ASK A COP — How young is too young to ride on a motorcycle?

first_img Answer: The very reason why your wife turns on her hazard lamps is because she knows she’s doing something illegal. Keith, for some reason, people believe hazard lamps are the passageway to breaking the state of Texas laws, but hazard lamps don’t excuse willful transgressors of the law. If you make up your mind to park in a no parking zone, please understand you are violating state law, and your hazard lambs don’t magically give you clearance to break any of the state parking laws.Gail from Beaumont Asks: Either I’m confused about the texting while driving law or it seems hardly anyone on the road seems to be paying attention. I’m constantly observing drivers texting and driving, not obeying the texting and driving law. Everywhere I go, I see people still with their phones in their hands while on the roadways. I thought Texas was now a hands-free cell phone zone! Could you please tell me the fine for texting while driving? Could you explain the laws regarding texting while driving in Texas?Answer: It doesn’t really seem much has changed since the passing of the Texas Texting while Driving Law in 2017. Cellphones are still being used because the law says they can do everything else not relating to communicating via texting. This law has been presented in Texas four times before it finally passed in 2017. IN MY OPINION, this law is simply a band-aid on a serious gunshot wound. It doesn’t have much for law enforcement officers to work with. It only addresses reading, writing or sending electronic messages, but any other functions on cellphones are permitted. This is why we need this law stricter because. In 2014, 3,179 people in the U.S. were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers and an additional 431,000 were injured. In 2016, there were 109,658 traffic crashes in Texas alone that involved distracted driving, leading to over 3,000 serious injuries and at least 455 fatalities. The sobering truth is texting while driving makes a car accident 23-34 times more likely to occur. Here are the cellphone laws in Texas: (1) Drivers cannot send or receive electronic messages in Texas. (2) Drivers with learner’s permits are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving. (3) Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communications devices. (4) School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present. (5) In school zones, all drivers are prohibited from texting and using handheld devices while driving. Also, many municipalities have enacted their ordinance to combat the dangerous act of texting while driving. The fine for texting while driving is $25 up to $99. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. as Antoine discusses the Ask A Cop article. Ask your question at 409-982-0247. Email your questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673  or mail them to:Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Kate from Nederland Asks: I have a nephew that has a 4-year-old son whom he absolutely treasures. My nephew has a motorcycle and allows his son to ride on the roadway with him. He assures his son has a helmet on for his safety. I really don’t see this as being a safe mode to travel but I don’t know if there’s a law against such behavior. Is there a law in Texas that addresses the beginning age of a rider of a motorcycle?Answer: There is absolutely a law in the state of Texas that prohibits riders under the age of 5 from riding as a passenger of a motorcycle on the roadway. I applaud your nephew for at least putting a helmet on his son, but even with the helmet he’s in violation of the Texas Transportation Code. Texas is one of few states that mandated a minimum age while being a rider of a motorcycle. Now, if there’s a side car, there’s no age restriction, but if the child is being transported on the seat behind the driver, he/she must be 5 years of age or greater. Also no one under 21 can be a passenger or driver  of a motorcycle without a helmet in the state of Texas.Keith from Port Arthur Asks: Every time I go with my wife to pick up our daughter from daycare, she always parks in the no parking zone, but she leaves the flashers on because she plans to run in and out. She says she does it because she’ll be right back. I told her this is still illegal, but she doesn’t believe so.last_img read more

Sanders to chair Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been named chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.) made the announcement while listing committee assignments for the next session of Congress. As the White House and lawmakers are in the final stages of negotiating a year-end debt reduction deal, Sanders said his first order of business is to stop a proposal that would slash benefits for disabled veterans. It is morally and economically unacceptable that anyone in Congress would propose balancing our budget by making significant cuts for disabled veterans, Sanders said. A proposed switch to a so-called chained CPI, a new way to measure consumer prices and calculate cost-of-living adjustments, would drastically reduce benefits for veterans and their families. The largest cuts would impact young, permanently disabled veterans who were seriously wounded in combat. According to the Social Security Administration, permanently disabled veterans who started receiving VA disability benefits at age 30 would see their benefits cut by more than $1,300 a year at age 45; $1,800 a year at age 55; and $2,260 a year at age 65. Sanders has served on the Veterans Affairs Committee for six years. He replaces Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was appointed the new chair of the Senate Budget Committee. I have enormous respect for Sen. Murray and for all of her hard work on behalf of veterans, Sanders said. It is a great honor to be named chairman of the committee, but it is an even greater responsibility, Sanders added. We owe it to the over 22 million brave veterans living in the United States today to provide the benefits that they have earned and deserve. The very first bill Sanders introduced when he came to Congress in 1991 called for reimbursing members of the National Guard and Reserve for income lost while deployed during the Persian Gulf War. Since then he has been tireless in his fight for veterans, eventually helping secure $23 million to expand research to find treatments for the 175,000 veterans still suffering from health problems related to that war. Earlier this year, Sanders won a Congressional Leadership Award from the Disabled American Veterans. He has helped pass legislation to provide over $57 million to help severely disabled veterans adapt their homes to better accommodate their disabilities and supported legislation to assist the caregivers of severely wounded warriors. A co-sponsor of the new GI Bill of Rights, Sanders has been a leader in helping veterans transition from duty in warzones to life at home. Working with the Vermont National Guard, Sanders helped secure major funding to build and develop a cutting-edge outreach and reintegration program in Vermont to provide proactive assistance to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. The senator also has advocated for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other often undiagnosed health issues, helping to secure funding for a new building and budget for the VAs flagship research center, the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, Vt. Another key initiative by Sanders for veterans has been opening and expanding VA Community-Based Outreach Clinics. There are now five clinics in Vermont which operate as satellites of VA medical center in White River Junction, Vt., helping veterans cut down on their travel time to receive care. In addition, Sanders coordinated funding and support for a Womens Comprehensive Care Center in Vermont to provide medical services specifically for women veterans. He also successfully fought to raise travel reimbursement rates for veterans who commute long distances to receive medical care, mitigating travel expenses as an obstacle to treatment. To fight veteran homelessness, Sanders supported opening several housing facilities for homeless veterans in his home state and secured funding for transitional housing for Vermonts women veterans. Since Sanders arrival in the Senate, VA funding has repeatedly met the level requested in what is known as the Independent Budget, an annual report from a respected group of veterans service organizations. In addition to the Veterans Affairs Committee, Sanders sits on four other standing committees: Budget; Environment and Public Works; Energy and Natural Resources; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Source: Sanders Office. 1212.12last_img read more

Champlain Housing Trust buys motel for COVID isolation and quarantine

first_imgHo Hum Motel on Williston Road in South Burlington. Google Maps image.Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that it purchased the Ho Hum Motel on Williston Road in South Burlington to serve as an isolation and quarantine motel to help address and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Vermont. The purchase and some minor renovations was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board using federal CARES Act funding appropriated by the State Legislature.“As we see what appears to be a second wave of the coronavirus, it is critical that anyone who has symptoms, or who has traveled out of state, or tested positive have a safe place to live either under quarantine or isolated from friends and family,” explained Michael Monte, chief operating officer of the Champlain Housing Trust. “If you are experiencing homelessness, or live in a congregate setting, isolating or quarantining is simply impossible without a property like this one – especially as we get into the colder months.”The housing trust began leasing the property at the beginning of October pending the purchase for $1.5 million this week. Prior to October, the organization’s motel Harbor Place in Shelburne had served the same purpose on an interim basis between March and September, serving roughly 100 individuals over that period.When renovations are complete, the new facility will have the capacity to provide up to 34 rooms at a time. It’s now serving up to 16. The operating cost and meals for guests are covered by the State’s Agency of Human Services. The housing trust has staffing around the clock and every day of the week.This is the third property acquired by the Champlain Housing Trust in response to the pandemic in the past six weeks. In Colchester, a new, expanded shelter for Steps to End Domestic Violence will have the capacity to serve 21 families and individuals, and the Baymont Inns & Suites in Essex Junction is being converted to 68 permanent apartments for people moving out of homelessness. People just started moving their apartments at this property, renamed Susan’s Place after a long time staffer Susan Ainsworth-Daniels who passed away earlier this year.Source: South Burlington, Vermont – Champlain Housing Trust 11.12.2020 http://www.getahome.org/(link is external)last_img read more

Honeywell Friction Materials Appoints Roy Eastham Director of Global Aftermarket Engineering

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  TROY, Mich. — As part of its efforts to strengthen its global position in the aftermarket brake business, Honeywell Friction Materials has appointed Roy Eastham to director of global aftermarket engineering and global engineering processes.        “To effectively use resources, we are consolidating the engineering responsibility for the aftermarket on a global basis and focusing on the worldwide standardization of our engineering processes,” said Dr. Rainer Bostel, president of Honeywell Friction Materials. “With a deep original equipment background, Roy’s skill set in product development, application engineering and process optimization gives him a unique advantage in tackling the industry challenges the aftermarket business faces globally.”        Eastham, who has been with Honeywell for 10 years, has more than 30 years experience in the friction materials business, having held roles in both Europe and the U.S. He has played a key role in numerous projects and products that have launched all over the world. Located at the company’s Troy, Mich., facility, he most recently served as director of engineering for North America, where he was responsible for leading research and development and product validation testing for all U.S.-based friction projects.        In his new role, Eastham will concentrate on the entire global aftermarket business for both the Bendix and Jurid brands. He and his team will also be responsible for streamlining and standardizing Honeywell’s global friction materials engineering processes and systems.        AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Roux awakening for RICS diners

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Interview: Tritax Symmetry on its merger and future plans

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Hyosung-Linde to build world’s biggest hydrogen plant

first_imgSource: HyosungFrom left to right: Hyosung Vice Chairman Lee Sang-woon, Linde Korea President Kim Jeong-jin, Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon, Linde Korea Chairman Sung Baek-seok, Linde Korea Managing Director Jeong Sung-wookThe new plant will produce liquid hydrogen by applying Linde’s hydrogen liquefaction technology and system to byproduct hydrogen produced by Hyosung Chemical Yongyeon Plant.Hydrogen liquefaction technology liquefies hydrogen in a high-pressure state of the gas. Linde has the world’s most advanced technology in liquid hydrogen production.Both companies will invest in the development of a liquid hydrogen recharging infrastructure in time for the completion of the plant.Under their accord on the cooperative partnership on liquid hydrogen supply, they will set up about 120 hydrogen recharging stations – 50 new and 70 enlarged stations to fuel liquid hydrogen – in key points across the country.“Hydrogen is an eco-friendly energy source that can change existing carbon-centered economic structure. Its possibilities are endless,” Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon said.“The point of liquid hydrogen business sought by Hyosung is to store and transport hydrogen efficiently and safely. Investment this time will play a big role in invigorating the ecology of domestic hydrogen industry.” The two companies will invest 300 billion won ($245.4m) in a joint venture creating a value chain that covers everything about the setup and operation of liquid hydrogen production, transport and recharging facilities.The liquid hydrogen plant will be constructed on an area of about 30,000 square metres within the site of Hyosung Yongyeon plant in Ulsan.The facility will have an annual capacity production of 13,000 tonnes of liquid hydrogen – enough to fuel 100,000 sedans – making it the world’s single largest liquid hydrogen manufacturing facility.Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2021 with the plan completed in 2022.last_img read more

Homes, sweet homes

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Vessel piracy increases insurance costs

first_imgInsurance costs for shipping lines are soaring as underwriters have expanded war-risk areas to cover 300 to 400 nautical miles from coasts of pirate-infested shores. ‘Breach rates’ – insurance premiums paid for sailing into war-risk areas where pirates have been active – have also been increased significantly by underwriters, the audience heard.last_img

Gruber Logistics expands in Russia

first_imgThis joins an existing office in Moscow and represents the company’s confidence in the future of the Russian market, said a company statement. In St Petersburg, Gruber Logistics will offer FTL, heavy transport and project logistics to clients.The forwarder has an existing division based in Germany, Gruber Logistics East, which advises European customers on how to serve the Russian market.The 75-year old Gruber Logistics has 18 branches and around 450 employees, with a turnover of EUR176 million (USD217 million).The company’s senior management includes Martin, Kurt and Christian Gruber, pictured below.last_img read more