Abilene Seeks Consultant for JLUS Study for Dyess AFB

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Abilene, Texas, seeks a consultant to perform a joint land use study (JLUS) for Dyess Air Force Base.A pre-proposal conference will be held Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the airport terminal. The city will receive sealed, written proposals in the office of the Purchasing Administrator, City Hall, 555 Walnut St., Room 201-A, Abilene, TX 79601 until 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.Proposal forms and specifications for RFP #CB-1608 may be obtained electronically. All proposals must substantially comply with specifications. To obtain a copy of the proposal, call (325) 676-6225. The city reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to award the proposal considered most advantageous to the city.———–Image Sourcelast_img read more

Tesla sued for wrongful death after fatal crash involving Autopilot

first_imgEnlarge ImageThis is the second lawsuit Tesla has faced this year following a fatal collision with Autopilot active. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Earlier this year, the family of a Tesla Model X owner who was killed in a collision when the car’s Autopilot was engaged filed a lawsuit against the automaker in California state court. Now, the Fremont-based automaker has a second, similar suit to contend with.The family of Jeremy Banner is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla, asking for damages in excess of $15,000, The Verge reports. According to NBC affiliate WPTV, the lawsuit was announced on Thursday, and it should be filed shortly in Palm Beach County, Florida. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.The collision occurred on March 1. Banner’s 2018 Tesla Model 3 was traveling southbound on State Highway 441 in Delray Beach when it struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. The crash ripped the roof off the Model 3, killing Banner. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash. Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags Car Industry Electric Cars Comments 30 Photos Share your voice 17 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 50 Photos According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, Banner engaged Autopilot approximately 10 seconds prior to the collision, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel “from less than 8 seconds before the crash,” the report states. The report says the vehicle was traveling about 68 mph before the collision, 13 mph over the posted limit. The NTSB notes that both data and videos show that neither the car nor the driver initiated any sort of evasive maneuver prior to the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.The crash has parallels with another, similar collision that also claimed the life of a Tesla driver. In May 2016, Joshua Brown’s Model S collided with the side of a tractor-trailer, killing him. The resulting preliminary report from the NTSB did not find Tesla at fault, and it also refuted claims that Brown had been watching a movie just before the crash.Banner’s family is the second family to file a lawsuit against the automaker. Earlier this year, the family of Walter Huang sought damages from the automaker due to perceived negligence on Tesla’s part. Huang’s Model X collided with a highway barrier while Autopilot was active in Mountain View, California. Following the crash, Tesla issued a statement casting blame on Huang while simultaneously touting the benefits of its system, although the NTSB’s preliminary report pointed to several contributing factors. Tesla Tragedy Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Teslalast_img read more

Islamic parties calculate ahead of polls

first_imgMany are focused on the electionThe qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat-e-Islam has become crucial in the election equations. On 5 May 2013, Hefazat’s demonstration in the Shapla Chattar area in Dhaka was foiled in face of an all-out operation by joint security forces.Hefazat leaders claim their organisation to be non-political and have all along been saying they were not interested in elections. Nonetheless they had supported BNP in five city corporation polls. Eventually, BNP’s win in all the five contests won Hefazat credit to some extent.The situation, though, changed later as several Hefazat leaders like Shah Ahmad Shafi, the amir and his son Anas Madani became close to the government. This was not received well by a different section of the party. They are silent on the issue and if situation favours, they might go against the government, said the party leaders.Hefazat’s central organisational secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi said, Hefazat will neither participate in the election nor nominate or support anyone, “To vote is every citizen’s right. Our leaders, activists and supporters are on the side of Islam and will cast their votes against atheists as per their perception and conscience. We won’t command anyone formally.”The government apparently is aware that a section of Hefazat is hostile, but adopts a strategy to distance Hefazat from the BNP and to keep them inactive in the election. AL policymakers deem this will suffice.The AL presidium member Kazi Zafarullah said, “They (Hefazat) were with BNP, and will remain so. It’s nothing but a strategy to save the skin for our leaders to maintain good communication.”Jamaat is preparing for 70 constituenciesJamaat, no longer a registered party anymore, is still preparing for the polls. The potential candidates have been asked to get ready. Jamaat leaders say they want to contest in the polls as allies of BNP with independent candidates, as their party symbol (scales) is no longer registered.Sources from the party also said their policymakers had started preparing in 70 constituencies.Earlier, on 12 March, police arrested 10 Rajshahi Jamaat leaders including the acting amir Mujibur Rahman from an election-related meeting.10 registered partiesThere are 10 Islamic parties among the 40 political parties registered by the EC: Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (Nazibul Bashar), Khelafat Majlish (Ishaq), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis (Haibur Rahman), Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan (Ataur rahman), Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan), Islamic Front Bangladesh (Bahadur Shah), Zaker Party (Mostafa Amir) and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Bangladesh (Momen).Tariqat Federation and Islamic Front are directly associated with the Awami League while Khelafat Majlis and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam are with BNP. Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis were once BNP allies but have now taken independent positions. The current political stance of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan, Bangladesh Islami Front, and Zaker party seems advantageous for the ruling party.Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan) has been included in the Ershad-led Sammilita Jatiya Jote.The Islami Oikya Jote general secretary Mufti Faizullah said, “Each of the parties has done what it felt needed for itself and for the people. The present perspective is a little different. It seems there may be a new polarisation for the Islamic parties.”The Tariqat Federation has two elected members of parliament and the party allegiance is also with the government. The leaders said they would seek candidacy in 10 constituencies from the AL led 14-party alliance.Stressing the need to contest in the election, MA Awal, general secretary of Tariqat Federation says, “The way the prime minister is developing the country, the left or right-winged or Islamic-everyone feels the need of power politics now. We think, this will impact upon all the parties in the next election.”Islami Oikya Jote, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam and Bangladesh Khelafot Andolan-all these three registered parties have been divided into six parties. Among these a fraction of Islami Oikya Jote led by Abdur Rakib has been siding with BNP while the original party left the alliance. On the other hand, the two sections of the divided Jamiat are still with the 20 party. Moreover, the Zafrullah Khan led faction of the Khelafat Andolan is yet to take a stance.Abdur Rab Yousufi, vice president of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam, credits the new stance of the Islamic parties to be fear, “Those whom the government seems to have succeeded to keep on their side-were actually victims of circumstance. I don’t think they will remain on their side.”The Nezami-led section of the Islami Oikya Jote is preparing to participate in the polls independently. Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Momen) had declared candidacy for 19 constituencies on 24 February in Sylhet.The Islami Andolan of Char Monai pir has already introduced potential candidates for more than a hundred constituencies at their sermons and religious gatherings.Gazi Ataur Rahman, joint secretary for Islami Andolan, told Prothom Alo, “The situation is not fair yet. Nor is there any hope of improvement one or two months ahead of the election. The people are in fear over whether they can cast their votes in an inclusive and fair election. Despite that, we are preparing for the election.”Sources from the EC said, five more religion-based Islamic parties have sought registration from the commission. They also said, both the registered and unregistered parties will actively remain in the election field this year. So the Islamic parties’ stances largely depend on the situation during the election.Emajuddin Ahamed, a political scientist and ex-vice chancellor of Dhaka University says, “The Islamic parties’ stand is not yet final-they may even form an independent alliance. Their turn could be predicted as the election approaches.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. .Though the Islamic parties do not find the current political situation promising for fair polls, they have begun preparing for the 11th parliamentary election. Fresh calculations are already in process.In the past, a significant section of the Islamic parties were against the Awami League, which went to BNP’s advantage. But, the election commission has cancelled Jamaat-e-Islami’s registration and the Islami Oikya Jote has left the BNP alliance. So the scenario has changed for BNP.Moreover, the Char Monai Pir’s Islami Andolan Bangladesh, that shuns women’s leadership, has been preparing to contest in 300 constituencies.The state of these three parties, notable among the religion-based parties in the country, may prove difficult for BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party).The Islamic parties not very stable at the moment, as the top leaders point to the newly arising factions within the parties and pressure from the government. Several leaders also face cases.In this backdrop, the government has grown close with Hefazat-e-Islam and the qawmi madrasa leaders. The political stance of the Islamic parties may change even further in the ensuing election.Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, BNP standing committee member, differed, “BNP is the chief opposition to the government here. The people will keep this in mind,” he said. adding, “The people are now chiefly concerned with democracy, the right to vote, law and security. Everyone wants to change the prevailing state of affairs.”last_img read more

Campaign Encourages DC Kids to Put Best Foot Forward

first_imgAmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, a Medicaid provider, has fashioned an ongoing summer self-esteem workshop. It aims to help teens cope with local violence while encouraging them to live up to their potential. The “Best Me – The Blunt Truth on Violence and Prevention Summer Series” uses music, storytelling, video skits and development activities to encourage behavioral change among youth. High school students enrolled in the six-week program are from the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. The campaign attempts to foster a supportive environment for kids to discuss issues that affect them. Topics covered include eating better, safe sex, domestic violence, and resolving conflicts through words, not fists.“It removes barriers and it makes it personal,” said Lauren Reynolds, the AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. marketing and communications consultant who devised the campaign. “Whatever your personal best is, and that’s in terms of decisions that you make, things that you do, people that you hang with, always doing things that will allow you to be and exhibit your best.” Reynolds wanted to do something to help local teens heal from the threats they sometimes face at school and in their communities. The wheels started turning last spring after she saw a video skit in the Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, which travels from state to state to help high school and college students combat youth violence and crime through video, dialogue and live entertainment. DJ Young Music, a local 20-year-old radio host, runs the Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation, which produces the tour Reynolds saw at Friendship Heights Academy in Northwest D.C. DJ Young Music created the foundation and tour in response to the slaying of his friend – rapper Douglas “Swipey” Brooks, 18 – during an attempted robbery. Two District men were arrested in connection with the homicide in February, according to The Washington Post. When it came to the programming piece, Reynolds teamed up with Streetz Blunt Truth Tour, public health consulting firm Trident House International, and FOuR Youth, which works to instill hope and leadership skills in District teens and their support systems. Reynolds also brought in MindRight and AprilMay Company to offer mental health support for high school students. MindRight guides teens through their problems via text message, while AprilMay offers outpatient mental health services to children and families. AmeriHealth, meanwhile, ensures the resources are in place for the kids. On July 28, roughly 100 students and advisors met at Brookland Middle School to discuss video skits on safe sex and the dangers of domestic violence. They also addressed various types of abuse, including bullying, physical and emotional abuse. The students played a version of charades that focused on safe sex. They then took a pledge to, among other things, own their futures, fall in love with growth, stay committed to lifelong learning and never lose sight of their dreams.Lauren Mallard, 15, said the program has taught her to put her best foot forward and to become a better version of herself by asking for help with schoolwork and supporting her mother. “I’m trying to be that person [that would say if]  you want to do something, I’ll do it with you,” Mallard told the AFRO. “You can learn and do stuff together.”The July 28 event marked the second installment of the program. The first one took place with another set of District teens last month. Two more installments will happen in August and September.Reynolds estimates the pilot program reached about 300 kids this summer. “We’re going to be doing the same thing in other high schools coming up this year,” she said.last_img read more

Spring beckons

first_imgFor the month of January, the Rustic Grills at 1911 offers  exotic fare of grilled specialties peppered with finest of ingredients that capture your senses in an elegant and historic of 1911, this New Year. The offer is on from 15 January till 13 February.  The winter collection at The Spice Route offers a sumptuous, warm and delectable for winters, the healthy and all time famous collection menu by Chef  Veena Arora offers electic mix of recipes from the South-East Asian kitchen of The Spice Route. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the month of February, San Gimignano, La Baguette and 1991 brings you the Valentine special from . This valentine’s day surprise your loved one with sinful desserts at La Baguette or set a romantic culinary journey with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ created with intricately structured canopies exclusively at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns. March brings you the Aromas of Bengal at Daniell’s Tavern from March 10 – 25. Satiate your love for Bengali cuisine as the Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings you palate, inspires gourmet from Kolkata, the culinary capital of Bengal. From Daab Chingri to Shukto and Illish Maach Bhape, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. Also quench your thirst for smashing cocktails paired with cognac and spruced up with chocholate at 1911 bar and Patial Peg.last_img read more

Message of harmony the spirit of Martyrs Day rally

first_imgKolkata: “Ekotai Sampriti” became an integral part of the Martyrs’ Day rally on Saturday with people from across the state coming in with placards and posters spreading the message of communal peace and harmony.This comes when TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had been repeatedly saying that Bengal has the rich heritage of communal harmony. With her repeated pleas, she has urged the masses not to indulge in any sort of instigation and not to pay any attention to rumours. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe move of the Trinamool Congress workers and supporters in spreading the message of peace and harmony during the Martyrs’ Day rally earned significance when there had been repeated attempts by communal forces to disturb the same in the state.People had started turning up to the city from Tuesday onwards to attend the mass rally and to listen to the party supremo, who played a key role in keeping up the tradition of the communal harmony in Bengal. Besides making people aware, the Chief Minister also requested them to inform the police as soon as they realise that there is some issue and there are deliberate attempts to cause trouble. She also directed the police to maintain a strict vigil. The police also carried out awareness campaigns through social networking sites as well in this connection. The theme of the tableau of the Mamata Banerjee government at the Republic Day parade also highlighted the same sentiment of Ekotai Sampriti. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSarafat Hussain, a party worker from Hasnabad, North 24-Parganas, was found carrying a placard carrying the message of communal harmony. It read: “Hate communal separatists.”Sarafat said: “Bengal is a land of peace and harmony with a rich heritage of culture and tradition and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting so that common people never get deprived of their rights.”He further said: “When the Chief Minister is fighting for the benefit of the common man along with the overall development of the state, I found spreading messages of communal harmony and other social issues as the best way to pay respect to the 13 martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day 25 years ago.”Besides spreading such a message, he also urged people to strengthen the hands of the TMC supremo so that she can ensure that Bengal is not deprived of its rights.Like Sarafat, there were several party workers at the rally who believed in the same concept of peace and harmony.last_img read more