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GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross UDPS police officer retires

By on June 2, 2021

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleBurritos for BadgesNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Drive like you care about the lives of others admin Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Facebook James Davis ALPINE James Davis has ended his 41-year law enforcement career on his March 31 retirement from Sul Ross State University.Davis, a police officer for the University Department of Public Safety, spent a total of seven years at Sul Ross, but also has extensive duty with city and county law enforcement agencies in Alpine, Brewster County, Presidio County, the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico.“Working for the university is a different type of police work,” he said. “At Sul Ross, I have been more of a peace officer than a law enforcement officer. I interact with students here to help them succeed. I am here to keep the peace and provide some guidance.”“With a county or city agency, you don’t have that obligation; your job is more focused on protecting the community,” he said.Davis has enjoyed his Sul Ross experience. “I have made some good friends and working at a university gives you a chance to advance your education. Even if you don’t have time to attend classes, you can learn a great deal from exposure to an educational environment.”Davis, a native of Hahira, GA, moved with his family to New Mexico at a young age when his father went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department in Roswell. Later, when his father worked as a game warden in New Mexico, Davis became acquainted with the Hollywood movie scene.“They filmed a lot of westerns there, and as a kid, I met a lot of stars,” he said. While working as an apprentice chef in Brazos Lodge, he cooked a trout dinner and was later called out to the dining room.“I thought, ‘Oh, oh, I did something wrong,’” Davis recalled, but to the contrary, the diner — comedian/actor Bob Hope — wanted to compliment him on the quality of the meal. He has stayed in touch with the Hollywood scene, working security at a number of movie sets, as well as playing some small bit roles.Davis began his law enforcement career in 1977, and over the years, has worked as a city marshal, chief of police, police officer, sheriff’s deputy and university officer.“There have been great changes in technology during my career,” he said, citing the present speed of obtaining information compared to more tedious processes when he began.“It was a great time to start in it (law enforcement) and now is a great time to end it.”Upon retirement, he and his wife, Malinda, will move to Jessup, Ga., where his mother and aunt live, with other family members in the area. His daughter, Monica Garcia; stepdaughter Elizabeth Constancio; two granddaughters and a grandson live in Friona, Texas.“My father left me his gunsmith shop on the back of Mom’s property, and I plan to re-open,” Davis said. “My boat is also in the backyard and there is good fishing in the river a mile and a half away.”In addition, he plans to pursue other interests including target shooting, leather crafting and refurbishing a motorhome to take his mother and aunt on trips. He noted that their travel has been limited due to health problems, but riding in a motorhome will enable them to fulfill an ever-growing list of sites.“Malinda has been down in Georgia for several months caring for my mother and aunt, and that has re-invigorated their lives,” he said. “I could not be more grateful to any one person for caring for two of the most important people in my life.” GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross UDPS police officer retires Twitter Twitter Local News WhatsApp By admin – April 5, 2018 last_img read more

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They build, but modestly

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgAround 1980, two young architects finished their training in Bordeaux, France, and moved to Nigeria. In that African nation’s remote regions, they were inspired by the simple structures they saw amid the stark, stunning desert landscapes. The houses were open to the air, had utilitarian thatched roofs, and were made with bits of local wood. Modesty prevailed in structures that also invited beauty.The lessons of building in Africa stayed with Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in their Paris-based practice, Lacaton & Vassal: use what is there, stay simple, embrace open air, and honor light, freedom, and grace. They practice social architecture based on economy, modesty, and the found beauty of environments.“Africa was probably our second school” after Bordeaux, said Vassal. While in Nigeria, they worked on town planning and traveled to marvel at indigenous building practices. “It [was] a fantastic liberty to live there.”Their belief in social architecture, shaded by a sense of African resourcefulness and economy, now embraces the overlooked utility and unseen loveliness of abandoned buildings, neglected public housing, rundown outdoor plazas, and overgrown urban forests that are at risk from a lack of imagination and coarse development.The architects brought their message to the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in a picture-filled, poemlike evening lecture on March 24 in Gund Hall’s Piper Auditorium.Lacaton is a visiting design critic in architecture at the GSD. She is co-teaching a studio course this spring called “Re-Defining Urban Living.” (Her classroom partner is GSD instructor in architecture Marcos Rojo, a Spanish architect with an interest in the built environment of West Africa.)The course applies the Lacaton & Vassal architectural ethic even to battered urban settings growing denser and older. That ethic holds that design (and redesign) must emphasize the humanizing values of comfort, pleasure, well-being, economy, and modesty.Lacaton & Vassal’s designs champion “accuracy, sensitivity, kindness, and attention,” said Lacaton in opening remarks. Housing requires of an architect “the continuous attention to its inhabitant.”In a project called 23 Semi-Collective Housing Units in Trignac, France, Lacaton & Vassal constructed a series of light-filled loft duplexes topped by horticultural greenhouses. The same idea — a solid, simple grid of concrete and steel versatile and large enough to contain playful interiors — is at work in the firm’s Nantes School of Architecture. Its three-deck, lightweight, steel structure emphasizes flexible, generously sized interiors, transparent enough to show off views of the cityscape.Vassal called for buildings, like the one in Nantes, that have “porosity,” a striving to blend “what is inside and what is outside.”French architects Anne Lacaton (left), a visiting Graduate School of Design professor, and Jean-Philippe Vassal run the Paris-based design firm Lacaton & Vassal. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt play in these projects is another of the firm’s principles: build generous spaces at the lowest cost possible, with a sense of economy that does not surrender comfort and beauty. Spend the minimum, said Vassal, “to get the maximum.”Economy can also mean refurbishing what is already there. One of the more famous examples of this Lacaton & Vassal sustainability ethic is the firm’s 2002 reimagining of the Palais de Tokyo, a 1937 structure abandoned for decades, with 20,000 square meters of underused urban space, in Paris.The design called for doing “nearly nothing,” said Vassal. “Just the minimum for heating, for lighting.” (It’s a contemporary art space now, attracts 800,000 visitors a year, and was expanded in 2012.) The result illustrates the beauty of doing little, but cleverly, “to make sustainable,” he said, “what already exists.”In another project, FRAC Dunkerque, Lacaton & Vassal combined building the new with saving the old. Instead of tearing down an old boat warehouse in the port city of Dunkirk, France, they elected to build another just like it — of the same dimensions at least — right next to it.“Here inside was the energy,” said Vassal of the original structure’s grand old interior space, nostalgic yet useful. “Here inside was the work of the people.” (The double structure is now a gallery for contemporary art.)The same idea applies to another Lacaton & Vassal project. A cluster of urban social housing, 10-story buildings of 40 flats each was revived by adding balconies. They can be enclosed as heat-saving “winter gardens.” They are full of light, and are sensitive to local views. All this came, said Vassal, with a “budget much lower than demolition and reconstruction.”Similarly, in Bordeaux, Lacaton & Vassal is transforming a housing complex of 530 flats by adding prefabricated balconies, enlarging windows, and creating enclosed winter gardens. These are modest steps with dramatic results, and a renewed pleasure in personal space. Meanwhile, said Vassal, the eccentric character of each apartment is left alone. “All this is extremely charming,” he said of the interiors. “Why should we take this away?”Not taking things away includes preserving natural settings. “Innovate,” said Vassal, “but keep the site as it is.” The lecture’s many screened images included a house built on a dune within a seaside grove of trees. The construction — a light, high steel framework and windows for walls — did not disturb a single tree. There were “50 at the beginning of construction, 50 at the end,” he said. The idea was to be “extraordinarily precise” by inserting a house into a setting that already had “80 percent of what was needed,” said Vassal, including sand, trees, and a view.In the same way, Lacaton & Vassal designed an “ecological cluster neighborhood” on a tract of urban forest. To save each and every tree — and to allow more to grow — they proposed building housing units above the vegetation, on two levels. Interconnecting it all would be trail-like walkways, some of them elevated.Adding nature where there is none is sometimes the answer. In Bordeaux, the firm dramatically altered the look and feel of a pedestrian office building with one light clever touch: a vertical garden of 650 rose trees planted all around the façade.At other times, said Vassal, the solution to a design challenge is even more minimal, as with a small, tree-shaded urban plaza the firm had studied for months. The decision was “to do nothing,” he said. “Nothing.”Their simple ethic of building, said Vassal, “always starts from this little hut in Africa.”last_img read more

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Trial by fire

By on January 11, 2020

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE fire that ravaged Griffith Park on Tuesday charred more than 600 acres, but it could have been a lot worse had it not been for the hard work of many people. There are the firefighters who fought the flames, the police officers who helped evacuate residents, the zoo personnel who kept the animals safe and many others who helped in various ways. Wildfires are a fact of life in Southern California, and this year’s combination of low rainfall and projected high temperatures makes it likely that more wildfires are in the forecast. This is a great concern, but one mitigated by the awesome display of commitment and skill from crews of city workers this week.last_img read more

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DJI Drones Can Now Fly on Their Own and More Major Updates

By on December 12, 2019

first_imgFollow MeThis may be the most anticipated update — though it’s only available for the Phantom 3 series. Set the aircraft to follow you, and it will automatically fly and keep you in the cameras view. WaypointsWaypoints allow users to set multiple GPS points, called Waypoints, that the aircraft will automatically fly to. This allows pilots to set a flight path so they can focus on camera control. The Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 will fly along the same path repeatedly, travel at a set speed, and save the pattern for future use. Home LockPilots can set flight controls to relate to their location at all times. With Home Lock you can flick a switch and the control stick will move forwards, backwards, left, and right all in relation to the set home point. Course LockAn easy navigation option, Course Lock allows the pilot to set the controls to correspond with the aircraft’s current path. This lets you fly in a set direction while moving alongside objects. Point of InterestPilots wanting to circle a specific building or location can lock onto their target with Point of Interest. The drone will continuously circle until the user captures their shot. Owners of the DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 now have their own personal assistant. DJI has announced Intelligent Flight Modes, a series of custom flight paths.Following a new line of Phantom quadcopters and an much improved app, DJI has now introduced Waypoints, Point of Interest, Follow Me, Home Lock, and Course Lock. DJI GO AppImage via DJIIn August, DJI released the updated DJI GO app. The app (now available for iOS and Android) introduced many new features and replaced the previous DJI Pilot app. DJI GO created low-resolution files that would save to the pilot’s phone or tablet, allowing instant playback. It also allowed you to quickly post photos and videos online. The app featured enhanced editing tools and also integrates the DJI forum to allow users to easily share tips and find information. DJI has now announced updates to the app (iOS V2.2.0 and Android V2.1.0) but it’s the firmware updates making all the headlines. Phantom 3 Advanced owners will receive an upgrade that supports 2.7K video recording.Intelligent Flight ModesImage via DJIDJI has just introduced Intelligent Flight Modes, a series of flight paths that can easily be set by pilots. These features are available for the Phantom 3 series and Inspire 1.These aren’t revolutionary updates, as other drones like the 3DR Solo Smart Drone already featured some of these abilities. It is a much needed update to DJI’s line of aerial cameras. Matt Carlson shared his initial review with us. Here you can see the Intelligent Flight Mode in action with Carlson’s DJI Phantom 3 Professional.Over 700 FAA Section 333 Exeptions Issued for DJI Phantom PilotsImage via DJIIn other DJI news, the company has announced that 742 total exemptions have been issued to companies using DJI products. In January of 2015, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its first Section 333 exemption for a DJI Phantom.This made the Phantom eligible for commercial use within the United States – with a Section 333 exemption. A Section 333 exemption and a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) is needed for commercial drone use within the U.S. until a new set of regulations is created.Excited about these updates? Do you use drones in your productions? Are you filing for a Section 333 exemption? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Gold-medal gadgets: Helpful, friendly robots buzzing around Olympics

By on November 29, 2019

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Local companies teamed with South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning to put the country’s best and most innovative technology on display during the Winter Games.There’s a robot cleaner that looks a lot like R2-D2 of the “Star Wars” movie franchise, but this husky gizmo vacuums the carpeted floors and keeps them spic and span _ and without any sarcastic beeps and blips.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJust outside the main dining hall in the Gangneung media village, a friendly and helpful little gadget plays music and approaches projects the weather forecast for the area, along with the daily event schedules for the games.A short snack robot zips around the hallways in the media centers that acts as a mobile vending machine, offering items such as bottled water. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH In this April 10, 2017, photo, an LG Electronics’s cleaning robot moves to clean the floor at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. APPYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Give these robots a gold medal.While the athletes are wowing fans with their world-class abilities in skiing, skating and snowboarding, the big stars at the media centers around the Olympics are the fancy gadgets buzzing and whirring through the hallways.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Also on display in media center 2 in the Alpensia Resort is a fish tank filled with, you guessed it, robot fish. They swim around and act just like real sea critters – except that they don’t need to be fed and there’s no messy cleanup.Several of the robots had already been tested over the last year at Incheon International Airport, which also has a few multilingual robot guides _ particularly helpful as tourists, fans and journalists from hundreds of countries descend upon the area for the Pyeongchang Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img Whoops! Wardrobe malfunction mars Olympic debut for ice dancers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Residents shocked at Miss Universe Voting not linked to official pageant

By on September 17, 2019

first_img New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Caricom reaffirms support for Paris Agreement as Trump pulls US out Kazz Forbes no longer managing Miss TCI Universe; may not happen for 2015 Related Items:donald trump, miss universe, shanice williams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – A range of reactions by readers once Magnetic Media revealed that the online voting for Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, Shanice Williams was not actually linked to the official pageant owned by Donald Trump. For weeks, residents have been pushing and voting for the Grand Turk beauty who amassed over 40,000 votes. Major beauty pageants website on its home page offers the disclaimer that it is not associated nor endorsed by the Miss Universe pageant but still showcases the 88 contestants and encourages voting; some say they are exploiting contestants of the Miss Universe Pageant and their fans around the world. These websites promise to name the contestant with the most votes, Miss Photogenic. Magnetic Media has been bombarded with requests to promote the voting as TCI fans of Shanice Williams believe the voting is linked to the Miss Universe Pageant. Well it is not and even though Miss Universe TCI has been trending exceptionally well, even being named a winner by at least one website there will be no announcement on pageant night, which is this coming Sunday, about her strong show. Others believe residents should continue voting; saying it is good exposure for the Turks and Caicos and gives Shanice a good feeling and more confidence as she steps into the spotlight on live TV. The Miss Universe Pageant will be carried live on NBC this coming Sunday at 8pm. last_img read more

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Premier visits Detention Center says TCI at war with Human Smuggling

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 3, 2017 – Illegal Immigration is not just a burning issue in the United States, it is a serious concern for the Turks and Caicos Islands and earlier this week, Premier Sharlene Robinson toured the South Dock Road detention Center.   Images of Premier Robinson are shared on the Office of the Premier Facebook Page, and while there are no comments on her observation of the state of the facility, there is comment on the Administration’s stance when it comes to illegal migrants.“Whilst this is an age old problem, we cannot relent on our efforts. We MUST do what is absolutely necessary to protect our borders and not be apologetic about it.  The repatriation and Detention costs are unsustainable.  I am grateful to the hardworking Immigration Officers, Police Officers and all other Agencies for their commitment and diligence over the past week.  We must be at war with Human trafficking and whatever else that may be entering via these sloops because it is certainly at war with us”.  Two boats were within hours of each other intercepted this past weekend; nearly all of the Haitians have been sent home at TCI expense.   It was reported to Magnetic Media in 2016 that it costs $6,900 per flight, and there were eight flights arranged for the 178 Haitian migrants.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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San Diego City Council ratifies ordinance requiring guns to be stored safely

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego City Council ratifies ordinance requiring guns to be stored safely July 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved an ordinance requiring gun owners to store their weapons in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use or being worn on their person.City Attorney Mara Elliott proposed the ordinance last month with the intention of reducing accidental shootings, children’s access to guns and suicides. According to Elliott, 46% of gun owners in the U.S. who have children do not secure their guns and 73% of youngsters aged 9 and under know where their parents keep their guns.Since 2002, the state has mandated that all guns sold in California have an accompanying trigger lock approved by the state Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms. Elliott said the ordinance is a “common-sense approach” to building on current state requirements.The council took a second vote on the ordinance, as required by the city charter, after tentatively approving it 6-2 earlier this month. City Councilman Mark Kersey, absent for the first vote, chose to join the technically nonpartisan council’s six Democrats in favor of adopting the ordinance, arguing that both sides of the debate had merit.“I actually find trigger locks to be cumbersome and think that a safe next to your bed is far easier to deal with,” Kersey said. “That said, I’m also a parent and I’ve got a 13-year-old son. And I will tell your that 13- year-old boys, especially, will do dumb things. … And I can tell you that it is also true that we need fewer kids having access to weapons.”The measure’s supporters include gun control advocacy groups such as San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention and Never Again California, as well as the San Diego Police Officers Association.The proposal’s opponents, including the California Rifle and Pistol Association and the San Diego County Gun Owners political action committee, said it infringes on their Second Amendment rights, particularly for gun owners who do not have children living with them.Under current state law, gun owners are required to keep firearms in a secure container or disabled with a device like a trigger lock only if they live with a person who cannot legally have a weapon under state or federal law.Opponents also argued the ordinance is unenforceable and that locking a gun in a safe would make it difficult to access and use in a moment of self- defense.According to Elliott, the San Diego Police Department will enforce the law by finding improperly stored guns in a home during a visit for another reason such as a domestic disturbance.Elliott compared the proposal to the state’s 1986 law requiring drivers to wear a seatbelt; at that time, highway patrol officers could only cite drivers for not wearing a seatbelt during a traffic stop for another infraction.City Council members Scott Sherman and Chris Cate voted against the ordinance Tuesday as they did the first time. The 7-2 vote means the council’s approval is not subject to a mayoral veto. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 30, 2019last_img read more

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