first_img Pinterest Facebook Local NewsElections Twitter By Odessa American – April 30, 2021 WhatsApp Vote Twittercenter_img TAGSEctor County Hospital DistrictEctor County Independent School District WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Polling locations for the joint election Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees Position 4 and the Ector County Hospital District Board Member, District 7 will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the following locations.United Market, 2751 N. County Road West.Crossroads Fellowship (room 1132), 6901 Texas 191 Frontage.First Church of the Nazarene (foyer), 2223 Lyndale Drive.Kellus Turner Community Building, 2230 Sycamore Drive.Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord (foyer), 1603 N. Grandview Ave.Murry Fly Elementary Foyer, 11688 W. Westview Drive.The Globe Theater, 2308 Shakespeare Road.Westlake Hardware, 4652 E. University Blvd.Visit Previous articleDia Del NiñoNext articleBCCPB Breakfast Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Don ‘very lucky’ to escape arson attack

first_imgAN OXFORD Professor and his family are “lucky to be alive” after two teenagers set fire to their home in a Halloween arson attack.Three fire engines, a police unit and an ambulance were called to the Headington home of English Professor and Merton fellow David Norbrook on 31 October, after youths started a fire by putting fireworks through his kitchen door. Norbrook, his wife and two young children, who were asleep in the house when the fire broke out, managed to escape unharmed, although their home may be uninhabitable for up to nine months.Fire and Rescue Service Fire Investigation Officer Guy Dunkley said that the family had been very fortunate to escape the blaze. “Luckily this particular family had a working smoke alarm in their home which alerted them to the fire. They are extremely lucky to be alive,” he said.18-year-old Jamie Matthews, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested in connection with the fire, and appeared before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where they were charged with arson with intent to endanger life.They have been granted conditional bail to appear at Oxford Crown Court on November 19, and have been forbidden from contacting each other or Professor Norbrook. It is expected that they will face prison sentences. A spokesperson for Oxfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service said, “We received a call at 11:58 on the night of Halloween. When we arrived, the crew were faced with a serious fire in the ground floor kitchen of the house. The family had managed to get out of the house before we arrived. The property was severely damaged by the fire.”One of Norbrook’s neighbours also witnessed the events. “It was 12 at night and there was a hell of a bang and a flash. Fire engines and an ambulance and the police came. Their [Norbrook’s] next door neighbour went like a flash to get them out but they were already out of the house because they had smoke detectors. They had to stay the night next door and then moved to a B&B. They reckon 6 to 9 months before they can move back in. The police cordoned off the area for a day and then it was boarded up,” he said.  A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police warned that the case would be treated as a serious offence and not just a Halloween prank. “The court are treating it as arson with an intent to endanger life which is a very serious charge. What first appeared to be a Halloween prank has ended up with very serious consequences,” he said.  Norbrook said he had no idea why the teenagers decided to attack his property. “I don’t even know the names of the teenagers involved and have no knowledge of why they did it. But it has happened and they are being charged,” he said.  Neighbours have expressed their sympathy for the family. “It was a dreadful thing and very upsetting for them, with two little children. It’s a good job they got out safely as they did,” said one resident. Another added that she did not think there had been any malicious intent behind the attack. “It was just a Halloween prank that went horribly wrong. Some kids put a rocket through the kitchen door and it just exploded, the windows completely shattered,” she said. Incident Manager Richard Bowley estimated the cost of damage to the house to be thousands of pounds, adding, “The family were very lucky to escape without serious injury. The fire investigation team were called in and after a painstaking search, found a firework underneath the debris in the kitchen which is believed to have started the fire. The incident is now being dealt with by the police.”last_img read more

West Bengal checks tidal pulse

first_imgThe Indian state of West Bengal has reportedly engaged the team from the University of Edinburgh to conduct a survey on the feasibility of tidal energy projects in the Bay of Bengal.The meeting, held on January 18, 2018, facilitated the discussion between West Bengal’s Minister of Power Sovandeb Chattopadhyay and A.R. Wallace from the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Energy Systems on the possibilities of using tidal power for electricity generation in this eastern Indian state.It was arranged that the team from the University of Edinburgh will conduct a survey on the feasibility of tidal energy projects in West Bengal, after which the findings will be summarized in a report for West Bengal’s energy department, according to the Indian news publisher Millennium Post.“They will conduct the survey in the Sunderbans to find out whether tidal energy can be developed at a cheaper rate and can be implemented for commercial purposes. If it is found to be successful, small units with a capacity of 50kW may be set up to produce tidal energy,” Chattopadhyay was quoted as saying by Millennium Post.The Sundarbans are a network of marine streams, mud shores and mangrove forests located in the eastern India in the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more

Sterling Bank Reiterates Commitment to SMEs in the Food Sector

first_imgShe said: “The eat, drink, festival gives small businesses the platform to reach other people. A lot of these businesses do not have physical structures but they are running them from their homes, sometimes they are online businesses.“But at this event, customers can interact with the business owners, taste what is on offer and get to meet new people. So, this festival is a platform for small businesses in the food and drink industry to expand and also do better for their businesses.“For a lot of businesses, one of the major things they need is access to markets and that is what the festival is doing because if you don’t have customers, you don’t have the business and your location doesn’t matter.”According to her, the bank can finance a small business whether it has a physical structure or not. She added “they can get financing and we also provide financial advisory services.“This event helps us to reach out to these businesses and grow with them. Our target is that you increase your revenue and you form a working relationship with us so that we can grow together.”She explained that participation in the festival affords the bank the opportunity to assess the requirements of businesses in order to properly support them, adding that the bank’s intervention has positive implications for both SMEs and the economy in general.She noted that the economy grows when businesses make money, adding that it is equally true that when businesses don’t make money, the economy does not grow. She said the bank has a duty to ensure that the businesses make money.She said the bank plans to take the festival beyond Lagos and Abuja to other parts of the country to give opportunities to other fledgling businesses in need of the bank’s support to grow. She said the bank’s support programmes for SMEs cut across various sectors of the economy. The event was organised by the Eat.Drink.Festival team and sponsored by Sterling Bank.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sterling Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to the empowerment of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), particularly those in the food sector, so that they can further exploit the potential in the industry and contribute to the development of Nigeria.Marketing Manager, Specialised Products, Sterling Bank, Daphne Akatugba who disclosed this at the sixth edition of the Eat Drink Festival in Abuja recently said the bank plans to work with SMEs in their early stages of growth by giving financial advisory and support for growth.Akatugba said the bank believes that by working with the SMEs at the developing stage, they (the SMEs) will continue to partner with the bank when they eventually become big business concerns.last_img read more