County streets department plans summer sealcoating

first_img Local News County streets department plans summer sealcoating WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Home Local News County streets department plans summer sealcoating Twitter Cracks on East 7th St. were waiting to be filled with hot tar by an Odessa Street Department crew. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. Chad Bickle II watches as Ramiro Colmenero uses a wand to fill cracks with hot tar. The Odessa Street Department crew was sealing cracks on East 7th st. near North Hancock Avenue. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. By admin – January 31, 2018 So while sealcoating may be cheaper in the short-term, it may not actually be cheaper in the long-term, as Kessey said they would have to keep going back every year to make more repairs to damaged roadways due to the oilfield traffic.Kessey said it takes some time to work with commissioners to get them to understand how this change needs to be implemented. He said, to the best of his knowledge, sealcoating has been the practice for 30 years.Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton said he asked Kessey to put together a presentation for some alternatives to sealcoating, and that they should be presented at some point in the next couple of weeks.“Midland is now working on their county roads using hot mix, because they want the long-term usage of the roadway,” Shelton said. “With the oil boom coming back, it is more imperative that we need to consider other ways of maintaining our roadway than always relying on the past requirement and past specifications.”Ector County Judge Ron Eckert said he thinks these issues have been discussed amongst the commissioners in the past, but due to falling property values and the change in tax revenue, the county was hit with several revenue downturns.“At times, our hands can be tied so far as the county road infrastructure,” Eckert said. “We’d like to do more than what we can.”Commissioners raised similar concerns regarding the budget of the sealcoating project when it was brought forward to them by Kessey during their regular meeting Jan 22. Kessey estimated the project would cost around $986,748. Kessey said that of the $2.2 million his department was allotted for Fiscal Year 2018, he’s already had to use a quarter of that budget on road maintenance—things like fixing potholes, picking up trash and cleaning oil spills. So, Kessey himself said he is unsure if he will be able to see the project through.“We try to do the best that we can, even though our means are limited,” Kessey said. “The best I can do is try to shift some of the money. Even when I overrun, I see what we can do. [The sealcoating project] is a proposal. That doesn’t mean we’ll be able to capture it all. We strive to do the best we can.”Shelton added that the best way to get the additional money needed for the road maintenance would be the implementation of a sales tax in designated county assistance districts, but that very proposed tax was voted down by Ector County residents in the last election.Of the almost 25 miles of sealcoating proposed, the most work to be done lies in Precinct 1, where they plan on sealcoating Third Street from Moss Avenue to Fortune 500 Avenue, Knox Avenue from Third Street to 57th Street, and West Dunn Street from FM 1936 to Trip Avenue, totaling around 9.16 miles. The next most amount of work lies in Precinct 4, where they will be working on Atwood/Hammett Drive, Fulton Avenue and Apple Street. They also plan to work on small stretches of seven different roads in Precinct 2, making up about 6.51 miles, and about .7 miles of Brazos Avenue from 38th Street to 48th Street in Precinct 3.Kessey said there were three factors in determining which streets most needed the repairs: The condition of the roadway, the economic viability of that roadway, and the average daily traffic. Some of the roadways they’ll be working on, they’ve had to keep going back to due to pothole damage. By sealcoating, it will add an extra inch of protection onto the top of the roadway.When asked if pothole filling is a daily activity of his department, Kessey laughed at first.“Every day, we receive not less than 20 requests for potholes alone from the public,” he said. “With the number of personnel that we have, and as large as this county is, we try to keep up with it, but think about going back and always fixing the same pothole every day, every time.”Kessey said one thing he did to relieve some stress from the amount of pothole fillings when he came in was to change the material used to fill the potholes. Originally, the county had been using a material that didn’t hold as well. It was wiped out by the rain and the cold. Coincidentally, it’s a material the commissioners had stuck to for the last 30 years, he said. The new material they’re using, Road Rescue Asphalt Patch, he said is pricier, but lasts longer than what they previously used.In the meantime, Kessey said road maintenance is continuing with their daily routine tasks: potholes, trash, public requests, as well as reshaping some of the shorter roadways. The sealcoating project is expected to begin April 2, with a projected completion date of Sept. 12.More Information Chad Bickle II watches as Ramiro Colmenero uses a wand to fill cracks with hot tar. The Odessa Street Department crew was sealing cracks on East 7th st. near North Hancock Avenue. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. OC employee of the year always learning Jose Leyva uses compressed air to blow dirt and sand out of the cracks on East 7th so an Odessa Street Department crew could seal them. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. center_img Pinterest Facebook Ector County Highways & Streets. The Ector County Highways and Streets Department is gearing up to begin their proposed summer road maintenance project: a sealcoating of almost 25 miles of damaged roadways across the county.Sealcoating is a method of applying a liquid coating mixture, a sealcoat, to pavement, strengthening the road structure. Ector County Highways and Streets Director Evans Kessey said the sealcoat would be composed of a mixture of a liquid asphalt material, along with an aggregate of crushed washed stone.However, Kessey specified that they are doing a sealcoating based off of the specifications given by Ector County commissioners, and would rather it be hot mix asphalt, which he said would last longer than just a sealcoating.“Typically, a sealcoat is about seven years,” Kessey said. “However, with our current increase of traffic and the loadings we have on our roadways, our roadways are not too equipped to maintain the oilfield loads.” ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School 1 of 3 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFoundation scholarship applications availableNext articleUTPB dives into water, energy issues admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Africa the theme for 5th BRICS summit

first_img23 January 2013“BRICS and Africa – partnerships for integration and industrialisation” will be the theme of the fifth BRICS summit taking place in Durban in March, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Collins Chabane said on Thursday.Chabane was speaking in Polokwane, Limpopo province on Wednesday in the first of a series of provincial roadshows aimed at engaging and consulting on the upcoming summit with local government, business and civil society representatives countrywide.South Africa was admitted to the grouping of powerful emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011.Chabane said the fifth summit – taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 March – would have four key focus areas, namely the promotion of African infrastructure development, and the establishment of a BRICS-led development bank, a BRICS think-tank and a BRICS business council.Context of Africa’s development challengesThe minister said South Africa’s membership of BRICS should be understood in the context of the country’s aim to tackle the developmental challenges faced by Africa as a whole, and its strategic focus on infrastructure as a key vehicle for creating jobs, boosting Africa’s overall competitiveness, and promoting regional integration on the continent.“We wish to align [BRICS member countries’] interests in supporting the integration agenda in Africa, and not just focusing on access to our resources,” Chabane said.He noted that BRICS leaders, at the third BRICS summit in Sanya, China in 2011, had declared their support for African infrastructure development and industrialisation within the framework of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).And at the fourth BRICS summit, in New Delhi in India in March-April 2012, South African President Jacob Zuma met with BRICS captains of industry, inviting them “to join hands with South Africa in the development of the African continent”.Unlocking Africa’s potentialSouth Africa’s accession to the BRICS grouping was in large part premised on the country’s role as a financial and logistical gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, and on the continent’s huge economic potential.“Africa is the fastest growing power after Asia and offers the highest returns on investments of any region,” Chabane told his audience on Wednesday.“The African continent constitutes 60% of the world’s unused arable agricultural land. In 2010, six of the world’s fastest growing economies emanated from Africa, and Africa’s output is expected to expand by 50% over the next four years. Economic growth is expected to expand by an average of 5.5% annually in the next five years.”Towards a more equitable global orderIt was this potential, combined with the economic power of Brazil, Russia, India and China, that would enable the BRICS grouping to pave the way for “a new global pattern focusing on South-South relations … overriding previous East-West and North-South constructs and divisions,” Chabane said.This was in line with the underlying principle for South Africa’s partnership with BRICS, that of advancing the role of emerging economies in international relations, ultimately to help fashion a more equitable global political and financial architecture.“With South Africa’s unique history and independent foreign policy, we bring our own experience and perspective to the BRICS collaboration,” Chabane said, urging South Africans to come together and support it, and the upcoming Durban summit, “as it brings development not just for us but for the whole African continent”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli shortlisted for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virat Kohli are in the running for the ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ trophy, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the short-list announced on Thursday for the ninth LG ICC Annual Awards in Colombo.No Indian features in the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Cricketer of the Year’ short-list, which is a reflection of the slump that the team went through last year when it was whitewashed by England and Australia during away series.South African duo of Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara have been nominated for the top honour.”The votes have now been casted by the independent 32-person academy and these four men are the ones in the running to receive the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Colombo on September 15,” the ICC said in a statement.In addition, all four cricketers are also short-listed for the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’.Sangakkara is also in contention for the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award along with Dhoni, Kohli, as well as team-mate Lasith Malinga. The Lankan is also nominated in the People’s Choice category along with Tendulkar, South Africans Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander and English pacer James Anderson.The Twenty20 International (T20I) Performance of the year sees Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan short-listed alongside West Indies’ Chris Gayle, South Africa’s Richard Levi and Dilshan’s compatriot, Ajantha Mendis.Meanwhile, in the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year short-list, ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Stafanie Taylor, has been nominated alongside fellow West Indian Anisa Mohammed, as well as England pair of Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway.Both Taylors also feature in the short-list for ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year and are joined on that list by Australia pair Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar.advertisementlast_img read more

Racquet sports better for longer life: Study

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Nov 30 (PTI) Activities like tennis, swimming and aerobics have emerged as better sports for a longer and healthier life than football and jogging, according to a new study.Researchers of Oxford University found that people who played racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton slashed their risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by 56 per cent.Swimming cut the risk by 41 per cent and aerobics by 36 per cent. No such benefits were seen in people who listed football, rugby or running as their main exercise.”We think racquet sports not only offer the usual physiological benefits but also offer additional mental health and social benefits perhaps unique to these sports, Charlie Foster, associate professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Oxford University said. “We had a younger group of team sports players and runners and we may not have enough deaths to see a difference at this point in time, another five years and we will know with more precision,” he said.”One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger days,” he added.The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week and conducted by scientists from the UK,Finland and Austria,followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.It found that people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons.advertisementThey become spectators rather than participants in their chosen activity.”There is a certain age limit to how well you can play football or rugby, or go running, to get the needed health benefits. People tend to move on from team sports to other forms of exercise when they get a bit older and their knees wear out. You cant store the benefits of sport done in your youth,” Foster said.The researchers believe that some sports, such as running or football, may also be affected by seasonality or weather which means participants do not keep them up all year round, which limits their long-term benefits.”These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health,? the authors of the study said. PTI AK AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

Globally acclaimed Kanyashree emerges as saviour for girls from cashstrapped families

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project Kanyashree, which has garnered worldwide recognition, has come as a boon to girls coming from economically challenged families, with aspirations of higher education.Case in point, the project has helped the students of Muralidhar Girls’ College to carry on with higher education. Around 125 students of the college got benefits of the project in 2016-17, while around 155 were benefitted in 2017-18 and around 240 in 2018-19. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I come from a very modest background and there was a time when I did not know whether I could pursue my true passion, which is dance. After receiving Kanyashree, I gathered the courage to start a dance class and am happy to see my life getting transformed,” said Bishakha Das, daughter of a domestic help. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Muralidhar Girls’ College. “Receiving Kanyashree in 2017 has greatly helped me in meeting my education cost as I come from a poor family,” said Nasifa Ali, a former student of Muralidhar who is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”I could buy instruments after receiving the money from Kanyashree scholarship in 2019, which has been of great help to a folk music aspirant like me,” said Sonali Haldar, an inter-collegiate music winner, and a student of Arts stream in Muralidhar Girls’ College. “In 2019 I received a Kanyashree scholarship and the amount has been helpful towards my education expenses,” maintained Tuktuki Ruidas, a student in general stream at Muralidhar College, who is also a running enthusiast. “Today when I see my students I feel immense pride and happiness that many unsure and underconfident young women have been transformed through this institute’s continued efforts and Kanyashree into confident and bright women of the future. The college, as many would know, did not earlier have the Science stream but coming from a background in Chemistry, I thought the knowledge of science was very integral to women’s education,” said Kinjalkini Biswas, principal of the college, while paying her homage to Muralidhar Bandyopadhyay, educationist and visionary whose birthday was on Tuesday. To mark the occasion, Kavita Singh, associate professor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, gave a lecture on women empowerment. Muralidhar Girls’ College was initially the Ballygunge Uchho Balika Vidyalaya, which was set up in 1919. It was later converted to Muralidhar Girls’ College in 1940, affiliated to The University of Calcutta.last_img read more

KISS honoured with Leadership Award

first_imgKalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been honoured with ‘Leadership Award’ by National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Govt. of India. The award was given to KISS on February 19 at a special function in New Delhi. Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu handed over the award to Professor Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS which carries a citation, medal and shawl.KISS is the first ever institute to get such prestigious award for its services in the field of education for Scheduled Tribes. As a mark of recognition for yeomam services rendered by educational institutes, including universities, colleges and schools, for upliftment of education among Scheduled Tribes, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes have been giving Leadership Award to one educational institute of the country. The award was given in the eve of the first ever Foundation Day celebration of NCST. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKISS is a unique initiative of social transformation through holistic education. Founded by noted educationist and social activist Dr Achyuta Samanta, it is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from KG to PG, vocational training and all other basic amenities of life absolutely free to 27,000 poorest of the poor children since last 27 year. It is a home for 50,000 tribal students – 27,500 existing students, 15000 well-placed alumni and more than 10,000 students in its various satellite centers. The institute provides quality education from Kindergarten to Post-Graduation. This kind of model has not been possible across the globe. Expressing satisfaction, Dr Samanta said, it is a rare achievement. He dedicated the award to all teachers, staff and students of KISS.last_img read more

Elon Musk Maybe Well Make a Flying Car Just For Fun

first_img Do cars that can flutter through the sky and traverse the ocean depths sound like unimaginable inventions of a distant future? For Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk, they’re yesterday’s news.”Maybe we’ll make a flying car, just for fun,” Musk told The Independent in a recent interview. “We could definitely make a flying car — but that’s not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.”Musk made the remarks after handing over the keys to the first five British owners of Tesla’s latest Model S car at an event in London over the weekend. The company’s second-ever vehicle can gun from zero to 60 mph in four seconds. Among its very first proprietors? Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.Related: Is It Time to Call Tesla the Future of Made In America? Not Quite.Flying cars, however, are not the only vehicular mashup Musk currently has in mind. After he purchased the submarine car Lotus Esprit — which was featured in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me — last year for more than $920,000, Musk says Tesla “will be making a submarine car” as well.However, it would be less a marketable product than a joyful experiment, he said. “It can transition from being a submarine to a car that drives up on the beach,” Musk explained. “Maybe we’ll make two or three, but it wouldn’t be more than that. It’s not like we’d sell it, because I think the market for submarine cars is quite small.”Musk’s remarks about flying cars come as another automotive giant, Toyota, is also said to be experimenting with hovering vehicles — although for markedly different purposes. Rather than bounding through the air, Toyota is studying cars that can hover slightly above ground to reduce friction, the company’s managing officer of technical administration, Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, said in a recent interview.Related: Tesla’s Direct-Sales Model Banned in New Jersey June 10, 2014 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more