TxDOT launches awareness campaign

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Odessa American – May 14, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp TxDOT launches awareness campaign Twitter Twitter The number of traffic crashes throughout 2020 declined. However, the number of fatalities overall and deaths from people in Texas from not wearing seatbelts saw a spike.To spread awareness, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a seatbelt education and enforcement campaign statewide this week.Last year, the simple act of buckling up saved many Texans from death or serious injuries.Unfortunately, in 2020 there was a 16 percent increase in deaths of unbuckled motorists.There were 1,073 fatalities in 2020 and 926 fatalities in 2019 due to people not wearing seatbelts.Odessa District of TxDOT Public Information Officer Gene Powell said that in this district, which includes 12 counties, there 42 deaths and 79 serious injuries last year.“I’m not saying that a seat belt will save every life, but it sure saves most of them,” Powell said. “If we can reduce that 42 by any amount then it’s well worth it. We know that people in pickups are less likely to wear seat belts and that’s what we have out here — a bunch of pickups. … If you’re involved in a rollover accident and you don’t have a seat belt on and you get ejected, you don’t have much of a chance to survive. We see way too many of those in our district.”According to a press release from TxDOT, putting on a seat belt can reduce the risk of dying by up to 45 percent for people in the front seat of passenger cars and up to 60 percent for people in pickup trucks.From May 24-June 6, the summer driving season will start up and families will be out on the roads for Memorial Day weekend.The release states that Texas officers and deputies will step up enforcement of the state’s seat belt and child car seat laws.“What happens between those dates is stepped up enforcement and this is not a ‘gotcha’ so we can raise money. This is a reminder to save your life or the life of a loved one,” Powell said. “The law enforcement will step up enforcement of seat belts and issue tickets for violations. We have grants through TxDOT to help pay for overtime for some agencies, so we have more cops on the road longer, looking for seat belt violations and other things as well. It’s not about the fine. It’s not a money-raising campaign because TXDOT doesn’t get any of that money. It’s about saving lives and safety and reminding people that a seat belt can be the difference between a fatality and walking away.”As far as fatalities from not wearing seat belts this year in Odessa, Powell said there is already a handful.“In Odessa, there were nine fatalities and 11 serious injuries,” Powell said. “Compare that to Midland where they only had one fatality and nine serious injuries; so obviously, for whatever reason, we have a bigger problem in Odessa.”Powell said he wasn’t sure what the reason was for the high number of fatalities in Odessa.“Something’s not right,” Powell said. “We’re not wearing our seat belts. Is it laziness? Is it arrogance? It’s hard to know why it happens. It just seems like we don’t want to wear our masks and we don’t want to wear our seatbelts. We don’t want to do anything to protect ourselves. It doesn’t make much sense to me.” Facebook Local News Pinterest Previous articleUTPB fetes top 5 with breakfastNext articleSecond Permian Basin Gives to take place May 18 Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Dutch roundup: ING, Philips, TNO, SPW

first_imgThe €25bn Pensioenfonds ING saw its financial position improve over the last quarter due in particular to the 3.7% return on its 71% fixed income holdings.This more than offset the 5% loss on its return portfolio with its remaining assets, leading to a positive overall return of 1.1%.Moreover, because the quarterly rate for inflation was lower than expected, the scheme’s funding in real terms increased by 1.5 percentage points to 93.2%.Its official policy coverage – the average funding of the previous 12 months, and the criterion for indexation and rights cuts – remained at more than 140%. The ING scheme said real estate returned 1.5% over the last quarter and 11.8% year to date. In other news, the €17.3bn Philips Pensioenfonds reported a quarterly loss of 1.6%, taking its cumulative result for the year to 0.1%.It attributed the performance to “significant losses” on equity, commodities and emerging market debt.As a result of the loss and falling interest rates, its actual funding fell by 6.3 percentage points to 107.7%.The policy coverage, which also fell as a consequence, stood at 112.6% as of the end of September.Elsewhere, the €3bn Pensioenfonds TNO said it lost 1.1% during the third quarter but that the loss was limited by the 0.3% return on its combined hedge against interest and currency risk.The scheme said quarterly returns varied widely, with local currency-denominated emerging market debt losing almost 10%, whereas US high-yield investments returned 7%, “due in part to the appreciation of the dollar relative to the euro”.It said an 8.6% return on Japanese equity was in stark contrast with an almost equally large loss on equity from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.The scheme’s performance over the first nine months was nearly 1.3%.The Pensioenfonds TNO closed the quarter with a policy funding of 112.5%.Lastly, SPW, the €10.5bn pension fund for Dutch housing corporations, reported a quarterly loss of 1.7%, which included a 1.4% return on its extensive interest hedge.The sector scheme said it lost 17.5% on emerging market equities and 19.7% on commodities.It also reported loss of 8.8% on developed market equities and 7.2% on emerging market debt.Private equity, infrastructure and property were the best-performing assets classes, producing returns of 12.5%, 11.5% and 8.9%, respectively. Hedge funds have generated 10.1% since January, according to the pension fund, which reported an overall return of 0.3% over the period.last_img read more

Grassley, Reynolds react to Trump’s assertion wind mill noise causes cancer

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said it is “idiotic” for President Trump to suggest the sound generated by wind turbines causes cancer. During a speech Tuesday night, the president made several derogatory comments about structures he calls “wind mills.”“His comments on wind energy not only as a president, but when he was a candidate, were first of all idiotic and it doesn’t show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit,” Grassley said during a conference call with Iowa reporters.Twenty-six years ago, Grassley sponsored the bill that created the federal tax credit for wind energy production. Grassley said the president was probably speaking “off-the-cuff” when he suggested property values decline when wind mills are erected nearby and the noise causes cancer.“I’m sure he was kidding. At least he’s not scientific when he makes that statement, but he evidently has a different view of wind energy than I do,” Grassley said. “…Thank God he hasn’t attacked the program directly by trying to do harm to it.”Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is declining to directly respond to Trump’s remarks.“Here’s what I want to say: I’m proud to be a leader in renewable energy and I’m proud to say that 40 percent of our electricity is generated from wind,” Reynolds said.According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are more than 4000 wind turbines in Iowa and nine-thousand jobs in Iowa are connected to the wind industry. Reynolds said she’s confident President Trump’s views won’t be a setback for the industry.“You know how those things change. One year coffee’s good for you. The next year coffee causes cancer, I mean, that’s what happens,” Reynolds said.A reporter then asked: “Can you just say he’s wrong?”Reynolds replied: “That’s not my place.”Trump fought a decade-long legal battle against an off-shore wind farm that could be seen from the golf course he owns in Scotland. Scotland has set a goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2020.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 22nd November 2019: Pogba injured for the football field but not…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@paulpogba)Advertisement 4z19NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqjjwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Etfmk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 35gkWould you ever consider trying this?😱q4jxCan your students do this? 🌚peRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the Arsenal clash back in September, Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been out from action due to injury, and as stated by Solskjær earlier, the Frenchman will possibly return in January 2020. But, the midfielder is seen enjoying a game of basketball in court, despite under recovery!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@paulpogba)After the whole wantaway episode in the transfer window, Pogba had to remain at Old Trafford. However, the French international was getting back into regular first team football for the Devils, until the 1-1 draw against the Gunners, where Pogba suffered an ankel injury.The 26 year old uploaded a video on Instagram on the court with American professional basketball player and NBA superstar Jimmy Butler. In a blue hoodie, the World Cup winner was seemingly fit as he was seen enjoying a game with the Miami Heat forward, and also dipping the ball into the hoop with ease, enacting the famous Euro Step Challenge.Advertisement Check out the video below-“We don’t play basketball. I don’t see many basketball players tackling ankles, twisting and turning with studs. He’s not ready to train.” Ole told Daily Mail.The Norwegian gaffer has cleared up to the press that Pogba’s activity is not harming but will speed up his recovery process, as he is regularly doing physical activities.“He’s been out for six or seven weeks so he’s gradually stepping it up, walking, on the treadmill and bike. We hope to see him in 2019.” the 46 year old added.Since the fixture against Gunners, Pogba has not starred in any of Red Devils’ fixtures, and was also out of the French squad that played the Euro qualifiers. However, the manager is hopeful to see his star midfielder return to the pitch by December.The Devils are travelling to Bramall Lane tomorrow to take on Sheffield United. Advertisementlast_img read more