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Lions Gate eyes a merger with MGM

first_img Share Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 12 October 2010 9:14 pm AMERICAN film studio Lions Gate Entertainment proposed a merger with troubled rival Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) yesterday, in a move to end months of tussling over the ownership of both firms.Lions Gate’s biggest shareholder, corporate activist Carl Icahn, gave the merger offer his blessing yesterday, saying in a statement that such a deal would “enhance value for all constituencies”.Icahn also holds $500m (£316.5m) of MGM’s debt, and has spent the last year bidding to take over Lions Gate. Terms of the offer have not been disclosed, but reports last night said MGM’s creditors would own 55 per cent of the combined company. Icahn said in a regulatory filing he preferred Lions Gate’s offer to an earlier deal offered by Spyglass Entertainment. MGM, home to the James Bond films and a new remake of The Hobbit, asked its creditors last week to accept a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan in which Spyglass would take 95 per cent of MGM’s shares in exchange for more than $4bn of its liabilities. Creditors have until 22 October to agree to this arrangement, the same days that Icahn’s latest bid to take over Lions Gate expires. Lions Gate said yesterday’s offer “follow[ed] detailed discussions” with Icahn, suggesting it has set aside its differences with Icahn in pursuit of MGM. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Timescenter_img Lions Gate eyes a merger with MGM whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com KCS-content last_img read more

KSA claims victory in gambling advertising case

first_img Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address The Council of State, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, has ruled in favour of national gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) in a case concerning the use of text-based promotions for online games of chance.The KSA had argued that using promotional articles to publicise online games, which are currently prohibited in the country, was a form of advertising and as such should not be permitted.The Council of State agreed with the regulator’s assessment, ruling that promotional text falls under the same category of advertising and is not allowed under current laws. The decision supports an earlier ruling made by the District Court of The Hague in February 2019.The original case related to incremental penalty payments that the KSA had issued to Content Publishing Limited, a subsidiary of Betsson, in 2017, after the regulator said the operator had published promotional articles for online gambling on various websites.According to the KSA, visitors to the Content Publishing websites were able to click through to the sites where the illegal games of chance could be played. The KSA said it issued the penalty payment to Content Publishing in an effort to halt such activities, having previously warned the operator about its conduct.Content Publishing had argued in the District Court of The Hague that the KSA’s definition of promotion in the Gambling Act was too broad and that its articles constituted editorial information, rather than advertisements.However, the Court disagreed, saying in its ruling “the primary objective (…) was to forward potential players to providers of online casino games” and that the KSA rightly regarded this as promoting illegal gambling. The Council of State ruling supported this initial decision.In a statement issued after the Council of State hearing, the KSA said the social interest of informing the consumer about commercial practices that violate the current Gambling Act “outweigh the importance of Content Publishing to prevent disclosure”.The Dutch gambling market is set for major change in the near future, with the Remote Gaming Act due to come into effect from 1 July 2021, which in turn will open the country’s regulated market.However, before it can be implemented, secondary regulations published in June last year must be passed, while licensing conditions must also be finalised.Should the Act come into effect, four different licences would be made available: casino games where consumers play against the operator (such as slots and table games); peer-to-peer casino games (online poker). Licences for betting on sporting events, and betting on horse racing and trotting, will also be on offer.Earlier this month, it was also revealed the KSA imposed fines worth a combined €3.5m (£3.0m/$3.9m) in 2019, a 105.8% increase from 2018. In total, the KSA issued a total of 10 fines in the year.KSA chairman René Jansen said that the increase in fines was due to stricter enforcement of rules and higher penalties against targeting Dutch players with online gambling offerings in the lead-up to the opening of the Dutch regulated market next year. The Council of State, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, has ruled in favour of national gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) in a case concerning the use of text-based promotions for online games of chance. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates 24th January 2020 | By contenteditor KSA claims victory in gambling advertising caselast_img read more

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL.gh) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgGuinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL.gh)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileGuinness Ghana Breweries Limited manufactures and markets a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the Ghana domestic market and for international export. Its product offering includes spirits, beers, lagers and stouts as well as ready-to-drink products. Popular brand names include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Orijin Zero, Ciroc Ultra-Premium Vodka, Johnnie Walker Reserve Scotch Whisky, Ron Zacapa Rum, Malta Guinness, Star Lager, Gulder, Alvaro, Ruut Extra, Orijin Bitters, Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff Double Black Ice. The company was originally founded to produce Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, otherwise known as Guinness. Its non-alcoholic beverage, Malta Guinness, is extremely popular and has captured 70% of the Ghana non-alcoholic beverages market. Guinness Ghana Breweries is a subsidiary of Diageo Plc. and is based in Kumasi, Ghana. Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

TUI’s share price is down 65% year-to-date. Can this FTSE 250 faller bounce back?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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. TUI’s share price is down 65% year-to-date. Can this FTSE 250 faller bounce back? Image source: Getty Images. Travel operator and airline TUI (LSE:TUI) was kicked out of the FTSE 100 in March and relegated to the FTSE 250. It also swung to a £1.3bn pre-tax loss in its third quarter. Group revenue is down 98% for this period, to the end of June. The impact of the volatile market environment created by the coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on the travel industry, and TUI is no exception. It is fair to say the company has been having a rough time of it. And to top it off, the TUI share price has fallen 65% year-to-date.Hope springs eternalConsumers desperate to escape to the sun are pinning their hopes on a Covid-19 recovery and have begun booking holidays for 2021. TUI has confirmed its holiday bookings for next summer have risen 145%. It began to resume flights in mid-May and business is gradually picking up.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…TUI has reached an agreement with the German Federal Government for a €1.2bn stabilisation package to see it through to the end of 2021. This includes both a loan and convertible bond agreement. It is the second such package after it received a €1.8bn state-backed loan in April.However, this may not be enough, and it is considering issuing shares or selling off parts of the business to reduce its debt burden. It has also been cancelling holidays amid further quarantine restrictions and travel bans. Destinations such as Spain, Canary Islands, Morocco and Cyprus are being cancelled, leaving many unhappy holidaymakers out of pocket.The impact on the TUI share priceIn May, the company announced it would need to cut 8,000 jobs and save €300m a year to see it through the crisis. All this bad news is making travel a risky sector to invest in and is also reducing consumer sentiment around the brand. This £2bn company has a price-to-earnings ratio of 5, and earnings per share are 63p. A share placing may be necessary but is unlikely to be welcomed by existing shareholders. TUI has big plans to become a digital platform business, and the current environment is giving it a welcome boost in achieving this. By streamlining its operations, restructuring and adapting to a new world, it could emerge with a much more profitable business model. This all depends on how quickly the pandemic subsides and business as usual returns.Also worth noting that that the firm is expecting a compensation payout from Boeing over the grounding of its 737 Max planes. The specifics of the deal remain confidential, but it will receive the compensation during the next two years. There will be credits against future orders and TUI has deferred delivery of 61 aircraft until required.As the world’s largest tour operator, I will be very surprised if it goes bust. But progress is likely to be slow and interruptions to be expected. The TUI share price is likely to remain subdued for some time. As the virus rages on and stock market volatility persists, I think there are less risky investments you could make, such as the rising BAE share price. However, for those of you with a higher risk tolerance, TUI may prove a long-term winner. 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October Bargain Buys

first_imgWhen times are tough a bargain or two is just what you need to beat the financial blues. So Rugby World is coming to the rescue but scouring the web for some great bargains. This month we have swooped on three bargains – that we recommend – from rugbystore.co.uk, prodirectrugby.co.uk and lovell-rugby.co.uk. Grab them while they are still available!Slick Nicks – Optimum Nicks are now just £6.99/£8.99 (RRP £10.99/£12.99) from rugbystore.co.uk Knock down NZ – A tournament hoodie from lovell-rugby.co.uk will now set you back just £9.99 (RRP £39.99).  What are you waiting for?Head Cuts – Pick up a Gilbert Atomic headguard for £14.99 (RRP £24.99) from prodirectrugby.co.uk LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture

first_img Year:  Photographs:  Michael Nagl Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2014 Photographs Restaurant DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault ArchitectureSave this projectSaveDC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture Save this picture!© Michael Nagl+ 29 Share Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture Manufacturers: Glassolutions, Hoba Steel, swissFineLine, D+HText description provided by the architects. When an architect delivers a building it is always an extremely emotional moment, marked by the end of a long process of mediation, from absolute potentiality of early sketches to fine tuning in situ of final details. An actor, for a time, in the endless development of territories, the architect exits the scene. He hands over the controls to those he has been working for. This is the moment when architecture transitions from the intellectual, conceptual state to the fundamentally physical and real. Save this picture!© Michael NaglRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapIn Vienna, these feelings are magnified by the iconic character and extreme visibility of the DC Tower 1, but also by the history that binds me to the project. One beginning twelve years ago, in 2002, when WED held an international competition for the development of the last remaining section of Donau City, and a history which continues to be written.Save this picture!Floor PlanFrom the start the project offered a site with incredible potential: an open terrain, facing Imperial Vienna, embedded in the geography of the Danube, lying on a plateau on the river’s eastern bank, like a bridgehead to two Viennas. But the site was not virgin territory as several previous projects had been conceived for it. So there was a conceptual “already there”, a thoroughly fascinating virtuality.Save this picture!© Michael NaglVery early on, what kindled my interest most in this site was the bridgehead with the rest of the Donau City district, with the river banks but also the conditions for breathing life into a public space on an esplanade. We took advantage of this commission to design a genuine entry gate to Donau City. Save this picture!© Michael NaglReversing objectives for earlier development projects envisaged here, WED specifications called for a decidedly mixed-use program, an indispensable condition for germinating the contemporary urban vibration we were proposing to create in and around the towers. Save this picture!SectionThe towers function as two pieces of a gigantic monolith that seems to have split into two unequal halves, which then open to create an arch with undulating and shimmering façades that bring the newly created public space to life in the void created there. Dancing on their platform, the towers are slightly oriented toward the river to open a dialogue with the rest of the city, turning their backs on no one, neither the historic nor the new Vienna. Save this picture!© Michael NaglToday, the first of the two towers is up and the result is quite amazing, thanks notably to the invaluable collaboration of the Hoffmann-Janz architecture office. The visual qualities of the folded façade create a new way to read the skyline of Donau City, its undulations signaling the entry point of this new polarity. The folds contrast with the no-nonsense rigor of the other three façades, creating a tension that electrifies the public space at the tower’s base. Save this picture!© Michael NaglThe façade’s folds give the tower a liquid, immaterial character, a malleability constantly adapting to the light, a reflection or an event. For interior spaces, on the other hand, with Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost, the associate designer, we have tried to make the building very physical and present. The structure is not hidden, does not evade the eye. The exposed concrete framework is touchable. Stone and metal used in lobbies and circulations contribute to the tower’s generous and reassuring physicality. Save this picture!© Michael NaglWe have tried to avoid a tendency in contemporary architectural production to hide the architect’s real work, of sewing, suturing the project and contextualizing and anchoring it in the environment. Design emerges in a later phase. Towers floating above the ground are too severe, like architectural objects, objects in themselves. They must land, take root in the soil of cities, in places where their urban substance is found. The aim is to get the basic horizontality of the city and the public space to coincide with vertical trajectories. The work on the base and foundation of the DC Tower 1 was highly stimulating. Architectural arrangements determine the tower’s relationship to the ground. On the back façade, the public space rises from the level of the esplanade in a series of staggered steps to reach the ground reference plane. This structuring of topography launches the tower and creates a spatial interface accessible to all, making the occurrence of such a physical object both possible and acceptable. On the other three façades, metallic umbrellas gradually rise from the ground on the approach, softening the violence of the eruption and blending city and movement into the tower’s future. Important work on neighborhood fringes remains to be done to reveal the geographic features of this urban landscape and take better advantage of the river bank. Save this picture!SketchWith this first tower the city of Vienna has demonstrated that the punctual and controlled emergence of high-rises can participate in creating the city and produce contemporary, economical, high-energy performance mixed-use buildings adapted to metropolitan business requirements and lifestyles.Project gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: PPG Place / John Burgee Architects with Philip JohnsonArchitecture Classics”Too Radical to Implement Yet Too Relevant to Ignore”: John Hejduk’s Kreuzberg TowerVideosProject locationAddress:Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/481583/dc-towers-i-dominique-perrault-architecture Clipboard CopyRestaurant, Residential Architecture, Office Buildings•Vienna, Austria ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/481583/dc-towers-i-dominique-perrault-architecture Clipboard ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeDominique Perrault ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureRestaurants & BarsRestaurantResidential ArchitectureOfficesOffice buildingsOfficesHotels and RestaurantsOffice BuildingsViennaResidentialAustriaPublished on February 28, 2014Cite: “DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture” 28 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World [amzn_product_post]No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International—a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries—Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years.In The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Scofield leads you through the entire process of starting up and running a nonprofit, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do—valuable lessons he learned the hard way. The process, while risky, isn’t as difficult as you might think. Practically speaking, you need only two things: an idea and a plan. The former comes from you and you alone. This book supplies the latter.The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook illuminates the path to building a successful nonprofit from the ground up. You’ll learn how to: Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. • Create a realistic plan for getting started in your chosen cause• Assemble the perfect team for putting your plan into action—and keeping it rolling in the right direction• Develop a business model specifically designed to run a nonprofit organization• Keep yourself, your staff, and your cause in solid financial shapeOne of the many beauties of social entrepreneurship is that it’s never too late to start. You can be right out of school or working in the highest ranks of corporate America. It doesn’t matter. Social entrepreneurship begins with a noble cause, which turns into a passion, and soon becomes a mission worth dedicating your life to.The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook is the one and only resource you will need to attain your dream of working full-time in service to others—and making a real, measurable difference in the world.Rupert Scofield is president and CEO of FINCA International. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to more than 750,000 clients and a loan portfolio of more than $300 million. Rupert has 30 years’ experience as a social entrepreneur in Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and the Middle East. He is a notable figure in economics, haven spoken to the UN General Assembly, The World Bank, HSBC, The World Economic Forum, and Americans for Philanthropy.  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Seattle teachers win strong support during 7-day strike

first_imgSeattle teachers and staff suspended their 7-day strike against the Seattle School District on Sept. 15. The strike, with an amazing amount of activity, greatly increased the bonds of solidarity between the teachers and the community, especially with parents and students.  After a tentative agreement was reached between the Seattle Education Association and the Seattle School District on Sept. 15, SEA’s Representative Assembly voted to suspend the strike. Teachers and staff returned to work on Sept. 16, and schools opened the next day. The SEA membership approved a 3-year contract, with a big ratification turnout from the union’s 5,000 members on Sept. 20.Parents and supporters sang at a rally outside the hall where the vote took place. They were giving support to the educators whichever way they voted.Given all the cutbacks and attacks on public education that had taken place, the teachers were demanding better conditions for the students, while insisting on fairness for themselves. The teachers were fed up with overwork and being disrespected by administrators, politicians and anti-public-education “philanthropists.” A very inclusive 40-member bargaining team negotiated throughout the summer. The SEA called for a pay increase for educators, since their tiny salary increases had been eaten up by higher medical costs in the last contract. They also wanted more help for support staff. Teachers opposed the short 15-minute recesses for students and a longer school day. They wanted “race and equity teams” in the schools to combat systemic racism.Community, labor support keyPicketing teachers were highly visible throughout the strike, with dozens demonstrating and chanting at each of the city’s 97 public schools. They were supported by parents’ groups, such as Soup for Teachers, which brought food and support to the picket lines. While educators wearing red shirts were all around the city, it appeared that school district and school board representatives were in “bunker mode.”On Sept. 14, hundreds of teachers held a mass picket line at Franklin High School. About 100 teachers marched five-and-a-half miles from Chief Sealth International High School to school district headquarters. There were other convergence actions across the city.  Also that day, the Seattle City Council, feeling the pressure, voted unanimously to support the strike. Labor unions from across the country sent support messages to the strikers. It was then that the school district moved to settle with the SEA, making some concessions.Some 800 parents and young students marched on John Stanford District Headquarters on Sept. 15 to support the teachers’ demands. After many parents made “mic check” teacher-support statements, the tentative agreement was announced.While there were many gains in teacher and community solidarity, here are some of the settlement’s concrete results: The SEA won a guaranteed 30-minute recess for students; a 4.8 percent cost-of-living increase in the first two years, a 5 percent pay increase over two years, with a 4.5 percent increase in the third year. The school day will be lengthened by 20 minutes.  The SEA website says the teachers will be compensated for additional time and that more staff will be added to help the educators and students.The SEA forced the district to uncouple student test scores from teacher evaluations. “Race and equity” teams will be set up to deal with racial disparities in education in 30 schools; this is a gain, but it is not sufficient.  The teachers’ struggle can be built on. Seattle Educators Association President Jonathan Knapp said they followed the lessons of the 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike in unifying with the community. One advance was an alliance with at least three new parent groups. Black Lives Matter and  NAACP activists strongly supported the strike.  This strike also grew out of a wave of dozens of one-day strikes by teachers across Washington state during the spring. These walkouts opposed the state Legislature, which has refused to allocate necessary funding for basic education for all students. The struggle for a decent education will continue because youth are too precious to be sent to prison or in other ways abused by the capitalist class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Truck carrying oversized load damaged overpass

first_img Twitter Facebook By admin – April 27, 2018 Twitter Local News Pinterest WhatsApp TxDOT logo The westbound lanes of I-20 were closed Friday afternoon in the area of the Farm to Market 866 overpass, after an oversized load crunched the overpass, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Powell said.The overpass opened again later in the afternoon, while the portion if I-20 remained closed some time longer due to debris cleanup. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Truck carrying oversized load damaged overpass Previous articlePermian Basin rig count down as national count risesNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Houston needs to prepare for drought adminlast_img read more

School board to recognize Top 10 Students

first_img Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Facebook Twitter By admin – May 15, 2018 A Texas ranger walks outside the ambulance entrance at Medical Center Hospital after three sheriff deputies were shot in the line of duty Monday night in North Odessa. Pinterest Local NewsGovernment School board to recognize Top 10 Students Pinterest ECISD meeting agendaPrevious CoverageThe top 10 students from each of the high schools will be recognized and a report on STAAR and end-of-course exam results presented to the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees at its 6 p.m. meeting today in the first-floor boardroom of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.The top 10 students are from George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa, Permian High School and Odessa High School and the board recognizes them every year.On a separate item, Annette Macias, director of accountability, assessment and school improvement will present information on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STARR test, and end-of-course exams administered last month. The results were released last week.In other business, the board will consider:A request to approve allowing the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to serve alcoholic beverages to major donors. The approval would allow UTPB to set up a VIP tent inside Ratliff Stadium where alcohol will be served to a limited number of major donors at UTPB home football games. UTPB officials said it will be licensed and regulated as legally required, and participants will be closely monitored, the board recaps from the May 8 meeting said.Consider approving a low attendance waiver for March 21, March 22 at Ector Middle School and March 2 at Crockett Middle School. All three days saw low attendance due to threats of violence at those schools, the board recap said.The Texas Education Agency allows districts/campuses to submit waivers for low attendance when that attendance is at least 10 percentage points below the last year’s average daily attendance.The waiver allows the low attendance days to be excluded from this year’s average daily attendance calculations.The board will consider a request for roof replacement and repairs to the Alternative Center, Lamar Early Education Center and the Print Shop due to damage from the 2016 hail storm.The lowest bid for all three properties came from QA Roofing for $1,090,500. After this set of repairs, there are four more schools in need of repair from 2016. ECISD’s attention will then turn to damage from the 2017 hailstorm which will require about $16 million in deductibles, the recap said.Request for approval of a bid for School Nutrition Operations software.Will consider approving a memorandum of understanding with the Intercultural Development Research Association for the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program.The CCVYP is a student-to-student tutoring program serving at-risk students. Odessa High School students in the program travel to San Jacinto and Sam Houston elementary schools to work with and mentor younger kids, the recap said.This year, about 70 OHS students were part of the program and it received national attention last December when IDRA referred to Odessa High as its site of the year, the recap said.Consider approving board Vice President Doyle Woodall as a Texas Association of School Boards delegate for the coming year. Trustee Nelson Minyard would be the alternate.The board will consider a request from Permian High School’s boys’ gymnastics team to travel to Tempe, Ariz., for a national gymnastics competition. This is the same national meet at which Odessa High gymnasts are competing. All will be representing Team Texas, the recap said. Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersVirgin Coco MojitoUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Home Local News Government School board to recognize Top 10 Students Previous articleNATIONAL VIEW: Korea start shows promiseNext articleConaway bill ready to roll admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more