OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight

first_img Local News OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight Twitter OC employee of the year always learning By admin – May 19, 2018 Previous articleELDER: Democrats’ war on capitalismNext articleCOLLEGE GOLF: Odessa College men finish fourth at Division I championship admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Home Local News OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight WhatsApp Odessa High School Broncho Band has scheduled the 14th annual Evening of Percussion at 8 p.m. today at the OHS Performing Arts Center, 1301 Dotsy Ave.The event features percussion students from OHS and Crockett, Bowie and Ector Middle Schools.Special guest artists include Lalo Davila, world percussion educator and arranger at Middle Tennessee State University; Andres Forero, drummer for the Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”; and Paulo Stagnaro, percussionist for Ricky Martin and Paquito D’Rivera.General admission is $10. Children age 5 and under get in free.For tickets, call Jimmy Olague at 456-2092 or 553-1130.center_img OHS logo Pinterest Facebook Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Wonder Girls Camp

first_img OC employee of the year always learning Twitter By admin – May 28, 2018 Previous articleNimitz student to return to National Spelling BeeNext articleTEXAS VIEW: We must address the ‘who’ of mass shootings admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Twitter Home Local News Wonder Girls Camp Local News Wonder Girls Camp Pinterest ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Crisis Center of West TexasThe Crisis Center of West Texas has scheduled Wonder Girls Camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16-20 at Odessa College, 4901 E. University Blvd.The camp for girls ages 9 to 14 will include activities in STEM and arts lessons, health, nutrition, empowerment and building confidence for tackling situations in life, relationships and the upcoming school year.A healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided daily.Cost is $200, with a few sponsored spots available.For more information, registration or volunteer and donation opportunities, call 333-2527. WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionVirgin Coco MojitoFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Finding work is easy, but not childcare

first_img Toddler teacher Maria Castenada reads a book to her class during story time near the end of their class Wednesday afternoon at Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest Aladdin’s CastleOdessa CollegeMireya Miranda and Miguel Hernandez moved to Odessa from El Paso for work, and found it in abundance. But years later, when the couple started a family during an oil boom, they found another necessity in scarce supply: Childcare.Miranda said finding daycare for their baby, Alexander, took more than a year. After an extended period on a waiting list, Miranda said the 18-month-old boy was finally admitted to Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center on Monday.““It was rough,” Miranda said. “You’re like, well I give up. Because I called, I want to say, like twice a week saying ‘Hey, do you have something opening?’”For months on end, the answer was always no. Twitter Local News Finding work is easy, but not childcare WhatsApp Previous articleBCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in communityNext articleCatholic Charities still recovering from hail storm admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 of 2 Toddler teacher Maria Castenada reads a book to her class during story time near the end of their class Wednesday afternoon at Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center. Pinterest OC employee of the year always learning center_img Pre-school daycare children play follow the leader Wednesday afternoon at Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center. Facebook By admin – June 10, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Home Local News Finding work is easy, but not childcare 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Aladdin’s Castle, a longtime daycare provider that looks after about 380 children, has almost no availability for babies and toddlers, owner April Terrell said. Parents who want to enroll their babies or toddlers often have to wait a year. For older children, Terrell said the wait is at least six months. Some parents tell Terrell they are forced to stay home from work, she said. Others considering a move to the area have decided not to come.As the president of the Permian Basin Child Care Director’s Association, a regional industry group for the state-regulated daycare industry, Terrell said the capacity struggles are widespread. “We’re all this way,” Terrell said. “If you’ve got an infant, you can’t get them in.”In Miranda’s case, she said she was forced to take off work as a departmental manager at Walmart to stay home with the baby. When Hernandez could, he stayed home and watched the boy, but he works long hours in the oilfield. Miranda said her mom came to town to help watch the child. Still, Miranda said she ultimately missed so much work she fell below the minimum hours needed to keep her health insurance.Amid the greater demand for childcare, which intensifies in the summer, Terrell said she’s also found it harder finding employees. She said she employs about 50 to ensure the daycare can comply with teacher-to-child classroom ratios established by the state in the event of unexpected absences. As recently as February, Terrell said her staff dipped below 40 workers, briefly raising the fear of closing classrooms. Terrell opened a new and expanded Aladdin’s Castle last year at 1601 E. 42nd St. The last center had enough space for about 220 kids.“When I got this building, I thought ‘Oh yay, I’ll get everybody in.’ It will be fine — No,” Terrell said. “I’m about 30 applications deep on some of my waiting lists (for different age groups).”During the year-long wait for Aladdin’s Castle, Miranda said she checked with other daycares in the area only to find similar crowding.At the Children’s Center for Odessa College, Director Blanca Quintana said she’s seen the wait list continuously grow in her two years working there. Now, it’s about 185 names long.That’s more than double the capacity of the children’s center. Wait lists are not common there because the school is growing, Quintana said. What’s unusual is the increasing calls from people who are not faculty, staff and students. She said it’s a symptom of shortages across the Odessa and Midland area.“The husband is moving here, they are coming here and they want to work here and they are looking for daycare,” Quintana said. “A lot of them have been calling lately. I think it’s the fluctuation of the oilfield. People need more services. People need more care because of jobs.”Like at Aladdin’s Castle, Quintana said the longest waits are for infants, and some of the women on her waiting list are pregnant women.“It’s hard because people do need the care, and there’s not enough,” Quintana said. Summer Spaghetti SaladUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

EXPLAINER: Israeli settlements may face new scrutiny

first_img TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s ongoing building of settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem would likely be more vulnerable to prosecution than its military actions against Palestinians — if the International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor decides to open a war crimes investigation. Such a probe is still a long way off, but the ICC moved a step closer on Friday when it cleared the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open a war crimes probe against Israel and Palestinian militants. Any investigation would look at Israeli military actions during a devastating 2014 war in the Gaza Strip and mass border protests that began in 2018. But Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem appears to be open to even tougher scrutiny. International law bars a country from moving its civilians to occupied territory, making settlement-linked charges perhaps easier to prove than disproportionate use of force on the battlefield. WHAT DID THE ICC DECIDE? Bensouda declared in December 2019 that she believed there was a “reasonable basis” to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions and settlement activity. But first, she asked the court to determine whether she had territorial jurisdiction. In a 2-1 ruling last week, judges granted her that jurisdiction in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians claim all three areas, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, for a future state. The ruling did not open an actual war crimes probe. That will be Bensouda’s decision. In a brief statement, she said she would closely study the ruling before deciding how to proceed. That process could take months to play out. In the meantime, Israel has launched personal attacks against Bensouda and accused the court of holding it to unfair standards. It also says the Palestinians don’t have a state and accuses the court of wading into political issues. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Although the Palestinians do not have independence, the state of Palestine was accepted as a nonmember observer state by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012. The Palestinians have used that upgraded status to join dozens of international organizations, including the ICC. The Palestinians subsequently asked the court to investigate Israeli military practices in Gaza and settlement activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. They asked that the investigation go back to June 13, 2014, a date that coincided with Israel’s war with Gaza’s rulers from the Islamic militant group Hamas. The international tribunal is meant to serve as a court of last resort when countries’ own judicial systems are unable or unwilling to investigate and prosecute war crimes. Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognize its authority, saying it has an independent, world-class judicial system. But the Palestinians say Israel is incapable of investigating itself and claim Israel’s justice system is biased against them. SHOULD ISRAEL BE WORRIED? At this stage, Israel has little to fear. Friday’s decision was an embarrassing setback, but prosecution of Israeli officials remains hypothetical. Yet the ruling opens the door to a potentially troubling scenario in which former and current Israeli officials might risk arrest if they travel abroad. The Haaretz daily reported Sunday that Israel is preparing to brief hundreds of current and former security officials, fearing they could be subject to arrest. In the Gaza war, over 2,200 Palestinians, including nearly 1,500 civilians, were killed by Israeli fire, according to United Nations estimates. At least 73 people, including six civilians, were killed on the Israeli side, according to Israeli figures. Still, proving war crimes could be difficult. Israel says it acted in self-defense against nonstop rocket fire against its cities. It also accuses Hamas, which launched rockets from residential areas, of using civilians as human shields. Israel also says its own judicial system is more than capable of investigating itself. After the war, the military opened dozens of investigations into the conduct of its troops. Although there were only a handful of convictions on minor charges, that could be enough for Bensouda, who dropped a similar case against British troops in Iraq last year because U.K. authorities had investigated. WHAT ABOUT THE SETTLEMENTS? Israel’s ongoing settlement building on occupied lands, starting half a century ago, could be much harder to defend. Some 700,000 Israelis now live in settlements built in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Settlements are widely viewed as illegal based on the Geneva Convention principle that an occupying power is barred from transferring its population to territories captured in war. Population transfers are listed as a war crime in the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute. “The settlement issue is really the biggest issue. This is the elephant in the room,” said Yuval Shany, an expert on international law at the Israel Democracy Institute. Israel annexed east Jerusalem after the 1967 war and considers the area an inseparable part of its capital. It says the West Bank is “disputed,” not occupied, and its fate should be decided through negotiations. Yet the Israeli positions have little support internationally, particularly since the departure of the settlement-friendly Trump administration last month. Shany said the court ruling means that Israeli settlement policy could come under hard-to-defend scrutiny. “This exposes basically the entire Israeli political elite that has been part of a settlement policy to criminal proceedings before the court,” he said. “This is a significant setback.” COULD PALESTINIANS FACE RISKS? In her 2019 decision, Bensouda also found a reasonable basis to conclude that Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in Gaza committed war crimes by launching rockets indiscriminately toward Israeli population centers. Hamas welcomed the court’s ruling but declined to comment on the possibility that it could also be the subject of a future probe. The London-based rights group Amnesty International said that the rival Palestinian Authority, which administers autonomous enclaves in the West Bank, could also come under scrutiny over allegations that it tortures political rivals and has encouraged attacks against Israelis. 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Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

first_img Twitter Smithsonian curators discuss their effort to preserve artifacts found on the National Mall the morning after the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and the historical significance of using physical evidence to document what happened. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Twittercenter_img TAGS  Facebook Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach Previous articleTexas State looks to extend streak vs La.-MonroeNext articleFlipp Retains Alida to Help Drive Continued Growth Through Customer Experience Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsUS News Pinterestlast_img read more

Ride of Silence set for Tuesday

first_img Previous articleLawn care servicesNext articlePBALC Summer classes Odessa American Facebook By Odessa American – May 23, 2021 Twitter Twitter Pinterest Local News TAGSNational Bike MonthRide of Silence center_img The 2021 Permian Basin Ride of Silence, originally scheduled for May 19, had to be postponed due to inclement weather.The ride has been rescheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Cyclists will ride out from the Center for Economic Energy Diversification (CEED) Building on the Southeast corner of the intersection at Highway 191 and FM 1788.The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.For more information, visit http://rideofsilence.org. Ride of Silence set for Tuesday WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more