Debate reveals tension about east side growth

first_img Pinterest Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Previous articleOdessa to become a TEDx siteNext articleELDER: Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon? admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – January 11, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Debate reveals tension about east side growth Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterest Twitter Construction proceeds on the downtown hotel and convention center Wednesday after a heated debate at Tuesday’s city council meeting became a focal point between investor Sondra Eoff and city councilman Malcom Hamilton, which was supposed to be a discussion about the “pros and cons of single-member district representation, at-large representation, and strong mayor representation.” Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Home Local News Government Debate reveals tension about east side growth Odessa’s District 5 City Councilman Filiberto Gonzales said his opposition to a proposal to restructure the City Council is really not about civil rights for him. Gonzales also said he does not see the changes as a way of weakening Hispanic voting strength for positions on a board he argues does not make racially polarized decisions.“To me this is about power — this is about power” Gonzales said in an interview after the meeting, adding “I have never used the word racism, discrimination. At the end of the day I want to make sure that we go with facts. I want to go do what’s right for the city of Odessa.”It was a significant acknowledgement that came less than a week after Gonzales lent his support to a group opposing the proposed changes that said the restructuring would illegally discriminate against Odessa minorities by diluting their votes. If voters approved the changes, an attempt to block them from taking effect could hinge on that being true.But Gonzales’ comments also framed the full council’s discussion of the restructuring proposal on Tuesday — a more than 45 minute debate on Odessa development, focusing on the east side of town that opponents of the proposed council restructuring say the changes would favor.The meeting Tuesday at times became contentious, with council members and citizen speakers talking over each other.Three members of the City Council — Gonzales, District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton — combined last month to deny a May election so voters can decide on the restructuring proposal that would add a new council position elected by voters city wide and give the mayor a vote. Graff had argued the changes would be discriminatory, and so did Hamilton, who also said they are “evil” and “racist.”But Gonzales said his concern is not that the at-large positions would disadvantage Hispanics — it’s what he said is a wealth gap in the eastern part of town and other parts of the city, combined with a greater amount of registered voters in east-side District 2.“I don’t see it as a racially motivated agenda for anybody,” Gonzales said.In any case, the denial prompted a petition drive that is underway to force an election.On Tuesday, the entire City Council had been scheduled to discuss “pros and cons of single-member district representation, at-large representation, and strong mayor representation.” But they barely did so.Hamilton at point engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Sondra Eoff, who with her husband is investing about $50 million in the city-supported downtown hotel and conference center, as she tried to make the case for her support of the council restructuring proposal. She was also arguing that east Odessa, where she lives, is part of the city where the City Council should support development.Hamilton questioned her altruism in pursuing the multimillion facility in his district, which city officials sought as a way to kick off a broader redevelopment of the long blighted area.“You are doing it for your own benefit as private business, let’s be clear about that,” Hamilton said.Eoff said called the remark “unbelievable and ungrateful,” said Hamilton had “done nothing to help us in this project.”She said she wanted to help south Odessa, where she used to live. And Eoff, who is Hispanic, said efforts to paint the restructuring proposal as driven by racial prejudice as offensive to her.“To say that everyone in District 2 is rich and powerful and doesn’t care about the rest of Odessa, I take offense to,” Eoff said.Often confusion and inaccuracy reigned, as the City Council revisited a controversial decision in May to deny incentives for an oilfield equipment supplier, Weir Oil and Gas, that eventually abandoned plans to build a $25 million facility in Odessa in favor of Midland. Graff said the Weir vote by her, Hamilton and Gonzales was the impetus for the restructuring plan.“There was no plot with this,” Graff said, before claiming incorrectly that plans had once called for developing the building in Ector County, instead of a portion of Odessa in Midland County. And she again aired suspicions about multiple entities being involved in a commercial real estate deal, which is not uncommon.At another point, Gonzales and Hamilton argued that Odessa does not benefit from the businesses and neighborhoods built in Odessa over the Midland County line.Gonzales asserted, incorrectly, that homes and businesses past the county line do not pay property taxes (later he said in an interview that “not all do,” an apparent reference to tax abatements the council sometimes awards to major projects). He and Hamilton also said that city pays for infrastructure costs such as utilities and roads that developers almost always pay.District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner and District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant had pushed back on the arguments against supporting development in the portion of Odessa in Midland County, saying the city still collects sales and property taxes, while benefitting from any jobs created by businesses. The councilmen, and Mayor David Turner, had said developers are guided by business decisions and available land.“If we are going to grow Odessa, you can’t make a developer grow it where you want him to grow it,” Gardner told Hamilton at one point.Bryant and Gardner support the proposed council changes.Fellow supporters of the council restructuring argue the change would mean more council members would be accountable to Odessa voters, and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of just five people representing single districts, often with little to no voter input.But an attorney for a group formed to oppose the special election, Odessa Together, had described the proposal as “intentional discrimination in order to disenfranchise Latinos and African Americans in Odessa in order to empower a group that has, even though they are minority in population, they are still a majority of the voting bloc.”The attorney, Domingo Garcia, a former Dallas politician who specializes in personal injury law and was proactive in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas in the early 1990s, had also threatened to sue individual organizers of a petition drive.But Gonzales also distanced himself from the threat Tuesday, telling reporters that he would not be a part of any lawsuit. He said he wants to instead keep bringing up the proposed changes at the regular council meetings twice a month.In the instances when council members discussed the proposed restructuring, it was in general. Graff, for example, had argued single-member districts were more effective because “we are different” so representing the smaller area better serves constituents than at-large representation would.She and Gonzales had said the city may need to add more single-member districts but should wait until after the next census in 2020.“If you don’t like what’s going on right now: Well next year, there’s an election,” she said. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Facebook Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeTexas Fried ChickenFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

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Oversize load hits, causes closure of bridge near Horseshoe Arena

first_img Oversize load hits, causes closure of bridge near Horseshoe Arena Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleAnnual Magnet Fair coming upNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: Jan. 23 admin By admin – January 23, 2018 UPDATE: The Cotton Flat Road overpass that goes over Interstate 20 near Midland County’s Horseshoe arena was closed Tuesday due to damage from an oversized load, a Texas Department of Transportation news release said.TxDOT workers are wrapping the beams underneath the bridge and will open the Cotton Flat overpass over I-20 in Midland this evening once that work is complete, TxDOT Spokesman Gene Powell said in a news release.This is the third bridge closure of the year, as both the Business I-20 overpass over I-20 in Stanton and the bridge carrying County Road 1150 across I-20 east of Midland have been closed due to severe damage from oversize loads. Powell said TxDOT has now seen 14 bridge hits since Nov. 1 of last year.PREVIOUS VERSION: Another oversize load has damaged another overpass.Cotton Flat Road overpass that goes over Interstate 20 near Midland County’s Horseshoe Arena is closed due to damage, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation.TxDOT personnel are evaluating damage to make a determination of the duration of the closure. Local News Twitter Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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MCHS billing letter causes confusion

first_img Facebook MCH logo A letter sent out to about 10,000 Medical Center Health System patients left some Odessans confused about whether or not they owed money on an old medical bill.Odessan Carolyn Johnson said when she got the letter, the last time she could remember being at the hospital was for a dislocated knee about seven years ago and she had two forms of insurance so she didn’t understand why she would owe any money.Johnson said she never received a call during those seven years that she even needed to make a payment, which left her even more stumped.“I tried to get a hold of them for like a week,” Johnson said. “You could not get through.”Johnson was eventually able to leave a message after a message system was set up informing her that due to the heavy call volume, someone would get back to her within three business days.Johnson, like many others who called the customer service number provided in the letter, or showed up at the business office at 425 N. Sam Houston, later found out it was just a mistake.“The lady called me back and said there was a glitch and instead of sending letters to people who actually owed money, it sent letters to everyone,” Johnson said. “I guess that stirred up quite a hornet’s nest.”She said the hospital’s phone lines were “burning down” and she couldn’t image what the hospital must have paid in postage. But, she said customer service was very apologetic and helpful when they returned her call.“I’d hate to be answering the phones at the hospital though.”MCHS Chief Financial Officer Robert Abernethy said an early February mailing was sent offering patients with active accounts in the old McKesson system the opportunity to pay off their account in full and receive a 50 percent discount.The hospital has offered 50 percent discounts in prior years during tax season to help get some of the older accounts that people have been paying on for a year or two, or more, off their books and help give people some relief, Abernethy said.“Unfortunately, there was a report writing error and the letter was sent to patients with fully-paid accounts and to patients with credit balances,” he said.It was unknown how many people received the letter who did not owe money on an account, he said.“There should have been a checks and balances we should have had, but didn’t,” Abernethy said, chalking the mistake up to human error. “I think the silver lining was that it helped us more readily identify and more timely refund credit-balance accounts.”“Even though we had an error, there was one of those silver linings that you always look at.”Abernethy said there was some increased traffic in the business office and customer service was inundated with calls, but he thought they handled it well.“We’ve got a couple of open positions in customer service … so we apologize for the delay on getting back to folks,” he said, adding that the influx of calls and visits seems to be leveling off now.For anyone who receive a letter and knows their account has been paid, Abernethy said they can just disregard the letter. If anyone has questions, they are encouraged to call customer service at 432-640-1000.Questions on your bill? By admin – March 9, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Call: 432-640-1000.center_img Local News Facebook Twitter Twitter MCHS billing letter causes confusion Previous articleAndrews electrician sentenced to prisonNext articleHIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Seminole’s dreams end in state semifinals adminlast_img read more

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GOOD NEWS: Names in the News

first_img GOOD NEWS: Names in the News Pinterest Local News Facebook Pinterest By admin – June 17, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp MARY THOMPSON MILITARY ROLL OF HONORU.S. Air Force Airman Christopher Adame graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.Adame is the daughter of Donna Tarin and step-daughter of Jorge Beaza of Odessa.She is a 2016 graduate of Odessa High School.HONORMary Thompson, a registered nurse and ECHD board member, has been named to the statewide Texas Healthcare Trustees board on June 7.THT president/Chief Executive Officer Shirley Robinson, CAE, said, “We are excited to have Mary serve on the THT board. We have worked with her over the years through THT’s Certified Healthcare Trustee program and the Healthcare Governance Conference. As a nurse trustee, Mary brings a unique perspective to our board and we are lucky to have her.”The Texas healthcare Trustees board is a statewide non-profit organization for those serving on the governing boards of hospitals and health care systems in Texas.Thompson has served on the Ector County Hospital District Board since 1990. She retired from Odessa Heart Institute after 30 years as a registered nurse.Additionally, she is active in the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and THT’s Nurses on Board initiative with Texas team.GRADUATELONGVIEW Andrew Larsen of Big Bend National Park graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology in mechanical concentration from LeTourneau University during the spring university.DEAN’S LISTST LOUIS, Mo. Andrea Cadena of Alpine was named to the Dean’s list at Maryville University during the spring semester.To be named to the Dean’s list, students must be eligible maintain a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.WACO Mikhayla Ranae Epperson of Andrews and Darden Tate Morriss of Van Horn, both have been named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List at Baylor University for the spring semester.To be named to the Dean’s list, undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.NEW HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINERALPINE Billy Ray Laxton has been hired as the new head athletics trainer at Sul Ross State University in an announcement by director of athletics Bobby Mesker.With Laxton on board, he will now be one of two full time athletic trainers which is a first in the history of the athletics department.Laxton served as outreach coordinator at Scott and White Hospital in Temple since 2011. Prior to Scott and White, he served as head athletic trainer and assistant professor of athletic training at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.Before to his arrival at Belton, Laxton worked in the clinical setting (Lubbock Sports Rehab – ’89-’90) and the high school setting (John Tyler ’90-2001). While at John Tyler he helped the Lions to a football state championship in 1994 and a state appearance in 2000.His other athletic training experiences include professional rodeo, Justin Healer Sports Medicine Team and the 1996 Olympics, Chief Athletic Trainer-Willis Park. Laxton has served on several committees/boards including the East Texas Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association and Texas State Athletic Trainers Association. He is also a counsel member of the Ethics Committee of the National Athletic Trainers Association.Laxton is a graduate of Texas Tech University (1989) with a degree in Physical Education and later obtained a master’s degree (2000) from University of Texas, Tyler.He and his wife Joanna have two sons, Sam and John. John will be attending Sul Ross as an incoming freshman this fall.SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERALPINE Acts of sportsmanship in competition, on campus and within the community earned Sul Ross senior forward Caleb Thomasson recognition as the 2017-18 American Southwest Conference Fred Jacoby Male Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year, the ASC announced June 7.An NABC First Team All-American in men’s basketball, Thomasson was the ASC West Division Player of the Year and All-Conference selection. He ranked second in Lobo history with 1,424 career points and second with 675 rebounds. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a 3.54 grade point average. Thomasson served as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years. He recently returned from a missions trip to Alaska with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.“Caleb Thomasson is not just an athlete at Sul Ross State, but a scholar,” said Sul Ross Director of Athletics Bobby Mesker.“He has shown tremendous commitment to the values of our institution. He works hard, encourages all and treats others with dignity and respect. His work ethic and outstanding creativity will serve him well and bring him future opportunities to achieve accolades.”DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR ATHLETEALPINE Sul Ross State University senior forward Caleb Thomasson has been named an American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in an announcement June 7.The ASC West Division Player of the Year and NABC First Team All-American, Thomasson was also named an ASC First Team All-Conference selection and was also listed to the All-Defensive Team. He averaged 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds this season and ranked second in the program in scoring with 1,424 career points (17.5 ppg) and second in rebounds at 675 (8.3 rpg.). Thomasson was also the 2017-18 ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. He majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a 3.52 GPA.Taylor Gass (Women’s Basketball), Darrian Doederlein (Softball), Mike Munden (Baseball), Alexa Gallardo (Women’s Tennis) and Joseph Parker (Men’s Track and Field) were also named to this year’s Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams.Overall, 103 student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference 2018 Winter-Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams.The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams recognize student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the sports information directors from the 13 ASC member institutions and one affiliate member select a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport.The ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award honors each year a male and female student-athlete who best display attributes of sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity in his or her athletic, academic and life pursuits. The conference Directors of Athletics present the annual awards. Previous articleTHE IDLE AMERICAN: June’s Bustin’ Out All OverNext articleMASTER GARDENERS: EarthKind gardens designed to collect data, educate adminlast_img read more

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SANDHILLS STOCK SHOW AND RODEO: Australian bronc rider Reynolds adjusts to rodeo in U.S.

first_img Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 17, 2021 Local NewsSports Previous articleBUILDING PERMITS: Jan. 17Next articleEducation a calling for Seymour Digital AIM Web Support WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook TAGS  SANDHILLS STOCK SHOW AND RODEO: Australian bronc rider Reynolds adjusts to rodeo in U.S. WhatsApp There have been a lot of changes that Will Reynolds has dealt with over the last three years.Three years ago, Reynolds made the move from Keera, New South Wales, Australia, to the United States on a college rodeo scholarship to Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma.The move was made in order to pursue a pro rodeo career as a saddle bronc rider. He said he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to compete with better horses and better money.Saturday’s performance marked Reynolds’ competitive debut at the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at the Ector County Coliseum. And since making the move to the United States, he’s had to make a number of adjustments beyond driving on the other side of the road.“It’s a lot more serious,” Reynolds said prior to his performance Saturday. “Over here, you can do it for a full-time job while back home it’s more of a hobby than anything. I really like that it’s a lot more professional.”Reynolds said that he’s been riding saddle bronc over the last five years and added that he had some family influence to peak his interest.“I just grew up around horses and breaking in colts,” he said. “My step dad actually used to saddle bronc as well and I always just wanted to give it a go. I wanted to figure it out before I quit.”That pursuit of the dream has taken Reynolds around the world and the Australian cowboy is now hoping to make the most of his opportunities on the big stage. The last couple of years have presented a few challenges in that regard, however, because of injuries.Those injuries included surgeries on both shoulders and having to recover from a broken wrist during a rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming. That resulted in him being limited competitively in 2019 and missing much of 2020 recovering.“I’ve had a bit of bad luck with that,” he said. “I only just got cleared about three weeks ago and I’ve just been practicing and heard that they had a good rodeo and good money here, so I thought I would give it a shot. This is what I love to do and I’m just happy to be able to do it again.”Reynolds was able to finish his saddle bronc ride for the full eight seconds required to earn a score Saturday. That was erased, though, after his ride was nullified when he failed to have his feet above the horse’s shoulders coming out of the chute.Despite that setback, Reynolds said that he’s thankful to have a chance to compete again and to be fully healthy while doing so. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the schedules of cowboys all throughout the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association.“You just have to make the most of that chance,” he said. “A lot of us guys do this full time for a living. When they get to canceling stuff, that makes it harder for us. So we’re just grateful when the rodeo gets put on.”The objective now for Reynolds is to try to make the best of the uncertainty that comes with the schedule. And as he finishes his first competitive rodeo of the year like many others who compete in Odessa, he wants to just continue getting back to full strength.“I just try not to have too many expectations really,” he said. “I just want to go out there and do my best job and hope that it all works itself out.”>> Follow Tony Venegas on Twitter at @OA_TVenegaslast_img read more

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China derecognizes British National Overseas passport

first_img China derecognizes British National Overseas passport TAGS  Twitter BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong residents a route to residency and eventual citizenship. The announcement by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Friday throws up new uncertainty around the plan just hours after the U.K. said it would begin taking applications for what are called BNO visas beginning late Sunday. Under the plan, as many as 5.4 million Hong Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the U.K. for five years then apply for citizenship. Demand soared after Beijing last year imposed a sweeping new national security law on the former British colony following months of pro-democracy protests. “The British side’s attempt to turn a large number of Hong Kong people into second-class British citizens has completely changed the nature of the two sides’ original understanding of BNO,” Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing. “This move seriously infringes on China’s sovereignty, grossly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, and seriously violates international law and the basic norms of international relations,” he said. “China will no longer recognize the so-called BNO passport as a travel document and proof of identity starting from Jan 31st, and reserves the right to take further measures.” Many Hong Kongers carry multiple passports and it is unclear what if anything the Chinese government could do to prevent people entering the U.K. through the BNO visa plan. As a further protection of personal privacy, a cellphone app will allow applicants to download their biometric information without having to been seen visiting the British visa office. The BNO passport was originally a disappointment for Hong Kongers when it was first offered ahead of Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese rule in 1997. At the time, it offered only the right to visit for six months with no right to work or become a full citizen. Applicants had to have been born before the handover date. However, pressure grew to expand such privileges as China increasingly cracked down on civil and political life in Hong Kong in what critics say violates China’s commitment to maintain the city’s separate way of life for 50 years after the handover. China first declared the 1984 Sino-British Declaration setting out the handover arrangements null and void despite its recognition by the United Nations, then imposed the national security law on the territory after the city’s legislature was unable to pass it on its own. “I am immensely proud that we have brought in this new route for Hong Kong BNOs to live, work and make their home in our country,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. “In doing so we have honored our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong, and we have stood up for freedom and autonomy – values both the UK and Hong Kong hold dear.” WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 29, 2021 Local NewsWorld Newscenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleBiden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive ordersNext articleGlobal Aerospace Crew Seats Market Trajectory & Analytics to 2027 with BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins, STELIA Aerospace, United Technologies Corp, Zodiac Aerospace Dominating – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Moscow protest spreads wide after police block original plan

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – January 31, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Local NewsWorld News Facebook MOSCOW (AP) — The Moscow police plan to stifle an opposition protest by clamping down on the center of the city backfired — not only did the massive demonstration take place, but it was spread throughout a wide swath of the city. Moscow police always come out strong for unauthorized protest gatherings, but the plan for Sunday’s demonstration demanding freedom for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny was especially anathema symbolically. It was to start on Lubyanka Square, where the Federal Security Service that Navalny accuses of poisoning him is headquartered, then march a half-kilometer to the presidential administration building, about as close to the levers of power that a protester could get without breaching the Kremlin’s walls. Police responded to the provocative plan by closing seven subway stations in the vicinity and restricting pedestrian traffic in a large trapezoid from Red Square to Lubyanka, an area that contains many tourist sights and some of the city’s best shopping. On Sunday, journalists were able to reach Lubyanka, but few people who looked like potential protesters could get there. An hour before the action was to start, Navalny’s team told protesters via a messaging app to head to two still-open subway stations. After police detained some protesters and drove others away from the stations, the Navalny team told people to go to the square fronted by three of the city’s long-distance train stations. More detentions took place on the square and its fringes. Thereafter, the throngs set out for the Matrosskaya Tishina jail, where Navalny is held. Once repelled by police there, many headed back to the stations area. In all, a demonstration that could have been contained in a relatively small area and observed by few who weren’t participating, the demonstrators spread their message across much of central Moscow, attracting considerable attention along the way with their chants of “Putin, resign!” and “Putin, thief!” — a reference to an opulent Black Sea estate reportedly built for the Russian leader that was featured in a widely popular video released by Navalny’s team. On surging main roads and even side streets, passing drivers laid on their horns and flashed victory signs out the window, indicating that support for Navalny and dismay with President Vladimir Putin has spread well beyond the mostly young people who were motivated to navigate the icy sidewalks. Although Putin and other officials have likened the protesters to terrorists, what Muscovites saw from their windows as the throngs passed was a stream of people better-behaved than the average crowd of soccer fans. The only vandalism observed on the trek were slogans traced on snow-dusted car windows: “Putin is a thief” and “PTN PNKh,” the text-speak version of a profane insult of Putin. More than 1,600 people were reportedly arrested in Moscow, including Navalny’s wife, Yulia, but there were few visible attempts to provoke police. Many of those who were grabbed and forced into police vehicles seemingly were picked at random. Across the country, more than 5,000 people were detained. As helmeted riot police chased some marchers into a subway station toward the end of the demonstration, a woman having a cigarette laughed and said: “Is today a Russian holiday?” For the demonstrators it wasn’t a holiday, but they may feel encouraged by how police tactics gave them an inadvertent opportunity to show their determination.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Moscow protest spreads wide after police block original plan Pinterest Previous articleSalah ends goal slump, leads Liverpool to 3-1 win v West HamNext articleFreestyle skier takes time to reflect each May 8 after crash Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  last_img read more

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CarParts.com Returns as Major Partner with Front Row Motorsports

first_img Pinterest CarParts.com Returns as Major Partner with Front Row Motorsports WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGS  Facebook Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Twitter Previous article013117_OHS MIDLAND_girls_05_jfNext articleTexas grid operators say system back to normal operations nearly week after 4 million lost power, but outages remain Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

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Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm

first_img Facebook Previous articleOilers beat Flames 2-1 to open home-and-home seriesNext articleRaptors score last 11 to defeat Timberwolves 86-81 Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsBusinessStateUS News Facebook Twitter Brett CoomerFILE – In this Feb. 16, 2021, file photo people line up to fill their empty propane tanks in Houston. A Democratic senator is calling for federal investigations into possible price gouging of natural gas in the Midwest and other regions following severe winter storms that plunged Texas and other states into a deep freeze that caused power outages in million of homes and businesses.center_img WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 20, 2021 Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during stormlast_img read more

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Wipro Marks 25 Years of Partnership With Cisco; Launches Cisco Business Unit

first_img Facebook Facebook EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. & BANGALORE, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 25, 2021– Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its business partnership with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. To commemorate this milestone, Wipro is launching the Cisco Business Unit that will focus on the development and adoption of end-to-end digital transformation solutions leveraging Cisco technologies for customers. This strategic initiative demonstrates Wipro’s commitment to its business relationship with Cisco. Also, it is a growth accelerator for the successful and well-established 360-degree partnership of several years. Over the course of 25 years, Wipro has focused on delivering its transformative service capabilities across Digital, Cloud, Security, and Engineering, which are aligned with Cisco’s operational priorities. Wipro and Cisco co-develop communications, infrastructure, and security solutions that combine Cisco’s industry-leading network and security products with Wipro’s global system integration, IT consulting, and industry domain expertise. The synergy of this partnership has made Wipro one of the most preferred digital transformation partners for customers across the globe. Wipro, a gold-certified Cisco partner, is among the top 10 GSI partners of Cisco. The Cisco Business Unit will provide a full stack of industry offerings aligned to customers’ needs. Key solutions and digital accelerators include Intent-Based Networking, Digital Workplace Virtualization, Hybrid Cloud, Application Transformation, Security and Enterprise 5G. Oliver Tuszik, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Partner Organization, Cisco, said, “As a key partner, Wipro has consistently innovated its business model by leveraging its diverse Cisco capabilities to deliver end-to-end digital solutions that enable customers’ business outcomes. Wipro has also pioneered the adoption of Cisco’s critical software and digital solutions—not just for its global customers’ usage but to enhance its internal IT architecture as well. With today’s current global challenges and rapidly evolving customer needs, the launch of Wipro’s Cisco Business Unit will ensure that the best of Cisco and Wipro are available to our customers through innovative joint solutions and consumption-based business models.” Kiran Desai, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited, said, “Our strategic partnership with Cisco is built on a strong foundation of mutual trust, governance and joint investments in next-generation industry solutions. The Cisco Business Unit is a step forward in our relationship with Cisco. It will help our customers overcome disruptions in their operations, scale rapidly and transform their IT environments for greater business outcomes. Through our shared vision for delivering best-in-class customer experience, our integrated offerings with Cisco enable an end-to-end solution for digital business.” Wipro’s Cisco Business Unit will help customers adopt digitization, improve time to market, drive customer experience and realize business benefits by rapidly bringing down operational costs. The new unit has a competitive workforce trained through Cisco professional certifications. By committing its best resources through this dedicated business unit, Wipro will ensure the success of Cisco’s strategic programs. Wipro and Cisco have also invested in innovation centres and labs across all major geographies to develop solution use-cases and deliver projects for customers. Srini Pallia, CEO – Americas, Wipro Limited, said, “Our 25 years of partnership with Cisco is a testimony to Wipro’s ability to keep pace with changes in the business and technology worlds, and the launch of the Cisco Business Unit reinforces that proficiency. With a focus on driving go-to-market in all our major strategic geographies, Wipro will invest in developing end-to-end platform-as-a-service solutions utilizing the full-stack of Cisco’s industry-leading technologies to accelerate the digital journey of our customers from planning to execution.” About Wipro Limited Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics, and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability, and good corporate citizenship, we have over 180,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Wipro’s beliefs regarding future events, many of which are by their nature, inherently uncertain and outside Wipro’s control. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Wipro’s growth prospects, its future financial operating results, and its plans, expectations and intentions. Wipro cautions readers that the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, complete proposed corporate actions, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. The conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could decrease technology spending, adversely affect demand for our products, affect the rate of customer spending and could adversely affect our customers’ ability or willingness to purchase our offerings, delay prospective customers’ purchasing decisions, adversely impact our ability to provide on-site consulting services and our inability to deliver our customers or delay the provisioning of our offerings, all of which could adversely affect our future sales, operating results and overall financial performance. Our operations may also be negatively affected by a range of external factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are not within our control. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Annual Reports on Form 20-F. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224006240/en/ CONTACT: Shraboni Banerjee Wipro Limited [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES INDIA NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC NEW JERSEY INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING SECURITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Wipro Limited Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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