend with drug barons, tribal wars and some of the least hospitable terrain on earth in their bid to reach the Ecuadorian border within two weeks.TAIT LOSES THE PLOTTHE LATEST dispatch from David Tait, the global head of macro directional trading at UBS who is midway through an oxygenless ascent of Everest (below), announces that he set off from Base Camp at 3am this morning to negotiate the Khumbu ice-fall before moving up to 6,200 metres.From now on, however, no-one will know where Tait is, because he has permanently switched off the GPS transmitter that plots his location, after the device malfunctioned and started flashing SOS, triggering a flurry of emails to expedition leaders.Tait said: “It was only by chance that fleets of rescue-type helicopters weren’t scrambled erroneously, presenting me with a quantitative easing type of invoice.” Wednesday 27 April 2011 8:30 pm QUEEN’S FORMER SPINNER TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT ROYAL WEDDING Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm Oraclemoneywise.comKirkland Products That Are Actually Big Brands In Disguisemoneywise.comLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthiCanAnswerThat.comThe New Volkswagen Atlas Is The Car Of Your Dreams.iCanAnswerThat.com
Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileZambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients. The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking.
House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects Photographs CopyHouses•Singapore Year: Houses “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of Envelope Architects+ 16 Share Year: 2015 Photographs: Courtesy of Envelope ArchitectsQuantity Surveyor:K H Lim Quantity SurveyorsMain Contractor:Olivetree Builders Pte LtdArchitect In Charge:Chin Kean KokInterior:The Design Practice Pte LtdCountry:SingaporeMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Envelope ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. Envelope Architects turned this unusual request into the creative compass to guide the architectural language of the scheme. Key to one’s experience in Santorini is the seamless outdoor space, and the organic streets and layout of buildings. Hence, the scheme not only has to bring the outside in but also create a controlled disorder in the tight space.Save this picture!First Floor PlanTo do so while fulfilling the various conditions of the brief, the design integrates several design strategies such as a central courtyard and dissociated volumes. By inserting a central void the design creates aSave this picture!Courtesy of Envelope Architectslight well that enables the creation of internal facades, allowing the architects to express a series of deliberately misaligned volumes that peer into this central courtyard. The design also makes use of oblique walls to enhance the illusion of entropy within a confined space. The oblique, as opposed to a straightforward recess, is a compromise between achieving a crucial visual effect and usable space.Save this picture!SectionThe strategy of dissociation is similarly applied vertically, creating deliberate level changes that are experienced as part of the circulation in the house, contributing to the overall formal diversity.Save this picture!Courtesy of Envelope ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessAbode at Great Kneighton / Proctor and Matthews ArchitectsSelected ProjectsBridge House / Junsekino Architect And DesignSelected Projects Share Singapore House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects Area: 361 m² Area: 361 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/770204/house-at-poh-huat-road-envelope-architects Clipboard Architects: Envelope Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2015 “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/770204/house-at-poh-huat-road-envelope-architects Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeEnvelope ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on July 16, 2015Cite: “House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects” 15 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Magush Villa / White Cube AtelierSave this projectSaveMagush Villa / White Cube Atelier Photographs Houses ArchDaily Lead Architects: City:MakuCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationEnscape3D Real-Time Rendering SoftwareEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. The name of the project is derived from the old name of the city – Maku- where this villa is located in. Maku as a border city in northwest of Iran, has differentiated climatic qualities like heavy snows, rainy days and green plains around.Save this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiFormation of the concept was the result of a challenge between the client and the architects; The commission was to create a distinctive family retreat on Qare Khach slopes, and to consider providing spectacular views over natural sceneries around. So we initiated dialogue about the skyline and re-defined gable roof by deconstructing stereotypes. The dynamic soaring skyline caused an iconic form and diverse views to the building while providing potentials for designing the landscape and interior spaces.Save this picture!AxoThe project is located on the slopes which enjoys a great view to Mount Ararat and the whole city.It is comprised of a 150-square-meter building and 150 –square-meter terraces. Stretched terraces, one protected by roof and the other held by 3 slender columns are completed by frameless glass railing to maximize transparency. A cantilevered glass deck is also added to landscape.Save this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiThe villa blends into the landscape, following the geometric lines of the building to organize surrounding slopes. The user faces a maze as he enters the site; so he has to change the direction while approaching the building and encountering different skylines. The villa is divided into 3 zones which are connected by stairs: a public zone with kitchen and living room on the ground floor, a private zone including bathroom and bedrooms on the first floor and a fully transparent zone which is formed by terraces.Save this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!1st floor planAnother focal point is the choice of the finishing materials for the facade. These are intended to give light and identity to the building; Basalt stone is utilized as a vernacular material which is used in masonry historical buildings of this district, large picture windows which are influenced by the form of gable roof are added to permit fluidity and transparency to the spaces, and the gable roof is covered by shingle cladding that is perforated by the eastern skylight, so sun rays penetrate through in the early morning. Save this picture!© Farshid NasrabadiProject gallerySee allShow lessCUBE / KAAN ArchitectenSelected ProjectsNine Bridges Pergola / JOHO ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Farshid Nasrabadi+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: White Cube Atelier Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Azarakhsh Brick, Duravit, IKO, Porcelanosa Grupo, Lorenzo Year: CopyHouses•Maku, Iran 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902782/magush-villa-white-cube-atelier Clipboard Magush Villa / White Cube Atelier ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902782/magush-villa-white-cube-atelier Clipboard Reza Asadzadeh, Shabnam Khalilpourfar Area: 150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects “COPY” Iran CopyAbout this officeWhite Cube AtelierOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMakuIranPublished on September 28, 2018Cite: “Magush Villa / White Cube Atelier” 28 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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In direct confrontation with the U.S. ruling class’ monolithic drive to “reopen” schools and businesses, even as the pandemic continues to rage, Boston School Bus Drivers picketed their employer, Transdev, March 9. They gave voice to the outrage of frontline workers over this dangerous gamble with the lives of both the school children and the workers.Nora Braggs and Steve Smith of Local 8751’s “Team Solidarity” leadership. (WW photo: Maureen Skehan)The school bus drivers are members of the 1,000-strong United Steelworkers Local 8751. Along with USW monitors and leaders of Boston’s labor movement, they shut down deliveries and normal operations at the headquarters of Transdev, the international corporation that manages the school buses. At their morning break, hundreds of drivers converged from their three bus yards with picket signs demanding, “Worksite COVID-19 testing & vaccines for school bus workers NOW!” and “Transdevil’s $billions: stolen from workers!”Television, press and radio reporters jammed the scene, drawn by a rapid-response press release from Local 8751, which alone among Boston unions has called out Boston’s mayor and President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Labor. The release explained: “On March 1st Mayor [Marty] Walsh has ordered a reopening of K-3rd grade, in addition to the current 7,000 [High In-Person Priority] students, with over 10,000 workers forced into all buses and buildings under threat of our jobs. At the same time, on Feb. 1st Transdev/BPS unilaterally implemented across-the-board pay, benefit and budget cuts on school bus drivers already facing severe pay cuts and dangerous working conditions.”Steve Gillis, Financial Secretary, USW 8751, Andre Francois, President of USW L. 8751 and Jessica Tang, President of Boston Teachers Union (BTU), at March 9 rally. (WW Photo: Maureen Skehan)Local 8751 President André François fired up the physically distanced, masked-up crowd, blasting Transdev and BPS management with the warning, “Union busting’s got to go!” The Dorchester Art Project pumped people up from their sound truck with Rebel Diaz’s “Which Side Are You On?” and Haitian, Cabo Verdean, Chilean, Irish and Black liberation songs of workers’ struggles.Jessica Tang, president of the 8,000-member Boston Teachers Union and education advisor to incoming interim-mayor Kim Janey — the historic first Black mayor of a city long known as the “Selma of the North” — demanded immediate enforcement of COVID-19 vaccinations and emergency protocols, such as a monitor on every bus. Tang slammed state government officials for their rushed, discriminatory orders: “We are all one network, one community. If one of us is not safe, then none of us are safe!”Darlene Lombos, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, two days earlier had voted “Hell No,” along with parent and student reps, to giving state authorities punitive powers to fully reopen all Massachusetts schools. “It’s unions who have the solutions and a plan for vaccinating all essential workers. We demand the governor listen to the teachers, the bus drivers, the fire fighters, now!”Al Vega, president of USW Local 9358 and the decades-long leader of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, demanded “immediate Transdev compliance with health and safety guidelines and worksite testing and vaccinations programs.”John Buonopane, International USW District 4 staff representative and president of a fighting local of gas workers, put Transdev and the city on notice that they’re going to pay for their unfair labor practices and neglect of drivers’ health and safety. “We’re showing Transdev in the street today that you don’t mess with Local 8751!”Boston school bus driver, USW Local 8751 member, at March 9 rally. (WW Photo: Maureen Skehan)Last March, Local 8751 was instrumental in forcing the city to close in-person learning as the initial wave of COVID-19 killed five school bus workers and sickened dozens more, sweeping through the bus yards and extended families of the largely Haitian, African American, Latinx and African workforce. Local 8751 won precedent-setting, consecutive agreements from Mayor Walsh providing pay, full benefits and paid COVID-19 leave from Transdev during the shutdown and remote learning.Last October, Walsh had reopened schools to a limited number of students whom the district termed “High In-Person Priority.” The mayor then shut down, reopened, shut down again, and in February suddenly announced a full reopening of the schools in the spring. Meanwhile, school bus workers have suffered more than 40 positive cases, with dozens of quarantines, but the authorities have refused to publicize this. They scoff when their actions are described as a “cover-up,” then send late-night, obscure email notices about the latest infections, to fulfill their legal liability.In just a few days, the bosses’ forced economic “reopening” has resulted in a virus increase in greater Boston — buried in articles headlined about shortages of Big Pharma’s vaccines for school staff. This fourth surge had been predicted by President Biden’s own director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky of Massachusetts General Hospital, but was ill-advisedly ignored by his own Acting Secretary of Labor, Al Stewart.In the midst of pandemic-era budget cuts — which have seen the take-home pay of Boston school bus drivers hammered by a gross $400,000 per week due to the bosses’ contrived “hybrid” transportation schedules — Local 8751 is preparing for potentially brutal contract negotiations.Combined with Transdev’s “efficiency” and “profit” motivations, the city budget is now whacked into deficit spending by the capitalist economic crises of mass unemployment — officially 8% in Massachusetts — and the bankruptcy of its tax base: small businesses, nonprofits, and educational, arts and cultural employers.The Biden administration’s “rescue” package relies on forcing labor back to work on its concessionary terms — which include miserly checks for workers but billions to bail out Wall Street.In this context, the Union Power picket March 9 was a successful dress rehearsal for the life-or-death struggles coming for workers this spring.Powerful photos and livestream highlights of the March 9 action are posted at BostonSchoolBusUnion.org/UnionPowerPicket.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Education ArtCenter Holds Community Informational Sessions About Impacts of its 15-year Master Plan From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 7:18 pm 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News The ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena is holding two general information sessions in which it will present updates to the community on its 15-year master plan for the school’s two campuses, highlighting a South Campus design which incorporates the Metro Gold Line rail route, as well as new, expanded student housing and a “cycleway.”The college will also address general concerns from the community about the master plan which was presented in November to the City’s Planning Commission as an information item. The plan will be formally presented to the City Council this spring.The first general information sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillside Campus Faculty Dining Room, at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena. The second will be held on Monday, January 22, 6:30 p.m., at the South Campus Suite 200, at 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.ArtCenter’s 15-year master plan incorporates the school’s long-term plans for enhanced facilities and establishes a framework to guide future development across both campuses, with essential renovations at the Hillside Campus and an expanded South Campus at the gateway to Pasadena.Architect Michael Maltzan said designs for the South Campus include a cycleway—an open, elevated pathway running north and south through the middle of the campus through and between a series of elevated quads. It’s design would also include two new buildings dedicated to student housing.On the Hillside campus, Phase I improvements will include removal of the Annex Building, enclosing the open-air Sinclaire student pavilion with photovoltaic canopies, and additional modifications to the parking and circulation plan. The pavilion would also undergo interior renovations upon enclosure, resulting in a new 3,355-square foot addition, with no expansion of the existing footprint.During Phase I of the Hillside ArtCenter project, existing classroom and administrative activities would be relocated to other ArtCenter facilities, including facilities within the South Campus. Once the Annex Building is removed from the Hillside campus, 25 parking spaces would be restored in the North Lot.Phase II improvements at the Hillside Campus would include reconstruction and expansion of an existing maintenance and storage building on the South Lot (South Building). A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility would also be constructed near the new South Building for fueling ArtCenter shuttles. The South Building would be renovated and expanded to house the new Commuter Services and Facilities Hub. The existing one-story 4,200-square-foot structure would be expanded to a two-story 35-foot tall 19,720-square-foot building to house administrative and transportation-related services.Before any construction can begin, ArtCenter will need to acquire a number of permits and approvals from several city departments. The plan would necessitate zoning map amendments and changes, and a development agreement will also need to be approved by full City Council.Anyone interested in learning about the ArtCenter master plan or have concerns about it can attend either of the two sessions.RSVP is requested by Friday, January 12, through www.engage.artcenter.edu/accd-master-plan.If you have any questions, please call Jered Gold at (626) 396-2251 or email [email protected] Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. More Cool Stuff Community News Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
WhatsApp Twitter Odessa City Hall City commits to closed-door meetings reform Twitter Local NewsGovernment Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: March 20Next articleSuspects sought after refrigerator theft admin WhatsApp The Odessa City Council will start keeping audio recordings of all closed-door meetings instead of written summaries, making it easier for the public to hold the officials to account if future violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act seem apparent.The agreement stems from a settlement between the City of Odessa and the Odessa American in a lawsuit filed by the newspaper in June 2017. The suit alleged that the City Council violated the state open meetings law weeks earlier, when a majority voted to oust the head of the board overseeing economic development tax money following a closed-door discussion.“We thought it was important not just from a media standpoint but from an open government standpoint to take them to task for not following laws that were created to keep elected officials from going into closed sessions to do whatever they want out of the public view,” OA Editor Laura Dennis said. “For too long this council had skirted the open meetings act and it was time to take action. We won’t stand for backroom deal making when the public has a right to know.”As part of the settlement, finalized Monday, the City Council “denies it violated the Act, or if it did, the violation was only technical and resulted in no harm” to the OA or the general public. Pinterest NEW City of Odessa logo wide USE THIS ONE Facebook Facebook Pinterest By admin – March 20, 2018 Now, the city will be required to keep the audio records for at least two years, allowing a judge to examine the records if future lawsuits allege violations of the open meetings act. Keeping audio recordings of closed sessions goes beyond what the law currently requires.“It sounds like even though they might not be admitting any wrongdoing, they realize they could do a lot better,” said Kelley Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, adding that a recording provides “indisputable evidence of what was discussed, if it comes up. Hopefully this entire episode helps those public officials better understand the Texas Open Meetings Act, which they must follow. It’s the law.”After the May 9 vote, the elected officials who were in the room refused to provide an explanation for the decision to remove the volunteer appointee, Jimmy Breaux, from the Odessa Development Corporation, despite his public requests. The City Council’s closed door session lasted about 56 minutes.At the time, the meeting continued a pattern of secrecy by the City Council, which spent almost half the time during their regular meetings behind closed doors as they had facing the public by that point in 2017.“It’s supposed to be exception that you are going into closed session, not the normal way of doing business,” Shannon said.In response to the public blowback from the May 9 meeting, the City Council began meeting less often behind closed doors.In addition to the audio recordings, the settlement calls for the city to comply with requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act and pay part of the OA’s legal fees, $12,500.“By settling this it is less costly to taxpayers than if we had forced it to go to trial – where the city would have lost,” Dennis said. “It was a clear violation and showed disregard for open government.”The OA alleged that at a minimum, the City Council had failed to announce the justification for the closed meeting as the law required before they went behind closed doors.But the OA also argued that the City Council failed to provide the proper notice of the meeting by appearing to hide the true purpose of the closed session — discussing Breaux’s removal. The public notice before the meeting called for the City Council to “consider the removal of current ODC board members prior to the expiration of their terms.”District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales had placed that item on the meeting agenda, purportedly to discuss removal of each of the five ODC members, even their own appointees.Before the OA’s lawsuit, the newspaper and CBS 7 filed a criminal complaint with County Attorney Dusty Gallivan alleging violations of open meetings law by the City Council.“The meeting that was held, discussing the removal of Jim Breaux as the head of the Odessa Development Corporation, violated the Open Meetings Act,” Gallivan wrote in a May 25 letter to City Council members and former City Attorney Larry Long.But Gallivan said the violations he found did not appear to rise to the level of a criminal offense, citing his own research and a review by a Texas Ranger. Before the OA sued, the May 9 meeting had already drawn rebukes from state open meetings experts.“We hope other elected officials will take note that the public is watching,” Dennis said. “Follow the rules and do what the law allows and don’t try to keep public business out of the public’s eye.” 1 of 2
By admin – March 28, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Youth is served — with the truthNext articleFundraiser to help put an end to child abuse admin Easter sunrise service set WhatsApp OAT022219 Tony Bennett 3.jpg A group of Odessa churches will hold an Easter sunrise service from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday in Ratliff Stadium that they hope will unite area Christian churches and prompt oilfield workers who do not usually attend a church to participate.The stadium is just north of town on the west side of North Grandview Avenue.First United Methodist Church Pastor Todd Salzwedel said Easter “is a defining moment for all of us.”“I hope the service will be a representation of the entire body of Christ, not one denomination or group over another,” Salzwedel said. “I’d love for it to serve as a symbol to the community and people all around of what the body of Christ really looks like.” Twitter Facebook Facebook Local News Pinterest Pinterest
Newsx Adverts 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitter Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp The buildings worst hit by the explosion of a 200lb proxy bomb which targeted Strand Road police station in Derry may have to be demolished.Yesterday, shop owners returned for the first time to the scene of the blast to survey the extent of the damage.A taxi driver hijacked at gunpoint was forced to deliver the bomb to Strand Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.The PSNI had received a telephone warning by a group claiming to be from Óglaigh na hÉireann, a dissident republican organisation, that the device would explode in 45 minutes but it went off just 23 minutes later.The area remains cordoned off, while the full extent of the damage caused to the buildings is being assessed by engineers.Derry City Centre Manager, Jim Roddy, says the commercial impact of the attack on the city will be “massive”. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Building may have to be demolished after bomb attack Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleParent of attack student questions in northern students are welcomeNext articleSenator Doherty: Dole figures do not tell the full story News Highland By News Highland – August 6, 2010 Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR