Penwell may get more development

first_img Pinterest Penwell may get more development By Odessa American – May 10, 2021 Local News Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Ector County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a memorandum of understanding related to the possible construction of a carbon capture plant at Penwell, adjacent to the gasoline manufacturing plant being planned there.Officials said the details were still sketchy because the site was only one of those being reviewed for the proposal, which is being referred to as CTV Projects.The memorandum would be with Duff & Phelps, a New York City-based multinational financial consultancy firm whose clients would carry out the project.Wesley Burnett, director of economic development for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, said Monday that “CTV” does not stand for Chevron Technology Ventures, which is building a biodiesel plant at Houston with Galveston Bay Biodiesel, and Burnett said the company’s identity was being kept confidential for the time being due to the sensitivity of the negotiations.“It’s a carbon capture project and we are talking to the company about incentives,” he said.Burnett said the availability of land at Penwell, 15 miles west of Odessa off I-20, and its infrastructure are two reasons that the area is attractive to companies like Nacero Inc. of Houston, which has decided to build a $4.7-billion plant to convert natural gas into gasoline. “There are a lot of pipelines out there,” he said.Construction on the Nacero complex is scheduled to start late this year or early next year with Ector County and other local entities having granted property tax abatements.Carbon capture is a process by which carbon dioxide emissions from sources like coal-fired power plants are either reused or stored so that they do not enter the atmosphere, according to references.County Judge Debi Hays said Monday that the CTV Project and Nacero “will complement each other and they will both create jobs.”In other business during the 10 a.m. meeting at the county administration building at 1010 E. Eighth St., the commissioners will:>> Consider County Agent Steve Paz’ request to appoint Alexis Ruch the shared Ector-Midland County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.>> Accept a $1,000 donation from Allora Hair Salon for the sheriff’s office.>> Discuss using the sheriff’s commisary account to buy Motorola radio equipment from the RTC Co.>> Hear sheriff’s information technology specialist Steve White’s request to repair radio dishes and antennas at the Notrees and Penwell towers that were damaged by storms.>> Consider Public Works Director Evans Kessey’s proposal to install speed bumps at the county cemetery.>> Discuss joining the National Association of Counties.>> Review the court’s calendar for writing the 2021-22 budget.>> Consider awarding a contract for jail medical mobile imaging services.>> Hear Human Resources Director Donna James’ report on the possible enactment of an inclement weather emergency closing and evacuation policy.>> Discuss selling the county’s property at 218 Park for $50,000, which Hays said “is less than the market value specified in the judgment of foreclosure and less than the total amount of judgments against the property.” Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleECISD recognizes employees of the yearNext articleBoard to discuss uniforms Odessa Americanlast_img read more

How accountability can help you succeed

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Anyone who’s ever decided to start a weight-loss program on January 1st of any year, knows it’s not easy to drop those extra pounds. Heck, it’s not even easy to regularly use that new gym membership once February arrives. If you’re tackling a personal or professional challenge, it helps to be held accountable by a friend or colleague that you trust. Here are 4 benefits of accountability you should think about before you try to achieve that goal all alone.Accountability battles distraction: There will always be something that tries to steal your time away. When it comes to your personal life, it’s easy to get distracted by everything going on around you. When a goal is a difficult one, you have to do what it takes to keep yourself focused and engaged. If you know someone is going to call you out on your progress, it’s a lot easier to keep your eyes on the prize.Accountability provides a cheering section: Anyone you’re comfortable enough with to let them hold you accountable, is obviously someone who cares enough about you to support you in your journey to achieving your goal. Some days you don’t want to do the things you need to do (like go to the gym), but lucky for you, there’s someone in your corner. Look for your accountability partner to provide motivation when you can’t provide your own. You say “I can’t,” but they’ll be there to say “Yes, you can.”Accountability ends dumb excuses: It’s almost comical how many times we create an excuse to not do something, and feel it justifies our decision. “I’ve got a free afternoon tomorrow, so I’ll do it then instead” turns into “I really need to do this instead of that,” and your task keeps getting pushed back further and further. When someone is holding you accountable, they’ll say things like “That’s a stupid excuse.” When someone’s that honest and upfront with you, it helps you get stuff done.Accountability provides more brain power: When you’re trying to tackle a challenge, you can sometimes get lost on your journey. Having someone to bounce ideas off of and help you navigate the difficult times, can be a HUGE benefit. Don’t try to go it alone when there’s no reason to.last_img read more

Familiar sight: Matt Kemp homers in spring return as Dodger

first_img Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw have ‘open dialogue’ with his opt-out looming If Friday’s homer had a little more significance than your average Cactus League homer, everything Kemp does this spring will be watched more closely. The Dodgers’ efforts to move his contract were unsuccessful during the offseason but have not ended. How he plays this spring could give those efforts a boost – or put Kemp more clearly in the Dodgers’ plans for this season.“I don’t know. You tell me,” Kemp joked when asked if he felt more eyes following him this spring.“Of course. I think that’s obvious. I mean, it is what it is. I played in L.A. for a pretty long time so I’ve always had eyes on me.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have his eyes on Kemp. But he admitted he is more interested in seeing what Kemp looks like in left field than at the plate.Related Articles Dodgers playing it safe with Austin Barnes’ sore elbow Dodgers, KTLA reach agreement to simulcast 5 early-season games Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — Been here, done this.Wearing a Dodgers uniform in a game for the first time since the 2014 National League Division Series, Matt Kemp went 2 for 2 with a three-run home run that evoked memories of a bygone era – the 2006 through 2014 seasons when Kemp hit 182 regular-season home runs for the Dodgers.“Oh, heck yeah. The fans standing up? That was pretty cool, for sure,” Kemp said of being cheered by Dodgers fans again.“It was exciting to me. Here, the fans like to come to spring training so the games are always exciting. I got a pretty warm welcome. It’s better than the Dodgers fans booing me when I was on the other side. It was exciting.”center_img Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez, who went from setup man to whipping boy, tries to move on “We haven’t seen Matt in a few years,” Roberts said. “So for us to see him and see how his body is moving … it’s really not in the batter’s box. He’s been very productive throughout his career (offensively). Obviously there are good seasons and there are not so good seasons but in the batter’s box he’s been pretty consistent with production. The dropoff has been defensively. I think that’s something Matt’s very clear on and for us to keep an eye on.” Slimmed down by 40 pounds since last season, Kemp wasn’t tested defensively in Friday’s game – “Hey, I caught my first ball today so I’m doing good,” he joked. But all indications are he has accepted the challenge to reverse his defensive regression.“Being in shape and feeling good is going to make playing defense easier,” Kemp said. “Hit and play defense. That’s going to win games.”PUIG’S HIPRoberts said Yasiel Puig was originally in the lineup for Friday’s Cactus League opener but was scratched due to a sore hip. Roberts said the issue was not serious and blamed Puig’s new cleats for causing the problem.“He had a different pair of shoes that he’s breaking in,” Roberts said. “He didn’t put his orthotics in.”Puig did go through the Dodgers’ full workout Friday and Roberts said he will start one of the team’s split-squad games Saturday.TV GUIDEThe Dodgers and KTLA have once again reached agreement to simulcast some early regular-season games on SportsNet LA and KTLA5.Five games (including SportsNet LA’s pre-game show) will be simulcast during the first month of the regular season – Friday March 30 against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday April 7 also against the Giants, Friday April 13 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday April 21 against the Washington Nationals and Saturday April 28 from San Francisco.The release announcing the simulcast agreement also included this statement on the status of the ongoing distribution issues that have limited access to Dodgers broadcasts – “SportsNet LA and Dodgers games are exclusively available on Charter’s Spectrum service and other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”WAIVER WIREThe Dodgers claimed right-hander J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Chargois, 27, made 25 relief appearances for the Twins in 2016, going 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. Originally a second-round pick out of Rice University in 2012, Chargois had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and missed nearly all of last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow.In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Chargois, left-hander Julio Urias was placed on the 60-day DL. Urias is recovering from shoulder surgery and won’t be available to pitch until late in the season. Dodgers hit 4 home runs to beat White Sox in Cactus League opener last_img read more

3. You’re teaching my daughter what in health class??

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A misguided health teacher tangled with the wrong farm broadcaster when showing the film “Food, Inc.” to a sixth grade health class that included the daughter of Ty Higgins. Ty politely, but very firmly, informed the teacher and school administration exactly what he thought and he found a fairly receptive new audience.

Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can Buy [Review]

first_imgLumia 1020 outside, sunny, no zoom dan rowinski Then there’s Windows Phone 8. Some people like it, some people hate it. Nokia is trying its best to emulate the approach Samsung takes to Android and build its own features into Microsoft’s mobile operating system. With the Lumia 1020, Nokia released a software developer kit (SDK) of its camera capabilities so that apps could take advantage of the superior photography features in the smartphone.As yet, only a handful of partner apps are using the SDK, like Path and Hippstamatic. What it comes down to is that Nokia needs to be on the forefront of developer adoption for Windows Phone apps or the platform will forever lag behind the behemoths Android and iOS. The camera SDK is a good start, but it won’t solve the problem of developers declining—or, in the case of Instagram, outright refusing—to build apps for Windows Phone.The Value? Depends On Your PrioritiesNokia’s distribution strategy is a little perplexing with the Lumia 1020. It’s releasing the phone exclusively to AT&T at $299 for a two-year contract. Elop can keep insisting that AT&T has been a “great partner” to Nokia, but U.S. sales don’t really bear that out. For what it is, the Lumia 1020 is both a little pricey and locked to one carrier. It’s not a great combination.Whether or not you feel like embracing the Lumia 1020 may depend on how much you value the camera. Is it enough to trap yourself into using Windows Phone 8 on AT&T for the next two years? The camera is good and will stand the test of time over that period, but if smartphone photography is only of tangential interest to you, then it’s probably not worth it.The lack of some apps on Windows Phone 8 will also be a hindrance in the short term, at least. Nokia, of course, will keep trying to improve its developer relations while Microsoft continues to work on persuading top developers to port their apps to Windows Phone.The bottom line is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a superlative camera and a middling smartphone, punctuated by a big question mark hovering over the future of Windows Phone and its app ecosystem. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Lumia 1020 camera is second to none.2013 is the year of the smartphone camera. BlackBerry got the ball rolling in late January with new features in its BlackBerry 10 smartphones that allowed users to edit faces and movement within still pictures. HTC followed up a few weeks later with its “ultrapixel” smartphone, the HTC One (which also boasted motion features and unique sharing features). Samsung, as is its wont, went way overboard in March with the camera in its Galaxy S4, which sported different modes for capturing motion, panorama and other features with a 13-megapixel camera.Nokia takes all of that and steps it up a notch with the Lumia 1020.What Nokia has done was to essentially take the camera from its PureView 808 smartphone (which ran its dying Symbian OS), soup it up and shoehorn it into a Lumia-quality smartphone running Windows Phone 8. For all its faults, Windows Phone 8 is more robust than Symbian and allows Nokia to do more with the camera capabilities in the Lumia 1020.The Lumia 1020 sports two camera modes: Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam.Let’s break down the features.Nokia Pro Cam:The Pro Cam gives you the features of a good dedicated digital camera (i.e., one that isn’t also a smartphone). You can set features such as aperture, exposure time and white balance, and either focus manually or let the app do so automatically.It sports a Xenon flash, optical image stabilization, Carl Zeiss optics (which is really just a fancy brand name at this point) and six-lens optics (Nokia has actually built six lenses into the camera that float with the optical image stabilizer).The PhotoBeamer function allows you to share photos to any screen—theoretically, anything from another smartphone or tablet to laptops, PCs and televisions—from the Lumia. It will scan a code and briefly store your photos on Nokia’s servers so you can share an album with a friend.Cinemagraph is a feature that allows for movie and still photography mixtures similar to the features that Samsung instituted with the camera capabilities in the Galaxy S4.The camera’s “oversampling” feature allows great shots in low light conditions and creates color-rich, high-definition photos. It is very similar to what HTC does with the “ultrapixel” camera in the HTC One. Basically, the oversampling will create a 5 megapixel image that is rich on detail but still able to be printed or shared easily without losing the high definition from camera that produces 38 megapixel or 34 megapixel pictures depending on the setting of the camera. If you really want to learn exactly what is going on with the Lumia 1020 camera and “oversampling,” check out Nokia’s whitepaper on the subject here [PDF]. The same feature also works with the camera’s video mode, allowing for some good HD video recording on the Lumia 1020. Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, 3x zoomThere’s A Phone In Here SomewhereYes, this camera has a smartphone in it. Excepting the camera, its hardware specs are good, but not great. The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch display with a 1280×768 resolution (334 pixels per inch, similar to the iPhone 5 but well behind the HTC One and Galaxy S4). Its battery is 2000 mAh, which also lags the HTC One and S4. The Lumia 1020 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and comes with 7 GB of free cloud storage through Microsoft SkyDrive.The screen sports all the good features that the Lumia 920 offered, including a highly sensitive touch screen (that supposedly works even if you’re wearing mittens), a display you can read even in direct sunlight and sculpted glass.The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor also lags the quad-core processors of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 and other top smartphones of 2013, at least from a pure hardware perspective.Nokia may have been able to significantly upgrade the camera, but it appears that a lot of the hardware in the device lags that offered by top Android manufacturers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thankfully, Nokia has done away with the wireless charging inside the Lumia 1020 (a wireless charging case is available as an optional accessory). That makes the device thinner and lighter while sporting nearly the same dimensions (4.5-inch screen, 130 mm height and about 71 mm wide). The Lumia 1020 weighs in nearly an ounce lighter, at 158 grams (about 5.5 ounces); it would weigh considerably less if it didn’t also feature a significant bump on its back that is its 41-megapixel PureView camera.(See also: Nokia Is Doing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool)About that bump. The camera on the Lumia 1020 protrudes significantly from back of the device. When laying flat, the bump props up the phone, like a kickstand or an off-center see-saw. The bump does not quite make the phone awkward, but it’s distinctly noticeable. It’s palatable because you know what that bump is: the best camera ever to be put into a flagship smartphone.The Camera Outside (cloudy) Nokia Lumia 1020, low-light conditions, no special settingsInsidecenter_img Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, no zoom Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is a smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.No, wait. It’s a 41-megapixel camera jam-packed with everything you might ever need from the best DSLR point-and-shoot devices.Wait, wait, wait. It’s a smartphone because it can use apps, make phones calls and send text messages. Hold on, it’s a digital camera that you can use with a “loss less” zoom, motion enhanced pictures, the ability to change apertures and exposure times and an array advanced photo techniques.It’s a smartphone. It’s a camera. A smartphone. A camera.Let’s just call it a smameraphone.Nokia Improves The DimensionsWhen Nokia released its flagship Lumia 920 last year, the result was less than compelling. It was big and bulky and didn’t have a defining feature that made you say, “Wow, I must have this phone!”Size and weight were the real dealbreakers for the Lumia 920. One person said to me at one point, “I feel like I could beat somebody up with this thing.” At 185 grams (6.5 ounces), it was heavier than just about every other top-end smartphone on the market, and thick (10.7 millimeters) to boot. The main culprit was the wireless charging feature enclosed in the 920’s (otherwise high quality) polycarbonate unibody shell. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lumia 1020, outside, sunny, 3x zoomLow light: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Lumia 1020 Related Posts Tags:#digital cameras#Nokia#Windows Phone 8 Nokia Smart Cam:The Smart Cam is Nokia’s equivalent to the features that Samsung, BlackBerry and HTC have brought to market earlier this year. It allows for “Best Shot” in-photo editing, combining multiple shots into one picture, “strobe” effect that emphasize movement and the ability to remove movement from still photos or choose a “best face” from a series of photos.Nokia also has some augmented reality capabilities within the camera app through Microsoft’s Bing “Vision” feature and its HERE Maps product. These features are interesting to play with, but not a primary selling point for the device. Is The Camera Really That Good?Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was positively giddy on stage in New York City during the announcement of the Lumia 1020 earlier this month. Like a kid playing with a new toy. It’s always hard to credit hype from a CEO trying to get the most buzz from a product that is about to launch. Will the features really work like they’re supposed to? Like the commercials say they will?In the case of some of the gesture and movement related features that Samsung touts with the Galaxy S4, the answer is no. But the camera on the Lumia 1020 is the real deal.I take a lot of smartphone pictures, usually for events or on vacation or of other smartphones for various articles. Often, the camera is lacking and I have to find that perfect balance of angle and lighting and the ability to hold really, really still to get the right picture. If I’m any real distance from an object or it’s too dark, I’ll usually get something of middling quality (which is actually a great improvement over smartphone cameras from even a year ago).The Lumia 1020’s camera eliminates most of those problems. The digital zoom works much better than most other smartphone’s digital varieties. Low light conditions are impressive and photos are rarely blurry.Updated to clarify the difference between optical and digital zoom in the Lumia 1020. Zoom Samsung Galaxy S4 in low-light conditions, no special settingslast_img read more

Jamal Murray, Russell Westbrook tussle as Nuggets beat Thunder

first_imgMOST READ Jokic also had 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of a third triple-double this season. Nick Young, signed as a free agent Monday, scored six points in his Nuggets debut, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.Paul George had 32 points to lead the Thunder, who lost their fourth in a row to the Nuggets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSteven Adams added 26 points, and Jerami Grant and Westbrook finished with 13 points apiece.Trailing by 10 points late in the third quarter, Oklahoma City got a layup and a 3-pointer from George in the final minute to pull to within 82-76. Thunder: Andre Roberson remains sidelined by a left patellar tendon injury that has kept him out all season.Nuggets: F Paul Millsap missed a third game since suffering a right big toe fracture. … G Gary Harris missed a fifth straight game because of a right hip injury. … F Mason Plumlee fouled out with just over six minutes left to play.UP NEXTThunder: Complete a back-to-back at home Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers/Nuggets: Continue a four-game homestand Sunday night against Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated exchange.Westbrook and Murray pushed each other and argued after lining up next to each other for a jump ball in the final seconds. Jokic tried to get between them, and Westbrook threatened to beat up Jokic while being restrained. No blows were exchanged, but the final moments played out amid heightened tensions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img With a 9-2 burst capped by another layup from George, Oklahoma City pulled within 99-96 with 3:20 remaining. The Nuggets scored 10 of the last 12 points down the stretch, four of them on a jumper and a pair of free throws by Murray.The teams were gathered for a jump ball with 35.7 seconds left when Westbrook, apparently upset over Murray’s positioning around the circle, began pushing him. As Murray pushed back, teammates and officials quickly rushed in to separate the two, who exchanged words before the skirmish ended.The Nuggets took a 60-52 lead at halftime, boosted by Torrey Craig’s perimeter shooting as he made three of his first four attempts from 3-point range.Adams scored 17 of his points in the first half, helping to keep the Thunder within striking distance.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Damian Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more