Five things you need to know today, April 17

first_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter By admin – April 17, 2018 Pinterest Permian’s Tanner Adams (1) attempts to tag out Odessa High’s Jacob Munoz (15) during the fifth inning of a District 2-6A game March 20 at McCanlies Field. Facebook Facebookcenter_img Home Local News Five things you need to know today, April 17 WhatsApp OC employee of the year always learning Local News Five things you need to know today, April 17 Previous articleWhat is in a number?Next articleOne killed in rollover in northwest Odessa admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, April 17. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. Odessa isn’t a small city anymore. But the Odessa City Council acts like it when it comes to ethics filings that state law requires for politicians in cities of Odessa’s size.2. Ector County Independent School District will host a series of meetings this week on proposed boundary changes within the school district.3. The 20th Mudbug fundraiser is set for today on the grounds at Ector County Coliseum, where Meals on Wheels of Odessa will look to raise a sizable chunk of its income for the year.4. A probable cause affidavit detailed the sexual abuse reportedly committed against a 10-year-old girl by friends of her family who were charged by police last week.5. IN SPORTS: Odessa High has a chance to clinch a playoff spot when it hosts crosstown-rival Permian in District 2-6A play at 4:30 p.m. at Pressly Field. Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Trump trade policies won’t stop U.S. renewable energy growth experts say

first_imgTrump trade policies won’t stop U.S. renewable energy growth experts say FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The multi-front trade war being waged by the U.S. ranks as the most significant policy challenge for the country’s renewable energy industry under the Trump administration, according to industry insiders including Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S Executive Director Will Demas.Since imposing duties on foreign-made solar cells and panels in January, President Donald Trump has levied tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and is considering taxes on power electronics used in solar arrays as part of a broader package of import restrictions on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.“It’s definitely not background noise,” Demas, whose Danish firm is a part-owner of the Vineyard Offshore Wind Project in the U.S., said of the escalating trade feud on a July 25 conference call organized by the American Council on Renewable Energy. “I think there will be some slowdown as projects have to find new ways to become economic.”Jonathan Yellen, a managing director at Mizuho Americas LLC, agreed that rising trade tensions are a “real concern” for the cost of renewable energy projects in the U.S. and the availability of capital. However, investors in Asia “are taking a little bit of a longer-term view and I think would expect that things are going to sort themselves out, notwithstanding choppiness in the near term,” said Yellen, whose firm is a subsidiary of Japan-headquartered Mizuho Bank Ltd.Tensions between the U.S. and its trading partners are rising at a time when foreign investment is providing a boost to America’s renewable energy industry, investors say, helping to push up clean energy investment in the U.S. to $28.8 billion in the first half of 2018, 31% over the first six months of 2017, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The surge is happening despite the Trump administration’s determination to prop up uneconomic coal-fired power plants rather than advancing cleaner alternatives.“My impression is that people here … are not looking at the U.S. because they expect lots of favorable policies,” said Chris Archer, head of green energy in the Americas at Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Australia-headquartered Macquarie Group Ltd. Instead, “they just see a huge opportunity irrespective of the details of the policy.” The Trump administration is unlikely to implement policies “that will be enough to stop the [renewable energy] industry in the U.S.,” he added.More ($): Trade fights could dampen US clean-energy enthusiasm, but not kill itlast_img read more

Review your automated member communications practices

first_imgMaintaining effective member communications is an essential element of every credit union’s operations.What could be better than conveniently reaching members on their mobile phones, and doing so in the most cost-effective manner?An automated telephone dialing system (ATDS) and the utilization of so-called “robocalls” (and “robotexts”) offer great promise. Using an automated communications system is a relatively nonintrusive and inexpensive element of an overall communications strategy.Mobile telephones serve as the primary communication method for many of your members and as an essential tool for the credit union’s collections, marketing, and account services departments.Unfortunately, recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidance has cast doubt over the current methods of using an ATDS. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jamaica to host major conference on attracting businesses to region

first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development (CED) has announced Jamaica will host a major business conference, the Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC) later this year. The objective of the conference is to determine how best to attract more business from international companies to the Caribbean. The target business areas include; call center operations, website and animation design, and legal and accounting services. More than 100 business leadersThe CED said more than 100 industry leaders from the public and private sectors across the region are expected to converge in Jamaica on December 6 for the event.The first-ever OCC will be held under the theme “Leveraging the Nearshore Caribbean for Outsourcing Services.” It is being organized by the CED in conjunction with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and funded by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Forcus on BPOThe conference will focus on the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, specifically “nearshore outsourcing” which involves contracting the operations of specific business processes to third-party service providers in neighboring or nearby countries.Executive Director of Caribbean Export, Pamela Coke Hamilton, said that outsourcing business to the Caribbean is beneficial not only to the region but to any international businesses investing here. “The Caribbean is an excellent place to do business. We have a highly skilled, educated, multi-lingual and cost effective labor pool. There’s also a flexible work environment and a supportive regulatory framework which allows for low operational costs. The Caribbean also has an advanced telecommunications infrastructure with all the necessary requirements for global connectivity,” she said,Coke Hamilton noted the Caribbean could offer excellent BPO services in areas such as voice processing/call centers; back office automation; shared services; finance and accounting; human resources and legal processes among others.center_img Designed to increase awarenessSenior Advisor, Investment Promotion, at Caribbean Export, Suzette Hudson, explained that OCC2017 was designed to increase awareness of the Caribbean as an outsourcing destination for business processes.“We want to enhance the visibility of the sector through increased communication about the value proposition of the Caribbean, generate investment leads, and increase the Caribbean’s insertion into BPO networks through connections with BPO journals, newsletters and key influencers”,  Hudson noted.She said the conference will offer participants the opportunity to fully discuss areas relevant to BPO.  “Potential investors will gain insight into regional offerings and the numerous service possibilities through an impressive program of plenaries and one-on-one engagements.last_img read more

Lickity Split 360 Sprint Car Race Added To June 8th Program

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor Raceway360 Sprint Car fans across the Northwest will be happy to know that you can get your weekly dose of thrilling action exclusively at the Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday June 8th.  It will be the only winged 360 Sprint show in the states of both Oregon and Washington so don’t miss out on the chance to see these wonderful drivers in action. Management have added them to this weekend’s card and it will give folks a chance to see these “Winged Warriors” slice and dice on the ultra fast 3/8-mile clay oval at speeds exceeding 100 mph every lap.Also on the card that same date is the $650.00 to win Cut Rate Auto Parts 100 for the Streets Stocks and the $750.00 to win $200.00 to start Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified show courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars.  The last but certainly not the least division in action that night will be the Hornets.Already 2013 has been a great year for the 360 Sprints.  With three races there have been three different winners in the classification.  J.J. Hickle, Reece Goetz, and Evan Margeson have all visited victory lane and we will see this Saturday if that trend will continue.Saturday night’s admission is Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Cars. For more information visit www.graysharborraceway.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.last_img read more

Coley, Martel-Phillips lead respective teams to victory at H-DN No.3 cross country meet

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Some familiar faces perched atop the leaderboard at the Humboldt-Del Norte League’s third cross country meet of the season on Wednesday, with Arcata’s Riley Martel-Phillips and McKinlevyille’s Christian Coley leading their teams to victories at McKinleyville High School. In the girls race, Martel-Phillips set the pace early and extended her lead throughout the three-mile course. She posted a time of 19:10 to cruise to 75-second victory over McKinleyville’s Cecelia “CeCe” …last_img read more

India vs England: Massive task ahead for India post Cook’s double ton

first_imgAlastair Cook scored his career-best 294 propelling England to a gigantic 710/7 declared in their first easy against India in the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. Score | PhotosAt stumps, India were 35/1 with Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at crease. Virender Sehwag, once again failed to provide the visitors with the required impetus as an opener. In the first innings, he had fallen on the first ball; this time round he walked back on the second to the lethal combo of paceman James Anderson and skipper Andrew Strauss.Alastair Cook’s 294 is more than India’s score in the last five innings in the Ind vs Eng series.Hosts England started their third day’s campaign with lead of 232 runs and seven wickets in hand. By the end of it they had three in hand the lead had swelled to a massive 486 – thanks the gargantuan innings by Cook. His 294 went down the history as the highest by a English batsman on the Edgbaston pitch.On Thursday the Day 2 of the Test, an unbeaten century by Alastair Cook had helped the hosts wipe out India’s first innings lead of 224 runs with ease.On Friday, even as Cook was 12 runs short of his maiden double ton, his efforts hit a road block when rain stopped play. Undaunted, he came back post the brief delay and went on to hit his second double hundred in Tests.His 200-run innings spanning across two days saw him play 379 balls and hit 27 fours. Cook’s patience can be gauged from the fact that he did not hit a single six in his long innings.advertisementHe could have asked for a better comeback to form after his poor showing during the first two Test at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.The milestone having been achieved Cook went ahead to beat his highest Test score – 235, which his scored during the Ashes in November last year.Riding on Cook’s impressive double, England were sitting pretty on 503/3 at lunch – lead of 279 runs at the stage. At the other end Eoin Morgan was going easy on 66 not out.The second session didn’t bring any cheer for the visitors as Cook and Morgan kept the scorecard ticking in front of a clueless India attack. Soon Cook surpassed his career-best total of 235, but his thirst for runs remained.And even as Cook added more to his double, Eoin Morgan completed his century in style.No sooner had Morgan scored his second Test hundred of his career that Suresh Raina got the first wicket for India on the day. A top edge off Morgan’s bat got carried to Sehwag at covers and England’s fourth wicket stand of 222 runs came to an end. Morgan’s 104 was decorated with 11 boundaries.There was some more cheer for India on a day that was dominated by England batsmen and listless India bowling. Leggie Amit Mishra trapped Ravi Bopara leg-before and he was seen walking back on 7 when the England score read 605/4.Cook was still in the middle and went on to cross the 250-run mark at ease and this time he had wicketkeeper Matt Prior by his side.Mishra then came around to get rid of Matt Prior cheaply, but the big-scorer Cook was still firm. England lost their sixth wicket on 613. At tea, England were 646/6 with Cook and Tim Bresnan in the middle.The third session wasn’t any different to begin with as Cook – the pivot around which the England’s batting revolved, continued with his array of strokes, but not a single taking the aerial route.However, deep into the third session, Cook’s innings came to close. And it was Ishant, who got the prized wicket.The lanky paceman bowled it wide and Cook went for the ball but didn’t quite connect and ended up lobbing the ball in the deep, where Raina took a smart catch to finish the batsman’s innings on 294. That was the juncture England announced their declaration – at 710/7, with a massive lead of 486.last_img read more