Five things you need to know today, Feb. 23

first_imgHome Local News Five things you need to know today, Feb. 23 Twitter ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ OC employee of the year always learning Western Texas College’s Ross Griffin competes in the saddle bronc event of the Odessa College Rodeo Thursday in the Ector County Coliseum. Pinterest Pinterest Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Friday, Feb. 23. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. The Ector County Detention Center passed its yearly inspect by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, which means the jail was found to be in compliance with jail standards for the next year.2. There were 30 crashes responded to in the area through a 12-hour period Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Oscar Villarreal said in the afternoon.3. During the last part of January and early February, Ector County saw a large number of cases of flu-like illness, heard reports of deaths from flu east of Odessa and ran short of flu testing kits.4. West Texans will get a chance to watch The Gala of the Royal Horses at 7 p.m. March 2 and March 3 and 3 p.m. March 4 at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena.5. IN SPORTS: The Odessa College Wranglers men’s basketball team bounced back from a rare loss to defeat Clarendon College 75-59 in WJCAC action Thursday at the OC Sports Center, clinching a share of the conference title in the process. Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School center_img WhatsApp Previous articleYoga proves beneficial to studentsNext articleECISD police pepper spray group of students in Bowie cafeteria admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp By admin – February 23, 2018 Facebook Facebook Local News Five things you need to know today, Feb. 23last_img read more

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Flashback Friday! A GIF Tribute to Tony Host Hugh Jackman

first_img Star Files This. (2011) Aka: What dreams are made of. With NPH up for a Tony for Hedwig, it’s very possible that the two will go head-to-head again, as they did in this mashup that included “Anything You Can Do,” “A Boy Like That” and “You’re the Top.” When Glinda made a move (2004) It’s that Aussie prince whose reputation is so scandalacious! For Jackman’s second turn hosting, Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth opened the ceremony with a thrillifying introduction. When he got to first base with Rod (2004) Jackman and John Tartaglia were both nominated for Best Actor in a Musical in 2004 (for The Boy from Oz and Avenue Q, respectively), but it’s pretty clear who Rod was rooting for. (Hint: Not John Tartaglia.) When he tried the “Jared Leto” look (2003) We know it was your first year hosting, Hugh, but what was up with that hair? On that note, please shave before Sunday. When he gyrated with SJP (2004) When Jackman (as The Boy from Oz’s Peter Allen) pulled up Sarah Jessica Parker mid-performance, she was a bit camera shy at first, but soon enough she was swaying her hips. Come on—there’s nothing wrong with a little Sex in the (Radio) City! When Billy Crystal butted in (2005) Veteran host Billy Crystal somehow missed the memo when Hugh Jackman hosted for the third time, and started the show with his own opening shtick. Even though Jackman rained on his parade and interrupted him, Crystal was still generous enough to offer him a few pointers (as if he needed them). If there’s one thing we know about the Tonys (and not to toot our own horn, but we know a fair amount) it’s this: When the ceremony includes Hugh Jackman, the evening is bound to be a success. And this year, we’re in luck—the stage and screen hunk, who always looks great in black tie attire, is returning to Radio City Music Hall to host for the fourth time. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we took a look back at the song and dance man’s past Tony appearances, from flirting with Kristin Chenoweth, to his epic dance-off with Neil Patrick Harris, to accepting a couple trophies of his own. We can’t wait to see what Jackman has in store for us this year; tune in to CBS on June 8 to find out!center_img View Comments When he took his trophy for a spin (2012) Jackman was honored with a Special Tony Award for his contributions to the Broadway community as a performer and humanitarian. Yes, even if you nabbed a trophy eight years prior, that shiny spinny medalion never gets old. When he ran from the wings to win (2004) We get it. When you’re the host, there’s no time to claim a seat in the house when your nomination category is announced. Besides, an entrance from downstage right is way more dramatic. When he fought the urge to dance (2005) With two X-Men movies under his belt and a third on the way, Jackman admitted that “dancing makes studio execs really nervous” and “Wolverine does not do high kicks.” He then proceeded to launch into a ridiculous dance routine, including everything from “Do I Hear a Waltz?” to “Shake Your Booty.” When he out-kicked the Rockettes (2004) In the show’s opening number, Jackman brought down the house with “One Night Only” from Dreamgirls, backed by the Hairspray Dynamites, the Little Shop urchins and the radio trio from Caroline, or Change. Oh, plus the Rockettes and basically everyone else on Broadway at the time.  Hugh Jackmanlast_img read more

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Brazilian Army Destroys More Than a Million Weapons Linked to Crimes

first_imgBy Patrícia Comunello/Diálogo March 09, 2018 Between 2010 and 2017, the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) destroyed more than one million weapons held by the Brazilian Justice Department. The weapons were seized during criminal activity primarily linked to violent crimes and narcotrafficking. According to the Oversight Department for Controlled Products (DFPC, in Portuguese) 2017 logged the greatest volume with 282,721 weapons destroyed. The amount seized in 2017 marked a record year since the implementation of the 2003 Disarmament Statute that defined the EB as the entity responsible for destroying those weapons. The second largest amount of weapons destroyed was 2012, with 273,122 units. Operation Volcano (Operação Vulcão) kicked off the initiative to destroy weapons. Volcano was the first operation carried out after Minister Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha, chair of the National Justice Council (CNJ, in Portuguese) and the Federal Supreme Court, and General Eduardo Dias Villas Bôas, commander of EB, signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement on November 21, 2017. Volcano accounted for 112,768 of the total number of weapons destroyed in 2017. The operation, conducted all over Brazil, included judiciary districts and sites used as deposits for weapons no longer needed for forensic analysis or legal custody. “These sites are not secure to store such arsenals,” said EB Colonel Walter Augusto Teixeira, head of the Center for Controlled Products Operations for the DFPC, based in Brasília. “The weapons include very modern assault rifles and machine guns, as well as other types of armaments and munitions. Burglaries were reported at some of these deposits.” Col. Walter highlighted the speed with which the agreement was implemented. “In addition to Volcano, new operations are planned up to November 2018, when the current term, which is set to be renewed, expires,” he added. Tatiane da Costa Almeida, director of the CNJ Department of Institutional Security for the Judiciary Branch, said the operation was the “first concerted effort by the council and EB to destroy weapons not required for criminal convictions.” Almeida said the Inspection System for Controlled Products already included this procedure. “Once a weapon has been forensically analyzed, it should not remain on the Justice Department premises.” New procedures “After the agreement between the CNJ and EB commands, it was necessary to adopt a series of measures to organize the flow, with procedures for the completion of forms and logistics to ship to the relevant EB units,” explained Almeida. The 12 military regions (RMs, in Portuguese) thoroughly surveyed sites that held the material to schedule deliveries and other initiatives until destruction. The initial forecast was for 100,000 units, but the number rose to 112,768. Almeida said the intention is to institute a routine to send material to military organizations (OMs, in Portuguese), units under the RMs, to avoid continued accumulation of weapons and munitions at courthouses. “Each courthouse is different; many try to maintain secure deposits. But the best solution is for judges to order weapons destroyed or donated to other security agencies, after forensic analysis of the weapons,” said Almeida. “The volume sent to the Army between 2010 and 2017 is an indication of the escalating level of violence in the country. The quantity of weapons seized daily is impressive. As such, we need to manage this volume. We can also prevent weapons from going back onto the streets and reduce violence,” Almeida said. Col. Walter said weapons’ firepower was surprising. “Many of the weapons are exclusive to the Armed Forces in combat situations. That’s why criminal elements are very interested in the deposits.” The cooperation, Col. Walter said, is a milestone for aligned procedures, such as training court employees to complete technical forms and expedite delivery to EB. The activities will be managed digitally. “We have prepared teaching material to provide guidelines on how to identify model and serial numbers of weapons,” said Col. Walter. The weapons undergo several procedures rendering them useless before being melted down at iron works. Minas Gerais led the destruction of weapons Of the 12 RMs in Brazil, the 4th RM that covers the state of Minas Gerais sent the largest volume of weapons for destruction in 2017. It amounted to 45,444 units. In second place was the 5th RM, covering Paraná and Santa Catarina, accounting for 22,778 weapons. Rio de Janeiro, which is part of the 1st RM, and currently the focus of intense action by the Armed Forces following federal intervention to reduce violence, emptied its weapons stocks held in courthouses. “About 95 percent of the material comes from criminal activity,” said EB Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre de Almeida, head of the Inspection Department for Controlled Products of the 1st RM, during a destruction ceremony for more than 2,000 weapons in December 2017. “We managed to destroy 100 percent of the armament available for destruction in Rio de Janeiro. This partnership could contribute to public security by taking these weapons out of circulation,” Lt. Col. Almeida added. Thiago Colnago Cabral, assistant judge for the head of the Justice Department of Minas Gerais, explained that the existence of almost 290 judicial districts in the state led to accumulation of the material. Only three OMs receive the weapons. “The notary offices of judicial districts undertake management of weapons, which created a lot of bureaucracy and little security,” said Cabral. Numbers are estimated at 750 weapons per week for each OM. According to Cabral, conversations with EB and the Civil and State Police branches throughout 2017 indicated solutions that reinforced cooperation between CNJ and EB. Now, seized weapons are sent to the Judiciary Police soon after forensic analysis. Only weapons used as evidence in murder and attempted murder cases remain at the notary offices. “We are doing with weapons what we already do with narcotics. The report is drafted within 48 hours and we send them to be destroyed,” said Cabral. “Weapons and narcotics do not go back out onto the streets,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Embrace the future of work

first_imgThe credit union workplace is undergoing a dramatic transformation with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is undeniably a crisis, but it’s also an opportunity to hit the reset button on workplaces and policies that haven’t kept up and embrace the future of work to come out of this stronger than before. It’s an opportunity to become a workplace leader, attracting, engaging, and retaining the best talent.  Before the pandemic, way back in 2019, remote work was one of the most popular perks that job seekers would ask for. A survey by the tech recruiting firm Dice even put it as THE most important perk, tied with healthcare. Many firms resisted this change, worried about whether or not they could trust employees or monitor performance. Fast forward to today and pretty much every organization has a remote workforce, with a few starting to dip their toes into a partial reopening. Now that we’re several months deep into a remote working experiment, were the fears about remote work justified? Not at all. A survey by PWC this summer showed that 71% of workers were as productive or more productive during the lockdown than they were in the office. The same survey given to their employers put productivity even higher! And 89% of employers projected that many or most of their employees would work from home at least one day a week after the end of the pandemic. The results of this working from home experience are overwhelmingly positive so far. They also show that the office isn’t dead, but rather it needs to change to reflect both a greater trust in employees and the changing nature of work. Traditionally, office staff have performed routine, repetitive tasks, and this is what the workplace was optimized for. But with the technological revolution and our advancement into the information age, work has shifted towards more complex, project-based work involving collaboration across teams. Workplaces haven’t kept up with this evolution, and the productivity boost of working from home is just one indicator of this. In our recent workplace research and whitepaper “Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” with data from more than 1,200 credit union employees, we’ve uncovered gaps between employees’ expectations for how they want to be supported in the workplace and how their workplaces really support them. The disruption of this remote working experiment is an opportunity to take stock of your workforce, understand the work they do and how they do it, and plan for both how and where they do work in the future. How many days a week will they be in the office? How many will need dedicated workstations? What type of collaborative or focused spaces will they need? How can we empower them to work however best gets the job done? Most of the problems we’ve identified in our workplace research trace their source back to a disconnect between what employees expect out of their workplace and the reality of how it supports them. The key is in understanding where these gaps between expectations and reality lie, and then developing strategies to close them. The conversation around what the post COVID-19 workplace looks like is quickly growing in the credit union industry, and to help guide this conversation we’re hosting a webinar to cover the results of our research and host a conversation among credit union leaders about how they plan to embrace the future of work. You can register here for our webinar and we’ll send you a copy of the whitepaper. And most of all, we hope you and your employees stay safe and healthy during this ongoing crisis. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

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Avalanche, Mikko Rantanen agree to 6-year, $55.5 million deal

first_img Mitch Marner contract news: Maple Leafs, winger agree to 6-year extension Mikko Rantanen is coming off of a career year with the Avalanche and he is finally being rewarded for it.The team has agreed to a six-year, $55.5 million deal with the restricted free agent, a team spokesman confirmed to the Denver Post. Related News #Avs spokesman confirms Mikko Rantanen is under contract at $55.5 million, six years ($9.25 AAV)— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) September 28, 2019Colorado also confirmed the deal on Twitter.ALL OF THIS.FOR SIX MORE YEARS.LET’S GO!!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/KZvY5PvOUj— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 29, 2019“Signing Mikko to a long-term deal has been a priority, and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six years,” general manager Joe Sakic said in a release. “Mikko has established himself as one of the premier young wingers in the NHL and is a big part of our core group. We look forward to having him back with the team as we get ready to start the season.” Rantanen formed possibly the best line in all of hockey last year alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog and the winger might have been the best player out of those three at times.He scored 31 goals and added 56 assists as the Avalanche made the playoffs for the second straight year and lost to the Sharks in the second round in a controversial seven-game series.With the regular season just days away, it looked like Rantanen could go into the season without a deal, but like Patrik Laine of the Jets and Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs, he came up with a contract just in time.last_img read more

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“Mega” Sharks caught on camera!

first_imgCheck out this incredible video of a huge great white shark that shook a cage filled with divers.Diver Nancy Lasuzzo was off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico on October 12 when she captured the video.last_img

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Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Crisis, Avoiding Trial

first_imgFour large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland, Ohio.The trial, set to begin today, came as Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties were seeking $8 billion dollars for treatment programs and health care expenses.The Nearly a half million overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017 are attributed to opioids.AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Teva are involved in the settlement, the details of which are expected later today.It’s not clear if a fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance, was also part of the settlement.last_img

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses oral arguments due to stomach bug

first_imgYinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench for oral arguments Wednesday due to a stomach bug, according to the court.The court’s oldest justice, 86, is recovering at home, a spokesperson said.“But she will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts or recordings of the oral arguments,” Chief Justice John Roberts said from the bench at the open of the day’s court session.Notably, Ginsburg is missing the justices’ Wednesday conference to discuss and decide cases argued Tuesday — which were those challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created in 2012 to provide temporary legal status and work permits to immigrants.At issue in the DACA case is whether the Trump administration followed federal law requiring agencies to base policy changes on sound reasoning that is explained to the public. Lower courts ruled that the decision to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of law.During Tuesday’s oral arguments, the court’s conservative members — including the newest members of the court, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — seemed inclined to overturn the lower court decision. Overturning the decision would allow the Trump administration to carry on with canceling DACA.Ginsburg and her fellow liberal colleagues, however, pushed back. Ginsburg herself argued with the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security’s assumption that DACA is unconstitutional, as outlined in two memos by two now-former homeland security secretaries.“Her whole memo is infected by the idea that this is, one, illegal. It leaves substantial doubt about its illegality,” she said, referring to the memo by Kirstjen Nielsen. “If we take that out, then — the independent ground that you’re asserting, then she would be saying, we stand up and say this is the policy of our administration. We don’t like DACA and we’re taking responsibility for that, instead of trying to put the blame on the law.”Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco replied that he “very much disagree[d]” with that assessment.Justice Stephen Breyer, meanwhile, suggested a possible middle ground by crafting an opinion that buys time for policymakers to address DACA recipients’ status.This is Ginsburg’s second absence from a public court session in the past year. Last December she took leave after undergoing cancer surgery, which was the first time in her 26 years on the bench she missed an argument. She was also treated for a localized malignant tumor on her pancreas in August before the court convened for the new term.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Average American Eats 3,000 Calories on Thanksgiving

first_imgCalories don’t count on the holidays, right?Well, we sure hope so because a new report says the average American will eat more than three-thousand calories on Thanksgiving Day.Three-thousand calories also include 150 grams of fat, according to the Calorie Control Council.The Calorie Control Council also said it would take a four-hour run for a person who weighs 160 pounds to burn all of that off.They recommend recovering by eating light low-fat foods for a few days after Turkey Day.So after the calories, bring on the sweat pants!last_img

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Two Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

first_img(Washington, DC) — The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump.Trump is accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress in the Ukraine scandal.Both articles were approved in party-line votes on the Democratic-led committee.The articles of impeachment are being referred to the full House, which is expected to debate and vote on them next week.last_img

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