Curley Ezkiel McZeal Jr.

first_imgCurley Ezkiel McZeal, Jr., 71 of Port Arthur was born July 23, 1948 in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a 1966 graduate of Lincoln High School and was a US Navy Veteran.He departed this life Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Mid Jefferson Extended Care Hospital.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will be in Houston National Cemetery.last_img

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Unclear guidelines on essential functions cause bitter divide among pet service businesses

first_imgLocal businesses in the pet services industry are bitterly divided over one question: Is pet grooming essential?Lacking definitive answers from state and local agencies, the discrepancy has cost some Johnson County business owners hundreds of dollars a day since they shuttered operations. The result has caused disparity in the local pet services economy, as some businesses closed and lost revenue to their competitors still offering grooming services.Spring is the busiest time of year for dog groomers as owners get pets ready for the summer with haircuts, baths and other services. And up until March 30, when the governor’s order went into effect, grooming services were allowed to operate under Johnson County’s mandate.Pet grooming is explicitly listed in Executive Order 20-16 as non-essential, and under Gov. Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-16, non-essential functions are supposed to stop until April 19.But communications weren’t so cut and dry for business owners who have asked everyone from local law enforcement agencies, Johnson County government, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF) Team, which handles these types of inquiries for the governor’s office.Owners are frustrated by the mixed responses; some have heard from multiple agencies they are permitted to continue all of their operations, including grooming.“I’ve talked to so many people, so many officials, and I’ve literally gotten every different answer you could possibly think of,” said Andrea Galeski, owner of Puppy’s Playpen in Overland Park. “I don’t think anybody 100% knows with 100% certainty what’s allowed and what’s not.”Several grooming salons shuttered immediately after understanding they are deemed non-essential, including Adorable Animal Designs in Shawnee. Owner Kari Harris estimates that she’s lost anywhere from $700 to $1,500 a day since she closed the first week of April.Frustrated that other grooming businesses continue to operate, she and peer business owners have repeatedly called open businesses urging them to discontinue, and have also notified the police.“This isn’t a small thing; this is people’s whole lives of busting their butts for a business possibly going down the drain and closing,” Harris said, “These guys that are staying open are raking in the dough right now.”Several grooming services were still open on Monday, but by Thursday, most had closed or discontinued.The Kansas Essential Functions Framework Team on Thursday told Kelly Robbins, owner of Woof Gang Bakery in Overland Park, to discontinue offering grooming services. The KEFF team had initially confirmed Woof Gang’s status as essential, but also noted “this does not include…the performance of other non-essential functions.”The owners of Puppy’s Playpen and Woof Gang Bakery in Overland Park are exasperated by a continuous stream of phone calls and having the police called on them. Robbins said anonymous callers have also continuously called her husband’s cellphone.“It’s gotten so out of control, it’s wearing me down,” Robbins said, calling it “borderline harassment.”After reporting her concerns, Harris said she’s afraid her efforts have put a target on her back.“I’m not wanting to get anyone in trouble; I just want it to be fair across the damn board,” Harris said. “All I want is the real answers.”Groomers consider their work essential for health of dogs, ownersWoof Gang owner Kelly Robbins said dogs can get bacterial infections if their coats aren’t properly groomed. File photo.Some businesses argue that grooming is essential, especially for dogs in homes with people who have allergies, asthma, a newborn baby, compromised immune systems and/or other extenuating health circumstances. And all of the businesses we talked to stressed that they’ve taken extra precautions with sanitizing their spaces and enforcing physical distancing.“It would be unethical and irresponsible for us to not groom — grooming could be a full haircut or a bath,” Galeski said. “All this fear is going on; I’m not going to say no in those situations.”Robbins agreed, saying grooming is essential because it removes dander and extra hair from a dog’s winter coat. She used this form to check her essential status.“If you don’t get that hair off, they’re going to get bacterial infections,” Robbins said. “I think all groomer shops should be up and going, as long as they’re able to have the facility like mine and implement the precautions that we do.”And it remains unclear who should enforce compliance.In an email Monday, the KEFF team told Harris that law enforcement agencies should enforce compliance with executive orders, just like state laws. Officer John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department, however, said they’re only reporting non-essential businesses to the state.“And since it is a state order, it is up to the state to enforce,” Lacy said, adding the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has more jurisdiction.Attorney General Derek Schmidt recommended that “no criminal enforcement of these orders until they have been properly published.” Violating the order is a Class A misdemeanor of up to a year in jail.Spokespersons for police departments in Shawnee, Leawood and Lenexa said they’re stressing education and not writing any citations yet.last_img read more

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Gophers beat ranked OK State at Mizuno Classic

first_imgMoulton continued her dominant pitching, throwing the first of three shutouts she had in the tournament. She held Northern Colorado to just three hits and struck out seven. Four players for the Gophers went 2-4 in a solid effort for the team on both sides of the field.The Gophers solid play did not last long however, as they lost their afternoon game on Friday 9-0 against tournament host Oklahoma State. Junior Alissa Koch walked eight and gave up 12 hits in the loss for Minnesota. Oklahoma StateâÄôs Kat Espinosa, on the other hand, kept the Gophers to one hit in five innings of work, striking out six.On Saturday, Minnesota split a pair of games against Northern Iowa (12-8). The Gophers dropped the first matchup 5-2, failing to score a run until Alex Davis hit her fourth home run of the year âÄì a two-run shot âÄì in the seventh inning. Moulton had an uncharacteristic start, giving up five runs despite allowing only six hits and striking out seven.The second matchup against Northern Iowa provided the first of MinnesotaâÄôs two 1-0 wins in the tournament. Moulton tossed a complete game, striking out six while only allowing four hits.The Gophers come out of the tournament with a 14-10 overall record. TheyâÄôll have a quick turnaround and play North Dakota State in the Missouri State Tournament on Tuesday. ItâÄôs the teamâÄôs second to last tournament until the Big Ten season begins in 12 days. Minnesota has eight games until then, and will look to build momentum before league play. Gophers beat ranked OK State at Mizuno ClassicSara Moulton pitched three shutouts on the weekend. Jesse Mandell-McClintonMarch 15, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe softball team had another successful tournament weekend, coming out of the Mizuno Classic in Stillwater, Okla. 3-2, including a 1-0 win Sunday against No. 20 Oklahoma State.Minnesota didnâÄôt only hand the Cowgirls their first loss of the tournament, but were also the only team to score a run against them the entire weekend. Freshman Sara Moulton tossed her third shutout of the weekend, getting the last out of the game with an Oklahoma State player on second base.Kari Dorle, who went 3-for-3 in MinnesotaâÄôs opening win against Northern Colorado, singled in Kristen Coonrod for MinnesotaâÄôs lone against the Cowgirls run in the top of the sixth. It was MinnesotaâÄôs first win against a ranked team since 2009, and it gave the Gophers their fourth consecutive winning weekend in their early season tournaments this year.Minnesota started the Mizuno Classic against Northern Colorado (1-18). The BearsâÄô only win of the season came against Minnesota at the Hotel Encanto Invitational on Feb. 13. They pounded the Gophers 12-4, handing them their third consecutive loss to start the season.This time Minnesota came out hot, scoring two runs in the top of the first. It would be all the team needed, as the Gophers ended up winning 5-0 for their fifth win in six games.last_img read more

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Nelson leads his team at Bison Open

first_imgMinnesota’s top-returning 125- through 157-pound wrestlers all moved up a class from last season, including Dardanes, who wrestled at 133 pounds last season. He said everyone is feeling good about the change.“We’re all feeling a lot better — a lot more energetic and ready to roll,” Dardanes said.Gophers redshirt junior Dylan Ness recorded two pins and beat teammate Brandon Kingsley for the 157-pound title.David Thorn, Nick Dardanes and Logan Storley also won titles for the Gophers.Minnesota will compete Saturday at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa.“We’ve got a really good team coming back,” Nelson said. “I’m excited to see what we can do next weekend.” Nelson leads his team at Bison OpenThe Gophers took home eight titles as a team at their first meet this year.Mark Vancleave, Daily File PhotoMinnesota heavyweight Tony Nelson grapples with Virginia Tech’s David Marone on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Williams Arena. Nate GotliebNovember 11, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe No. 3 Gophers wrestling team opened its season Saturday with eight individual titles at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.Minnesota redshirt freshman Brett Pfarr won the 184-pound title, redshirt senior Tony Nelson won the heavyweight title and their teammates added six more individual titles as the Gophers won more than 75 percent of their matches.“We’ve got a really well-rounded team,” Nelson said. “That’s why I think we walked away with eight titles.”Minnesota was one of three Division I teams to participate in the event and dominated the mostly Divisions II and III competition.Nelson, who went 4-0 on the day, pinned the first three wrestlers he faced and won a 2-1 decision over teammate Michael Kroells in the heavyweight final.Gophers redshirt junior Scott Schiller also recorded three pins and won the 197-pound title. Schiller, an all-American last season, pinned a South Dakota State wrestler in the title match.Minnesota redshirt junior Chris Dardanes went 5-0 and won the 141-pound title. Dardanes was wrestling competitively for the first time since the NCAA championships last March because of an injury.last_img read more

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Staff shuffle at Minneapolis Oxygen

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Pura Vida spuds Mazagan permit well (Morocco)

first_imgPura Vida Energy has informed that the Atwood Achiever Drillship has spud the MZ-1 well and kicked off drilling operations within the Mazagan permit, offshore Morocco.Drilling is expected to continue for approximately 2 to 3 months. The Atwood Achiever drillship is a dynamically positioned ultradeepwaterdrillship capable of operating in water depths of 3,658 metres (12,000 ft) and drilling to depths of 12,200 metres (40,000 ft).The company said it recognized the sensitivity of results of MZ-1 drilling operations: “At a minimum, we anticipate reporting preliminary results shortly after the well has been drilled and logged through the major target zones in the Cretaceous and then the Jurassic. We anticipate preliminary analysis of the available well data will be completed within a few days after drilling through and logging each zone, at which time preliminary results for each zone are expected to be released to market.” Pura Vida’s Managing Director, Damon Neaves, said: “We are pleased to have commenced drilling operations on the MZ-1 well. This is a high impact event for Pura Vida, with the potential to be transformational in the event of a discovery. This is our first test of the potential of the Mazagan permit and we look forward to reporting the results in the coming months.”last_img read more

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LNGreen Concept Ready for Order

first_imgThe next-generation LNG carrier concept, developed jointly by DNV GL, HHI, GTT and GasLog, named the LNGreen, has been completed, said DNV GL in a press release.The vessel concept has a significantly improved environmental footprint, a higher level of energy efficiency, as well as an improved boil-off rate and cargo capacity, making it much better suited to future trading patterns than existing vessels, DNV GL added.LNGreen investigated the improvement of efficiency and performance of LNG carriers by considering actual operational conditions and optimisation in terms of hydrodynamics, machinery and system configuration.Martin Davies, the Project Manager at DNV GL stated that “using enabling computer tools we managed to develop a vessel which is approximately 8% more energy efficient and has increased its cargo volume capacity by 5%. The design is future compliant with new IGC code, Panama requirements as well as significant advances in a range of features, including the speed-range flexibility, hull form and boil-off rate”.HHI and DNV GL carried out the hydrodynamic performance while cargo optimisation was investigated by GTT and HHI.With a starting design point of 174,000m3 cargo capacity, cargo tank optimisation by GTT and HHI allowed for a cargo capacity increase to 182,800m3, while maintaining the same main dimensions (length overall, breadth, draft) and taking into consideration newly introduced regulations and compatibility restrictions.Nikolaos Kakalis, Manager of DNV GL Research & Development in Greece and responsible for COSSMOS development commented that “fusing unique competencies of key experts from across the industry, like HHI, GTT, and GasLog, with advanced tools like the COSSMOS machinery systems simulation and optimisation computer platform as well as state-of-the-art hull optimisation software, we bring innovation in practice that can generate tangible added value. As LNGreen utilizes existing technology it is important to stress that this concept design could be ordered today”.Image: DNV GLlast_img read more

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… and what about quality?

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Publications

first_imgTrans-Siberian HandbookBryn ThomasThe fifth edition of this travellers’ guide has been updated to take advantage of the removal, for the first time in Russian history, of most restrictions on tourist travel in Siberia. This pocket-sized volume contains new and updated maps, and the 432 pages have been fully re-researched since the previous edition. There are route guides to the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian railways, historical details, city maps, and useful Russian and Chinese phrases.ú12·99 from Trailblazer, Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6SU, Great BritainFax +44 1428 607571trailblazer@compuserve.comRail Freight Handbook 2001A comprehensive listing of organisations involved in the British rail freight industry, including customers, operators, infrastructure providers and political bodies.Rail Freight Group, 6 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6JPFax +44 20 7630 8614web: www.rfg.org.ukGreece Railway Map and Portugal Railway MapRevised editions of the 59 by 42 cm black and white route maps, giving details of the rail and tramway routes, stations, gauges, detailed city maps and some closed lines. The map of Greece also has gradient profiles.Greece £1·20, Portugal £2·00 from The Quail Map Company, 2 Lincoln Road, Exeter, EX4 2DZ, Great BritainFax: +44 1392 430277Jane’s Urban Transport Systems 2000-2001edited by Tony PattisonThis 670 page book provides a great deal of background information about public transport in cities around the globe. As well as a systems section covering bus, tram and rail operations, fleet sizes and journey statistics, there are sections detailing manufacturers and consultants.ú355 from Jane’s Information Group, Sentinel House, 163 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2YH, Great BritainFax +44 20 8700 3788juts@janes.co.uklast_img read more

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ATO to boost capacity on Paris RER Line A

first_imgFRANCE: Alstom Transport has been selected to develop and install automatic train operation on Paris RER Line A under a €20m contract awarded by city transport operator RATP, the Ile-de-France region and transport authority STIF.The introduction of attended ATO that meets Grade of Automation 2 is expected to improve performance and boost capacity on Line A, which is currently carrying around 1·2 million passengers/day. It will allow headways to be reduced and service frequencies increased, while reducing the journey time through the central core between Vincennes and La Défense by about 2 min.Line A is already equipped with SACEM, which monitors train speed and headways and provides a form of quasi moving block with ‘distance to go’ cab signalling overlaid on the lineside fixed blocks. This enables drivers to close up behind the train in front at low speed in order to minimise the platform reoccupation time at stations. Retrofitting the trains with ATO would reduce the variability in performance associated with manual driving, and enable RATP to make best use of the available capacity.The ATO equipment is to be installed on a total of 173 trainsets, including the double-deck MI2N units and the MI09 EMUs which are now replacing the line’s oldest trains. Alstom has been commissioned to undertake detailed studies and then develop the prototype equipment, as well as undertaking testing ahead of commissioning in 2018. The work is to be undertaken at the company’s facilities in Saint-Ouen and Villeurbanne. Ana Giros, Managing Director of Alstom Transport France, said the contract ‘demonstrates RATP’s renewed confidence in us and illustrates Alstom’s ambition to reinforce its position in the signalling market’. As part of this wider strategy, the company is currently awaiting final regulatory approval to complete its acquisition of the GE Transportation signalling business.last_img read more

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